"We are not ordering a shelter in place directive," said Hogan. "Stay at home unless you have essential reasons to leave."
Businesses, large and small, have had to close their doors in a collective effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday morning announced additional measures to limit the COVID-19 outbreak, closing nonessential businesses effective 5 p.m. Monday.
While the economic impact of prolonged closures is predicted to be drastic, it hasn’t stopped some of Baltimore’s most recognizable businesses from lending a hand during the pandemic.
Here is a list of some Baltimore businesses and organizations that have donated money and resources to help fight the new coronavirus:
What they’re giving: $4 million in emergency grant funding
What they’re saying: The emergency grants will support current grantees that are providing vital services within their communities while facing severe operational challenges as a result of this pandemic.
What they’re giving: Multimillion-dollar emergency fund to help freelancers at two of its sports networks
What they’re saying: Nearly 1,000 eligible freelancers at Fox Regional Sports Networks and Marquee Sports Network, the Chicago Cubs’ network, will be able to receive an immediate interest-free advance of $2,500 starting April 3.
What they’re giving: $200,000 in community initiatives
What they’re saying: SECU has announced comprehensive financial relief measures now available to its 260,000 members across the state. These measures include: Credit card “skip a payment” option available April-June, lower-interest financial relief loans for up to 60-month terms, a hardship request form on its website and individual consultative support for those who need unique solutions.
What they’re saying: “It’s our mission at Under Armour to make athletes better, and in these unprecedented times we are even more committed to providing our communities with essential resources,” CEO Patrik Frisk said in a statement. "Through access to nutrition and fitness, we want to support the health and wellness goals that are being challenged at this time.”
What they’re giving: $175,000 to Maryland relief organizations, including the United Way of Central Maryland, the Maryland Food Bank and the Baltimore Community Foundation.
What they’re saying: “BGE is committed to helping our community during this challenging time,” CEO Carim Khouzami said in a statement. “These donations and our continued partnerships with the United Way, the Maryland Food Bank, and the Baltimore Community Foundation are essential in efforts to help our customers address their needs during the COVID-19 health crisis. Getting through this requires everyone to lean in and do their part to lift up our community and help protect its most vulnerable members. We are grateful to support such worthwhile relief organizations making a difference in central Maryland’s pandemic response.”
T. Rowe Price
What they’re giving: $500,000 to global and local organizations, including $250,000 to the Fund for Educational Excellence to support food security issues for Baltimore City Public Schools students and their families
What they’re saying: “This is a challenging time for families, entrepreneurs, the institutions that serve them, and our hearts go out to those most directly impacted by the coronavirus,” president John Brothers said in a statement. “It is critical we minimize the disruption in services on which our communities rely, and we’re pleased to partner with Baltimore City and other organizations to help minimize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
T. Rowe Price
What they’re giving: More than 130,000 N95 masks
What they’re saying: Themasks were split between Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore and UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central, Centura Health and Children’s Hospital Colorado Springs in Colorado Springs.
What they’re giving:A combined $1 million from the Ravens and the Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation to the Fund for Educational Excellence, the United Way of Central Maryland, the Baltimore Community Foundation and the Maryland Food Bank.
What they’re saying: “We want to help those in our community who are most affected by the COVID-19 crisis,” president Dick Cass said in a statement. “We chose to donate through these four organizations because we are confident they will apply our funds quickly and directly to people in need.”
What they’re saying: “Motivated by the desire to help some of the most valuable members of the baseball community, each Club has committed $1 million,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “The individual clubs will be announcing more details surrounding this support effort in their local communities. The timing of these announcements will vary because of the need to coordinate with state and local laws as well as collective bargaining obligations in an effort to maximize the benefits realized by each group of employees. I am proud that our clubs came together so quickly and uniformly to support these individuals who provide so much to the game we love.”
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
What they’re giving: $2 million to nonprofit organizations working to provide relief to communities during the pandemic, including the Baltimore Community Foundation.
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What they’re saying: “Now, more than ever, is the moment for empathy, urgency and corporate social responsibility. It is critical for organizations to join together and combine efforts during this time of uncertainty to help limit negative impacts to the people and communities we serve,” president and CEO Brian D. Pieninck said in a statement. “As a not-for-profit company, it has always been our commitment to serve not only our members, but individuals, families and communities throughout the region in pursuit of new pathways to improve health equity. We are honored to work with community organizations on the front lines to help ensure people’s short and long-term needs are met during this public health crisis.”
What they’re giving: Nursing and biology department faculty are donating unused lab equipment, including syringes, medical gowns, face masks and gloves, to the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.
What they’re saying: “We want to be as engaged as possible and working together to get through this,” biology professor Harald Beck said. “We know this is a time of shortage, so we just wanted to find a way to help the community. We’re hoping that we can work with other departments in the university and deliver more supplies.”
What they’re giving: $100,000 to the Baltimore City Public Schools’ Fund for Educational Excellence to help feed the city’s students and their family members affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
What they’re saying: "We always are looking for ways to make a difference in the communities we serve — even more so at a time like this, Augie Chiasera, M&T’s regional president for Greater Baltimore, said in a statement. “Helping to alleviate the impacts the coronavirus is having on the young and most vulnerable is where we felt we could make the greatest difference in collaboration with the City of Baltimore and our corporate partners.”