We’re incredibly fortunate through this COVID-19 crisis that our teams have always worked in a distributed fashion from day 1. We’ve learned to be good at this way of working amongst ourselves and with our clients. In many ways, we’re going on with business as usual.
Except that it’s not usual. The world is suffering. People are suffering. Though nothing about our work needs to change, those on our teams and the clients we work with all struggle in our own ways.
So, we’re going to keep working the way we’re working when we can. But we’re also trying to be kind to ourselves and our clients. For some of us, that means not working at all, because we can’t. That’s ok. For others, that means working differently, whether different hours or doing different kinds of things. All of this is unprecedented, so we want everyone to take care of themselves, and then others where they can.
Here are some ways that SuperFriends—our partners, clients, and friends—are taking care of others.
- Front-end designer Brad Frost is donating all proceeds from Atomic Design to keeping people fed.
- Producer Abby Fretz is starting an online meetup / support group with immunosuppressed and lung health compromised people.
- Developer Greg Sarault is donating blood.
- Tech director James Hall is offering time to chat with developers about their future, anxieties, or just say hello.
- Producer Matt Cook is helping a chef & event caterer in his coworking community stand up a meal-buying website and creating new email layouts for his church to help digitize all of their content digital.
- Operations consultant Leslie Camacho and his wife are helping newly remote parents by answering specific questions about homeschooling, meal planning, and getting work done in the new chaos as podcast episodes and blog posts. They’re also privately helping by request.
- Designer/developer Todd Libby is holding Zoom calls (privacy is on) for anyone that wants to just chat with someone or have some human contact if they have been self-quarantined/isolated. He has 15-minute, 30-minute, and 60-minute slots available.
- Coach and strategist Sara Wachter-Boettcher launched small-group coaching sessions for just $10.
- Author and coach Lara Hogan is offering a series of upcoming remote workshops.
- Mule Design Studio started Quarantine Book Club
- ueno put together their response to COVID-19.
- Web design conference An Event Apart has made the entire AEA DC 2019 talks catalog available online.
- Herman Miller published resources and discounts for working from home.
- The University of Pittsburgh created a response page about how they’re dealing with COVID-19.
- Cleveland Clinic published their own resources about coronavirus, including a free online screening tool.
- Pfizer published a page of resources about coronavirus.
- eNotes is offering a 50% discount on annual subscriptions and the first month of monthly subscriptions for teachers and students.
- Toast put together resources for restaurant owners about managing a restaurant during coronavirus.
- Khan Academy put together resources for schools, teachers, and parents.
- United Airlines is using their planes to fly critical goods to people who need them.
- Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson cut his salary to $0 for the remainder of 2020, cut the executive team salary by 50%, and released a 6-minute video to the company that showed real leadership.
- The Berkman Klein Center community is exploring how coronavirus is affecting the economy and how to combat it.
- The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has closed down temporarily.
- athenahealth put together resources around COVID-19.
- ExxonMobil pledges significant spending cuts.
- Aetna put together a page about what you need know about COVID-19.
- We’re hiring illustrators for an initiative to combat COVID-19.
- The Philadelphia Inquirer is tracking live updates to coronavirus in the Philadelphia area.
- Real Simple published “7 ways you can help others during coronavirus.”
- The New York Times are providing free access to the most important news and useful guidance on the coronavirus outbreak to help readers understand the pandemic.
- Grammarly published their resources and policies around COVID-19.
- Quartz published “a case for books as ‘essential’ in a time of pandemic.”