Media Coverage | How Pittsburgh-area companies are helping out during the pandemic

Mar 31, 2020

By Nate Doughty | Pittsburgh Business Times | March 27, 2020 | Read the full article

Several companies have jumped in to help as the COVID-19 pandemic affects every aspect of our lives. Here’s a look at what some local companies and people in the business community are doing to offer assistance. This list is just a sampling of great work being done in our community. For more stories, visit

Pittsburgh Financial Empowerment Center to start free, one-on-one phone or video counseling – March 30

As part of a joint service of the City of Pittsburgh and Neighborhood Allies operated by Advantage Credit Counseling, the Pittsburgh Financial Empowerment Center will now offer virtual services to area residents over the age of 18. According to the center, the four certified professional counselors are available for free to help those facing challenges during a period of financial uncertainty.

Development Dimensions International, Inc. donates face masks and gloves to St. Clair Hospital in Scott Township – March 30

DDI, Inc., a consulting firm the helps organizations hire, promote and develop leaders, said it was donating 1,200 pleated ear loop face masks and 350 pairs of latex gloves to staff working at the hospital.

AE Works, Curio 412 and the Alliance for Response Pittsburgh to host a free virtual roundtable on Emergency Management and Preparedness – March 30

The remote roundtable, to be broadcast at 1 p.m. on April 2, will focus on strategies and resources that nonprofits, community organizations and small businesses can use in response to COVID-19. Registration for the online roundtable can be found here.

The Penguins Foundation and The Salvation Army partner to provide 2,460 meals to children in need – March 30

The Penguins Foundation and The Salvation Army have teamed up to provide 2,460 meals to children in Beaver county in an effort to help feed those impacted by the coronavirus.By donating funds raised from an online jersey auction, the Penguins Foundation has allowed the Salvation Army in Butler county to provide 2,460 Subway sandwiches to children who may need them.

READY Nutrition donates protein waters and meal bars to Allegheny Health Network – March 27

Ready Nutrition (READY) announced it was donating a supply of protein waters and meal bars to Allegheny Health Network employees who are combatting the coronavirus. The Pittsburgh-based sports nutrition company said that the gift was “a testament to the ongoing support our community has shown for AHN.”

The Penguins and Duolingo team up to donate laptops – March 26

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Duolingo have teamed up to donate 35 laptop computers to the Circles of Greater Pittsburgh organization. Circles plans to distribute these laptops to families in the community whose children lack digital learning resources due to school closures.

Range Resources to donate protective equipment to Washington Health System – March 23

Range Resources Corp. announced that it donated personal protective equipment to the Washington Health System. The company said it provided 420 N95 masks, 80 clear safety glasses and 300 nitrile gloves to the health system, which has called for the protective gear that hospitals and health care workers need to keep safe from the infectious COVID-19 virus.

Giant Eagle Inc. awarding $10 million in bonus pay to workers, partners with the Penguins and Primanti Bros. – March 23

Giant Eagle Inc. announced that employees would receive $10 million in bonus pay as they help keep food available. Giant Eagle also is partnering with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Primanti Bros. to provide hiring opportunities for staff displaced by the current postponement of the NHL season and by Primanti’s staff reductions due to the state ordering the closure of on-premise restaurant business.

Kraft Heinz Co. to donate $12 million to help regional and global efforts in combating COVID-19 – March 23

Kraft Heinz Co. will provide $12 million in cash and donations to several locations around the world, including Pittsburgh, to help counter the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the community. It will give $1.9 million in cash to Feeding America that will go to help food banks in the areas where Kraft Heinz does work, and that includes the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. It is also donating a total of $4.7 million of its products to Feeding America for distribution to food banks.

MSA Safety Inc., Massaro Construction Group, among others to donate masks to the Allegheny Health Network – March 22

Cranberry Township-based MSA Safety Inc. is working with Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Health to donate its full stock of 65,000 N95 masks to Pittsburgh’s health care community. Allegheny Health Network also announced it has received a donation of N95 medical masks from the Massaro Construction Group, Turner Construction Co., Considine Biebel and Co., EE Austin & Son and the Robert Benjamin Wiley Community Charter School as part of a regional effort to help medical facilities combat shortages.

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Pirates and Penguins offering assistance with food distribution – March 21

The Pittsburgh Pirates worked with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to hand out food in the Heinz Field parking lot, and the Pittsburgh Penguins partnered with Aramark to donate perishable food. The Pittsburgh Steelers have donated $100,000 to the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Emergency Basic Needs Fund, and linebacker T.J. Watt donated money to 412 Food Rescue.

Duquesne Light Co. donates $500,000 to Pittsburgh’s emergency Action Fund – March 19

Duquesne Light Co. is committing $500,000 to the Emergency Action Fund that Pittsburgh’s philanthropic and foundation community began to provide rapid response in the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Action Fund was established as part of $10 million that the foundation community pledged to efforts to help southwestern Pennsylvanians, particularly the most vulnerable in the community.

Pittsburgh’s philanthropy groups join together to donate $10 million in funding – March 17

The region’s four largest foundations, The Heinz Endowments, the Pittsburgh Foundation, the Richard King Mellon Foundation and The Hillman Family Foundation, announced they will be pledging $10 million to help combat the coronavirus. Of the $10 million figure, $4 million will be set aside for an emergency action fund while $6 million will go toward “coordinated efforts to lessen the damaging effects of the COVID-19 virus on residents, especially the most vulnerable,” according to a news release.

PPG Industries – Feb. 24

PPG Industries announced it was donating $143,437 to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation. The funds will be distributed to assist with mid-to-long-term recovery efforts, including training, mental health assistance or other support for health care workers.

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