About & FAQ

We are connecting the affected hospitality workforce with local non-profits to serve and provide hunger relief to the people of the Rio Grande Valley.

The COVID-19 crisis has severely impacted the Rio Grande Valley service industry and put our already at-risk populations in desperate need of meals. The nonprofit organizations that serve so much of this population are experiencing a spike in the need for volunteers to meet the escalating demand for their services.

Get Shift Done for the Rio Grande Valley was launched to address both affected service workers who have lost their paychecks and provide immediate support for the demand of our nonprofit partners, especially with respect to hunger relief.

Get Shift Done for the Rio Grande Valley is an initiative of the United Way of Southern Cameron County in partnership with Get Shift Done and hunger relief charities in Cameron County and Hidalgo County. The program coordinates, schedules, and pays adversely affected hourly workers in the hospitality industry to work shifts for organizations such as Amigos Del Valle, Good Neighbor Settlement House, Brownsville Wellness Coalition, Salvation Army of McAllen, Ozanam Center and United Way of Southern Cameron County’s weekly food distributions in Brownsville.

The initiative provides wages of $10 an hour to workers left jobless by the coronavirus pandemic. These workers are filling the critical roles of providing meals that, prior to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, were performed by volunteers. The initiative uses Shiftsmart technology to register workers for shifts and manages the onboarding, matching, scheduling, dispatching, and routing of workers to perform shifts. Thirty-six workers reported for their first day of work on Monday, May 11.

Thank you for your financial support to bridge this temporary gap for our friends and neighbors.


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 Rio Grande Valley communities.

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 non-profit organizations and institutions in need during the COVID-19 crisis.

Where/how can I find more information about Get Shift Done?

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

Who is Get Shift Done trying to help?

Both the nonprofits 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?

When less volunteers were coming to work their shifts at food pantries, soup kitchens and other non-profit agencies dedicated to serving the food insecure, we saw an opportunity of filling those shifts with those from the food service industry and paying them an hourly wage.

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 Rio Grande Valley’s fiscal sponsor is United Way of Southern Cameron County, a 501c3 nonprofit.

Will my donation be tax deductible?


Non-profit Partners

Your web page says Get Shift Done is targeting relief for the Rio Grande Valley, can other areas participate?

Yes.  In order to participate communities need to have a facility that serves the food insecure and large enough to employ several workers at a time.  The community also needs to have funding in place to pay displaced hospitality employees who register to work shifts at the agencies.

What type of non-profit can register to ask for help from Get Shift Done?

We need to work with non-profits who are already accepting food donations, managing the distribution of the food and have facilities large enough to have many workers at a time working shifts.

Is there any criteria to register my non-profit that needs help preparing and delivering meals?

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

After I register my non-profit to request workers, what happens next?

We are working individually with non-profits to address their volunteer needs.  Shifts are assigned after going through our onboarding process.

Can any non-profit register to request workers from Get Shift Done?

We prefer to have non-profits that are already serving the food insecure and have a need for more volunteers to meet the number of meals required for their community.

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.  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 in our app, you are part of the system and every step and feature of the process is handled from there.

Do I need a vehicle if I’m asked to deliver meals?

We have displaced workers who are using public transportation to get to participating nonprofits to work shifts.  If you do not have a vehicle, you will not be matched to deliver meals.

Restaurant Partners

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.  The app can be found here.