Although social distancing is in place throughout the country, giving back doesn’t stop. The 100 Tailors of Harlem is working to ease the increasing need for masks, gloves, and gowns in healthcare facilities within the community.

The 100 Tailors of Harlem works as an extension of the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market small business incubator initiative. “Many of our vendors are tailors and seamstresses,” said Dr. Mujib Mannan. The 100 Tailors of Harlem began with 12 tailors at the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market with other graduates and affiliates. During the time of COVID-19, the 100 Tailors of Harlem is using their skills for community benefit. “We want to keep the health care workers safe. Masks for funeral workers and hospitals are top priority,” said Mannan.

This initiative is community based. The 100 Tailors of Harlem is stressing the importance of keeping people employed as well as helping those who are in the healthcare system. The tailors have the Harlem Hospital as a beneficiary of the work and would like other skilled workers to join in this initiative. “Right now masks are free. It is a two way street, we want to keep people employed as well as help health workers. It is an urgent need,” Mannan said.