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Sunrise Labs Employees Address the COVID-19 Crisis

Here are just a few of the untold and unknown ways Sunrise Labs people are volunteering their time and ingenuity.

Sunrise Lab’s passion for engineering excellence and making a difference in people’s lives does not end at 5:00 pm. Many of our team members are using their talents, above and beyond, to help during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Senior Software Engineer, Heddi Holmes, has been sewing hundreds of masks and distributing them to nonprofit organizations including ROCA Kidz Club, a group that helps underserved kids in Manchester, NH; Community Caregivers of Greater Derry, an all-volunteer group that helps the elderly and disabled; Meals on Wheels, and The Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS) in Brooklyn, NY; as well as sending her nephew, a trainee in the United States Marine Corp, masks to share with his floormates that are in Safety Technician training classes.

Additionally, Heddi’s son Justin has five 3D printers set up in their home and is helping on a collaborative effort between FIRST Robotics Team FRC 1073 and Nashua’s MakeIt Labs, printing dozens of masks, face shields, and ear saver parts. The finished products have been making their way to local hospitals and healthcare organizations throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Pravin Carvalho, a Senior Software Engineer, organized a group of scientists, engineers, and social workers around India to help educate people on how to take care of the sick at home and when to go to the hospital. Pravin also developed a website that provides educational resources that are translated into multiple languages, as well as a home care kit and partnerships with doctors volunteering their time in telemedicine. Hard copies of these resources will be distributed with the help of a national NGO to scale across India.

Beth Soederberg, Human Resources Associate, is busy sewing Deaconess masks and working with the Bedford Sewing Battalion who provides thousands of masks for health care and long-term care facility workers and residents, doctor offices, vet offices, and any community members that request them for going out into the world.

Principal Engineer, Bob Peret, and Technicians Mike Peret and Dillon Murray, fabricated 3d printed masks and supplies to be used to re-open a friend’s doctor’s office. People who were putting off surgeries to remove life-threatening skin cancer will now be able to move forward. Many more masks and face shields went to local nursing homes and Elliot Hospital. Ethan Shipulski, Engineer I, sources the materials to support the effort to supply more masks as needed.

Chuck Smith, Principal Mechanical Engineer, and Mike Peret are working on a valve fitting for multiple connections for a Ventilator Quad Splitter that will go to New Hampshire hospitals.

Mechanical Engineers, Ben Glace & Chad Mace, along with some Sunrise support, offered design advice to a Ventilator start-up.

Doug Browne, Director of Mechanical Engineering & Design Transfer, researched the best mask materials and sterilization methods for mask reuse.

Additionally, Sunrise Labs has donated $2,000 toward Granite United Way’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, which allows Granite United Way to rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations that are offering emergency relief to families and individuals in need. “So many people need help in this crisis, and we are so fortunate to be able to help”, said Eric Soederberg, President/CEO of Sunrise Labs. 

Granite United Way covers most of New Hampshire and a large part of Vermont. They provide funding to 685 charities and help 350,000 people a year. “Granite United Way is grateful for our corporate partners like Sunrise Labs for helping us respond to the immediate needs of individuals and families during these unprecedented times,” said Patrick Tufts, President, and CEO of Granite United Way. “Their investment in Granite United Way’s COVID-19 Relief Fund is already at work in our community, helping those who have been affected by the pandemic.”

Sunrise Labs is so proud of our employees and their family members for making a difference in health and safety during this time of crisis! 

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