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: 10/27/2020
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Join the Science Center Mon–Sat. on Facebook LIVE (9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.) as they inspire, educate and engage curious minds through science via virtual activities and demonstrations.
Virtually visit: Facebook
Headquartered in Phoenix, cloudIT is offering two free weeks of Zoom and three free months of Virtual Desktops and VoIP Services to help relieve the stress of moving companies remote.
All high school junior and senior students across Florida and Arizona are being offered a slate of free, for-credit online courses.
The Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix is live streaming areas of the garden everyday from 3 to 7 p.m. Viewers can spend some time experiencing the calming water, greenery, flowers and swimming koi of the Japanese Friendship Garden live.
Virtually visit: Facebook
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.
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.
The Phoenix Zoo created a kid-friendly, virtual 30 to 45 minute activity where children can connect with a Zoo educator on Zoom while learning about the animals housed at the zoo.
Learn more: Program details
From informative webinars to free online courses that help K-12 educators make a smooth transition to online teaching, University of Phoenix is committed to helping people as we face these uncertain times together.
Small Business Support and Bank Assistance
Phoenix Building New Small Business Relief Program
The City of Phoenix is building a small business relief program to further aid their business community, with funds allotted for various community needs. They are tentatively planning to launch the program application mid-week of May 18th.
Mesa CARES Small Business Reemergence Program
The program is designed to provide grants to eligible, Mesa-based businesses impacted by required business closures or limited services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be available beginning Monday, May 11 at 8 a.m.
Senior Finance professionals offer pro bono assistance to local businesses
A group of senior advisors and finance professionals have banded together from Lew’s List, High Plains Advisors, Foundry Group, Headfarmer, Spencer Fane, and Keyser to offer free financial assistance to businesses in need.
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
In the wake of a national pandemic, business leaders in Surprise, El Mirage and Youngtown are spreading a message of kindness. This new campaign encourages the community to “Spread Kindness Instead,” while patronizing local merchants.
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.
Request help when you need something brought to your home or volunteer your services with Helping Hands. This organization provides volunteers to deliver groceries, medicine, and other necessary supplies and is also a resource for those who need the supplies.
Suns Charities huddled up with Local First and Devin Booker and committed to supporting downtown Phoenix-area restaurants and food vendors with $100,000. They are working with 15 additional downtown Phoenix restaurants and awarding $5,000 to each participating business for meals to feed community groups in need.
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).
Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.
The Phoenix IDA and City of Phoenix, in coordination with funding partners such as APS, Phoenix Community Development and Investment Corporation, are offering grants up to $10,000 to local small businesses experiencing economic distress and sudden loss of revenue.
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 Nonprofits, Arts & Culture
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.
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.
Reap and Sow Coffee mans the counter during the day serving coffee favorites, pastries and burritos, but at 6 p.m. the Rebel Lounge takes over, lowering the lights, and turning up the music, to become a 21 and over bar.
Researchers at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute are working with Gilbert and other local cities to test sewage samples for COVID-19. The study could provide insight for community decision makers as the presence of the virus increases or decreases in our wastewater.
The City of Glendale has allocated $782,053 of financial assistance to help landlords protect their property, while ensuring tenants get to remain in their homes, through the Property Owner Preservation Program (POP). Applications are open November 1-15, 2020.
protect healthcare providers during high risk procedures.
The CEO of the Arizona Foundation For Women applied through Prestamos CDFI and received PPP funding for the organization.
Read the success story here
The Queen Creek Unified School District Child Nutrition Department is offering breakfast and lunch to all students.
See the options here
Cox launched The Connections Project, a series of initiatives connecting seniors isolated due to COVID-19 with volunteer employees through phone/video calls.
A Scottsdale couple created masks with clear shields so others can see smiles and read lips. See My Smile masks come in three sizes and are built with anti-fog protective plastic shields.
SRP printed 100 N95 masks for health workers, who have administered COVID-19 tests to workers, as well as meter technicians, zanjeros (who operate canals) and other work groups.
MeMD partnered with health platform 1Health.io, which developed the at-home saliva test, to enable businesses to order tests for employees who experience Covid-19-like symptoms.
NAU chemistry professor pauses research, uses lab time to produce hand sanitizer to donate to Navajo Nation
Chemistry professor Jani Ingram and several NAU student researchers are focusing their efforts on making hand sanitizer. They made about 80 gallons of sanitizer in one afternoon.
To support local artists and businesses, Luana’s Coffee and Beer is selling cookies and giving all proceeds to their neighbors: Cardiff Giant Tattoo, and Love & Hate Tattoo and Piercing.
US Power AZ PPE says they can produce more than 12.5 million disposable surgical face masks a week for wholesale to a wide range of distributors. They will manufacture these three-ply, recyclable masks at the Gateway Technology Commerce Center.
To address the critical needs of the Navajo Nation during the pandemic and honor Navajo veterans who served in the Korean war, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, U.S. Representative Greg Stanton, as well as the Korean Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs partnered to donate more than 10,000 N95 masks and 3.9 tons of supplies on Memorial Day weekend.
Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jordan Oesterle virtually visited patients at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. A monitor and webcam were placed on top of a mobile robot, which Oesterle could control using the arrow keys on his laptop from afar.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and CVS Health have teamed up to provide free coronavirus self testing in Phoenix for the uninsured. Testing will occur at the St. Vincent de Paul clinic at 420 W. Watkins Road.
CEI employee Alexis Kahe launched a donation campaign to collect water and essential supplies for the Hopi Tribe in Northern Arizona. In two weeks, the Phoenix community donated 163 cases of water, 80 cleaning solutions, 80 paper products food and cleaning supplies to provide to 88 households.
Free self-swab testing is available at 1,000 CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations in more than 30 states and Washington, D.C. Appointments can be scheduled online for the CVS Pharmacy locations.
Five teenagers in Phoenix raised over $11,000 for supplies to send to the Navajo Nation after hearing about the Navajo Nation’s high rate of COVID-19 infection. They felt concerned and inspired to help in whatever way they could.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix students in collaboration with researchers, physicians, and others across the U.S., have created the COVID-19 Literature Surveillance Team (LST). The team will help health care providers and policy makers better understand the immense amount of coronavirus research being released daily.
The saliva diagnostic test starts with a collection kit that is as simple as spitting into a screw-top tube through a straw. This will make collections possible at drive-thru sites, doctors’ offices, the workplace and at home.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona donates $5M to Chicanos Por La Causa for Paycheck Protection Program loans
To help minority-run small businesses struggling during the pandemic, BCBS of Arizona is donating $5 million to CPLC. The funding will enable the community development corporation’s lending division, Prestamos CDFI, to provide more loans.
The Town of Gilbert announced a new drive-in movie series at Desert Sky Park every Friday and Saturday night.
Public libraries across the valley are devoting more funding and other resources to digital materials to keep their users reading, learning and entertained as they stay at home.
In response to COVID-19, the Downtown Phoenix Partnership (DPP) Clean & Green Team has ramped up their sanitizing efforts.
Great Wolf Lodge is supporting families in need by partnering with Family Promise of Greater Phoenix, a nonprofit organization that rescues primarily first-time homeless families and their pets and helps them return to independence, with a donation of hundreds of linens.
The PVCC engineering department and team has partnered with locally-owned Fabric Depot & Supply for materials and begun using the college’s 3-d printers to produce face shields for medical facilities, health care providers and police.
During the coronavirus pandemic, a number of metro Phoenix bars, artists, merchandise companies and screen printers have launched T-shirt sales to benefit local restaurants and bars. Their goal is to raise money for hospitality workers and build a community among supporters of local food and beverage.
Cox Communications announced a local gift of $25,000 to St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix that will provide 175,000 meals. Additionally, through June 30, Cox is keeping open to the general public 2,500+ WiFi hotspots, waiving late fees, and not terminating internet and telephone service to any residential or small business customers.
Hownd has stepped in to help local businesses pivot their sales strategy and increase cashflow by launching the “Buy Now, Visit Later” support voucher program. The program offers consumers exclusive discounts and businesses needed cashflow.
AB Staffing Solutions is working to send medical professionals to areas of the United States hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak.
Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona is the first to pass the new HealthyVerify safety standards, created by Rose Law Group, Arizona State University and Barrow Neurological Institute, which help verify that employers are safely prepared to reopening.
Axon, the Scottsdale-based company that is the nation’s largest provider of on-body cameras for police departments, donated 12,000 masks, 300 gallons of hand sanitizer and 5,000 pairs of gloves. The donation came as part of the company’s “Got You Covered” campaign.
One Mountainside Fitness owner has partnered with Patients Choice and Sonora Quest Laboratories to offer convenient, accessible COVID-19 serology testing at two Greater Phoenix locations.
Phoenix-based RexPay and The Wellnus Company have come together to provide support to 1,000 independent medical clinics and healthcare facilities by giving them free antibacterial wipes.
In collaboration with the University of Arizona’s Data Science Institute, UArizona has launched a two-way texting system. AZCOVIDTXT asks users about access to essential supplies as well as stress and anxiety levels. The system can also provide users accurate information about the coronavirus.
The Science Center developed interactive, online resources to assist parents in supporting their children’s learning from home. This includes weekly online lesson plans with hands-on activities, science demonstrations and materials for grades K-8.
The Arizona Restaurant Association has raised $250,000 for the AZ Restaurant Strong relief fund. The fund is intended to give a maximum of $500 individual grants to waitstaff, bartenders, line cooks, dishwashers and other hourly workers.
City of Tempe and Arizona State University painted the “A” on ‘A’ Mountain blue to show support for frontine workers.
See ‘A’ Mountain here
After hair salons, barber shops and nail salons were added to the non-essential business list, a Phoenix hairstylist created a GoFundMe. She is raising $1,000,000 for 1,000 hairstylists in Arizona.
Pintler Medical, LLC developed face masks that kill germs or viruses when you’re exhaling. if you happen to be a carrier and don’t know it, as you exhale into the mask, it will kill the germs or viruses you’re exhaling. The masks are the first of their kind and sold in Tempe.
The Arizona National Guard was recently called in to fly nearly 7,000 pounds of material from North Carolina to Arizona. FABRIC, Tempe-based Fashion and Business Resource Innovation Center, will make gowns out of these materials for healthcare facilities in Arizona.
Phoenix-based Red Development launched a benefit for their employees to eat at restaurants that are the company’s tenants and be reimbursed by the firm.
The city of Tempe is partnering with Tempe Chamber of Commerce, Tempe Tourism Office and the Downtown Tempe Authority to launch a campaign called Buy Now Save Local to help local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grand Canyon University and University of Phoenix are giving all of their CARES Act federal funding to their students. Many other Arizona colleges are considering how to allocate this funding to their students.
Boeing is set to produce thousands more face shields per week. They will produce face shields at multiple company sites including in Mesa.
RexPay has compiled a selection of healthcare tech SaaS solutions that are currently free for healthcare providers.
The National Police Foundation and Axon Enterprise, Inc. have partnered in an effort to provide one million medical masks to first responders globally. Axon will match up to $500,000 in donations and 100% of funds will go towards sending first responders medical masks and other PPE.
Cox Media is offering free TV advertisements for a limited time to help restaurants let customers know they’re open for takeout or delivery. Mousegraphics, a digital printing company in Tempe, is now printing banners for local restaurants to promote their new options.
Hundreds of local hotels have signed up to provide temporary housing for emergency and health care workers through the Hospitality for Hope initiative.
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.
From creating and quickly ramping test kit production, to donating time and valuable resources, Arizona tech companies have come together to support our community.
People and institutions who own 3D printers, like dentists, cookie cutter manufacturers and the Arizona Science Center are now cranking out pieces for the face shields.
Mesa-based EyeTech Digital Systems deploys communication tool for intubated patients to combat COVID-19
Mesa-based EyeTech Digital Systems, launched an eye tracking communication tablet for hospital ERs and ICUs, so doctors, nurses and caregivers can easily and quickly communicate with their critical COVID-19 patients, who are unable to speak while confined to their hospital beds.
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.
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.
Local nurseries offer alternative shopping options
Keep your home a vibrant, healthy sanctuary with new plants! Local nurseries are offering alternative ways to shop and buy plants safely. Dig It Gardens and The Plant Stand of Arizona are offering curbside pickup of call-in orders, along with either shopping appointments or Postmates delivery.
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.