Come together to support neighborhood businesses.

At Ring, our mission is to make neighborhoods safer and better places for us all to live. We believe this happens when communities come together to support each other, especially when times are tough.

Right now, the important COVID-19 precautions we are taking are changing our daily routines and preventing us from supporting the neighborhood businesses we rely on every day. Now, more than ever, is the time to come together to show our support.

Join us, if you can, by making a pledge to support neighborhood businesses in need.

Whatever you can do to help. We are not collecting money. We’re collecting promises to act. Pledge to donate. Pledge to send words of support. Pledge to do what you can to keep our communities thriving.

Here’s how you can help:

1. Make Your Pledge.

Pledge your support, as an individual or as part of a group, to a specific number of neighborhood businesses or service providers in your community that you rely on. For example, if you normally visit a neighborhood cafe every morning and spend $3, with the pledge you would give them up to $90 a month until they reopen. Our hope is by creating a place where those who have the ability to help can show their commitment to their neighborhood businesses, that together we start a global movement.

2. Share Your Pledge.

Get the word out to your family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors so they can pledge support as well. There is power in numbers, and when communities come together, the results are even stronger.

3. Act on Your Pledge.

While we don’t process donations, we ask that when you make a pledge, you take steps to ensure the neighborhood business or service of your choosing receives your commitment. Neighborhood businesses come in all shapes and sizes: from food establishments, to mom and pop retail stores, local salons, gyms, dog walkers, cleaners, babysitters, and more. If you tend to frequent them regularly and are not now, chances are, they need your help.

Here are some ways to fulfill your promise:

Tip 1

Call or email your favorite neighborhood businesses to see how they would prefer to receive donations. Some neighborhood businesses or service providers may be able to receive payments through digital payments like Paypal, Venmo, or Square, while others may prefer cash or checks.

Tip 2

Visit the websites of your favorite neighborhood businesses - many are offering discounts or telling their customers how they can assist. Some may be offering services remotely or shipping merchandise to their customers.

Tip 3

Buy a gift card or pay in advance for services you may use in the future. If you use a service provider who won’t be needed or can’t provide that service right now — a dog walker, house cleaner, child care provider, a gardening service — consider paying them regardless or in advance.

Tip 4

If your favorite restaurant is still offering takeout or delivery, make a point to order from them and tip generously on food orders or deliveries.

Even if the businesses you reach out to don’t accept your pledge, your commitment to your community and willingness to step up is what the Neighbor Pledge is truly about.