We’ve been pretty quiet over the past few weeks. It’s been a very stressful, emotional and uncertain time for everyone at Innovox, but we didn’t want our customers to worry, so we’ve stayed quiet. On the evening of May 25th, George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis Police. What followed were peaceful protests – folks wanting their voices to be heard. Unfortunately, rioters and looters used these protests as an opportunity to capitalize on our collective grief and frustration – destroying local neighborhoods and businesses.
Our factory in St. Paul is a stone’s throw away from where much of this took place. Our staff lives in areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul that were directly affected by the rioting, looting and destruction.
We’ve been working in the background, donating, volunteering and cleaning up the community in which we work and live. The devastation is overwhelming.
We’ve decided to challenge our friends, colleagues and partners in the industry (and outside) to help us rebuild our neighborhoods by matching up to a total of $2000 to be donated to the Du Nord Riot Recovery Fund. Du Nord is a small batch distillery located in the heart of South Minneapolis that established a fund to support companies affected by the riots. They are are creating a 501c that will serve as the organization that will distribute these funds, and to date have raised over $568K, toward a $1,000,000 goal.
For more information or to donate please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/minnesota-poc-business-support and make sure to email your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll keep track on our end.
Chris Oswood, CEO and founder of Innovox Audio