Each Friday, we’ll bring you a round-up of positive news about how Chamber members are making a difference in our community.
In March, BB&T, now Truist, announced a pledge of $25 million through its newly created Truist Cares initiative to support the short-term and long-term needs of communities, clients, and teammates in response to the pandemic. Since then, the company has increased its pledge to $50 million with the additional funding targeting underserved community segments, providing resources for small businesses and essential technology services in areas with limited access. In addition to its philanthropic support, the company launched a COVID-19 Help Center to provide resources to help its consumer and business clients navigate financial decisions during this unprecedented time.
In addition to making sure employees had peace of mind in the COVID-19 pandemic by supplying no-cost toilet paper and face masks, Essity, a leading hygiene and health company, wasted no time in helping other local businesses and individuals in need. As a manufacturer of paper products and items that enhance well-being (paper towels, napkins, facial and bathroom tissue, bandages, compression garments, and more), Essity’s 3,300 employees across the country have been working 24/7 to meet customer needs. In addition to global efforts, in May, Essity donated 4,600 rolls of Tork toilet paper, 36,000 napkins, and 28 dispensers to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Greater Philadelphia region to help them better care for the families they serve. Essity also donated $100,000 to support Philadelphia restaurants and health care facilities through the Off Their Plate organization to provide 10,000 free meals to frontline health care workers in our region, as well as $50,000 in economic relief to eight Philadelphia minority- and women-owned restaurants. Essity has also launched the Safe at Work Resource Hub, a one-stop online resource that will prove to be indispensable as our region’s businesses begin to reopen.
In an effort to combat the social and economic tolls COVID-19 has wreaked in New Jersey, the Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) has committed $2.5 million in philanthropic support. First on its list of initiatives is a $1 million donation to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund along with donations to local food banks. Additionally, PSEG Foundation has said it will also award mid- and small-size grants in the coming months to benefit regional nonprofits and grassroots and community initiatives. To aid in the pandemic response, PSEG also donated supplies to critical health care workers, including 50,000 N95 masks and 200,000 pairs of gloves. Beyond its philanthropic support, PSEG recognized the importance of summer internships for many students and how the pandemic has limited many opportunities. While keeping safety a top priority, the company worked hard to not cancel its summer internship program and is welcoming 85 interns this summer for its remote internship program.
To support MontCo students who are facing extreme hardships heightened by the pandemic, the Montgomery County Community College Foundation has been working to ensure its students have resources to support overall health and wellness and to combat food insecurity and financial hardship. Among a variety of efforts, the Foundation has set up an Emergency Fund, a Technology Fund, to provide technology for students who are now taking courses online, and General Scholarships to make it possible for students to continue their education. In addition to their Blue Bell campus serving as a COVID-19 community testing site, the college, through its Health Sciences Department, has donated face masks, gloves, and more essential supplies to area health services groups. Through its CAI Department, the college has donated over 200 lbs. of fresh produce, dairy, and eggs, and over 40 lbs. of frozen bread and pastries to a local food bank.
As we’ve seen over the past few months, communities are coming together to support their local hospitals and food banks. Morgan Properties, the fifth largest apartment owner in the country, launched Morgan Cares, an initiative to donate directly to frontline organizations impacted by COVID-19. Throughout the 15 states where Morgan Properties’ operates, the company will donate a percentage of each resident’s May and June rent to their choice of a local hospital or food bank. The company expects to contribute over $500,000 in funding to give back to these local organizations.
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.