It is a tough time for pretty much everyone, but many companies are doing good during the COVID-19 health crisis.
Here is a list of companies doing good for small businesses, families in need, and vulnerable community members (including their own employees) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Kroger is buying 200,000 gallons of extra milk from dairy farmers and donating them to food banks.
Dairy farmers have been struggling to find buyers of their surplus milk supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are even dumping raw milk down the drain. In response to their troubles and the increasing number of families struggling to buy fresh food and milk, Kroger has expanded their Dairy Rescue Program.
Between now and September 2020, Kroger will buy 200,000 gallons of extra milk from dairy farmers. They’ll purchase the milk, process it, and give it right to Feeding America’s network of food banks to help feed families in need.
2. AfterPay is helping companies everywhere stay afloat.
Instant loan service AfterPay is waiving all interest to help people support their favorite brands and companies. Basically, you shop your favorite stores and retailers online, and at checkout, choose to use AfterPay. On Friday, March 20, AfterPay is running AfterPay Day, where you can get discounts of 25-30% off many retailers. If you miss this sale, stay tuned on their website or Facebook page for special offers! You will pay them in interest-free installments for the service. It’s a win-win-win for you, businesses, and AfterPay that is gaining future customers. Check out this full list of retailers and stores working with AfterPay.
3. Albertsons is keeping food on the table for many families.
The Albertsons grocery store chain has agreed to donate $3 million to Food Banks around the country and to organizations that help families get access to Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). You can also lend a helping hand by donating to Albertsons’ fundraiser.
4. AllBirds donated $500,000 worth of shoes to healthcare workers — and you can keep it going.
On March 20, shoe company AllBirds announced on Instagram that they would donate a pair of shoes to healthcare workers and others who are working on the frontline of this crisis. After $500,000 worth of donations, they’re pivoting their approach as of March 24: You can buy a pair of AllBirds and the company will donate a second pair. You can also buy a pair of AllBirds that will be donated to someone on the frontlines who already reached out to the company.
5. The Amazon Relief Fund will help delivery drivers and seasonal workers.
First of all, Amazon has said they will hire about 100,000 more warehouse and delivery workers in response to online orders — which is awesome given how many people are out of work or facing employment insecurity. The company has also created the Amazon Relief Fund, which will help delivery drivers and seasonal employees under financial distress, and made an initial contribution of $25 million. They also pledged $2.5 million to help those infected with the coronavirus in Seattle, where the company is based.
6. DoorDash is helping independent and small restaurants.
The food delivery service is waiving commission fees for new, independent restaurant partners who are relying on takeout and delivery orders to stay in business. They are reducing delivery fees for eligible restaurants already using DoorDash. They also have a financial assistance program for DoorDash employees who are working hard to deliver food to people social distancing and in quarantine.
7. Expensify is helping families that use SNAP.
Low-income families that rely on SNAP, aka food stamps, are certainly going to feel the effects of this health crisis. Starting March 17 and until further notice, as a service, the accounting software company Expensify will reimburse families $50 when they make a purchase with their SNAP card.
Social media giant Facebook has pledged to match $10 million in donations to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and United Nations Foundation (UNF), as well as another $10 million to the World Health Organization (WHO). It’s a fraction of their multi-billion dollar annual profit, but it’s something.
9. Google is doing all the things.
Google.org, Google’s philanthropic sector, has pledged $50 million to the global coronavirus response, including supporting small businesses and medical research. They have agreed to match up to $5 million in donations to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization, which is an arm of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Google donated a $500,000 grant to the project HealthMap, a website being developed by Children’s Hospital that will track public health threats and trends and provide important information to the public. They are launching a Distance Learning Fund, a teach-from-home tool and resource for educators and parents.
10. GrubHub’s “Donate the Change” will help those affected by the COVID-19 health crisis.
Just like DoorDash, GrubHub is waiving commission fees for non-corporate restaurants. But the food delivery service is also using its Donate the Change feature — an opt-in service launched in 2018 that lets customers round up their total and donate the change — to donate to the Grubhub Community Relief Fund. The fund supports charitable organizations that help restaurants and drivers impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis.
LinkedIn is making 16 of its online learning courses totally free. The classes are focused on remote work, including how to tackle a video conference call or interview, how to handle stress in a work-from-home environment, and time management.
So needed right now! You can read more about the company’s COVID-19 response here.
12. Sprint is gifting customers data and international calling
Sprint is giving new and current customers free next-day shipping and has waived activation fees on all devices. They are also offering unlimited data for 60 days to customers with metered data plans, giving all customers 20 GB of hotspot data for free, and waiving charges for international long-distance calls from the U.S. You can read Sprint’s full COVID-19 policy here.
The video calling service is gifting students and teachers its conferencing abilities, which usually requires a pair membership. Thanks to Zoom, schools around the country are able to keep its teachers employed and students learning.
14. Starbucks is giving free coffee to first responders.
Starbucks is giving people working on the frontline against the COVID-19 crisis a free tall coffee (hot or iced). First responders include healthcare and medical workers like hospital staff, medical researchers, nurses, and doctors, as well as police officers and firefighters. Starbucks cafés in the U.S. and Canada switched to a drive-thru and delivery-only model on March 20, something the company has said will last at least two weeks. The Starbucks Foundation also donated $250,000 to Seattle’s COVID-19 Response Fund.
15. Gap Inc. is using its factory to make medical supplies.
Gap, which has shuttered its American stores (that means Old Navy, Athleta, Banana Republic, and Janie and Jack, too) until May 19, is using its facilities to make various protective gear for medical workers instead. The scrubs, surgical masks, and gowns they produce will be delivered to healthcare workers on the frontline in California.
16. MLB and Fanatics partner to make masks and medical gowns.
Major League Baseball and Fanatics — the company that makes official MLB jerseys — have shifted focus to make masks and medical gowns instead. Fanatics’ manufacturing facility, located on the East Coast, will distribute the equipment to hospitals and clinics in Pennsylvania and New York. Fans of the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies will be delighted to know that the teams’ iconic pinstripes will decorate the gowns and masks.
17. Crocs is giving healthcare workers free shoes.
In response to the COVID-109 public health crisis, Crocs launched A Free Pair for Healthcare. The campaign is donating 10,000 pairs of clogs — either the Crocs Classic Clogs or Crocs At Work style — per day to hospital staff and healthcare workers. You can check their website daily at 12 p.m. to see what inventory is available.
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