Our thousands of statewide businesses and their employees and families across all industries are facing hardships. Even in the face of these significant challenges, Vermont businesses have shown compassion,, innovation, and care for their communities.
Below are examples of how Vermont businesses are helping during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Darn Tough donated 5,000 pairs of socks to the UVM Health Network and is knitting a sock that benefits the Vermont Foodbank
- Gordon’s Window Decor is re-purposing cellular shade material to produce comfortable masks and donating 25 masks to non-profits in need for every 25 masks purchased
- Lake Champlain Chocolates donated chocolate hearts to teachers and support staff in Chittenden County
- Vermont Teddy Bear is sewing more than 3,000 face masks to donate to medical professionals and is spearheading an effort to help make 125,000 masks available in Vermont
- Teknor Apex is manufacturing TPE resin that is converted into the straps for the 95 facemasks, breather bags on ventilators, and face mask respirators
- The MEND Fund was created to respond to the burden faced by downtown businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic; supporters include Union Mutual Insurance Company, Vermont Mutual, National Life, Northfield Savings Bank, and Noyle W Johnson
- The Skinny Pancake is feeding Vermonters in need with free meals through their new food response program, ShiftMeals
- Tuttle Printing is producing face masks to help businesses comply with state guidance and regulations, available for order by email
- Farrell Distributing helped develop a coalition of Vermont businesses to serve communities with needed sanitizer
- Birchgrove Baking is offering "Sweeten a Day" boxes; customers can purchase a box of pastries to donate to hospitals, health care workers, and first responders
- Fat Hat Clothing Company is pitching in to make protective masks
- Sugarsnap launched a delivery service to help workplaces and homes provide sustenance and care as well as social distance and safety.
- Vermont Glove is pivoting to produce protective gear
- Burton is donating half a million KN95 masks to hospitals around Vermont, to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire, and to other areas where they are urgently needed; they have also donated over 1,000 Anon Optics goggles through Goggles for Docs
- Dunkin' is sending care packages to Central Vermont Medical Center, Grace Cottage Family Health and Hospital, and Gifford Medical Center health care workers
- Bar Harbor Bank is donating to help adult education programs in Vermont
- The Vermont Country Store is sharing advice on safely bridging the social distance and checking in on neighbors and loved ones
- Green Mountain Power is temporarily suspending collections-related activities, including service disconnections through the end of April
- Orvis answered Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s call for personal protective equipment
- Awesome Graphics in Rutland is printing signs with COVID-19 etiquette reminders and thank-you's to essential workers and health care workers
- Distilleries around Vermont, including Green Mountain Distillers, SILO Distillery, Barr Hill by Caledonia Spirits, Mad River Distillers, and Smugglers' Notch Distillery are producing hand sanitizer for those in need
- In a press conference on March 23, Governor Phil Scott made special note of the good work underway as communities respond to COVID-19 by Casella Waste Systems, Inc., Autumn Harp, General Dynamics, GlobalFoundries, Cold Hollow Cider Mill, and others
- Two Brothers Tavern is serving deeply discounted wines
- Yoga Six in South Burlington offered free online yoga classes
- Spectrum Internet is offering two free months of internet and WiFi services for new Pre-K to 12, college student and teacher households who don't have internet or WiFi service
- Effective until further notice, Green Mountain Transit is operating bus service fare free
- In response to the pandemic, the Vermont Housing Finance Agency is awarding $120,000 in grants to meet housing needs
- NPI Technology Management is offering web content to help Vermont businesses make remote workplaces work and free consultation to provide technical advice
- Arts and humanities organizations in Vermont can apply for emergency relief funding through a new partnership between the Vermont Arts Council and Vermont Humanities
- Union Mutual is partnering with Montpelier businesses Langdon Street Tavern and Pinky’s Deli to sponsor meals each week for Montpelier and Central Vermont residents in need
- Consolidated Communications is helping students learn from home, upgrading networks so doctors can focus on patients, and providing tools to help employees collaborate remotely
- Leonine Public Affairs created a thorough COVID-19 resources page
- GlobalFoundries is donating $20,000 to the University of Vermont Medical Center to help in the fight against COVID-19
- SKIRACK in Burlington donated googles to health care workers through Goggles For Docs
- Burlington maker space Generator started prototyping personal protective equipment for area hospitals in response to nationwide shortages
- The National Life Group Foundation approved grants of $100,000 each to community foundations in Vermont and Texas
- Chroma’s filter technologies are letting biotech firms develop tests for coronavirus
- Little Morocco Café in Burlington is serving free hot soup and rice three times a week, and Stowe Street Café in Waterbury is also making and distributing free community meals
- Trent's Bread in Westford, Vermont, is donating loaves of bread to local food shelves
- The Vermont Institute of Natural Science is offering at-home education resources
Retailers and grocers are making extraordinary changes to the way they do business in order to ensure the safety of their staff and customers. The Vermont Retail and Grocers Association is updating this list of what retailers and grocers throughout the state are doing to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Services range from delivery to curbside pickup and designated shopping hours for vulnerable populations.
To support the fight against COVID-19, the Vermont Chamber, partnering with state and federal government agencies, is engaging manufacturers to quickly locate urgently needed medical supplies and to identify manufacturers who can retrofit and adapt their operations to manufacture essential personal protective equipment (PPE), medical devices, and life-saving medicines. Many Vermont manufacturers are stepping up to make medical protective gear.
Additionally, businesses looking to donate PPE (personal protective equipment) are advised:
- You can drop PPE off at the Vermont Emergency Management building at the Waterbury State Complex between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily, at 45 State Drive, Waterbury, VT 05676.
- If you can’t get to Waterbury, you can drop it off at the closest State Police Barracks with locations listed here.
The Vermont Chamber of Commerce is determined to continue ensuring the well-being of Vermont’s business community during these unique and trying times. Please contact us if you have any questions, and access our COVID-19 Resources page for the latest information and resources for businesses.