Kapor Center Joins Coalition Launching OnwardCA.org, California’s COVID-19 Support Platform

Connecting Californians with Services, Funds and Jobs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Oakland, Calif. April 2, 2020 – Today, the Kapor Center (www.kaporcenter.org) and Bitwise Industries (www.bitwiseindustries.com) are working in direct coordination with California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Mastercard and the counties of California, University of California, California State Universities, California Community Colleges, and more than 100 other technology companies to launch an online resource for Californians impacted by the COVID-19 virus, OnwardCA

“California is fortunate to be a state of innovation where companies like Bitwise are meeting this moment to help people affected by this crisis,” said Governor Newsom. “I applaud Bitwise’s effort through OnwardCa.org to quickly match displaced California workers with job opportunities.”

The new platform, powered by Salesforce and Shift3 Technologies is a one-stop resource providing support to Californians impacted by job loss in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Displaced workers looking for help can: 

  1. Get connected to emergency resources
  2. Get connected to training programs to upskill for a new career
  3. Get matched with employers looking for people with their current skill set

The website brings together all of the resources, organizations and direction Californians need to navigate life during the COVID-19 state of emergency. 

“California has been deeply impacted by the pandemic. Individuals have lost jobs, are unable to access necessities and don’t know where to go for help,” said Jake Soberal, CEO and co-founder, Bitwise Industries. “This is the time to act and Bitwise saw an opportunity to serve our community by bringing together the resources people need most into one place. With the help of the Governor’s team and multiple other critical partners, we created a centralized online source of information to help workers suffering from job loss amidst COVID-19 get back on their feet.”

“As one of the first communities in California to experience the Shelter in Place ordinance, we immediately saw how this virus affected people’s lives, especially small business owners and workers,” remarked Freada Kapor Klein, Co Chair, Kapor Center. “We’ve always supported and mobilized entrepreneurs, focusing on those whose lived experience helps them solve real problems in their communities. Our support of OnwardCA is meant to get the gears of the economy going again.”  

The platform connects people to funds and necessities such as groceries, shelter or medicine. It will also provide connections to start retraining for a new career and work opportunities for people in-demand skills. By providing these different connections, Californians can get back to work and know that despite the social distancing, they are not alone. 

About the Kapor Center

The Kapor (pronounced KAY-por) Center actively works to make the technology ecosystem and entrepreneurship more diverse and inclusive. Specifically, we are focused on positive social impacts for communities that have historically been on the periphery of access to opportunity, participation and influence in the United States. www.kaporcenter.org 

About Bitwise Industries

Bitwise Industries is using an ecosystem solution to fix the way the world sources tech talent. Its ecosystem operates in three parts: (1) Workforce, (2) Industry and (3) Infrastructure. This ecosystem combines to lift cities while opening new, and deep tech talent pipelines to the world. Bitwise was founded in Fresno, CA, in 2013 and has since expanded to Bakersfield, CA, and Merced, CA. www.bitwiseindustries.com