Members Making an Impact

Every business has been impacted by COVID-19 in some form. Still, many of our members who are able are putting their needs on hold or taking on additional ventures to aid in the fight and assist the public in this difficult time.

We want to recognize their efforts and say thank you


America’s biopharmaceutical companies are committed to developing solutions to help diagnose and treat those with COVID-19. In addition to applying their scientific expertise to find ways to diagnose, treat and prevent infections from the virus, the biopharmaceutical industry is providing financial support and in-kind donations to organizations and collaborating with U.S., Chinese and global health authorities to combat this global public health emergency.

Alcoa Foundation recently donated $50,000 to support Massena Meals on Wheels as they strive to provide healthy meals to homebound citizens most vulnerable to COVID-19 and also the Salvation Army of Massena as they provide food and other assistance to those in need.

Arconic Corp. recently granted $10,000 to the United Way of Northern New York (UWNNY). The donation was made to facilitate the success of the UWNNY's Crisis Fund which is increasing the probability of survival of all North Country residents through material and financial support to 30 non-profits in 25 municipalities.

AT&T continues their commitment to keep Americans connected through COVID-19 by pledging not to terminate residential or small businesses internet service if they don't pay their bills, waiving late fees and keeping open public WIFI hotspots.

Berkeley College has donated 50,000 medical supplies from its School of Health Studies to assist emergency response efforts.

Boralex recently donated $150,000 to help the most vulnerable amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In New York State, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, received the charitable funds.  

BP has given fuel discounts to over 800,000 medical personnel and first responders, as well as donated their super computer capacity to COVID-19 research and donated $2 million to the World Health Organization. 

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. will provide regional organizations financial contributions to support their COVID-19 campaigns and missions, and will offer $1 million in economic development grants to assist local small businesses, many of which are impacted by the pandemic.

Con Edison is drawing on the expertise of its workers in a Bronx machine shop to manufacture 40,000 face shields for Westchester County health-care workers who are treating coronavirus patients.

Entergy, Indian Point Center, has donated $50,000 for COVID-19 related relief. The donation to five local not-for-profits is in addition to the $1 million they donate annually to such charities. 

ExxonMobil has reconfigured manufacturing operations in Louisiana to produce medical-grade hand sanitizer for donation to COVID-19 response efforts in Louisiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. Press Release.

General Motors and Ventec Life Systems, in cooperation with, the nation's coordinated private sector response to the COVID-19, are collaborating to enable Ventec to increase production of its respiratory care products to support the growing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy started a program to reimburse employees up to $50 for their purchase of takeout at a local restaurant client. The idea caught fire and it is now been adopted by several other Utica area businesses with almost $100,000 being provided in employee reimbursements that go directly to supporting local restaurants.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES announced they are donating $10,000 to local food banks in each  of their US sites and additional donations in equivalent to $10,000 (American) to causes in Singapore, Dresden, and Bangalore.

Hadlock Paint Co. (Rochester) donated 6,400 N95 masks to a food distributor and local hospital. 

IBM and the New York City Department of Education are provisioning 300,000 tablets with educational and security software and free cellular data connections so New York City public school students can tap into their school's remote learning program as part of the city-wide online education rollout during the pandemic.

JN White is providing essential components for manufacturers making essential products including ventilators, remote pathogen testing equipment and respirators, which are critically needed in the COVID-19 pandemic fight.

Johnson & Johnson is working on developing a COVID-19 vaccine, partnering with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a division of the US Department of Health & Human Services. Johnson & Johnson has developed three potential vaccine candidates with Phase I trials in humans to begin in September and the potential for a vaccine to be ready for emergency use authorization in early 2021.

Las Vegas Sands is donating more than 2 million PPE products to Nevada and New York. Read more.

Miller Druck has recently received, organized, and delivered 400 packages of PPE products, across NYC, that were shipped from volunteers. They are also currently working with the City's Department of Citywide Administrative Services to distribute PPE, and have become a distributor of masks for the NYC Mayor's Office MOSPCE, COVID-19 Response Team. Miller Druck have distributed 500,000 masks to small businesses and non-profits around the city.

National Grid is lending support and resources to produce critical equipment for healthcare workers and patients. Read more. 

New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID) recently teamed up with Member Agency Center for Disability Services to manufacture 800 face shields for frontline staff at Albany Medical Center. 

Northland Communications is helping companies work remote more easily with their MaX UC Meeting platform. Learn more here.

Pfizer has issued a five-point plan calling on the biopharmaceutical industry to join them in committing to collaboration to combat COVID-19. Details of the plan are here.

RIT is leading an effort to address a national shortage and produce emergency prototype ventilators.

Spectrum is offering FREE broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 days to new K-12 and college student households. Details can be found here.

Stewart's Shops is helping area nonprofits by encouraging those impacted by COVID-19 to reach out for additional help for sustainability through a grant. Apply here.

The New York State Preferred Source Program for New Yorkers Who Are Blind (NYSPSP) continues to play a significant role in coordinating a strategic statewide response among its network of ten affiliated nonprofit agencies, many of whom are providing essential products and services to help New York fight COVID-19.

Verizon, for the month of April, is partnering with GrubHub and several independent restaurants to deliver meals to six New York City area hospitals.