Letter from Our CEO: Community in the Time of Coronavirus COVID-19

Letter from Our CEO: Community in the Time of Coronavirus COVID-19

Dear Friends,

We hope you have been taking advantage of the resources we’ve shared on the http://HOUimpact.com app, on LinkedIn, and on Facebook. We’re doing our best to keep you updated and prepared for whatever comes next. As a global network, we are lucky to have the infrastructure in place to cooperate and act around the world. All Impact Hubs are implementing health and security protocols to support their local communities. We are also leveraging our virtual platform with a group dedicated to all things COVID-19, providing a safe space for open sharing of questions, assets, and best practices that we can then share with you.

To continue serving you locally through the coronavirus COVID-19 sequestering, we’re working to move our events, resources and support online, and are postponing any major celebrations. Our team will reassess policies on a weekly basis and share updates via newsletter, our Global and Local apps, and social media.

While we scale back on in-person meetings, we plan to scale UP on knowledge exchange and resource sharing online. Since Day 1, we’ve been dedicated to meeting people where they are, and practicing radical collaboration, inclusion, and equitable entrepreneurial support. Now, more than ever, we are committed to helping you access the resources and opportunities you need to survive this and thrive beyond it. If you’d like to be the first to know about new resources or updates as they evolve, please join us on http://HOUimpact.com — we are offering this app for FREE to the Greater Houston community to connect and collaborate! (* Impact Hub Members: You get a private group for special mentoring sessions, and still receive free access to any of our virtual workshops! *)

To stay safe, informed, and get help in the Greater Houston area:

We believe that this crisis offers our city and community the opportunity to focus resources towards solving not just for the pandemic, but also for some of Houston’s already-existing issues, from public health and wellness to learning and resource accessibility to mobility disparity to entrepreneurial funding and support. To that end, we’re adding special programs and making vital resources available online for you to continue connecting, ideating, and developing your solution and business through this time…and beyond:

For Our Members and Community:

For Our Members:

  • We will continue to work with you to make sure that you are leveraging your benefits to address current challenges and minimize any disruption to your business. Please search your inbox for the invitation to the private Impact Hub Houston Members Group on http://houimpact.com, or contact us directly if you need specific help.
  • Regarding work spaces: Please try to reschedule or move any non-essential office visits online; and avoid the spaces entirely if you feel ill. If you still need a space to meet IRL, please contact Michelle. Help keep our community safe and healthy so we can all keep doing the work we love! 

If you know of any resources and opportunities that we can help share for entrepreneurs, small businesses, nonprofits, creatives and freelancers to maintain their work, livelihood, and mission from the safety of home, please post it in http://HOUimpact.com or send it to us at [email protected]

It has always been Impact Hub’s vision to catalyze collective action for a better world. Now, more than ever, we must unite through compassionate leadership and collaborative action to strengthen and support our communities. Please take care of yourselves, your neighbors, and your local businesses and entrepreneurs. When Hurricane Harvey hit, we came through it together. Together, we’ll survive this, too! #HoustonStrong

Here for you and wishing you well,
Grace, Michelle, and the Impact Hub Houston community

P.S. Make a little “me-time” to give your body and mind a break from the stress. Pick a moment to meditate. Stretch it out with some home-office yogaDo a hair toss and dance it off. Or grab a good book to get your mind off of things — I recommend “Love in the Time of Cholera”: https://amzn.to/2WpZIaq (link benefits Impact Hub Houston!)

VOLUNTEERS, LEVEL UP: JOIN OUR WORK-TRADE TEAM!

VOLUNTEERS, LEVEL UP: JOIN OUR WORK-TRADE TEAM!

Want to get more while giving back? Join our Work-Trade Team! It’s so much more than the typical volunteer gig: As a member of the Impact Hub Houston Work Trade Program, you’ll get the opportunity to showcase your skills while putting them to good use for a good cause!

We offer a variety of roles that allow you to plug in and help build an inclusive impact-centered community while building your network:

EVENTS LEAD – 5 POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Event Leads help activate Impact Hub Houston with events and meetings. They play an important role in ensuring that Impact Hub serves as a reliable, accessible event space for the entire Houston community. Through this role, Event Leads provide hands-on assistance to community partners and clients, learn best practices for running events, and receive support to plan and execute reoccurring monthly Impact Hub Houston events.

EXPECTATIONS: Event Leads commit to supporting 1 recurring event per month for a minimum of 3 months and report to the Director of Operations. Event Leads commit to volunteer for ~16 hrs per month (4hrs/week) to fulfill the required need. In exchange, you receive an Impact Hub Houston Community Membership and all of its associated benefits.

RECURRING EVENTS:

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Help track and update event themes, and create agendas to ensure events run smoothly
  • Liaise with guest speakers and sponsors to collect bios, headshots, and partner logos (when applicable)
  • Coordinate with Marketing team on graphics and social media outreach
  • Ensure event registration links are published and updated across all platforms
  • Help promote the respective event with personal network
  • Engage with and answer questions for registrants and attendees
  • Coordinate and manage event logistics, including catering, A/V, set-up, check-in, and clean-up
  • Advise Director of OPS on additional volunteer needs
  • Post-event: Update event dashboard and help draft thank you emails to participants and stakeholders
  • Meet with Leadership to debrief after each event

REQUIREMENTS

Strong communication skills in order to coordinate events, some space layout design experience/talent, organized, and punctual.

WORK-TRADE: In exchange for supporting our team, you’ll receive:

  • Community Membership that offers you Impact Hub benefits and coworking access for the duration of your Work-Trade commitment
  • Curated, thoughtful introductions to the movers and shakers in the Houston social enterprise community
  • Portfolio pieces and references from leadership for your resume
  • Free access to Impact Hub Houston events and programs
  • Impact Hub Houston swag

HOW TO APPLY

If you are not yet an Impact Hub Houston member:

  1. Complete your Impact Hub Houston membership application: https://houston.impacthub.net/membership/
  2. Email your resume to Michelle Avalos and specify which event you’re interested in leading.

Already a Community Member? Send your resume to Michelle and specify which event you’re interested in leading.

Thank you for taking your support of Impact Hub Houston to the next level!