Schools around the country have closed to protect students and communities amidst COVID-19. Consequently, thousands of students from the EdCorps Community are at home – often leaving their thriving businesses back in their classrooms. But some classes are finding ways to continue on – running their businesses and supporting their communities during this uncertain time.
On April 15, 2020, television station WTAE launched a one-day campaign called “Project CommUNITY: Day of Giving”, in order to support the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Engaging community members and businesses alike, the campaign raised over one million dollars for the cause. Each dollar raised results in five meals, meaning the total funds raised will bring over five million meals to those in need throughout the Pittsburgh region.
Center Grows and BW Creations
Since schools closed, the students behind Center Grows – a student-run business from Plum Borough School District – and BW Creations – a student-run business from Baldwin-Whitehall School District – have had to adjust the plans for their business and the remainder of the school year.
Each business has been meeting online using Google Hangouts, and have discussed how to use their profits to support those affected with COVID-19. When they heard about Project CommUNITY, the classes saw an opportunity. Both businesses donated $200 of their hard-earned profits to the campaign, providing 2000 meals to those in need in the greater Pittsburgh region. Both businesses are evidence that entrepreneurship can be a force for good, and a vehicle for action.
See more about the campaign here.