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.
TBA
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.
323-310-9781
PHrequency8
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.
818-650-4117
MILO
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.
TBA
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.
213-516-6180
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.
310-496-1883
With/Creators
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.
310-356-9548
TruNude
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.
310-742-0881
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.
310-359-0946
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.
310-347-4531
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
716-330-3003
Westside Compost
Kaile Teramoto & Stacy Huynh
An environmental initiative that sets out to educate both gen Z and millennials alike on the benefits of composting. By bringing further accessibility to environmental education, Westside Compost aims to promote the values of re-soiling to help close the food waste cycle.
213-516-6484
Wanderlust Creamery
Adrienne Borlongan & Jon-Patrick Lopez
Artisanal ice cream inspired by feelings of wanderlust. Every flavor is inspired by the places traveled, longed to visit, and childhood memories. Famous for flavors like Ube Malted Crunch®, Japanese Neapolitan®, and the original Sticky Rice & Mango ice cream, each of its unique and original ice creams are formulated with all natural dairy, balanced butterfat, and minimal overrun for an indulgent experience that finishes clean on the palate.
818-651-8458
UPRISERS
Michelle K. Hanabusa
A community driven streetwear brand rooted in amplifying impactful and authentic stories of the underrepresented. Delivering on the core of who UPRISERS is, they have fueled campaigns such as #HATEISAVIRUS
310-388-9556
Transparent Arts
Kevin Nishimura, Kirby Lee, James Roh, Daniel Park, and Virman Coquia
Supporting Asian Americans in entertainment. Transparent Arts bridges east and west through cultural relevance, localized marketing, distribution, and creative collaborations.
213-516-6548
PINK BABY
Alysia Brunst
An Asian-American women-owned fashion brand located in the heart of Los Angeles, CA. The brand is inspired by the paparazzi-filled lifestyle of the 2000’s, and encourages people to express their inner confidence and fearless attitude through its apparel.
310-388-9554
Jubilee Media
Jason Y. Lee
The definitive media company for curious, empathy-fueled young people. The company creates viral shows about human identity, experiences, and connections including "Middle Ground" "Spectrum" and "Odd One Out." Ultimately, Jubilee exists to provoke a new culture of empathy.
310-388-9548
Intercrew
Kevin Lin, Kirby Lee, Rich Nam, James Roh, Daniel Park, Kevin Nishimura
A new luxury, American, meat, and seafood concept located in the historic Morgan Adams building at Wilshire and Catalina, in the heart of Koreatown. Intercrew's vision is to provide customers with amazing seasonal dishes and unique experiences through the smell, sight, touch, taste, and celebration of food, creativity, and community on a global scale.
213-513-7322
Hate is a Virus
Tammy Cho & Michelle K. Hanabusa
A movement and non-profit started in March 2020, Hate Is A Virus continues to amplify, educate and activate AAPI to stand for justice and equality in solidarity with other communities.
310-388-9794
Finery
Min Young Lee & Greg Soto
Finery designs the Anti-Uniform. The LA-based studio was born from the need to create a uniform that didn’t look or feel anything like the traditional uniform. Since 2013, Finery has been designing elevated expressions of workwear for both FOH and BOH based on its firm belief that Everybody’s Work Is Equal.
213-516-5918
Droplet
Talia Jafarkhani, Celeste Perez & Adrienne Borlongan
A sparkling, stress-balancing adaptogen drink made with whole fruit juices, organic adaptogens, and aromatherapeutic superfoods. Developed by an all-female team of designers and food scientists, Droplet draws from scientifically-backed plant magic to help you fight stress and feel balanced without any harmful ingredients. It’s self-care in every sip.
310-388-6447
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
716-330-3003
Dolce Blooms
Jamie Correa & John Beach
He/Him
Floral and event design company based in Los Angeles for all occasions and needs.
Empowerment in Heels
Miss Marquez
She/her
In 2017 Miss Marquez created the Empowerment in Heels Burlesque School as a way to provide a safe space for all body shapes, gender identities, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and race to explore the beauty and catharsis of Burlesque.
Flying Dinosaur Designs
Meagen Brooks
She/Her
Based in Los Angeles, this graphic design company specializes in neon sign fabrication, logos and branding, product packaging, web graphics, and prop/set graphics.
MaeDay Rescue
Natalie Garcia
She/her
A non-profit dog rescue based in Los Angeles. They save hundreds of dogs and cats, of all breeds and ages, from the shelters and streets through its foster based program.
Magic Carpets
AJ Peterson
They/Them/Theirs
Explores the mystical intersection of queerness and spirituality, creating hand-tufted rugs that breathe life into spaces. As a teacher at heart, AJ, Magic Carpet’s founder, is on a mission to share this transformational craft with other curious creatives.
Melanin Meetups
Kirk Brown
He/Him
A think-platform where black professionals/influencers meet to network, discuss, ideate in order to heal and advance Community.
NiK Kacy Footwear
Nik Kacy
They/Them/Theirs
The first luxury footwear and accessories brand dedicated to creating designs that break and go beyond the gender binary.
Nova Sage
Jessica Gabrielle, Ashley Jones
She/Her
A black owned, artisan brand specializing in homemade beauty products. They stock a variety of essential products carefully handcrafted to enhance holistic wellness.
SweetBoy
Ben Sidell
He/him
A cottage food business delivering made to order baked goods throughout Los Angeles.
The Queer 26
Camille Elston
She/Her or They/Them
A 501(c)(3) multimedia non-profit organization supporting QTBIPOC creatives. Through its workshops, services, and projects, the organization shares its communities’ stories and offers resources that allow them to not only survive but thrive while pursuing their dreams.
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
716-330-3003
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