Each Friday, we’ll bring you a round-up of positive news about how Chamber members are making a difference in our community.
In addition to ensuring its customers receive reliable and uninterrupted service, Energy Transfer went beyond its scope of work to support our region’s front-line workers. The company purchased eight pairs of military-grade virtual reality glasses for local fire departments that allow paramedics to communicate with local hospitals in real time, in addition to donating a $25,000 portable shelter to a local emergency response team and awarding other monetary grants to local first responders. Furthermore, Energy Transfer gave more than $42,000 in Sunoco fuel gift cards to health care workers in the Greater Philadelphia region; donated more than $35,000 to multiple food banks throughout the region; and awarded a $43,000 fuel grant to support the efforts of a local food bank.
ESM Productions and LiveNation, along with the Middleton Family, teamed up with some of PHL’s biggest stars to bring live entertainment directly to our living rooms, all while supporting a great cause. Last Thursday, May 21, PHLove celebrated the talent and resilience of the Greater Philadelphia region while raising awareness and support for the PHL COVID-19 Fund. The variety show raised over $1.5 million, with 100% of every dollar raised going directly to support the urgent and pressing needs of the community. The variety show brought in top acts such as Daryl Hall, QuestLove, and Patti Labelle among many others. Missed the show? It’s not too late to donate. Check out performance highlights and learn how you can donate to the fund at Philafound.org/covid-19/phlove.
We’ve seen a trend in businesses supporting other organizations in these trying times – it’s the Philadelphia way. Highwater, a marketing and consulting agency, stepped up by creating and launching CarryOutPA.com to help local restaurants survive the pandemic. The newly launched website allows consumers from across the state to get up-to-date information on their local restaurants, providing hours of operations, updated menus, and whether they are offering carry out, curbside pickup, or delivery. The site accumulated over 100,000 unique users within a week – proving Highwater’s probono work is already supporting local eateries across the state. (PS – restaurant owners, you can still submit to get your business listed on the site.)
As the pandemic continues to affect our region, many who are unemployed are struggling to put food on their table for their family. And when there is food insecurity for the human members of a family, there will most certainly be scarcity in what a family can feed to their pets. Mount Airy-based Queenie’s Pets has set up a fund to create a food pantry for pets that encourages local residents to donate funds to purchase pet food for the communities of Northwest Philadelphia. Giveaways of dog and cat food as well as cat litter are held every second Thursday from 4 – 6 p.m. in front of their shop. Donations can be made via Venmo to @QueeniesKK or by electronic or paper checks.
While they are a leader in construction auditing, consulting, and project management, Talson Solutions impact goes beyond the construction industry. The small, minority-owned company has done its part to support the community during the pandemic by creating the Talson Employee Community Fund to support other small businesses and nonprofits in its surrounding community and those of its clients. To date, the fund has provided lunch to emergency room staff at Chestnut Hill Hospital and Lankenau Hospital, The Good Shepherd Rehabilitation, and to the Philadelphia Fire Department Engine 8. In addition to its own fund, Talson has donated to the PHL COVID-19 Fund and the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society among others to help those at-risk, hungry, or disabled in this time of crisis.
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.