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Gorillas Doing Good

During this difficult time, it is important to recognize those who are helping in both big and small ways. People will remember those who go out of their way to help those in need. We wanted to take a moment to recognize a few stories that have been shared with us from our employees across our various offices.

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Susan Lambert, out of our Denver office, is a member of a cycling studio in her community. During the pandemic, they are unable to remain open, so she and her husband proceed to support the studio by continuing to pay for their monthly membership as well as renting one of the studio’s cycling bikes for a weekly cost. The studio hosts live classes via Instagram each week to try and create the same atmosphere as an in-person session. This is just one way to give back to the community and ensure that they stay in businesses so that Susan and her husband can go back to their motivating and stress relieving classes once businesses are able to reopen.

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Fiona Jessup is out of our Chicago office but currently in quarantine in her hometown of Santa Ynez, California. She has been working with her mom’s church, St. Marks in the Valley, to deliver groceries and pre-made meals to local families and elderly in need of assistance 2 to 3 times per week since the quarantine started. She is so grateful for the ability to give back to her community, especially at a time like this. Her mom and brother have joined her for a few of the outings, and together they have served around 55 households.

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Allison Henley-Kehm, out of our Chicago office, shared an amazing Instagram account that she donated to. @chicagofoodauthority set up a gofundme to help give back to the frontline workers at Chicago hospitals. With the money raised, they are providing weekly meals from local restaurants to hospital employees throughout the city as a thank you for all that they are doing for our communities. Not only are their efforts helping those risking their lives for us, but they are also supporting local businesses by purchasing from restaurants around the city.

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Daphna Andrews, who works remotely out of Portland, OR, noticed that her mailman had been delivering mail with only a pair of gloves, no mask. Her mailman had told her that USPS has no masks to provide, so he has to “risk it” to continue working his job. A former marine who served three tours in the Middle East, he has no problem looking danger in the face, so Daphna decided that now it’s her turn to protect his. Daphna sewed him a mask that he now wears on his routes, which then inspired her to sew more masks for others who need them. While this was a small effort for her, it made a big difference to him.

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Nick Katsifarakis, out of our Chicago office, shared with us two worldwide scientific “protein folding” programs that are utilizing the idle CPU capacity of volunteers to run large computer simulations in an effort to better understand COVID-19, and hopefully, find a treatment for it. Nick and others at Gorilla Group are participating in Folding@home and Rosetta@home.

By downloading the free program that these two websites provide, you are helping advance research in medicine by letting these programs run on your computer while you’re not using it. This helps speed up and extend the research process to run these large computer simulations.

Big and small acts of kindness during this unprecedented time can go a long way and it’s inspiring to see some of our very own sharing their stories of how they’re helping. We hope you are staying safe and healthy as we all navigate through these challenging times.