Each Friday, we’ll bring you a round-up of positive news about how Chamber members are making a difference in our community during the COVID-19 crisis.
As a distributor of print, promotional products, and other services, American Solutions for Business saw an opportunity to reimagine their supply chain to get our region’s health care providers the personal protective equipment that is so desperately needed, now producing masks, gowns, and goggles.
Many individuals have been displaced due to the COVID-19 crisis, such as students being forced out of their dormitories to practice safe social distancing or health care workers avoiding the spread of the disease to their homes and families, while remaining close to their workplace. To help those displaced, Cambria Hotel Philadelphia Downtown Center City is offering special rates for displaced students and health care workers in need of lodging. Students can use code LSTDNT and health care professionals can use code LNURSE when booking a room to take advantage of these discounts.
Insomnia Cookies is providing “necessary comfort” by expanding their shipping efforts to bring the familiarity of Insomnia Cookies to those who may be displaced due to COVID-19. In addition to lowering their prices to ensure a customer’s total cost for a shipment would be the same as an in-store purchase, Insomnia Cookies has provided frontline workers with cookie donations while sending mass shipments of cookies to those essential workers at manufacturing plants making PPE. From their “Cookies for Quarantine Cuts” contest to donating $1 from every heart-shaped cookie cake to the American Red Cross, Insomnia Cookies is working to “make life a little sweeter” during these trying times.
Many nonprofits have shifted their undivided attention to battle the COVID-19 crisis, whether that be working directly with health care providers, providing resources for essential workers affected by the pandemic, or supporting communities in a variety of other ways. But everyday business hasn’t stopped for these organizations. To ease their workload and to help maintain a sense of normalcy during these unprecedented times, Key Medium has offered pro bono branding and website services to those NPOs working on the frontlines, as well as sharing tips and advice for small businesses working hard to stay afloat.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) allows health care workers to safely tend to patients while protecting their own health. While supplies are dwindling, health care institutions across the region have put out a widespread ask for donations. As a response, the University of the Sciences called on its faculty and staff to collect and donate PPE. Together, Usciences faculty and staff have collected over 69,000 pieces of PPE, including gloves, N95 masks, protective suits, and more from across campus and distributed the supplies to those working on the front lines in health care.
While small businesses across the country are confronting extreme economic challenges, financial support is critical for these businesses to remain open and keep employees on payroll. Verizon has invested $2.5 million into the Verizon Small Business Relief Fund, offering grants of up to $10,000 to help small businesses, especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses, and other enterprises in historically underserved communities, fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations.