Since the first stay-at-home order was implemented, we’ve seen our customers adapt in response to business challenges posed by social distancing. Many have found creative ways to offer new services and bring in new revenue streams—and many have found ways to serve local and global communities that are uniquely impacted by coronavirus. Read on to learn more about four Squarespace websites that are helping people connect with each other and with those in need.
Mask Match is a volunteer-run organization that helps put much-needed masks directly into the hands of healthcare workers. Anyone with spare masks, including high-filtration masks like N95s, surgical masks, and homemade masks can sign up to deliver or ship their masks, and be matched with the nearest healthcare worker who has requested masks. This peer-to-peer process helps individual healthcare workers facing immediate shortages of personal protective equipment. While most Mask Match donors and recipients are located in the United States and Canada, the site links out to similar organizations in other countries. If you have masks, or you’re making them, learn more about how to donate here.
A one-of-a-kind effort to raise money for the response to an unprecedented global event, Give-a-Sheet sells limited edition artwork and donates all proceeds to the COVID-Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization. Artists in lockdown all over the world create and donate work on single sheets of toilet paper, which are available for purchase on a sliding donation scale. Beyond vital funding for the COVID response fund, Give-a-Sheet aims to provide creative inspiration and a touch of levity for those hunkered down at home. View their gallery of toilet paper art.
Small businesses are the backbone of New York City’s many distinctive neighborhoods, and city residents are eagerly seeking ways to support their local favorites right now. SupportNYC makes it easy to find the restaurants and shops New Yorkers love and place delivery orders or purchase gift cards for future use. Visitors can also purchase a tote bag knowing the proceeds will be donated to small businesses, and find similar sites for nearly a dozen other cities—or get started building a supportlocal.online site for their city.
A non-profit organization pre-dating the COVID-19 crisis by several years, Love for the Elderly inspires empathy and combats loneliness by collecting hand-written cards and letters from volunteers and mailing them to residents of senior communities like nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospices. With much of the world under lockdown or shelter-in-place orders, residents of such long-term care facilities are more isolated than ever before, and Love for the Elderly is stepping up its “Letters of Love” project to help older adults feel less alone. Write your own letter or make a donation here.
At Squarespace, we continue to be inspired by the ways people and organizations are facing these extraordinarily difficult times—and we hope to continue to inspire you by sharing their stories.