Many companies that are members of our Mayors Business Council are actively taking steps to support our cities during the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s a listing of actions they are taking during this time.
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- Airbnb launched a program to provide free or subsidized housing for 100,000 healthcare workers and first responders on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- We are working with businesses, nonprofits, government and emergency management agencies and hosts can opt into the program and have the option of opening their homes for free through our Open Homes platform.
- ACC’s Chlorine Chemistry Division developed free downloadable surface disinfection pictogram posters that show how to disinfect surfaces from COVID-19 virus.
- Posters were made in partnership with public health departments, the Water Quality and Health Council, and the National Environmental Health Association.
- Instructions to clean and disinfect surfaces are based off of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance
North America’s freight railroads remain focused on safeguarding the health and safety of the rail workforce while working to maintain the flow of goods necessary to preserve public health and sustain families — such as delivering chlorine-based disinfectants for water, enabling e-commerce, transporting food and moving energy products to support electricity demands. We are asking state and local elected officials to heed the guidance issued by Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and continue to enable the free flow of goods to help at this time of crisis.
AT&T has a special website which highlights some of the things we are doing to assist during this difficult and uncertain period.
- CityHealth is working to advance earned sick leave policies in cities, and urges mayors to contact us for technical assistance as they seek to pass or improve their laws.
- Without the guaranteed paid time off, many workers are likely to forgo seeking medical care for themselves and loved ones and continue reporting to work, despite the warnings. That puts all of us at greater risk.
- Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.
- Pausing Our Data Plan and No Disconnects or Late Fees: With so many people working and educating from home, we want our customers to access the internet without thinking about data plans. While the vast majority of our customers do not come close to using 1TB of data in a month, we are pausing our data plans for 60 days giving all customers Unlimited data for no additional charge. We will not disconnect a customer’s internet service or assess late fees if they contact us and let us know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. Our care teams will be available to offer flexible payment options and can help find other solutions.
- Internet Essentials Free to New Customers: It’s even easier for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign-up for Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward.
- To ensure that drivers who are sick can focus on recovering, we are providing financial assistance to eligible Dashers and Caviar couriers who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or quarantined and changing the default delivery method to a no-contact option.
- We’ve announced a package of commission relief and marketing support for new and existing DoorDash partner restaurants to help them generate up to $200 million in additional sales this year.
- For non-profit organizations and local agencies looking to transport food and other necessities from distribution hubs to residents, we are subsidizing our delivery services (priced only to recuperate our costs, such as paying couriers).
- Americans are looking to local leaders in these times of great volatility, and leading in a crisis requires understanding exactly what people are thinking and how they are behaving right now.
- Elucd’s COVID-19 product enables realtime tracking of how a city’s residents are or aren’t social distancing or self-quarantining, a barometer on their level of fear, panic and knowledge of how to prepare themselves and their family, and how long they are prepared to change their behaviors for.
- We are tracking this 24/7 nationally, and working with a number of mayors’ offices including NYC, Seattle and Chicago to provide this critical data.
The Grubhub Community Relief Fund provides financial relief for our drivers and restaurants -100% of Donate the Change contributions will go to orgs that support drivers & restaurants impacted by COVID-19.
We’re working with government officials to ensure kitchens stay open for pickup & delivery. We’re providing state & local officials with resources to help restaurants onboard with Grubhub.
We launched contact-free delivery as default to avoid a direct handoff for the safety of our diner and driver, and shared resources to ensure restaurants & drivers follow CDC guidelines for safe food delivery. We’re providing 2 weeks of support pay to cover medical expenses and loss of income for delivery partners whose health is impacted by COVID-19
We are taking action to focus on the leading role buildings, communities and organizations can play to support our health and well-being now and in the future. We will stand up a Task Force on COVID-19 and Other Respiratory Infections: Prevention and Preparedness, Resilience and Recovery to deploy a multi-faceted strategy to channel the collective expertise and insight of the global WELL community, including the development of guidelines that integrate actionable insights and proven strategies.
- Is making $5 million in contributions to local and national charities to support medical and economic response efforts.
- Donated medical supplies including masks and surgical gloves to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio Health in Columbus as well as Mercy One and UnityPoint hospitals in Des Moines.
- Initiates the HUB: One stop shop for all Plan Sponsors and Participants to receive investment strategies and current information on COVID-19 preparedness.
- For Employees: We have closed our offices, transitioned all employees to work from home and instituted a travel ban to reduce the spread of the virus.
- For Customer: We continue to operate the service unabated, providing proactive and on-demand support for our customers
- For US Cities: We’re providing national gunfire incident volume trends for police agencies to benchmark against during the COVID-19 crisis.
Kabbage Inc. launched helpsmallbusiness.com to support small businesses financially impacted by COVID-19. The initiative is a call-to-action across the U.S., enabling anyone to purchase an online gift certificate from participating small businesses to provide them with crucial financial support. Certificates can be redeemed in full after they’re issued or in the future when the crisis has subsided.
Starbucks announced an offer of free coffee to frontline first responders until May 3. In addition, the Starbucks Foundation will donate $250,000 to Operation Gratitude, an organization working to deliver 50,000 care packages to healthcare workers, and $250,000 to Direct Relief, an organization supporting the delivery of personal protective equipment and essential medical items.
Target’s team is playing a vital role in helping families cope with the coronavirus pandemic. To support them, we are investing more than $300 million in added wages, a new paid leave program, bonus payouts and relief fund contributions. We introduced new measures to keep our stores clean and promote social distancing for everyone’s safety. We dedicated a special hour on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for our vulnerable guests. Our stores and distribution centers are open to help American families.
3,000 employees supporting public sector; Verizon Response Team providing emergency connectivity, assets and equipment; Signed onto Keep American’s Connected Pledge; $18M donation for students, healthcare first responders, and small businesses (No Kid Hungry, American Red Cross, Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) COVID-19 Response Fund, Direct Relief, COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund of the World Health Organization’s global response, and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Walgreens is working closely with the Administration, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health officials, and state and local government and health officials to respond accordingly to COVID-19, and uphold our commitment to champion the health and wellbeing of every community in America. Knowing that our stores touch the lives of approximately 230,000 employees and more than 8 million customers in stores and online every day, it is important to let our customers, team members and partners know how Walgreens is responding in real time. Ensuring the health, safety and well-being of the communities we serve across the U.S. has always been a top priority, and is especially critical at this time.
In response to COVID-19, Walmart has:
- Stepped up cleaning & sanitizing, stocking shelves and keeping prices fair;
- Providing $365 million in cash bonuses, and accelerating next qtr bonus;
- Hiring 150,000 associates through end of May;
- Implemented leave policy providing flexibility and 2 weeks’ pay if quarantined/infected, with replacement pay avail for up to 26 weeks;
- Committed $25 million to orgs responding to COVID-19;
- Hosting drive-thru testing sites with govt/health officials.
- Suspended residential property foreclosure sales, evictions, & auto repossessions for US customers
- Increased charitable donations to $175 million to help address food, shelter, small business and housing stability, as well as providing help to public health organizations
- Set aside $10 million to assist our employees experiencing hardship
- Employees who earn less than $100,000 will receive $200 per pay period for five pay periods, if their roles require they come into the office
- As early pioneers in the online education space, Study.com is eager to provide K-12 schools across the nation with resources around transitioning to a remote learning environment. As part of that effort, we are offering districts and school administrators 100,000 licenses to Study.com for their schools and teachers to utilize as part of their online learning program.
- Study.com’s adaptable online learning platform offers 4,500 courses and 79,000 video-based lessons that can be accessed through mobile devices, computers or with downloadable, printable curriculum.
- Students can learn on their phones since not every student has access to computers at home and the micro-learning lessons provide a flexible, accessible schedule for all types of learners.
Local governments, on the frontlines of this new changing reality, are seeking updated, relevant data on what residents think and need during this crisis, in order to inform their actions and decision making. At Zencity, we gather data from online channels where residents are organically sharing their feedback about city related services, to provide our 120+ cities and counties with the information they need to sharpen their messaging, improve their services, and navigate the critical policy decisions needed to mitigate this crisis. Our team is working 24/7 to support the personalized needs of our partners and provide them with updated, actionable information. This can be seen in our ongoing reports, coronavirus workshops, webinars, and best practice guides.