As many businesses like restaurants and gyms are forced to close their doors, Facebook is lending a helping hand. Earlier this week they announced a $100 million grant program to help small businesses weather the storm. In a blog post announcing the program, Facebook shared that funding will be available for up to 30,000 eligible businesses in more than 30 countries.
Facebook is also paving the way for other businesses in their approach to paying hourly staff. In a statement to TechCrunch, they shared that they will continue to pay contingent workers that are unable to work due to reduced staffing requirements caused by COVID-19.
With anxiety and stress running high due to the overwhelming amount of information being consumed, Headspace, an online healthcare company, specializing in meditation, will be providing free plan subscriptions to healthcare professionals in public health settings. They will also be unlocking their free, specifically curated “Weathering the Storm” collection of meditation for consumers.
In an email to customers earlier this week, Salesforce announced that Tableau, an interactive data visualization software they acquired last year, has developed a free data resource hub to help businesses see and better understand data on COVID-19 in near real-time. The data provided is being compiled by John Hopkins University as well as from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition to providing services that allow individuals to properly practice social distancing at work and at home, Zoom, a remote conferencing services company, is lending a hand to schools. CEO Eric Yuan announced last week that he is giving K – 12 schools affected by COVID-19 his videoconferencing tools for free. Students or teachers in Japan, Italy and the United States, will have the opportunity to open a free, basic account by using their school email addresses.
LVMH, a brand known for specializing in French luxury goods, announced it will be using its production facilities that make fragrances and cosmetics for Dior, Givenchy and Guerlain to now produce hand sanitizer. In a report from the Financial Times, the organization will be donating more than 26,000 pounds of hand sanitizer to 39 public hospitals in Paris.