Our Community is #GreaterPHXtogether
There is an undeniable spirit about Greater Phoenix, a spirit rooted in strength, collaboration and resilience. We know you’ve seen the stories of strife as a result of COVID-19, but we invite you to see the local stories of people helping people, of businesses developing creative revenue streams and of ways we stay virtually connected as a community. Even in times of uncertainty, Greater Phoenix becomes Greater Together.
Use #GreaterPHXtogether on social media to share the positive stories about how our community is coming together.
Last Updated: 04/06/2020
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STEM Sports® is now offering curriculum for grades 3 – 8 online and at no cost, in order to encourage continue learning and physical activity while at home. The program uses basketball, football, soccer, volleyball and BMX to teach students STEM principles.
LINQAZ is providing a free, statewide collaborative online referral network for community-based organizations (CBOs) and healthcare providers.
ASU for You is now offering free online learning programs. With programs for youth to adult, there is something available for everyone.
Whether it’s IRL or by URL, art is at the heart of everything at the #PhxArt Museum which is why the museum is committed to bringing you daily art in new ways.
DBG is serving up your daily dose of desert beauty on their social media account to serve as a space for peace and relaxation.
Small Business Support and Bank Assistance
Local tech companies offer services to help small businesses and nonprofits
Hownd Inc., Support My Club and other regional tech companies are pivoting their tech services toward helping small businesses or nonprofits amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Facebook announces $100 million grant program
Many businesses are experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.
Banks are offering help to people impacted
Being without a job or facing reduced hours at work can make it difficult to pay your bills, including credit card, loan and mortgage payments. Many banks and financial companies have announced they are willing to work with customers impacted by the coronavirus though a number of programs, including fee waivers and payment deferrals.
Acronis offers cloud solution at no-cost to support remote work
Acronis is making Acronis Cyber Files Cloud, the company’s secure, enterprise-grade file sync and share solution, free to all service providers through July 31, 2020, so they can help their clients quickly transition to working remotely while keeping vital data secure.
Greater Phoenix is Greater Together
The newly launched initiative has identified over 6,500 properties nationwide located in close proximity to health care facilities that are at the ready to assist government efforts and work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
United with their nonprofit partners, local foundations, businesses, media and educational organizations, this fund will identify and support the emerging and fast-changing needs of health and human services organizations, schools, and the individuals and families they serve.
This effort was created to support hospitality workers who cannot work at this time due to restrictions as a result of COVID-19. With a goal of raising $500,000 in donations, these donations will support workers in need.
Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.
Invest Southwest and LeadMD have joined forces to launch the AZ Local Impact Fund in response to COVID-19. The relief fund aims to provide financial support to small businesses and those they employ in order to preserve the local economy and inject much-needed financial support during this challenging time.
One hundred percent of contributions to this fund will be distributed to nonprofit organizations swiftly as needs arise. ACF has established this fund in partnership with Valley of the Sun United Way, with flexibility in mind to ensure that these resources may support communities as conditions, circumstances, and needs change throughout this crisis.
Governor Ducey created the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund. This fund will provide financial support to organizations working to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in Arizona. Funds will support: PPE for frontline medical personnel, nonprofit orgs supporting most vulnerable and access to technology for low-income students.
Support Arizona Arts and Culture
A collaborative fund for emergency support for working artists, teaching artists, production personnel, and arts-based contract workers who have experienced cancelled events and residencies or terminated contracts as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
Owners and management at Someburros, a family owned chain of fast casual Mexican restaurants, decided that each of the company’s 10 Arizona restaurants would deliver between two and four platters of food to first responders and healthcare workers.
The ASU lab is using specialized robots to create coronavirus test kits, allowing it to provide results at a faster rate than many labs. ASU hopes to provide testing for local health care providers, first responders and other people with essential jobs.
The Phoenix business is is donating 10,000 N95 and ActiveAir masks, half to Banner Health Foundation and the other half to the City of Phoenix for the personal protective equipment donation drive at the Phoenix Convention Center.
The lab said they can make around 5,000 a week, and could supply the Pima County Health Department with 1,000 every week for a few months.
Intel is donating 1 million protective items to Arizona health care workers from its factory stock and emergency supplies.
Now some of Major League Baseball’s most valued workers can rest a little easier. MLB announced that each of baseball’s 30 clubs will donate $1 million apiece to assist ballpark employees affected by the ongoing delay.
Walmart announced plans to provide a special cash bonus for hourly associates for their hard work and dedication to serving customers in a time of an unprecedented national health crisis. This investment in their team total nearly $550 million for hourly associates.
With many schools closing due to the coronavirus outbreak, many low-income families are scrambling to find foods for their children. Many school districts are working on plans to make sure children don’t starve during this outbreak.
While the COVID-19 pandemic generates many question, APS and SRP can remove one bit of uncertainty: if you are having difficulty paying your energy bill during this time, they will not shut off power for non-payment, and are waiving late fees.
Devin Booker, in partnership with Phoenix Suns Charities raised funds for COVID-19 relief benefiting community organizations such as the Arizona Food Bank Network, the Foundation for Senior Living, and Banner Health Foundation.
Kroger Co. has committed $3 million to support our neighbors and combat food insecurity in this critical time of need. Donations will fund local food banks and ensure children with school closures have access to nutritious meals.
MST Solutions is offering to shop and provide $50 worth of supplies or food to local seniors in Chandler and Gilbert. Read about the initiative or request the service through a form on their website.
A federal agency waived rules so spirits manufacturers can now produce much coveted hand sanitizer, and Blue Clover Distillery in Scottsdale is responding.
This money is ready to be granted immediately, with funds being donated to Boys and Girls Clubs of the Valley, St. Mary’s Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul, and will hand out additional money over the coming weeks as the need arises.
The Arizona Asian Chamber of Commerce will be providing six month small business membership to all small businesses in Arizona for free. A small business membership allows the chamber to help promote your business, assist with digital marketing and creation, and disseminate information on a greater scale.
Yelp will be providing $25 million to local restaurants and nightlife businesses that are seeing a massive drop in business as a result of the crisis. This will take the form of “waived advertising fees, and free advertising, products and services,” including free page upgrades for access to advanced promotional features.
Support local businesses
Food & Beverage
In support of local restaurants during this trying time, the Arizona Restaurant Association is announcing Arizona TakeOut Weeks.
Downtown Mesa Main Street restaurants have organized in response to COVID-19 to provide easy and safe access to meals.
Our businesses need us now more than ever. You can help support the Downtown Phoenix restaurant industry by buying gift cards, ordering takeout, getting delivery, and if possible, leaving large tips for service providers.
Retail & Shopping
Phoenix Magazine is reposting deals and discounts offered by local businesses on their social media channels in an effort to encourage people to shop local and support the entrepreneurs that make Greater Phoenix great.
Keep your home a vibrant, healthy sanctuary by stocking up on new plants. Garfield neighborhood staple Pueblo Life has announced a curbside pick up program for plant orders. Watch for updates later this week on when you can begin ordering plants for pick up.
Fitness & Activities
Local non-profit yoga and tai chi studio is committed to promoting health and wellness in our community by offering daily classes at Coronado Park where yogis can share a class at a socially responsible 6-foot distance. Follow them on Instagram or check the current schedule on the MindBody under Phoenix Chi.
Share the Care
These local businesses are offering unique ways to share positivity and care with friends, family and colleagues, or even local medical professionals you’ve never met.
Local wine bar, GenuWine, is encouraging the community to send love and support to healthcare workers and first responders in the form of a wine bottle care package. You purchase the wine bottle and GenuWine provides a snack pack of food to complete the gift.
See Details on Instagram | Call 602-682-7494 to Donate a Bottle
Reach out while #socialdistancing by sending love and books to friends, family, co-workers, employees—anyone, including yourself. They will include a surprise in each, and you’ll be supporting us in these uncertain times.
Visit our COVID-19 resource page for consolidated municipality response links, as well as resources developed by state & federal entities, international organizations & academic institutions.