How Board of Trade Members are Helping During COVID-19
Below are some of the unique and powerful ways that Board of Trade member organizations are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. We are proud of the swift action they have taken to serve their community in its time of need. We will keep sharing these stories over time. To submit an announcement of good work, contact Lindsey Longendyke.
Updates as of May 8, 2020
- AT&T has made a $100,000 contribution to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) to allow them to provide 12 hours of daily childcare for COVID-19 first responders and essential workers. This childcare will be provided in facilities that practice social distancing, adhere to CDC approved sanitation guidelines, and are staffed by highly skilled professional staff. AT&T has also made an $80,000 contribution to several organizations in the D.C. area serving vulnerable residents. Earlier in April, it announced a total of $1.2 million in contributions from its Distance Learning and Family Connections fund to support small businesses focused on distance learning, including D.C.-based CommonLit.
- Alzheimer’s Association has published guidance to help ensure the delivery of high-quality care for people living with Alzheimer’s and all dementia in long-term care and community-based settings during the current COVID-19 crisis.
- The American Red Cross is helping the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) find fully recovered COVID-19 patients who can donate plasma. This is a potentially life-saving treatment for high-risk patients.
- Bank of America committed $250 million in capital and $10 million in grants to community development financial institutions (CDFIs), and $100 million to support medical response, reduce food insecurity, and provide other forms of assistance to vulnerable communities impacted by the coronavirus.
- Bechtel announced that its corporate foundation, in partnership with the crowdfunding nonprofit GlobalGiving, will donate $3 million through its new Bechtel COVID-19 Fund to support communities around the world coping with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Booz Allen Foundation launches $1 million fund for COVID-19 innovation projects. Funding is available for nonprofits, small businesses and individuals with ideas to solve COVID-19-related social problems.
- CannonDesign launched a coalition to design a better DIY face mask so that scarce N95 masks can be reserved for front line healthcare workers.
- Capital Area Food Bank remains committed to distributing food to families that need it, especially in these difficult times, but has intelligently redesigned their distribution model to accommodate social distancing. They are also providing meals for children to compensate for school closures.
- Chubb commits $10 million to pandemic relief efforts globally in support of front line workers and vulnerable communities.
- Clyde’s has launched Food it Forward. Through this online platform, you can buy a meal for hospital staff, first responders, and people experiencing hunger in our own neighborhoods, while supporting local restaurants at the same time.
- Comcast‘s COVID-19 response plan expands internet access by making internet essentials free for new customers, pausing disconnects and late fees, and other actions.
- Geppetto Catering has partnered with the United Way of the National Capital Area, Jubilee Housing, and Goodwill of Greater Washington to provide meal for those in need through their Give a Meal Program.
- Kaiser Permanente pledged $1 million to treat homeless individuals for COVID-19.
- Maryland Environmental Service (MES) plans to award over $2 million in bonuses to many of its employees who are essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- United Way of the National Capital Area activated its emergency assistance fund with an initial $50,000. It has received a $100,000 contribution from Pepco and further support from M&T Bank.
- Verizon has invested $7.5 million to create a small business grant program with LISC. They have also launched Pay it Forward Live, a virtual concert series in support of small business.