Updates and Resources Regarding COVID-19 — Please check each section as new posts are added at least every other day. Thank you.
From “Keeping You Posted” – COVID19 economic relief package of the national setting offer $2.6m in opportunities, which includes the $1.5m contribution to the low interest loan pool held with Cornerstone. Each resource pool is listed with a brief description, active link to either the application or additional information, and a contact person for more information if needed. A small review team, inclusive of CCM representation, is in place for grant reviews. And every grant application requires either a conference referral for Wider Church or a conference endorsement for Justice & Local Church Ministries. We will begin processing grants on June 1. We pray this offering, made possible by the generous contributions of our churches, will enhance your efforts and assist them now in this hour of need. The KYP link is below. It was published at 1pm EST on Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Updates from UCC Disaster Ministries posted 5.11.2020
Here is a link to the guidance the CDC tried to provide us. There are specific guidelines for faith communities in this. I hope we get these “officially” soon. Click Here
Click Here for Individual & Community Preparedness Newsletter (FEMA) – In This Issue:Ready Tips, CERT & Communities, Children & Disasters, Important Dates
May 5 – 2PM – Webinar Boundaries Youth Ministry
From the National UCC
You should be able to go there Monday through Friday to get updates.
From the PA Council of Churches
We have been maintaining a page with a variety of COVID-19 resources (https://www.pachurches.org/covid-19-coronavirus-resources/), updated nearly daily. Here are the most recent additions: (5.12.2020)
- Just In: 13 More Pennsylvania Counties to Move to Yellow Phase of Reopening on May 15
- Governor Wolf Announces Reopening of 24 Counties Beginning May 8
- Governor Wolf and Attorney General Shapiro Announce Protections from Foreclosures and Evictions Through July 10
- Wolf Administration Receives Approval to Launch Food Access Program for Students During COVID-19 Crisis
- Gov. Wolf Outlines Plans to Create Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corps to Support Fall COVID-19 Recovery Efforts
- Farmers Market Season is Here, Markets Prepared to Safely Serve Pennsylvanians Amid COVID-19
- DCNR Announces Plan for Reopening Some State Park, Forest Facilities
- Baseline COVID-19 Testing Program—Free Testing in Select States (including PA)
Here are the latest postings we have concerning COVID-19 information: (posted 5/1/2020)
- A Plan for Pennsylvanians: Relief, Reopening, and Recovery
- Summary of Governor Wolf’s Actions to Protect Health and Safety in PA
- More under Find PA Department of Human Services COVID-19 Guidance
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) link for Centers for Disease Control added to Federal COVID-19 Resources
- Pennsylvania Department of Education Receives USDA Waiver to Allow All Children to Qualify for Free Meals
Blessings and peace, Sandy
Rev. Sandra L. Strauss, Director of Advocacy & Ecumenical Outreach, PA Council of Churches
From Heather E. Kimmel, General Counsel, UCC
Liquidity, Necessity, and FAQ 31 uploaded on 5/1/2020
SBA’s recently released FAQ for religious organizations applying for loans under the CARES Act. Click Here to read
Many participants had questions about HR concerns for their churches in light of the new legislation and challenges as a result of COVID-19. We invite you to join us for our third COVID-19 related webcast on April 15 @ 2:00 Eastern Time. Churches across the country are faced with a multitude of concerns, including maintaining staff, reducing staff, and re-employment. This discussion will address the primary HR matters facing your ministry during these challenging times.
Our first COVID-19 webcast, featuring Heather Kimmel on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, can be found here.
Insurance Board is committed to helping you protect your ministry by offering resources to support it.
AVOAD Guidance: Volunteering and Volunteer Needs in the Midst of COVID-19
3. Volunteer Hubs: These are major volunteer hubs/centers that have been identified across the Commonwealth so far. Please email Julia Menzo email@example.com add additional hubs to the list
If your organization uses, please see these items:
2. Post your volunteer opportunities to PA211 Get Help.
The Partnership Center Center for Faith & Opportunity Initiatives U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
- Coronavirus Guidelines for America for slowing the spread of the virus includes the request to avoid social gatherings of 10 people or more.
- For updates on COVID-19, refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) dedicated website (which are also available in Spanish).
- For information and recommendations on LOCAL community actions designed to limit exposure to COVID-19, check with your state and local public health authorities.
- For specific guidance and instruction relative to your community’s tradition and practices, please refer to your national and regional denominations.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration provides a 24-hour-a-day “Disaster Distress Hotline,” crisis counseling to support people experiencing distress during or following a disaster, including those impacted by the novel coronavirus spread. The hotline offers immediate, cost-free and confidential counseling at 800-985-5990. Those who need help can also text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 to connect with a trained counselor.