We continue to be inspired by all of the thoughtful acts of kindness around the publishing industry. Collectively, our industry is coming together and using our compassion and creativity to help others. To date, we have given 24 shout-outs that have no doubt made an impact on several thousands of people and businesses. Keep up the great work!
Food & Wine
Meredith’s Food & Wine has partnered with the Southern Smoke Foundation to help support food and beverage industry workers who have been impacted by the pandemic. Southern Smoke was founded by a 2013 honoree of the magazine’s “Best New Chef” franchise, Chris Shepherd. The emergency relief fund has distributed more than $1.1 million to people in need during the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to a $10,000 donation from Food & Wine, the brand is also using its print, digital, and social media platforms in the coming weeks to continue advocating for the industry and Southern Smoke’s mission.
Eyecare Business Magazine
PentaVision Media’s B2B magazine Eyecare Business launched “The EB Covid-19 Strategies Series,” a weekly live-stream editorial series for its audience of eye care professionals. The free, hour-long stream can be accessed on Facebook and YouTube and features panel discussions with optometrists, opticians and various other business experts and discuss a range of topics aimed at helping its community navigate this uncertain, challenging time. The series began in April and will continue through May.
Men’s Health and Women’s Health
Hearst Magazines’ Men’s Health and Women’s Health have partnered with Mindbody and the United Way Worldwide to launch Relay for Relief, a 24-hour fitness marathon that will raise money and provide relief for studios and trainers who have been severely impacted by COVID-19. The virtual relay will begin on May 15, and registrants can sign up for a list of various 30-minute fitness classes. Each class costs $10 to join, and all of the proceeds will be donated.
Bloomberg L.P. recognizes that small businesses and hourly workers have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, the company announced that all invoices received from vendors will be processed and paid within three business days of receipt and approval. The intent is to provide more immediate cash to the small businesses that Bloomberg works with. Additionally, the company will continue to pay its vendors’ hourly workers, as well as its own contracted hourly workers, who are unable to work.
“We greatly value all our vendors and the services of their workers who support our company,” says founder and majority owner, Michael Bloomberg. “We will do our part to ensure they can continue to operate. In return, we expect our vendors to accelerate payment to their subcontractors, and to continue paying their hourly wage workers who are assigned to Bloomberg and not currently working due to the pandemic. I hope all businesses that have the means to do so make similar decisions.”
Are you a publisher that’s doing something to give back to your community? Let us know!
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