We have always focused on kids, immigrants, and refugees--those most in need in our society. We define our society as the whole world (not just our community or our country). Our goal is to give back, and make sure our giving back is effective. We don't just write checks. We help people.
During the recent coronavirus pandemic, we doubled down. With our company safe and healthy, we decided to give back more. A lot more. We hired people who were in need (some of whom had been working at restaurants in San Francisco), and had them do charitable work for worthy organizations like the San Francisco/Marin and California Food Banks, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, United Playaz, and our existing partners (Ubunye, Zanmi Lakay, the Monument Crisis Center, and the Bay Area Discovery Museum).
These amazing people have done amazing things. We made coffee and delivered donuts to volunteers. We made nearly 1500 masks. We cooked well over a thousand meals for those in need. We used our incredible technical talent to do work technical work for those helping so many others. We wrote grant requests. One of the people we hired donated her paychecks to an orphanage in Haiti and a school in Uganda.
Even though the stay at home orders are in the past, the economy is still in shambles and likely will be for some time to come. We aren't a huge company that can write a check for a million dollars, and we aren't billionaires who can sponsor a cancer center at a hospital. We are, however, a group of people who make a difference and make it a point to give back--individually and collectively.
We don't do it for show. We don't advertise it. We do it because it is the right thing to do.
Our hope is to inspire more people to make a difference in the world. You can read more at: https://www.sfmfoodbank.org/blog/masks-and-food-for-good-qa-with-cobaltix/