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.
All across America, businesses are pitching in to supply health care and essential workers the items they need to stay safe while on the front line, including local business American Additive Manufacturing. The rapidly growing 3D printing service and additive manufacturing supplier shifted their operations to produce face shields and face mask “ear savers” for local hospitals and health organizations. This shift in production has allowed the manufacturer to stay afloat and support employees during this unprecedented time. Now as the business community begins to reopen, American Additive Manufacturing has started producing hands-free door openers for local businesses to protect their employees and customers from virus transmission.
Citizens and organizations alike are doing their part in this truly global effort, including the biopharmaceutical industry. As a company dedicated to saving and improving lives, Merck recognized their unique responsibility to help. They’ve teamed up with other life-sciences companies, academia, and more to accelerate the development, manufacture, and delivery of vaccines and treatments. The company has contributed or committed more than $30 million globally – including one million face masks and $3 million through their global initiative Merck for Mothers to help health systems better meet the needs of pregnant women while tackling COVID-19. And, they’ve created a program to allow their medical volunteers to serve on the front-lines of COVID-19.
Not only recognizing the hardships their own employees are facing during this pandemic, but also their employees’ families, Seer Interactive set up a fund to support family members who lost work because of COVID-19. The company’s 200-plus employees haven’t seen a disruption in their wages either. If a Seer employee’s family member gets laid off, they can apply for a $1,500 payment to help through this time. Beyond their employee family fund, the company is offering free resources to businesses affected by the pandemic, including tips on budget cuts, digital marketing ROI, change management, and personal life.
When the stay-at-home orders went into place, much of the business community adjusted to the new norm of working-from-home. For essential workers and health care professionals, it was quite the opposite. They still had to commute to work on the frontlines, day in and day out. Being the region’s public transportation authority, SEPTA ensured these employees had access to transportation, no matter how much the world changed around them. And as the economy begins to restart and businesses reopen, SEPTA is working to ensure all commuters have safe, clean access to transportation while providing extra caution for their own employees who are essential, from technicians to conductors to dispatchers.
While all sporting activities are put on hold until it’s safe for large gatherings, Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) launched their new Commit To Fit workout program. The program offers daily workout videos and live workout sessions every Monday and Wednesday, along with collaborations with special guests, including Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Alex Singleton. Working from home has created challenges for professionals as they adjust to new work environments and settings. SOPA’s free workouts get the whole family up and moving for a fun activity to break up the workday.
Before the COVID-19 crisis, Volunteers of America Delaware Valley (VOADV) have been providing essential services to vulnerable individuals and communities. As the novel coronavirus began to impact our region, VOADV’s doubled down on their efforts to ensure everyone can get access to their more than 40 outcome-driven assistance programs during these unprecedented times, from homelessness, reentry, veterans assistance or affordable housing services to specialized programs for individuals with addiction, traumatic brain injury or intellectual disabilities. The organization has also been working hard to provide food for those impacted by the pandemic, partnering with local food banks to distribute meals to thousands of families across the region.
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.