When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Anna Haley Fielder and Jill Cannon stepped up and led a team of sewers in producing protective coverings, for not only their home town of Antioch, but communities and organizations that reached far beyond their borders.
On Monday July 13, Mayor Lawrence Hanson and the Village Board recognized the Mask Brigade organizers, Anna Haley Fielder and Jill Cannon for their remarkable work and efforts in organizing and activating the Mask Brigade.
“What this group has accomplished is truly incredible, and their volunteerism and sense of community is what Antioch is all about. They are an asset to our community.” Hanson said.
The Mask Brigade is comprised of more than 55 volunteers. The hands of these women sewed more than 42,955 masks throughout a 2-month time. Averaging 700 masks/day, which equates to 5,000 masks/week. Specific notable volunteers whose contributions exceeded 2,000 masks were recognized as a part of the proclamation.
Antioch leaders including the Mayor, Lawrence Hanson and the Township Supervisor, Tom Shaughnessy worked together to provide resources and volunteers to distribute the handmade masks to well over 100 organizations and thousands or residents in the Antioch community and beyond. This included the Antioch Police, Fire Departments, area hospitals, senior living centers, advocacy groups, foodbanks, schools, local businesses, and civic organizations.
“Anna, Jill and their team stepped up without being asked. They organized themselves and worked with tireless passion and compassion for our community-this will be part of our history and I’m proud to know this amazing team of volunteers.” Shaughnessy said.