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.
COVID-19 has exacerbated systemic challenges that contribute to inequitable health outcomes in Philadelphia. As part of an overall strategy to address social influencers of health, the American Heart Association is continuing its efforts to improve access to healthy foods and quality clinical care for Philadelphia residents. Through collaborations with anti-hunger partners, the AHA has expanded food pantry infrastructure, transported 2,400 pounds of food to a local shelter, and provided free produce to residents in North Philadelphia. Additionally, the AHA is providing high-risk patients with home health kits and businesses with free health and wellness resources for their employees.
Though it’s been months since our region began the fight against COVID-19, there is still a crucial need for PPE, not only for medical professionals, but for essential workers and businesses as our region slowly begins to reopen and the economy restarts. Dynamic Advertising Solutions has leveraged their connections overseas to provide essential PPE supplies to local businesses and nonprofits, including face shields, N95 and KN95 masks, sanitizing items, signage, and more. As more businesses begin to reopen, the company is prepared to supply PPE to help with social distancing standards for a safe return.
Throughout this global crisis and these times of uncertainty, we have found there is an even greater need for art and entertainment. The Kimmel Cultural Campus has continuously connected with the community these past few months, from a Mother’s Day contest to hosting a virtual after-party for the School District of Philadelphia’s Class of 2020 (and providing free tickets to future performances for graduates), to using their platform to denounce social injustices and support diversity and inclusivity in the arts and beyond. The Kimmel Cultural Campus reminds Philadelphians that art has the power to encourage and unite us with strangers – and to stay connected with the arts through virtual performances, artist interviews and other online opportunities.
Having a unique community of makers and innovators, NextFab, a network of membership-based makerspaces, saw an opportunity to help during the COVID-19 crisis, by using their skills and expertise to support their local communities. Their Product Development team aggressively pivoted to making PPE by coordinating manufacturing and acquiring the necessary materials to make the needed supplies, and worked with nonprofit Open Medical Innovation to produce a new origami face mask design that requires no sewing. Founder and President Dr. Evan Malone joined fellow organizations to develop CoverAidPHL, a task force, with representation from local manufacturers, hospitals, universities, designers, small businesses, and other makers to help coordinate the creation of PPE and other medical supplies. As the new reality of social distancing set it, NextFab transitioned its RAPID Hardware Accelerator program to a virtual setting to continue to provide opportunities for early-stage startups with funding and product development support.”
Becoming a B Corp business is no easy task to accomplish, let alone accomplish during a pandemic and global crisis. S1 Medical achieved its B certification on May 1, joining just 3,000+ businesses worldwide to achieve this certification. In the past two years, the company has worked to reduce their carbon footprint, improve employee experience, support philanthropies in their communities, do business with other like-minded organizations and more. Most recently, the company created and donated over 500 protective masks to two local Philadelphia-based hospitals to support essential workers.
Drawing inspiration from retailer amenities long in place before the pandemic, Subaru of America is amplifying its services to ensure its current and new customers will be able to maintain and service their vehicles in a safe and clean way, in addition to offering deferred payments for current and new Subaru Motors Finance customers. As a company focused on giving back to its local communities, Subaru Loves to Help is just one part of the Subaru Love Promise, which is the automaker’s vision, along with its retailers, to make the world a better place. Through the Subaru Love Promise, the company and its retailers across the U.S. are donating 50 million meals to help feed people in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Supporting organizations that help neighbors and community members in need is one reason why Subaru is more than a car company.
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.