How Gard’s Clients are Making a Difference in the COVID-19 World — Part II
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hang like a shadow over the globe, but there's still a lot of good going on. And some of that good is coming from the clients that work with us here at Gard.
Global Partners LP: Fueling the Fight
Looking to express a little gratitude and relieve a little stress, Global Partners LP thanked its more than 3,000 retail employees with a scratch-made family meal from the company’s chef, Josh Smith. The employees work in Global’s network of gas stations, convenience stores and terminals across the northeastern U.S. “From behind the counter to behind the scenes, our dedicated team is keeping drivers fueled, homes warm and neighbors fed. We can’t do enough to thank our team. They have our sincere gratitude, and we hope these meals help support them as they support our communities,” said Eric Slifka, Global Partners’ CEO. Global’s retail stations and terminals have also been donating regularly to community nonprofits, hospitals and first responders across its footprint.
Burgerville: Giving a break
Since mid-April, local burger-and-fries joint Burgerville has been delivering burgers and a little bit of comfort to health care workers around the area through its Burger Break program. Burgerville suppliers have donated product and many customers have donated funds by purchasing a Community Built Burger. For every burger donated by a customer, Burgerville and its suppliers donate two more. Jill Taylor, CEO of Burgerville, also talked about the company’s COVID-19 response in an interview with the Portland Business Journal.
Moda Health: Still Smiling
As Oregon begins to reopen, people will slowly be getting back to some of the everyday tasks that have been put on hold, including trips to the dentist’s office. But don’t expect you’re next visit to be anything close to routine. Teri Barichello, vice president and chief dental officer at Moda Health, talked with news station KOIN about the challenges facing dental offices as they reopen and how people can prepare for their next checkup.
OBRC: Chipping In
In April, the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative pledged to match up to $25,000 in donations to the Oregon Food Bank for customers who donated their cans and bottles to the nonprofit. Just a few short weeks later, the effort topped out at $100,000, including $75,000 from customers and OBRC’s $25,000. Throughout May, OBRC continued taking donations for the food bank, and it continues to make it easy for people to support other nonprofits through its Green Bag and Blue Bag programs.
H&V: A Breath of Fresh Air
Advanced filtration material manufacturer H&V is playing a key role in the COVID-19 response. The company, which has facilities in the Americas, Europe, China and India, manufactures filtration media for N95 respirators, ventilator filtration media and the materials used in surgical hoods. H&V also created Nanoweb® FM, a new filtration media designed for use in homemade face masks. It can be stitched into a disposable pleated mask or inserted into a face mask pocket. In Oregon, where H&V has a facility in Corvallis that manufactures specialty glass fiber used in the production of mask cartridges and HEPA HVAC filters, the company has also donated molded masks, safety glasses and protective suits to the Corvallis Clinic.
A lot of Gard’s clients are making a difference in the COVID-19 world. We’ll continue to spotlight them and their great work in future posts.