The inspiration for Unity Bands actually occurred back in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic forced U.S. state shutdowns. It was a profound moment when the streets cleared, highway signs urged people to stay at home, and office parking lots emptied. I felt that what we as a society had worked so hard for was all in jeopardy; threatened to be taken away by an invisible threat.

If you look at the tragedies of our time including natural and manmade disasters, the local communities generally rally together well. People help each other. Differences are put aside. Resources pour in. And customized images and symbols are created to unify the local community.

Even though the COVID-19 public health emergency is over, we all need to share the same home hope that together, we will get through tough times. We need to fight. Those battling horrific diseases fight for their lives. Emergency services personnel fight to save their patients. Researchers fight for cures. And we must all fight by taking the proper precautions to prevent the spread of viruses.

Unity Bands started with our flagship product, a customized wristband we can all wear with a symbol of unity; 100% of the proceeds went to healthcare workers during the pandemic. This is now a movement; to show our support.

Unity Bands is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization. Thank you for your support.

Hope. Fight. Unity.

John Schirrippa, Founder, Unity Bands


Support low-income healthcare heroes and provide credible COVID-19 information to at-risk communities.

The Team

Founder, President

John Schirrippa

John Schirrippa is the Chief of Command Secretariat for United States Cyber Command and has worked for the Defense Department since 2004. He is a trainer and operational member with the Annapolis – Anne Arundel County Community Emergency Response Team and holds a Master of Science degree in Emergency Services Management.

Vice President

Karan Wadhawan

Bio: Coming Soon


David Rattiner

David Rattiner is an experienced manager and is responsible for all aspects of Online Marketing and IT Technology for a luxury real estate company. His role encompasses tech support issues for real estate agents and staff as well as oversight of the IT infrastructure and strategy for future growth of the company. He and his IT team support over 230 people with their personal and company technology. David enjoys being helpful, and is just as happy connecting a real estate brokers home office printer and setting up an e-mail account as he is building out new IT solutions company wide.

David Rattiner is a highly experienced online marketing manager. He believes strongly that representing properties and Real Estate agents on the internet effectively requires dedicated and ongoing expertise to keep up with the ever changing online marketing landscape. David has marketed effectively online a growing listing portfolio at that consists of over $2.25 Billion in listings. David has rebranded online some of the top real estate agents in the United States, using sophisticated strategies and direct strategies. He is frequently sought after for his advice and expertise in online marketing and social media. David is a well respected expert in Google and Facebook Advertising, email marketing and organic social media strategies in the Real Estate industry.


Steven Shen

Steven is a young professional who has an extensive background in managing and developing proposals for projects under a wide range of federal agencies. Steven was drawn to support Unity Bands' mission due to his past experience working with healthcare organizations and workers, and he leverages his skillset to help Unity Bands research and pursue new grant opportunities. Outside of work, Steven enjoys tabletop games and learning new languages.


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Unity Bands Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, nonprofit organization, proudly supporting healthcare heroes in need and providing credible COVID-19 information to at-risk communities.

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