Coronavirus Response

Assemble and Donate Portable Air Filters to Our Members

Central Ohio: We need your help.

While it remains of utmost importance to follow our incredible public health officials’ guidance of getting vaccinated and boosted, and of wearing high-quality, well-fitting masks, it is also important to filter indoor air to minimize the spread of Covid.

That’s where you come in!

Just like hospitals, the health and human services nonprofits we support must continue providing the bulk of their services in person. Earlier this month, nearly 50 of our members told us they could use portable air filters. These particular portable air filters–called Corsi-Rosenthal Boxes–are just as effective but a fraction of the cost of commercial air filters, and take only 15-20 minutes to assemble from parts you can find at any hardware store.

We are pursuing opportunities to assemble and deliver these en masse with community partners, but the Omicron wave arrived a little sooner than expected. So we are asking for your help to get as many of these built and distributed as quickly as possible.

Here’s How You Can Help

First: Please complete this registration form so that you can pick an agency that has requested portable air filters, and pick a number that you’d like to make for them.

Second: Purchase the parts to assemble the portable air filter.

  1. Four MERV-13 furnace filters, 20×20;
  2. One 20″ box fan;
  3. Some cardboard from the box the fan came in;
  4. Duct tape.

It costs about $100 to purchase the filters, fan, and duct tape; you can make these purchases anywhere you’d like (Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc.), but we’ve made these two shopping lists for your convenience:

Third: Assemble the portable air filter! There are helpful instructional guides here and here and here, and a helpful video here! They take 15-20 minutes to assemble.

Fourth: Wait until you’ve heard from us! We’ll email you to schedule a drop-off, starting the first week of January!

And if you do not want to assemble and donate the portable air filters, you can help by donating a $100 gift card directly to us and we’ll take care of the rest!

Or if you want to help assemble portable air filters, you can sign up through the registration form (at the bottom of the form), and we’ll let you know when we need your help in January!

How Portable Air Filters Can Help Us Navigate Covid

Covid is an airborne disease. That means it floats in the air via tiny aerosols, just like smoke. So anything and everything to get those aerosols out of the air, either through ventilation or air filters, can help in the fight against Covid. But there’s a problem: It’s impractical to open windows for ventilating rooms in the cold winter months, and it’s expensive and time-consuming to upgrade HVAC systems to improve air filters. That’s where portable air filters come in handy in the multi-layered approach to fighting Covid:

And the Corsi-Rosenthal Boxes that we’re asking you to help us assemble and distribute are among the portable air filters that can help filter the air!

As one of the world’s leading aerosol experts told us:

That clean air delivery rate means the air is being filtered of airborne viruses like Covid. And that means we can make our agencies safer through this Omicron wave. We want to keep our agencies safe, we want to keep their frontline staffers safe, and we want to keep everyone who needs help at our agencies safe.

So thank you for helping the helpers.

We will get through this together, whatever the next few weeks may bring.