What a response we got from one of our Puerto Rico clients after we recently put out the word in both the September newsletter and October newsletter to all of our ClassJuggler clients that:
- We had launched a donation matching program for those who would donate to Red Cross to aid victims of the summer hurricanes; and
- We were offering a 50% discount off our monthly fee to those clients whose businesses were negatively impacted by the hurricanes.
What motivated ClassJuggler’s Jon Koerber to do this?
“I felt we needed to do something to support the needs of the literally millions affected by the record-breaking rains and flooding,” Jon explained. “So many of our own customers in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Puerto Rico were being directly hurt by facility damage and lost income. So I felt this two-pronged approach – a rate discount and a donation matching program — would not only help the schools we support with ClassJuggler’s software for class-based businesses but would motivate others to give to the Red Cross, who has a reputation for getting support to individuals who need it the most.”
Alicia Extreme Dance Academy’s damages:
As you may know, certain Caribbean islands took the brunt of some of the storms. This proved true for ClassJuggler client Alicia Extreme Dance Academy, who shared their story with us in words and pictures.
“We sincerely hope her story and her photos here will motivate our clients, and anyone who reads this, to dig a little deeper to provide further donations to those we have already heard about and responded to with our matching donations program,” Jon added.
These formerly beautiful wooden floors at her studio have been thoroughly damaged by the flooding from Hurricane Maria:
The next two photos show water damage to the studio’s dance mats:
Ceiling panels throughout the facility were destroyed by rain pouring in through the roof:
The force of hurricane Maria’s Wednesday destroyed critical rooftop utility hardware, ripping them up from their mountings:
“Our hearts go out to Alicia and all of her staff and family – and all our other clients affected by the recent spate of hurricanes,” said Jon. “We realize this is a terribly difficult time for them and want them to know that ClassJuggler cares!”
While many of us not affected by the storms have moved on and the news media has found other topics to focus on, clients and individuals in these affected areas continue to struggle with making ends meet, as Alicia’s story shows.
“We are encouraged by the donations our customers have made already, and hope that many more will join in this effort,” Jon Koerber added.
Don’t forget to tell us about it so we can fulfill our 50% match offer. We encourage you to continue to donate by visiting the Red Cross donation website. Please contact us for more information on our relief efforts and how to participate.
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