A Shout Out to Alaska Businesses Stepping Up to Combat COVID-19
I recently reached out to some of my clients from around Alaska and asked them to share positive stories about local businesses that are stepping up to help combat the current COVID-19 situation. Response was fantastic and I am happy to share the news.
Here is a look at some of Alaska’s businesses that are doing good for their communities!
Alaska Airlines is donating the use of its freighter fleet to help supply large numbers of face masks in support of the national 100 Million Mask Challenge issued by the American Hospital Association.
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union packed up a truck and donated 6,000 N95 masks and 10,000 pairs of gloves to the medical community throughout Alaska to provide front line support.
Beacon Occupational Health & Safety has been active in the COVID-19 response on several fronts, including pre- and post-TSA screening at Ted Stevens Airport, the Fairbanks International Airport and screening at Fairbanks/Fox for the haul road and in Deadhorse. In addition, Beacon is also providing on-site medical, COVID-19 consulting, and hospitality services for clients needing to meet contractual requirements for the 14-day in-state quarantine.
Bradison Management Group and Alaska Executive Search are getting creative by organizing a Bob Ross Paint Party Kit assembled and ready for delivery for a fee, with the proceeds going to support the Children’s Lunchbox, Alaska Fire and Police Chaplains, and Covenant House.
GCI is offering free entry level Internet access or a free upgrade through the end of May. The company has also donated thirty-six wi-fi enabled Samsung tablets to Camp Fire Alaska to help provide childcare for first responders, healthcare workers, and others who have been classified as critical workers.
Perfectionist Auto Security & Sound in Anchorage is manufacturing protective masks and donating them to local medical facilities including Providence Hospital and the Alaska Native Hospital. According to owner John Schwartz, 625 face shields have been produced so far, with the goal of donating 825.
Providence Hospital recently donated 250,000 masks for use in rural areas of Alaska according to a report from KTUU.
The Rasmuson Foundation has committed $2 million to help Alaska respond to COVID-19.
Sealaska, the regional native corporation based in Juneau donated $1 million to nonprofits in support of the COVID-19 response.
Various distilleries throughout Alaska have shifted from manufacturing alcohol to hand sanitizer and are donating it to local communities. Amalga Distillery in Juneau, Hoarfrost Distillery in Fairbanks, Anchorage Distillery in, well Anchorage, and Port Chilkoot Distillery in Haines are all shining examples of distilleries stepping up for the cause.
On the food services side, for every bag of coffee purchased, A-town Coffee is donating another bag to local hospitals. Restaurants statewide have been hit hard by the mandated dine-in closures. A few weeks ago, the Alaska Cabaret Hotel Restaurant and Retailers Association (CHARR) launched carryoutak.com to help restaurants share information about their takeout and delivery options.
Do you know about any local businesses doing good for the community by helping combat COVID-19? Undoubtedly, there are other shining examples locally. Email our editorial team and share the good news!
A final thought… A special thank you to all of the healthcare professionals, first responders, transportation professionals, and other critical workers helping keep us safe and supplied. Remember, we are all in this together.
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Alaska’s Giving Pipeline
Few large foundations support “the general good” or social service projects in Alaska, so the Last Frontier has a pretty thin philanthropic layer, according to United Way of Anchorage Vice President Cassandra Stalzer. However, the oil and gas industry has a history of stepping in and filling the gaps in Alaska communities by providing money and volunteers for myriad charitable efforts in the state.