JERSEY CITY, NJ - A Jersey City-based nonprofit that helps underserved entrepreneurs sustain and grow their businesses has turned part of their focus to producing and providing protective cloth face masks to essential workers. The Rising Tide Sewing Circle, spearheaded by Rising Tide Capital (RTC), is currently recruiting new members to expand their work and reach by providing masks to other community organizations and local workers in need.

Saying that entrepreneurs are “problem solvers,” Gillian Sarjeant-Allen, Executive Director of Rising Tide Capital, added that while for many business is on hold the instinct to want to be part of the solution to a problem as massive as the spread of COVID-19 is very much active. CAlling the effort “truly inspiring,” Sarjeant-Allen recalled that a few of the graduates from RTC’s Community Business Academy approached her with the idea. “What began as a one-off project has grown into an ongoing initiative, and we’re seeking others in our community to volunteer so we can increase the number of masks that we can provide.”

The sewing circle is currently accepting new members to help supply area nursing homes, homeless shelters, and local organizations working to keep our communities safe. Those with amateur sewing skills are encouraged to apply. To learn more, please email Marketing and Outreach Coordinator Briana Sellers at 

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