May 14 Daily Round-Up: NEC Members Contribute to COVID-19 Crisis Response

As our region and our nation continue to grapple with the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, The New England Council is using our blog as a platform to highlight some of the incredible work our members have undertaken to respond to the outbreak.  Each day, we’ll post a round-up of updates on some of the initiatives underway among Council members throughout the region.  We are also sharing these updates via our social media, and encourage our members to share with us any information on their efforts so that we can be sure to include them in these daily round-ups.

You can find all the Council’s information and resources related to the crisis in the special COVID-19 section of our website.  This includes our COVID-19 Virtual Events Calendar, which provides information on upcoming COVID-19 Congressional town halls and webinars presented by NEC members, as well as our newly-released Federal Agency COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses page.

Here is today’s (May 14, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • Zipcar Launches New Offerings and Discounts for Users – To provide flexibility and ease of access to vehicles, Zipcar has launched its Instant Access program to enable members to join the car-sharing network quickly. Zipcar is also offering incentives for users to remain local and programs to enable them to use the same vehicle for safety and reliability. Read the release here.
  • Simmons University Reveals Fully Online Undergraduate Program Simmons University has announced a new online undergraduate program to complement a traditional, in-person experience as uncertainty surrounds the upcoming fall semester. The new program will be offered to both new and returning students to enable them to earn a degree completely online while still maintaining facets of a more traditional education. Read more from CBS.

Community Response

  • Santander Donates $1.3 Million to Support Relief EffortsSantander will distribute charitable grants totaling $1.3 million to 18 nonprofits in communities where the bank operates. The grants come as part of Santander’s $3 million commitment to support communities hit hardest by the virus and resulting financial hardship. Read the release.
  • Tufts Providing Campus Areas for Food Relief Groups Tufts University is allowing a group of food rescue organizations to use one of its dining halls to meet their increased demand for space and resources. The building will be used by three Massachusetts nonprofits as their workers and volunteers collect, sort, and distribute larger amounts of food to communities facing food insecurity. Read more in Tufts Now.

Stay tuned for more updates each day, and follow us on Twitter for more frequent updates on how Council members are contributing to the response to this global health crisis.

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