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Sharks Partners COVID-19 Relief Efforts

by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect millions throughout the Bay Area and around the world, the San Jose Sharks organization remains steadfast in its mission to be a leader in our community making a positive impact on the lives of individuals who need it most, when they need it most. 

To that point, the Sharks organization also takes great pride in working with and partnering with industry-leading organizations that make corporate social responsibility a priority. 

In March, as the COVID-19 pandemic became a part of our everyday vernacular and to combat food insecurity in our community, the Sharks and the Sharks Foundation partnered with SAP to donate $300,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank. In addition, more than 2,000 pounds of food from Aramark was donated to Martha's Kitchen.

During this extraordinary time, several organizations that are included in the Sharks family of corporate partners are doing their part to show support, provide relief, and lend a helping hand to those in need, 

Here's a look at how our partners are getting involved and making a difference: 

Bloom Energy - In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and as the U.S. faces a critical shortage of ventilators, Bloom is exercising its expertise and capabilities in product end-of-life management to begin refurbishing thousands of out-of-service ventilators available in the U.S. They are working with state agencies and customers - many of which are hospitals and medical device companies - to identify supplies of unused, out-of-service ventilators. If you have or know of any organizations that have out of service ventilators or would like to partner with Bloom on this effort please email ventilators@bloomenergy.com or call the hotline at 1 (888) 544-2644.

Chegg- Chegg immediately donated its on-site snacks and drinks to a charity that feeds the homeless. Additionally, they donated $250,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank and have matched all employee donations to Second Harvest and DonorsChoose's Coronavirus Relief Fund: Keep Kids Learning. 

City of San Jose Department of Environmental Services - While San Jose City Hall is closed in response to COVID-19, the Environmental Services Department continues to provide critical services, whether it is delivering a safe and reliable water supply, treating wastewater, or ensuring garbage and recycling collection for San Jose residents. 

Clos LaChance - Clos LaChance is donating cases of wine to LB Steak with proceeds from the sale of this wine covering the cost of food/packaging and labor to create between 50-75 meals per week for the Bill Wilson Center. 

Comerica Bank - Comerica Bank and the Comerica Charitable Foundation announced it will invest $4 million in community support for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The funds will be sent to Community Development Financial Institutions that will support programs for all and micro-businesses as well as community service organizations, particularly those addressing food insecurities and access to health care. 

Dunkin' Donuts - Dunkin' Donuts launched the"We Have Your Back" campaign nationwide. During this time, Dunkin' will only offer drive-thru and delivery options to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. They are also reducing hours to allow their workers to spend more time at home with their families and to ensure a safe working environment. 

EA Sports - EA Sports has launched a new program called Stay & Play that will provide a new variety of entertainment to play and watch - all focused on playing together while we stay home in an effort to fight the coronavirus pandemic. 

Enterprise Rent-A-Car - Locally in the Bay Area, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is working with various cities and counties, along with the National Guard to provide rental vehicles to meet their increased transportations needs for personnel, equipment, as well as patients.  

Estrella Jalisco - Anheuser-Busch has donated $5 million to the American Red Cross to support them during this time. Anheuser-Busch has redirected its sports and entertainment investments to produce hand sanitizer for the American Red Cross.

ExpertQuote - To Support its valued clients and community, ExpertQuote has created a dedicated website (EQCovid19.com) that provides carrier updates and telemedicine information, local and government resources, links and FAQs, guides and best practices, a webinar from ERISA attorney, employee communications materials, and mental health resources. 

Fanatics - Fanatics converted its factory in Easton, PA to produce protective masks and gowns for medical professionals. 

Franklin Group - Through two of its subsidiaries, Franklin Group is offering complimentary coffee and lunch to first responders and healthcare workers. 

Gigsky - Gigsky is offering a free one-day plan of its global data service to anyone interested. 

Hilton San Jose- Hilton San Jose has donated $5,000 and all perishables to Hunger At Home, a local non-profit that prepares and distributes food to underserved community families of local non-profits including Second Harvest Food Bank, Loaves and Fishes, and Martha's Kitchen. 

Jack Daniels (Brown Forman) - Brown Forman Corporation donated $1 million to COVID-19 response funds. The donation supports Multiple locations and agencies as Brown-Forman assesses community and industry needs and identifies the best ways to support those impacted by COVID-19. Initial contributions included in the $1 million dollar gift included a partnership with the Restaurant Worker's Community Foundation. 

Kaiser Permanente - Kaiser Permanente has waived out-of-pocket costs to members receiving COVID-19 Treatment. 

Lam Research - Lam Research Corp. is committing $25 million for global COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts. The funds will be for short-term community assistance, including supplies to hospitals, longer-term recovery for communities, and relief funds to employees. Additionally, the company has instituted a 2-for-1 matching gift campaign for employee monetary donations to eligible COVID-19 relief programs. The funds are being distributed to communities in which Lam has a presence and will be directed to that community's specific needs, such as food security, shelter resources, and education as well as personal protective equipment for local hospitals.

Meriwest Credit Union - Meriwest Credit Union employees have obtained their food handling certificates and have volunteered hours helping non-profits prepare and deliver 2,000 meals a day to families impacted by COVID-19. Meriwest also donated $750 to the Bill Wilson Center to support the distribution of food to foster youth at their drop-in center and participants of their Transitional Housing Program. 

Milagro - William Grant & Sons has launched its Stand Fast Campaign, a multi-pronged relief effort to support the on-trade community. As part of that campaign, WG&S has established the Stand Fast Fund which will be deployed via charity conations and initiatives to help get bartenders back to work. William Grant & Sons have also shifted production at three distilleries to supply five million liters of ethanol over the next eight weeks. This production will be supplied to a range of hand sanitizer manufacturers, while the smaller-scale Tuthilltown Distillery will continue to produce, package and distribute hand sanitizer to local health care providers. 

Molson Coors - Molson Coors Beverage Co. pledged $1 million to the United States Bartenders' Guild, a nonprofit that supports bartenders and other service industry professionals, millions of whom are out of work due to widespread closures precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

New Amsterdam Vodka - Launched the New Amsterdam/Pink Whitney and Barstool Sports "Support Your Local Bartender" campaign by selling custom made T-Shirts. They have sold more than 5,000 Shirts and raised more than $150K. 100% of net proceeds go to the U.S. Bartenders Guide. New Amsterdam Vodka will also donate an additional $5 per shirt sold. Additionally, New Amsterdam Vodka produced 10K gallons of hand sanitizer that was donated to first responders and other areas of the community. 

Pacific Office Automation - To reduce the health risk to everyone involved, Pacific Office Automation is offering complimentary servicesto clients to ensure their business keeps going. Until the end of 2020, their no-cost services are available to all businesses in our community; this offer is not reserved for only our current customers. 

Pepsi- Pepsi is pledging $1.5 million to support restaurant industry workers impacted by the global health crisis. Food for Good is providing direct meal delivery and meals to vulnerable communities. Team Rubicon will provide last-mile meal distribution with Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, and other partners in more than 100 locations across the nation. Share our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign will fund emergency grants to organizations across the country including schools, food banks, and community groups who are feeding kids. The Children's Health Fund will support mobile health clinics administering COVID-19 screening, testing, PPE, and support services in 22 cities. 

Poly - Poly has been responding to requests from Non-Profit Organizations as well as reaching out to them, providing them with headsets fo their staff and volunteers to work from home more comfortable. HEadset recipients include the United Way of Central Maryland, United Way of Santa Cruz, Housing Matters, Encompass Community Services, and Britton Middle School in Morgan Hill, California. In addition to giving headsets to Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz to facilitate communications, Poly has arranged for late breakfast delivered to those on the front lines at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. Internally, Poly encourages employees to continue giving to Non-Profit Organizations that need help now more than ever. Poly matches employees' donations which doubles their impact. No donations is too small.

Robb & Messer Moving - Robb & Messer Moving is the primary delivery service for Sonoma Family Meal Volunteer Network which delivers food to the community during times of crisis. 

Safeway - As we all navigate this public health crisis together, Safeway is doing everything it can to prioritize the health and safety of associates, customers, and communities, and to ensure that customers have access to the essential goods needed at this critical time. Safeway has set aside dedicated shopping hours for senior citizens and other at-risk populations, such as pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems, who have been advised to avoid leaving home as much as possible. Nationally, the Safeway Foundation has donated $3 million to feed families and communities they serve. Locally, NorCal Safeway has raised over $1 million to donate to charities fighting hunger in the area. 

SAP - SAP and the Sharks Foundation teamed up to donate $300,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank in Silicon Valley. Also, to help combat disruptions to the global supply chain, SAP opened up access to SAP Ariba Discovery so any buyer can post their immediate sourcing needs and any supplier can respond to show they can deliver. Additionally, Tripit from Concur and SAP Litmos has offered up free services to help with travel issues and remote training capability. SAP has also opened up the Qualtrics Remote Work Pulse listening platform for any who needs it. SAP and Qualtrics have teamed up with Thrive Global to launch a resource for remote work and "Thriving from Home in the New Normal."

Sobrato Family Foundation - The Sobrato Family Foundation has created the "COVID-19 Response Fund" to approve grant requests for struggling companies and non-profits with immediate needs specifically with a focus on low-income areas. 

Splunk- Splunk has created a Dashboard to make tracking COVID-19 easier to comprehend and understand.  

Welk Resorts - Welk Resorts supports the non-profit Feeding America both by promotion and by offering discounts to those who donate to it.  

Western Digital- Western Digital has joined together with other Silicon Vally companies to donate $1.5 million to Silicon Valley Strong Fund. The Collaborative Fund will support individuals and families at risk of displacement, small and micro-businesses at risk of closure, and local non-profits that are on the ground assessing and serving needs as they evolve. Western Digital is also donating $500,000 to the COVID-19 Solidary Response and is actively encouraging and offering up to an additional $500,000 in matching funds for contributions from employees. administered by the United Nations Foundation, the fund will support the work of the World Health Organization as it leads in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic on a global scale. 

Additionally, Western Digital has donated more than 7,000 medical grade gloves and will deliver 243,000 surgical masks in the weeks ahead, to local hospitals and other medical facilities near its headquarters facility in San Jose, California. These donations are in addition to the mask, gloves, face shields, hazmat suits and other PPE it has made available to front-line medical personnel and others responding to the crisis in the global communities in which it operates. Western Digital is exploring opportunities to use our supply chain capabilities to help provide aid. 

The San Jose Sharks salute and thank our corporate partners for the amazing work they are doing in our community. 

 

 

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