Tough times call for tasty treats, and more
You’d be hard pressed to find a single person who hasn’t been impacted by these trying times. Some of us have lost jobs. For others, it’s meant a shift to a work from home environment. Many of us also need to balance work while helping our kids with their schoolwork. One thing is certain; we all share a common sense of isolation and uncertainty.
If there is a silver lining to all of this, it’s the realization that we’re all in this together. There have been countless examples of communities coming together to show their gratitude to the first responders and healthcare workers on the front lines of this pandemic. We’ve also gained a much greater appreciation for the teachers, postal workers, delivery drivers, supermarket employees, farmers and countless others who are essential to keeping our society running.
It’s fitting, then, that we should ask ourselves what we can do in our communities, even in a small way, to show our support and gratitude. Even before this pandemic, NetMotion and its employees had been active in giving back to the community. From donating to the Australian wildlife relief fund, to packaging food at the Central Texas food bank, NetMotion has been active on a corporate and individual level to help our communities.
Every little bit counts
On a more personal level, several of our regional teams took it upon themselves to show how much they appreciate those on the frontline. Here are just a couple of examples.
The city of New Orleans in Louisiana quickly comes to mind. After being hit hard by the devastating force of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, the people of the “Big Easy” have spent the last 15 years getting the city back on its feet.
New Orleans has been incredibly proactive over the past couple of months in an effort to keep its residents safe. So as a small gesture of thanks, one of our enterprise sales representatives sent some pizzas to the “heroes under the headset” who protect the city day in and day out.
Thanks to our friends at NetMotion Software for throwing a pizza party, on Saturday, for our devoted heroes under the headset who continue to serve the city of New Orleans during the #COVID19 outbreak.”
In the UK, we see a similar story. The London Metropolitan Police created a Covid-19 emergency response group called PMART (Pandemic Multi-Agency Response Teams) to help coordinate its efforts across the city. With each PMART member servicing up to 15 incidents per day, it’s far from an easy job.
PMART, together with the London Fire Brigade, Transport Police and City Police are doing an amazing job safeguarding city residents. As a token of appreciation, the NetMotion UK team arranged a delivery of fresh doughnuts and energy drinks, which was shared among those teams and NHS healthcare workers.
NetMotion has identified several charitable organizations around the world that we are actively supporting through an employee donation matching program. If you are in a position to help in any way, check out the charities below or visit the website of your local charities to see how you can contribute. We are all in this together.
COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund
Donations to the Solidarity Response Fund support the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) lead and coordinate the global efforts to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. Contributions support WHO’s work to track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients get the care they need, and frontline workers get essential supplies and information; and to accelerate research and development of a vaccine and treatments for all who need them.
New York First Responders Fund
Donations to the NY First Responders Fund provides support for direct expenses associated with NY’s response activities, including, but not limited to: assisting healthcare workers and first responders with costs associated with daycare; to purchase PPE and ventilators; and assist local non-profits, such as food banks, in their relief efforts.
Contributions to Food Lifeline support more than 300 food banks, meal programs, and shelters across Washington State. Food Lifeline, working collaboratively with Northwest Harvest and Second Harvest, are the three distribution leads driving the statewide emergency food response.
European Food Banks Federation
Donations to the Social Emergency Fund support food bank all across Europe.
Australia Save the Children
Contributions to the COVID-19 Crisis Appeal help protect the children most at risk from the effects of this pandemic. Donations also support neighboring countries in Asia and the Pacific.
Donations to the COVID-19 Community Care Fund, matched at 100% by the Gore Mutual Foundation, support food banks, shelters, school lunch programs, and crisis lines to support those experiencing mental health issues and domestic violence.
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