Ways for Your Business to Give Back During COVID-19
Dan Levenson September 08, 2020
Many people and businesses are struggling during COVID-19, which makes charities and non-profit organizations more important than ever. Even if your business has struggled now is an ideal time to give back to the community any way that you can. There are many ways for your business to give back during COVID-19.
There are many opportunities for your business to volunteer in the community. Consider traditional volunteering avenues such as homeless shelters, missions, and larger organizations like the Red Cross or the Salvation Army. Keep in mind that there are countless other non-profits that need help during this time, such as animal organizations, food banks, civil rights organizations, senior centers, and veteran centers.
Consider Donating. Donating is always an option if you do not have enough time to volunteer due to business demands or family needs. You can donate to any worthy organization around the world.
FOOD/CLOTHING OR CRAFT DRIVE
Create a food and clothing drive for people in need at your business and find a local organization to receive the donations. You may even consider promoting the drive with other businesses and locals. You can also deliver donations directly to a homeless shelter or perhaps a concentrated homeless population.
The more you involve the community with your charitable activities, the more they will respect and remember the integrity of your business. With a large enough effort, you may even attract media attention, which may encourage more people to support and give back to the community.
If you’re looking for ways to give back that’s a little more out-of-the-box, consider a craft drive, where your business creates things that people need, such as face masks, or put together essential baskets or kits with hand sanitizer and soap.
FAMILY/CHILD OR CLASSROOM SPONSORING
Sponsoring local families in need is also an excellent, meaningful way to give back to the community, and it’s ideal for businesses that may be short on time and money. As a family sponsor, you could provide the family with weekly or monthly care packages of food, cleaning supplies, personal care and bath essentials, socks, toys, and/or clothing, depending on the needs of the family.
As school starts again, whether online or in-person, children and youth are often in need of school supplies and clothing for the new year. Contact your local school district to find-out if they have any sponsoring programs already in place. Some school districts also have classroom sponsors in lower-income areas for arts, crafts, sports, activities, and other school supplies.
DISCOUNTED OR FREE PRODUCTS/SERVICES & BEYOND
One of the best ways to give back to the community is to provide discounted or free products or services to those in need or those seriously impacted by COVID-19. Your business can set this up on a sliding scale or schedule a specific time to offer the services at a discounted rate.
Other companies have gotten more creative and revamped what products and services they provide, such as alcoholic beverage companies making hand sanitizer!
To find-out more about ways for your business to give back and succeed during COVID-19, or for any questions concerning your insurance coverage contact us!