What to Support AFTER 2

An updated list of places to patron when this is over–these are companies taking extra measures to keep their employees employed and paid; changing their focus to help communities during the pandemic; providing freebies to front-line workers; donating extensively to relief efforts; and/or helping their customers through a difficult time.

UPDATED LIST:

Alphabetical list: company name, headquarters location, short explanations–please comment if it needs an adjustment:

  • Allstate Insurance (Illinois, USA; refunded car insurance premiums ($600 million worth) to reflect new driving habits/because they knew their customers had changed their habits and needed the extra money)
  • Barco Uniforms (California, USA; donations of 10,000 scrubs per month during the pandemic to healthcare professionals)
  • Comcast (Pennsylvania, USA; committed $500 million to support its workers, top executives donated salaries to COVID-19 relief efforts)
  • Columbia Sportswear (Oregon, USA; CEO cut own salary, top executives cut their own salaries so employees continued to receive regular pay)
  • Crocs (Colorado, USA; FREE shoes for healthcare workers)
  • Dillon’s Small Batch Distillery (Niagara, Canada; converted operations to make hand sanitizer and spray, distributed for FREE to various front-line workers)
  • Dutch Bros. Coffee (Oregon, USA; donated ALL April profits to first responders fund)
  • Hash House a-Go-Go (California, USA; Las Vegas locations distributed free packaged meals service-industry workers that were furloughed or laid off)
  • Harbor Freight (Nevada, USA; donated 44 million pairs of gloves and thousands of masks and shields to hospitals)
  • Helen Woodward Animal Center (California, USA; drive-thru pick-up for FREE pet food and cat litter to those in need)
  • JSTOR (USA; opened access to entire database to the general public)
  • Krispy Kreme (North Carolina, USA; a dozen donuts for FREE every Monday to healthcare workers)
  • Lowe’s (North Carolina, USA; donated $10 million to help medical professionals obtain protective gear)
  • Mauna Loa Macademia Nuts (Hawaii, USA; donated their disposable masks to Hilo Medical Center)
  • New Balance (Massachusetts, USA; converted operations to make face masks, donating $2 million to nonprofits to support communities impacted by COVID-19)
  • Starbucks (Washington, USA; FREE coffee to front-line workers and donated $500,000 in care packages and medical equipment)
  • Texas Roadhouse (Kentucky, USA; CEO has redirected their bonus and base salary to pay workers)
  • Trappers Bar & Grill (Minnesota, USA; FREE bagged meals for pick-up, no questions asked)
  • Tropical Smoothie (Georgia, USA; donated 100,000 smoothies to healthcare workers across the nation)
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Maryland, USA; Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry donated their protective gear to hospitals)
  • Tufts University (Massachusetts, USA; opened its campus for healthcare overflow providing space for self-quarantine, drive-thru testing, and field hospitals)

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