Our journey for the concern for the health and wellbeing of our constituency began with the need to help our small businesses to continue to activate revenue at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. We helped them strategize ways to stay open and continue servicing their clients.
I A.M. Fitness and Nutrition owned by Amanda Martin expressed concerns about the mandate to close her business, so she took it to the street. We supported her business with a grant from the Highmark Foundation a program called Pathways to Fitness.
Supporting Food Services
Caterers and food services businesses were also impacted by COVID-19 and many lost their entire book of business in 2020 including wedding receptions, graduations and even funeral repasses. With the support of the POISE Foundation, we were able to support these businesses to address food insecurity with hot meals in marginalized communities. Businesses included Cobbler World Baked Goods, House of Soul Catering, and Roux Orleans.
The need to increase the vaccination rates in Black and Brown communities lead us to pivot our organizational and marketing skills a work in the mobile vaccination clinic arena. We have supported the organization of hundreds of clinics throughout Allegheny, Beaver, and Washington Counties.
With our efforts and commitment to the health and wellbeing of these communities, thousands of people have been vaccinated right in the neighborhoods where they live, worship, and play.