OMAHA, Neb. — A few months ago, local brother and sister-in-law duo Kellee Mikuls and Richard Tom launched the babysitting app Swishboom. The app connects parents to trusted babysitters. Now a few months in they want to give back to the medical community who has worked tirelessly during the pandemic, by offering 25,000 annual subscriptions to healthcare workers.
"And this doesn't just mean doctors, nurses," Swishboom co-founder Kellee Mikuls said. "We want to give it away to foodservice in the hospitals, we want to give it away to cleaning services in the hospitals."
Mikuls said initially the company's mission was to help parents get back to work while kids were out of school for the summer. Now the mission is to help essential workers make sure they can continue going to work by having child care.
"We have a huge amount of medical professionals that have to go into work physically. They cannot do their work remotely," she said.
Those in the medical field can go on the website and sign up, or medical systems can offer Swishboom to their employees as a benefit.
"We've already gotten responses from hospital systems across the country. Several hospital systems here in Omaha have already signed up," Mikuls said.
Swishboom says they will extend the 25,000 memberships if the demand calls for it.