From CVS Health:
In recognition of the essential role CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) employees are playing as the country faces the COVID-19 pandemic, the company is awarding bonuses to employees who are required to be at CVS facilities to assist patients and customers in this time of unprecedented need. Bonuses will range from $150 to $500 and will be awarded to pharmacists and certain other health care professionals on the frontlines, store associates and managers, and other site-based hourly employees.
“Our colleagues have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to providing essential goods and services at a time when they’re needed most,” said Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health, in a statement. “As they continue to be there for the individuals and families we serve, we’re taking extra steps to provide some peace of mind and help them navigate these uncertain times.”
CVS Health is also embarking on the most ambitious hiring drive in the company’s history, with plans to immediately fill 50,000 full-time, part-time and temporary roles across the country. Roles include store associates, home delivery drivers, distribution center employees and member/customer service professionals. The company will utilize a technology-enabled hiring process that includes virtual job fairs, virtual interviews and virtual job tryouts. Many roles will be filled by existing CVS Health clients who have had to furlough workers, including Hilton and Marriott.
An influx of talent will help manage capacity for existing employees, who will also benefit from the following changes:
- CVS Health will launch a new offering to help employees with both child and elder or adult dependent care needs. Working with the Bright Horizons network of national in-home and center-based daycare providers, employees will be able to take advantage of up to 25 fully covered days of backup care. This benefit will begin in early April for both full- and part-time employees.
- Full-time CVS Health employees have always had access to paid sick leave. Effective March 22, CVS Health has made 24 hours of paid sick leave available to part-time employees for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. This paid sick leave is in addition to the 14-day paid leave the company is providing for any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 or needs to be quarantined as a result of potential exposure.
Employee safety has been a focus for CVS Health from the start, and the company has been prioritizing distribution of protective gear to the hardest-hit areas.
“The health and wellbeing of our colleagues has always come first. We’ve been working around the clock to increase availability of supplies and update protocols to ensure our stores are safe for colleagues and customers alike,” Merlo stated.
In addition to the measures announced today, CVS Health employees have several resources available to help address financial hardships in times of crisis. This includes access to the Employee Relief Fund, which provides short-term, immediate financial relief in the form of tax-exempt grants.
More information on steps CVS Health has already taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic including waiving charges for home delivery of prescription medications and making diagnostic testing and Aetna-covered telemedicine visits available with no co-pay is available at the company’s frequently updated COVID-19 resource center.
COVID-19 shutters recycling and in-house Midd-West Works programs
Citing concerns over the safety of their clients, Midd-West Works has closed its recycling program along with its adult day care and in-house work programs until theCOVID-19 pandemic subsides.
Midd-West provides work and care for disabled adults in the Vicksburg and Warren County area.
“With these being disabled individuals, many of these people have compromised immune systems and medical conditions, and the risk is too great,” said Director Kearney Waites. “I have to put their health and safety above everything else.”
Estimates are that many as 60 percent of the recycling centers across the United States may have shut down citing concerns over how long the virus can live on various forms of recyclable materials.
“It will probably be as much as 30 days after we are given the all clear before we allow the program to resume,” Waites said.
Other Midd-West programs continue to function normally around the area. Approximately 45 Midd-West clients perform janitorial services for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District and the Engineer Research and Development Center. Others operate the mail rooms in both facilities. Midd-West clients also provide janitorial and stocking services in many stores around the area.
Waites hears frequently how the disabled workers are some of the company’s most valued employees.
“They have a tendency to work harder and value the opportunity to be self-sufficient more than the average worker,” Waites said.
Waites took over what was then called the Sheltered Acres Program in 1980. At the time, they had four clients and $22,000 in the bank. Through the years and with the addition of various programs, the non-profit organization has grown to generate more than 90% of its operating budget. They also receive some funding from the United Way and additional donations from private sources.
For more information on how disabled individuals can join the program, call them at 601-638-2770 and be sure to visit the Midd-West Facebook page.
Big Fix spay and neuter clinic shutting down due to COVID-19 concerns
A low-cost spay and neuter program that serves Warren County is temporarily shutting down due to COVID-19 concerns.
The Big Fix Clinic has been making its way to the area about twice a month, but it has made the difficult decision to close for at least two weeks for the safety of clients and staff.
In an email to supporters, Executive Director Sharon Garner of Mississippi Spay and Neuter said they will reopen “as soon as it is safe to do so.”
“I know that being closed will further exacerbate the problem of pet overpopulation in Mississippi, and our staff will be working hard to catch up when we return,” Garner wrote. “Additionally, I know that the families we serve in the near future will be hurting. Due to the closure of our clinic and thrift store, we will also be hurting.
“It is our goal to ensure that no animal is turned away due to their guardian’s ability to pay for spay and neuter because we know it is essential to ending the suffering, homelessness and euthanasia of animals in our community. We want to keep that promise to our clients and to the cats and dogs of Central Mississippi.”
Garner asked that supporters consider donating to “ensure that we can retain our incredibly hardworking staff, reopen promptly and continue to do what we do best—spay and neuter.
For more information visit the Big Fix website.
Cannon Toyota welcomes ‘Coach’ Davis to its management team
Samone “Coach” Davis has joined Cannon Motors of Mississippi as manager of Cannon Toyota of Vicksburg.
Davis brings 12 years of auto sales experience to the dealership including 10 in senior management positions around the region, most recently with Sango Buick GMC in Winnsboro, La.
“Coach brings a wealth of experience and an infectious attitude to our team. His reputation of customer care and service is what we strive for in the Cannon family of dealerships.” said Vicksburg Operations Director Billy Crozier.
For his part, Davis is happy to be working in the River City.
“Growing up in Madison Parish, I feel like I have returned home,” Davis said.
“Toyota is a premium automotive brand, and we have a huge inventory,” he added. “Through our Cannon family of stores, we have access to an unrivaled selection of pre-owned vehicles. A lot of people are riding this crisis out at home, so, check us out online at www.CannonToyotaVicksburg.com, or call me at 318-341-4452.
“I invite all my friends to contact me soon and come see why, when the smoke clears, nobody beats a Cannon and Coach Davis deal.”
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