South Sound commercial printer Print NW has teamed up with the Washington business community in support of those most affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Through the #UnitedToday T-shirt charity fundraiser initiative, it has helped companies raise more than $28,000 and counting.
On its simple to use site, businesses can join by uploading their T-shirt logo, choosing a charity to donate to, and submitting their request.
Each T-shirt is $20, with $15 of every purchase going directly to a charity contributing to COVID-19 relief efforts. There are more than 40 companies or causes to choose from, and more joining each day from the region. Some local organizations include the Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity and the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound.
With a great number of organizations having to cancel events and fundraisers, “Everybody is in need,” said Print NW President and COO Jeff Stallings. “They don’t necessarily feel comfortable asking for money. This has given them a different way to support those causes, and it gives us a place of happiness knowing we are helping out our customers and community.”
The program began in early April. “It really came from a place of negativity, with feeling bad about everything going on. Talking to our team about what we can do that is positive and give somebody something to feel good about,” Stallings said.
Through the hard work of everyone at Print NW, and especially Gary Tomlinson and Chris Christensen in the IT Department, they were able to find a way to help their customers and raise money at the same time.
Print NW continues to make a difference in the community not only with the #UnitedToday T-shirt charity, but also by producing many PPE products, like desk shields, face masks, and floor and sign graphics that you may see around the area. According to Stallings, “It’s all about finding the positive” and connecting with people whenever you can — even if it’s at a distance.