In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, our community of clients have been taking extraordinary measures to support others and do their part to help beat the virus.
From product, service and time donations to monetary relief to meals for those in need, our community of clients are proving themselves to be values-driven organizations that care.
“We’ve been inspired by how actively our clients are getting involved and trying to create a better experience for those in their community during these trying times,” noted ON Partners managing partner Tim Conti. “Shining a light on all that they’re doing and encouraging others to get involved is one small but important way we can help.”
Here we celebrate the actions of clients across several industry sectors that are leading with their values. For clients that are asking for donations or otherwise engaging consumers and other organizations to help, we’ve included that information here in case you’d like to support their efforts.
Online appointment scheduling software provider Calendly has partnered with Cater2.me to bring weekly donations of time and resources to support Second Helpings, which works to reduce food waste by coordinating logistics between food donors and providers, making sure nutritious food gets to the people who need it most across Atlanta.
“There are optimistic people all around us willing to help,” said Calendly office manager Amy Fincher. “We just have to connect with them—even if that’s virtual right now.”
To contact Cater2.me about setting up a local, vendor-supplied donation to an organization in your community, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You can donate directly to Second Helpings Atlanta here.
Crocs is donating up to 20,000 free pairs of shoes per day (with free shipping) to healthcare workers on the frontlines of COVID-19. In addition to free online requests for individual workers, Crocs also is committed to donating up to 100,000 pairs of shoes to be distributed across a number of select healthcare facilities and organizations, in a dual effort to get as much product as possible into the hands of those who need it most.
“Over the past few weeks, we have spoken to healthcare workers, their facilities and even their family and friends, and they have specifically asked for our shoes in an effort to provide ease on their feet, as well as ease of mind as they need the ability to easily clean up before they go home to their families,” said Crocs CEO Andrew Rees. “The healthcare industry has always embraced Crocs, but our mantra of ‘be comfortable in your own shoes’ applies now more than ever, and we want to do more to help our nation’s heroes.”
If you know a healthcare worker on the front lines who could use a free pair of shoes, send them here.
A free app that lets drivers easily find and pay for parking at over one million spaces across the country, ParkMobile is letting users make donations in the app to a number of charities and is matching a portion of the donation proceeds. Users can make a donation in the amount of $1, $5, $10, $20 or $50 to Feeding America, Giving Kitchen, Hook Hall Helps, Louisiana Hospitality Foundation or Colorado Family Meal.
If you’d like to use the app to make a donation, go here.
Pizza Hut parent company Yum! Brands announced that CEO David Gibbs is foregoing his 2020 salary to fund bonuses for managers and provide relief to employees. The money will go to fund one-time $1,000 bonuses for the 1,200 restaurant general managers at company-owned Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell and The Habit Grill locations.
Digital workflow provider ServiceNow has joined forces with 24 other Bay Area companies that have committed an initial $22M in collective funding for organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, including the CDC Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund, the United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Coronavirus Regional Response Fund.
Funds will support the evolving local, regional and global response efforts through several beneficiaries including vulnerable populations, nonprofits, and small businesses impacted as well as national and global public health response efforts.
If you’d like to get involved, visit the CDC Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund, the United Nations Foundation COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and Silicon Valley Community Foundation COVID-19 Regional Response Fund.
Upserve is a restaurant technology company that quickly developed a delivery platform for its clients. Ivan Lee, owner of Chicago-based Aloha Eats and a client of Upserve, says he was able to use the platform to create an online menu in less than 24 hours. “Using Upserve…has kept us afloat,” says Lee.
Upserve is offering the service for free to restaurants for at least 12 months, according to the company, along with social media and online marketing tools to help drive web traffic to restaurant websites. Sheryl Hoskins, CEO of Upserve, says she’s “proud of how the…team quickly mobilized to provide free online ordering capability.”
To meet the recent and anticipated sustained surge in demand in the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) system supply chain due to the spread of COVID-19, II-VI Incorporated, a provider of lasers, optics, thermoelectrics and subassemblies for the life sciences market, is ramping up its global manufacturing capacity of components and subassemblies for molecular diagnostic testing systems, specifically those that underpin the PCR testing platforms of its customers.
“We are proud of all of our employees around the world for their tireless dedication to the life sciences ecosystems organized to overcome COVID-19,” said Dr. Chuck Mattera, Chief Executive Officer, II-VI Incorporated.
The American Red Cross recognized The Ball Foundation for supporting Red Cross disaster relief at home and around the world.The Ball Foundation, headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, has donated more than $500,000 to support the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) through the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund. If you’d like to support the urgent humanitarian needs of the American Red Cross, visit here.
“Ball Corporation is proud to partner with the American Red Cross and IFRC to provide international relief to communities when they are most vulnerable,” says Chris Chavez, executive director of The Ball Foundation. “By working together with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Ball and its employees are making a difference in the lives of those affected by disasters.”
Additionally, Ball has teamed up with Molson Coors to donate canned water to the Salvation Army Intermountain Division in Denver, Colorado, where the company is headquartered. Water will be distributed to those in the area who lack access to clean drinking water due to closures of drinking fountains aimed to stop the spread of COVID-19.
To address the current shortage of COVID-19 test kits, Berlin Packaging, a supplier of packaging services with customers in the beverage, food, personal care, pharmaceutical, household care, industrial, and coatings sectors, has responded to a customer need by offering its Clinton, PA warehouse facility and team members to help assemble kits.
“Recognizing that getting test kits in the right hands as quickly as possible is of paramount importance, Berlin Packaging has taken an all-hands-on-deck approach to help assemble hundreds of thousands of kits to expedite the distribution and delivery.”
Companies across the Serent Capital portfolio are contributing to COVID-19 relief efforts in myriad ways and in many market sectors:
- C2 Education launched C2 Virtual, offering its comprehensive test prep, tutoring and college admissions counseling services delivered 100% online. USAtestprep is offering its online courses to everyone as part of its COVID-19 School Relief Program.
- Restaurant management software provider Compeat is offering a wealth of information for restaurants including alternative operating strategies and tips and tricks. It is also promoting and supporting Rally for Restaurants, which lets people buy gift cards or order takeout from their favorite restaurants, as well as rally government officials to take action so local restaurants can survive the pandemic. To take part, visit here.
- The team at staffing and recruiting software provider Avionté is donating food to its local food bank, 360 Communities.
- Medical management solution provider Axiom Medical rolled out its Rapid Response COVID-19 Program, including a Q&A with its chief medical officer and a free e-book on how to protect the workplace.
To learn how all of Serent’s portfolio companies are assisting in COVID-19 relief activities, please visit https://toolkit.serentcapital.com/blog/covid-19-resources.
ON Partners propels an organization’s mission, partnering with companies that share in our values of collaboration, transparency and accessibility. All of us at ON send a sincere thank you to our clients who are making a difference in the fight against COVID-19.
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