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 and as we restart the economy.
Leveraging its global operations and expertise, Axalta, a global supplier of liquid and powder coatings headquartered here in Philadelphia, has shifted their manufacturing and supply inventories to offer the items that are needed most in this time of crisis. From producing thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer and donating PPE that is normally worn in its manufacturing facilities to health systems, to providing seat covers for medical professionals’ vehicles to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus and supplying more thank 7,000 pounds of its antimicrobial Alesta AM powder coatings for bed frames at temporary hospitals, Axalta has pulled out all the stops.
In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, The North Broad Renaissance, a nonprofit working to revitalize the community from City Hall to Germantown Avenue, has stepped up its mission to improve the economic power and overall quality of life along North Broad Street. The organization has provided resources to keep its neighbors well-informed with the most up-to-date information while also providing unique virtual experiences to keep the community’s businesses connected and prosperous in these trying times, ranging from website development workshops to professional hair design tips from local salons. The organization is also encouraging Philadelphians to purchase a gift card from its local North Broad businesses by matching it up to $100.
The COVID-19 crisis has hit the restaurant industry particularly hard due to the stay-at-home orders. Yet, that didn’t stop entrepreneur Aaron Anderson from opening the first Original Hot Dog Factory restaurant in Philadelphia on March 25, shifting his focus to take-out and delivery options. In the short amount of time since its opening, the restaurant has made a large impact across the community, from feeding first responders in the area, including providing police officers and medical personnel with free hot dogs during the first two weeks of operation, to delivering and donating food to 150 Ronald McDonald House families.
Wawa took no time in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The company immediately launched The Wawa Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Food Distribution Fund to support nonprofit organizations that are providing local food distribution efforts in their communities. Since then, Wawa has participated in a range of COVID-19 relief efforts, including its donation of food to frontline workers such as hospital workers, police, and fire departments, with a record-breaking donation of 3,000 meals in one week. To celebrate National Nurses Week, the company, along with the help of its customers, donated 50,000 hoagies to health care heroes and is offering free coffee to health care workers and first responders throughout the month of May. To date, Wawa and The Wawa Foundation have provided more than $1 million in COVID-19 support to provide hunger relief in the form of financial grants or product donations.
In an effort to provide comfortable housing to displaced health care workers brought in to fight the coronavirus, The Windsor Suites is opening its doors and offering special rates as a sign of appreciation. Additionally, since the Ronald McDonald House is unable to accept new families at this time, the hotel has partnered with them and Alex’s Lemonade Stand to offer special displacement rates for families in need. To support their staff during this time of need, the hotel is offering a variety of gift card promotions to purchase now, including 2 for 1, to use from June 2020 to March 2021, with the possibility to receive up to $550 in travel credit.
Interested in sharing your story? Contact your member engagement representative to let us know what your organization is doing to make a difference in our community.