Grimaldi’s donates meals to healthcare workers

Healthcare workers are on the front lines are putting in long, grueling hours during the coronavirus outbreak. And as the pandemic continues to disrupt everyday life, communities and restaurants are coming together to assist first responders with food and essentials.

On Wednesday, April 15 Grimaldi’s Pizzeria donated and delivered pizzas, salads and dessert to St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Center to feed 175 healthcare workers in both day and nighttime shifts. Grimaldi’s opened in 2003 and there are six locations across the Valley and one in Flagstaff.

Holualoa contributes to COVID-19 relief — one employee at a time

Like many companies, Holualoa Companies wants to assist local and national charities in their response to the COVID-19 crisis. But in an innovative twist, they’re helping their employees make their own decisions about who to support.

Holualoa Companies is allocating each of its 30 employees $2,000 to personally donate to the COVID-19 charities of their choice. The employees are free to choose any COVID-19 related cause on the local or national level.

Holualoa has long been committed to the communities it serves, but the company’s leaders wanted to do something different in the current pandemic.

“We’re seeing first-hand from the companies we work with in commercial real estate just how much we need to support each other,” said Lani Baker, Vice President – Finance of Holualoa Companies. “This is a way for our company to not only support many great causes, but to give our employees a sense of ownership of their own generosity in this time of crisis.”

“I am truly honored to work for a company that not only takes care of their employees but also each employee’s community,” said Tara Scherrer, Senior Financial Analyst with Holualoa Companies. “In these uncertain times, they selflessly are allowing each employee to choose a charity in their own community and fund a donation on our behalf. I am proud to be a part of a company that looks beyond themselves.”

Holualoa Companies owns a broad portfolio of commercial office buildings, multifamily residential properties, industrial properties and other real estate. The company is working individually and proactively with its tenants to help them find the right solutions and resources during the crisis.

“We understand that we’re all going to have to work together as a community in order to best get through this challenging time,” Baker said. “We are confident that by continuing to support our communities and to be creative and understanding of the current conditions, we will emerge from the other side of this crisis stronger.”

Homie commits $100K to help Valley residents impacted by COVID-19

Homie, a real estate tech disruptor that operates in the greater Phoenix area, has partnered with the Valley of the Sun United Way (VSUW) to help provide relief to those most impacted by coronavirus through the COVID-19 Relief Fund. 

The VSUW COVID-19 Fund assists those impacted by COVID-19. Donations to the fund will help Maricopa County residents avoid home foreclosure through rent and mortgage assistance. Homie has seeded the fund with a $10,000 cash donation and is committing $500 to the fund with every home bought or sold with Homie over the next three months. To learn more about the United for the Valley COVID-19 Fund or to make a donation, visit or text UnitedFund to 51555.

Selling a home has traditionally required paying a percentage-based fee to a local real estate agent, averaging up to six percent of the sales price of the home. Homie uses technology and charges a flat fee without sacrificing the full-service real estate experience. For those in the greater Phoenix area that were directly impacted by this crisis and need to sell their homes due to COVID-19, this provides a way for homeowners to retain more of their home equity.  

“We’ve been a part of the Arizona community for almost two years, and it’s hard to see the impact COVID-19 is having on this great state”, said Johnny Hanna, Homie co-founder and CEO. “We’re honored to be able to partner with the United Way to help people stay in their homes during this difficult time.”

Homie launched in Phoenix in 2018. Acting quickly, Homie’s team recognized the need to redirect its marketing resources to help affected residents of Maricopa County.


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