Here in the Pocono Mountains, community is our backbone. Our local businesses and organizations have been rallying to help the community during these unprecedented times of COVID-19.
From donating food to local pantries and hospitals to creating hand sanitizer and 3D personal protection equipment (PPE), our companies have stepped up to make a difference. Take a break from the noise and read some good news highlighting 20 of our area business’ generosity and philanthropy.
Employee and Food Assistance
Woodloch Resort distributed a second round of care packages to their 500-person staff. These packages contained a wide range of items from meat and dairy products to toilet paper. All leftover packages were donated to the local Pike County Food Pantry. They also gave hourly employees an extra week’s worth of pay during the first week of the shutdown.
The Cooperage Project is distributing free breakfast and lunch to school-age children, afternoons Monday through Friday, thanks to meals provided by Wayne Highlands School District. Wallenpaupack Brewing Company donated $5 from each sale of its 14-day Quarantine Pack to The Cooperage Project and is also donating school lunches and providing free kids meals if you order their takeout. Watch the below video and see for yourself!
Moka Origins, at the Himalayan Institute, has also partnered with The Cooperage Project food drive to donate 100 lbs of coffee and chocolate to support impacted families whose children no longer have access to meals at schools. They also donated 100 lbs of coffee to fuel frontline healthcare workers at the local Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Silverback Distillery, Barley Creek Brewing Company and Mountain View Vineyard, Winery, Brewery, & Distillery have all created hand sanitizer to combat the community shortage. Silverback and Mountain View are donating the sanitizer to local organizations in need and Barley Creek is making theirs available to the public at no-charge with takeout orders.
Boulder View Tavern created a new Grocery Pickup Program for people to place “takeout orders” for essential items that are hard to find in grocery stores, like eggs and meats. You can order and pay for your items on Boulder View Tavern’s website or by calling them and pick your order up at their restaurant.
The Stourbridge Project has helped fashion PPE for local health care workers. This includes 3D-printed bands for face masks to alleviate the strain on the ears. The 3D printers were loaned to the Homestead School to make masks.
Community and Hospital Donations
The Pocono Mountains United Way (PMUW) started a Crisis Response Fund to raise money for local non-profits. So far, $154,224 was raised in a few short weeks. You can find a breakdown of fund recipients here. The PMUW also created a Families and Restaurants fund to help support them through these tough times. Check out their feature video below.
Baymont by Wyndham donated their billboard space on major roadways for important public service announcements to help keep the community safe and informed.
In addition to donating billboard space, desaki also donated complimentary meals to healthcare workers at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Pocono. They even started a ‘Pay it Forward’ initiative for anyone who would like to place an order for a group of frontline staff, which is delivered to them for you with a personal note of your choosing.
Blue Mountain Resort donated 1,200 goggles, masks, gowns, gloves and sanitizer to St. Luke's University Health Network. If you are interested in donating to St. Luke’s, find more information about guidelines and supplies here. Woodloch Resort also donated all its available N95 respirator masks to Wayne Memorial Hospital.
The Boat House Restaurant has been providing a free weekly meal to Pennsylvania State Police at the nearby Blooming Grove station.
Pocono Raceway has started #Air5Challenge to promote both positive social media messaging and community donation. Every time #Air5Challenge is used, the Mattioli Foundation will donate $1 to the Pocono Mountains United Way Crisis Response Fund.
Ertle Subaru raised $17,829 through the “Subaru Share the Love Event” for The Salvation Army of East Stroudsburg. This campaign raises money for different organizations each year, but this money will allow the organization to continue serving people in need in our own backyard. Get an inside look on the video below.
The Pocono Mountains has many businesses and organizations helping our area, and we’d like to thank all our members who have stepped up in these times of need. Find community resources, restaurant offerings and more information on our COVID-19 microsite.
We'd also like to thank our local doctors, nurses, EMT, police, fire departments, grocery store workers, restaurant staff, delivery drivers and all frontline workers during this time.
You can do your part and help the community by staying home and social distancing when going out for essentials. Stay safe and stay healthy!