NEWS – CARES Act Resources
As has been well publicized, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) is a $2 trillion economic relief package enacted to help individuals and businesses in the United States weather the severe financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Below find some useful articles and resources about how to access this aid:
- Has your business been impacted by COVID-19? Take SAMCEDA’s Business Economic Impact survey here. Gathering data on how the coronavirus situation has affected San Mateo businesses will allow to swiftly develop financial assistance programs that can be set in action immediately.
- Free sample Coronavirus Business Plan (small businesses and start-ups): provided by the Founder Institute. Download the plan at: https://fndri.com/cv_plan (click “File” and “Make a Copy” to create and save your own version).
Take the San Mateo County Nonprofits COVID-19 Impact Survey: select one person per organization to respond, please.
- Thrive has put together a website specifically geared towards providing resources to nonprofits located in San Mateo County. It can be accessed here.
- If you are in need of volunteers, contact San Mateo County at: Smc_volunteers@smcgov.org
Call for Volunteers: The County of San Mateo is looking for volunteers to help serve vulnerable members of our community during these difficult times. If you are under 60, in good health and ready to help, take this survey now.
- Resources for Parents: The San Mateo County Office of Education has information on its website to support administrators, educators, and families as they adjust to distance learning. These resources can be accessed here. Looking for activities for your kids? Try virtual field trips like the ones listed here, organize regular, virtual parties and dinners with friends and don’t forget to check out free online workout programs like the ones listed here. The San Mateo County Libraries has also compiled a list of at home enrichment activities that can be accessed at: https://smcl.org. It has resources that are relevant for all ages (children, families, seniors,…).
- Resources for the Elderly and People with Disabilities: Check the Administration for Community Living for information and resources for older adults and people with disabilities. It can be accessed here.
- Mental Health and Psychological Well-Being: Advice on how to cope for various population groups, including the general population, carers of children, older adults and people with underlying health conditions and in isolation was developed by the WHO (World Health Organization) and can be seen here.
- Scam Alert: Watch out for potential scammers using COVID-19 to steal personal information. To stay on top of potential scams, please visit the Federal Trade Commission webpage here.
- Cities’ Services to their Communities: Some cities, like Redwood City, have put together a comprehensive list of services, ranging from essential services like food distribution and housing to special shopping hours for seniors and people with special needs that their residents can easily access. Essential services often list links to key nonprofit, religious and other organization partners.
Donate:1) Money: San Mateo County Strong Fund. Support our community. Help provide emergency relief to those most impacted in San Mateo County by going to www.SMCStrong.org. Seeded with $3 million funding by the Board of Supervisors, the San Mateo County Strong Fund is accepting 100 percent tax deductible donations to be spent solely in San Mateo County to support individuals and families, non-profits serving our most vulnerable residents, small business owners, and self-employed residents hit hardest by California’s state-wide COVID-19 Shelter in Place order.