LOS ANGELES – Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), in partnership with Big Sunday, Ordermark, and DoorDash, announced a new campaign today to raise funds to support essential hospital workers who are putting in long hours and risking their health to serve patients during the COVID-19 crisis.
The employees include respiratory therapists, ER technicians, nursing assistants, hospital cleaning staff, dietary workers, and transporters. Funds raised will be used to provide DoorDash gift cards to these workers and their families during the COVID-19 surge. The gift cards can be used to order food for delivery or takeout from restaurants on DoorDash. All donations to the initiative’s GoFundMe campaign are tax deductible.
Here’s how the campaign will operate:
Learn more at www.PlatesofLove.org.
“Receiving this certificate during this difficult time has given some light during this time of darkness,” said Joanna Ramirez, a surgery scheduler in the oncology department at Dignity Health Medical Foundation in Sacramento. “Having survived COVID-19 and not being able to cook a nice hot meal for the family was very difficult. Now I can surprise them with their favorite meal. It warms my heart to know that in times of need you can rely on others.”
“These brave men and women are putting their own lives on the line fighting COVID-19,” said David Levinson, founder and executive director of Big Sunday. “We are so happy to lighten their loads, and we’re thrilled that we can include their families who are giving so much too.”
“We are eternally grateful to the healthcare heroes on the front lines of this pandemic,” said Tony Xu, CEO and co-founder of DoorDash. “It’s an honor to give back to healthcare workers and their families through the gift of good food.”
“We’re honored to play a role in this effort to support our hidden healthcare heroes,” said Alex Canter, CEO and co-founder of Ordermark. “This is a great way to use food delivery to positively support those who are risking their lives for all of us and I encourage everyone to contribute.”
*For every ten $100 gift cards purchased through this campaign, DoorDash will donate an additional $100 gift card through May 31, 2020.
SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) is one of the largest unions of hospital workers in the United States, with 97,000 members. Learn more at www.seiu-uhw.org.
Big Sunday (www.bigsunday.org) is an L.A.-based nonprofit. Their mission is to connect people through helping. Big Sunday has been bringing people together to help and volunteer since 1999. They are driven by the belief that absolutely everyone has some way that they can help someone else. Recognized nationally, Big Sunday functions as an efficient clearing house of community engagement and volunteerism. Throughout the year, they organize, host, and facilitate more than 2,000 ways to bring people of every age and background together to improve the world. Big Sunday was named by the Points of Light Foundation as one of “10 national nonprofits that are making a tremendous impact on our country’s most critical challenges by mobilizing volunteers. [They] also demonstrate a collaborative spirit through partnerships with other organizations to help strengthen communities across the nation.”
DoorDash is a technology company that connects customers with their favorite local and national businesses in over 5,000 cities and all 50 states across the United States, Canada, and Australia. Founded in 2013, DoorDash empowers merchants to grow their businesses by offering on-demand delivery, data-driven insights, and better in-store efficiency, providing delightful experiences from door to door. By building the last-mile delivery infrastructure for local cities, DoorDash is bringing communities closer, one doorstep at a time. Read more on the DoorDash blog or at www.doordash.com.
Ordermark (www.ordermark.com) is the leading and one of the fastest-growing restaurant technology service providers in the mobile technology space. Ordermark helps restaurants and virtual kitchens increase efficiency and grow profits by aggregating mobile orders across all of the major online ordering service providers into a single dashboard and printer.