In the midst of the fear and uncertainty that a pandemic and subsequent economic downturn brings, it can be challenging to find the time to give back to the community at large. We’re proud that many of our friends and customers in the staffing industry are doing just that—helping neighbors, essential workers, and employees in need. Read on to discover how these staffing firms are giving back to their industry, frontline workers, and local businesses.
Who: Corporate Brokers
Where: Annapolis, Maryland
What: Supporting essential workers and a local cafe when they need it most
Headquartered in Annapolis, MD, the team at Corporate Brokers has strong ties to their community. When the pandemic hit, the team asked themselves, ‘What can we do as an organization to help people keep their jobs?’ Naturally, they shifted their focus toward new customers and how best to support employees who were laid off from client companies, but they also turned to their community. Living in a small city like Annapolis meant that the team was seeing firsthand how local businesses were being impacted. And like many, they wanted to give back to essential workers who were heading into work each and every day.
According to Maggie Williams, Director of Operations at Corporate Brokers, one such business was Bean Rush Cafe, a local roaster, baker, and sandwich shop not just near their headquarters, but around the corner from their CEO’s home. The cafe was doing everything it could to stay open including reducing hours and staffing fewer employees at any given time. Corporate Brokers saw this and decided to give back by offering to pay for meals at two local Bean Rush Cafe locations for essential employees. The initiative was a success, and Corporate Brokers soon expanded it to small businesses near its other offices; Starnut Gourmet in Arlington, Virginia, and Buddy Brew in Tampa, Florida. At Starnut Gourmet, Maggie says the initiative helped the small business raise half of a normal day of sales, which was something they hadn’t seen since the pandemic began. In Tampa, the Corporate Brokers team is working with Buddy Brew to send coffee and pastries to Tampa General Hospital staff at 17 outpatient locations. According to Maggie, the initiative is focused on helping small local businesses that have been hit particularly hard, while also showing their thanks for essential workers.
Who: Prime Staffing
Where: New York, New York
What: Supporting nurses working on the front lines
Prime Staffing is a New York-based recruitment agency that focuses on a number of disciplines—including nursing. While the firm operates in 15 states, with New York City in dire need of nurses, the team shifted their focus to their home state, placing 15-20 times their regular volume of nursing placements. According to Michael Fazio, the president of Prime Staffing, this volume of placements kept the team working from six a.m. to midnight for 33 days in a row placing nurses in hospitals in New York City. But while placing nurses is their business, it’s the above and beyond treatment of these nurses that differentiates Prime Staffing.
At their own expense, Prime Staffing has put in place a number of resources and programs to keep their nurses safe and healthy. This includes free, private transportation to and from work with certified healthy drivers, and putting nurses up in local hotels. Prime Staffing is delivering sealed lunches to the ICU and free dinners, including a special Easter dinner for those working over the holiday. For nurses with children, Prime Staffing has paid for their childcare, and even laundry service or grocery deliveries where needed. Perhaps most significant, Prime Staffing even spent $25,000 on PPE equipment for its nurses.
But it’s not just their physical wellbeing that Prime Staffing is taking care of—working on the frontlines is a grueling, difficult job, and often one that comes with psychological challenges, as well. Michael shared that Prime Staffing is particularly proud of their partnership with a psychotherapist in New York City to give nurses the support they may need during this difficult time. While the volume of placements has slowed down in recent weeks, Prime Staffing doesn’t intend to slow down the care of its frontline staff any time soon. In fact, because of Prime Staffing’s stellar reputation, it was chosen as one of just a few vendors to staff the COVID-19 antibody testing sites around New York City.
Who: Fusion Medical Staffing
Where: Omaha, Nebraska
What: Enabling the staffing industry to give back to healthcare workers
Fusion Medical Staffing is a temporary staffing firm focused on a breadth of healthcare specialties including nursing, travel nursing, allied healthcare, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and more. With such a wide range of specialties, Fusion Medical saw their company affected in volatile ways by the pandemic. Amidst all of this, Fusion Medical decided they wanted to come together as an industry to support the greater good. Fusion Medical teamed up with the nonprofit TravCon to join their Meals for Meds initiative by providing the initial grant donation and assisting with marketing and operations.
Meals for Meds supports frontline healthcare workers and local businesses by delivering food to healthcare workers who are unable to leave hospitals to get food due to long shifts and limited resources. Healthcare workers can place meal requests, and Meals for Meds supplies gift cards so that the worker can order food for their unit and colleagues. At present, Meals for Meds has supplied over 17,000 meals and hope to reach at least 20,000 before the program concludes. So far, the program has received donations from EmployStream, Koley Jessen Attorneys, GetMed Staffing, Inc., Right Sourcing, OneStaff Medical, TextUs, WIIG Electrical Services. Visit Meals for Meds to see how you can help support the initiative.