Tri-Cities COVID-19 PPE

If you have been redirected here from the original covid.w0wwv.org website, thank you for your interest in this project! As the overwhelming need for PPE has leveled off, this project has come to an end, and the covid.w0wwv.org site has been archived.

Around March of 2020, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, began to pick up momentum in the United States, and the sudden demand for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) caused supply chains to be overwhelmed almost immediately. In response, a group of volunteers, mainly members of the Amateur Radio Association of Nebraska (ARAN), began to volunteer their time and materials 3D printing frames and laser-cutting overhead projector transparency films to make faceshields.

Over the next roughly month and a half, the project quickly expanded to the rest of the Tri-Cities area of Nebraska, involving many more volunteers from all sort of backgrounds, producing, packing, delivering, and helping in any way they could with the project. Rolls of 3D filament were donated, and hundreds of sheets of transparency film were donated by local school districts.

As the initial burst of demand for PPE tapered, and supply chains caught back up, the need for the temporary PPE being produced began to slack, and eventually the backlog was filled. However, the data from the project has been compiled into the statistics and charts below. Enjoy!


Item Type:

Area Requests Fulfilled Quantity Requested Quantity Delivered
Adams County (and surroundings) 98 96 6151 6145
Hall County (and surroundings) 52 34 2845 2241
Buffalo County (and surroundings) 52 50 2475 2445
Other Areas (outside the NE tri-cities and surroundings) 34 32 1117 967
Total 236 212 12588 11798
Volunteer Produced Transported Packaged Delivered
Eaton Corporation - John Phelps 23 0 0 0
Allen Harpham 155 381 8 22
Amy Grube 0 0 0 30
Ben Schudel 0 134 0 1081
Bradley Harpham 100 4145 3988 2073
Career Pathways 0 1722 0 0
Career Pathways Institute 3082 1210 0 0
Carol Jorgensen 0 0 0 180
CCC 0 28 0 0
CCC-Grand Island 56 28 0 0
CCC-Hastings 90 0 0 0
CDHD 0 0 3017 2924
Chad Dolan 0 0 0 30
Cody Masters 0 0 0 591
Daniel Phillips 0 150 294 294
Flatwater Technologies 1313 0 0 0
Gene Friesen 0 50 0 0
GI Library 0 89 0 0
GI Public Library 29 0 0 0
Grand Island Public Library 140 80 0 0
Hastings Public Library 1195 0 0 0
Ian Geigle 0 0 0 108
Jason Wiehn 0 0 0 36
Jean Mandernach 2282 2282 0 0
Jenna Boyd 0 0 0 915
John Phelps 0 23 0 0
John Schudel 0 0 0 169
Jordan Clark 18 18 0 0
Kerry-Anne Block 400 850 0 0
Krista Harpham 413 735 1907 259
Kristy Kounovsky-Shafer 619 592 0 0
Logan Harpham 1997 584 0 45
Lorie Schiefflebein 0 0 0 1244
Macie Yeutter 0 0 0 600
Madison Forsman 119 119 0 60
Mark Hellman 379 529 0 0
Mark McBride 0 0 0 30
Marse McCann-Carpenter 0 0 0 60
Matt & Andrea Zulkoski 59 59 0 0
Matt Hoffman 0 0 0 88
Michael & Madison Forsman 0 0 3684 0
Michael Forsman 283 283 0 617
N/A 0 0 80 0
Ofc. Hibberd 0 0 0 156
Ofc. Obradovich 0 0 0 84
Paul Dietze 3768 2194 2006 2086
Paul Johnson 40 40 0 0
Phil Beda 0 0 0 258
Phill Beda 0 0 0 319
Ron Cone 150 0 0 0
Ron Pughes 0 0 0 15
Ryan Hall 0 0 0 300
USPS 0 0 0 36
Watson 3D Printing 1143 0 0 0
Total 17853 16325 14984 14710