At thinkPARALLAX, our team works hard to maintain a cohesive working relationship that can easily spill over into our personal lives. We work closely together even though we’re spread across four cities in three states — making it essential to be caring and respectful to one another.
Typical mornings at our San Diego headquarters involve a staggered start, with some choosing to take the early train up from San Diego while others arrive breathlessly after having dropped their children off at school. In the spirit of sustainability and work-life balance, our headquarters staff work from home twice a week. Our experience with telecommuting and working together — whether physically or remotely — made the transition to working from home full-time in response to COVID-19 seamless.
For many at thinkPARALLAX, the COVID-19 lockdown seemed as surreal as it was scary. As the daily White House briefings and news pointed towards a disaster with ‘no end in sight,’ it became increasingly clear that we had entered a new normal.
The reports of healthcare workers running out of PPE and having to reuse equipment brought me to tears. I wanted to help, but didn’t know how. Until I learned about the Million Mask Challenge. Supported by the CDC, this initiative donates homemade masks to nursing homes, grocery stores, prisons, and even healthcare workers not directly involved with COVID-19 patients. When the CDC announced that everyone should wear masks in public, I knew many of my friends, family, and thinkPARALLAX team were in need. I know how to sew — and so I got to work.
I have been sewing most of my life, having started as a young child. Once I got the hang of it, I could make about three masks per hour, oftentimes late into the night after a full day of project managing sustainability reports. Throughout it all, my thinkPARALLAX family’s well-being motivated me to keep sewing. In total, I produced 30 masks for our team, their families, and friends.