Last week we took some time to acknowledge how humans and companies are coming together in these disconcerting times we find ourselves. Since then, there have been even more stories of human kindness. Volunteers around the country are sewing facemasks. Participating locations of JoAnn Fabrics offer sewing machines, materials, and guidance to help customers safely make facemasks and covers, gowns and other items to donate to America’s hospitals. First graders in Chicago are writing letters to seniors in assisted living centers. Celebrities are offering free concerts via social media. My personal favorite has been the daily sonnets Patrick Stewart reads every day on his Facebook page. I even had a colleague bring my toilet tissue; she threw it at me to maintain social distance.
More companies have also stepped up to help humans out –
Xero sent out communication that they created a resource hub that offers tools and information to support businesses and their people. That information includes Federal and State financial relief measures and programs impacted by COVID-19.
The ACCA has also pulled together resources, including a podcast about practical considerations for working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Zapier announced free upgrades to Zapier Starter Plans for anyone directly impacted by COVID-19. They also committed $1 million to help the most impacted small businesses. If you are a small business in need, there is a form you can fill out to apply for a free 3-month credit for a Starter plan.
Verizon and LISC are going to be offering relief and support to small businesses facing immediate financial threat because of this pandemic. Verizon invested $2.5 million, and that funding will go towards grants of up to $10,000.
Facebook is also developing a program for up to 30,000 small businesses by offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits.
Zoho announced the launch of its Small Business Emergency Subscription Assistance Program (ESAP) to help their small business customers by giving them three months free. The also launched Zoho Remotely, which is a suite of communication, collaboration, and productivity applications, free for all businesses until July 1, 2020.
Despite the constant bombardment of negative news, we are all in this together. While we are unsure of the long-term effects this pandemic will have, it is nice to see companies and humans alike stepping up. What are some things you have seen? Share in the comments below.