Filling the Gap
When a Texas-based nonprofit saw that San Antonio could benefit from its initiative during the COVID-19 crisis, it jumped right in. Get Shift Done for San Antonio pays out-of-work hospitality employees to provide assistance to in-need charity organizations that have seen a rise in demand since the pandemic began.
Started by Anurag Jain and Patrick Brandt, the nonprofit serves Bexar and surrounding counties by matching displaced hourly workers in the food-service industry with shifts at local food nonprofits. Workers get paid $13 an hour to do what they did pre-pandemic — cook, serve, and deliver food.
The model provides relief in three ways: help for nonprofits, paychecks for the newly unemployed, and food for the hungry.
Get Shift Done recently came to the area thanks to a partnership between United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. The USAA Foundation funded the initiative, in addition to money it has received from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund.
Get Shift Done implements Shiftsmart technology to find workers for open nonprofit shifts in and around the city. Handling the lion's share of the HR processes, the Shiftsmart platform streamlines operations with onboarding, scheduling, and much more.
“San Antonio is known for its outstanding tourism and award-winning restaurant community that has been hit hard economically as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. We are extremely grateful to partner with United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County to be a part of a solution to provide hunger relief to so many by activating the strong base of restaurant workers who call San Antonio home,” said Shiftsmart president Patrick Brandt.
The list of charitable organizations working with Get Shift Done is quickly growing. Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc.; Haven for Hope; St. Vincent de Paul Society; the San Antonio Food Bank; and Greater Randolph Area Services Program, Inc. (GRASP) are all currently using the matching services.
The initiative is also available in cities across the state and country, including North Texas; Houston; El Paso; Rio Grande Valley; New Orleans; Central Arkansas; and the Washington, D.C. area.