On Wednesday, May 13  The Rotary Club of Newark’s Executive Director, Michael (Dutch) Minor and Shweta Thapa, Co Founder & CEO of 3Ducators https://3ducators.org/ delivered 50 PPE masks & face shields to Brooke Tippens, Director of Community Affairs at Newark’s University Hospital. 3Ducators embraces innovative technologies to teach and empower young women. Its current project involves the use of 3D printers to produce Personal Protective Masks and Shields so needed by health care workers in the fight against COVID-19. As a leader in local initiatives with a hundred-year record of helping the community, Newark Rotary was continuing its legacy of doing good and putting service above self.

“We are delighted to join with partners like 3Ducators and Newark's University Hospital in delivering the needed equipment to assist our dedicated essential service providers in the tremendous work they do in service to Newark.” said Executive Director Minor. The initiative arose largely through the efforts of Newark Rotary Club President Arjune Sharma and Newark Rotarian Dr. Diane Hill, who is Assistant Chancellor for University-Community Partnerships at Rutgers-Newark. The Rotary Club is diligently working to create a direct feeder platform to continue 3D printing and donating of essential equipment to the Hospital. A recent grant from Rotary District 7475, which encompasses Newark Rotary and 81 other clubs, provided funding to 3Ducators for the creation of printers that will produce additional shields and masks - as well as serve as a teaching tool for Newark youth.