With the coronavirus outbreak spreading, Amazon donates for DC coronavirus efforts. As the novel coronavirus outbreak sends many jurisdictions reeling with hundreds of new cases reported every day across the U.S., good news becomes such a rare jewel. Amazon Inc. has provided the Greater Washington community just that when it recently donated $1 million to response efforts. Through multiple non-profits, the money will go to support the most vulnerable.
Among the facilitators of Amazon’s donation are ACT for Alexandria, Arlington Community Foundation, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and the Greater Washington Community Foundation. They will use their share to address food insecurity and housing as well as emergency financial assistance to the region.
Announcing the donation, Jay Carney, who is the senior vice president of global corporate affairs at the tech behemoth, pointed to neighborly solidarity as their motivation.
“The Washington, D.C. area is our new home. We must rally together to support our neighbors during this difficult time for our region and the world,” he said.
Online Shopping Surges As People Shelter, Self-Isolate
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11th. The U.S. cases started to display a sharp rise the following week as individual states tested more of their residents. As of March 23rd, the number of people with the infection topped 35,000. Over 400 of them couldn’t survive the respiratory illness.
In response, nearly a third of all Americans were ordered to shelter-in-place. To help prevent further tragedies, authorities across the nation also advised communities to practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings.
As a result of fear, more and more Americans have resorted to online shopping for their needs. Amazon has emerged to benefit from the changing trends in people’s shopping behavior. The company will hire 100,000 workers while many other companies look to significantly downsize their workforce due to financial difficulties.
“In addition to making sure our Amazon customers can get the essentials they need, we will support our community partners who are doing life-saving work. Amazon’s $1 million donation will provide fast, flexible support to those who need it most. Amazon will encourage a wave of additional community donations during this unprecedented time,” Carney said.
Amazon’s Donations for Coronavirus Efforts Shows the Need for More Donors & Donations
The news of Amazon’s donation helped uplift the mood in anti-virus fight in the region. As Amazon donates for DC coronavirus efforts, there is more hope and motivation for others to donate for this cause.
“We have a resilient community and this contribution will help bring our City and our resident back stronger than ever,” said Mayor of Alexandria Justin Wilson.
In Arlington County, there was also hope for more donors and donations.
“We hope this is the first of many donations by Amazon and our other corporate citizens who recognize the need to partner with County government, and Arlington nonprofits during this public health crisis,” said Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey.
Amazon has selected The National Landing, encompassing parts of Arlington and Alexandria, for its second North American headquarters. After a total investment of $2.5 billion by 2025, the company plans to have a 25,000-strong workforce there.