Bitwise Industries and Kapor Center 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

Bitwise Industries and the Kapor Center, launched the online resource for Americans impacted by COVID-19, OnwardUS. Following the launch of OnwardCA in CaliforniaColorado has launched the Onward platforms in its state, with at least 25 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.

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“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.”

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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

“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.”

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