We have been telling everyone who will listen that we, Schedulicity, care about you and your small business. We are trying to do as much as we can with this platform to help you navigate these tough times. Still, we realize we can only do so much.
You do so much to help your clients normally, and they haven’t stopped needing you — but now their needs have shifted. And wow, have you answered them.
A few weeks ago, when we adapted our Schedulicity Cares program to award more businesses grants (every Monday, Wednesday, and twice on Fridays!), we decided to switch up our application. We asked you to share with how they’re supporting their communities during quarantine. The resulting stories are inspiring and uplifting — and they’re the sorts of stories that make you want to get in on the action.
Try one of these ways to give to your community or use it as inspiration to launch a different initiative of your own. (And then, don’t forget to let us know what you’re doing, so you can apply for a Schedulicity Cares grant, too!)
1. Donation systems, reduced rates, and emergency blankets
“I have set up a donation system so patients that have not been impacted in their income can donate to those that can’t afford their treatments. I have also set up telehealth appointments on a donation basis to help those that cannot come to the office, and I have reduced my rates to help those patients that do self pay, so they can afford to come in. My kids and I volunteer at the homeless shelter on Thursdays, we also drive around town handing out food and emergency blankets to whoever we find in our path. We’ve handed out over 700 blankets in the last 3 months.”
2. Swag bags for clients and taking care of your team
“Making deliveries to our beautiful clients who are helping support us! We love you! We are in this together! We have split our profits 3 ways – store/team/clients!! With a little swag bag and a personalized note for each customer 💝”
3. Caregiving for the sick
“I’m a lash tech and a former salon worker was recently diagnosed with stage 4 sarcoma. He doesn’t have much of a support system, so since our salon closed due to the virus and I now have a lot of free time on my hands, I decided to step up and become his caregiver (providing transportation, meals, words of encouragement, support, etc) because I know living with cancer, trying to adjust is difficult and this virus is probably making it 100x more scary/stressful so I’m just trying my best to be there… because I know I would want someone to be there for me if the roles were reversed.”
4. Sewing masks
I pledged to sew 300 (and actually sewed 304) masks for health care workers through the country.
5. Keeping restaurants afloat
“My business is in downtown Ferndale, Michigan and we are surrounded by fabulous restaurants and pubs. Over the years the owners, waitresses, and bartenders have referred clients to my business, during this trying time I’ve been driving 40 minutes from my home to the city my business is to order carryout dinners for my family to help keep them going. I’ve also been tipping much more than usual. And because we’re shut down completely I’ve been donating our facemasks to any service workers that are still interacting with the public.”
6. Feeding others
“My mom and I are working together to make and deliver 100 loaves of spelt bread to local health care providers and at-risk community members! Spelt has a ton of health benefits so we are hoping to be a small part of keeping others healthy! Also my friend and I were blessed to be able to go together and pay for a single mom’s groceries in the community over this time!”
7. Offering free services
“These are challenging times, and it’s practices like meditation that have helped me manage. I felt called to share what I know about meditation, and offer this free 30 day Meditation Challenge as a resource and chance to practice together in a group, despite our current social isolation.
Already in the first three days I’ve connected with students who I haven’t seen in years, and who live all over. The gifts of meditation are endless. I’m so grateful to technology for making this possible and for this community for showing up, for yourself, for your families, and for me. Teaching what I practice makes it far more real for me. It’s why I teach.”
8. Online self-care lessons
“I am offering donation-based and free self-care sessions through Instagram and Zoom – self-awareness meditation sessions, talks, and meditations about stress and fear with research-based meditation and breathing methods to switch the nervous system back to feeling safe, movement classes including stretching and qigong. Everyone is welcome to join even if they can’t pay right now…I am also lowering my prices for private Zoom consults to rehab injuries and chronic pain.”
9. Volunteering for the homeless and in-need
“I am volunteering at the homeless shelter near me, I’ve collected hygiene care packages for the Women’s Shelter, and also organized a toy drive for the children of the women at the shelter. I am also donating to nonprofits like the animal shelter & wildlife rehabilitation centers.”
The Boulder Hair Dresser, Boulder, CO – Stella
10. Using online class fees for fundraising for charity
I am offering fundraising classes (50% to local charities, recently bought cereal for a local pandemic daycare), weekly “virtual social,” so people can practice yoga then socialize with other humans via Zoom and all of my classes are donation-based, people can pay whatever they can for class, even if it’s $0 right now. I advertise almost exclusively with a locally owned radio station and locally owned newspaper. I have special training to offer classes in yoga for trauma & loss, classes specific for older adults, restorative and other therapeutic modalities in yoga. If someone needs to be around other people because they feel lonely, they are always welcome to join one of my classes or guided meditation sessions even if they cannot pay (even when I am open).”