Follow Facts, Not Fear
January 21, 2021
This Week’s Message from Chamber President & CEO Mark Wilson:
Yesterday, marked the start of a new administration with the inauguration of Joe Biden, the 46th president of the United States. This was also a historic moment as Kamala Harris became the first woman and person of color sworn in to serve as Vice President. After a few weeks of unrest and disappointing and despicable acts at the Capitol, it is my hope that this can be the beginning of a much-needed reunification of America.
At the end of the day, we are not Democrats, Republicans or Independents…we are Americans first and foremost. As Americans and as Floridians, uniting the business community for good is still the best path forward.
While a change took place within our federal government, COVID-19 continues to be a constant across the country and in Florida. It is now day 325 since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Florida and day 39 since the first vaccine in Florida. While the number of COVID cases are increasing to more than 1.6 million in Florida, the daily average new cases are decreasing to 13,650 and the weekly percent of positive cases is decreasing to 10.73 percent. Gov. DeSantis continues prioritizing seniors and frontline workers to receive COVID vaccines and has expanded the partnership with Publix to distribute vaccines to these key groups closer to where they live. Keeping Florida open for business and our economy rebounding is essential. As business leaders, it is important to continue following the health and safety guidelines of wearing masks, physically distancing when possible and avoiding large crowds to ensure Florida remains safe and open. Tomorrow, new job numbers and unemployment rates will be released and it is my hope that we will continue moving those numbers in the right direction and working toward pre-COVID days when Florida was creating 1 out of every 11 jobs in the U.S.
As we turn a new page in the history books, the Florida story remains the same. We must unite Florida’s business community to ensure the right outcomes happen in Florida. We must work together to keep our economy going and secure the right future for Florida. The road to our goals may look different, but the Florida 2030 Blueprint goal of becoming the 10th largest economy in the world is still the destination. Free enterprise makes this country great and free enterprise will continue to be our focus here in Florida.
Please find the latest cumulative COVID-19 numbers below:
Florida Chamber Foundation Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish and our research team continue to analyze COVID-19 data and report on it daily at TheFloridaScorecard.org. As cases vary regionally, we also offer a breakdown of data by county so you can know how COVID-19 is trending in your area. Special thanks for all our #ChamberStrong local chamber partners who are posting these numbers on their websites, social media platforms and sharing with their local leadership.
Florida Chamber Foundation 2021 Workforce Survey
We Need Your Help to Understand Workforce and Training Needs
Pre-COVID-19, Florida employers told us a skilled workforce was the top priority for 2020…then COVID happened. While vaccines are in the early stages of distribution, a return to some sense of normalcy will take time, and we anticipate Florida’s workforce needs will continue to be a top issue. A high-quality workforce is Florida’s best long-term economic development strategy and crucial to becoming the 10th largest economy by 2030. We need your help to understand your company’s evolving workforce needs and the impact the pandemic is having on your recruiting and training goals. The results of the survey will be incorporated into the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2021 Florida Workforce Needs Study.
The Legislature was not in Tallahassee this week but beginning next week, will hold four back-to-back interim committee weeks. On Monday, the Florida Chamber has two priority bills being heard in the Senate, SB 72 (COVID-19 Liability Protections) and SB 50 (Main Street Fairness). Below is additional information on these bills and other legislation and presentations to watch for this upcoming week.
Senate Will Hear COVID-19 Liability Protections in First Committee Stop
SB 72 provides COVID-19 liability protections for businesses that are following safety guidelines and provides certainty that businesses can open their doors without fear of lawsuits. This bill will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, January 25th. If you have not already contacted your lawmakers, please do so by clicking the links below. Thank you to Senator Jeff Brandes for sponsoring this key piece of legislation and hearing it in the Judiciary Committee as soon as possible
Leveling the Playing Field for Main Street Businesses
SB 50, by Senator Joe Gruters, creates an economic nexus for businesses that are doing more than $100,000 in internet sales in Florida and requires the collection and remittance of sales tax by these businesses. This follows the United States Supreme Court decision in Wayfair and will level the playing field between brick and mortar businesses located in Florida and those that are only conducting transactions online. This is not a new tax, but a tax that has always been due, and simply shifts the burden on the business to collect internet sales tax. This bill is up in Senate Commerce & Tourism on Monday.
Paycheck Protection Bills Filed
Senator Rodrigues has filed an important bill that will bring more transparency and accountability to public sector unions and protect public sector employees. Senate Bill 78 creates a formal process for a public sector employee for joining a union, requires unions to revoke an employee’s membership upon their request, and clarifies that deductions for union dues begin after the employee authorizes them. This bill has its first committee hearing on January 27th in the Senate Government Oversight and Accountability Committee.
Tackling Cost Drivers in Property Insurance
Filed this week was HB 305 by Representative Bob Rommel. This bill addresses cost drivers in property insurance, such as the contingency fee multiplier for attorney fees. A component of the bill returns multipliers for attorney fees to only rare and exceptional circumstances, instead of for run of the mill property insurance cases. The result has been a significant increase in the cost of litigation and attorney fees that far outweigh the outcome the homeowner receives. With rates going up for homeowners between 20-40%, the Florida Chamber is committed to tackling cost drivers in the system and ensuring a competitive property insurance marketplace.
Other Things to Watch Next Week
The Senate will also be hearing Florida Chamber backed legislation (SB 58) by Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez that addresses community benefit reporting for non-profit hospital property tax purposes in Community Affairs. In Senate Judiciary, there will be a presentation on factors that hinder homeowner and auto glass fraud processing for insurance claims. The Senate Education Committee will have a presentation on how to better align postsecondary education and labor market demand, and the House Education & Employment Committee will also be focusing on workforce readiness, key priorities of the Florida Chamber. Finally, on Wednesday, the House Tourism, Infrastructure and Energy Subcommittee will provide an overview of broadband internet service deployment and an overview of COVID-19 impacts on the tourism industry. All Committee and Subcommittee meetings will be available to view online at The Florida Channel.
Siemens to Award $140K in Grants to Black-Owned Businesses Across Seven U.S. Metropolitan Cities to Build More Resilient Supply Chains
In an effort to engage in COVID-19 response and economic recovery in Florida and across the country, Florida Chamber Advocate Siemens USA is awarding $140,000 in grants to Black-owned businesses in seven U.S. cities, including Orlando, to build a more resilient supply chain. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency, they will be implementing a supplier diversity program to help boost diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship and business development.
“To build resilient supply chains, and to expand our own business opportunities, we need a marketplace that’s diverse and inclusive,” said Nichelle Grant, head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Siemens USA. “These grants are intended to help Black-owned companies develop their businesses to be in the best position to compete for contracts and become part of supplier bases like ours.” READ MORE>
The CDC V-Safe App
Provided by Diego Sanchez, Florida Chamber Safety Council Senior Safety Manager
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a smartphone application to help recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine communicate directly with the CDC in the event they experience any side-effects. The V-Safe app is designed to provide personalized health checks after receiving the vaccine; depending on the individual’s response to the health check survey, a CDC representative will contact the individual with further guidance.
After receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, simply download the V-Safe app on your smartphone and follow the instructions. This will require you to register and enter your vaccine information. The app will also remind you when your next dose is due. Your vaccine information is located on your vaccine records which should be provided to you at the time of vaccination. If you are not able to find your information, simply enter the date you received the vaccine.
The CDC is using technology to ensure the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine by tracking any side effects and responding as soon as possible. By participating in the use of the V-Safe app, the CDC believes that it will make a difference in preventing and responding to any unforeseen issues.
If you are vaccinated before 2 P.M. and register on the V-Safe app, you will receive your first health check survey at 2 P.M. the same day. If you are vaccinated and register after 2 P.M., you will receive your first health check immediately via text.
Remember to do your part before, during and after you get vaccinated. It is up to everyone to help eradicate this virus.
If your business is in need of safety training – including COVID-19 training – we’re here to help. For more information on keeping your workers safe, visit flchambersafety.com or contact Diego Sanchez, Senior Safety Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Splitting Business, Health Care Liability Protections Appears to be the Right Call
When the House announced it would split COVID liability protections into two bills it raised some eyebrows, but after HB 7 passed its first committee Wednesday it looks like that was the right call. A long list of supporters, including the Florida Chamber of Commerce, showed up to extoll its importance for Florida’s economic recovery.
“Today’s hearing was a step in the right direction as we aim to protect from frivolous COVID lawsuits Florida’s businesses that are doing their part to keep employees and customers safe and relaunch our economy,” Florida Chamber of Commerce president Mark Wilson said. READ MORE>
EXIM Chairman Kimberly Reed Kicks Off Second Phase of “All America Initiative” in Partnership with the National Association of State Chambers, Chaired by Mark Wilson
During the recent National Association of State Chambers Winter meeting, Chaired by Florida Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Mark Wilson, Export-Import Bank of the United States President and Chairman Kimberly A. Reed officially kicked off the second phase of EXIM’s All America Initiative, underscoring EXIM’s robust commitment to supporting small businesses as they compete in the global marketplace. READ MORE>
Thank you for your continued support as we work to unite Florida’s businesses for good. If there is anything you need from your dedicated Chamber Staff, or have questions at any time, I invite you to email me directly at email@example.com.
President & CEO
A Message from Chamber President & CEO Mark Wilson:
It’s Day 290 since Florida’s first case of COVID-19 and Day 4 since our first vaccine in Florida. Before I go any further, if you’re wondering what the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2021 economic outlook and jobs forecast is, register you and your management team for our January 28 official 2021 Florida Chamber Foundation Economic Forecast and Jobs Solution Summit. Dr. Jerry Parrish and I will lead a three-hour, interactive outlook on Florida’s future, COVID recovery and our path to adding nearly 2 million new jobs by 2030.
As the Florida Chamber Safety Council heard from former White House Physician Dr. Jeffrey Kuhlman, the Pfizer vaccine is currently being distributed to health care and frontline workers throughout Florida. Five of the state’s largest hospitals received 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this Monday and Tuesday. Once they have administered the vaccines to their employees, Governor DeSantis has asked them to reach out to other local hospital systems to share the rest. The first doses of the Pfizer vaccine will go to hospitals, while the next doses will go to long term care facilities. Governor DeSantis noted at a press conference earlier this week that he is hopeful if shipments continue weekly as scheduled, seniors in the state who are not in long term care could be receiving them by the end of the year. In addition, the same panel who recommended distribution of the Pfizer vaccine last week to the Food and Drug Administration will be meeting today to decide whether or not to recommend Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for distribution. If approved, the Moderna vaccine could be arriving in Florida as early as next week. Additional vaccines are expected to follow suit early in the new year. We are actively working with leaders to prepare for broader distribution to, and through, our membership when the time comes.
Florida’s Surgeon General once again addressed our Florida Chamber Safety Council Advisory Board yesterday and answered some very important questions regarding getting vaccinated once vaccinations to the general public begin. Even if you or someone you know has had COVID-19, it is still recommended that you get the vaccine. According to Dr. Rivkees, the antibodies in the vaccine are proven more effective than those your body produces naturally to fight the virus.
I continue to be grateful for the leadership of Governor DeSantis and Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees who have offered Florida’s businesses guidance that has protected Florida’s hospital capacity and our most vulnerable citizens throughout the pandemic while allowing free enterprise to operate safely while protecting employees and customers. At a press conference on Tuesday with small business owners that you can view in its entirety to the right, Governor DeSantis reiterated his commitment to allowing Florida’s businesses to remain open safe and smart. Now that a vaccine is here and in the process of being distributed, it is easy to forget that the virus is still dangerous and still out there. We must remain vigilant.
Dr. Rivkees pointed out yesterday just how effective Florida has been combating the virus and protecting our most vulnerable. Comparatively, most of the rest of the country is having a more severe outbreak than Florida. If you look at the number of cases that we have had by population, we’re about 25th in the country. If you look at the number of individuals who have sadly been claimed by COVID, we’re about 19th in the country now. Dr. Rivkees emphasized this is a virus which really keeps its fury on the elderly and, per capita, Florida is number two – only second to Maine – in the number of individuals who are older than 65 years of age. So having the second most vulnerable population per capita in the country and being 19th in terms of individuals that we have lost, shows that the strategies that we have put in place for protecting our elderly – the most vulnerable – are working.
Please continue to do what Florida’s business leaders have largely committed to do these last few months and protect our customers, employees and vendors by continuing to wear masks in public, physically distance when possible and avoid large crowds. Unlike several states in the country that refuse to allow reasonable operating guidelines for their businesses to remain open – but are still taxing them – Florida is open for business.
The Florida Chamber continues to work diligently with the Legislature and our Congressional Delegation to pass commonsense COVID liability protections for employers who followed the guidelines and put the safety of their teams first. In addition, the Florida Chamber is forming a working group as unemployment tax notices are set to go out this month. As the Florida Chamber reported first last week to our members, employers will be faced with a nearly 200 percent increase in the unemployment tax in the new year. This will add to the financial burden many of Florida’s businesses are already facing, and the Florida Chamber will keep you updated on how this effects your bottom line moving forward. If you are interested in joining this working group, please contact Carolyn Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Florida Chamber Foundation Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish and our research team continue to analyze COVID-19 data and report on it daily at TheFloridaScoreCard.org. As cases vary regionally, we also offer a breakdown of data by county so you can know how COVID-19 is trending in your area. Special thanks for all our #ChamberStrong local chamber partners who are posting these numbers on their websites, social media platforms and sharing with their local leadership.
Please find the latest cumulative COVID-19 numbers below:
7-Day COVID Numbers (Dec. 10 – 16):
- Florida Cases: 71,973
- 7-Day Avg. Daily New Cases: 10,281.9
- Hospitalized: 1,759
- Florida Reported Deaths: 742
180 FLORIDA HOSPITALS TO GET NEXT BATCH OF COVID-19 VACCINES
About 180 hospitals across Florida will have access to COVID-19 vaccines as of next week, Florida’s emergency management chief said Tuesday. Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz said the five hospitals that received delivery of a Pfizer vaccine Monday and Tuesday have reached agreements to share the vaccine with 25 neighboring facilities, usually their competitors.
Overall, Florida received about 180,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week, with the five hospitals receiving about 100,000 and CVS and Walgreens pharmacies receiving tens of thousands more. CVS and Walgreens have signed an agreement with the federal government to vaccinate residents and workers at long-term care facilities. The Florida Department of Health has 20,000 doses to supplement the CVS and Walgreens efforts. READ MORE>
DR. FAUCI SAYS U.S. COULD RETURN TO NORMAL BY MID-FALL OF 2021 IF MOST PEOPLE GET COVID VACCINE
To get back to normal, however, Fauci said between 75% and 85% of the population will need to get inoculated against COVID-19. That would create an “umbrella” of immunity to prevent further spread of the virus. READ MORE>
In Case You Missed It:
2020 Transportation, Growth & Infrastructure Solution Summit
Presented by Boeing
If you missed our 2-day virtual Transportation, Growth & Infrastructure Solution Summit last week there is still time to purchase a digital pass. Digital passes will be released tomorrow, December 18, to attendees and those who have registered for the pass. Now is your chance to access exclusive content from Florida business, industry and policy leaders as they discussed the important issues impacting our state’s water, energy, telecommunications, real estate, logistics and transportation industries.
Join the mission as we work together to grow and prepare Florida’s infrastructure for the next 4 million residents. Check out the trailer below for a sneak peek at the event content and secure your Digital Pass today to share with your management teams.
Down to the Nitty Gritty
The House and Senate are both in session this week as they work to come together on a deal for government funding and additional relief for Covid-19 ahead of a December 18 funding deadline. Legislative leaders from both chambers and parties have insisted that they will not adjourn without finishing work on appropriations and delivering additional COVID-19 relief legislation. Whether that means finishing their work over the next 48 hours, extending the deadline over the weekend and into the Christmas week or temporarily adjourning only to return the week between Christmas and New Years remains to be seen. Further complicating the scenario this year is the advent of remote voting in the House (in previous years the threat of keeping members in D.C. over the Christmas break was often the stick leaders used to break legislative impasses).
Last week, Congress passed a one-week stopgap on the eve of the original funding deadline (December 11), extending government funding to December 18. Lawmakers have continued working this week ahead of Friday’s deadline to come to an agreement on a $1.4 trillion spending package to fund the government through September 30, 2021. This spending package will likely be the vehicle for several end of congress priorities lawmakers are attempting to add without overweighing the train. Potential additions include: COVID relief packages (see below), tax and health extenders, a bipartisan sweeping energy bill (leaders have signed off on this legislation), WRDA, pipeline safety legislation and other last-minute provisions
COVID Relief Negotiations Continue
Over the weekend, the bipartisan group of lawmakers negotiating a $908 billion Covid-19 relief package appeared to have reached a tentative agreement in principle on liability protections and aid to state and local governments. The two issues, which have proved to be the most contentious throughout negotiations, appeared destined for a separate bill estimated to cost $160 billion. However, the lawmakers have still not yet released text for the legislation, and leaders have not signed off on the product or the bifurcated approach. Now, and even as late as this morning, it appears both sides are punting on liability protections and state/local aid altogether given the late hour of negotiations.
Late last night, it appears Congress is coming closer to a deal after 8 months of negotiations. The larger bill (absent liability protections/state and local aid), estimated at $900 billion, reportedly includes $180 billion in unemployment insurance that will provide $300 a week in federal assistance for 16 weeks, and approximately $250-300 billion to reauthorize the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). It is also expected to include $25 billion in rental assistance, $13 billion in assistance to agriculture, and funding for schools, vaccine distribution and more. Senators Hawley (R-MO) and Sanders (I-VT) appear to have been successful in pushing for another round of direct economic assistance payments to be included in the package, which has also become a priority for the Trump Administration via their lead negotiators, Treasury Secretary Mnunchin. The amount (appears to be around $600-$700) and trigger for those stimulus checks is still uncertain.
Also of note—the Senate approved the House- passed National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA) late last week and the bill was sent to the President’s desk Friday afternoon. While President Trump has expressed the possibility of vetoing the bill it is unclear he will take that action, given the legislation has passed both Chambers with veto-proof margins. Lawmakers are confident the NDAA could be passed via veto override.
FLORIDA CHAMBER STAFF COLLECT FOOD FOR SECOND HARVEST OF THE BIG BEND
Last week the Florida Chamber staff had an unconventional Christmas party to cap off an unconventional year. In an effort to help those who have been hit hardest by COVID-19, the Florida Chamber staff collected non-perishable food items to donate to Second Harvest of the Big Bend. The more items employees collected, the more throws they got to take at Florida Chamber leadership in the dunking booth – including CEO Mark Wilson.
FPL furthers commitment to getting Floridians back to work amid COVID-19 with $1 million gift for laptops for thousands of students who enroll in state colleges
Florida Chamber Foundation Community Development Partner Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) announced last week a $1 million donation to buy more than 1,600 laptops for students to use in rapid credentialing programs to obtain the skills they need to get back to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic. FPL’s donation comes on the heels of Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education launch of the Get There Florida initiative, in which they raised awareness of rapid credentialing programs. The programs offer students an opportunity to obtain high-value technical certificates and certifications in industries including advanced manufacturing, transportation and logistics, healthcare and information technology often in 20 weeks or less. LEARN MORE>
By Diego A. Sanchez, CSP, ASP, CHST, OHST
Now that a vaccine has been approved and is being made available (with others on the way) now is the time to understand how COVID-19 vaccines work, it helps to first look at how our bodies fight illness. When germs, such as the virus that causes COVID-19, invade our bodies, they attack and multiply. This invasion, called an infection, is what causes the illness. Our immune system uses several tools to fight infection. Blood contains red cells, which carry oxygen to tissues and organs, and white or immune cells, which fight infection. Different types of white blood cells fight infection in different ways:
- Macrophages are white blood cells that swallow up and digest germs and dead or dying cells. The macrophages leave behind parts of the invading germs called antigens. The body identifies antigens as dangerous and stimulates antibodies to attack them.
- B-lymphocytes are defensive white blood cells. They produce antibodies that attack the pieces of the virus left behind by the macrophages.
- T-lymphocytes are another type of defensive white blood cell. They attack cells in the body that have already been infected.
The first time a person is infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, it can take several days or weeks for their body to make and use all the germ-fighting tools needed to get over the infection. After the infection, the person’s immune system remembers what it learned about protecting the body against that disease.
The body keeps a few T-lymphocytes, called memory cells, that go into action quickly if the body reencounters the same virus. When the familiar antigens are detected, B-lymphocytes produce antibodies to attack them.
Different types of vaccines work in different ways to offer protection, but with all types of vaccines, the body is left with a supply of “memory” T-lymphocytes as well as B-lymphocytes that will remember how to fight that virus in the future.
If your business is in need of safety training – including COVID-19 training – we’re here to help. For more information on keeping your workers safe, visit flchambersafety.com or contact Diego Sanchez, Senior Safety Manager at email@example.com.
Helping Florida’s young readers through the pandemic and beyond
Thanks to the Florida Gap Map, community leaders have a forecast of how many students need the most help, where they are, and how to reach them. Only 58% of Florida’s third-graders are reading on or above grade level. To zero in on who needs the most assistance and the best means to help, the Florida Gap Map includes data from 983 zip codes. Poverty levels for children under the age of 18 are visible on the map, and it’s simple to see how a particular school is faring; simply select it and zero in on particular classrooms. The Chamber maintains a goal of slashing poverty in half and supporting 100% of third-graders to read at grade level within the next decade. READ MORE>
Florida businesses facing unemployment tax hike next year
The minimum unemployment tax rate paid by Florida business will shoot up by nearly 200 percent in the new year, adding to businesses’ financial burdens during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Although the state Department of Finance has not yet released the tax rate numbers, Chamber officials said they had seen the new rates, which would increase from $7 per worker for the minimum tax rate to $20.30 per employee. READ MORE>
State needs to invest in infrastructure: Florida Chamber event
As more residents pour into Florida, the state needs to focus on making sure it has the infrastructure to support them, business and political leaders said during The Florida Chamber of Commerce’s virtual Transportation, Growth & Infrastructure Solution Summit. The Chamber of Commerce expects the state’s population to grow by 4 million people by the end of this decade. More residents means more stress on Florida’s current infrastructure. READ MORE>
Thank you for your continued support as we work to unite Florida’s businesses for good. If there is anything you need from your dedicated Chamber Staff, or have questions at any time, I invite you to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your continued support as we work to unite Florida’s businesses for good. If there is anything you need from your dedicated Chamber Staff, or have questions at any time, I invite you to email me directly at email@example.com.
President & CEO
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The world’s economy is changing and Florida must be ready to compete not only nationally, but on a global stage – is Florida’s future workforce prepared? Be a part of the conversation about the goals identified in the Florida 2030 Blueprint on how to prepare today’s learners for tomorrow’s career opportunities.
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Florida Transportation, Growth & Infrastructure Solution Summit
December 8 & 9
As we unite Florida’s business community to help Florida grow from the 17th largest economy in the world to the 10th largest, we invite you to join us as we bring together business leaders, industry experts and elected officials from around the state to discuss how to prepare for Florida’s future in Transportation, Growth and Infrastructure.
Be a part of the conversation on the Foundation’s Florida 2030 Blueprint goals and planning for Florida’s future infrastructure needs.
Topics will include:
– Florida’s Transportation Plan
– Water Infrastructure
– Connectivity and more!
The Florida Chamber of Commerce is uniting business for good by connecting 150+ local chambers of commerce as they lead community efforts to restart and recover Florida’s economy. Through the Chamber Restart and Recovery Task Force, local chambers of commerce are collaborating with cities, counties, mayors, economic developers and job creators around a common framework that customizes the safest and smartest regional reopening of Florida’s economy.
“Restarting the 17th largest economy in the world requires uniting the business community like never before. We believe that local chambers and their partners can work together with Florida and America to reopen at the soonest, yet safest, possible time for their region,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce.
Balancing the right health and safety outcomes with the right “re-start” is vital, and local leaders are uniquely positioned to unite businesses and community leaders around common objectives.
“While there is no one-size-fits-all plan, sharing best practices, being inclusive and not duplicating efforts is essential — and that’s the cornerstone of the Chamber Restart and Recover Task Force,” said Tammy Bracewell, President, Florida Association of Chamber Professionals.
Business Doing Good – Free Enterprise in Action
4 Rivers Smokehouse and 4Roots Foundation
4 Rivers and other restaurants have partnered to begin the Feed the Need campaign in central Florida. The campaign identifies areas where there is a high need for meals and the restaurants step up to provide the necessary food. Click here to learn more.
AAA Auto Club Group
AAA is giving a 20% premium refund to policyholders with auto insurance for the months of April and May. Click here to learn more.
AbbVie’s myAbbVie Assist program provides free prescription medicine to qualifying patients. Check eligibility here.
Additionally, AbbVie donated approximately $2 million (USD) of Aluvia as an experimental option to help address the growing health crisis. AbbVie is also working with the WHO to ensure a coordinated global effort.
ACT is offering digital learning and workforce resources to assist students, teachers, schools and workers impacted by COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
ACT has announced a broad-based effort to assist students, teachers, schools and workers impacted by COVID-19. ACT is providing FREE digital learning and workforce resources that are adaptable for use in home, through online learning, and in workforce settings. The free ACT resources are part of ACT’s commitment to serving community needs during this challenging time. Click here to learn more.
AdventHealth has opened its 3rd Central Florida COVID-19 testing site in Tampa at the Adventure Island parking lot. The testing site will be able to test roughly 500 to 700 patients per day. Patients will have to be pre-screened but do not need a doctor’s order. Click here to learn more.
AdventHealth has opened a 2nd Central Florida COVID-19 testing site at the Mall at Millennia in Orlando. The site will be open every day between 9am and 2pm and those wishing to be tested should preregister at the AdventHealth website. Click here to learn more.
AdventHealth hospitals in the West Florida Division are now providing rapid testing for patients who are in their care and meet the evaluation criteria for the coronavirus. The new rapid testing will launch in two phases starting with Tampa. Click here to learn more.
Advocate Health Advisors and Vi at Bentley Village
Advocate Health Advisors and Vi at Bentley Village in Naples have announced that they are seeking to hire workers who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus. Click here to learn more.
AGPM, an affordable housing partnership in Orlando, has launched a COVID-19 resource center for residents, which includes links to the CDC, stress coping mechanisms and ways to stop the spread of germs. Click here to learn more.
Airbnb employees have donated $17 million, including $1 million in personal funds from employees, to help eligible hosts make ends meet. Click here to learn more.
Allegiant Air is taking measures to make sure passengers are safe and the planes are disinfected before and after each flight. Allegiant is also allowing travelers to alter their travel plans at no additional cost. Allegiant will either allow travelers to change flights or receive a voucher toward a future flight. Flight cancellations are not included in the travel plan change offer.
Allstate is giving back $1 billion to customers over three months through the Shelter-in-Place Payback program in addition to contributing millions of dollars to a variety of community relief and recovery efforts. Click here to learn more.
Allstate will automatically cover customers who use their personal vehicles to deliver food, medicine and other goods for a commercial purpose. Standard personal auto policies typically exclude such coverage. Allstate has also taken other actions to provide peace of mind to customers and to employees, including a special payment plan to provide customers financial relief.
Allstate, American Family Insurance
Auto insurance companies Allstate and American Family Insurance said they will give policyholders millions of dollars back because Americans are driving less during the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, Allstate announced it would return $600 million in premiums to customers. The company said most policyholders will get back 15% of their premium in April and May. The credit will arrive either to their bank, credit card or Allstate account. Click here to learn more.
Altec is providing free communication materials that cover information on social distancing, mask conservation and reuse, cleaning materials, and more. Click here for materials.
Altrua Global Solutions
Altrua Global Solutions offered Tallahassee restaurants free signs as they converted to delivery and take out orders. Additionally, Altrua has converted its production line to produce face shields for first responders. Click here to learn more.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced he’s making a $100 million donation to Feeding America, a non-profit that helps food banks feed families in need. Click here to learn more.
American Airlines has repurposed a surplus of food from in-flight services by donating more than 81,000 pounds of food to food banks around the country. Click here to learn more.
American Heart Association
The American Heart Association has launched the Beneficial Business Exchange, a virtual goods, services, and solutions community exchange where businesses can post and view needs, offer resources and make connections to meet those needs. Click here to learn more.
American Property Casualty Insurance Association
APCIA has created a resource page to show ways property casualty insurers are responding to the potential threats posed by COVID-19 as well as related rules, regulations, and insurance department communications from across the country. Click here to learn more.
Amgen & The Amgen Foundation
An Amgen Foundation grant to communities across the globe includes the Tampa Bay area in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. $250,000 will be going to the United Way Suncoast COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund and $50,000 will go to the Hillsborough Education Foundation.
Amgen and the Amgen Foundation commit up to $12.5 million to support COVID-19 relief efforts. Funds will be directed to support local emergency response efforts and patient-focused organizations, and free online science learning programs supported by the Amgen Foundation available to students across the globe. Click here to learn more.
Amscot Financial has awarded mini-grants from $250-$1,000 to support nine non-profit organizations throughout Florida. Click here for a full list of recipients.
Architectural Precast and Foam
Architectural Precast and Foam of West Palm Beach has donated 500 face shields in response to the Florida Chamber’s daily COVID-19 update. The shields have been donated to the Florida Department of Emergency Management.
Arthrex, one of Southwest Florida’s largest employers is manufacturing and donating PPE to health care systems and first responders in the area. The company can produce up to 2,500 protective face shields per week and plexiglass hoods, which allow clinicians to intubate patients with a decreased exposure to germs and viruses. Local beneficiaries include Lee Health, the NCH Healthcare System, Physicians Regional Healthcare System and Landmark Hospital, as well as North Collier Fire, Greater Naples Fire and Collier County Emergency Medical Services. Click here to learn more.
Ashley Furniture donated over 1,100 mattresses to various non-profits around the country, including 100 beds to Hillsborough Hope, a temporary camp serving the county’s most at-need residents. Click here to learn more.
Ashley HomeStore has donated 100 new beds in partnership with the City of Tampa and Catholic Charities of St. Petersburg in a combined effort to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The donation will provide Tampa’s vulnerable population with a place to shelter and sleep well. Click here to learn more
Astellas Pharma US, Inc. and the Astellas Global Health Foundation are each expanding support for global and local communities fighting COVID-19 by providing up to $2 million of new financial assistance, in aggregate, to meet the urgent demand for resources to help patients, health care workers, and first responders. Click here to learn more.
AT&T announced three months of free wireless service for front line nurses and physicians in the U.S. on the FirstNet Network. Click here to learn more.
AT&T unveiled a $10 million Distance Learning and Family Connections Fund to give parents, students and teachers tools they need for at-home learning, and to provide resources to maintain meaningful connections for those isolated from family and friends. AT&T pledged to not disconnect residential or small business customers who do not pay their bill for internet, home phone service, or broadband for the next 60 days; will not charge late payment fees if they are due to economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic; and pledged to keep its network of public WiFi hotspots open “for any American who needs them.” Click here to learn more. For more on AT&T’s latest updates, click here.
AT&T gives 20% bonus to frontline employees. To show their appreciation for their frontline employees, effective March 25 and until further notice, AT&T will pay a 20% bonus above the regular hourly base rate of pay to bargained-for employees for all time worked in the office or at home.
AT&T and Miami Marlins Foundation
AT&T and the Miami Marlins Foundation are planning to feed around 3,000 health care workers in honor of Nurses Week (May 6-12) and Hospital Week (May 10-16). Click here to learn more.
AT&T Foundation has donated $20,000 to Baptist Health in Jacksonville. The donation will help pay for food, hygiene products and other items for homebound senior patients. Click here to learn more.
The AT&T Foundation has donated $25,000 to the Orlando Health Team Member Relief Fund to help pay living expenses for front line health care workers. Click here to learn more.
AutoNation has rehired nearly 1,000 employees in recent weeks as auto sales have begun a return to normal levels where shelter-in-place orders have been lifted. Click here to learn more.
AvMed has announced that it will be waiving out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 treatments for its fully-insured commercial and Medicare Advantage members through May 31, 2020. In addition, AvMed will continue to provide its members with zero-dollar diagnostic testing, zero-dollar virtual visits, including behavioral health, and waiver of specialist referral requirements. Click here to learn more.
Jacksonville’s Bacardi plant is making hand sanitizer for first responders. So far, they have produced more than 24,000 gallons that is being distributed to first responders and medical professionals across the state. Click here to learn more.
Through their #RaiseYourSpirits program, Bacardi Limited is providing financial aid and other relief to those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Bacardi Limited and its family brands have also pledged $3 million in aid and other support to their friends and partners in the bar and restaurant industry. Click here to learn more.
The world’s largest premium rum producer announced they will be producing hand sanitizer during the outbreak of the coronavirus and during a time of high demand for hand sanitizer. The hand sanitizer will be produced with at least 70 percent alcohol, following the World Health Organization’s recommendations.
Bank of America
Bank of America is donating $1 billion over the next four years to community programs and small businesses to help address economic and racial inequality that has been exacerbated by COVID-19. The billion-dollar donation is an expansion of the several hundreds of millions of dollars Bank of America donates to nonprofits and lends to small, minority-owned businesses. Click here to learn more.
Baptist Health has announced it is offering free online urgent care visits for a limited time for those experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms using the code CARE19. Users can access the service 24/7 on demand using the code CARE19 after downloading the app on their phones, tablets or computers. Click here to learn more.
Bauer Internet Offers Free Educational Video Conferencing
Bauer Internet LLC is now offering free video conferencing to businesses and schools at https://bauervids.com.
BayCare, Tampa General, Other Hospitals Unify to Test Hundreds
BayCare, Tampa General Hospital, AdventHealth and HCA have teamed up to staff a COVID-19 collection site at Raymond James Stadium. The site can test up to 900 people. Click here to learn more.
BBVA USA is addressing customer needs in six categories; access to banking, online and mobile support, federal relief payments, customer support, and small business loans. Click here to learn more.
BBX Capital is partnering with Hoffman’s Chocolates to deliver 100 lunches to 10 Broward County Hospitals. Click here to learn more.
Bealls, in a commitment to keep customers and employees safe and healthy, has instituted several in-store policies to promote frequent cleaning and sanitation, encourage social distancing, and extending warranties. Click here to learn more.
Bern’s Steak House
Tampa’s Bern’s Steak House launched Bern’s To Go for curbside pickup orders. Bern’s will continue to go orders after the May 4th Phase 1 reopening of Florida and will reopen its dining room when they determine they can safely adhere to the proper guidelines for patrons and staff. Click here to learn more.
BJ’s Wholesale Club
BJ’s Wholesale Club’s Charitable Foundation donated $100,000 to United Way of Miami Dade and $50,000 to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Click here to learn more.
Boehringer Ingelheim commits to donating $500,000 to the American Thoracic Society (ATS) COVID-19 Crisis Fund. Boehringer Ingelheim is the first pharmaceutical company to contribute to this important fund that helps bolster ATS’s wide-reaching efforts to fight COVID-19 and assist the pulmonology and critical care communities most urgent medical needs. Click here to learn more.
Boehringer Ingelheim has made a number of financial contributions totaling over $1 million to protect healthcare professionals in the critical services they are providing to patients, and have donated medicines and medical supplies. In addition, the Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation (BI Cares), a U.S. independent nonprofit organization, is making monetary donations and donating urgently needed medicines for patients through our non-governmental organization (NGO) partners. Click here to learn more.
BI has also made donations to support the fight against the epidemic in China including: a donation to the China Red Cross Foundation to purchase medical protective materials for hospitals in Wuhan and other cities in Hubei. The headquarters of BI also purchased 100,000 protective masks from Germany, which are donated to provide protection for medical staff in hospitals where the patients with the new pneumonia are treated. BI has also donated medicines to help treat patients with new pneumonia in Wuhan.
Boeing is sharing its resources to help administrators, teachers, and parents to ensure that learning continues for students outside of the classroom. They have partnered with Discovery Education to develop the ‘FUTURE U’ digital resource. The FUTURE U website includes ready-to-go STEM activities. Click here to learn more. In addition to these FUTURE U resources, they have a ‘100 Days of Learning’ collection of lesson plans, videos, interactive media, and design challenges, all of which are intended to increase student interest and aptitude for 21st-century skills. Click here to learn more.
Boeing has announced it will use three of its 747-400LCF Dreamlifter aircraft to help distribute supplies and materials in the fight against COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
Boeing also announced a donation of 250,000 medical masks to help address supply shortages in China while the country is battling the coronavirus outbreak. Boeing said its donation of medical-grade respiratory masks will be given to health officials in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, and Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province.
BP is offering fuel discounts to first responders, nurses, doctors and hospital staff as a ‘thank you’ for their hard work on the frontlines battling and managing the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to learn more.
Bridg, a nonprofit manufacturer in Kissimmee, has announced that it’s offering space and seeking partners to manufacture ventilators, protective equipment and other medical supplies. Click here to learn more.
Broward College has transitioned nearly 4000 class sections to remote learning, distributed over 500 laptops to students and amassed PPE to transfer to our hospital partners. Also, to assist in addressing their concerns of the impact the coronavirus will have on our most fragile populations, Broward College has reimagined their educational programming for Broward UP and are now pushing out messages to engage the residents in online programs in-demand healthcare careers.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has launched a resource center to help companies navigate the COVID-19 and post COVID-10 workplace. Click here to learn more.
Busch Family Foundation
The Busch Family Foundation partnering with The Community Foundation Martin-St. Lucie have created the “Serving the Servers” fund for individuals affected in St. Lucie, Martin and Indian River Counties. The fund provides assistance specific for individuals with reduction or loss of income due to COVID-19 in the restaurant and bar industry. Click here to learn more.
Bullard Family Foundation & Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning has partnered with the Bullard Family Foundation and several local restaurants to feed 5,000 frontline workers in Tampa. Click here to learn more.
Carnival Corporation is offering up its ships as part of the effort to quell the coronavirus outbreak. Carnival is offering select ships to be made available for patients being treated for normal hospital stays – those recovering from surgeries or alike. Click here to learn more.
The Caterpillar Foundation is supporting the relief efforts with a $250,000 donation to the China Women’s Development Foundation (CWDF) to provide healthcare facilities with critical medical protective materials and support to medical staff and patients. The donation is being managed by Give2Asia, and CWDF is working closely with local nonprofits in the Hubei province, where the outbreak initially occurred, to ensure supplies are distributed in the areas with the greatest need.
CBRE has partnered with Frontline Foods to delivery meals to hospital workers and first responders. Your tax-deductible donation is used to support local restaurants who make the meals that are delivered to the medical personnel free of charge. Click here to donate.
Charter Communications has opened all WiFi hotspots, partnered with school districts to help students learn remotely, waived fees and has halted service termination for those facing hardship from COVID-19 through at least June 30th. Charter has also committed that no employees will be laid off or furloughed through June 20th and the current minimum wage has been raised to $20/hr. Click here to learn more.
Chesapeake Utilities/Florida Public Utilities
Chesapeake is assisting its customers to minimize potential financial hardships during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The Company’s regulated businesses are suspending service disconnections, waiving late payment fees until at least May 1, 2020 and Chesapeake’s subsidiary, Florida Public Utilities Company (FPU), offers special payment schedules for customers who need assistance paying their bill.
Chevron has donated more than $12 million worldwide to nonprofits addressing COVID-19 issues. Click here to learn more.
Chevron Corporation provided a $300,000 contribution from the Chevron Global Community Fund to Give2Asia, for work with the China Women’s Development Foundation.
City Furniture is donating 30,000 protective masks for patients and families at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Click here to learn more.
Coca-Cola Beverages of Florida has donated a variety of Coke products to Tampa General Hospital, Orange County Fire Rescue and the Hernando County Sheriff’s office, just to name a few. Click here to learn more.
Coral Gables-based Codina Partners is offering “grab-and-go” lunch meals for families of the Downtown Doral Charter Elementary and Upper School. The meals are purchased from a rotation of Doral restaurants. Click here to learn more.
Comcast has announced a comprehensive COVID-19 response to help keep Americans connected to the Internet: offering free unlimited data, opening Xfinity WiFi hotspot network nationally for free, waiving late fees, and helping low-income families get connected by offering new customers 60 days of complimentary Internet service through the Internet Essentials program. Click here to learn more.
CORE Construction has donated face masks to healthcare staff and volunteers at several locations throughout Florida, including Shepherd’s Hope in Orlando and Tidewell Hospice in Sarasota. Shepherd’s Hope is an organization dedicated to providing access to healthcare for the uninsured and underinsured in central Florida. Tidewell Hospice is a non-profit hospice that provides home-based care to patients regardless of ability to pay. CORE Construction has also supported COVID-19 recovery efforts in other states, including Illinois, Nevada and Arizona.
For the remainder of 2020, Correct Craft will be offering a free pass for healthcare workers and their families to enjoy an experience at one of their waterparks. If you know a healthcare worker who would appreciate or enjoy this experience, please click here.
Cotney Construction Law
Cotney Construction Law has been supporting the construction industry via their COVID-19 resource page, which includes support for SBA loans, safety preparedness and more. Click here to learn more.
Crowley Maritime Corp.
Crowley Maritime Corp. has designed operation plans for 11 rapid response medical support barges that could service government and commercial clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more.
Crowley Solutions has delivered nearly 20 million MREs, 2 million masks, goggles, and other supplies to aid first responders efforts to fight COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
Darden Restaurants are offering “To-Go” dining options for the public and have activated the Emergency Pay Program for employees. For information click here.
Dean Mead, currently celebrating its 40th Anniversary, is re-directing its anniversary recognition funds toward food banks in each of the offices’ cities to help their communities cope with COVID-19. The donations will benefit Treasure Coast Food Bank (Fort Pierce / Stuart), Second Harvest Food Bank (Orlando), The Kearney Center (Tallahassee) and The Daily Bread (Viera / Melbourne). Access additional Coronavirus information and resources from the Dean Mead team here.
DEX Imaging has taken steps to ensure safety as they continue to service customers during the pandemic. DEX Imaging is dedicated to providing service without interruption. For more information, click here.
Diamond Resorts is offering free accommodations to first responders and medical personnel at its open resorts. Click here to learn more.
The Doctors Company
The Doctors Company has released their COVID-19 Resource Center for Healthcare Professionals and is committed to sharing important information and support during this unprecedented time. Click here to learn more.
Jacksonville based Dorado Graphix has offered free signage to local businesses who were reopening in the company’s local community. Read more here.
Duke Energy Florida is awarding $655,000 in grants to 19 workforce development and education programs as the region tackles economic disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic. The grants support education and training programs that address the most pressing skills gaps in communities served by Duke Energy Florida, as well as programs to cultivate the energy sector’s future workforce.
Duke Energy has announced it is providing relief to customers during the COVID-19 pandemic by waiving all late payments and returned check charges. They will also not shut off customers’ power if they fail to pay their bill during this portion of the pandemic. Click here to learn more.
The company also announced $1.3 million in donations by The Duke Energy Foundation to support hunger relief and help local health and human services nonprofits across its service territories, including those providing meals to children and families impacted by school closures. Duke Energy is giving nonprofits the flexibility to use the funds where most needed.
Emerald Republic Brewing Co.
Pensacola’s Emerald Republic Brewing Co. is giving away purified water generated by its reverse osmosis water system during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to learn more.
Expedia has setup a “Coronavirus Travel Advice” webpage to help provide guidance to travelers. To view these resources, including an exceptional FAQ page, click here.
Exquisite Catering Feeding National Guard
Exquisite Catering in North Miami, a South Florida company is preparing meals for National Guard members who have been called to the region to help with the coronavirus pandemic. The staff at Exquisite Catering in North Miami could be seen making hot meals for some 300 members of the National Guard, Wednesday. Click here to learn more.
Fairwinds Credit Union
Fairwinds Credit Union is deferring mortgages and car loans for their members for 90 days. Click here to learn more.
FedEx has launched its #SupportSmall grant program, a $1 million initiative to assist 200 business owners who will receive a $5,000 check and $500 credit for FedEx print and business services. The grant entry period is open through June 12. Interested applicants can click here.
FedEx Corp. is making available paper unemployment-compensation applications at about 100 sites in Florida as jobless numbers soar because of the coronavirus. Click here to learn more.
Fifth Third Bank
The Fifth Third Foundation announced it is donating $75,000 to Tampa Bay nonprofits Metro Ministries, Meals on Wheels, and Community Action Stops Abuse. Click here to learn more.
Fifth Third Bank has announced that it is hiring for nearly 1,000 positions, including some in Florida, to provide essential banking services to customers and offer new career opportunities for those searching for employment during economic hardship. Click here to learn more.
Fifth Third is offering several programs for customers facing financial hardship related to COVID-19: Vehicle Payment Deferral for up to 90 days; Credit Card Deferral for up to three payments; Mortgage and Home Equity Program offering 90-day payment forbearance; Small Business Payment Deferral for up to 90 days; waiving all fees on Fifth Third Fast Capital loans for 6 months; offering to waive fees for up to 90 days for a range of consumer and small business deposit products and services; suspending initiating new repossession actions on vehicles for the next 60 days; and suspending foreclosure activity on homes for the next 60 days. To participate in the programs, customers will need to contact Fifth Third.
The Figgers Foundation
The Figgers Foundation, part of Figgers Communication, has donated 700,000 units of PPE to COVID-19 hotspots around the country. Click here to learn more.
First Commerce Credit Union
First Commerce Credit Union continues to serve members with contact free transactions, assistance programs for financial relief, and automatic loan deferrals. Click here to learn more.
First Response Training International
First Response Training is offering a free course to educate employees and testing to verify understanding. Click here to learn more.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University has created the “FAMU 8 Strike COVID-19 Team” that includes four faculty and four students assigned to the Tallahassee DOH and one in south Florida. Additionally, FAMU has donated supplies to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare and partnered with Second Harvest of the Big Bend to provide meals to 1,100 families.
Florida Apartment Association
The Florida Apartment Association has setup a Coronavirus Guidance webpage to help those in their industry respond to and recover from COVID-19 pandemic. The webpage includes information from the Federal Housing Administration, state government, local governments and more. Click here for additional information.
Florida Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds
The Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds is organizing an effort to provide a month’s worth of free housing to medical workers who cannot safely stay in their own homes because of their exposure to COVID-19 patients. Click here to learn more.
Florida Atlantic University
FAU’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program is offering a free online certificate to the millions of hospitality workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic so they can continue their professional education for free and have an advantage. Roughly 77,000 people from 146 countries have signed up.
The FAU College of Arts & Letters staff is making muslin face masks and visors to hold face shields to distribute to health care workers.
Florida Blue has launched a low-cost health plan called Truli for Health exclusively for small and midsize businesses. Truli for Health is signing up members now and will begin coverage July 1. Click here to learn more.
Florida Blue will waive out-of-pocket costs for members who need treatment for COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
Florida Blue has announced that it will make four gifts of $500,000 each to address urgent COVID-19 health and safety issues across the state. The funding will address food needs for seniors and kids, support hourly workers, address behavioral health needs and more. It also implemented an extended grace period through May 31, 2020 for customers unable to pay premiums that would otherwise have been subject to termination of coverage. Click here to learn more.
Florida Blue has added a free-to-member virtual care partner, Teladoc, for seniors and others on its Medicare Advantage plans, and is waiving the virtual care copay for many commercial and Affordable Care Act members to encourage use of Teladoc if it is offered as part of their plan. Click here to learn more.
Florida Dental Association
The Florida Dental Association donated 300 N95 Masks, 37,000 Type II masks, 30,000 surgical gloves and other Personal Protective Equipment to the City of Jacksonville. The items were used by local hospitals and first responders.
Florida Farm Bureau
Florida Farm Bureau is donating $2.3 million to local foodbanks, giving insurance customers credit to all personal auto policyholders, and making accommodations for customers in need of payment flexibility. Click here to learn more.
Florida International University
The FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management is partnering with the South Beach Wine & Food Festival to provide immediate financial support to independently owned and operated restaurants and bars impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. Click here to learn more.
FIU is partnering with the Department of Health and the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition to open a drive-thru virus testing site in Miami-Dade County.
Florida International University has made 28 ventilators available for efforts to treat the growing number of COVID-19 patients. Part of FIU’s training and response equipment, the ventilators were turned over to State of Florida emergency coordinators on April 8.
FIU faculty and students are creating 3D printed masks for use at Baptist Health. A group of professors, staff and students have found a way to try and help fill this need. Click here to learn more.
As many businesses are having to figure out a work-from-home plan without the luxury of much time or preparation, Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management is offering video culinary classes for students. Click here to learn more.
Florida Municipal Power Agency
Florida Municipal Power Agency is working with public power utilities in the state to provide financial relief during the COVID-19 situation. 22 local electric utilities have announced plans to reduce customers’ power bills, saving more than 3.5 million customers about $60 million over the next several months. Click here to learn more.
Florida Polytechnic University
Florida Polytechnic University’s Student Government Association has created the “Phund a Phoenix” emergency fund with $10,000 originally allocated for on-campus events. The fund is open to current Polytech undergraduate and graduate students. Click here to learn more.
Florida Polytechnic University faculty, staff, and students are working to build critical personal protection equipment for clinicians treating patients amid the current COVID-19 pandemic. The effort is in partnership with AdventHealth and will help address the shortage of protective supplies facing healthcare organizations nationwide. The group is using 3D printers on campus to create components for protective face shields. After the 3D-printed headbands and other pieces are done, they will be assembled at AdventHealth’s Nicholson Center and distributed to the provider’s locations throughout Central Florida. Click here to learn more.
Florida Ports Council
The Florida Ports Council has continuously provided guidance to Florida’s 14 major seaports to ensure resiliency and preparedness for each of Florida’s seaports. Each port has an emergency action plan in place, has established emergency response teams and are well equipped to handle a variety of situations, including public health emergencies. Click here to learn more.
Florida Power & Light
Since mid-March Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has suspended electric service disconnections, provided payment extensions and waived late payment fees for customers in a hardship situation.
Business customers can now take advantage of their Business Energy Manager tool to track, learn and control energy usage to save on their bill and download the Energy Checklist for even more savings opportunities. Please check out other helpful tips and programs here.
The NextEra Energy family of companies, including FPL and Gulf Power, have committed more than $4 million in COVID-19 emergency assistance funds that will be distributed to partner organizations working on the frontlines of the crisis to provide critical support to the most vulnerable members of the community. Click here to learn more.
FPL issued a significant bill decrease in May, which resulted in their average residential customer, who currently pays about $96 each month, receiving a one-time decrease of nearly 25% on their May bill. Business customers also saw a significant one-time decrease in May.
FPL and its sister company Gulf Power Company, which are subsidiaries of NextEra Energy, have both decided to suspend electric service disconnections, provide payment extensions and waive certain late payment fees for customers in a hardship situation – policies that will remain in effect while Florida is under a state of emergency. The NextEra Energy family of companies, including FPL and Gulf Power, have committed more than $2.75 million in COVID-19 emergency assistance funds that will be distributed to partner organizations working on the frontlines of the crisis to provide critical support to the most vulnerable members of the community. Click here to learn more.
The Florida Realtors have provided consistent guidance to Realtors, property managers, HOAs and condo associations throughout Florida on COVID-19 response and relief. For more information, click here.
Florida State University
FSU’s Great Give: Support Our Students campaign has raised $438,544.11 from more than 2,500 donors in support of student emergency funds for FSU’s Tallahassee and Panama City campuses to ensure their students can thrive and graduate.
Florida Trucking Association
On May 7th, the Florida Trucking Association partnered with FDOT to distribute free meals to truck drivers to recognize their work during COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
Foley & Lardner
Foley & Lardner has established a 50 state Emergency Order Tracker, in order to create a clearinghouse of the details of how each state is planning to restart. The tracker can be found here.
Frontier has proactively increased capacity for it’s broadband network to ensure customers receive continued service. Additionally, Frontier has suspended in-home installations and is implementing new contact-free technician guided protocols. Click here to learn more.
Ft. Myers Beach Community Foundation
Hosted by the Ft. Myers Beach Community Foundation (www.fortmyersbeachcf.com) and Barefoot Events (www.barefootevents.com), #WeAreFMB is a grass roots effort selling #WeAreFMB t-shirts for $15, with $10 of the proceeds being turned into grocery gift cards for Fort Myers Beach workers. Click here to learn more.
Funky Buddha Brewery
Funky Buddha Brewery has launched “Beers For The Biz”, a project to bring aid and awareness to families in the service industry affected by COVID-19. Proceeds from each case of Funky Buddha beer sold in April will be donated to CORE™: CHILDREN OF RESTAURANT EMPLOYEES, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving food and beverage service employees with children, who are faced with medical diagnosis, illness, injury or affected by a natural disaster and are in need of help. Click here to learn more.
G4S Secure Solutions USA
G4S Secure Solutions USA plans to hire 1,400 in Florida due to increased demand created by COVID-19. Permanent full-time positions will be available in Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami and West Palm Beach. Click here to learn more.
Gas South has announced that they will be contributing $50,000 to COVID-19 relief funds set up by Florida’s United Way to help provide community support during these challenging times.
Gate Petroleum, an essential service provider, has committed to take actions that protect the health and well-being of their employees, customers and community at-large. This includes increased cleaning protocols, Plexiglas installation and more.
Gil Walsh Design, Kellner & Co. and First Florida Development & Construction
Gil Walsh Design, Kellner & Co. and First Florida Development & Construction recently partnered to donate lunches for health care workers on the front lines at JFK Medical Center in West Palm Beach. Click here to learn more.
Gold Coast Eagle Distributing
Gold Coast Eagle Distributing has delivered 4,000 cans of Hi-Ball Energy Drink and Hi-Ball Cold Brew Coffee to five Sarasota area hospitals. Click here to learn more.
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
GMCVB has partnered with Meals for Heroes Miami to feed first responders and provide revenue and protect jobs for Miami restaurants.
The GMCVB has launched a number of initiatives to help those in the Miami-Dade area affected by COVID-19. Those efforts include:
Miami Eats, to support Miami restaurants; Essential Lodgers to highlight hotels for essential workers in need of lodging; GMCVB Help to aid the recovery of the tourism industry; Miami Salutes to support the heroic work of front line workers and first responders; Virtual Miami to feature virtual programming from Miami’s artistic institutions and attractions.
Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Minute Man Press to launch the Bounce Back Plant City Campaign. This website will offer a one-stop resource for all of our local small businesses to promote their services and offer specials to residents. Click here to learn more.
GSK and CEPI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, announced a new collaboration aimed at helping the global effort to develop a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus. GSK will make its established pandemic vaccine adjuvant platform technology available to enhance the development of an effective vaccine against COVID-19.
Gulf Coast and Barancik Foundations
Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation have introduced a philanthropic initiative to fortify key health and safety organizations in the region amid the growing COVID-19 crisis. The foundations announced total commitments so far of $1.5 million to support the initiative and they positioned the funding as a challenge to Gulf Coast donors and other philanthropists in the community to match that amount.
The Gulf Power Foundation has committed $500,000 to the United Way organizations serving Northwest Florida to help members of our communities impacted by COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
Gulf Power Co. has announced a plan to pass along savings from lower-than-expected natural gas costs to hundreds of thousands of Northwest Florida residents and businesses. The Pensacola-based utility wants to make a change that would reduce bills in May, as customers struggle with the coronavirus. Click here to learn more.
Gulf Power will continue to connect customers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19 with resources from federal, state and local authorities. Additionally, to further assist customers, Gulf Power is also suspending disconnections at least through the end of March. Click here to learn more.
Hancock Whitney Bank has donated to the CESC Kearney Center’s HOME 2020 project. Hancock Whitney’s donation will go towards transitioning the Kearney Center’s homeless population out of shelters and into hotels and studio apartments. This effort costs the Kearney Center $200,000 per month. Click here to learn more and to donate.
Donated their entire supply of personal protective equipment items (including N95 masks, face shields, and 5 mil and 7 mil nitrile gloves) to front line hospitals with 24 hour emergency rooms in the communities served by our stores.
Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) has taken extraordinary steps to protect both their employees and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. HCA has also released an online COVID-19 Screening Tool for the public to use. Click here to learn more..
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the HDR Foundation will make donations totaling $300,000 to two nonprofits assisting with relief efforts. A $150,000 contribution will be made to Feeding America and $150,000 will also be provided to Direct Relief. Click here to learn more.
The Helios Foundation has partnered with Take Stock in Children have launched the Florida COVID-19 Student Support Initiative to support college students impacted by COVID-19. The goal of the fund is to encourage students’ retention, persistence, and success in completing their postsecondary degree. Click here to learn more.
Holland & Knight
Holland & Knight is committed to assisting businesses address a variety of questions and legal issues they may be facing during the pandemic. Click here to see the full list of resources.
Home Depot & Publix
Home Depot and Publix have partnered with Governor Ron DeSantis to open 6 COVID-19 testing sites around Florida. The testing sites will be able to conduct up to 100 tests per day. Click here to learn more.
Home Instead Senior Care
Home Instead Senior Care donated 40,000 N95 surgical masks to Baptist Health and other Jacksonville area health care providers. Click here to learn more.
Hope Healthcare Services
Hope has implemented safeguards recommended by the CDC and FL Dept of Health to reduce the potential for the COVID-19 virus to impact its residents and staff. Hope is even coordinating virtual visits for residents to help them stay in touch with family during this global pandemic. For more information, click here.
Horizon Therapeutics is seeing all patients virtually through the end of May. Additionally, Horizon has donated $1.5 million to various COVID-19 response funds. Click here to learn more.
HSN is helping feed children and seniors impacted by COVID-19. They recently launched an initiative to support Meals on Wheels America and No Kid Hungry by matching customer and team member donations – up to $1 million in total company contribution. Due to overwhelming response, they are increasing the matching donation up to $2 million in total company contribution – up to an additional $1M. Click here to learn more.
The Humana Foundation, philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., announced it will provide $500,000 in support of coronavirus (COVID-19) relief and recovery efforts, partnering with three organizations to help those affected by the pandemic.
IBM is helping government agencies, healthcare organizations and academic institutions throughout the world use AI to put critical data and information into the hands of their citizens. Available for no charge for at least 90 days and available to their client’s citizens online or by phone, IBM is offering Watson Assistant for Citizens to understand and respond to common questions about COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
The Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida is highlighting the actions being undertaken at its 30 SACS-accredited, non-profit member institutions. Click here to learn more.
International Training, a Stuart-based eLearning and database management company, is applying their talents and training platform to help businesses safely reopen. They are offering a free course to educate employees and testing to verify understanding. Click here to learn more.
Jack Dorsey (Founder of Twitter and Square)
Jack Dorsey, Founder of Twitter and Square, has donated $10 million to REFORM Alliance, with the goal of procuring PPE for every prison and jail in the United States. Click here to learn more.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are distributing thousands of face masks as part of #Masks4Jax. The plan is to distribute 45,000 masks featuring their logo to local companies in the community. Click here to learn more.
Jaguars’ owner Shad Khan has committed $1 million in support of Northeast Florida’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, the franchise announced Tuesday. Khan’s donation is designed to provide essential support to local organizations focused on the immediate health and well-being of First Coast residents. Click here to learn more.
Jacksonville University has started a renovation project to its athletic field house that will include expanding the weight room and workout area to allow for more social distancing to help protect students. Click here to learn more.
In addition to taking proactive steps to protect port employees and shipments, JAXPORT’s Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) is growing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about the good news happening at JAXPORT by clicking here.
Jacksonville Transportation Authority
For the first time in the United States, autonomous vehicles are being used to transport medical supplies and COVID-19 tests at Mayo Clinic in Florida. At a time when healthcare resources and personnel are stretched thin, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) has partnered with Beep and NAVYA to use autonomous vehicles to facilitate the safe transport of COVID-19 tests collected at a drive-thru testing location at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Click here to learn more.
Sunrise based company Jazwares has donated 25,000 surgical and N95 masks to police departments and hospitals nationwide. Florida organizations receiving masks include Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Memorial Healthcare System, Broward Health and Cleveland Clinic. Click here to learn more.
Until further notice, JEA will suspend service disconnections – water and electric – for customers who are unable to pay their bill on time. Click here to learn more.
In an effort to help keep Florida healthcare workers protected, JinkoSolar has donated 10,000 N95 surgical masks from their global supply chain. These masks will help keep those on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic safe as they test and treat Floridians.
JM Family, and Ed Sheehy, President of JM subsidiary Southeast Toyota Distributors, raised over $229,000 for Feeding American after they created the “hair color challenge”, in which associates and partners could donate money and vote on what color Ed should dye his hair. To see Ed’s transformation, click here.
To address the increased demand on community partners by COVID-19, JM Family made a combined $150K donation to food banks across their business locations. Food banks are providing services to those who need it most and they are eager to support their efforts.
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is seeking to further expedite its investigational coronavirus vaccine program through an expanded collaboration with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Additionally, J&J initiated a review of known pathways in coronavirus pathophysiology to determine whether previously tested medicines can be used to help patients survive a COVID-19 infection and reduce the severity of disease in non-lethal cases. The company has also donated 1 million surgical masks to China and $1 million RMB to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation. Other donations include thermometers, respirators, goggles and protective suits.
Johnson & Johnson has made a $1 billion deal with the U.S. government to create enough manufacturing capacity for more than 1 billion doses of a vaccine it is testing to fight the new coronavirus that has killed more than 34,000 people around the world. Click here to learn more.
J.P. Morgan is committing $1,000,000 to the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), an organization supporting relief and recovery efforts in disaster-stricken areas to provide immediate healthcare relief, including procuring and distributing medical supplies, to those who need it most. Beyond this, the philanthropic investment will support CFPA’s continued coordination with local governments across China to bolster disease prevention and resilience efforts in the middle and long term.
Kaman Aerospace in Jacksonville has donated masks to UF North and Baptist Health. The company has now also shifted to making face shields for first responders. Click here to learn more.
Kimley-Horn is working to help K-12 schools be as prepared as possible as the new school year approaches. Click here to see how the team at Kimley-Horn recommends schools plan for safe and efficient drop-off and pick-up when school is back in session.
Kitson & Partners
Syd Kitson, Chairman and CEO of Kitson & Partners, has been leading by example during the COVID-19 pandemic. First, he served on the Governors Coronavirus Task Force to recommend ways on how to reopen the state for business. Second, Syd serves as Chancellor of the State University System, and has worked tirelessly to make sure students and faculty can return to a safe learning environment as soon as possible.
Kozuba & Son Distillery Retools for Hand Sanitizer
Kozuba & Sons Distillery is using its equipment to make free hand sanitizer and vowed to donate a large portion of the initial production to first responders, medical facilities and community organizations. Click here to learn more.
L3Harris Technologies is contributing $2 million and providing additional equipment and resources to organizations involved in COVID-19 relief. Click here to learn more.
Lakeland Electric will not disconnect power for nonpayment amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company shared that it is committed to providing dependable energy service and minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Click here to learn more
Lee Health has been helping constituents in Southwest Florida since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to their innovative efforts, such as partnering with the Mayo Clinic on a COVID-19 plasma study, Lee Health has proactively worked to educate the community via their Public Health Awareness webpage. Click here to learn more.
Lee Health has opened a mobile collection site to test for coronavirus, or COVID-19, to help increase access for the number of tests for local residents. Click here to learn more.
Live The Life
For a limited time Live The Life, whose mission is to strengthen marriages and families is offering the online Adventures in Marriage class, nationally recognized as one of the best relationship and marriage education programs in America, for free to anyone who has lost a job or been laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to anyone who is a medical professional or first responder in our community. This class will help you learn the core skills needed to build a strong and healthy marriage. To register or for more information, click here.
As an initial contribution to the national COVID-19 relief and recovery effort, Lockheed Martin has announced they will advance more than $50 million to small- and medium-sized business partners in their supply chain to ensure they have the financial means to continue to operate, sustain jobs, and support the economy, as well as donate $10 million to non-profit organizations involved in COVID-19 related relief and assistance, with emphasis on veterans and military families. They have also activated a $6.5 million employee disaster relief fund to assist Lockheed Martin employees and retirees impacted with COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
Lois Pope Foundation
The Lois Pope Foundation made a $1 million donation to the Palm Beach County Food Bank, the largest gift in the food bank’s history. Click here to learn more.
Lowe’s is funding $25 million in grants to help minority-owned small businesses, especially home improvement professionals, reopen. These funds are in addition to $340 million of COVID-19 relief funds. Click here to learn more.
Lowe’s is donating $1 million worth of flower baskets in honor of Mother’s Day to 500 long-term care and senior-living facilities in 12 major cities across the united states, including Miami. Click here to learn more.
Lowe’s Home Improvement has announced that the company is committing $25 million to support the needs of Lowe’s associates, customers and the larger communities during this time. The company is donating $10 million in essential protective products to help keep medical professionals on the frontlines safe. Click here to learn more.
Lyft and Farm Share announced today that they would be partnering in order to provide in-need South Floridians, who do not have transportation, with access to food during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more.
Lyft is following updates on COVID-19, including guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health officials. If Lyft is notified of a rider or driver testing positive for COVID-19, the driver will be temporarily suspended from using Lyft until they are medically cleared. Lyft partnered with EO Products to distribute more than 200,000 bottles of hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies to drivers, at no cost to them. Lyft will provide funds to drivers should they be diagnosed with COVID-19 or put under individual quarantine by a public health agency.
Made In Space
Made In Space, the Jacksonville-based manufacturer of space infrastructure technologies, has created a rapid response ventilator adapter for hospitals facing shortages. Click here to learn more.
Madico, a Pinellas Park based window film manufacturer, has shifted from producing glass films, coatings, and laminate to producing face shields for health care workers and first responders. They are producing 10,000 shields per day. Click here to learn more.
They have also donated $50,000 to the University of South Florida United Support Fund to help provide financial relief to students facing hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more.
The MagMutal Foundation has set aside $1 million to reimburse policyholders who have been required to self-isolate for hotel and temporary housing costs. Click here to learn more.
Marathon Petroleum Company
Marathon Petroleum Company has donated 575,000 N95 masks to 45 hospitals in 20 states. Additionally, the Marathon Petroleum Foundation donated $1 million to the American Red Cross. Click here to learn more.
The pest control industry plays a vital role in protecting our nation’s public health and food supply and its importance to the nation as an essential service cannot be understated. Click here to read how Massey is protecting its employees and clients during the global pandemic.
Mayo Clinic has been asked by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to lead the U.S. Expanded Access Program for Convalescent Plasma. This expanded access program (EAP) will provide access to investigational convalescent plasma for patients in acute care facilities who have or are at high risk of progressing to severe or life-threatening COVID-19 infections. Treatment using convalescent plasma is an experimental therapy intended to lessen the severity of COVID-19. Establishing this EAP will increase availability of plasma to treat hospitalized patients in need. Click here to learn more. Mayo Clinic is working with the FDA and the American Red Cross on this effort, along with providers across the nation. The American Red Cross will provide plasma donations needed to support these treatments. Click here for further information from the American Red Cross on its role.
Mayo Clinic will be offering faster coronavirus testing capabilities at its Jacksonville location. The clinic will be testing samples from a myriad of testing facilities and other health care institutions, like Memorial Hospital and Baptist Medical Center. Click here to learn more.
McKinsey & Company
McKinsey & Company have compiled resources to provide business leaders and government officials with insight on how to respond to COVID-19 and what to expect next. Click here to learn more.
Merck donated a total of $225,000 to Direct Relief, Project HOPE and Give2Asia, to support procurement and shipping of needed supplies to China, as well as aid for frontline health workers and hospitals. The company also donated ~$145,000 (one million RMB) to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation to support their ongoing response efforts. Merck is also matching employee donations to the CDC Foundations’ Emergency Response Fund.
Miami-Dade Beacon Council
The Miami-Dade Beacon Council has launched a Business Resource Center to aide businesses recover and relaunch after COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
The Miami Dolphins Foundation and owner Stephen Ross have committed $2 million to feeding South Florida families and providing jobs. Starting June 1st, the Miami Dolphins Food Relief Program will provide a minimum of 1,100 meals every weekday at Hard Rock Stadium. Additionally, the Dolphins will partner with churches and community groups to order a minimum of 1,100 meals from local restaurants to distribute to residents dealing with food insecurity. Click here to learn more.
The Moore Agency announced they will help fight child hunger by partnering with Feeding America and Second Harvest of the Big Bend to deliver 20,000 meals throughout Tallahassee and across the country. Moore will also donate books and activities to children in the 32304 zip code, home to one of Florida’s highest number of households in poverty.
Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Other CEOs Promise No Layoffs
With the potential threat of job losses looming, CEOs are pledging to cease any plans of layoffs in 2020. Click here to learn more.
Mosaic announced $1.5 million in corporate giving to help communities recover from the effects of COVID-19. The community investments include over $260,000 in Florida. Mosaic, through a partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning, is donating $200,000 to help with relief and response efforts related to the COVID-19 pandemic and an addition $60,000 to various organizations providing food and PPE. Click here to learn more.
Have provided N95 surgical masks to both Broward Medical and Baptist Healthcare facilities.
Museum of Science and History
The Museum of Science and History recently launched MOSH Connect, which utilizes video content, step-by-step science and history lessons and live interactive sessions with educators to provide educational content for students learning from home. Click here to learn more.
The insurance industry has emerged as a focal point in the fallout from the pandemic as lives, livelihoods, jobs, and businesses suffer the consequences of COVID-19. The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC), has developed an insurance industry COVID-19 resource center. Click here to learn more.
Various NASCAR speedways and drivers have contributed to COVID-19 relief, including Daytona International Speedway which has housed a testing facility onsite where more than 5,000 people have been tested. Several drivers have contributed items to auctions aimed at COVID-19 fundraising efforts. Click here to learn more.
NASCAR, the France Family and Daytona International Speedway have opened the track to allow graduates of Matanzas and Flagler-Palm Coast High Schools to take a victory lap in lieu of a formal graduation ceremony. Graduates will take a victory lap in their vehicles while other family members adhere to CDC guidelines. Click here to learn more.
Nationwide Foundation is contributing $5 million to local and national charities for COVID-19 pandemic support. Click here to read more.
Nationwide recently issued a one-time premium refund for personal auto policies due to hardships created by COVID-19. The refund is equivalent to an average savings of 15 percent for two months. Read more here.
NCH Healthcare System
NCH Healthcare System is helping Collier County restaurants who have donated meals to healthcare workers by using robotic technology to disinfect restaurants with ultraviolet light which kills bacteria and viruses. Click here to learn more.
New York Bagel Company
New York Bagel Company, based in Coral Springs, gave away 1,200 bagels to customers in March and April. Click here to learn more.
Nielsen has launched a business marketing resource to aide businesses as they relaunch and re-enter the marketplace. Click here to learn more.
Nutrien, committed to continuity in the food supply chain, is allocating $1 million to help local food programs running and providing free programs for parents, teachers and students to provide virtual-agricultural resources. Click here to learn more.
Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership
Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership worked with local governments to raise $500K to set up the Working Capital Loan Fund for a small businesses loan program that will help Marion County’s small businesses. Click here to learn more.
OCULUS Surgical is using its manufacturing resources to create durable face shields for medical professionals. So far, more than 200 face shields have been donated to St. Lucie area medical facilities.
Office Depot recently announced $300,000 in grants to help schools and communities nationwide, including $50,000 to South Florida non-profits. Click here to learn more.
Orlando Health is planning to expand their South Lake Hospital in Clermont with the addition of a new facility that would house 110 new beds, including 8 new ICU beds. Read more here.
The Orlando Magic is selling protective face masks to benefit Feeding America and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. All of the proceeds will go to the nonprofits. Click here to purchase a branded mask.
The owners of the Orlando Magic, the DeVos family, have pledged up to $2 million to assist Amway Center hourly workers for lost games due to the suspension of the NBA season and cancellation of the ECHL hockey season. Several Magic players have also joined the team’s ownership with additional assistance. Click here to learn more.
Orlando Utilities Commission
Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) is taking necessary measures to keep their customers, employees and community safe. This includes waiving late fees, suspending disconnections and protecting the well-being of their employees and customers. Click here to learn more.
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical’s Sozosei Foundation has committed $500,000 in donations to support communities impacted by COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
OXXO Care Cleaners
OXXO Care Cleaners is offering free dry cleaning and laundry services to first responders and other health care workers at eight of its South Florida locations. Click here to learn more.
Pensacola General Electric
The Pensacola General Electric Renewable Energy wind turbine factory is temporarily utilizing its 3D printer to produce plastic face shields that add an extra layer of protection to N95 masks for healthcare workers. Click here to learn more.
PepsiCo announced a $7 million investment to provide increased medical and economic aid to communities of color. Additionally, PepsiCo is providing a $100,000 grant to the Farmworkers Pandemic Relief Fund. All this comes in addition to an initial investment of more than $50 million to combat the impacts of COVID-19. The funds will go to help communities most affected by the virus including PPE for healthcare workers, testing and screening, and the distribution of more than 50 million meals to at-risk communities. Click here to learn more.
Pfizer announced it has begun human testing an experimental COVID-19 vaccine it has developed in partnership with BioNTech. Click here to learn more.
In response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China, the Pfizer Foundation has provided $500,000 in grants to support the provision of urgently needed aid and supplies to front-line healthcare workers. This grant funding is supporting urgent assistance by Direct Relief and Project HOPE, two key international organizations working with local partners on the ground to provide supplies and other support to health workers and health systems in affected areas in China. Both organizations are currently working to deliver supplies and equipment to protect healthcare workers—including coveralls, masks and gloves—in Wuhan and other locations seeing a massive influx of patients. This funding will enable these immediate supply deliveries and also support longer-term health needs
PGA Commons, a commercial development in Palm Beach Gardens offered half price gift cards for participating stores in their development. Over $172,000 sold to support local businesses in March, with customers paying $86,000 and PGA Commons paying the balance. Click here to learn more.
America’s biopharmaceutical companies are coming together to achieve one shared goal: the eradication of COVID-19. The decades-long investments made in new technology, research and treatments have prepared these companies to act swiftly. Click here to learn more.
Piper Aircraft will begin making PPE to support the Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital in addition to donating 1,300 3M N95 masks to the hospital. Click here to learn more.
PNC bank announced a more than $1 billion investment to help support economic empowerment of minority communities, which were disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The investment includes community development financing and capital for neighborhood revitalization, consumers, and small businesses. Click here to learn more.
PNC is prepared to offer assistance to impacted customers through a range of measures. Should customers of PNC encounter hardship as a result of the coronavirus, they can call PNC for assistance. PNC will continue to monitor the situation to determine potential extension or expansion of available assistance.
Port Tampa Bay
Port Tampa Bay continues operating as an essential business. Consumer goods, fuel, and infrastructure products move through the port on a daily basis. Additionally, The Tampa Bay/I-4 Corridor Foreign-Trade Zone (TB/I-4 FTZ) project announces the establishment two new programs – the COVID-19 Application Fee Waiver Program and the Third-Party FTZ Service Provider Annual Fee Deferral Program. Click here to learn more.
Porsche of Naples will fog and disinfect cars for all first responders and front line workers. Click here to learn more.
Publix Charities announced it will donate $1 million to Feeding America member food banks across the Southeast. Click here to learn more.
Publix is offering rent relief to businesses operating in Publix-owned shopping centers. This will help small businesses, and further demonstrates we’re all in this together. Click here to learn more.
Publix has donated more than 1 million pounds of produce and 100,000 gallons of milk from Florida farmers. These donations will be contributed to Feeding America. Click here to learn more.
Additionally, Publix has established hours specifically for first responders and front-line workers on Thursday nights from 8-9 p.m. and Friday mornings from 7-8 a.m., is accepting Apple Pay for contactless payments, and has installed plexiglass partitions to protect its cashiers and customers.
Publix has announced alternative shopping options as part of their commitment to their customers. Customers who need to, or prefer to, avoid public places may take advantage of delivery or curbside pickup of groceries and other items. Click here to learn more.
Walmart is partnering with Quest Diagnostics to open 7 new COVID-19 testing sites across Florida, in addition to the 14 already opened. Adults who qualify for a COVID-19 screening, and who make an appointment, can visit select Walmart Neighborhood Market pharmacy drive-thru windows in areas throughout Florida. There is no out-of-pocket costs for individuals. Click here to learn more.
Quest Diagnostics has made numerous efforts in response to COVID-19. Nearly half of all testing is provided by Quest, with nearly 1 million tests processed since March 9th. Quest is now performing antibody testing. Click here to learn more.
Qurate Retail Group
Qurate Retail Group has committed $19 million in emergency pay and benefits for employees and $10 million to monetary and in-kind donations, which includes Emergency Assistance Fund grants and Meals on Wheels fundraising. Click here to learn more.
Raymond James has donated $2.3 million to charitable organizations throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. A national donation was made to Feeding America and local donations include: St. Petersburg Free Clinic and Metropolitan Ministries, Church Health in Memphis, Gleaners Community Food Bank in Michigan, Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver and Citymeals on Wheels in New York City. Click here to learn more.
Read USA donated 35,000 books to 71 Title 1 schools that have high numbers of children from low-income families. Click here to learn more.
REEF Technologies has launched an initiative dubbed “Calling All Restaurants,” to give local chefs and restaurants a “ghost kitchen” aka delivery-only restaurants housed on properties that REEF owns. REEF plans to handle and cover the costs for the restaurants that participate, with no upfront costs for the restaurant or chef. Restaurants and chefs who want to be considered for the ghost kitchen are encouraged to apply through this website. Click here to learn more.
Regions bank has created a COVID-19 Information center with resources for businesses and individuals. Click here to learn more.
Jacksonville-based Rethreaded, a nonprofit that provides jobs for survivors of human trafficking, has begun sewing protective masks for Ascension St. Vincent’s caregivers. VyStar Credit Union, Community First Credit Union, 121 Financial Credit Union and Jax Federal Credit Union are paying Rethreaded’s labor costs. Click here to learn more.
Rick Case Automotive Group
Rick Case Automotive Group donates $50K to Feeding South Florida. “With the growing outbreak of coronavirus across the United States, Velez said, the need for food is greater than ever…” Click here to read more.
Rollins College Chemistry professors are making hand sanitizer to donate to first responders. Click here to learn more.
RS&H has donated $46,000 to 9 nonprofit groups through its Elevate Fund. In total, the RS&H Elevate Fund has donated nearly $200,000 to 37 nonprofits. Click here to learn more.
The RSM US Foundation, a national leader in financial consulting services, has donated $91,430 to 9 Florida food and health care charities. The recipients include several Feeding Florida local affiliates and the St. Petersburg Free Clinic.
RSM donated more than $2.6 million to support employees and local communities affected by COVID-19. Every employee was able to charge $50 per week for food on their expense reports, with any unused money being contributed to food banks across North America, in addition to the $500,000 RSM previously donated. Click here to learn more.
Ryder System established pop-up fleets to meet the increased demand on warehousing, distribution and final mile delivery of essential goods during COVID-19. Additionally, Ryder is making long-term rental contracts available and redirecting assets and personnel. Click here to learn more.
Safe Strap, a Ft. Myers based company specializing in seat belts and safety straps, has repurposed its workforce to manufacturing an estimated 3,000 face masks per day. They will serve Fort Myers and Naples area hospitals and health-care facilities. Click here to learn more.
The SBDC at UWF is helping small businesses secure SBA disaster loans and other post-disaster challenges at no-cost. Click here to learn more.
The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of West Florida (UWF) has launched the Northwest Florida Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program to assist businesses across our communities impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The grant program was made possible by an initial grant of $250,000 from Gulf Power through its economic development fund. Click here to learn more.
Seaboard Marine continues to help keep grocery store shelves stocked nationwide. While nearly half of all produce is imported, Seaboard Marine has reinvested in infrastructure and continues to operate at full strength to keep the supply chain functioning. Click here to learn more.
SeaWorld Orlando & Busch Gardens Tampa Provide Classroom Resources
In an effort to provide families with turnkey, engaging activities, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens have developed standards-aligned resources available to help families virtually explore the wild world of animals and nature for grades K-12. Parents, students and teachers can explore hands-on, creative resources including Classroom Activities, Teacher’s Guides, Saving a Species Video Series, Animal Bytes and Animal Info Books. Click here to learn more.
Seminole State College
Seminole State College will distribute over $4 million in CARES Act funding to eligible students enrolled in Summer 2020 and Fall 2020. All Summer 2020 classes will be offered online. Click here to learn more.
Shutts & Bowen
Shutts & Bowen created a firm-wide COVID-19 Response Team to assist clients in navigating legal issues arising from COVID-19. For inquiries to the COVID-19 Response Team, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to learn more.
Siemens Foundation donated $10,000 to help Orlando’s Community Health Centers acquire PPE for its clinical staff. Click here to learn more.
Sofidel, a global leader in tissue paper production, donated 16 truckloads of tissue paper to an Italian provider, Caritas Italiana. The donation will meet the needs of 160,000 Italians in need. Click here to learn more.
Sonny’s BBQ has an offer for people looking to limit interactions. Through May 31, the Gainesville-based chain has a Meal Deal good for their takeout, drive-thru or online ordering options. Click here to learn more.
Southeastern Grocers, parent company of Winn-Dixie, Harveys, Bi-Lo, and Fresco y Más, provided free groceries to first responders during a health care professionals shopping hour. Additionally, SEG has donated $250,000 to Feeding America and is offering more than 5,000 positions to individuals who have been affected by restricted working hours or job loss as a result of mandated store and restaurant closures due to COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
St. Augustine Distillery
The St. Augustine Distillery recently began giving away one bottle per person of hand sanitizer that the business produced itself to help with the crisis. The distillery hopes to raise money for a park project for youth with donations from people who take a bottle of sanitizer. Those who can afford to are encouraged to donate. Click here to learn more.
St. Joe Company
The St. Joe Company is donating nearly $300,000 to organizations battling COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce
The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce has launched a webinar series to keep members connected and informed. Click here to learn more.
St. Petersburg College
St. Petersburg College is offering a $500 grant through the CARES Act to students economically impacted by COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
St. Petersburg College’s Health Education Center (HEC) recently donated more than 26,000 medical supplies to local hospitals in need. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tampa Bay area hospitals have expressed needs for essential supplies to care for patients. Click here to learn more.
State Farm will give auto policyholders an approximate 25% credit on premiums paid between March 20th and May 31st. Click here to learn more.
The nation’s biggest car insurer, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., is slashing $2 billion of premiums owed on 40 million vehicles, making it the latest carrier to offer consumers a financial-relief program as auto claims have plunged under shelter-at-home restrictions. State Farm’s total brings the amount pledged by the top 10 sellers of personal car insurance to more than $7 billion. Click here to learn more.
State Farm recently announced updates to its COVID-19 Coronavirus response. The company is committed to the health and safety of their associates as well as limiting interruptions to their customers, and we have plans in place to do both. Click here to learn more.
Suncoast Science Center
The Suncoast Science Center in Sarasota has organized over 100 volunteers to sew face masks, manufacture face shields, collect personal protective equipment, and deliver to health care workers in Southwest Florida. Click here to learn more.
Sunshine Health has created a zip-code based community resource page which lists resources for Food, Housing, Transit, Health, Education, Work, Legal, and other services. Visit the resource page here.
Tallahassee Community College
Tallahassee Community College has donated more than 2,000 medical items to Capital Regional Medical Center to help the hospital’s response to COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
Tallahassee Community College also donated more than 1,000 masks, gowns, gloves, shoe covers and bouffant caps to local first responders to protect frontline healthcare workers. Read more here.
Talquin Electric has compiled a list of options for restaurant and grocery delivery services for seniors in their service area. View the list here.
Tampa Bay Rays and Rowdies
The Tampa Bay Rays Foundation and Rowdies Soccer Fund have established a $1 million grant program to help local nonprofits seeking relief from COVID-19. The program is open to any 501(c)(3) that focuses on providing hunger relief, shelter and/or health and wellness. Click here to learn more.
The Tampa Bay Rays and Rowdies are donating 1 million meals to Feeding Tampa Bay and are matching an additional 1.5 million meals. Click here to learn more.
Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas Donate $1 Million
The utilities are contributing $1 million to support Floridians who have lost their job or income during COVID-19. Of the $1 million commitment, $500,000 is dedicated to the Share program, supporting customers who can’t pay their utility bills, and $500,000 to charitable partner organizations working on the front lines of this pandemic.
Tampa Electric Co., its sister company Peoples Gas and Duke Energy Florida will not shut off customers’ power if they fail to pay their bill during this portion of the pandemic. Tampa Electric said it will extend this policy “at least” through the end of the month.
Due to it’s testing abilities and academic connection, Tampa General Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the state to run clinical therapies for COVID-19 patients. Click here to learn more.
Tampa General, USF Health
The University of South Florida Health along with Tampa General Hospital worked with a New York health care provider and a 3D manufacturer to successfully print and test nasal swabs for COVID-19 testing. Click here to learn more.
Target Corporation has donated 60,000 masks to the Florida Department of Emergency Management. They will be used by Jackson Health in Miami.
Telescope Health is partnering with Neptune, Atlantic, and Jacksonville Beaches to open COVID-19 testing to the area. Testing is free for Duval County residents and employees of the city of Jacksonville. Read more here.
Tetra Tech, a leading provider of emergency management services, is providing support for clients who are rapidly responding to COVID-19 impacts. Support includes augmented staffing for public health and emergency management agencies in the areas of contact tracing and response management, COVID-19 Water agency support, and support for Modular Medical Systems. Click here to learn more.
Timber Creek Distillery
With the shortage of hand sanitizer, Timber Creek Distillery created their own brand based on the World Health organization’s formula. The Crestview, Florida business took it one step further by giving out their product for free. Click here to learn more.
Toast Distillers, a Miami-based company specializing in premium vodka, recently hired 15 new employees, and shifted from producing alcohol to hand sanitizer. They are currently producing 10,000 gallons of hand sanitizer per week. Read more here.
TraPac’s frontline employees have been working around the clock to ensure our nation’s supply chain remains fully operational.
Triumph Group and the Triumph Foundation is supporting individuals and organizations working to assist those directly impacted by COVID-19 by manufacturing resources used to make PPE and expanding donations to the non-profit sector. Click here to learn more.
Tropicana Products, Inc. (PepsiCo) Enhances Employee Benefits
PepsiCo will provide enhanced benefits to all U.S. employees and additional compensation to U.S. frontline employees – the women and men who make, move and sell products. This covers more than 90,000 frontline employees and consists of a minimum of an incremental $100 per week for full-time employees over the next month. Click here to learn more.
Truist, who previously donated $25 million to support basic needs, medical supplies, and financial hardship in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, is donating an additional $25 million to support COVID-19 recovery efforts. Of the $25 million set aside for the second round, $6 million will go toward nonprofit, $9 million will be provided to bring technology services to communities, and $10 million will go toward supporting small businesses. More information can be found at lisc.org/truist.
The bank is also giving employees 10 days of paid sick leave to employees that work more than 20 hours/week. Truist is also giving some workers a special reimbursement for childcare costs and all employees will get an increase in emergency child and elder care benefits.
Truist is donating $25 million to support basic needs, medical supplies, and financial hardship in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the bank said Tuesday. The Charlotte-based financial institution will donate $1 million to both the CDC Foundation and Johns Hopkins University, and $3 million to local United Way organizations. The bank is also giving employees 10 days of paid sick leave to employees that work more than 20 hours/week. Truist is also giving some workers a special reimbursement for childcare costs and all employees will get an increase in emergency child and elder care benefits.
TUV SUD, a global provider of testing, inspection, and certification solutions has prioritized projects related to treatment, testing, monitoring, and delivery of products aimed at containing the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here to learn more.
U.S. Sugar has donated 15,000 N95 masks to Hendry County and Palm Beach County hospitals and first responders. Additionally, they have provided 18,000 hot meals to those in need, donated 120,000 servings of green beans to food banks, churches, and healthcare centers in the local communities, and partnered with a local distillery to provide 1,200 containers of sugarcane based hand sanitizer to nursing homes, senior centers and first responders.
U.S. Sugar, Duda Fresh Farm Foods, Cheney Brothers
U.S. Sugar, Duda Fresh Farm Foods and Cheney Brothers have partnered to deliver 6,000 crates of sweet corn to families in need all over South Florida. Click here to learn more.
Uber has teamed up with Rep. Jackie Toledo to offer free rides to the South Tampa Neighborhood/Community Job Fair at the Gandy Civic Center on June 4th from 3-7 p.m. The job fair will offer assistance to those seeking employment. Pre-Register or view more information here.
Uber has partnered with the Florida Veterans Foundation to provide veterans with limited free rides to medical appointments during COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
Uber, in partnership with Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, will begin offering free rides for victims of domestic violence. The program will begin in areas with the greatest call volume. Click here to learn more.
Uber has committed to provide 10 million rides and food deliveries to healthcare workers, seniors, and people in need, free of charge. Click here to learn more.
Uber has taken steps to work with public officials, have provided financial assistance to infected drivers, and increased vehicle disinfection standards. For information, click here.
The University of Central Florida will add 11 new graduate certificates and tracks in response to Covid-19. Read more here.
United Health Foundation
The United Health Foundation has committed $1 million to provide urgent assistance to Florida residents experiencing homelessness and food insecurity due to COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more.
United States Tennis Association
USTA created the $5 million USTA Facility Recovery Grant Program to assist facilities defray some costs of reopening efforts after COVID-19 closures. Click here to learn more.
The USTA has assembled a list of resources for short-term and long-term relief for the industry. Resources and information can be found here.
University of Florida
Researchers from the University of Florida and UF Health have joined an urgent effort to collect and donate personal protective equipment, or PPE, to build upon existing stockpiles in support of clinical colleagues on the frontlines of treating COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
In what is considered to be one of the largest testing efforts of its kind in the nation, UF Health has administered more than 4,000 COVID-19 tests to people at The Villages. UF Health has also rolled out testing programs in Jacksonville, as well as for first responders in Alachua County and in various nursing homes in the Gainesville and Jacksonville areas. Additionally, 30 UF students and faculty members are working with the Florida Department of Health to track people who have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19.
University of North Florida
The University of North Florida will refund more than $4.5 million for on-campus residents and President David Szymanski has taken a 15 percent pay cut, which, combined with a 65 percent reduction in operating budget, has funded over $250,000 in newly created need-based scholarships. Click here to learn more.
The UNF Institute of Education, in collaboration with Jacksonville and Duval County, launched the Virtual Early Learning Highway for Young Children, a free, online resource designed to help young children continue to learn while being at home.
University of West Florida
UWF is working with Sea3D Additive Manufacturing Laboratory in Pensacola to manufacture, manage, and distribute 3D-printed full-face shield supplies. Additionally, the Student Emergency Support Fund is available to assist students who are financially struggling to pay for housing, food and other basic needs, or have been unexpectedly displaced from their homes.
University of South Florida
The University of South Florida is working on wearable technology that aims to detect the progression of coronavirus in people most at risk. USF teamed up with Shimmer, an Ireland-based company with a focus on wireless, wearable sensor products, to create the Shimmer3 EBio sensor. The sensor will study and monitor those who have already tested positive for Covid-19. Read more here.
USF is investing $340,000 into 14 research projects centered on fighting COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
Researchers at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine have engineered a solution to the nationwide shortage of virus testing kits by developing nasal swabs using 3-D printers. The College of Engineering has developed face shields to protect healthcare workers and has provided over 450 to Tampa General Hospital to date, with plans to deliver 10,000 more.
The USF Health Morsani College of Medicine has launched a fund to fight and learn about coronavirus at every level. The USF Health Pandemic Research & Response Fund has created a coordinated effort across multidisciplinary university teams to study every aspect of the virus, from its impact on the greater community down to its cellular structure.
A group of students from the University of South Florida are getting irreplaceable skills training with the latest volunteer initiative. More than 60 USF students and faculty are working with the Florida Department of Health on tracking and stopping the spread of coronavirus. Click here to learn more.
USAA is returning $800 million in dividends to auto policyholders due to members driving less due to stay-at-home and shelter-in-place guidelines. Click here to learn more.
USAA has announced that it is partnering with food services company Sodexo to provide curbside meal and grocery pickup for its employees in Tampa. Click here to learn more.
USAA donates $1 million to local charities.
The University of South Florida Foundation has launched a new fund specifically to help students during the coronavirus pandemic. The fund is designed to help students who may be struggling during this time, specifically with the associated costs of online learning. Click here to learn more.
Utilities, Inc. of Florida
Utilities, Inc. of Florida is suspending water service shutoffs for delinquent payments in all its service territory. Click here to learn more.
Valencia College has created a list of resources for students and community members. Resources include information on Internet and WiFi access, Jobs and Unemployment, Community Resources, Food Assistance and Mental Health Support. Click here to learn more.
Verizon has added teachers to its list of “those who serve” discounts currently offered to first-responders, veterans, and active-duty military.
Verizon has already pledged to not charge late fees or disconnect any residential or small business customers thru June 30th. Verizon will also not charge late payment fees to any customers that incur them if they are due to economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Additionally, Verizon has committed over $50 million in contributions and donations to nonprofits, including No Kid Hungry, the American Red Cross, and the CDP COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO. Click here to learn more.
Village Bread & Bagel
Village Bread & Bagel has donated 1,000 loaves of bread to Feeding Northeast Florida. They will also donate 2 loaves of bread for every $2 donated. Click here to learn more and donate.
Vinik Family Foundation
The Vinik Family Foundation has donated $100,000 to the St. Petersburg Fighting Chance Fund which will provide grants to locally owned small businesses experiencing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more.
Vystar Credit Union
The City of Jacksonville is partnering with Vystar Credit Union to create a multimillion-dollar relief package for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus. The program, estimated at $20 million to $30 million, is designed to help companies stay in business and retain employees. Click here to learn more.
Walgreens Partners with Sesame Street, AT&T to Celebrate Medical Professionals
In response to COVID-19, Sesame Street, Walgreens, and AT&T have announced an expansion of the ‘Caring for Each Other’ initiative to help children stay healthy and adjust to the current situation. Click here to learn more.
Walmart is partnering with Quest Diagnostics to open 7 new COVID-19 testing sites across Florida, in addition to the 14 already opened. Adults who qualify for a COVID-19 screening, and who make an appointment, can visit select Walmart Neighborhood Market pharmacy drive-thru windows in areas throughout Florida. There is no out-of-pocket costs for individuals. Read more here.
Walmart is issuing a third round of bonuses to employees totaling $390 million. The bonus will breakdown to $300 for full-time workers and $150 for part-time workers. The first two rounds of bonuses totaled $545 million. Click here to learn more.
Walmart is focused on the well-being of their associates and is taking additional steps to promote a safe and healthy workplace. They are now taking the temperatures of all associates as they report to work. Masks and gloves have also been made available to associates. Also, for the safety of associates and customers, they are implementing contact-free services for payment, pickup and delivery. Click here to learn more.
Walmart is working with Feeding America and has launched Walmart and Sam’s Club’s seventh annual Fight Hunger. Spark Change. To kickstart this year’s campaign, Walmart has donated $3 million to Feeding America and member food banks. Click here to learn more.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed $25 million to global COVID-19 response effort. The commitment is intended to provide: $5 million to support global efforts to help countries prevent, detect and manage the coronavirus; $10 million to support food banks, school meal programs and organizations that provide access to food for underserved populations; and $10 million to support efforts in local communities in the United States and international markets. To learn more, click here. Additionally, Walmart is hiring 150,000 new associates through the end of May, including more than 9400 associates across Florida to work in its stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers. Click here to learn more.
In response to requests from hospitals that are in need of additional protective garments and medical-related supplies, Disney Parks has donated 150,000 rain ponchos to MedShare, a humanitarian aid organization, for distribution to hospitals in need. Click here to learn more.
Donated more than 18,000 meals to the Second Harvest Food Bank on Monday, March 16, 2020.In what is considered to be one of the largest testing efforts of its kind in the nation, UF Health has administered more than 4,000 COVID-19 tests to people at The Villages. UF Health has also rolled out testing programs in Jacksonville, as well as for first responders in Alachua County and in various nursing homes in the Gainesville and Jacksonville areas. Additionally, 30 UF students and faculty members are working with the Florida Department of Health to track people who have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19. UWF is working with Sea3D Additive Manufacturing Laboratory in Pensacola to manufacture, manage, and distribute 3D-printed full-face shield supplies. Additionally, the Student Emergency Support Fund is available to assist students who are financially struggling to pay for housing, food and other basic needs, or have been unexpectedly displaced from their homes.
Waste Management encourages all Floridians to Recycle Right as COVID-19 has made recycling more important than ever. To see a list of recyclable items, click here.
Waste Management recently announced several unprecedented steps they have taken designed with the health and safety, as well as economic well-being in mind, which include the guarantee of up to 40 hours of pay per week for their employees, the development of work-from-home solutions for their call centers, sales centers, dispatch centers, the shared services team and other office employees who can reasonably complete their work from a remote location, and taken aggressive steps to provide safe social distancing between their Drivers, Helpers, Landfill and Transfer employees, Recycle workers and all others in field operations. The company is also working with its business customers to “right-size” their service if they are experiencing a business interruption.
Waste Pro & Jacksonville Jaguars
Waste Pro and the Jacksonville Jaguars teamed up to provide a free lunch from Balu’s Surf Shack, a local Jacksonville business, for Waste Pro’s essential workers to thank them for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Jaguars sponsored the day and provided 200 face masks for Waste Pro employees. Read more here.
Will Weatherford, Managing Partner of Weatherford Capital is spearheading a $1 million fundraising campaign for Metropolitan Ministries, a Tampa based non-profit who provides food, rent, and utility assistance for people in need. Financial donations can be made by visiting the Emergency Impact Fund.
Wells Fargo is donating $400 million in PPP processing fees to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Through a new Open for Business Fund, Wells Fargo will engage local nonprofit organizations who serve small businesses, particularly those owned by people of color, as they administer loans, provide technical support, and develop long-term community resiliency programs. Read more here.
Wells Fargo has announced a number of measures related to COVID-19 relief: Anyone can cash their CARES act relief checks at a Wells Fargo branch with no fees, for 30 days. Wells Fargo will pause the collection of negative balances existing at a time when relief checks are deposited, allowing account holders full access to their payments; Additionally, Wells Fargo is suspending residential property foreclosure sales, evictions, and involuntary automobile repossessions; And, offering on a case-by case basis fee waivers, payment deferrals, and other assistance for credit card, auto, mortgage, small business, and personal lending.
The Wells Fargo Foundation announced $175 million in donations to help address food, shelter, small business and housing stability issues, and to help public health organizations fighting to contain the spread of COVID-19. Philanthropic funding includes $1 million for the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emergency Relief Fund and $250,000 to the International Medical Corps for their work in more than 30 countries. The company will also donate $1 million to Feeding America to support its 200 member food banks as they work to feed people during this crisis. A majority of the funding will be allocated for local market response, including supporting local public health authorities and addressing community-specific needs in the coming months. In addition, Wells Fargo & Co. is committed to helping customers experiencing hardships, including from the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). If in need of assistance, customers can call to speak with a trained specialist to discuss options available.
Western Governors University
Western Governors University has set aside $10 million in emergency funding to help students with financial or health hardships resulting from COVID-19. WGU is working to raise an additional $10 million in matching contributions. Click here to learn more.
WGU has launched a portal on their knowledge center to address students and faculty concerns regarding COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
Wharton-Smith Construction, in partnership with The Brevard Schools Foundation’s Supply Zone for Teachers program, delivered three pallets of school supply kits for students in need to Fairglen, Mila and Audubon Elementary Schools. Click here to learn more.
Winter Park Chamber of Commerce
The Winter Park Chamber of Commerce is offering a series of webinars to help members navigate through COVID-19. For a list of topics, click here.
Workscapes stands ready to partner with healthcare providers to rapidly design, manufacture and install a variety of healthcare interiors. DIRTT’s approach to healthcare construction allows interiors to be manufactured in 21 days or less in controlled factories with extreme precision. Components are shipped to site for a clean and seamless install. Click here to learn more.
WSP is providing direct support by coordinating logistics at emergency operations centers, managing equipment procurement and distribution activities, and advising healthcare clients on the creation of mobile and temporary urgent care facilities. Click here to learn more.