UP ❤️'S Doctors
Donating PPE to New York City's Health Care Providers to Help in the Fight Against COVID-19
Governor Cuomo announced the shutdown of New York City when the tri-state area had become the undisputed epicenter of the virus. New York City was at its heart. At the time, the New York Times reported that COVID-19 had caused 17,638 deaths in the state, with 12,067 of the deaths concentrated in New York City. It wasn't until April 28th that the death toll finally plateaued. Throughout the ordeal, an extreme shortage of PPE meant that the city’s health care workers and first responders risked their lives through the bleakest days of the pandemic. Although the task at hand was a far cry from merchant services, we were determined to help nonetheless. Despite the scarcity, we were fortunate enough to find help from our contacts abroad in securing over 14,000 thousand N95 masks. We then personally packed and delivered the masks to the hospitals and first responders in the city that needed them most.
Small Business Relief Program
Providing Aid, Resources and Assistance to Small Businesses Impacted By COVID-19
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed our day-to-day lives and small businesses are perhaps among the most impacted. We wanted to be sure that we stayed true to our founding mission and stand the small businesses. From fear-induced slowdowns to mandatory closures, the majority of our clients have experienced a tremendous strain on their businesses. To assist them, we've rolled out a series of free services and resources designed to help business orders start providing online ordering so that they can continue to maintain their business. In addition, we've prepared resources to help educate 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
Both as a company and with respect to our clients, 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 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 many of the clients, we serve heavily impacted and the most critical areas in China largely stabilized, we made the decision to bring the campaign to an early close and transition to dedicating 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 USD. Donations were distributed to three major programs -The Australian Red Cross, NSW Rural Fire Service, and the RSPCA Australia.