Updated Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Mainers are good in a crisis - we are hearty and resourceful folk! This page is dedicated to sharing the stories of "Mainers helping Mainers," whether is supporting access to food and supplies in your community, changing policies to lighten the load on your employees and customers, or even offering use of your services to ease the burdens of our neighbors.
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Maine’s public universities, community colleges sign deal to help in coronavirus response
Sun., March 29,2020
As Maine officials prepare for an expected wave of COVID-19 cases to spread throughout the state, Maine’s public universities and community colleges are ready to supply needed materials, research and even campus buildings to aid in the effort. | Read it here...
CMP parent company pledges $2 million to pandemic relief
Wed. March 25, 2020
Central Maine Power Co. parent Avangrid Inc. and its Avangrid Foundation are making a commitment to support national and local organizations. | Read it here...
Maine credit union offers to defer loans to its members | Mon. March 23, 2020
The company says the optional 3-month program will be offered to members regardless if they have been directly impacted by the virus or not. | Read it here..
Dunkin' pledging $1 million to assist organizations fighting coronavirus | Thurs., March 19, 2020
Dunkin' is pledging $1.25 million to assist health and hunger relief organizations on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus. Activated by the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, this includes a $250,000 donation to the Boston Resiliency Fund that will provide services to Boston residents severely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the press release.
Grocers and retail stores changing hours of operation and establishing dedicated shopping hours for at-risk customer groups | Thurs., March 19, 2020
In response to the need for social distancing across the nation and state, many grocery stores and retailers are changing their hours and establishing dedicated shopping hours for the elderly, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems. These stores include (please email us to be added to this list):
University of Maine System | Wed., March 18, 2020
Universities resume classes March 25, commit to room and board adjustments and rebates for residential students. Spring break extended two days to provide additional time to prepare for the transition to distance instruction and support faculty and staff adjusting to personal life disruptions. Decisions on commencement ceremonies expected by April 15. Read more...
South Portland landlord won't collect April rent from tenants
Tues., March 17, 2020
With money uncertain for many families, one landlord in South Portland won't collect April rent from his tenants. Nathan Nichols owns a two-unit apartment building. He says he has the means, and to help them he'll waive next month's rent. He posted about his efforts on Facebook, and the post went viral, getting shared more than 23,000 times.
New Bangor factory starts making toilet paper just in the nick of time | Tues., March 17, 2020
When Marc Cooper first acquired a building on the outskirts of Bangor last summer with the goal of converting raw tissue paper into finished goods, he didn’t foresee the global pandemic that would flare up some eight months later — let alone the effect it would have on his business.
Unum shifts most of its staff to at-home work in response to coronavirus concerns | Mon., March 16, 2020
One of Chattanooga's biggest employers is shifting most of its staff to at-home work this week and giving workers extra pay or benefits to help in the transition. Unum Group, the world's biggest disability insurer, announced Monday it is encouraging most of its 2,800 employees who normally work at Unum's headquarters to do their work remotely at home instead. To aid in the transition, Unum is giving most of its hourly employees $250 to help with the transition to work from home and is providing more flexible work hours and emergency pay in some circumstances.
Comcast announces comprehensive covid-19 response to help keep Americans connected to the Internet | Fri., March 13, 2020
Company Opens Xfinity WiFi Network Nationally for Free, Offers Unlimited Data for Free, Confirms Its Commitment to Connecting Low-Income Families. On the heels of offering new, low-income Internet Essentials customers two months of free internet and raising the speed of that program’s service to 25/3 Mbps, Comcast today announced additional steps to help ensure people stay connected to the internet as more schools suspend classes and companies encourage employees to work from home due to the Coronavirus.
Charter Communications | Fri., March 13, 2020
Charter to offer free access to Spectrum broadband and wi-fi for 60-days for new k-12 and college student households and more. In the coming weeks, many Americans will be affected either directly or indirectly by COVID-19 and Charter is focused on serving and supporting our 29 million customers. Americans rely on high speed broadband in nearly every aspect of their lives and Charter is committed to ensuring our customers maintain reliable access to the online resources and information they want and need. To ease the strain in this challenging time, beginning Monday, March 16, Charter commits to the following for 60 days.
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