Follow Facts, Not Fear
Message from Mark Wilson, President & CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce
June 1, 2020
Florida’s hurricane season begins today and it’s colliding with the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve already seen some tropical activity, and several forecasters are projecting a more active season than usual. You’ve got a few more days to get prepared, and save a few dollars, by taking advantage of the Florida Chamber-backed disaster preparedness tax holiday on qualifying hurricane supplies which runs through Thursday, June 4. Florida Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz and his team have developed a plan designed to accommodate our current social distancing reality with hurricane evacuation, and Floridians should ‘know your home’ and if it’s built to more recent codes, is out of a flood zone and could possibly serve as a shelter in place option over evacuation. Evacuations simply won’t look the same as before. We’ll share more on this in the coming days.
TSUNAMI OF VIRUS-RELATED LAWSUITS HEADED FLORIDA’S WAY: Hurricane season may be upon us, but there’s a tsunami of virus-related lawsuits headed our way. Not surprisingly, Florida is the leader of the pack in the states with the most virus-related lawsuits already filed against job creators. From Seattle to Sarasota, frivolous and opportunistic-related lawsuits are threatening employers precisely at the time when states like Florida are reopening their economies, and many businesses and employees are returning to work. Look no further than the SEIU labor union-backed class action lawsuit against Chicago-area McDonald’s restaurants. The Florida Chamber’s Litigation and Regulatory Reform Center continues to defend job creators, and call on elected leaders in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. to support targeted and timely protections against ‘gotcha lawsuits.’ As chairman of the National Association of State Chambers, I’ve been very engaged nationally on bringing federal and state level safe harbor protections to our Chamber members, and we’ve joined our partners at the U.S. Chamber, in calling on members of congress to provide businesses a safe harbor from unwarranted lawsuits. Be sure to read Florida Businesses Need COVID-19 Liability Protections, the latest white paper from William Large and our partners at the Florida Justice Reform Institute. Contact David Hart at email@example.com to learn how you can get involved.
LEGOLAND REOPENS TODAY; DISNEY AND SEAWORLD IN COMING DAYS: Theme parks have been largely closed since mid-March because of COVID-19, and as we’re relaunching Florida’s economy, and following Governor DeSantis’ Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. plan for reopening, Central Florida’s largest employers are poised to soon reopen. Legoland Florida is slated to reopen today, while SeaWorld is expected to reopen June 11. Disney is set to open Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11, and reopen Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground will begin to reopen June 22. All three parks received approval for their ‘safe operations plan’ for reopening. This is a positive step forward for free enterprise.
RELAUNCHING FLORIDA’S ECONOMY: Unifying Florida businesses behind Governor DeSantis’ and Surgeon General Rivkees’ plan is paying off for Florida as our 67 counties and 412 cities continue reopening. This week, we’ll continue our efforts to relaunch Florida’s economy when we hold our 10th weekly virtual meeting with more than 200 local chambers of commerce that are helping lead their local reopening efforts.
- TOMORROW: Local Chamber Specific Webinar – More than 95 percent of local chambers of commerce are using some, or all, of the Florida Chamber’s Local Framework for Relaunching Florida’s Economy. It’s helping each community align to the Governor’s Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. approach. Our local chamber federation and partners at the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals will continue building on this effort on Tuesday, June 2 at 10 a.m. EDT. Email Grant Holcomb at firstname.lastname@example.org to join this event.
1+ MILLION TESTS GIVEN: It’s been 91 days since Florida reported its first COVID-19 case, and according to www.TheFloridaScorecard.org, our daily average of new cases and weekly percent of positive cases continues to decline – which is required to move into the White House’s “Phase 2”. As projected, yesterday Florida has now conducted more than 1 million COVID-19 tests – 1,022,265 to be exact, which includes an increase of 26,379 yesterday. Florida now has 56,163 cases, which include 739 more from yesterday. Yesterday, there were an additional 4 deaths, bringing Florida’s fatality level to 2,451.
Understanding how your county’s COVID-19 cases is trending is essential to the continued successful efforts to relaunch Florida’s economy. Our free COVID-19 County Level Tracker.available at www.TheFloridaScorecard.org shows Miami-Dade County with 18,000, Hillsborough County with 2,201 and Orange County with 2,002. Palm Beach County is expected to hit 6,000 cases today.
CHAMPIONING FREE ENTERPRISE: All across Florida, Chamber members are providing a lifeline of support for millions of Floridians that have been economically impacted by this pandemic. Chamber members like AvMed, Publix, PepsiCo, FPL, Duke Energy, Gulf Power, Tampa Electric, Verizon Wireless, U.S. Sugar, Duda Fresh Farms, Innisfree Hotels, State Farm, AdventHealth, Florida Blue, Hancock Whitney, AT&T, Uber, American Heart Association, Weatherford Capitol, University of South Florida, Truist Bank, Talquin Electric, U.S. Tennis Association, Siemens Foundation, USAA, NCH Healthcare Systems, and so many others are giving back to help others. Please continue to share how your company is giving back, and we’ll do our part by sharing how your kindness is helping Floridians.
UNITING BUSINESS FOR GOOD: More than 10,000 job creators have participated on our 25 virus and relaunch related webinars since the pandemic began, and we’re continuing to connect our coalition of thousands of job creators, local chambers of commerce and economic development organizations with top state and national leaders. If you have a topic, or a speaker, you’d like to hear from on an upcoming webinar, please email Elizabeth Bassett at email@example.com.
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Federal Program Recovery Updates
Payroll Protection Program Updates
If you’re still wanting to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program, the Small Business Administration recently announced they set aside $10 billion of the roughly $100 billion remaining for loans by Community Development Financial Institutions. Businesses should start planning for loan forgiveness and the SBA has released loan forgiveness provisions and the loan forgiveness application. Also, check out the U.S. Chamber’s PPP Guide to Forgiveness by clicking here. The latest data shows that the U.S. Small Business Administration approved 336,539 PPP loans in Florida, totaling $30.4 billion in approved funding for Florida businesses. For more information about the PPP program, click here.
EIDL Funding Updates
The U.S. Small Business Administration is only accepting Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis for agricultural businesses. Additionally, the maximum loan amounts have been capped at $150,000. As of May 8th, nearly 298,000 Florida businesses received EIDL advances totaling more than $897 million. Overall, 37,740 businesses in Florida received an EIDL loan, for a total of $3 billion in funding. Click here for more details.
Main Street Lending Program Update
The Federal Reserve released lending program forms and an updated FAQ for the Main Street Lending Program, however have yet to announce a date of when the program will be operational. Businesses planning to apply should start planning now and our friends at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put together this useful guide of what businesses need to know about the program. For more information about the Main Street Lending Program, click here.
U.S. House Passes $3 Trillion COVID Bill; Senate Drafting Own Bill
The House passed a $3 trillion coronavirus relief package on May 15th that would deliver federal aid for state and local governments, provide rent and mortgage relief and significantly expand unemployment and food assistance programs. In good news, your voices were heard and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was broadened to allow for its utilization by 501(c)(6) nonprofits, such as local chambers. However, the legislation also had several bad-for-business provisions including retroactive repeals of business-friendly tax provisions as well as an extension of the $600 federal unemployment benefit through January of 2021.
The text of The Heroes Act, H.R. 6800, is here. A one pager on the legislation is here. A section-by-section summary is here. A resource on the state and local relief provisions is here. The U.S. Senate is not expected to take up the measure, but is drafting its own COVID-response package, which is likely to be released in the near future. That package is expected to include necessary and overdue liability protections for job creators, healthcare workers and businesses that stepped in to respond to the pandemic. The Florida Chamber has long advocated for federal action to provide frivolous litigation safe harbors to businesses that follow federal public health and safety guidance.
• Coronavirus Emergency Loans
• Guide to Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs
• CARES Act Healthcare Provider Relief Fund Guidance
• Workers’ Compensation Insurance Guidance Related to COVID-19
• Professional Licenses Renewals Suspended
• Take the Business Damage Assessment Survey
• DOL Required Families First COVID-19 Employer Notice Poster
• Reemployment Assistance Service Center
• Reemployment Assistance Paper Application
• DOR Extends Corporate Income Tax Return and Payment Due Dates
• Payment Due Date for 2019 Tax Payments Delayed for 90 days
• Florida DOR Extends Corporate Income Tax Return, Payment Due Dates
• Main Street Lending Program
Florida Businesses Giving Back – See Complete List Here
African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida
The African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida created a series of virtual workshops to help businesses navigate the difficulties created by COVID-19. To view recordings of these events, click here.
American Chemistry Council
American Chemistry Council has launched a Coronavirus Resource Center to highlight industry specific activities and to provide resources to fight the impacts of COVID-19. To view the resource center, click here.
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State signs off on reopening Disney, SeaWorld
SeaWorld opens in two weeks while Disney waits another month to open all of its parks. More here.
Gov. DeSantis activates National Guard as nationwide protests reach Florida
Guardsmen are active in Tampa while others stand ready across the state. More here.
NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station after Dragon capsule successfully docks
After a historic launch from Kennedy Space Center, NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have boarded the International Space Station. More here.
Group of Seven Postponed
U.S. President Trump said that he will postpone the annual Group of Seven meeting until at least September.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced plans to end mandatory quarantines for incoming travelers, requiring instead that people get tested for the coronavirus before boarding flights into the state.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request from a California church to block limitations on the number of people who could attend religious services during the pandemic.
Abu Dhabi announced that it will cordon off the UAE’s capital as well as ban travel between regions within the emirate for a week from Tuesday.
Bangladesh lifted its coronavirus lockdown.
Pakistan made wearing face masks mandatory in public.
National and global updates brought to you by the Florida Chamber in partnership with Hill+Knowlton Strategies.
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.
Florida Businesses Stepping Up – Giving Back
From developing life-saving antivirals to supporting relief efforts to protecting their employees at home and abroad, businesses of all sizes and sectors are doing an amazing job of stepping up to address the COVID-19 crisis. Shown below are a few businesses who are stepping up and giving back. Share how your company is giving back by emailing Christi McCray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida
The African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida created a series of virtual workshops to aide businesses navigate the difficulties created by COVID-19. To view recordings of these events, click here.
American Chemistry Council
American Chemistry Council has launched a Coronavirus Resource Center to highlight industry specific activities and to provide resources to fight the impacts of COVID-19. To view the resource center, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
City of Port St. Lucie
The City of Port St Lucie has allocated funds to the COVID-19 Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program, which will provide eligible homeowners and renters up to $3,000 for household expenses. Click here to learn more.
Seminole County will launch a grant program aimed at helping small businesses affected by the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. Eligible businesses could receive grants worth up to $5,000 through the county. Click here to learn more.
The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce has launched a business resource center for local businesses affected by COVID-19. Resources include safe workplace guidelines to reopen Jacksonville. Click here to learn more.
City of Jacksonville
The City of Jacksonville is offering $2,000 grants for 4,500 small business owners. Applications will be accepted as soon as a website is developed. Click here to learn more.
Converge Government Affairs
Converge helped launch the Public Affairs Leadership Council, a group of leaders in policy, government affairs, and public affairs whose mission is to help people in their industries find new jobs. Click here to learn more.
ISS National Laboratory
While students are learning from home, they can become an Astronaut with free resources and hands on activities from The International Space Station. Resources can be found here.
Altec is providing free communication materials that cover information on social distancing, mask conservation and reuse, cleaning materials, and more. Click here for materials.
Aon has developed this resource site to help business leaders implement effective responses to the impact the pandemic will continue to have on businesses, employees, and communities. These insights can help readers make better decisions in these complex and volatile times. 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.
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.
Volusia County Division of Economic Development
Volusia County is allocating up to $10 million in emergency relief of CARES Act funding to support local businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. Qualifying businesses may be eligible for a $3,000 Reopening Grant. Click here for more information. Additionally, they have launched Volusia Business Resources to help local businesses relaunch.
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.
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.
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.
Enterprise Florida has launched a COVID-19 Resource Center for Businesses. 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Nielsen has launched a business marketing resource to aide businesses as they relaunch and re-enter the marketplace. Click here to learn more.
Novartis has launched a COVID-19 Information Center and is donating 130 million doses of Hydroxychloroquine to support the global pandemic response. 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.
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical’s Sozosei Foundation has committed $500,000 in donations to support communities impacted by COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
PepsiCo has committed more than $45 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Talquin Electric has compiled a list of options for restaurant and grocery delivery services for seniors in their service area. View the list here.
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.
United States Tennis Association
The UTSA has assembled a list of resources for short-term and long-term relief for the industry. Resources and information can be found here.
Volunteer Florida has released guidelines for volunteer organizations to follow during COVID-19. More resources can be found here.
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.
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.
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.
Siemens Foundation donated $10,000 to help Orlando’s Community Health Centers acquire PPE for its clinical staff. Click here to learn more.
TraPac’s frontline employees have been working around the clock to ensure our nation’s supply chain remains fully operational.
UCB, a global biopharma company, is contributing to COVID-19 relief through research and treatment development, using their expertise to increase local testing capabilities and supporting locally and globally through direct assistance to patients and partners. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Western Governors University
WGU has launched a portal on their knowledge center to address students and faculty concerns regarding COVID-19. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Landstar Systems has authorized $2,000 for any Landstar business capacity owner who is diagnosed with COVID-19 and is required to be quarantined. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
American Airlines donated 25,000 meals to community kitchens through a partnership with the LEE Initiative’s Restaurant Workers Relief Program. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chevron has donated more than $12 million worldwide to nonprofits addressing COVID-19 issues. 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Winter Park Chamber of Commerce
Clay Electric Cooperative
Clay Electric Cooperative granted a total of $50,000 to 10 local foodbanks. 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.
Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy, Gulf Power and Tampa Electric
FPL, Duke and Gulf Power will pass savings on fuel costs to customers this year in a one-time bill reduction in May, while Tampa Electric will provide the savings to customers from June to December. 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.
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.
St. Joe Company
The St. Joe Company is donating nearly $300,000 to organizations battling COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
Bristol Myers Squibb
Bristol Myers Squibb is expanding its longstanding patient support programs to help eligible unemployed patients in the U.S. who have lost their health insurance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.
Fairwinds Credit Union
Fairwinds Credit Union is deferring mortgages and car loans for their members for 90 days. Click here to learn more.
Grow Up Great
As a direct response to the coronavirus pandemic, Sesame Workshop and Fred Rogers Productions have created new resources for families and children. They are now available on the PNC Grow Up Great website.
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. 17 local utility providers have announced plans to reduce customers’ power bills, saving 3.5 million customers $60 million over the next several months.
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.
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.
Florida Prepaid is responding to the challenges facing families amid COVID-19 by extending Open Enrollment until May 31, 2020 and deferring payments for new and current Prepaid Plan customers until July 20, 2020. Click here to learn more.
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 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.
New College has been awarded a $28,600 grant from the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and Gulf Coast Community Foundation COVID-19 Response Initiative which will give students the basic resources they need during the coronavirus outbreak.
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.
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.
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.
Target Corporation has donated 60,000 masks to the Florida Department of Emergency Management. They will be used by Jackson Health in Miami.
Clay County Chamber of Commerce
The Clay County Chamber of Commerce and Community First Credit Union will fund the manufacture of 1,000 face masks made by DIRenee Creations to be distributed to local first responders and essential personnel. 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.
Mazda North American Operations
Mazda North American Operations announced it will provide free standard oil changes and enhanced cleaning services for healthcare workers at participating dealers nationwide. Click here to learn more.
Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College and the MDC Foundation will offer a catalogue of online courses at no cost in areas of technology, business, marketing, education and entrepreneurship. For a full list of classes click here.
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.
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.
Sustainability Partners has created two new finance tools for the repair, replacement or purchase of large infrastructure assets. These two programs are targeted for users such as airports, schools, hospitals, universities, and special districts. Please contact Michael Tari for more information.
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.
L3Harris Technologies is contributing $2 million and providing additional equipment and resources to organizations involved in COVID-19 relief. Click here to learn more.
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.
University of Miami
Doctors from the University of Miami were awarded emergency federal approval to test stem cell therapy on patients suffering from severe lung inflammation from COVID-19. Click here to learn more.
Visit Orlando has launched the Tourism Help Hub to provided members of the community with resources such as applying for financial relief, employment opportunities, food bank locations, and information for first responders and healthcare workers.
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.
Knick’s Tavern & Grill
Knick’s Tavern & Grill is hosting the Share The Love Not the Virus event which allows customers to pay for meals to be donated to health care personnel at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. 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.
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.
Lighthouse Central Florida
Lighthouse Central Florida has expanded it’s call center, serviced almost entirely by individuals who are visually impaired, to assist with Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunities increased calls relating to unemployment claims. The current staff of 15 will increase to 50 by June. 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.
BBX Capital is partnering with Hoffman’s Chocolates to deliver 100 lunches to 10 Broward County Hospitals. Click here to learn more.
Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the United Way of Broward County and other local organizations for a face mask distribution event at 12PM on April 17th. For details, phone 954-225-4412. 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.
Donated 100 beds to Hillsborough Hope, a temporary camp serving the county’s most at-need residents. 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.
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.
City Furniture is donating 30,000 protective masks for patients and families at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. 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.
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.
Innisfree Hotels is offering free lodging to doctors, nurses, EMTs and paramedics who need to self-isolate to protect their family members from potential COVID-19 exposure. 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.
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.
Porsche of Naples will fog and disinfect cars for all first responders and front line workers. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Fidelity Investments has announced it will be hiring 2,000 new employees, with hundreds in the Jacksonville area. The company said a majority would be financial consultants, licensed representatives and customer service representatives. Click here to learn more.
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.
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.
Beach Floor Décor
Beach Floor Décor has launched a GoFundMe for F.I.S.H. of SanCap, a non-profit dedicated to helping those who live, work, and visit Sanibel and Captiva Island. Click here to learn more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Starbucks Foundation will donate $500,000 toward coronavirus response efforts.
Additionally, Starbucks will give a free tall coffee, either hot or iced, to first responders and other medical personnel now through May 3. Click here to learn more.
ServiceHerd, a digital marketplace app connecting businesses with consumers in need of home services, automotive repairs, pet services, landscaping and more, has suspended monthly subscription fees for all providers until further notice during the coronavirus crisis. Click here to learn more.
Gannett Launches Website to Help Small Businesses
Gannett, the owner of USA TODAY, is launching a nationwide effort to help communities support local small businesses struggling during the coronavirus crisis. Click here to learn more.
Diamond Resorts is offering free accommodations to first responders and medical personnel at its open resorts. Click here to learn more.
Beginning Monday, April 13th, DoorDash, the food delivery service, will cut commission fees in half for South Florida restaurants.
Job loss or major business impacts are devastating under any circumstance. The employment, recruiting, hiring and training services of the CareerSource Florida network are available in each community in Florida. The CareerSource Florida network connects businesses to Floridians and talented Floridians to jobs through employment, recruiting, hiring and training services. 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.
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.
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 Gulf Coast University
The FGCU Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education is working to support K-12 school districts in the region by increasing access to the ‘A Scientists in Every Florida School’ program.
University of Florida
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prisma Health and Johnson & Johnson
Prisma Health announced that it is collaborating with Ethicon Inc., part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, to make and distribute a ventilator expansion device, the VESper™ Ventilator Expansion Splitter. The Splitter is authorized for emergency use only to allow a single ventilator to be fitted with the Splitter to be used for two rescuable patients for ventilatory support during the COVID-19 pandemic until individual ventilators are available. 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.
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.
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.
UCF Opens Testing Site
The University of Central Florida has opened a drive-thru coronavirus testing site on its campus. Click here to learn more.
FedEx Helps with Unemployment Applications
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.
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.
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.
Mosaic, Tampa Bay Lightning Team Up
The Mosaic Company, 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. Mosaic is donating $14,000 each to 14 Florida food banks and pantries. 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.
Airbnb has launched a global effort to provide housing for frontline medical personnel and first responders. Airbnb’s incredible community of generous hosts has offered 100,000 places to stay for people responding to the pandemic. Through this program, frontline staff can book both free and paid stays in 160 countries and regions. Airbnb is waiving all fees for these bookings and will not profit from these stays. Click here to learn more.
Raymond James is donating $1.5 million to charitable organizations in the firm’s major markets. A national donation will be made to Feeding America. Local donations include: St. Petersburg Free Clinic and Metropolitan Ministries, Church Health in Memphis, Gleaners Community Food Bank in Southfield, Michigan, Food Bank of the Rockies in Denver and Citymeals on Wheels in New York City. Click here to learn more.
Rollins College Chemistry professors are making hand sanitizer to donate to first responders. Click here to learn more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Florida Institute of CPA’s
A large number of FICPA members are doing massive work to process grant and loan paperwork. CPAs are gearing up to provide the added service of advocating for their clients on grants and SBA loans in addition to an already heavy tax season. 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.
ICUF Schools Helping in the Fight
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.
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.
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.
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.
University of South Florida
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.
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.
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.
Jacksonville, Vystar Credit Union Partner on Relief Package for Businesses
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bridg Offers Space for Medical Equipment Production
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.
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.
Broward College Giving Back
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.
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.
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.
Allstate Helping Customers with Extended Coverage, Payment Relief
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.
Ashley HomeStore Donates Beds
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.
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.
Tampa General, USF Health Create 3D Printed Nasal Swabs
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.
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.
Johnson & Johnson, Government Plan 1 billion Doses of Virus Vaccine
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.
Waste Management Guaranteeing Paychecks
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.
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has announced that they are taking the unprecedented step of asking the Florida Public Service Commission to allow the company to fast-track a significant bill decrease in May, which would result 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 will also see 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.
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.
Comcast Helps Keep Americans Connected to the Internet
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 extending “additional support for consumer and small business clients experiencing hardship from the impact of the coronavirus” including the ability to defer mortgage payments. Bank of America mortgage and home equity customers can request to defer their payments while the virus crisis rages and payments would then be added to the end of their loan.
Bank of America is also committing $100 million to support local communities in need. The funds will help increase medical response capacity, address food insecurity, increase access to learning as a result of school closures, and provide support to the world’s most vulnerable populations.
Bauer Internet Offers Free Educational Video Conferencing
Bauer Internet LLC is now offering free video conferencing to businesses and schools at https://bauervids.com.
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.
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.
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 Corporation provided a $300,000 contribution from the Chevron Global Community Fund to Give2Asia, for work with the China Women’s Development Foundation.
Darden Restaurants are offering “To-Go” dining options for the public and have activated the Emergency Pay Program for employees. For information click here.
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.
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.
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.
Florida’s Farmers are Feeding America
Millions of Americans are benefiting from Florida farms during the coronavirus epidemic. Florida-grown food plays an important role in our domestic food supply infrastructure. As images of empty store shelves are filling social media feeds and appearing in TV news stories during the global coronavirus pandemic, farmers in Florida are continuing to grow food that will increasingly stay in demand as social distancing and sheltering-in-place measures become the new normal. Learn more here.
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.
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.
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.
Coronavirus will be handled at Halifax Health hospitals with flexibility, new guidelines. Halifax Health says their role in this pandemic is to remain open and ready to care for the most ill in our community. Click here to learn more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
JinkoSolar Donates 10,000 N95 Masks
In an effort to help keep Florida healthcare workers protected, JinkoSolar is donating 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 and 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Hospitals Rally Together to Combat COVID-19
In South Florida, where healthcare competition can be cutthroat, a group of five non-profit hospitals are creating an informal coalition in response to the novel coronavirus. They’re working together and sharing information — on everything from patients to supplies to financial performance — to ensure that Miami is prepared for a surge of patients due to the pandemic. Jackson Health System, Miami-Dade’s safety net hospital, is in the consortium. So is Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Their CEOs said the other members include Baptist Health South Florida, Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, and the University of Miami Health System. “We’re all very competitive people, very competitive organizations,” said Carlos Migoya, CEO of Jackson Health. “But this is, obviously, something much bigger than the needs for each of our institutions. It’s really for the needs of our entire community.” Click here to learn more.
Have provided N95 surgical masks to both Broward Medical and Baptist Healthcare facilities.
Nationwide Foundation Donates $5 million to Support Efforts
Nationwide Foundation is contributing $5 million to local and national charities for COVID-19 pandemic support. Click here to read 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.
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.
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.
Publix, Walmart and CVS
Publix, Walmart, CVS and others add jobs as coronavirus causes layoffs. Grocery stores are adding thousands of jobs and giving out bonuses to hourly workers as shoppers have flooded stores to stock up on soap, meat and toilet paper and as other industries shed jobs because of coronavirus. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Timber Creek Distillery Converts to Making Sanitizer
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.
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 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.
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.
University of Miami and Jackson Health Systems
The University of Miami School of Medicine and Jackson Health Systems will begin an FDA-approved clinical trial testing the effects of umbilical stem cells on patients fighting COVID-19. Patients undergoing similar treatments in other countries have shown remarkable improvements. 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.
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.Click Click Click here to lClick hasClickCli