The United Way of Franklin County and our Partners are supporting residents impacted by the Coronavirus, by establishing the Franklin County Relief and Response Fund. The Fund is accepting donations to support local children, families and seniors impacted by the virus. The United Way of Franklin County will coordinate with local nonprofits to determine ongoing needs and fund distribution.
Areas of anticipated need include:
- Food insecurities, such as homebound seniors and families with children
- Education interruptions, such as children in early Head-Start through postsecondary
- Employment reductions, such as reduced hours, layoffs and furlough
- Housing vulnerabilities, such as rental assistance and shelters for homeless
- Medical access, such as transportation or those in need of homebound supports
- Business disruption, such as resources for small business community
Anyone in Need of Medical Attention:
If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and develop symptoms, you may need to seek medical attention. Call your doctor for advice. If you do not have a primary care doctor, North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services has set up a COVID-19 hotline that is staffed by trained medical professionals. Should you have any questions or concerns about the Coronavirus, please call: 866-462-3821.
Anyone in Need of Assistance:
NC 2-1-1, a statewide United Way-funded hotline that serves as an information and referral service system for people in need, will continue to support callers needing access to health and human services resources such as food, financial assistance, and other basic needs. Should you need assistance, please call: 2-1-1. This service is free, confidential, and available in many languages 24/7, 365 days a year. Additional information is also available at www.nc211.org
COVID-19 Text Updates:
NC 2-1-1, is sending text updates and tips related to COVID-19. Simply text COVIDNC to 898211 to begin receiving the text messages.
Personal Safety Guidelines and Confirmed COVID-19 Cases:
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued several guidelines to limit travel, gatherings and social distancing. The CDC has launched a website, www.CoronaVirus.gov that details these guidelines and provides an updated account of confirmed COVID-19 cases and their locations.
If you’re planning to add programming to support people, please reach out to NC 2-1-1 with that information by filling out a Google form HERE. They’re collecting statewide economic hardship resources so that they can best direct people to the places best suited to support them.
CARES Act Funding Opportunities
There are two new funding opportunities in the federal CARES Act signed into law on Friday, March 27. The first is an expanded Small Business Loan program that provides loans to cover payroll and other overhead expenses. The loans will be forgiven at the end of the year. The second is a new charitable deduction that will drive new giving and tap new donors.
Paycheck Protection Program
First, the SBA 7(a) loan program called the Paycheck Protection Program allows 501(c)(3) charities to immediately take out loans equal to 2.5 times their average monthly payroll expenses. The loans come from traditional banks that have SBA authorization and the SBA provides a 100% guarantee.
United Way team members are continuing to work and remain committed to supporting your impact needs. We will not be hosting any large-scale volunteer events until further notice.
Links to Community Information and Resources:
- Click here for the latest from NC Governor Roy Cooper
- click here for FEMA grant form.https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2020/03/23/coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-public-assistance-simplified-application
- Click here for NC DHHS Updates
- Click here for https://www.fcschools.net/
- Click here for small business assistance https://edpnc.com/nc-business-relief-resources-covid-19/ [edpnc.com]