Below are relevant links and resources for individuals, businesses and volunteers during the current pandemic. Please contact our office if you require additional assistance. We are here to helpDon't Know Where To Start?
Dial 211Are You Sick with Covid-19? What should you do? HERE
Do You Know Someone Who is Sick? What should you do HEREArea ResourcesGovernor Scott's Call for Assistance (April 1, 2020)
Medical Reserve Corp Volunteers Needed to Bolster Existing Health Care WorkersThose with medical experience or other health care background and the ability to volunteer are needed to bolster the ranks of Vermont’s current health care workforce. The state’s volunteer website directs these individuals to Vermont’s MRC units, community-based groups of volunteers who can supplement local emergency, health care provider staff and public health resources. This is needed because Vermont’s existing health care workers are going above and beyond to respond to this challenge as it unfolds, and they are going to need reinforcements.The following skills are needed:
- Licensed and certified health care professionals;
- People with mental health, or other types of clinical or professional experience;
- Health care administrative experience, such as with medical data entry or language translators; and
- People who have worked with displaced individuals, such as homeless shelter programs.
Other individuals who do not have medical or healthcare backgrounds but are willing to volunteer their time in Vermont’s response effort can register through the state’s volunteer web portal and indicate their expertise and availability.
In addition to volunteering, Vermonters can also give back in the following ways:
Donate PPE: Donations of N95 masks, medical and industrial grade or surgical masks can be brought to your nearest State Police Barracks.
You can find the location nearest to you here: https://vsp.vermont.gov/stations.
Give blood: Visit the American Red Cross to learn how to safely donate blood: https://www.redcross.org/local/new-hampshire-vermont.html.Governor Scott's Executive OrderGovernor Scott's Stay at Home OrderGovernor Scott's Travel Restriction OrderGeneral Resources
Department of Labor's responses to specific Covid 19, labor-related issues for businesses and employees: HEREPurchase locally made hand sanitizer at Smuggler's Notch, HERE
Northwestern Medical Center's new guidelines and tips for staying healthy: HERE
Vermont Department of Health: HERE
Center for Disease Control/Prevention: HEREHunger Free Vermont resource page: HEREVermont Chamber of Commerce resource page: HEREComprehensive List of Local Business Statuses (open/closed/delivery, etc.) HERESeven Days List of food resources: HERESubmit to VT Digger's business directory list: HERE
VT Online form for Initial Unemployment Claims
VT Dept. of Labor's COVID-19 page
VT Dept. of Labor phone numbers:
Employer Assistance Line - 877-214-3331
Employees with first-time claims - 1-877-214-3330
Employees with existing claims - 1-877-214-3332
Business Disaster Relief
Link to Paycheck Protection Program HERE
Link to SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs)
The Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) is providing various resources to help support small business during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Link to SBA's Disaster Recovery Guide for Businesses
Business Financial Counseling Resources
SBA disaster assistance customer service center: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339)
Local SBA information: 802-828-4422.
The State of VT advises you to fill out this Estimated Economic Injury Worksheet and email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to the State of VT's Resources for Business (State & Federal resource clearinghouse)
There is also a hotline set up at (802) 461-5143.
Here, you can report impacts directly or request other resources. The hotline will be staffed Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Interactive Public Wi-Fi Hot Spot Map: The Vermont Department of Public Service has released an interactive Public Wi-Fi Hot Spot Map to help Vermonters connect to publicly available internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The map includes the location of the Wi-Fi hot spots and pertinent information about how to access them, including places where users can access Wi-Fi from outside the building or in a parked vehicle to encourage social distancing.
CARE Act FAQ: HERE
The IRS has announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees.
Additional guidance, including how to claim the credits in advance, is being prepared and will post to the IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief page as soon as it is available.
The Department of Taxes announced relief for businesses who owe Meals and Rooms Tax or Sales and Use Tax until further notice. Taxpayers who are unable to meet the March 25th and April 25th deadlines on these taxes due to COVID-19 mitigation steps, will not be charged any penalty or interest for late submissions of these taxes.
Vermonters are advised as well that income tax filing due dates for the following taxes have been extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020.
How You Can Help
The Town and City of St. Albans have partnered on a brief survey for potential volunteers and donors for local organizations. The information will be shared with relevant organizations that could use your help. Here is the survey link.
The United Way of Northwest Vermont has established the COVID-19 United Response Fund to rapidly mobilize resources to support organizations on the front lines of supporting communities and families most impacted by COVID-19. All dollars given through this fund will be used to support organizations and people in our communities throughout Northwest Vermont. This includes Franklin and Grand Isle Counties.
Organizations Seeking Assistance
Age Well, which does Meals on Wheels, at 1-800-642-5119.
Martha's Community Kitchen (Community soup kitchen) at 524-9749.
Northwest Family Foods (Food shelf) at 527-7392.
Samaritan House (Transitional housing) 527-0847 and email@example.com.
Laurie's House/Voices Against Violence (Transitional housing for women affected by domestic violence) 524-6575
School District Updates
Maple Run USD News page