Meet our 'Deskcember' Winners: These 5 Charities Will Receive $500 This Holiday Season

2021 has been an incredible year for Deskpass! We saw an exponential increase in reservations from both individuals and hundreds of new teams that have adopted Deskpass this year; it’s becoming clearer every day that hybrid work is the new normal.

We added 17 new cities to our growing network and began international expansion with launches in Australia, Canada and the U.K. officially launching very soon. The sun never sets on the Deskpass network :-)

To foster that sense of community and show our appreciation for our members, we randomly selected 5 Deskpass members and will be donating $500 to their favorite charities.

Scroll below to learn more about our winners and which five charities will be receiving some extra love this holiday season.

Brandi Fowler

Career: multimedia journalist

"I’m a fashion and lifestyle journalist, and have been working in the industry for over a decade. I’ve done everything from having roles as a content editor to a producer, on-air host to being a red carpet reporter. My work has taken me to red carpet events such as Oscars, the Grammy’s and film premieres. I'm also the founder of travel and lifestyle site Destination Fab and can be found on Instagram at @brandilaren."

Favorite Deskpass space: Serendipity Labs - Atlanta - Buckhead

"After the pandemic I shifted and started more things from home and writing/covering events from home. When I started Deskpass, I really liked the flexibility of it because I was working between Atlanta and LA and it was easier for me to work from spaces in either city while I was there. Deskpass is really helpful in terms of helping me get out into a space instead of working from home all the time."

Where the $500 check will go: Atlanta Mission

"I’m based in Atlanta now and I had the opportunity to serve meals to men in need right around Thanksgiving with an organization called Silence the Shame at Atlanta Mission. I was so touched by the work of Silence the Shame and also the philanthropic efforts of Atlanta Mission and what they do every day for people in need. It’s the holidays and I think it would be very cool to give this to them. I also think that it’s really sweet that Deskpass is doing this."

More about Atlanta Mission:

Atlanta Mission is the city’s largest and longest-running provider of services to homeless men, women and children. During 2020, Atlanta Mission provided 656,550 meals, 149,609 bed nights, 2,290 counseling sessions and 1,225 life skills classes. Their services range from providing food and shelter to helping the homeless community recover from addiction, attain jobs and so much more.

Brandi Fowler

Melissa McLaughlin

Career: senior graphic designer

"I’m a senior graphic designer based out of New York."

Favorite Deskpass space: The Studio at 300 Park

Where the $500 check will go: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

"This is very near and dear to me as my father was diagnosed with stage IV lymphoma over the summer. Luckily he is doing well and will hopefully go into remission by the end of the year."

More about the LLS:

Dedicated to curing leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other blood cancers, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary (nonprofit) health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. Since 1949, they have invested nearly $1.3 billion in groundbreaking research, pioneering many of today’s most innovative approaches.

Melissa McLaughlin

Isaac Hamlin

Career: web optimization manager

"I work for an internet and computer security company and I make sure our websites are performing as well as they can."

Favorite Deskpass space: Platform Coworking Wicker Park

"I definitely enjoy using Deskpass a lot. It's been really fun for me to be able to work from different locations in Chicago and adds levity to my working day."

Where the $500 check will go: Center on Halsted

"A lot of my very good friends are part of that community. This organization does a great job meeting the needs of the community. It’s a center I’ve helped volunteer at and I can’t think of a place that would be more deserving of this."

More about Center on Halsted:

Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood.

Isaac Hamlin

Gabriela Medina Prieto

Career: marketing product manager

"I work remotely for a marketing agency and work from coworking spaces two or three times a week."

Favorite Deskpass space: Nimbler Spaces@ 888 Biscayne Boulevard

"I usually work from home but sometimes it's challenging and you want to get out of your house. I found Deskpass and have been really loving it.

Where the $500 check will go: Coats for Kids

"I learned about Coats for Kids when I lived in Boston. At my previous company, we put out boxes in our office where people could donate coats. I like kids, and I was happy to help, especially when Boston winters are so cold."

More about Coats for Kids:

The mission for Coats for Kids is simple; “Anyone in need of a coat will have one.” Each fall, Anton’s Cleaners collects, cleans and distributes approximately 50,000 coats for children and adults. There are more than 250 schools as well as over 300 companies, clubs, organizations and thousands of individuals who donate good-quality coats. Since the program’s inception in 1995, Anton’s have collected and distributed over one million coats.

Gabriela Medina Prieto

One of our members, who chose to remain anonymous, has asked that we make the donation to The Wounded Warrior Project.

More about The Wounded Warrior Project:

For more than a decade, the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Annual Warrior Survey has given injured post–9/11 veterans a voice — a platform to be heard by individuals and organizations who have the power to initiate change. In 2020, 28,282 warriors participated, providing an extensive 360° view of the warriors WWP serves.

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