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    Important Information You Need to Know About COVID-19 Response

     

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    The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 30 days to slow the spread https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

    For Small Business Owners, from the US Chamberhttps://www.uschamber.com/co/small-business-coronavirus

    From the IRS, Coronavirus Tax Relief information: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

    From the Commonwealth: Virginia State Tax informationhttps://www.tax.virginia.gov/news/coronavirus-updates

    From Congresswoman Luria's office, Information on the Stimulus Paymenthttps://luria.house.gov/COVID-19-Resources-Stimulus

    Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rightshttps://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave

    From the SBA, here's a resource on Coronavirus Relief Optionshttps://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options

    From the CDC, here are resources for Businesses and Employershttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html

    From OSHA, here is guidance on preparing workplaceshttps://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

    Newport Newshttps://www.nngov.com/2538/Coronavirus

    Hamptonhttps://hampton.gov/3711/Coronavirus-Questions-and-Answers

    Poquosonhttps://www.ci.poquoson.va.us/

    York Countyhttps://www.yorkcounty.gov/

    James City Countyhttps://www.jamescitycountyva.gov/

    Williamsburg:  https://city-of-williamsburg-coronavirus-response-williamsburg.hub.arcgis.com/

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    FROM FEDERAL AND STATE RESOURCES

    FROM THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA), AND VIRGINIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

    FROM THE LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY

    FROM THE VIRGINIA RETAIL FEDERATION

    HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM PARTNERS

    FROM NON-PROFIT BUSINESSES

    NEWS YOU CAN USE

    ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY INFORMATION

     

     

    FROM FEDERAL AND STATE RESOURCES

    A special webpage from the IRS on CoronaVirus: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus  

    Here is a summary of the latest Congressional action on CoronaVirus response: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zspo5eo7kng31kr/Coronavirus_Supplemental_V2_Summary_FINAL.rtf?dl=0 


    The CDC has put together a resource for businesses and employers to help plan, prepare and respond to COVID-19. Here is the link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html

    Here is some great guidance from OSHA on workplace preparation: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

    The IRS recently went live with a website that provides tips for taxpayers and tax proshttps://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-operations-during-covid-19-mission-critical-functions-continue

    The IRS also recently pushed FAQs regarding this year’s tax filing deadline extensionhttps://www.irs.gov/newsroom/filing-and-payment-deadlines-questions-and-answers

    Tax Relief Outreach - new information from the IRS at the link: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus
     
    The Social Security Administration also recently published a website providing Americans with information related to their services during the coronavirus pandemic. https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/

    As you likely know, all SSA field offices are currently closed and as a result Americans should expect service delays. You can still reach the SSA by phone, however, so I’m including a link here to identify your local field office.

    Social Security Benefits will be paid on time and other updates from the Social Security Administration (SSA)https://bit.ly/2WYeTYX

    Here is a pretty detailed first glance at the $2 trillion stimulus bill posted by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC): https://bit.ly/39jrVTo

    The Department of Labor created this information sheet concerning Employees Rights in the wake of the CARES Act. It includes changes to Paid Sick Leave and the FMLA. This went into effect on April 1st. https://www.yeswilliamsburg.com/home/showdocument?id=21919

    The link below is an information sheet from the Office of the Virginia Secretary of Defense and Veterans Affairs outlining their COVID-19 posture. This includes vital information for active duty military, veterans, retirees and transitioning service members and their families. https://bit.ly/3bFUyf0

    Here is a great Q and A with Congresswoman Luria's office about the stimulus payment under the CARES Act. Check it out at the link: https://bit.ly/2Raa2QD

    Here is a new COVID-19 Resource Page from Congresswoman Elaine Luria's office: https://luria.house.gov/Luria.House.Gov/COVID-19-Resources

     

     

    VDEM CALL FOR ACTION

    The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) is reaching out to the private sector businesses to see what products and/or services could be provided to the State to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  
     
    VDEM is asking for assistance with sourcing products to include surgical masks (face masks), N95 respirators, Tyvek protective suits or equivalent coverall, disposable medical gowns, latex gloves, ventilators, non-splash goggles and face shields, and COVID-19 test strips/test kits and components.  They are also sourcing equipment, services, and specialized teams such as those with spiritual care and medical expertise. 
    If you have Offers of Assistance (donations, in-kind, discounted, contract), please provide them via https://arcg.is/1amrze.

     

    If you would like to do business with Virginia for the COVID-19 response and are not registered as a vendor, please register here: https://eva.virginia.gov/register-now.html.

     

    If you have colleagues who wish to register for the Private Sector Portal, please direct them to: http://bit.ly/VaPrivateSector

     

    Please email private.sector@vdem.virginia.gov with questions about emergency relief efforts.

     

     

    FROM THE U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA), AND VIRGINIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

    https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/disaster-help-desk-business

    This is a list from the US Chamber of corporations that are offering resources to help others in responding to the fallout from COVID-19. There is also a Corporate Aid Form. https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/aid-event/coronavirus-covid-19


    Five great resources to help your small business survive the Coronavirus: https://uscham.com/391FmqW

    The US Chamber has compiled a COVID-19 Response Toolkit. Here it is: https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus-response-toolkit

     

    The U.S. Chamber continues to create new, update and evolve their various resources to ensure that all business owners have the most up-to-date information and tools to get through this crisis. The CoronaVirus Live Blog is a great source of current information: https://www.uschamber.com/series/above-the-fold/coronavirus-live-blog

    Here is the new US Chamber guide to the paid sick and FMLA programs: https://www.uschamber.com/report/coronavirus-paid-leave-programs-employer-guide  

    What you need to know about the Stay at Home Order (Executive Order 55) - from the Virginia Chamber of Commercehttps://bit.ly/3dI0hCP

    Updated with New Information from the U.S. Department of Treasury: Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist

    • The U.S. Chamber's Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist serves as a comprehensive step-by-step tool to help small businesses, independent contractors, gig economy workers and other qualifying individuals prepare to file for a coronavirus relief loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The guide has been updated to include new information from the U.S. Department of Treasury, and is also available for download in Spanish here.


    Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program Guide

    • As you may know, the CARES Act expanded the Small Business Administration’s long-standing Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. The program is applicable to small businesses and most small nonprofits (less than 500 employees), sole proprietors and independent contractors. Click here to view our new guide that helps you and your members to check eligibility, understand loan parameters, and find out how to access $10,000 emergency grants. 


    Employee Retention Tax Credit Guide

    • The CARES Act also created a new employee retention tax credit—that does not have size restrictions—for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to view our new guide to help businesses check eligibility, calculate their credit, and understand which employees count toward eligibility, among other information. 


    Go to this link for information on disaster assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administrationhttps://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

    U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) For Coronavirus Related Economic Disruptions: (1) PowerPoint Brief (2) PowerPoint Brief with emphasis on sole proprietor

    The Economic Bridge Loan Pilot Program has been put forward by the SBA. It is designed to supplement the SBA’s direct disaster loan capabilities and authorizes SBA Express Lenders to provide expedited SBA guaranteed bridge loan financing on an emergency basis in amounts up to $25,000 for disaster-related purposes while small business owners apply for and await long-term financing. More details here: https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-03/Express-Bridge-Loan-Pilot-Program-Guide-FINAL-3.25.20.pdf
     

    From our Partner: Old Point National Bank's SBA Paycheck Protection Program package. Priority for Old Point's program goes to current customers, but anyone can apply. Check with your bank also for a similar program. https://bit.ly/349kfSo

    Here is the COVID-19 Resource Center from the VA Chamber of Commercehttps://www.vachamber.com/covid-19/

    At the link, you will find some great information on disaster assistance for small businesses. Inside the link, you will find a link to the SBDC webinar that we posted a link to yesterday (sorry for all the links): https://lfsbdc.org/has-your-business-been-impacted-by-covid-19/

    The Peninsula Chamber has been working with a Hampton Roads group, led by the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance and including Reinvent Hampton RoadsHampton Roads ChamberHampton Roads Workforce CouncilGreater Peninsula Workforce Board, and the Old Dominion University Strome College of Business on several important initiatives to support our business community during this unprecedented time. We would like to bring your attention to the first two initiatives here:

    1) The 757 COVID-19 Business Recovery Forum (www.757Recovery.com)
    This site provides a virtual space for leaders of our business community to connect with each other and gain access to up-to-date insights and analysis from regional experts, particularly as it pertains to the recently passed CARES Act and how to best access relief resources. In addition to posting content on the site, our experts will also be available to answer your questions and engage in live discussion for a specified period of time, which we will advertise well in advance. Finally, this site will also serve as a place for regional leaders to engage with peers through ongoing discussion threads on a variety of topics related to the region’s recovery. To register, go to the homepage linked above and click the sign up/login link, or go to https://forum.757recovery.com/, set up an account, and dive into the discussion.

    2) The 757 COVID-19 Business Leaders Survey
    It is critical that we have real data about how our business community is reacting to this COVID-19 crisis. Working with SIR, an independent research firm, we have designed and launched this survey to identify:

    1. The impact of COVID-19 on businesses and organizations and the steps you are taking.
    2. How regional business organizations (survey sponsors) can be of most assistance during this crisis.
    3. The specific questions you want answered regarding the national Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”).
    4. The information requested by our national leaders on COVID-19’s impact on the Hampton Roads region. 

    The survey takes 8 to 10 minutes to complete and will be open through Friday, April 10.  

    Please participate by simply clicking on the survey link on the home page of www.757Recovery.com. Participation should be limited to one leader representative per business/company.


    Please do so ASAP, as the survey will close this Friday, April 10, 2020.

     

     

    SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS

    Small businesses in all Virginia counties are now eligible to apply for low-interest Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
     
    Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

    For a detailed explanation of SBA’s Disaster Loans, please see SBA’s Three Step Process Factsheet. That can be accessed here: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Documents/Three_Step_Process_SBA_Disaster_Loans.pdf

    Items Required for Applications:

    1. Loan application (SBA Form 5), completed and signed (this is electronic/online in the portal). To see what the form looks like, an example can be found here
    2. Tax Information Authorization (IRS Form 4506-T), completed and signed by each applicant, each principal owning 20 percent or more of the applicant business, each general partner or managing member; and, for any owner who has more than 50 percent ownership in an affiliate business. Affiliates include, but are not limited to, business parents, subsidiaries, and/or other businesses with common ownership or management. 
    3. Complete copies, including all schedules, of the most recently filed Federal income tax returns for the applicant business; an explanation if not available.
    4. Personal Financial Statement (SBA Form 413) completed, signed, and dated by the applicant, each principal owning 20 percent or more of the applicant business, and each general partner or managing member
    5. Schedule of Liabilities listing all fixed debts (SBA Form 2202 may be used)

     

    Below is an executive summary of the Disaster Relief loan program, and here is a PowerPoint presentation with some screen shots of the loan application.

    • The application is open to all small businesses
    • The loan cannot be used to refinance another loan
    • Decision is based upon ability to repay
    • Loans > $25M require collateral if available and lien position does not matter
    • Rates are 3.75% for businesses and 2.75% for non-profits
    • A 12 month deferral of payment is available –interest will accrue from the day of disbursal
    • Repayment up to 30 years
    • Income producing real estate is not eligible.  Funds are for working capital of operators.
    • 7pm – 7am best time to get on the website
    • Apply for the highest amount needed – probably six months of expenses
    • If the application is not complete once submitted you go to the back of the queue
    • Recommended to print application, thoroughly read and understand and fully complete before submitting
    • Approval turnaround is less than 21 days
    • Time to close once approved is within a week of all docs being executed
    In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. More info and apply at this link: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources#section-header-2

    Below is some more important information on the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL):

     

     

    FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT

    Employers Must Post Notice to Employees Regarding Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Leave
    By: Anne G. Bibeau, Esq.

    As we reported earlier, the FFCRA creates two paid leave requirements for employers. The law goes into effect on April 1, 2020, and remains in effect until December 31, 2020.

    Employers with fewer than 500 employees are required to post a notice to their employees alerting them of their rights under the FFCRA. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued the notice for employers to use here. Employers should post this notice in conspicuous places on their premises where employees will see it. For employees who are not in the office, such as those who are teleworking, employers should send them the notice by email or U.S. mail, or post the notice on an employee information internal or external website. Employers do not need to share the notice with any employees who have been laid off. DOL has issued additional guidance regarding this notice here.

    We are still awaiting the DOL’s formal guidance on FFCRA leave. In the interim, the DOL has provided some preliminary information here.

    If you have questions about the FFCRA leave, Vandeventer Black LLP’s labor and employment law team is available to assist you.

    Contact Anne at abibeau@vanblacklaw.com or 1-757-446-8517.

     

     

    CARES ACT

    Here is a Legislative analysis of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed in the US Senate on Wednesday night. This analysis breaks down the final stimulus package and provides analysis for the business community. http://d31hzlhk6di2h5.cloudfront.net/20200326/a7/94/4f/35/17e318c3f9933266b08d314b/Phase_3_Bipart_Summary_FINAL.pdf

    Some analysis of the CARES Act from our partners at PBMares: At the link is an excellent U.S. Chamber of Commerce resource, Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklisthttps://bit.ly/2QY4UPn

    PAYCHECK PROTECTION LOANS
    Here is some very specific analysis on the Paycheck Protection Loans section of the CARES Act (from James McNider, Attorney and Chamber member).

    Legislation was enacted on March 27, 2020 entitled the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (the CARES Act), which includes a generous lending program for qualifying businesses, organizations, and individuals.
     
    So-called “paycheck protection” loans up to $10 million could be available and funded on an expedited basis as soon as April. The best news is that these loans are intended to be forgiven and turned into tax-free grants if the borrower maintains its payroll (or rehires workers previously laid off).
     
    Here are some of the salient parts of the loan program, subject to further clarification in to-be-issued administrative rules:
    • The paycheck protection loan is needed to continue operations during the COVID-19 emergency.
    • The funds borrowed will be used to retain workers and meet payroll, as well as to pay lease, mortgage and utility payments.
    • Small businesses and nonprofits/charities are eligible. Even sole proprietorships are eligible, although the loan amounts available to members of the “gig economy” are not defined.
    • Subject to exceptions, including those benefiting the hospitality and dining industries by counting employees on a per-location basis, borrowers generally must have 500 or fewer employees.
    • The amount available to borrow generally is 2.5 times the average monthly payroll costs.
      • Seasonal employers and new businesses have special rules to determine qualifying payroll.
      • Payroll costs exclude individual employee compensation above $100,000/year, prorated for the covered period.
      • For any labor intensive business, the loan proceeds could be substantial.
    • This indebtedness will be forgiven and repayment waived (and excluded from taxable gross income) if the employer maintains its payroll and expends the funds as required.
      • Forgiveness amounts will be reduced for any employee cuts or reduction in wages; a formula in the Act will compute the reduction. Any loan balance following forgiveness will be termed out at no more than 4% interest. 
      • There is a special rule for tipped employees.
    • No collateral is required to obtain a paycheck protection loan.
    • There are nonrecourse provisions limiting the personal liability of owners of a corporate borrower. The government shall have no recourse for non-payment against any individual shareholder, member, or partner of an eligible recipient of a covered loan, except to the extent that such owner uses the covered loan proceeds for a purpose not authorized. Presumably, administrative guidelines will set forth the loan’s closing procedures and requirements, including back-up guaranties or representations. 

     

    Here is some information on the Payroll Protection program.  We are hearing that many of the approved financial institutions have already hit their lending limit, or are primarily or only taking applications from existing customers.  I strongly encourage you to get your application in as soon  as possible for this program.  Funding is available for up to 2.5 months of your entire payroll, and the principal balance is entirely forgivable if you qualify. There are some exceptions, but in general it is a great way to keep your employees on the payroll.  

     
    The following are a few online and non-bank lenders which ARE doing PPP loans (many local banks are only doing PPP for existing clients): *Please be advised that we do not personally know these lenders nor is this an endorsement of their services or capabilities. Just providing information.

    Join the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula for a virtual meeting Thursday April 2nd at 10:00am to hear about how the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Economic Stimulus) Act will impact the non-profit community.  Tracy Tingen, CPA and President of A Balancing Act, P.C. will outline the benefits and stimulus available in this legislation, who qualifies, and what you can do to access federal resources. This opportunity is available to all community non-profit organizations, so please feel free to share. Join the Zoom Meeting at https://cwm.zoom.us/j/496708679

    How Nonprofits Will Receive CARES Act Funding - Part One
    Nonprofit Execs, Here's How To Access Emergency Funding for Charitable Organizations

    The United States Treasury announced Sunday that FDIC insured local banks, credit unions and qualified lenders have been authorized to distribute CARES Act Funding to Nonprofits.  According to this morning’s Senate CARES Act Questions & Answers, “The most efficient way to deliver fast credit to eligible organizations is through existing relationships with local lenders. Under the program, any qualified organization should be able to receive financing at a local bank, credit union, CDFI, or qualified nonbank lender.”

    Simply put, CALL YOUR BANK OR CREDIT UNION THIS MORNING!

    Benefits for Nonprofits Under the CARES Act

    The employer side of certain payroll taxes are deferred through the end of 2020. Deferred taxes will not become due until end of 2021 and end of 2022, with 50% of the liability being paid at each date. Any business that does not have a loan forgiven under the new SBA Paycheck Protection Program is eligible for the payroll tax deferral.

    Certain tax-exempt organizations that have been forced to fully or partially suspend operations, or that have seen a significant drop in revenues are eligible for a 50-percent credit for wages paid to furloughed or reduced-hour employees. Organizations that participate in the SBA Paycheck Protection Loan Program are not eligible for the credit. For organizations with 100 employees or less, the credit is based on all wages paid, regardless of whether an employee is furloughed.

    There is an overall limit on wages per employee of $10,000. The credit can be claimed against the organization’s quarterly payroll tax liability and is fully refundable to the extent of excess.  VISIT HERE FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE

    Some great CARES Act information from Chamber member, Edward Joneshttps://bit.ly/3dL47Ly

    The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.

    Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.

    • For a top-line overview of the program CLICK HERE
    • If you’re a lender, more information can be found HERE
    • If you’re a borrower, more information can be found HERE
    • The application for borrowers can be found HERE

    And the full SBA webpage devoted to all CARES programs can be found here: https://home.treasury.gov/cares 

    The coronavirus pandemic is having a significant impact on our country. From unemployment to government-mandated closings, our nation is suffering. Unfortunately, nonprofits are being hit particularly hard with the fallout from COVID-19. To help lessen the implications, the federal government passed the CARES Act on Friday, March 27. Included in the Act are loan programs and tax provisions to help nonprofit organizations.
     
    What Programs Are Available?
    The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) are two loan programs that can help most nonprofits during this crisis. Each program has its own set of guidelines.

    First, Who Qualifies?
    According to the Act, only certain nonprofit organizations are eligible for the PPP including Section 501(c)(3) charitable organizations and 501(c)(19) veterans organizations. 

    All 501(c) organizations are eligible for the EIDL program, including trade associations, social clubs, and advocacy organizations that are not otherwise eligible for the PPP. In addition, certain organizations that are tax-exempt under 501(d) (apostolic organizations), or 501(e) (cooperative hospital service organizations) are eligible for the EIDL program. 

    The terms of the loans are different, and it’s best to review the table we included in our article CARES Act, the PPP and EIDL Explained

    Tax Provisions Which Benefit Nonprofits
    Since events, fundraisers and program operations are severely impacted by social distancing, there are additional provisions for nonprofits. 

    Employee Retention Credit for Employers
    All 501(c) organizations are eligible for a partially refundable credit. The credit is calculated as 50% of the first $10,000 of compensation for each employee when certain conditions are met.

    Conditions:

    • Operations were fully or partially suspended due to a COVID-19 shut down by a government order or
    • Gross receipts declined more than 50% when compared to the same quarter in the prior year

    The federal government will provide this credit for wages paid or incurred from March 13, 2020 through December 31, 2020. 

    Payroll Tax Payments Can Be Delayed
    As a way to help with cash flow, the CARES Act allows employers, including all nonprofit organizations, to delay their portion of the Social Security tax with respect to their employees. The organization then pays this deferment over the course of two years, with the employer paying the first half by December 31, 2021 and the second half by December 31, 2022.

    Benefits for Donors Through CARES Act
    All donors, whether they itemize their tax deductions or not, can now deduct $300 for charitable donations. The CARES Act has also lifted the existing cap on annual contribution deductions for those who itemize, raising it from 60% of adjusted gross income to 100%. The Act also raises the cap for corporations from 10% to 25% of taxable income. 

     

     

    STIMULUS BILL RELIEF PACKAGE

    On Wednesday night (March 25, 2020), the U.S. Senate passed the third major piece of legislation addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The $2 trillion package includes several provisions aimed at boosting charitable giving and supporting the nonprofit organizations during a time of unprecedented crisis.

    This bill which still needs to pass the House includes the following:

    • Creates a temporary universal charitable deduction for non-itemizers, for cash donations only, capped at $300. This provision excludes gifts to donor-advised funds and 509(a)(3) supporting organizations. However, it does not exclude gifts given directly to community foundations.
    • Temporarily suspends current AGI limits for charitable deductions for cash gifts made by individuals and businesses.
      • For individuals: Total charitable contributions can be deducted up to 100 percent of the taxpayer's adjusted gross income, up from 60 percent.
      • For corporations: Charitable contributions can be deducted up to 25 percent of taxable income, up from 10 percent.
    • Allows nonprofit organizations with fewer than 500 employees to access $350 billion in loans from the Small Business Administration.
      • If conditions are met, a portion of these loans can be forgiven.
      • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said these loans will become available within a week.
    • Provides fully refundable tax credits to nonprofits that are subject to a shut-down order and have lost 50 percent of revenue compared with last year.
      • They can receive up to a $5,000 per employee tax credit.
      • Tax credits could be applied against payroll taxes to provide an immediate benefit.
      • Employers CANNOT take both the tax credit and SBA loans. 

     

     

    STATE-LEVEL ORDERS

    Small businesses are encouraged to visit the Governor's website to see the latest, most up-to-date information and orders that are being provided at the state level. The link to access the website is here: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/.

    10-Patron LimitOn March 17, 2020, Gov. Northam issued a Public Health Emergency Order prohibiting more than 10 patrons in restaurants, fitness centers, and theaters. The order gives local and state law enforcement the ability to enforce this ban and will remain in full effect until “amended or rescinded.” (Link)

    Support for Impacted EmployersThe Governor’s website also includes up-to-date information for impacted employers under the coronavirus updates section. (https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updates/)

     

    On Monday (3/23), Governor Northam issued new guidance for Virginians concerning response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. The news release is at the link below. There is also an attachment that addresses frequently asked questions relating to the Governor's Executive Order that may answer some questions that you have.  https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/march/headline-855292-en.html

    Additional guidance and a Frequently Asked Questions guide can be found here.

    Governor Northam has just ordered (March 30, 2020) a stay at home order through Executive Order 55. Details are included in the press release at this link: https://bit.ly/2UQnIRJ

    Executive Order 55 is here: https://bit.ly/33Z0Q6I

     

     

    FROM THE LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY

    York County Economic Development: https://www.yesyorkcounty.com/311/COVID-19-Business-Resources

    City of Poquoson Economic Development: https://conta.cc/393V6JM  


    COVID-19 Business Assistance from the City of Williamsburghttps://www.yeswilliamsburg.com/business-resources/business-assistance/econ-dev-coronavirus-covid-19
     
    Here's a link to the City of Hampton's Economic Development Office with a special message regarding COVID-19 from the Economic Development Director: https://hampton.gov/241/Economic-Development


    Here's a list of CoronaVirus response resources for retailers from Retail Alliancehttps://retailalliance.com/coronavirus-resources-for-retailers/

     

     

    FROM THE VIRGINIA RETAIL FEDERATION

    Contact the Governor immediately and demand that action is taken NOW to help save Retail in Virginia, Save Retail-Contact Governor.

    Coronavirus Retail Briefing-This is a reminder to tune in tomorrow, Friday, March 20 at 9:00 a.m. for a short briefing on the effects of the coronavirus on retail.  We will update our members on the latest information and provide an opportunity for you to ask questions. Click here to register.

    In an effort to keep you up to date on the latest information due to the pandemic, refer to the Coronavirus Resources for Retailers page. Also, please look for the latest email from the VRF on Retail Relief 2020 that just went out today. Please share with other businesses owners that may not have access to this information.


    Retail Relief 2020: https://chambermaster.blob.core.windows.net/userfiles/UserFiles/chambers/832/CMS/Home_Page/RETAIL-RELIEF-2020-UPDATE-FROM-VRF-(2020-0320).pdf

     

     

    HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES

    Visit the IRS website at http://www.IRS.gov/smallbiz for the newest tax information for businesses. Also visit the IRS Video Portal for instructional videos on tax procedures at http://www.irsvideos.gov

    The National Defense Industrial Association has created a survey to help the Department of Defense Office of Acquisition and Sustainment better understand the economic impact COVID-19 is having on small businesses. If you or someone you know is a small business member of the defense industrial base, please take five minutes to help individuals and businesses in this network. This survey will be open until March 27: https://www.ndia.org/policy/recent-posts/2020/3/23/covid-19-small-business-impacts-survey

    The Norfolk District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has provided a web page to explain how businesses can be prepared to respond to contracts for work to help during disasters. https://www.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Archive/Article/2120990/contracting-in-disasters-what-companies-can-do-to-help/

     

     

    CORONAVIRUS RELIEF GRANTS

    Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation: Coronavirus Relief Grants
    The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation provides support in the company's service territory in Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Through the Coronavirus Relief Grants program, the Foundation is currently offering $750,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations addressing direct needs related to the pandemic. Grants will be provided to organizations serving local communities to help address immediate human needs and may vary based on unique local needs in a dynamic environment. Priority will be given to eligible nonprofit organizations whose efforts provide direct services to clients impacted by the Coronavirus. The application deadline is April 15, 2020. Application guidelines are available on the Dominion Energy website (https://www.dominionenergy.com/).

     

     

    OPPORTUNITY FOR COVID-19 FUNDING ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

    The Hampton Roads Workforce Council and Greater Peninsula Workforce Board have received Rapid Response funding from the Governor, through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, to assist employers eligible to remain open during this emergency. Funds are reserved for small businesses (250 employers or less) and may be used to clean facilities and support emergency needs. The grant will support layoff aversion strategies and activities designed to prevent, or minimize the duration of unemployment resulting from layoffs due to COVID-19.
     


    Application Process

    1. Submit the draft application.
    2. Work with a HRWC or GPWB representative to complete the final application and discuss funding reimbursement specifics.
    3. Sign the grant award agreement.
    4. Implement the project.
    5. Work with the HRWC or GPWB representative to report performance outcomes.


    Questions may be directed to:
     

    Southside, Hampton Roads Region:
    Jackie Rondeau, jrondeau@vcwhamptonroads.org, 757-629-4695

    Greater Peninsula Region:
    Diana Cordero, dcordero@vcwpeninsula.com, 757-251-8935

     

     

    U.W.V.P. EMERGENCY FUND APPLICATIONS

    United Way of the Virginia Peninsula
    Emergency Fund Applications - Available April 8th

    The United Way of the Virginia Peninsula has been hard at work mobilizing resources for an Emergency fund to respond to the Coronavirus Outbreak on the Virginia Peninsula.  This fund will help meet the greatest needs as they arise throughout this health crisis.  We know that many human service organizations across the Peninsula have risen to the challenge of ensuring that services are available to address the most urgent needs individuals and families are currently facing despite the limitations this outbreak has created for their staff and volunteers.
     
    We are pleased to support these critical services by inviting frontline community organizations that are meeting urgent needs to apply for emergency funding.  The application will continue to be available throughout the Coronavirus outbreak to allow us to address the evolving needs in our community.
     
    Who Can Apply:  Frontline human services providers who are currently meeting critical needs on the Virginia Peninsula in response to the Coronavirus Outbreak.
     
    When to Apply:  The application to apply for Emergency Funding will be available on the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula website April 8th and will remain open until further notice.   We anticipate that needs and critical services will evolve as this outbreak stretches on.  Organizations are encouraged to apply as they are called upon to meet a critical need in response to the virus outbreak.  (There will be an announcement 2 weeks prior to the close of the Emergency Fund.)
     
    How to Apply:  Visit the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula website, www.uwvp.org, go to the COVID-19 Response page, and click “Apply for Emergency Funding.”
     
    Emergency Funding applications will be reviewed within one business day of receipt, and determinations made throughout the crisis, so please keep us informed of how your efforts evolve to respond to changing needs in the community and within your organization.  Applicants that do not receive immediate funding may be funded at a later time based on these updates and the most urgent needs that arise throughout this crisis.

     

     

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM PARTNERS

    Coxhttps://chambermaster.blob.core.windows.net/userfiles/UserFiles/chambers/832/CMS/Home_Page/Cox-Update-(2020-0316).pdf

    Bank of Americahttps://chambermaster.blob.core.windows.net/userfiles/UserFiles/chambers/832/CMS/Home_Page/Bank-of-America-Update-(2020-0316).pdf


    Here is a link and some information from Virginia Career Works Hampton Roadshttp://www.vcwhamptonroads.org/

    • If you are a business owner or HR representative for an employer considering work stoppages, layoffs or furloughs, we encourage you to contact our Business Services team. We will get back to you within one (1) business day, or sooner, to discuss information and services that may assist impacted employees, including Unemployment Insurance, tax assistance, layoff aversion strategies, financial planning, remote access career services and more.  In the meantime, here is the website and phone number to give affected employees.
    • If you are a worker who has been totally or partially separated from your job due to Coronavirus, please note that no claim for unemployment insurance may be filed or processed until an actual lay off from employment has occurred, or until there has been an actual reduction in hours.  When filing your claim for unemployment benefits, please be sure to check the reason for separation as Lack of Work/Lay off. 
    • You may file a claim for unemployment insurance through this Website by clicking the link below to File a new claim for unemployment benefits or through our Customer Contact Center by calling 1-866-832-2363 Monday through Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm. http://www.vec.virginia.gov/node/11699

     

    Newport News Shipbuildinghttps://nns.huntingtoningalls.com/411/

    Riverside Health System: Visitation Changes - https://www.riversideonline.com/visitation.cfm

    Sentarahttps://sentaraupdates.com/

    Bon Secourshttps://www.bonsecours.com/about-us/news/ministry/2020/bon-secours-monitoring-coronavirus-covid-19

    Dominion Energyhttps://www.dominionenergy.com/company/coronavirus

    Our work is mission essential. A message from Newport News Shipbuildinghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kpS0-idyuE.

    Old Point National Bank (Old Point) has rolled out numerous measures to offer assistance to their consumer and business clients impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. https://bit.ly/2UswXsj 

    Office Depot: https://business.officedepot.com/cm/article/preparing-your-business-to-work-from-home

    Free advertising to local restaurants from our partners at Cox Mediahttps://bit.ly/2X5Q0u9

    An innovative and vital service offered by our partners at Top Guard Security.

     

     

    FROM NON-PROFIT BUSINESSES

    On the unique challenge for non-profits during this pandemic: https://nonprofitquarterly.org/covid-19-reminds-us-no-nonprofit-is-an-island/  

    Virginia Peninsula Foodbankhttp://hrfoodbank.org/covid-19/

    VersAbility Resourceshttps://chambermaster.blob.core.windows.net/userfiles/UserFiles/chambers/832/CMS/Home_Page/VersAbility-Resources-Update-(2020-0318).pdf

    Volunteer Hampton Roads is collecting contact info from healthy, low risk individuals who are interested in volunteering. Here's the link: https://www.volunteerhr.org/coronavirus 

    Here's important info from the United Way Emergency Fundhttps://www.uwvp.org/united-way-emergency-fund

    The Hampton Roads Workforce Council Business Services team is working with employers to assist with their needs. If you are, or know a business owner, employer or HR representative who is considering work stoppages, layoffs or furloughs, we encourage you to contact the Business Services team. They will get back to you within one (1) business day, or sooner, to discuss information and services that may assist impacted employees, including Unemployment Insurance, tax assistance, layoff aversion strategies, financial planning, remote access career services and more. Contact: Steve Cook at scook@vcwhamptonroads.org

    Community Knights, Inc has created a COVID-19 Nonprofit Response Fund to assist nonprofits and public school organizations who are being impacted by the virus.  Nonprofit and public school programs, who are being negatively impacted by the virus, can apply for financial assistance on our website. Each application will be reviewed and assessed on need and impact on the well being of the Virginia Peninsula. Here is the website with more information: https://communityknights.org/?blm_aid=39634960

     

     

    RETAIL ALLIANCE STRIVE WEBINARS

    Check out these Retail Alliance Strive webinars:

    • Mind Hack Coach Lisa Smith will be presenting on Resiliency and Decision-Making in Uncertain Times: From Fear to Hope to Freedom, Tuesday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m. Click here to register for the online event. Lisa Smith will share some crucial information, insight and resources right now to help retailers stay in the right mindset for making decisions and feeling a sense of hope that there are things they CAN do and control right now in the midst of this.
    • Bernd Haase, The Alternative Board, is presenting Emergency Business Planning, Thursday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m. Click here to register. There are three ways you can face the uncertain future: panic, do nothing, or plan. As a TAB Business Coach, Bernd's goal is to guide business owners through these tough times and help navigate the uncertain waters…and the best way to do this is to plan, making the situation under your control as much as possible.
    • Sonya Schweitzer, The Intentional Marketer, is presenting How to Use Email Marketing to reach your customers, improve sales, and increase customer interaction. Tuesday, April 7 at 8.30-9.45 a.m. Click here to register.
    • Coronavirus Retail Briefing by Virginia Retail Federation lobbyist Kate Baker. She will answer questions you may have. Friday April 3rd, 9:30am. Register here.
    • And don't forget we have opened up access to everyone for 2018, 2019 and 2020 STRIVE Workshop Recordings in the hopes that some of this info could help you and your business.

     

     

    NEWS YOU CAN USE

    News on unemployment benefitshttps://www.wric.com/news/virginia-news/were-you-laid-off-because-of-coronavirus-heres-how-you-can-apply-for-unemployment-benefits/
     
    Guidance from the Department of Treasury for deferring tax payments
    https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm948

    https://www.wavy.com/news/health/coronavirus/resources-and-updates-for-businesses-and-workers-in-hampton-roads/

    Better Business Bureau warns consumers about coronavirus scams: https://www.wavy.com/news/local-news/norfolk/better-business-bureau-warns-consumers-about-coronavirus-scams/

    Rush on drive-through COVID-19 tests has subsided, Sentara Williamsburg official says: https://www.wavy.com/news/local-news/williamsburg/rush-on-drive-through-covid-19-tests-has-subsided-sentara-williamsburg-official-says/

    Kroger hiring: flexible for people whose current jobs have been suspended: https://www.wthr.com/article/kroger-hiring-flexible-people-whose-current-jobs-have-been-suspended

    The Federal Tax filing deadline has been moved to July 15th: https://www.virginiabusiness.com/article/federal-tax-filing-deadline-moved-to-july-15/
     
    Virginia has extended the State Tax payment deadline to June 1st but taxes must still be filed by May 1st: https://www.virginiabusiness.com/article/virginia-extends-tax-deadline-to-may-1/

    We know that many of you are being laid off and are looking for ways to make ends meet. Here is some info to help you file for Unemployment Insurance while you seek new employment.

    Employees of BJ's Wholesale Club will soon take home additional pay temporarily. https://www.wfxrtv.com/health/coronavirus/bjs-temporarily-increases-pay-for-employees-including-those-in-virginia/
     
    Dominion will work with customers on a case-by-case basis to help them get their accounts current, but are reminding people of what they can do to keep their energy bills low during the COVID-19 crisis.
     https://www.wavy.com/news/dominion-continues-to-charge-for-power-usage-during-covid-19-crisis/

    We know that there are many beginner remote workers out there, Here are some tips from veterans: https://www.modernservantleader.com/servant-leadership/top-9-tips-for-working-remotely/

    As COVID-19 threatens mental health, EVMS professor emphasizes finding ways to reduce stress.   https://www.wavy.com/news/health/coronavirus/as-covid-19-threatens-mental-health-evms-professor-emphasizes-finding-ways-to-reduce-stress/.

    Our new heroes, truckers keep trucking during COVID-19 crisis: https://www.nwahomepage.com/news/a-closer-look/a-closer-look-truckers-keep-trucking-during-covid-19-crisis/.

    Five tips for keeping your cool during the coronavirus: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/03/25/5-tips-staying-sane-during-covid-19-coronavirus-crisis-column/2906861001/

    Colonial Downs serving 20,000 free meals to Virginia's coronvirus first responders and will pay employees through April: https://www.wavy.com/news/health/coronavirus/colonial-downs-to-serve-20000-free-meals-to-virginias-coronavirus-first-responders-pay-employees-through-april/


    ‘Flushable’ wipes causing major plumbing problems during COVID-19 crisis: https://www.wavy.com/news/health/coronavirus/flushable-wipes-causing-major-plumbing-problems-during-covid-19-crisis/

    MyPillow pitching in to make face masks for hospitals to support coronavirus response. https://bit.ly/3dvuTr5

    Joann Fabrics Will Give You Supplies To Make Face Masks For Nurses and Doctors. https://bit.ly/2JhCoUQ

    Help is coming for gig economy workers and small businesses hit by the coronavirus crisis: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/26/business/coronavirus-help-for-self-employed/index.html

    REAL ID deadline has been extended by 12 months. https://www.wavy.com/news/national/real-id-deadline-extended-by-12-months/

    Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) - Essential Service Plan Reflects Reduced Demand During Pandemic: https://bit.ly/2wMHQfC

    Dine-in restaurants hoping to pay the bills -- and “stay relevant” -- by shifting to take-outhttps://bit.ly/33XKiMg

    Join Shelley Smith from Premier Rapport and PenSHRM for a free webinar on Tuesday March 31st at 12 pm: "Shared Leadership in Today’s New Business Model, Owning Our New Norm." Join at the link: https://bit.ly/3autjUh

    FDA approves new 5 minute point-of-care coronavirus test: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/news/fda-approves-game-changer-test-5163218/

    Here's an update from a project that is going to be key to an economic recovery here in Hampton Roads, the HRBT Expansion Project.

    We're proud of our Chamber partners at Versability Resources who helped get USNS Comfort ready to sail to aid NYC! https://sourceamerica.org/people-disabilities-support-usns-comfort-mission-aid-new-york-city

    Virginia Natural Gas joins Southern Company Gas in donations to local nonprofits for Coronavirus response and relief: https://bit.ly/2wTXgPg

    Thankful for our Freight Railroadshttps://gorail.org/infrastructure/5-ways-freight-railroads-serve-you-during-a-pandemic

    Restaurant employees can apply for free $500 grant during COVID-19 crisis: https://bit.ly/2wOkshY

    Here is a list of businesses in the 757 that are still open for business. If your business is still open, contact WNIS and make sure they have the proper information. Thanks to WNIS for putting this together. http://wnis.com/open-for-business/

    The City of Newport News Recovery Operations Center, located at 520 Atkinson Way, will re-open to the public on Saturday, April 4. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Citizens may bring bagged household trash, recyclable items, electronics, yard debris, and white goods (i.e., old appliances, refrigerators, washing machines). Compost and mulch will not be available for purchase, and household hazardous waste will not be accepted at this time.

    Be advised that:

    • The facility is open to Residents of Newport News ONLY.
    • There will likely be delays in access due to increased distance and other restrictions in accordance with CDC standards, as well as Executive Orders 53 and 55
    • Offices will remain closed to the public during this time.

    To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 to citizens and employees, residents are asked to limit spring cleaning and bulk disposal to items that must be disposed of immediately. For additional information, please call 933-2311.

    Businesses Unite - A good article on how the forces of capitalism are uniting to defeat COVID-19 and get the U.S. back on its feet. It's happening locally, too: https://dailysign.al/2yyChBT

    How the American Worker Can Survive Financially During the next 3 Months: https://www.zippia.com/job-search/remote-jobs/

    A little help getting through the day - Here's a helpful guide to staying active, healthy and happy while riding out the pandemic in quarantine. Subscription is free. https://www.morningbrew.com/the-essentials

    Open for Business - A list of local businesses that are still open. If your business is open and not on this list, there is contact information to get added: https://wydaily.com/local-news/2020/04/03/local-essential-and-open-safely-feed-your-habits-home-projects-and-family-by-checking-this-directory-free-read/  

     

     

    PENINSULA BIZ BUZZ

    We will be recording episodes of Peninsula Biz Buzz on a regular basis throughout the COVID-19 crisis. These episodes will be focused on subjects relevant to the crisis and designed to promulgate information important to our members and partners. On April 1st we recorded the third episode with Debra Farley, Associate Executive Director of the Hampton Roads SBDC, talking about disaster relief for small businesses. Please also check out the first two: (1) With Shawn Avery of the Hampton Roads Workforce Council, (2) With Doug Smith of the Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance.

    Here are links to video Podcasts with Mayor Tuck of Hampton and Mayor Price of Newport News. We discussed COVID-19 responses from the cities and the way ahead.

     

     

    INFORMATION FOR NOTARIES

    Many Notaries have contacted the NNA with urgent questions about performing remote online notarizationHere are answers to help you.

    Information on the latest emergency Notary rules issued by states. https://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2020/03/states-emergency-action-remote-notarization?utm_campaign=bulletin20200330&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nnabulletin&utm_content=BodyTitleStateNotaryRulesUpdate&content_type=11&position=2&NNAID=15843118

    To ensure the safety of Notaries and signers, some companies recommend "window-separated signings" performed at a safe distance. Follow these guidelines if asked to perform one of these signings.

    Learn the differences between three important RON tools — electronic seals, electronic signatures and digital certificates — and how each of them are used by Notaries. https://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2020/03/notary-technology-digital-certificates?utm_campaign=bulletin20200330&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nnabulletin&utm_content=BodyTitleDigitalCertificates&content_type=2&position=4&NNAID=15843118

    1,000 NSAs Wanted for RON: https://www.nationalnotary.org/notary-bulletin/blog/2020/03/notarize-recruiting-signing-agents-for-remote-notarizations?utm_campaign=bulletin20200330&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nnabulletin&utm_content=BodyTitleNotarizeRecruitment&content_type=9&position=5&NNAID=15843118

    Find the latest information on Notary emergency rules, guidelines and safety tips here.

     

     

    ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY INFORMATION

    Newport News and Hampton have local elections scheduled for May 5th. There are no current plans to reschedule these elections. Here is some guidance on voting absentee, which all are encouraged to do: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/

    Two of our members, The Mariners' Museum and the Virginia Living Museum, are offering Virtual Tours on their websites if you're looking for an escape or something for your kids to do. (1) https://www.marinersmuseum.org/ (2) https://thevlm.org/

    Child Care Aware of Virginia is a local resource for finding child care. They are updating their list of providers daily and are ready to help essential personnel find child care.  Child Care Aware can be reached at 1-866-KIDS-TLC (1-866-543-7852).

    With this COVID-19 (Coronavirus) concern many offices and individuals are looking to work remotely from home or elsewhere outside the office.  BCS Voice and Data Solutions, in partnership with our vendor StarLeaf, is offering 3 MONTHS FREE BASIC video conferencing for businesses.  NO STRINGS – NO CONTRACTS.  For anyone needing more than 20 participants in a meeting or longer than 45 minute meeting time, there are HEAVILY DISCOUNTED BUSINESS and ENTERPRISE options.  Please direct all questions to Paul Hunter at (757) 213-3137 or phunter@bcsvoicedata.com

     

     

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED / HOW YOU CAN HELP

    Can you volunteer as a Meals on Wheels delivery person on the Peninsula? Volunteer HR could use your help. Info at the link: https://www.volunteerhr.org/opportunity/a0C3l00000hoCJhEAM

    Helpers in Hampton.  https://www.wavy.com/news/local-news/hampton/fill-that-bus-community-wide-drive-to-collect-donations-for-hampton-residents-in-need/

    The United Way of the Virginia Peninsula has set up the COVID-19 Peninsula Emergency Response Fund to help its partner agencies cope with the higher operating costs during this crisis. To donate to this fund, go to https://www.uwvp.org/ and click on the donate button.

    The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association is leading the hospital response to COVID-19 in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health, and working to increase supplies for testing and protection of health care workers. I am writing to see if any of your member organizations might have access to appropriate supplies and consider donating to Virginia’s hospitals. Point of contact is VSAE Board Member Tracey van Marcke at tvanmarcke@vhha.com
     
    Items most needed include:

    • Nasal Swabs
    • Surgical masks
    • N95 Respirators
    • Protective Gowns
    • Face shields 
    • Protective eye wear/goggles
    • Disposable gloves - sterile and non-sterile
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Bleach cleaning wipes

     

    NetworkPeninsula is maintaining a list of current needs from local nonprofits as they continue to serve our communities during this time. These include ways you can help remotely and/or via social distancing guidelines. If you are in need of services, they have also compiled a list of services that nonprofits are continuing to provide to people in need.  These links will continue to be updated so please keep checking back. Thank you for your support of our vital nonprofit sector!

    Because of the Covid – 19 virus, the Peninsula Foodbank is moving its delivery process off site. Volunteers are needed to man these remote sites and help package food. Those that would like to help, should visit www.hrfoodbank.org/volunteer/.

    Blood Donations – The American Red Cross  (https://www.redcross.org/) faces a severe blood shortage. According to the Red Cross, “Donating is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood or platelets.” To review local blood drives and make your appt: https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html.

    The Governor has asked for volunteers to serve in the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps (http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/mrc/). They are looking for health care professionals who are 18 or older, both currently and previously licensed, and medical students. People can apply at https://vvhs.vamrc.org/?action=volunteers.overview

    Sentara Healthcare is accepting PPE donations at a location near you. https://www.wavy.com/news/health/coronavirus/sentara-norfolk-general-is-asking-for-ppe-donations/

    Here is donations information from our healthcare partners on the Peninsula:

     

    The Peninsula Agency on Aging needs your support as volunteers for the meals-on-wheels program and/or donated items. Please click HERE for more information.

    April is National Volunteer Month and our community needs your help more than ever. Check out opportunities at the link: https://www.volunteerhr.org/coronavirus

    The CDC and other recognized authorities believe there is the potential for a huge spike in cases over the next two weeks.  The Chaplaincy Department at Sentara is doing a great job with providing assistance to patients and staff currently.  If the potential spike does occur, their Chaplaincy Department would possibly need some assistance with servicing the increased patients and staff.  In an effort to be prepared/be proactive, they are reaching out to our community for volunteers.  They would need the help of clergy/faith leaders with or without chaplaincy training.
     
    If you are a clergy/faith leader and would like to volunteer in the Chaplaincy Department to assist patients and staff if the need arises, please complete the documents (2) below and return by April 9, 2020.  If you are not a clergy/faith leader, please share this with the leaders at your place of worship as soon as possible. 
     
    What is required:

    If you have any questions or concerns, please call Jerry Kellam, M.Div. at (757) 827-2142.

     

     

    INNOVATIVE IDEAS

    The hospitality industry is taking a very big financial hit from the COVID-19 crisis. Two of our members are thinking outside the box. More info below:

    Element Hampton Peninsula Town Center - Rent a Guest Room as an Office for the Day.

    Newport News Marriott at City Center - Rent a Guest Room as an Office for the Day and Function Spaces for Daycare Organizations.

    Here is a list of distilleries in the United States who are making hand sanitizer for their local communities and beyond to fight COVID-19. If any local distilleries would like to participate, information is on the form. (1) https://www.distilledspirits.org/distilleries-making-hand-sanitizer/ (2) https://www.distilledspirits.org/distillers-responding-to-covid-19/distilleries-making-hand-sanitizer/?gv_search=&filter_4_4=Virginia&mode=any

    757 Arts & Entertainment Virtual Activities
    There’s always something exciting going on in Hampton Roads. HERE is a rundown of events for all ages happening virtually and streaming live.

     

     

    WHO'S HIRING?

    The Hampton Roads Workforce Council has a working list of businesses hiring in the 757. This list is focused on companies that have multiple openings that can meet the greatest need. If you have additions to the list, please contact Steve Cook at scook@vcwhamptonroads.org. Here is the current list: https://bit.ly/2UBwi6O

    Here's a link to businesses hiring in the 757 from the Hampton Roads Workforce Councilhttp://www.vcwhamptonroads.org/corona-virus-update/

    These companies are hiring - From the Virginia Employment Commissionhttps://wydaily.com/local-news/2020/04/03/if-you-lost-your-job-because-of-the-coronavirus-these-companies-are-hiring/

     

     

    WHO'S HUNGRY?

    Please click HERE to view a list of local restaurants open for Pick-Up and/or Delivery.

    Virginia Tourism Corporation has started a Statewide Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Takekout Week (March 30 - April 5) and Newport News is joining in to help our restaurants during this hard economic times. HERE is a list of Newport News Restaurants participating.

    FM99 has compiled a list of restaurants throughout the 757 who are open for pick-up and/or delivery.  The full list can be found HERE.

    A list of additional Williamsburg Restaurants open can be found HERE.

    A list of additional Hampton Restaurants can be found HERE.