These days, Michael spends many many hours at Kre8Now Makerspace [hyperlink], a community workshop space whose members typically work on individual or collaborative projects (membership is paid monthly). Michael is one of the co-investors in Kre8Now Makerspace. Since the start of the pandemic, members have shifted their focus entirely on community-driven health-focused needs. They have made more than a hundred cloth masks, more than 600 face shields, and at least a thousand ear relievers. They have been distributing these in partnership with the Central Appalachian Mask/Shield Hub (https://www.facebook.com/AppalachiaMasks/). Because Kre8Now Makerspace is preparing to move into a bigger building, Michael has also been going to the new space, helping to get it ready.
Right now, about half-dozen makers from Kre8Now Makerspace are working with physicians, respiratory therapists, and nurses to evaluate and refine an Air Assist open-source ventilator. Kre8Now Makerspace has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover the costs: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-us-help-the-caregivers?sharetype=teams&member=4163392&pc=fb_co_campmgmt_w&rcid=r01-158595398144-b2b68275705744d1&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_co_campmgmt_w&fbclid=IwAR3lNTtPUCtaF0yFqCtUIwNmNi3X8iTdGXnbdsUVakEl8Gz6c8JwEeZ8fb0. Consider supporting them if you can.