America always steps up to the plate and faces every challenge head on. We help our neighbors, strangers, and those in need. It’s in our DNA. Today, we face yet another challenge: coronavirus (COVID-19,) but I know we will succeed.

It has been amazing to watch people step up. We have manufacturers revamping to create ventilators and personal protection equipment, people helping their elderly neighbors, volunteers working at food banks and shelters, and leaders like Governor Ron DeSantis fighting to keep small businesses afloat and every Floridian safe and secure.

The generosity does not stop there. I’ve asked banks to defer mortgage payments for customers unemployed due to COVID-19, and many have thankfully agreed.

Now is your chance to help. In light of Governor DeSantis’s recent “Safer at Home Order,” Volunteer Florida is setting up virtual opportunities for you to volunteer online to help during the COVID-19 crisis. Stay tuned to Volunteerflorida.org for the most up-to-date information on how you can volunteer.

Thank you for stepping up, but also a BIG thank you to our healthcare workers, first responders, and those on the frontlines. Please pray for these everyday heroes and their families during this time–we could not do this without them.

God bless America and God bless the great state of Florida. We will beat this.

Jimmy Patronis Chief Financial Officer