The inspiration for Unity Bands 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 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 with a symbol of unity; 100% of the proceeds went to healthcare workers during the pandemic. Today we host innovative fundraisers to support our healthcare heroes in need. 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

Mission

Support low-income healthcare heroes and provide credible public health 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 Anne Arundel County and City of Annapolis Community Emergency Response Team and holds a Master of Science degree in Emergency Services Management.

Vice President

Karan Wadhawan

Bio: Coming Soon

Treasurer

John Parikh

Bio: Coming Soon

Secretary

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.

Recognition

  • Baltimore Ravens

  • Anne Arundel County Executive

About Us

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

Arlington, VA

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