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Help Us Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic!
Call-to-action for able-bodied volunteers to manufacture PPE for local healthcare workers!
We are asking for 4 hours of your time to help. No experience necessary!
TDI Technologies, Inc. is a local Research and Development Engineering Services company headquartered in King of Prussia, with satellite offices at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are eager to become involved in contributing to solutions that help us fight the fight. To that end, we have formed a non-profit organization known as ChariTdi.
In conjunction with the Temple University COVID-19 Task Force and in a partnership with the Temple University College of Engineering, ChariTdi is establishing temporary worksites to manufacture face shields, which ultimately will be distributed to Temple University Hospital to help meet a critical shortage of Personal Protection Equipment, also known as PPE. As an industry partner, ChariTdi will be replicating many of the production methods being executed by the on-campus task force. Temple will be donating the equipment and materials to ChariTdi to perform this manufacturing. There are two primary components of the face shield – 1) the head band and 2) the plastic shield. ChariTdi will be involved in both components. For more information on the Temple University Task Force, click here.
We are seeking unskilled volunteers to staff these manufacturing sites – no experience is necessary, although you must be at least 18 years of age. We hope to have enough volunteers to run two 4-hour shifts per day – 8:00-12:00 and 1:00-5:00, 7 days per week, at 5 locations – with 5-8 volunteers per site per shift. Depending upon your schedule, you can support us at one of several locations for a single 4-hour shift on one day or multiple shifts on multiple days. All volunteers will receive the necessary training, equipment, materials and your own PPE at the start of your shift. You need to bring nothing other than your willingness and desire to help our community provide adequate and ample supplies of PPE for the real heroes – those healthcare workers on the front lines being directly exposed to COVID-19.
Head Band Production Support
The head band pieces are currently being produced by Temple at their North Broad Street campus. ChariTdi will duplicate that process at several temporary warehouse sites in the region. The process consists of combining two liquid plastics into a single material and pouring it into a mold. Each mold contains slots for 24 head bands. After 15-20 minutes, the combined material will harden. At that point, you open the mold, remove the head bands and package them in a box for post-production, as described below. The process is then repeated to make additional head bands. In a 4-hour shift, any given volunteer can produce as many as 200 head bands. In the event there are any excess shields, Temple University Hospital will distribute to other local hospitals and healthcare systems.
When the solid head band comes out of the mold, it requires manual post-production clean-up of the piece to remove any excess plastic which remains from the molding process. This involves removing the excess plastic using some sort of hand tool – a knife, file, etc. Once cleaned up, the head band is ready for final assembly, which includes attaching the plastic shield on the front and an elastic band on the back. The plastic shields are made from bulk rolls, which requires cutting and three-hole punching them, which also will be completed by our volunteers. ChariTdi will be performing the post-production support tasks at various sites in the region.
Additionally, we are seeking transportation volunteers to pick up the completed face shields/head bands from the manufacturing sites and transport them to other locations around the city/suburbs. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, you must have your own vehicle, adequate insurance coverage, and a safe driving record.
Each worksite will be managed by a Crew Chief, who is a paid employee of ChariTdi and will be onsite for the duration of all shifts. The Crew Chief will greet you (using proper social distancing), take your temperature, explain/demonstrate the process to you, provide the appropriate materials / equipment / PPE, and then let you do the work. All sites will be staffed with volunteers only to the point of safe social distancing and cleanliness – you will be no closer than 15 feet from any other volunteer at the site. The work areas, equipment and materials will be sanitized between shifts.
In case you are concerned about the current “stay at home” order, the business ChariTdi is conducting is considered a life-sustaining function. Anyone traveling to contribute to this effort would be considered essential personnel and permitted to be traveling to and from the worksite.
ChariTdi is fully insured to provide protection for each site and the employees/volunteers who work there. The safety of all volunteers is paramount in our operation. All volunteers are always expected to follow social distancing recommendations while at one of these worksites. If you do not, you will politely be asked to leave.
So, please come help us! Any time you give will be greatly appreciated and it will truly make a difference in our local community!
If you’d like to be considered, please complete and submit the intake form.
All volunteers are subject to a background check and required to acknowledge and agree to the waiver by checking the corresponding box on the intake form. Volunteers who elect to mix and pour the liquid material into the molds will be required to do so at outdoor workstations on a loading dock to ensure proper ventilation. A copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) can be found here.
The background check requires verification of your identity through a link emailed to you by ClearChecks. Please check your inbox and fill out as soon as you receive the link.
Once the background check is complete and you have agreed to the terms of the waiver, our scheduler will be in touch with you via email and will send you a link in which you can use to sign up for a shift(s).
Please make sure to bring and wear a mask or face covering before entering any of our work sites.
Alliance HSP is a Bryn Mawr, PA based real estate development firm. They are actively repositioning a portion of Philadelphia’s historic Frankford Arsenal, as well as the Spring Mill Campus in Conshohocken, PA.
Alliance HSP is proud to be offering their Arsenal and Spring Mill spaces “rent free” to ChariTdi, TDI Technologies, and Temple University for this important initiative.
Avison Young is the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Avison Young is a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its Principals. Founded in 1978, with legacies dating back more than 200 years, the company comprises approximately 5,000 real estate professionals in 108 offices in 14 countries. The firm’s experts provide value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management and financing services to clients across the office, retail, industrial, multi-family and hospitality sectors.