COVID-19 Updates

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


‘Things Will Never Be the Same’ – How the Pandemic Changed Worship
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
BREAKING NEWS: Key Takeaways for Churches from the Governor’s Press Conference 5.4.2020 
May 5 – 2PM – Webinar  Boundaries Youth Ministry
From the National UCC

   Click here for the COVID-19 Daily Briefing Archive 

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 (, updated nearly daily. Here are the most recent additions: (5.12.2020)


Here are the latest postings we have concerning COVID-19 information:  (posted 5/1/2020)

Governor Wolf Signs Bills Aimed at Fighting COVID-19 in Pennsylvania; Other COVID-19 Actions in PA

Emergency Housing for Isolated & Quarantined Persons in Pennsylvania 

New PA Department of Agriculture COVID-19 Resources

New PA Department of Health COVID-19 Resources

New Federal COVID-19 Resources

Food Connect Food Donation Quick Start Guide

United Way of PA Publishes COVID-19 Resources for the Public

PA Budget and Policy Center and Keystone Research Center Work on the COVID-19 Crisis

How Will The Coronavirus Stimulus Bill’s Individual Payments Work?

Blessings and peace,  Sandy

Rev. Sandra L. Strauss, Director of Advocacy & Ecumenical Outreach, PA Council of Churches




From Heather E. Kimmel, General Counsel, UCC

UPDATED 5.4.2020 CARES Act For Churches
Liquidity, Necessity, and FAQ 31  uploaded on 5/1/2020
Unemployment for Church Workers 4.15.2020

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.

4.3.2020 Cares Act for Churches

Covid 19 Procedure for Meeting Changes



AVOAD Guidance: Volunteering and Volunteer Needs in the Midst of COVID-19

1.  Volunteer Self Screening Guidelines (public guidance document)
Volunteer hubs and organizations organizing volunteers are welcome to utilize this recommended language for volunteer safety and self- screening . This has been reviewed by PA DOH. Volunteer Self Screening Guidelines reviewed by DOH
2.  Volunteer Messaging (for PAVOAD agencies and our stakeholder networks)
PAVOAD, please share this with PAVOAD member agencies and our various other stakeholder networks. Volunteer Messaging with logo

3.  Volunteer Hubs:  These are major volunteer hubs/centers that have been identified across the Commonwealth so far. Please email Julia Menzo jmenzo@libertylutheran.orgto add additional hubs to the list

If your organization uses, please see these items:

1.  Volunteer Hours Template (for PAVOAD agencies and our stakeholder networks)  volunteer hours template
Reimbursement may be available to voluntary agencies who are participating beyond traditional operations to support the COVID – 19 response and recovery effort.  Agencies are advised to track additional volunteer time and resources in response to COVID-19.

2.  Post your volunteer opportunities to PA211 Get Help.

Summarized messaging:
· Please list your volunteer opportunities on any local volunteer hubs or postings and on PA211 Get Help. Advertise those local volunteer hubs as prominently as possible
· If you would like to volunteer, please seek out opportunities with your local helping agencies or search local volunteer hubs (list attached) COVID-19 Major Volunteer Hubs
· If you still cannot find a place to volunteer, register on ServPa at and search PA211

The Partnership Center Center for Faith & Opportunity Initiatives U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Dear Friends:
     To support your leadership and your efforts, the Partnership Center created the  COVID-19 Recommended Preventive Practices and FAQs for Faith-based and Community Leaders — which is available on our website HHS.Gov/Partnerships.
     In it you’ll see that we point to primary buckets for guidance and information:
  • 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.
Warmly, Shannon Royce, JD Director


Increasing Connections and Overcoming Isolation (UCC Mental Health Justice Network

Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak (W.H.O.)

The National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) Updated Guide

Coronavirus Update: Mental Health Guidance, Public Health News and Resources

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. 

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