UP ❤️'S Doctors
Donating PPE to New York City's Health Care Providers to Help in the Fight Against COVID-19
By March 20th, New York City was officially the epicenter of the COVID-19 virus and the governor announced a shutdown. The New York Times reported that the pandemic had taken 17,638 lives in the state, 12,067 of which were concentrated in New York City alone. During this time, Doctors, nurses, hospital employees, and other first responders risked their lives fighting on the front lines, even as the city experienced an acute shortage of PPE. Although the task at hand was a far cry from merchant services, we were determined to do something to help. Thanks to our partners and contacts abroad, we were successful in securing over 14,000 thousand N95 masks. In April, we hand-delivered the masks to the hospitals and first responders that needed them most.
Small Business Relief Program
Providing Aid, Resources and Assistance to Small Businesses Impacted By COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed our day-to-day lives, with small businesses perhaps among the most impacted. Discrimination, misinformation, and mandatory closures placed an even greater burden on Asian-owned businesses. To assist our merchant partners, we offered free services to help business owners start offering online ordering services. In addition, we prepared resources and training to help inform business owners about how they can access the loan and grant programs made available through State, Federal, and Business stimulus and relief programs.
Stay Strong, Wuhan!
Donation Campaign to Benefit International Charities Fighting the Spread of Coronavirus
For our company and those we serve, the crisis in China left a deep impression, even at its earliest stages. To help do our part, we partnered with Quantum Electronic Payments and committed to making donations on behalf of all new clients signed through February. By the end of the campaign, we contributed a total of $10,800 to Direct Relief, Heart to Heart International, and Give2Asia to help combat the spread of the Coronavirus in China. As the virus spread and the crisis reached an international scale, state and federal mandates lead to the closure of many small businesses. With the situation in China largely stabilized, we decided to bring the campaign to an early close and redirected our attention and resources towards helping those most in need here at home. The campaign officially came to a close on March 5th, 2020.
Australian Bushfire Relief Campaign
UP's Donation Matching Program to Support Humanitarian and Conversational Efforts in Australia
Many of our team members call Australia home. Our hearts went out to those affected by the bushfires devastating Australia. To support the fight against the bushfires in Australia, we matched donations from local businesses, dollar-for-dollar, up to $2,500. Donations were distributed to three major programs -The Australian Red Cross, NSW Rural Fire Service, and the RSPCA Australia.