In tenuous times, NC businesses lead by example.
Numerous North Carolina businesses are showing impressive leadership in helping communities, families and workers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. We are proud to share their stories here, many submitted by patrons or clients who have personally benefited from their thoughtfulness and generosity.
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Ally is donating $3 million to coronavirus relief efforts, including $1 million in the Charlotte market. They are also “stretching payment deferrals for auto loans and mortgages up to 120 days with no late fees. New auto customers can also delay their first payments for 90 days. Fees on expedited checks and debit cards, overdrafts and excessive transactions in savings accounts are waived for 120 days.”
AlphaGraphics of Downtown Raleigh
AlphaGraphics of Downtown Raleigh is printing free signage for the hospitality industry as it is able. Call (919) 832-2828 to place a request.
Aquesta Financial Holdings Inc.
The Cornelius-based bank is contacting customers in the hardest hit industries and offering a six-month deferral on all loan payments with no fees attached. “Aquesta is also providing free lunches to its branch employees to support local businesses. Employees were asked to order takeout or delivery from any locally owned restaurant, especially Aquesta’s clients.”
ArtsGreensboro has started a public-driven fund to provide artists with financial support as they face a slew of cancelled shows, performances and gigs. Greensboro artists must apply through an application process for a chance to receive money. You can donate to the fund here.
ATMC is offering “high-speed internet service at no cost for 60 days to households in Brunswick and Columbus County who have children in grades K-12 or in college and do not already have a broadband subscription….Wi-Fi and standard installation will also be included at no cost.”
AT&T North Carolina
In addition to implementing additional safety measures for customers and employees, AT&T North Carolina will offer the following to ensure uninterrupted connectivity for the next 60 days (as of 3/16): will not terminate the service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer because of inability to pay their bill due to COVID-19; will waive late payment fees that any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer may incur because of economic hardship related to COVID-19 and will provide open AT&T public WiFi hotspots. Read more here.
AT&T is also giving nurses and physicians (nationwide) three months of free wireless service to thank these dedicated heroes.
Autobell® Car Wash
To help flatten the curve and protect the health of first responders, government staffers, medical personnel and other essential workers, Autobell® Car Wash moved swiftly to implement an Interior Disinfectant Service performed at no charge for these critical workers. Since early March, continuously growing numbers of public safety and commuter vehicles have taken advantage of the service, with an average of more than 2,000 North Carolinians receiving the service daily.
Bank of America
“Bank of America will donate $100 million to help communities hurt by the coronavirus. The money will go to both local and national organizations, the bank said, to help increase medical capacity, address food insecurity, and boost access to learning in the wake of school closures.” The company will also give all branch workers a $200 bonus every two weeks. And while reducing branch hours, workers will still be paid for their regular, full schedule.
To combat food insecurity during this turbulent time, BASF has partnered with Feeding America to host a virtual food drive. For every $1 donated, a minimum of three meals will be provided. BASF will match donations dollar-for-dollar for the virtual food drive, up to $100,000. The drive is open now until April 8. Every dollar counts!
Biltmore Estate is now sharing weekly blooming reports for garden lovers, who are currently unable to visit the property due to pandemic closures. For a weekly sneak peek at how spring color is transforming the gardens and grounds, review the Bloom Report. Parker Andes, Biltmore’s Director of Horticulture, tells you what’s blooming when (and where!) across the magnificent estate.
Biogen has committed 10 million USD to support non-profit organizations fighting the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. This donation will be used to help expand testing options, ease the strain on medical systems, provide training for front line health workers, and support access to necessities like food.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is expanding virtual access to health care providers. Visits to doctors that previously required a face-to-face encounter can be performed virtually. These virtual visits must be medically necessary and meet the qualifying criteria. Additionally, the insurer will waive early medication refill limits so that members can have the medicines they need on hand. For members needing a COVID-19 test, there will be zero out-of-pocket expenses for testing. Read more here.
Blue Ridge Energy
On Monday March 23, 2020, Blue Ridge Energy donated hundreds of N95 masks to Appalachian Regional Healthcare System in an effort to help ARHS protect its caregivers. The company has also suspended disconnects and late fees, and established a customer energy crisis assistance fund to assist those in need.
Bob Barker Company
The Bob Barker Company, headquartered in Fuquay-Varina, is the largest supplier to detention facilities in the country. The company announced it will now spend the rest of the year following a new business plan: leverage its business relationships with its global supply chain to find new sources of N-95 masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, etc. for detention officers and inmates.
“We’re gonna risk millions of dollars, and we’re gonna go after new suppliers,” said Bob Barker President Robert Barker. “It is really all about saving lives.” The company also caters 400 hot meals for detention officers each day.
You can join BP in supporting local doctors, nurses, hospital workers and other first responders by providing these heroes with a 50 cents off per gallon discount on their next trip to a BP or Amoco station. Please share bp.com/localheroes.
The Wilmington restaurant donated more than 1,500 meals to Nourish NC, Vigilant Hope, Big Brother Big Sister, schools and homeless shelters. Brunches also purchased gift cards to support other local businesses that they awarded to customers. When the owners closed the restaurant (until further notice), they donated the last day’s sales to their employees – over $10,000. Brunches kitchen continues to operate so that 100-150 meals can be provided to local organizations every day.
Burlington, headquartered in Greensboro, is collaborating with Ralph Lauren to make isolation gowns for healthcare and other community workers in New York, New Jersey and North Carolina. Burlington will provide its advanced barrier Maxima® fabrics and technical expertise to support Ralph Lauren in the manufacturing of PPE. The Maxima® line of reusable fabrics is highly protective, offers maximum durability after repeated launderings and is extremely comfortable to wear.
“We are proud of our employees in North Carolina who are working tirelessly to produce these advanced fabrics and find ways to achieve additional production within our facilities,” said Allen Smith, president Burlington, Safety Components & A&E – Americas. “We greatly appreciate their efforts along with those of workers at Ralph Lauren’s designated cut and sew operation in New York. This journey captures the human spirit – extraordinary people stepping up to support our heroes on the front line. From North Carolina to New York – we’re in this together.”
Butterball, headquartered in Garner, donated 500,000 meals to the Food Banks of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Read about Butterball’s dedication to protecting its workers and producing nutritious, affordable food.
“We’re hearing from our partner agencies every day how much the need has increased—especially for community members who have just lost jobs,” said Carter Crain, director of food partnerships for The Food Banks. “The support of Butterball, throughout the year and especially during times of crisis, means that people have consistent access to nutritious protein. We’re so incredibly thankful for their partnership.”
Caldwell Chamber of Commerce
When restaurants closed on March 17, Caldwell Chamber of Commerce CEO Bryan Moore created the Caldwell County Takeout & Delivery Group on Facebook and grew the online community to more than 7,000 members. Restaurant owners can post their menus and delivery/carry-out options. The local restaurant community is also using the Fb group to support each other by giving out prizes.
Campbell Road Nursery
Margaret “Phil” Campbell, owner of Campbell Road Nursery, provided 300 free Easter lilies to customers earlier this week and plans to provide 300 more in the next few days. The lilies come from Williams Plant Farm in Sims, N.C.
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare
“Cardinal Innovations Healthcare established a COVID-19 Relief Fund to address the needs of communities impacted by the new coronavirus.
The company created the $1 million fund to support local efforts that are improving the health, wellness and stability of vulnerable populations affected by the virus, especially for individuals with mental health conditions, intellectual and developmental disabilities or substance use disorders.”
Carmine’s Import Service
Carmine Cupani and his team in Kernersville are delivering medicine and groceries to those in need, especially seniors in their community who they reached through their local Shepherd Center.
Carolina Biological Supply
Carolina Biological offers free science resources for K-12; educators and parents can easily download to use from home.
Carolina Farm Credit
Carolina Farm Credit announced in a press release that a cash dividend of over $24 million will be distributed to members. The $24 million being distributed is the largest cash dividend ever returned by Carolina Farm Credit to its member-borrowers.
“I’m happy to announce we were able to quickly and effectively adjust our plans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All cash dividend checks will be delivered by mail to member-borrowers in early April.” Vance C. Dalton, Jr. stated “When we distribute our profits to our borrowers, it reduces their effective cost of borrowing and it proves that there are distinct financial benefits in doing business on a cooperative basis. This $24 million can certainly help our farm families and rural communities during this challenging time.”
Carrboro United will serve as a central food hub to efficiently and safely feed Carrboro/Chapel Hill’s citizens for the duration of the Covid-19 outbreak while putting revenue directly back into the local food service economy. Here is how it works: the Carrboro United consortium buys delicious food from trusted local restaurants, farmers and food purveyors each week and makes them available for customers to order directly through the Carrboro United website. Similar to the model of a CSA, Carrboro United will provide options for food pickup to customers three times a week called Hub Days.
CenturyLink installed and donated high-speed connectivity to the hospital ship U.S. Naval Ship Mercy when it arrived at the port of Los Angeles from San Diego Friday, March 27.
When the ship entered the port, CenturyLink was at the dock working with military personnel, the port authority and commercial providers to meet the project’s demanding 48-hour timeline.
Charlotte Motor Speedway and Atrium Health
Charlotte Motor Speedway “has become the first professional sports venue in the country to serve the community as a remote testing site during the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
In partnership with the speedway, Atrium Health has created a Coronavirus Testing Center at zMAX Dragway, part of the Charlotte Motor Speedway complex. The remote testing site provides a convenient location for residents of northern Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties to have their tests performed when ordered by their physician. Atrium Health has several additional sites throughout the Charlotte region, each in locations designed to provide a secure, private environment for patients to be tested.”
Charter offers free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Charter donated airtime to run 1,000 COVID-19 PSA spots every week for four weeks to 16,000,000 video subscribers at an approximate value of $3,000,000 per week. Read more about these efforts on the Charter Policy Blog.
On April 2, Charter CEO Tom Rutledge announced the company’s further investment in its workforce by permanently raising the minimum wage to $20 an hour.
On April 21, the company promised no layoffs or furloughs for at least the next 60 days. Charter has more than 10,800 employees in North Carolina alone. Employees will receive three weeks of COVID-19 related flex time on top of any paid administrative leave due to COVID-19 exposure, and enhanced health plans that waive costs for diagnostic testing services and provide Telehealth visits for 90 days. Learn more.
Effective immediately, Cisco has expanded the capabilities on its free Webex offer in all countries where it is available, not only those impacted by COVID-19. Features include:
- Unlimited usage (no time restrictions)
- Supports up to 100 participants
- Offers toll dial-in (in addition to existing VoIP capabilities).
Additionally, Cisco is providing free 90-day licenses to businesses who are not Webex customers in this time of need. They’re also helping existing customers meet their rapidly changing needs as they enable a much larger number of remote workers by expanding their usage at no additional cost.
Cisco has also committed $225 million in cash, in-kind and in planned giving to support global and local responses to the COVID-19 panedemic.
Clancy & Theys
Clancy & Theys Construction Company delivered about 100 N95 masks to UNC Rex Healthcare on Thursday, March 19. The construction company’s Charlotte office also delivered 250 N95 masks to Atrium Health.
Coca-Cola Consolidated recently made a $1M donation to the COVID-19 Response Fund, a Charlotte-based community campaign administered through a partnership between Foundation For The Carolinas and United Way of Central Carolinas, in close coordination with the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.
On March 9, 2020, CVS Health announced additional COVID-19 resources to increase patient access to medications. Beginning immediately, CVS Pharmacy will waive charges for home delivery of prescription medications, which will help patients avoid visiting their local CVS Pharmacy for refills or new prescriptions.
Delta Dental NC
Delta Dental NC has donated about 10,000 toothbrushes to both Wake County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools for children at free lunch pickup sites who may be in need of a toothbrush.
Dollar General announced plans to dedicate the first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers starting March 17, 2020.
Dominion Energy has suspended all service disconnections, as individuals, families, businesses and communities pull together to meet their collective needs. Dominion is also reconnecting residential customers whose services were turned off for non-payment. They are also committing $1 million to coronavirus relief efforts, with resources going towards the American Red Cross and local organizations.
Duke Energy announced on Friday that it will not disconnect power for nonpayment of bills effective immediately to help customers dealing with the financial impact of coronavirus. The company will waive late payment fees and fees for returned payments for its millions of electric and natural gas customers across its service territories beginning Saturday March 21 until the national state of emergency is lifted.
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. To assist employees, te company is providing five additional personal days off to those who experience a disruption in dependent care due to school, daycare or other child-related care – as most all schools are not in session. Duke Energy will also provide a $1,500 stipend to assist with unplanned expenses resulting from costs related to COVID-19 issue.
Durham Distillery distills Conniption gins from a 95% ethanol base. Having this ethanol available enables them to develop a highly effective sanitizing solution of ~70% ethanol and distilled water. At this concentration, microbes are killed upon spraying and evaporation. As an extra layer of protection for the community, Durham Distillery will begin donating this solution to hospitality colleagues.
Eggs Up Grill
Eggs Up Grill in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., is offering free meals to kids. Just stop by weekdays from 11am-1pm while school is out through March 27th in North Carolina. No purchase necessary. Families can either take it to go or dine-in.
Cary based Epic Games delivered 2,000 N95 masks to UNC Rex Healthcare on Wednesday, 3/18. The masks are needed as the nation faces a shortage while manufacturing ramps up.
“Facebook will match up to $20 million in donations to support global relief efforts for Covid-19: $10 million apiece to the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund started by the United Nations Foundation and the World Health Organization, and to the CDC Foundation, which will begin a fundraiser in the next few weeks focused on the U.S.” The company is also offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where they operate. For employees, Facebook is continuing to provide employees their 6-month bonus (even if not working) as well as an additional $1,000 bonus to help alleviate financial stress.
Fifth Third Bank
“Fifth Third Bank announced that it will be giving a special payment for up to $1,000 to employees providing essential banking services to customers during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The special payments will be given to customer service and other employees who work on-site.” The bank has also implemented hardship relief programs for customers.
First Horizon Bank
First Horizon Foundation donated $2.5 million to nonprofit organizations providing meal, educational and emergency assistance relief in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. First Horizon Bank in North Carolina gave $500,000 to local community programs in need. In addition to direct funding, First Horizon Bank supported Rowan County School Systems by purchasing 16,000 bags for use in packing breakfast and lunch for kids who are not receiving meals since schools are closed.
Food Lion announced a $3.1 million donation to feed those who are in need right now and to help its neighbors who are significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will also go towards medical research at UNC Health for COVID-19 treatments and vaccines. An additional $1 million donation, which is equivalent to 10 million meals, will assist local communities through Food Lion’s hunger relief platform, Food Lion Feeds.
Earlier in March, the company announced a $600,000 donation, including $500,000, the equivalent of 5 million meals to support local Feeding America affiliated food bank partners in Food Lion’s 10-state footprint and $100,000 to Feeding America for their overall COVID-19 response efforts. Food Lion will also put $1 million into the Lion’s Pride Foundation, its associate emergency care fund to support associates whose families may be impacted by this crisis.
Frankie Lemmon Foundation and Ashley Christensen Restaurant Group
During this uncertain time, the Frankie Lemmon Foundation has been given the opportunity to reach out and show support to the restaurant industry who has long supported them throughout the years. With the closure of dine-in service at restaurants across the state, many will experience significant wage loss. The Triangle Restaurant Workers Relief Fund is open to those who have experienced wage disruption or lay-offs in the Triangle restaurant industry due to coronavirus-based restaurant closures. This includes wait staff, bartenders, hosts, managers, delivery drivers, cooks, catering staff, dishwashers, and other restaurant and bar workers.
Girl Tribe Co.
$10 from every “Support Your Local Girl Tribe” t-shirt and sweatshirt sold will be put directly into a sponsorship fund for women-owned businesses local to Charlotte that may need immediate funds in the upcoming months. Printed on your favorite comfort colors tee and sweatshirt, this purchase will support the women-owned business community that we love so much!
The Clayton company moved its business online so that their instructors could keep working. Glow offers free weekly guided meditation and “Pay What You Can” drop-in classes as well as free yoga and meditation classes to anyone who has lost their income due to COVID-19.
Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, recently committed $800 million to the global COVID-19 response, focusing on immediate relief, health and science, access to educational resources and support for small businesses. This also includes a $10 million Distance Learning Fund to help students continue to learn around the globe.
In NC, the Rolling Study Halls program, which was founded in Caldwell County (the location of Google’s data center), has been transitioned to a Rolling Hot Spot program: specially equipped buses roll out into community locations where internet access is needed.
On April 14, GSK announced an unprecedented vaccine collaboration with Sanofi to join forces in protecting as many people as possible from COVID-19. The two companies bring both pandemic technologies and significant manufacturing capacity – a powerful combination that has the potential to provide hundreds of millions of doses annually by the end of next year. GSK made their adjuvant technology available to other scientists and organizations working on COVID-19 candidate vaccines, partnering with companies and research groups around the world. GSK does not expect to profit from COVID-19 vaccines (short-term profit will be put towards coronavirus-related research or long-term pandemic preparedness).
Through a new volunteer program, GSK employees are offering their medical or specialist skills to frontline workers and national governments. GSK donated $10 million to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund to support the WHO and partners prevent, detect and manage the pandemic, particularly where the needs are greatest. Learn more about GSK’s global response.
Washington, N.C., based Hackney Distillery aims to produce 10,000 bottles of hand sanitizer for Beaufort County EMS, local food banks, shelters and anyone else in need. They are currently in need of small bottles to hold the product.
Winston-Salem based Hanesbrands joined a cooperative consortium of other major apparel manufacturers led by Parkdale Mills America that are dedicating manufacturing capacity to meet the U.S. need for masks during the COVID-19 outbreak. Hanesbrands is producing cotton face masks in some of its Latin American factories as part of a federal contract to combat a national shortage of masks – with a goal of 450 million masks. Hanes also provided enough elastic to make 230K face shields for UNC Health.
Harriss & Covington
“Harris Teeter will provide hourly employees in its retail, distribution center, manufacturing and corporate offices a one-time bonus if they started with the company on or before March 1. Eligible full-time employees will receive a bonus of $300, while part-time workers will receive $150.” The grocer is also looking to hire more than 5,000 employees for retail and distribution positions across its footprint during the coming months.
Home Depot “is giving full-time hourly employees an additional 80 hours of paid sick time or personal time, while part-time hourly employees will get an additional 40 hours. That time can be used for a variety of reasons, including, for example, caring for children if their school is closed. Workers will also be paid if they’re forced to self-quarantine because of the coronavirus.”
Charlotte-based Honeywell has added manufacturing capabilities in Phoenix to produce N95 face masks in support of the U.S. government’s response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The company’s Phoenix expansion, coupled with previously announced new production in Rhode Island, will allow Honeywell to produce more than 20 million N95 disposable masks monthly to combat COVID-19 in the U.S.
…”In collaboration with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Energy and many others, IBM is helping launch the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium, which will bring forth an unprecedented amount of computing power—16 systems with more than 330 petaflops, 775,000 CPU cores, 34,000 GPUs and counting — to help researchers everywhere better understand COVID-19, its treatments and potential cures.”
IBM partnered with Global Citizen to run a “pop up” employee charitable campaign supporting the WHO’s global response to COVID-19 that will lead up to the Global Citizen’s One World: Together at Home concert on April 18. World Community Grid, an IBM social impact initiative, has joined Scripps Research scientists to identify COVID-19 treatments. IBM is also making their Operation Risk Insights platform available to relief organizations on the front lines, enabling them to get supplies to the people who need them most. Learn more about IBM’s efforts.
Investors Title Insurance Company
Investors Title has launched a fund drive – FEED the NEED COVID-19 Food Fund- benefiting Feeding the Carolinas. The company has donated $5,000 and will match the next $5,000.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
“JPMorgan announced a $50 million donation… to aid humanitarian relief efforts, nonprofits, small businesses and others across the globe.” The bank is “also waiving fees and extending due dates for card, auto loan and mortgage payments. The bank is increasing credit lines for customers as well. JPMorgan temporarily stopped foreclosures and evictions, vehicle repossessions and collections actions.”
Kolcraft partnered with Pinnacle Furnishings (a local Aberdeen company) to obtain materials for face masks that they provided to employees, their families and the JoAnn’s Fabrics 100 million mask drive. Kolcraft is focused on the health and safety of their employees. The company has enhanced protective procedures like offering a leave plan that would not penalize the ill employee or jeopardize co-workers and relaxed time-clock punch to avoid touching same equipment.
LabCorp is dedicating the first hour of service each day at its nearly 2,000 patient service centers (PSCs) across the U.S. for the non-COVID-19 testing needs of its most vulnerable patients. The option is aimed at making it easier for patients who are at higher risk to practice social distancing and get their critical lab testing services. Read more about LabCorp protecting our healthcare workers and communities while responding to the national call to action.
LendingTree CEO Doug Lebda donated $1 million through his company foundation to jump-start a coronavirus relief fund.
Lowes Foods (owned by Alex Lee)
Lowes Foods has dedicated special hours for senior shopping at all of its store locations.
Lowe’s Home Improvement
Lowe’s has donated moving supplies to 2,000 UNC-Charlotte students who were required to leave campus this week due to coronavirus. The company has also pledged $10 million in products to be donated to medical professionals on the front lines. Lowe’s is working with health-care supply distributors to deliver essential items, including respirators and protective gear to hospitals nationwide. Additional contributions include:
- $3 million to the Lowe’s Employee Relief Fund
- $3 million to support local small businesses, particularly skilled-trade professionals
- $1.5 million to the COVID-19 Response Fund and nonprofits in the Charlotte region
- $500,000 to the American Red Cross
- Additional dollars to be used for emerging needs
A new initiative called “LyftUp Driver Task Force” has been created by Lyft to provide free transportation services to populations particularly in need, as well as to enable drivers to deliver direct “on-the-ground needs in their community,” such as medical supplies and test kits. The effort will start in the Bay Area, with plans to expand the program across California and the country, Lyft said. Additionally, “company founders said they would contribute their salaries through the end of June to company efforts supporting drivers during the coronavirus crisis.”
Lola’s Beach Bar
Lola’s Beach Bar in Raleigh provided meals for the Raleigh Fire Department free of charge. “Trying to do our part like so many in the community are doing their part. We felt like this is something we can do and add to the community spirit of giving,” said Lola’s Co-Owner and Operator Larry Carter.
Many of MagMutual’s policyholders who are on the front lines of dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are staying in hotels and other temporary accommodation, all to keep their loved ones from risking infection. In response, the MagMutual Foundation announced that it has set aside $1,000,000 to help any of the company’s policyholders by reimbursing the cost of hotel stays and temporary housing during this period. The details of how policyholders can receive this benefit are explained on MagMutual.com.
Marbles Kids Museum
While the museum is closed, Marbles is posting a play-at-home video and playful parenting tip every day. Follow them on Facebook to receive these updates.
McCreary Modern has been making Class II Surgical Mask for over two weeks and distributing them to local nonprofits, such as hospice centers, first responders and healthcare providers (UNC Healthcare, assisted living) in the immediate area.
So far, the company has distributed over 5,000 masks with a commitment of producing about 38,000. Although this will exhaust the company’s supplies of proper materials, McCreary Modern is providing these at NO COST to the agencies and operations that have requested assistance. The company is also providing two-weeks full pay to employees to help them through this time.
MindPath Care Centers
MindPath Care Centers, the leading HIPAA-compliant psychiatric telehealth program in North Carolina with more than 160 clinicians statewide, is passionate about helping our healthcare first responders and community with their mental health. MindPath offers videos with Q&A on addiction and recovery during COVID-19 as well as videos on anxiety and depression to support families, teens, and college students.
Mountaire Farms has donated more than 40,000 lbs. of chicken to communities across the state, ranging from Yadkinville to Lumberton, as part of its COVID-19 outreach. And it’s not done yet: it plans to donate another 40,000 lbs. in the coming week (3/30). Mountaire is also working to partner with an independent grocer and offer a program where customers who purchase Mountaire protein can have their product loaded into their vehicle by a Mountaire team member to limit contact at the grocery store.
Charlotte-based National Gypsum recently made a $1M donation to the Covid-19 Response Fund, which is “administered through a partnership between Foundation For The Carolinas and United Way of Central Carolinas, in close coordination with the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Grants are awarded by an advisory group of community members and will be open to any agency that meets the eligibility criteria.”
NC Healthcare Association
The NCHF COVID-19 Healthcare Hero Response Fund is partnering with locally owned restaurants in communities across the state to provide meals to healthcare heroes who are on the front lines of caring for patients and communities in this pandemic. This effort will both nourish the bodies and souls of physicians, nurses and other healthcare heroes and boost local economies during a time of acute need.
Conover-based Nufabrx, which makes medicated fabric for socks, compression sleeves, gloves and workout clothing is now completely turning its focus to antimicrobial medical masks. In an effort to help with the medical mask shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Nufabrx, is making only medical masks for now, with the goal of producing 100,000 – 200,000 a week.
Novant Health and M&F Bank
“Novant Health and M&F Bank are expanding their Diverse Supplier Community Reinvestment Program to offer low-interest loans to Novant Health-certified and diverse-owned suppliers who are facing challenges due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. …. The Diverse Supplier Community Reinvestment Program was established in 2018 by Novant Health and M&F Bank. The program aims to grow the capacity of businesses owned by women, ethnic minorities, veterans, LGBTQ individuals and people with disabilities by guaranteeing loans who are suppliers with Novant Health.”
Trey Sharpe, owner of with PCCS Medical donated $5,000 worth of soap to Wave Transit to put on all the buses.
Sharpe is also paying ARRIVE Wilmington, a local hotel, for up to 100 nights to help hospital workers. “He said it all started after a concerning conversation Sharpe had with his neighbor who is a nurse and sleeping in his garage to avoid contact with his family.
Sharpe said he has worked out a discounted price with ARRIVE Wilmington. He is asking the community to match his donation to help book as many hotel rooms as possible up to 100 nights.”
Raleigh software giant Pendo has shifted to a remote work model, but the COVID-19 pandemic is not slowing down growth at all, says CEO Todd Olson. The company is still on track to reach its goal of 590 new jobs, which was announced in 2018.
Senior citizens aged 65 and older will be permitted to shop Publix stores and access in-store pharmacies an hour before the standard open time for the rest of their customers on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning Tuesday, March 24 until further notice. It’s philanthropy arm, Publix Charities, is donating $1 million to Feeding America member food banks across the Southeast to serve vulnerable populations during this time.
Purple Heart Homes
Purple Heart Homes – a Statesville-based non-profit serving disabled Veterans – donated thousands of N95 respirators they had on-hand for their construction department to local medical facilities, police departments, and homeless shelters.
Raleigh Denim Workshop
Raleigh Denim Workshop has started dedicating their production resources to making masks and other PPEs for local medical providers. These washable masks come with a pocket in which one can add an additional filter. To cover the cost of production, the company is selling the masks to the public through their site. Read more about how you can help here.
With curbside service, drive thru, and delivery, Realo makes health and well-being of customers is top priority. The company is on the front line of providing prescription and medical supply needs to many eastern NC communities.
The Regions Foundation is donating $2.5 million to organizations that support small businesses, the bank announced. The bank has also implemented new forbearance measures to assist clients during the pandemic.
Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry
Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry donated much needed PPE in Cary, NC to WakeMed Hospital, Johnston Health Hospital in Smithfield, NC and New Hanover Regional Medical Center of Wilmington during the COVID-19 viral outbreak
SAS is making its Academy for Data Science and its elearning subscription free for the next 30 days.
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Scholastic has curated a free digital learning hub designed to support virtual learning plans: Scholastic Learn At Home allows open access to daily learning journeys divided into four grade spans—Pre-K–K, Grades 1–2, Grades 3–5, and Grades 6–9+, covering ELA, STEM, Science, Social Studies, and Social-Emotional Learning.
Siemens Energy continues to provide critical power generation products and services, while implementing new safety measures for its workforce and having personnel work remotely where possible. Siemens has employee volunteers equipped with company and personal 3D printers who are supplying thousands of face masks to local hospitals in need.
Smithfield Foods and the North Carolina Pork Council
Smithfield Foods and the NC Pork Council provided more than 175,000 servings of protein for Raleigh’s Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. The council and National Pork Board are donating 150 pork barbecue shoulders with 10 barbecue cooks from the council’s Whole Hog Barbecue Series. Smithfield Foods recently announced plans for donating over 10 million pounds – 40 million servings of protein – to the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks. The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is a member organization. “Sourcing needed protein has become increasingly difficult as our supply chains are over extended and donating less,” said Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Interim CEO/President, Bethann James. “Our access to necessary protein items is dwindling. We are grateful for this creative partnership.”
Smithfield Foods is also giving a $100 million Responsibility Bonus to all its hourly production and distribution center team members. The $100 million Responsibility Bonus is an additional bonus to a previous $20 million commitment by the company. Employees who can’t work due to COVID-19 will receive the Responsibility Bonus.
Since the announcement of its Mask Response Project one week ago, Durham-based textile printer/manufacturer Spoonflower received requests for over 4,000 masks from the healthcare community. They’re working on fulfilling this need and have made design patterns available for any of the public who wish to create and donate to their locate medical facilities. So far, Spoonflower has shipped masks to Knox Wellness in Knoxville, Tennessee and Rural Health Group in Roanoke Rapids, NC.
For households with K-12 and/or college students without internet access, Altice USA will provide their Altice Advantage broadband solution for free for 60 days – call 888-633-0030 to enroll in Suddenlink region. Altice USA joined the Keep Americans Connected Pledge and, for the next 60 days, will not terminate broadband/voice service to any residential or small business customers due to inability to pay bills. They will also waive any late fees and have opened their outdoor WiFi hotspots.
Target is now reserving the first hour of shopping each Wednesday to support vulnerable guests, including the elderly and those with underlying health concerns. Additional employee supports are also in place, including most recently a $2-per-hour pay raise, new benefits and bonuses as staffers work to keep shelves stocked during the coronavirus pandemic.
Tex Tech Coatings
To help protect frontline healthcare workers and address the PPE medical gown shortage, engineered textiles manufacturer Tex Tech Coatings in Kernersville partnered with Highland Industries in Greensboro to make unique coated barrier fabrics to use in medical gowns. The company changed manufacturing operations from producing air bags to 350,000 medical gowns per week.
Tex Tech is applying a liquid barrier coating to the Highland woven nylon fabric, enabling the gowns to be laundered in excess of 50 times. Highland’s parent company, Joyson Safety Systems, has repurposed a portion of their manufacturing capacity to cut and sew the much-needed gowns.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe
The Wilmington and other NC locations gave several hundred free smoothies to healthcare workers, first responders, police officers and fire fighters.
“The Charlotte-based bank will donate $1 million each to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Johns Hopkins Medicine through its charitable fund to aid recovery efforts and increase access to medical supplies. Truist Foundation will also give $3 million to local United Way organizations. Remaining funds will go toward grants for community partners to promote technology and recovery efforts.”
Additionally, all Truist employees making under $100,000 a year will get a $1,200 pre-tax bonus and receive 10 extra days of paid leave to help deal with school closings and other disruptions. Some workers will also get a reimbursement for childcare costs, and all of the bank’s 59,000 employees will get an increase in emergency child and elder care benefits.
Truliant Federal Credit Union
Truliant Federal Credit Union launched “People Helping People” program to feed frontline workers at nearby Novant Health’s respiratory assessment centers. The credit union will order and deliver meals to essential employees. Truliant is also providing lunches to more than 470 of its own workforce from locally-owned restaurants and caterers as a way to help small businesses.
Last month, Truliant completed its first end-to-end electronic mortgage eClosing 3/26, being the first credit union in the state to do so. This capability greatly reduces the need for face-to-face interactions, while enabling clients to continue the process of buying homes or other real-estate.
Tyson is donating four million pounds of protein to Feeding America food banks and community pantries near their operations, according to their Instagram account. The company also announced it will pay approximately $60 million in “thank you” bonuses to 116,000 frontline workers and Tyson truckers in the U.S. who support the company’s operations every day to provide food during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible team members will receive a $500 bonus, payable during the first week of July. The bonuses are in addition to other company-announced efforts to support workers, plant communities and livestock producers during the global pandemic.
Uber will provide 10 million free rides and food deliveries to frontline workers and people in need. The company is ready to work with more food banks, hospitals and other organizations across North Carolina. If you’re looking for support with rides or food deliveries, submit your request directly.
A gift of $100,000 from Greenville, NC based Union Bank, to The Salvation Army will provide much needed help and hope to the thousands of families and individuals who are being affected by COVID-19. The gift will be divided between ten Salvation Army centers serving Eastern and Central North Carolina and will aid residents in the local communities the Bank serves. The donation will be earmarked to provide food and meal assistance for children and families impacted by the pandemic.
Union Special Bread
Raleigh-based Union Special Bread baked and donated 1,000 rolls to Interfaith Food Shuttle to include in its nutrient-rich, blast-frozen meals they’re preparing and distributing to children affected by school closures.
Employees at the Technical Center are using 3D printers and stereolithography (SLA) 3D systems to produce face shields and ear guards. They have delivered approximately 1,000 items to Cone Health in Greensboro. Previously, the company donated to Cone Health several thousand pieces of PPE, such as safety glasses, gloves and various types of masks from its internal stock. Read more about Volvo designing and manufacturing critical PPE.
From March 24 through April 28, Walmart’s 5,000-plus U.S. stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers 60 and older, which will start one hour before stores open. Walmart has also announced plans to provide a special cash bonus of between $150 – $300 for hourly associates for their hard work and dedication to serving customers in a time of an unprecedented national health crisis.
Wegmans is giving more than 50,000 employees (about 98% of their workforce) a $2 per hour raise for March and April. “Not only are they getting a raise during this time, the increase retroactively went into effect March 1 and will continue throughout March and April.” The store is also hosting special shopping hours for seniors.
“Wells Fargo will donate $175 million to help communities deal with the COVID-19 pandemic… The contributions will focus on housing stability, small business and financial health. …. The bank also announced a slate of services for customers facing economic hardship from pandemic. Like many other institutions, it’s offering fee waivers and payment deferrals for customers, and the bank is suspending evictions and auto repossessions.”
“Starting Wednesday, 3/18, all Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. and Canada will let customers who are 60 and older shop one hour before opening to the public.”
Wrightsville Beach Brewery
The Wilmington brewpub donated alcohol to produce hand sanitizer while keeping employees working by launching a grocery delivery service. Wrightsville Beach Brewery is also helping local farmers by hosting a drive-thru farmers’ market.