The Get Shift Done for North Texas Initiative (http://www.getshiftdone.org/) was launched to employ affected hourly workers in the hospitality industry to perform shifts for non-profit organizations and institutions in need during the COVID-19 crisis. The Get Shift Done for North Texas Fund was created at Communities Foundation of Texas to raise money to provide wages to hourly workers, who would then serve volunteer shifts at local non-profit organizations, preparing and delivering meals to the 'at-risk' populations (children, elderly, families) in need. Any remaining funds will be used to support nonprofit organizations that provide workforce development and hunger relief.
Local business and community leaders Anurag Jain and Patrick Brandt launched the idea with support from their respective companies, community leaders, restaurant owners, and non-profit organizations, such as the North Texas Food Bank, where Jain serves as Chairman of the Board.
“We saw that the volunteer population for our local non-profits were experiencing an escalating need for volunteers during this crisis and the at-risk population needs for food and resources were spiking,” says Anurag Jain, Chairman of Access Healthcare and Managing Partner of Perot Jain. “We also know there is a large number of workers in the food and beverage hospitality industry that are currently in need of work. Our goal is to help both the workers and the non-profits facilitate delivering meals to those in need while providing wages to the affected shift workers,” he added.
The Shiftsmart platform and operations team will manage the onboarding, matching, scheduling, dispatching, and routing of workers to perform shifts. The existing infrastructure of food banks will be leveraged to match affected workers with available shifts. Restaurants will schedule their staff shifts at North Texas based non-profit organizations preparing, assembling, and delivering meals at a wage rate of $10/hour, paid from the Get Shift Done for North Texas Fund.
“We want to do our part and help our community during this crisis,” says Patrick Brandt, President of Shiftsmart.“Through our partnership with the North Texas Food Bank, beginning this Thursday, March 19, 2020, we will be able to serve over one million meals while providing wages to over 1,000 workers per week,” he adds.
For more information or to support this fund go to http://www.getshiftdone.org/.