Quality Works Consulting Group
Advises clients on software design and strategic team building.
QualityWorks is a team of social impact developers who leverage technical talent to support changemakers and non-profits. This year, the company launched a free software testing bootcamp targeting professionals who lost their jobs because of Covid-19 and also talent from underrepresened communities to help them match their technical skills to high-paying, high-demand software testing jobs. Qualityworks also worked on SharedHarvest's myCovidMd, a free online telehealth portal that connects residents to medical professionals and resources, and collaborated with the myCovidMD team on a platform that allowed myCovidMD to manage students who wanted to volunteer to support largescale COVID-19 testing initiatives in exchange for a reduction in their student loans.
McKissack and McKissack
Provides professional design and construction services.
One of the oldest Black woman-owned architecture, engineering, and construction management firms in the U.S., McKissack & McKissack collectively controls more than $15 billion in projects nationwide. Run by Deryl McKissack, the firm has built or done preservation work for some of the most visible landmarks in Washington, D.C., including the MLK Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and Nationals Park. This year, McKissack introduced a seven-step plan to confront racism in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry.
Builds 3-D-printed homes using a proprietary concrete.
ICON's 3-D-printing technology allows for the construction of homes at a price significantly below conventional approaches--facilitating large-scale, new build housing solutions for communities in need. In March, ICON completed the first 3-D-printed homes for the unhoused at Community First! Village in Austin, in partnership with homeless outreach nonprofit Mobile Loaves & Fishes. The project will eventually be home to 480 formerly homeless individuals. The company is also building 50 homes in Tabasco, Mexico, for local families living in extreme poverty.
Distributor and installer of commercial glazing, windows, and doors.
Recently, Double O relocated its office to the most economically challenged area in Grand Rapids, Michigan with the goal of creating local jobs and revitalizing the neighborhood through various construction initiatives. The company partners with nonprofit organizations, including Bethany Christian Services, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, NAACP, and Habitat for Humanity, in order to improve local housing quality. After first halting operations early in the pandemic, Double O got back to work, helping businesses deemed essential. As of early May, all of the company’s 34 employees were rehired, plus several new staffers.
Comfort-focused, digitally native maker of socks and other apparel that donates an item to people in need for every item purchased.
Bombas is an e-commerce apparel company, focused on making the most comfortable socks in the history of feet while helping those in need. After discovering socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in homeless shelters, Bombas established the brand’s mission to donate a pair of socks for every pair sold. To date Bombas has donated more than five million pairs across the US. Each Bombas sock is constructed using the company’s proprietary Sock Tech, comprised of several substantial improvements to the comfort, performance, and design of the traditional sock.
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Knowing that socks are the most requested item in shelters, e-tailer Bombas has long donated them and other garments to the unhoused with each customer purchase. During the pandemic, Bombas leveraged relationships with other like-minded companies to spearhead donations of 300 sheets, 430,000 bars of soap, and 10,000 individually wrapped snacks. It also donated 50,000 pairs of supportive socks to doctors and nurses at nearly 200 hospitals nationwide and volunteered critically needed items, including over 113,500 pairs of socks and T-shirts, to the Food Bank of New York City, the Doctors Without Borders mobile shower program, the Department of Homeless Services, NYC’s Jacob Javits Center, and the USNS Comfort. This year, the company also made five $50,000 donations to organizations working to combat racial injustice.