But according to project coordinator Afsaneh Afraze-Ketabi, the crisis has had an unexpected upside for many migrants living in Germany.
Engaging in volunteer work is helping them to strengthen their ties with the community, improve their language skills and build confidence, said the 36-year-old from Iran.
"Many people have been given the courage to show their skills, to show their faces... and strengthen their self-confidence."
Germany has seen a large uptick in the number of people coming from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, with more than a million arriving between 2015 and 2016 alone.
The influx became a thorny political issue and fuelled the rise of the controversial far-right Alternative for Germany party, now Germany's largest opposition party.
Jamila Ahmadi, 45, from Afghanistan, has been sewing up to 50 masks a day for the Spandau project.
"Everyone has to do something to help if they can," she said through her own white and gold mask.
"Germany is helping us, and now we want and have to help the people."
Across the city, in Oberschoeneweide, Abdulrahim Al Khattab has been helping to run a COVID-19 neighbourhood volunteering project.
The 31-year-old from Syria and two of his friends have set up a Facebook group and put up notes in the hallways of their buildings asking if anyone needs help with their grocery shopping, medicines or other errands.
Before they came to Germany five years ago, Al Khattab and his friends volunteered in Syria, helping to provide food, clothes, medicine and new homes for people displaced by the civil war.
Meanwhile, in Berlin's central Schoeneberg district, a huge pan full of lamb steaks is sizzling in the kitchen of Malakeh Jazmati's empty restaurant.
With her doors closed to customers, the 32-year-old from Syria has decided instead to cook free lunches for supermarket workers -- who she sees as the unsung heroes of the pandemic.
"I know they live in a very hard situation and they work under pressure, so I want to give them something back," she said.
"Everyone should do something in this time. We need to be together."
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