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.
COVID-19 is a rare and tragic event that affects everyone on the planet. We all need to share the same home hope that together, we will get through these dark times. We need to fight. Those battling the disease fight for their lives. Emergency services personnel fight to save their patients. Researchers fight for the cure. And we must all fight by taking the proper precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Unity Bands started with our flagship product, a customized wristband we can all wear with a symbol of unity; 100% of the proceeds going to COVID-19 response and research. It is now a movement where we can all plan and host fundraisers to support this timely and important cause.
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
John Schirrippa is a Knowledge Manager 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.
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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.
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.
Anne Arundel County Executive
Greater Severna Park / Arnold Chamber of Commerce
Anne Arundel County Association of Realtors
Unity Bands Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, nonprofit organization, proudly supporting COVID-19 response and research including our frontline heroes, researchers, and patients through fundraising and the sale of branded merchandise.
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