COVID Response – Annual Report

Answering the Nation’s Call to Service in Response to COVID-19

National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and its nationwide network of associated nonprofit agencies manufacture and deliver thousands of critical products that are helping the nation respond to COVID-19, including personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizer, cleaning products and disinfectants, first aid kits, exam gloves, and toilet paper, and more. People who are blind are proud to support their local communities and the nation at large.

People who are blind are also doing their part to keep America’s Defense Industrial Base strong by providing critical products like the helmets and uniforms soldiers wear every day as National Guard units are deployed around the country. And they are helping to maintain continuity and availability of essential services for our nation’s veterans, operating switchboards for medical centers run by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and manufacturing prescription bottles for VA hospitals and pharmacies.


Employee who is blind preparing boxes for shipment

Meeting the Surge Demand

Ensured access to 1,500+ COVID-related products from 40 NIB associated nonprofit agencies and other distribution partners to help federal customers respond to the crisis.

Adapting Operations

Facilitated a new contract with the U.S. Air Force and six AbilityOne nonprofit agencies to produce nearly 600,000 cloth face masks.

Forming Innovative Partnerships

Partnered with Defense Logistics Agency and the U.S. AbilityOne Commission to expand the existing Make-to-Order (MTO) medical kit program to allow all federal agencies to use the contract vehicle to source PPE and other COVID-related products.

Employees woh are blind sewing masks at San Antonio Lighthouse

Engaging the Media

Issued a national press release and assisted with local agency media coverage across the country.