2020 has been a challenging year for many, but no one has felt the stress of the global pandemic more than the healthcare workers on the front lines fighting this deadly virus.
It has become increasingly clear that the healthcare professionals fighting this pandemic are worn out and exhausted. Frontline workers have to balance an already stressful work environment with constantly changing policies and guidelines as they navigate the increased demands of safely giving care during a prolonged pandemic.
A special report from the US Chamber of Commerce suggests that small, women-owned businesses have been disproportionately impacted by COVID 19 and the recession, and specifically states that “women-owned small businesses have less optimistic revenue, investment and hiring plans compared to male-owned small businesses.”
The Soula Box is aimed at supporting women led businesses in Missoula, Montana, and the local community. During business meetings, we are constantly asking the question - "How can we help women lead businesses in the COVID era? and What does that look like?" These questions are really at the core of the Soula Box project.
We came up with the idea of the COVID Healthcare Workers Gift Box fund as our way of giving back to our local heroes in the healthcare industry. Here's how it works: donations are accepted until the end of the year. On Dec.31 2020, the donation drive will end, and the total money raised will be put toward making giftboxes with items from local, woman-owned businesses. These giftboxes will be distributed to healthcare workers working directly with COVID-19 patients through the local hospitals.
Check out the donation page where you can choose any amount to donate to this project.