Getting out of our own heads and helping others is one of the best ways to cope during a crisis but our newly isolated lives can make finding ways to give back and support one another a little tricky. However, I’ve been inspired by the stories of creative, innovative, and resourceful people and companies that I’ve seen in the news.
We’ve got some great examples in our own clients — companies that are using their ingenuity and resources to help in remarkable ways.
Here are just a few ways our clients are making a difference:
- Airbnb has a global initiative to help connect those on the front lines of response to the COVID-19 pandemic with safe and convenient places to stay while they carry out their critical work. The company’s goal is to help house 100,000 healthcare professionals, relief workers, and first responders around the world. Airbnb will waive all fees for stays arranged through this initiative. The company has also launched a donation tool to help power even more stays, and 100 percent of proceeds will go directly to nonprofits helping with COVID-19 relief. Make a donation here.
- Crocs shoes are not only a favorite new trend of teenage girls; the comfy and washable shoes are also essential footwear for healthcare workers. The company has pledged to donate 10,000 pairs of shoes per day to medical professionals in response to the pandemic. You can help add to that 10K total by donating a pair of workwear Crocs for 30% off.
- Fanatics has shifted from producing MLB uniforms and the like to making masks and gowns to help states strapped for basic PPE. The company has halted its normal production and plans to make one million masks and the same number of gowns to be immediately donated and distributed across northeastern states hit hard by the pandemic. They’re also rounding up their celebrity friends to fight hunger during the pandemic in an initiative called the All-In Challenge. The campaign is auctioning off one-of-a-kind experiences like a walk-on role in a Scorsese film with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro to raise money for organizations feeding the most vulnerable.
- Razer is converting some of its gaming manufacturing lines to donate one million masks to countries in need. Their masks coming off its local production line would be certified to international standards.
- Theragun is discounting its products and donating a portion of all sales to support Feeding America and similar charities across the globe. The company has a goal of donating 250,000 meals by providing 100 meals for each Theragun purchased. If you’d like to help (and de-stress with your own Theragun), you can save up to $150 on select devices right now.
- Thirty Madison is offering free and pay-what-you-can telemedicine services to help keep emergency rooms and urgent care centers available to help COVID-19 patients. Patients with non-COVID-related symptoms or questions can get a free online doctor consultation safely from home.
- Wantable has launched operation Sew Good, contributing their technology and fulfillment center to crowdsource homemade face masks and distribute them to medical professionals and first responders in need. If you can sew and want to volunteer, sign up here. They’ll provide the instructions you need plus pickup.
We’re proud to be affiliated with companies like these and applaud their efforts to help caregivers and communities in need.
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