BooginHead Philanthropy: Coronavirus Edition

Oh, coronavirus.

You really suck.

But if we could conceive of any benefit to your extended and unwelcome stay, it would be how our communities have come together to sacrifice, protect, and help our most vulnerable people against your deadly spread.

A few months ago, people all over the world were suddenly asked to wear face masks in public. We watched our neighbors, friends, and family scavenging the internet for comfortable face masks right when they fell in short supply due to increased demand...and we wanted to help.

We began producing face masks with our safety-tested bandana bib fabric and committed 10% of proceeds to COVID-19 aid organizations local and nationwide. The response to our face masks has been overwhelmingly wonderful, and enabled us to support a number of incredible organizations doing the difficult work of fighting this vaccine-less pandemic. So - what organizations have our customers enabled us to support so far this year?

Local Coronavirus Support

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is BooginHead's local food bank, and it's actually within walking distance from our store on Front Street. With the onset of coronavirus and the economic shutdown to slow its spread, Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank saw a drastic uptick in requests for services. They provide clothes, job resources, emergency relief, and household items to struggling families all over the Eastside (which is what we Washingtonians call the other side of Lake Washington, before you cross over the Cascades). This is not the first time BooginHead has supported Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, and it won't be the last. Thank you for all you do!

Organizers in any movement know that direct action and direct support is the most effective method of alleviating suffering in a community. Issaquah Community Services takes donations and gives them directly to families critically impacted by the economic fallout of coronavirus lockdown - missed mortgage payments, missed rent, utilities shutoffs, and more. 100% of donations make it into the hands of people who have lost everything in our own community, and that's the kind of direct action that makes a difference. Thank you, Issaquah Community Services.

Our headquarters are in Issaquah, which is 30 minutes east of Seattle. Seattle is such a beautiful, vibrant city, but like any city, it has a significant homeless population who need resources and support. YouthCare works to end youth homelessness in Seattle and to ensure that young people are valued for who they are and empowered to achieve their potential. When coronavirus hit, homeless people everywhere were at immediate increased risk of infection and withdrawal of critical resources as cities redirected finances and attention to health systems and lockdown protocols. Women entrepreneurs from 16 Seattle businesses, organized and spearheaded by Gourmondo, joined forces to support YouthCare and keep vulnerable youth well-fed and cared for during lockdown. Our founder and CEO Sari Davidson answered the call, and we were proud to be a part of this vital initiative for our homeless youth in the city we love. Thank you, Gourmondo, for organizing!

Check out GourmondoCo.com to learn more about this incredible woman-owned small business in Seattle.

Nationwide and International Coronavirus Support

Save the Children is a global charity - it was the world's FIRST global charity for children, founded in 1919. Charity watchdog organizations, publishers, and consumer advocates consistently rate it among the most effective, transparent, and honest charities in the world. Save the Children works to create lasting, positive change in the lives of children in more than 120 countries worldwide including the United States, and their emergency measures to fight coronavirus include helping children out of unsafe households, protecting and preparing doctors and health clinics in refugee camps, and supporting long distance learning in the face of school closures. Save the Children makes the painful point that coronavirus has left many children without caregivers, out of school, and exposed to violence and exploitation. We can't think of a better place for a family-focused brand like BooginHead to put its support.

Another global charity, International Rescue Committee is responding around the clock in over 40 countries to prevent further spread of coronavirus. In Seattle, the IRC provides opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America. IRC has launched coronavirus preparedness and response programs in over 40 countries, including the United States, Greece, Syria, and Yemen. The United States is trying to reopen after coronavirus lockdown, and that means reopening airports, tourist destinations, and hopefully, refugee resettlement programs. Coronavirus fought anywhere in the world is coronavirus fought on American soil. We are proud to support IRC's crucial work.

Thank you!

Thank you to our incredible customers. Your support of a small, woman-owned business allows us to support the people and organizations on the ground who can fight the coronavirus pandemic. We appreciate you so very much.

Be sure to check the BooginHead Blog monthly for updates on our coronavirus philanthropy to see where the 10% of face masks proceeds are going! If you know of an organization worth supporting, please message us on Facebook, Instagram, or email us at info@booginhead.com. We'd love to know what's important to you, and explore where it could fit in our contributions this year.