In the midst of a pandemic, we are also battling the current societal ills of racism, police brutality, and institutionalized systemic oppression. The killings of George Floyd, Oscar Grant, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Walter Scott, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and many more brings to focus the injustices, abuse, and senseless loss of Black lives and the horrific feeling, leaving many outraged, saddened, and helpless.As an African American owned company that values and celebrates the diversity of our community, we stands in solidarity with those in our community.
The Covid-19 pandemic has also plunged many charities into crisis. After a decade of growth, many have seen donations collapse, their investments shaken and demand for their services soar. This comes at a time when so many non-profit, especially those working with marginalized and vulnerable communities including communities of color are absolutely reeling. We know it’s our responsibility to give back, because we’re only as strong as our neighbors.
As part of our pledge and commitment to our community we are donating a portion of purchases through our newly launched home store; Metroathome.shop directly to local non-profit organizations whose mission aligns with ours. One being Kingmakers of Oakland. Kingmakers of Oakland (KOO) was born out of the Oakland Unified School District’s Office of African American Male Achievement program. KOO is a nonprofit organization, whose goal is to provide support and technical assistance to schools, districts and organizations interested in improving educational and life outcomes for Black male students. We encourage our customers if they are able to donate directly to one of these organizations: King Makers of Oakland and Ella Baker Center.