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 an electricity provider trusted by millions, Dynegy and its employees are proud to help meet critical needs in the communities they serve, especially now, as communities face increased needs due to the COVID-19 crisis. Through this commitment, Dynegy recently announced its pledge of $160,000 to support Pennsylvania communities, with $90,000 going directly to Greater Philadelphia organizations, including fellow Chamber members the Philadelphia Foundation and the Greater Philadelphia YMCA. Brad Watson, Dynegy’s director of community affairs, shared, “Our company is inspired by the first responders, food bank workers, the community foundations assisting small businesses, and the health care workers fighting on behalf of us all. We stand with you – now, more than ever before.” The donation is part of a $2 million commitment to nonprofits and social service agencies across the country from Dynegy’s parent company, Vistra.
To support the 5,400 laid off hotel employees in the city of Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association launched the GPHA COVID-19 Hospitality Workers Relief Fund with the goal of providing every hotel employee who has been furloughed, laid off, or lost their job with a $100 gift certificate for local grocery stores. Chamber members such as the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Independence Visitor’s Center Corporation, and Visit Philadelphia, are among the organizations and individuals who collaborated in this effort to raise the funds to support the tourism industry employees whose lives have been turned upside down in this crisis.
In these unprecedented times, the business community has found creative solutions to support those affected by COVID-19. From April 20 through May 20, Hamilton Jewelers is hosting the Princeton Community Auction, an online auction to raise proceeds for independent and small businesses in their community and their employees, with the goal to raise $50,000. While Hamilton is covering all costs and operating the platform and logistics, the jeweler has asked local businesses and organizations to donate products, services, experiences, gift cards for future use, and more for the online auction. The store encourages anyone who is interested to participate by both bidding and donating.
For many nonprofits, the struggle for funding existed before the pandemic hit and the effects of COVID-19 have made it nearly impossible to carry out their missions. KPMG has pledged over $2 million in donations to support nonprofits who have been impacted. $1 million in KPMG U.S. Foundation funds will go toward the KPMG Disaster Relief Fund COVID-19 campaign, to directly aid 501(c)(3) organizations across the country. 800 grants, worth $500 each, will go to nonprofits actively supported by KPMG U.S. employees, and $130,000 in COVID-19 Relief Grants are being disbursed to 501(c)(3) organizations with which the company has existing relationships at the national level.
Using its unique platforms and global reach, Qurate Retail Group is expanding its COVID-19 relief efforts to support those who have been impacted by the pandemic. Through the retailer’s brands, including QVC, HSN, Zulily and more, they’ve committed $10 million in monetary and in-kind donations, including grants through an Emergency Assistance Fund to support team members worldwide who are most impacted by COVID-19; a fundraising campaign with Meals on Wheels and No Kid Hungry; a Small Business Spotlight initiative, in collaboration with the National Retail Federation Foundation, to support and celebrate small businesses; and much more. In addition, the company has committed $19 million in COVID-19-related appreciation and emergency pay and benefits to team members.
Like many health care systems, community health centers have continued to operate during the pandemic to care for the medically underserved and uninsured. To show their support, the Siemens Foundation announced a $150,000 commitment to the Philadelphia-based Delaware Valley Community Health, Inc. As a result of COVID-19, these health centers face a shortage of funding to stay operational and maintain a sufficient workforce, further crippling their ability to provide affordable health care at a critical time. The Siemens Foundation commitment is meant to support DVCH so they can continue to serve their communities when they are needed most. DVCH is one of 12 organizations receiving financial support from the nonprofit organization established by Siemens USA, a commitment totaling $1.5 million.