When COVID-19 hit in March of 2020, one2one USA was perfectly poised to quickly create COVID-19 relief programs in communities across the country. One of the largest programs created came to us from Jeff and Peir Serota, a couple from Manhattan Beach, CA. who were devastated to see their local community of small businesses and restaurants suffering from the fallout of closures and restrictions due to the pandemic. With the help of one2one, “Local Love for Manhattan Beach” (LLMB) was born and the couple and their community helped raise $600,000 in three months. As a result, one2one USA was able to award 47 grants to local businesses, quickly and efficiently impacting the lives of so many in the Manhattan Beach business community. One2one’s unique and innovative philanthropy model made the program’s quick success possible.
“We could not be more excited to provide funds for the personal financial obligations of these families, so they can direct their attention to opening their businesses and not stress about normal household expenses,” the Serotas said in a statement.
“We believe our organization was designed to meet this moment in time,” said Scott Krase, Founder of one2one. “There are businesses and communities throughout America that need help right now, and there are countless individuals who want to help by providing fast, effective financial aid. Our foundation bridges that gap.”
Tammi Corsey, a Donee in the LLMB program, expressed “It is a huge relief not having to worry about making rent or finding enough customers right away. I’m grateful to LLMB and one2one for this grant, and very touched that the community cared so much about my small shop.”
Kelly Hoose of 3rd Gallery in Manhattan Beach stated, “Words alone cannot express the gratitude I feel for the Serota family and all the others who made these grants possible. Just WOW!
In such dark times… to know that people like you exist is life affirming… and gives me faith in not just my community… but in the universe!
From the bottom of my heart…Thank you thank you thank you!
You’re amazing! XO”