The Kapor Center and Bitwise Industries Launch OnwardUS.org, a Platform Connecting Americans Affected by COVID-19 to Resources
Americans Who Have Lost Their Jobs Due to COVID-19 Can Now Access A Single Resource To Connect With Services, Funds and Jobs During the Pandemic
Oakland, Calif. April 20, 2020 – Today, the Kapor Center (www.kaporcenter.org) and Bitwise Industries (www.bitwiseindustries.com), launched the online resource for Americans impacted by COVID-19, OnwardUS. Following the launch of OnwardCA in California, Colorado has also launched an Onward platform with at least a dozen additional states expected to launch in the coming weeks. As states continue to look for ways to give displaced workers a single, easy to use resource for connecting with valuable resources, the Onward platform represents a turnkey solution.
“After the incredible response to OnwardCA.org, we realized this resource was desperately needed in many other communities,” remarked Freada Kapor Klein, Co Chair, Kapor Center. “This website was created out of necessity, by software developers from communities most impacted by this crisis, who are often overlooked by the technology industry and it is now serving our country in its time of need. Innovation that addresses real problems is exactly what will move our country forward together.”
The new platform, powered by Shift3 Technologies, Salesforce, and Mastercard is a one-stop resource providing support to Americans impacted by job loss in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Displaced workers looking for help can:
- Get connected to emergency resources, like food, shelter, childcare, and money;
- Get connected to training programs to upskill for a new career
- Get matched to jobs
The website brings together all of the resources, organizations and direction needed to navigate life during the COVID-19 state of emergency.
“When you consider how many governors, mayors, cities, non-profits, CEOs and developers have come together to create something at the scale of OnwardUS, it’s awe-inspiring to see what can be accomplished,” said Jake Soberal, CEO and Co-Founder, Bitwise Industries.
“As we work to ensure the health and safety of Coloradans during these unprecedented times, it’s critical that we also help the economy recover. OnwardCO is a key tool in that effort,” said Colorado Governor, Jared Polis. “Colorado is proud to be part of the OnwardUS coalition, an example of the power of public private partnership.”
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 IndustriesBitwise 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