While the pandemic has tested companies across the globe, but there’s positivity even in the darkest of times. All you have to do is look for it. At Redstage and Fulcrum Digital (our parent company), the team came together to help others in numerous ways. From launching fundraisers and sending masks to those in need, our tight knit team is spreading joy around the United States and beyond. Here’s how.
Marya Berardi, Head of Project Management
Alongside HR and her colleague Art, Marya has been working to fundraise for Feeding America and God’s Love We Deliver – two organizations that provide meals to those in need. Marya has also been running a fundraising campaign in her social circles. “We’re very fortunate that we have jobs that not only allow us to work remotely but also are in a fairly-stable industry. Now more than ever is the time for us to give back to our communities – especially to help our neighbors who have literally lost their ability to feed their families.” Marya said.
To date, enough funds have been raised to cover approximately 10,000 meals – with the goal to raise enough to cover 25,000. Those interested in donating to either organization should check out Fulcrum/Redstage’s Feeding America online campaign or the God’s Love We Deliver COVID-19 emergency fund page. Marya also strongly encourages anyone who can to volunteer with these types of organizations in your community, donate blood and check in on elderly neighbors: “There are plenty of ways to get out of the house AND to make a difference at the same time!
Chris Yin, Creative Director at Redstage
Since the start of this pandemic, Christopher and his father Conrad, have been sourcing medical surgical masks to donate to first responders, law enforcement, and hospitals in the NJ area. To-date, they have donated more than 600 surgical masks to St. Barnabas Medical Center, the Verona Police Department, and are in process of receiving another 1000 masks for donation by end of next week.
When asked why, Christopher stated “My Child was born at the Apex of the curve. The eerie drive to the hospital, passing the plastic quarantine tents, the empty parking lot, knowing we are surrounded by the microscopic virus. I witnessed first-hand how these brave doctors and nurses put themselves in harm’s way to take care of us, and I couldn’t be more thankful. We have the means and it is our social responsibility to take care of those who are taking care of us, it’s that simple”
Kalyan Gopalakrishnan, VP of Insurance Practice at Fulcrum Digital
Strengthening immunity is the need of the hour! During this challenging times it is very important to protect our body and mind from stress, sleeplessness, malnourishment, anxiety, and more. One of the best ways to manage this is through breathing & meditation. When the global pandemic was declared, Kalyan volunteered to bring breathing and meditation techniques to everyone in the company which was immediately supported by the executive leadership team. He began conducting 30 min sessions, twice daily covering all office locations across Fulcrum Digital and Redstage.
These sessions help participants to calm their minds and get more focused on their day to day without anxiety and stress. Kalyan has been conducting these sessions for the last one month and planned to continue till the situation come back to normalcy. Kalyan shared that “Meditation and breathing techniques are my passion and it helps me go through every day with peace. I took it as my responsibility to share what I have to all my colleagues so that everyone can benefit especially during these testing times.
Local & Online
Outside of local community initiatives, the Redstage and Fulcrum teams are assisting the business community too. Working with our partners in the eCommerce ecosystem, we’re providing free eCommerce support for companies of all sizes. If you’re struggling to stay online or need to build an online store to offset closed locations, we’re here to help. Learn more about Offline2On and our free services here.