Upwork Announces 40 Recipients of Its $1M “Work Together Talent Grants Program”
Skilled professionals on Upwork's platform will support awarded organizations seeking to counter the impacts of COVID-19
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With a network of independent professionals located in more than 180 countries offering expertise across more than 80 categories of work, Upwork’s initiative provides grantees working on coronavirus-related projects up to
“It was critical for us to find a way to apply our resources to help support businesses and independent professionals during this crisis, while also supporting our mission of creating economic opportunities so people have better lives,” said Upwork President and CEO
Among the 40 Talent Grants recipients, select projects include:
- Connecting the world to Black culture: Blavity is a media tech company home to the largest network of brands specifically serving Black millennials. Their Work Together Talent Grant will be used to help Black small business owners secure funding and craft strategies to better navigate the unique difficulties of the pandemic.
- COVID-19 resource hub for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers: USAHello is on a mission to build a resource hub which delivers trustworthy information and educational programming for those in need. Since the start of the outbreak, over 300,000 immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and receiving members have accessed USAHello’s free, multilingual online platform.
- Leveraging AR/VR technology to spread pandemic awareness: disruptED is an education tech company that creates AR/VR learning tools for Pre-K to 3rd graders. They are using their Work Together Talent Grant to support the creation of a free AR/VR book that teaches children how to stay safe and healthy amid the pandemic in a way that is immersive, interactive, and easy to understand.
Upwork is the leading online talent solution transforming traditional staffing. We empower businesses with more flexible access to quality talent, on demand. Through Upwork’s matching technology and services, companies have access to a global pool of proven professionals so they can scale their teams dynamically to meet business needs. Upwork also provides skilled professionals access to more opportunities.
Upwork’s mission is to create economic opportunities so people have better lives. The community of independent professionals working via Upwork spans many categories including software development, creative & design, finance & accounting, consulting, operations and customer support—over 8,000 skills are represented.
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