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The CHLI Community Addresses COVID-19

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March 31, 2020

Michelle Archilla

CHLI Community Relief, Worker Protection, and Further Prevention

Washington, D.C. — The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) extends its thoughts and prayers to the families battling COVID-19 worldwide, and hopes for speedy recoveries. The CHLI community is doing their part to provide relief for affected communities, protect workers, and support protections to prevent further spread.

Congressional Members

For New Jersey residents, The Honorable Bob Menendez shares information, resources and proposed legislation to support those affected by COVID-19. Click through to access the New Jersey Department of Health 24-hour hotline.

CHLI Congressional member, The Honorable Rick Scott, has a 30-Day Plan to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and get America back to normal. Learn more.

CHLI Vice-Chairman, The Honorable Henry Cuellar, addresses small businesses and those stuck abroad, while keeping constituents informed about updates and resources. Learn more.

Corporate Members

Altria commits $1 million to support immediate local Corona Virus relief efforts, providing $500,000 to the Community Foundation of Greater Richmond’s COVID-19 Response Fund, to help support organizations addressing the physical and emotional needs of Central Virginia community’s most vulnerable residents. Altria will also continue to pay manufacturing employees their regular base wages during a temporary two-week suspension. Learn more.

BP is a global producer of oil and gas with operations in over 70 countries. The BP Foundation will donate $2 million USD to the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, supporting medical professionals and patients worldwide by providing critical aid and supplies. The Solidarity Response Fund also helps track and understand the spread of the virus and supports efforts to develop tests, treatments, and ultimately, a vaccine. Learn more.

In addition to implementing its iconic billboard in Times Square to encourage social distancing, Coca Cola has implemented steps to protect the safety of its staff and customers. Some examples include upping their sanitization routines and reducing person-to-person interactions for delivery drivers. Learn more.

Ford, an American multinational automaker, is lending a hand to new car buyers through their 6-month Payment Relief Program, and is helping current owners affected by COVID-19 through Ford Credit Support. Learn more.

Ford, an American multinational automaker, is taking steps to support vulnerable communities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of their effort includes redirecting approximately $1 million in support of organizations across the United States that are taking local action. Learn more.

The Home Depot is staying open for customers, with adjusted store hours, as items across their stores are in high demand (cleaning supplies, electrical and plumbing repairs, etc.), while also extending paid time off policy for all associates. Learn more.

PG&E has donated nearly 1 million N95 masks and surgical masks to be distributed in California and other first responders on the front lines of the pandemic. In addition, PG&E has suspended disconnections and is waiving late payment fees. Learn more.

In addition to providing team members with high-quality face masks and gloves, as well as metering customers to ensure social distancing, Target’s team is playing a vital role in helping families cope with the Coronavirus pandemic by:

  1. Increasing wages by $2 and expanding paid leave for vulnerable workers.
  2. Giving $10 million to expand relief and assistance to our team members, as well as local, national and global organizations responding to the pandemic.

Target Builds on Our Support for Team and Communities with $300 Million+ Investment

  1. $2/hour wage increase to front line team members;
  2. High risk team members can stop working for 30 days if they prefer and continue to be paid
  3. $10M donation designed to aid our teams and non profit orgs responding to the pandemic
  4. $1M donation to Team Member Giving Fund to assist US team members and their families impacted by the crisis
  5. Target CEO Brian Cornell donated $1M to the Team Member Giving Fund

Univision Communications Inc., a leading multimedia company serving Hispanic America, is expanding coverage across digital platforms, launching a daily news special, Noticias Univision Presenta: Diario del Coronavirus.

UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. UPS thanks all delivery drivers who continue to provide for the community, and announces that UPS My Choice® for business is now free, provides delivery times, and lets customers monitor inbound & outbound packages. Learn more.

Verizon, a global leader delivering innovative communications and technology solutions, is reinforcing their pledge to Keep Americans Connected by:

  1. Waiving coverage charges and late fees to support customers who may be financially affected
  2. Waiving internet and voice service charges for two months for current Lifeline customers and new affordable internet option for low-income households
  3. Adding 15GB of high-speed data for wireless consumer and small business customers
  4. Providing first responders with priority and preemption abilities for voice and data
  5. Broadband internet plans with no data caps for consumer and small business Fios and DSL

Small businesses get COVID-19 relief in private grants, as Verizon boosts support to $7.5M.

Walmart implements store changes to support associates and customers:

  1. Hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older, one hour before the stores regularly open.
  2. Limits for customer purchase, to ensure everyone has a chance to purchase items.
  3. Auto Care Centers close to allow those associates to focus on stocking and cleaning in the rest of the store.
  4. Vision Centers will operate on normal schedule, providing essential services only such as glasses repairs and helping customers pick up existing orders.


Amgen and The Amgen Foundation pledge up to $12.5 million to address critical needs in impacted communities across the world. The Foundation will also match donations made by Amgen staff who wish to contribute their own funds to the relief efforts. Learn more.

Dominion Energy suspends all service disconnections as individuals, families, businesses and communities pull together to meet our collective needs. The company has also committed to $1 million to help the American Red Cross, as well as various local organizations. Learn more.

In collaboration with Ventec Life Systems, GM is enabling the increase in production of respiratory care products to provide relief to the American healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative is expecting to produce 10,000 new ventilators monthly, beginning in April 2020. Learn more.

Google helps educators and students stay connected through new distance learning resources, including a collection of training materialsa list of useful apps, a new Learn@Home YouTube resource designed for families, as well as a series of blog posts and webinars. Learn more.

In addition to donating $1 million to the International Red Cross for global relief efforts, Intel has committed to:

  1. Donating over 1 million personal protective equipment items (masks, gloves, face shields) to healthcare workers on the frontlines of the pandemic
  2. Providing $4 million for communities with significant Intel presence
  3. Offering a special match opportunity for employees and U.S. retiree to a total of $2 million for relief efforts around major Intel sites

Formerly known as MillerCoors, Molson Coors does their part to help out-of-work bartenders and other service industry workers in light of business closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic by pledging $1 million to the USBGNF. Learn more.

Philip Morris International has vowed to provide its 73,000 worldwide employees with regular compensation and without worry of termination, with special recognition awards for those who must remain physically present at their work locations. PMI is also currently working on a potential tobacco plant-based vaccine for COVID-19, and is expecting to begin human trials in the summer of 2020. Learn more.

In addition to contributions toward Feeding America and the COVID-19 Response Fund, T-Mobile, is doing its part to assist customers by removing data caps, providing 20GB of hotspot data, increasing data for schools, and free calls to severely impacted countries. Learn more.

Tyson Foods expands their hunger relief program to communities around the world, while continuing to keep grocery stores stocked. $13 million in cash and products will go toward nearly 500,000 pounds of product: 16 million meals for team members, community pantries, Feeding America food banks, and other hunger relief organizations. In addition, Tyson is providing “thank you” bonuses for all 116,000 frontline workers and truck drivers, adding up to $60 million. Learn more.

Eager to help, UTC reaches out to the U.S. administration and commits to donating 19,000 masks, 75,000 pairs of gloves, and 3,000 medical grade suits in support of national efforts against COVID-19. Learn more.

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The CHLI would like to thank everyone for their relief and prevention efforts. The CHLI’s main priority is to serve as a support to the community, and will continue to amplify these efforts and share resources for those who need assistance. If your organization or corporation have additional information to share, please email to us at and we will share the information via the next national communication and/or in our Facebook and Twitter pages.