ACU ‘Mask Force’ Makes Personal Protective Equipment for Community Members

Michelle Beal, Operations Support Specialist, sews masks for community members.


Employees at America’s Credit Union, based in DuPont, Washington, have organized a self-proclaimed “ACU COVID Mask Force,” manufacturing over 150 reusable face masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

A portion of the masks were donated to the Faith Harvest Helpers food bank, where volunteers will use them as they distribute and serve food. Faith Harvest Helpers is a nonprofit serving the Olympia and Lacey communities.

The Mask Force members also spent their free time sewing face masks for employees of ACU as well as postal workers in Lacey, Washington. 

Cecelia Washington, Contact Center Representative, and Valerie Noyes, Training Specialist, pose with their sewing machines and supplies.

“Because ACU is an essential business, we’ve had to find additional ways to keep our employees safe while we remain open,” said ACU Chief Operations Officer, Phil Prothero. “When faced with this challenge, a group of ACU staff members volunteered to craft masks, not only to help each other, but to help the communities that we serve. We’re doing our part to keep everyone healthy at [Joint Base Lewis-McChord] and in the South Sound.”

ACU employees are also reaching out to each of their members experiencing hardships due to the pandemic. The ACU Foundation is prioritizing elderly and veteran members, as well as those most vulnerable, by donating groceries and essential needs through contactless delivery. 

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