Each Friday, we’ll bring you a round-up of positive news about how Chamber members are making a difference in our community.

Crown Castle

Businesses throughout Greater Philadelphia are supporting their communities during these trying times. When the stay-at-home orders had schools shift to virtual learning, the need to address the homework gap became apparent. Crown Castle, the nation’s largest provider of shared communications infrastructure, donated $25,000 to the School District of Philadelphia to support the purchase of laptops for students to continue learning remotely. More recently, the company announced a $2 million combined donation to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to support equal access to quality higher education. The donation will help fund scholarships for students attending UNCF’s 37 member historically black colleges and universities and more than 1,100 other colleges and universities across the U.S.

The Franklin Institute

For nearly 200 years, the Franklin Institute has made it its mission to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic may have required the Institute to close its doors, but science never stops. The organization took advantage of its existing resources and expertise to produce [email protected], a series of all-new digital science offerings ranging from virtual tours to livestreamed science experiments and recipes. Additionally, the Institute used its 3D printing capabilities to produce 1,039 face shield visor bands for local health care systems, while also providing methods for all makers to produce PPE supplies at home.

NJM Insurance Group

As our region looks towards recovery, NJM Insurance Group is acknowledging the hardships its customers and policyholders are facing from the global health crisis. The company has set up a Payment Relief program for its policyholders, offering refunds and using maximum flexibility to create special payment plans. Beyond its pledge to serve its clients, NJM Insurance Group has committed $400,000 to COVID-19 Relief Efforts to assist families, businesses, and communities impacted by the pandemic. The funding will go toward nonprofits serving essential needs, health care providers, emergency responders, and coordinated statewide efforts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Pop! Promos

The new reality of social distancing has businesses searching for ways to protect their employees and customers while safely reopening for business. As soon as the stay-at-home orders were placed, Pop! Promos quickly shifted their manufacturing to ensure its customers and clients had easy access to PPE to stay safe. Not only is Pop! Promos producing the supplies needed to support a safe reopening, the company has also compiled important tips and lessons learned from navigating business operations in both China and the U.S. during the global crisis to share with its customers and distributor partners.

Valley Youth House

As an essential life-sustaining business serving homeless and at-risk youth throughout Greater Philadelphia, Valley Youth House shelters and residential sites have remained open and are serving young people in need. The nonprofit partnered with the PA Convention Center and Aramark to distribute more than 900 pounds of perishable food to young people in dire need during these uncertain times. The Valley Youth House street outreach team, branded The Synergy Project, has been making food and emergency supply deliveries to the most vulnerable members of our society since the City shut down. While the organization had to cancel in-person programming at its annual Camp Fowler, Valley Youth House has partnered with PBS39 to broadcast the experience to millions of households offering 30-minute programs featuring STEM, STEAM, literacy, nutrition, leadership, and nature activities.

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.