Supporting Healthcare Workers

message of thanks written in chalk on sidewalk
image courtesy

As a show of appreciation for their extraordinary efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses and organizations are offering their support to healthcare workers and first responders. Here, we will keep a running list of any promotions or initiatives we learn about, including Special Hotel Rates, Community Partners, and Organizations/Non-Profits, and Discounts. 

Special Hotel Rates

Local hotels are offering deeply discounted rates for healthcare workers who need to self-isolate after caring for COVID patients. Find a full list of discounts available to Duke Health staff here.

Community Partners

The following business are running special promotions and/or accepting donations that benefit Duke Health team members.

Clean Juice Renaissance Village
If using the Clean Juice app, add the items you’d like to donate to your order, write “Donation” in the “Special Instructions” field, and checkout.  If calling, tell us what you’d like to donate, pay, and that’s it!

Cocoa Cinnamon
Accepting donations through the Health Care Personnel Contribution Program. Donations will be used to purchase coffee and baked goods for healthcare workers.

Durham Catering
Donate to help provide weekly meals to frontline healthcare workers in our community.

Enzo’s Pizzeria
You can donate pizza to Duke Health team members through the #pizza4providers campaign.

50% off for first responders and healthcare workers, curbside pickup available. Call to place order.

Joe Van Gogh
Through the Fuel for the Frontlines program, donate coffee and baked goods to the healthcare personnel, grocery staff and first responders who are working on the front lines.

Makus Empanadas
Buy a dozen empanadas, get a dozen to donate for free.

Donations accepted through the Health Care Meal Program.

Ninth Street Bakery
For every $15 donation, the bakery will deliver a Continental breakfast or boxed lunch to an Intensive Care Unit or Emergency Room staff member. For every donation of $75, they will add an extra meal for a total of six.

Panda Express
10% off to hospital staff and first responders for the rest of 2020. See this video.

Pizza + Paletas
The Durham Bulls and US Foods have partnered with Locopops and Pie Pushers to donate food to healthcare workers.

Thrive Kitchen & Catering
This restaurant is using both donations and money made from deliveries to give free meals to healthcare workers. Contact to make a donation.

Organizations, Non-Profits, and Fundraisers

The following organizations are also coordinating donations to support healthcare workers.

Duke Health COVID-19 Response Fund
Support Duke Health by donating to the Greatest Need fund, the Care Support fund, or the Research Support fund.

Feed the Fight – Durham
Feed the Fight Durham NC is raising money to pay restaurants to provide 50 $10-$15 meals at a time to be delivered to a Duke healthcare facility.

North Carolina Healthcare Foundation
The Feeding the Soul: COVID-19 Healthcare Hero Response Fund is partnering with local restaurants to prepare food for frontline healthcare workers.

Restaurants and Responders
Sponsored by Sup! Organic Hard Seltzer. Donate to help this initiative purchase meals from local restaurants for first responders.

Triangle Pharma Phriends Feed the Frontline
Funds raised will be used to purchases meals for emergency departments throughout the NC Triangle.


40% off for verified medical professionals, first responders, nurses and military members.

Buy a pair of shoes using the “healthcare bundle” option, and Allbirds will give a second pair of shoes to someone in the healthcare community.

Alpaca Chicken
Every Monday in May, medical professionals can receive a free combo (1/4 chicken and 2 sides). Show badge to receive discount. Flyer here.

Big Lots!
Medical professionals, first responders, military and veterans receive 15% off in-store and online at least through May.

Healthcare workers, first responders and law enforcement officers can get a free iced tea of any size from the restaurant’s drive-thrus. The promotion will run through June 10, National Iced Tea Day.

Healthcare workers and first responders can get a 50 cents off per gallon discount on their next fuel purchase.

Capital Auto Rentals
Discounted rental vehicles to assist employees in their day to day operations, including sedans, SUV’s, and passenger vans in the event social distancing is needed for shuttling or carpool services.

Crocs is donating a free pair of shoes to health care workers on the frontlines of COVID-19 – 10,000 pairs per day.

The meditation app is offering free access to healthcare workers through the end of 2020.

Krispy Kreme
Every Monday – from March 30 (Doctors’ Day) to May 11 (Nurses Week) – Krispy Kreme will provide healthcare workers free dozens of their original glazed doughnuts (limit 5 dozen/person) when you show your ID badge.

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores
Free drink a day through the month of May for first responders and medical professionals.

Special hotel rates for caregivers helping out the community.

20% off for medical professionals and first responders.

The North Face
50% off select items for healthcare workers.

On Running
50% for healthcare workers.

Page Point Animal Hospital and Pet Resort (Durham, NC)
Offering special discounts for healthcare workers. See flyer.

50% off one pair of shoes for healthcare workers, teachers, and first responders.

25% off purchase for healthcare workers and first responders, 5/6-5/9. Staples is also a drop-off site for COVID personal protective equipment donations.

Take 5 Oil Change
50% off any oil change through May 23 for medical professionals and first responders.

Through the Loads of Hope program, Tide is offering free laundry services for families of front line responders. Closest location: Falls of Neuse Rd in Raleigh, NC.

Under Armour
40% off for active duty service members, veterans, first
responders, police, fire, healthcare workers, and teachers sitewide.

Universal Standard
This clothing company is offering a buy-one-give-one option on certain items to support medical workers.

Vineyard Vines
As part of Operation Smiling Whale, the clothing company is offering 50% to healthcare workers, 5/6-5/12.