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Workplace COVID-19 Issues; Unemployment; Mayo Clinic's HOPE2; Giving Tuesday Now

Heather Schatz/WJCT
A lifeguard watches over Jacksonville Beach on Saturday, May 2

On Monday's program, we took a closer look at the workplace issues around today's gradual reopening of the state with Jacksonville attorney Tyler White. He is a principal with Jackson Lewis, and specializes in employment issues. 

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Tens of thousands of Florida residents who have been thrown out of work in the pandemic are still desperately trying to file for unemployment.

Brandy Summers of Jacksonville and her son Jeremiah are two such people. They were recently furloughed from an aviation firm at Cecil Field, and shared their experience with us.

Mayo Clinic's HOPE2 Program

Communities of color have been especially hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. So Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville's new Hispanic outreach project, HOPE2, is currently focusing on ensuring the community has access to reliable and accurate information regarding prevention, testing, and the economic impact of the pandemic. Dr. Richard White of Mayo Clinic and Pastor Angel Santiago of Iglesia Shiloh Orange Park joined us with more information.

Giving Tuesday Now

The concept of Giving Tuesday has taken off in the last couple years, giving nonprofits across the country a major boost to their funding. Last year’s campaign pulled in $511 million to U.S. nonprofit groups, according to

Due to the coronavirus, this year’s Giving Tuesday campaign has added an extra Tuesday for tomorrow, called #GivingTuesdayNow to help out nonprofits that are struggling to maintain funding during this challenging time. Mari Kuraishi, president of the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund here in Jacksonville, joined us with more.

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