Like so many cities across the world, Riffyn’s home city of Oakland has been severely impacted by COVID-19 this year. Small business owners have been particularly hard hit.
At Riffyn, we seek to make a difference in peoples’ lives each and every day. Usually, we achieve that by making scientists’ jobs easier: demonstrating the power of design of experiments, realizing significant time savings and reduced time to market, and making right-first-time processes the norm.
But as we’ve struggled through this challenging year together, we felt compelled to make a more immediate impact much closer to home. That’s why our employees came together, partnering with two local organizations to help support members of our local community.
“Riffyn is proud to be an Oakland, CA based company. Oakland has and continues to be a vibrant and exciting place that we are happy to call home,” says Midnight Wilkinson, Riffyn Operations and Recruitment Lead. “We have gotten so much from our friends and neighbors that when it came to planning our charitable contributions, we really wanted to make sure we included giving back to the community that has given us so much. This is one of the main reasons we chose both the Alameda Food Bank and Oakland City Team.”
In November, we partnered with the Alameda Food Bank, a local non-profit that has been providing food to Alameda residents in need for over 40 years. Together, Riffyn employees raised $3408.83 (over our $3000 goal!) for the food bank. And this month, we partnered with CityTeam Oakland, collecting school supplies, toys, clothing, and $1000 worth of gift cards for two local families.
“Oakland CityTeam are, quite literally, our neighbors. Their Oakland location is blocks away from our own headquarters and they provide services to people in our community experiencing homelessness, poverty, hunger and addiction. We were happy to be able to sponsor two families with gifts for the holidays,” says Wilkinson.
We are so thankful for organizations like the Alameda Food Bank and CityTeam Oakland, which helped us make a real and immediate impact on our local community. As we continue the 2020 holiday season, we wish everyone good health, warm food, a roof, and the safety of being with loved ones. This has been a challenging year, but we have much to be thankful for. Cheers!
Embriette is an academic-turned science writer with a passion for spreading responsible science. She holds a PhD in microbiome research from Baylor College of Medicine. After a 4-year post-doc, during which she managed the world's largest citizen science research project (the American Gut Project), Embriette became a full-time science writer and research consultant. You can find her work at riffyn.com, synbiobeta.com, and her personal webpage: drhydenotjekyll.com