About & FAQ

We are connecting the affected hospitality workforce with local non-profits to serve and provide hunger relief to communities.

The El Paso Community Foundation teamed with Get Shift Done to launch Get Shift Done for El Paso, which connects adversely affected hospitality industry workers with the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank. The result: Laid-off workers are paid $10 an hour providing hunger relief to the food insecure in our community.

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the hospitality industry and put our already at-risk populations in desperate need of meals. Non-profit organizations that serve this population are experiencing spikes in the need for volunteers to meet the escalating challenge.

The solution? Pay laid-off food industry workers to help El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. It began on Saturday, April 4 with the first of 40 shifts worked.

The Get Shift Done initiative launched in North Texas to address food service workers who have lost their paychecks and provide much-needed help for non-profits working to alleviate hunger. The El Paso Community Foundation learned about the innovative program, contacted Get ShiftDone, and quickly launched Get Shift Done for El Paso. It uses Shiftsmart technology to register workers for paid shifts at El Pasoans Fighting Hunger .

Three critical needs in one initiative: stabilizing incomes, hunger relief & non-profit surge support

We are using the Shiftsmart platform to connect volunteers, supporters and non-profits to deliver these essential functions and provide basic incomes and food security for affected children and families. And, by providing a skilled, at-the-ready workforce, we can support the non-profits, school systems and other hunger relief programs with efficient and effective help to meet the surge in demand.

The Get Shift Done initiative was created with the goal of bringing critical stability to communities. Affected populations, businesses, organizations, and non-profits are activated on a local level and empowered to provide services in the communities they call home.

What we did in El Paso

  • The El Paso Community Foundation created the Get Shift Done for El Paso Fund to provide wages to hourly workers to fill these shifts. All remaining funds will be used to support non-profit organizations that provide workforce development and hunger relief.
  • Partnered with restaurant industry leaders in El Paso to offer paid shifts to their staffs at El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. They will be paid $10 an hour to prepare, assemble, and deliver meals.
  • Launched a team and special program leveraging the Shiftsmart platform to onboard, train, schedule, dispatch, route, and pay the assigned workers to perform these shifts at the local food bank.

Through our partnership with El Pasoans Fighting Hunger, we will be able to provide $20,000 of wages per week to about 40 workers per week. This is only the beginning; we would like to double the amount of workers and shifts available. You can help by donating to the Get Shift Done for El Paso Fund here.

Who is Get Shift Done

What is the mission of Get Shift Done?

Get Shift Done is connecting the hospitality workforce affected by the COVID-19 virus with local non-profits to serve and provide hunger relief to the El Paso community.

How is Get Shift Done going to accomplish its mission?

Get Shift Done was launched to employ affected hourly workers in the hospitality industry to perform shifts for El Pasoans Fighting Hunger, our local food bank struggling to meet the needs of the community as social distancing measures deplete its volunteer corps.

Where/how can I find more information about GetShift Done?

Visit GetShiftDone.org and continue to check back for updates.

Who is Get Shift Done trying to help?

Both the non-profits whose volunteers were not coming to work due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak and the hospitality workers who were displaced from their jobs due to the mandatory closing of restaurants.

Why is Get Shift Done doing this?

With fewer volunteers working shifts at food banks and other non-profit agencies dedicated to serving the food insecure, Dallas business and community leaders Anurag Jain and Patrick Brandt saw an opportunity to fill those shifts with people from the food service industry and pay them an hourly wage. The El Paso Community Foundation learned about the innovative program and contacted Get Shift Done. With a short turnaround time, Get Shift Done for El Paso launched. It is the second such program in the state. The program first launched in the Dallas area.

Donors and Supporters

How/where do I sign up to donate?

Please visit our website and use our DONATE link.  And thank you.  We are all in this together.

Is Get Shift Done a 501c3?

Get Shift Done El Paso’s fiscal sponsor is El Paso Community Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit.

Will my donation be tax deductible?


Restaurant Workers

As a restaurant/hospitality company, what can I do to help Get Shift Done and my former employees?

Register your furloughed employees as one group through our app or email Mario Porras at mporras@epcf.org. The app can be found here.

Hospitality Workers

Is there any prior experience criteria required to register as a displaced worker?

We are supporting workers from the hospitality industry.

What documents will I need to register as a displaced worker?

Details about this are included in our app platform, Shiftsmart.  You can learn more by completing our registration process within the app itself.

After I register as a displaced worker, what happens next and how/when will I get paid?

After you register with the Shiftsmart app, you are part of the system and every step and feature of the process is handled from there.