Our mission has always been to increase government service accessibility for all
When we set out to start Skip in 2016 (formerly known as YoGov), it was with the mission to help everyone have better access to government services of all types. Three years later, we're proud to have helped nearly a million people in almost every US state. Most importantly, we're proud to have continued to improve our "Skip for Good" initiative to help people in the most need.
Here's a recap of our "Skip for Good" initiative to date and how you can get involved in your local community.
💵 We're donating 100% of our YouTube revenue to give out stimulus checks ourselves
In addition to covering COVID-19 and stimulus news in daily email and video updates, we asked ourselves, what else could we do to help the people who need it the most. In September 2020, we decided we would donate 100% of our YouTube revenue to give out $500 grants to people — to help people directly and inspire others to do what they can to help.
To date, we've announced 15 winners, and we also announced we will continue to give out $500 grants on a weekly basis — no strings attached.
We're helping people request and track their mail-in ballots for the 2020 US election
In August, we launched our free mail-in ballot request tracker, to help people understand what they need to do in their state, what their options are, and what to expect. We've also compiled important non-partisan voter resources and will continue to help people stay informed with trustworthy news sources ahead of the important US election.
We're providing free daily email and video updates on Covid-19 information and small business help
Since February 2020 we have dedicated our efforts to helping everyone with critical information related to infections, testing, and local, state, and federal guidelines. We have also built free resources to help give people information and peace-of-mind: loans and grants information and opportunities, unemployment information, jobs information, and so much more. We're adding our free Covid-19 related resources every single day, and you can check them out here. We're doing near daily videos on our YouTube channel, particularly about stimulus checks, grants, and loans.
We're increasing DMV accessibility for those that need it the most
The DMV has long been the great (and dreaded) equalizer in this country. From day 1 we set out to make it easier to navigate, with clear information on DMV services in every state, help with booking DMV appointments as well as creative services such as providing cars for people who need to take their road test or line waiters for people who can't wait all day.
Most importantly, we've made free or subsidized many critical services. For example, we continue to make free our DMV line waiting service for those with disabilities, low income, senior citizens, or women that are pregnant. You can learn more on our Skip DMV page.
We're helping organizations that need government service accessibility
We've also made efforts to help organizations and non-profits that are working hard to support people from various socio-economic backgrounds and life conditions. For example, we've partnered with the Center for Employment Opportunities, which helps formerly incarcerated individuals get jobs and get back into society. One of the most important things for these folks is getting their driver's license, and getting it in a hurry. We've also partnered with CherishedLA, which helps women survivors of human trafficking, as well as Our Children's Homestead, which helps foster children in the state of Illinois.
Want to get involved?
At Skip, we will continue to work hard to increase accessibility for everyone. If you believe in the same mission, we want to connect with you. Whether you're an individual or organization, we'd love to hear from you. A member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible. Email us at email@example.com.