COVID Lockdown: Creating a Healthy Community

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When I first wrote about the impact of COVID, I, like most of you, could not anticipate the road ahead. 

Over the last year, social distancing has been the necessary tool to ensure the health and well-being of our communities. Finding ways to stay connected, instantly and directly, while remaining physically apart became essential. Our purpose of keeping people connected directly and instantly to the conversations they choose to be part of via text messaging, was brought to life in ways that continue to humble and amaze me. There has never been a more important time for Community. 

When areas all across the country were forced to lockdown—Community and its Leaders got to work. Leaders across the platform really leaned in to directly engage their audience via text messaging. Whether it was daily COVID-19 and vaccine updates from Dr. David Agus; Leaders like Kerry Washington, Kenan Thompson and others making sure people could get to the polls safely to vote in Georgia; launching a Local Optimist Hotline to provide mental health resources and support like MadHappy; throwing a virtual pizza party that benefited healthcare workers like Des Rocs; Brad Paisley hosting zoom happy hours; offering tips on how to keep yourself busy like Jenny Han; using our platform to provide support for their small businesses, like Slutty Vegan; having conversations around mental health, relationships, and vulnerability with We’re Not Really Strangers—the innovation born out of necessity and resilience of our communities, makes me hopeful and incredibly proud to have created technology that drives real impact. 

To date, Community has powered over 3B texts—keeping over 25MM Members directly and instantly connected to what they care most about. And for the Leaders who were not immune to the challenges of this year, we offered support with COVID-relief initiatives that offered discounts and special rates to stay connected on our platform, commitments and programs like Amplify that support small businesses to drive economic growth, and more. We are a Community, and together we are only as strong as our weakest link. 

For more information on Community or to hear more about how we can help you stay directly connected and impact your brand needs reach out to us HERE.  If you want to hear more from me, feel free to text me: (716) 330-3003.

Thank you,

Matthew Peltier
CEO and co-founder of Community

Crowns & Hops
Beny Asburn & Teo Hunter
Founded by Beny Ashburn and Teo Hunter. Hunter & Ashburn disrupted the status quo of the craft beer industry, and built a brand that is bigger than beer - Crowns & Hops Brewing Co. Through curated events, content and premium product, Crowns & Hops Brewing Co. is the first ever craft beer brand that bridges communities of color, dope culture and craft beer.
Intersectional Environmentalist
Leah Thomas
IE is a resource + media hub exploring the intersections of social + environmental justice. The platform was founded by environmentalist Leah Thomas, who is based in Ventura, CA. Leah is also the founder of eco-lifestyle blog @greengirlleah.
Arreale Davis
A marketplace for handmade and one of a kind HBCU fraternity and sorority-related goods, with a focus on green marketing and environmentally friendly products.
Lybroan James & Gary Mack
A disruptive EdTech platform that provides training, services and assessment tools designed to help education professionals close learning gaps for underserved students by creating communities and culturally affirming learning environments through equity, innovation and engagement.
OldVine Florals
Itika Oldwine
Since 2017, Itika Oldwine has been creating blooming masterpieces and giving a modern twist to the flowery landscape of LA through beautiful floral designs.
Sip & Sonder
Shanita Nicholas & Amanda-Jane Thomas
The premier destination in Inglewood for creatives, entrepreneurs, freelancers, curators, and everyone in between to simply exist, grab a cup of coffee, connect, create, and put sonder into action. Its mindfully curated coffee and innovative programs and partnerships solidify Sip & Sonder as one of the premium coffee and lifestyle brands in Los Angeles and beyond.
Jennifer Pauline
A Black and Brown centered community and storytelling agency on a mission to amplify marginalized stories. As a support system for creators and founders, it also serves as a lifestyle brand and content platform that sits at the intersection of creativity and well-being.
Danai Pointer
A disruptive fashion and technology platform specializing in custom nude color-matching. Made in Los Angeles by a talented team of women, TruNude’s line includes sustainably made skin tone undergarments (t-shirt bra, bralette, panty) in luxurious, ethically sourced bamboo fabric.
Black Out the Ballot
Jen Bui & Vizion Jones
A Collective of Creatives committed to changing the infrastructure to ensure radical equity, social justice, and financial empowerment for disenfranchised communities.
Honey's Kettle
Vincent & Dr. Arlene W. Williams
This New, Old Fashioned business has been serving up fresh Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken for nearly 40+ years with locations in Culver City, Downtown LA and Hollywood. The Los Angeles food institution also offers hand rolled buttermilk biscuits, kettle cooked fries, locally sourced honey, sweet pickles, Ice-Shaker lemonade, secret sauce, shucked corn, and more.
As the co-founder and CEO of Community, I want to make sure our brand reflects what we truly stand for, not just in words, but in the actions we take. We exist to keep people connected to the conversations that they choose to be part of - we choose to connect with Black-owned businesses in SoCal.  For more information on Community or if you want to hear more from me, feel free to text me: 716-330-3003.

Other Leaders on Community include: Slutty Vegan; UNWRP; We're Not Really Strangers; Bobby HundredsThe Shade Room; Patrisse Cullors; Kerry Washington; and more

- Matt Peltier
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