Businesses Helping During COVID19
Companies big and small are joining in to help people affected by COVID-19. With many individuals, families, and businesses feeling the economic and personal strains of school and work shutdowns, unprecedented work-from-home implications and more, we found businesses shedding a bit of light during these uncertain times.
Here are some businesses we found going above and beyond to help their customers:
Many schools are taking precautions to prevent the spread of #Coronavirus by ending terms early and sending students home. We are ready to help with several moving and self-storage options including special rates for truck and trailer rentals. https://t.co/PZxkYcrx9k #uhaulcares pic.twitter.com/EYx7y9066S
— U-Haul (@uhaul) March 12, 2020
The moving and storage company sprung into action to help college students that were quickly displaced by college shutdowns.
President John Taylor announced that on March 12th, U-Haul will extend 30 days of free storage at U-Haul owned and operated facilities to help college students impacted by the unforeseen displacement from universities.
“We don’t know how every student is affected. But we know they are affected,” said Taylor. “More and more universities are giving instructions to leave campus and go home. Students and their parents are in need of moving and storage solutions. We have the expertise and network to help, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”
Read the whole press release from U-Haul.
With U.S. colleges and universities closing campuses, we’re waiving our young renter fee and reducing our minimum rental age from 21 to 18 at all U.S. locations now through the end of May to help students get home. Visit our website for more information.
— Enterprise (@Enterprise) March 13, 2020
One of the biggest rental car companies in the nation is another company jumping in to help displaced college students. By dropping the age restriction from 21 to 18, they helped ensure that all college students could get home while parents dealt with things at home.
Local restaurants need our support now more than ever. Learn more about the actions we are taking to help you, our restaurant partners, and our drivers, to ensure the health and safety of everyone while supporting our entire community: https://t.co/aCrQy9xxpZ pic.twitter.com/RixXtR51vb
— Seamless (@Seamless) March 17, 2020
Seamless is a food delivery app that provides drivers for food delivery from restaurants in the area. Seamless makes their money by adding a commission fee to the orders that the restaurant pays.
During this time where dine-in is down 75% (at the time of the press release), and now completely shut down in New York, Seamless is looking to support local restaurants any way they can.
The company deferred all commission fees for independent restaurants for the foreseeable future, allowing them to increase their cash flow to pay employees and weather the difficult situation for the industry.
Seamless also adjusted their pickup and delivery process to create a contact-free delivery. This will increase the safety of the local restaurants and drivers so that they can continue to help countless people and businesses!
Chipotle is offering free delivery on any Chipotle order $10 or more as well as a new, tamper evident packaging seal to help ensure food is untouched during delivery.
— Chipotle (@ChipotleTweets) March 15, 2020
I, myself, ordered the Keto Salad Bowl and it was delicious!
Read more of their press release here.
Today, in an effort to help friends and neighbors in our South Lake Union community of Seattle, we’re creating a $5 million relief fund to provide cash grants to small businesses feeling the economic impact of COVID-19. https://t.co/xSSGM5f9Il
— Amazon News (@amazonnews) March 10, 2020
Amazon, which started in Seattle’s South Lake Union and Regrade neighborhoods, has been supporting local business for over a decade. From coffee shops, to retailers and restaurants Amazon has interacted with hundreds neighborhood businesses.
This week they pledged $5 million for a Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund to provide cash grants for those businesses.
For Amazon owned buildings in the area, free rent for retail tenants has been extended through the month of April.
Stop & Shop:
More than ever, it’s important we come together as a community to serve those in need, including advocating for our seniors. Beginning 3/19, all Stop & Shop stores will open earlier from 6:00AM-7:30AM daily to serve customers who are age 60 and over only. https://t.co/qmZhPUnlpJ
— Stop & Shop (@StopandShop) March 16, 2020
To safeguard the most vulnerable, Stop & Shop will open for special hours for citizens over 60 years old.
Early bird will get the worm and stay healthy thanks to Stop & Shop.
Businesses are transitioning employees to work remotely that traditionally have always been in office. LinkedIn recognizes this obstacle and will be providing free LinkedIn Learning courses for you to master virtual and remote working.
As we all navigate the impact of coronavirus on our working lives, here are resources to help you stay informed and connected: https://t.co/FCnAkrYBjv
— LinkedIn (@LinkedIn) March 11, 2020
Read more of their press release here.
Cable, Internet, and Phone Providers:
Because of social distancing almost all offices have moved staff to working remote. This is a first time for many, and there are few with phone and internet geared for fully remote work.
Comcast, AT&T, and Charter Communications are opening up their WiFi hotspot network free nationwide.
Comcast is providing unlimited data free of charge to all customers and 60 days of free basic internet to new subscribers.
Today we announced a comprehensive COVID-19 response to help keep Americans connected to the Internet: offering free unlimited data, opening @Xfinity WiFi network nationally for free, waiving late fees, and helping low-income families get connected. https://t.co/aAXLehj8Bu
— Comcast (@comcast) March 13, 2020
AT&T lifted broadband usage caps for home internet customers relieving unexpected bills for newly the new remote workforce as well as unlimited home internet.
The work we do is critical to millions of people and companies around the world, and we’re committed to being there when our customers and colleagues need us most. Click here for an update from our CEO: https://t.co/FNxAoWMtSX #COVID19
— AT&T (@ATT) March 18, 2020
More on their press release here.
Louis Vuitton is changing their production lines to aid in relief.
Good Business: First look as owner of @LouisVuitton @MoetUSA changes all perfume factories to mass produce hand sanitizer to be distributed for Free in France (Video: @LVMH) pic.twitter.com/0N093XrEcL
— Michael Cappetta (@MCappetta) March 16, 2020
Through this time there are countless companies and individuals reaching out a hand to help their neighbor. A special thanks to the ones in essential roles that continue to work overtime risking their own health for the wellbeing of others.
If you see any New York businesses going above and beyond please tweet at us and we can feature them at the top of this article. Thank you and stay safe!