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Zoe Sullivan

10 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The Mayor’s Fund for the City of Los Angeles has launched a program that literally hands people cash, no strings attached as long as they can prove that they have lost their jobs during the pandemic. In order to make ...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Ellen Coulter

10 April 2020

Tasmania, Australia

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To replace lost business and keep their employees on staff, Tasmanian businesses quickly diversified into new product lines to meet COVID-19-related demand. A camera accessories firm that saw nearly all of its sales t...

Civil Eats

Amy Halloran

10 April 2020

Minnesota, United States

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Donations and GoFundMe campaigns and payments from municipalities are funding restaurants, which are paying their staff to make food for those in the community who are food insecure. In the Twin Cities, a coalition of...

The Daily Tar Heel

Victoria Johnson

9 April 2020

North Carolina, United States

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In March 2020, North Carolina’s Board of Education, in response to COVID-19, approved paid emergency leave for all school employees – but with 100% pay only going to those that qualify as “high risk.” With many of the...

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Oscar Perry Abello

7 April 2020

Topeka, Kansas, United States

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In Topeka, Kansas, the local Chamber of Commerce, tourism bureau, and other nonprofits launched the “Helping Others Support Topeka,” or HOST Relief Program, which provides unemployed people $250 in local gift cards, f...

Forbes

Tamara Thiessen

6 April 2020

United States

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After an initial shock to business-as-usual, some independent booksellers are trying new methods to get their products in the hands of readers. Home deliveries, online sales, and fundraising efforts are keeping some l...

Spectrum News 1 SoCal

Sarah Pilla

6 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In Los Angeles, fashion industry professionals are working together to create hospital gowns from donated materials for use in hospitals. The project is also helping to employ those who have been laid off from their r...

Los Angeles Times

Anousha Sakoui

4 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The cast and crew members of Hollywood are suffering from the coronavirus social distancing mandates, but the costumers among them are contributing to the shortage of masks during the pandemic. It started when costume...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Steve Twedt

3 April 2020

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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Day Owl is a Pittsburgh company known for producing sustainably-sourced backpacks, but in response to the pandemic they have shifted gears to producing medical-grade masks for health care workers. They began shipping ...

The Spokesman-Review

Emma Epperly

3 April 2020

Stevens County, Washington, United States

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The Loon Lake Food Bank & Resource Center is a rural food bank that has pivoted its model in response to the novel coronavirus. They are now operating a drive-through system that gives away hundreds of boxes of free f...

The Eagle-Tribune

Eileen O'Grady

3 April 2020

Salem, New Hampshire, United States

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To avoid laying off employees during the coronavirus pandemic, a New Hampshire small business that manufactured hard lemonade and liquors turned their operation into producing hand sanitizer for first responders. Alth...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

3 April 2020

United States

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Some of the strategies urban sustainability proponents have promoted for years are now being used to manage traffic patterns during the coronavirus outbreak and ensure that essential workers can safely get to work. Co...

Restaurant Hospitality

Joanna Fantozzi

3 April 2020

United States

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Food trucks and other street food businesses are shifting their approach to meet the new demands of a largely stay-at-home workforce. Some are parking on residential streets at night instead of office parking lots dur...

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Mona Holmes

2 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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As many restaurants shift to delivery or take-out early due to the coronavirus pandemic, others are finding success in shifting their business models to become markets and bodegas. Although this isn't necessarily sust...

Route Fifty

Emma Coleman

2 April 2020

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Social distancing has negatively affected homeless shelters, because the volunteers who prepare the meals aren't considered essential employees. The city of Cambridge pledged to pay local restaurants to provide bagged...

KCRW

Jonathan Bastian

Chery Glaser

2 April 2020

Davis, California, United States

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California is working to increase the number of health care providers by implementing a new program that aims to recruit unemployed, under-employed, newly graduated, and retired medical workers to help provide relief ...

Associated Press

David Keyton

1 April 2020

Stockholm, Sweden

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Many flight attendants for Scandinavian Airlines have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic but are now being given the opportunity to retrain as healthcare providers. The laid-off crew members already have ...

CNN

Alisha Ebrahimji

1 April 2020

Kansas, United States

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By assigning employees to digitization projects, the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, continues to operate even while day-to-day visitors stay home. To prevent staff from losing their jobs, t...

World Economic Forum

Raj Panjabi

31 March 2020

Liberia

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With many losing their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, Liberia is training unemployed workers to act as community health care workers. Although these workers do not have medical training, they help fill the gap ...

WXIA-TV

Jay Plyburn

31 March 2020

Cumming, Georgia, United States

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In Cumming, Georgia, the Christian Brothers Automotive company is letting customers opt for a no-touch service in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Employees at the car shop will pick up, sanitize, and drop off cars, wi...

The Daily Record

Kevin Lynch

31 March 2020

Berlin, Ohio, United States

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While adhering to social distancing, seamstresses in Ohio's Amish County are producing medical protective gear to distribute to frontline workers in the region. The approach is also employing people who may be at risk...

Artnet

Kate Brown

31 March 2020

Berlin, Germany

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In Berlin, Germany, the local government acted rapidly to deploy 500 million euros worth of grant money to freelancers and small businesses within days of setting up the fund. Despite a rocky launch and some residual ...

National Geographic

Elizabeth Royte

30 March 2020

United States

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With restaurants closing and people panic-buying groceries, food waste is inevitably going to rise. There are many initiatives going on throughout the United States to address this very issue. For example, nonprofit R...

KCRW

Steve Chiotakis

30 March 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

Radio

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Two LA companies, Blinking Owl Distillery and La La Production and Design, have repurposed their production facilities to produce personal protective equipment for medical workers. La La Production used to produce lux...

Mongabay

Sahana Ghosh

Mayank Aggarwal

Kartik Chandramouli

30 March 2020

Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India

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In the wake of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of a lockdown as a response to COVID-19, wildlife protection workers are still showing up to work. Their services have been deemed essential because il...

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