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CAAs Taking ACTION in Response to COVID-19 (10/19 edition)

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COVID-19 Bringing Many New Faces to Community Action: “Just the Tip of the Iceberg"

Without a stimulus, Moody's economist predicts hard times ahead
VTDigger - Montpelier, VT – The nation’s economic and political future is clouded by uncertainty, but Moody’s analyst Emily Mandel had a crystal-clear message for Vermonters who tuned in to the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative breakfast...With the national economy hovering at about 80% of its pre-pandemic strength, and unemployment nationally now at an estimated 8%, the economic crisis brought on by Covid-19 dominated the chamber’s annual event...

On the brink
Tom Donahue figures he’s at the edge of a cliff.  He’s head of BROC, the community action agency for Rutland and Bennington counties, and he sees trouble ahead.  His agency anticipates the pandemic will linger through 2021, and things are about to get worse...

Vermont has five community action agencies...All five agencies are seeing the same things, Donahue said: As benefits begin to fall off for both businesses and individuals, “the numbers of people turning to us are increasing, with many new faces — the suddenly unemployed, or furloughed, people who never expected to lose their jobs.”  Now, though, they’re beginning to turn to the community action agencies for critical needs — help with food, electricity, heat, and so on. “We fully expect that to continue through 2021,” Donahue said. What he’s seeing now, he said, is “the tip of the iceberg.”

Website Revamped to Focus on COVID-19 Relief Services

CAO of WNY implements COVID-19 strategy across all programming
Niagara Frontier Publications - Grand Island, NY – The Community Action Organization of Western New York (CAO) has shifted its focus directly on COVID-19 as the coronavirus’ negative impact on the region’s underserved populations increases.  CAO’s website is updated to promote its comprehensive COVID-19 relief services and meet the community’s needs…

CAO has extended its outreach through grassroots efforts, social media, radio programming and collaborations.  The organization has also implemented technological advancements to better connect with the community, such as launching the CAO text line.  Clients can get related to resources immediately by texting CAOWNY to 474747 – read the full article for a summary of each CAO service addressing COVID-19 community needs.

Donated Desks Deliver Positive Messages for Low-Income Students

People across the country donate desks to children learning from home (video story)
Yahoo! Voices – John Wooden, of Columbus, Ohio, says his nonprofit, “Impact Community Action,” has received 20 additional desks for children in need after the organization appeared on “World News Tonight.”

More on IMPACT’s effort

National news story on building student desks PLUS do-it-yourself videos

Students excited about desks provided by IMPACT Community Action
ABC World News Tonight video

Drive-Up Events for Utility Bill, Rental Assistance & More

Palmetto CAP, Dominion Energy providing drive-up utility assistance
WCBD-TV - Mount Pleasant, SC – The Palmetto Community Action Partnership (Palmetto CAP) and Dominion Energy have partnered to provide tri-county residents curbside utility bill assistance.  Volunteers will be on site to assist customers in need of financial support, while maintaining a safe social distance...

Dominion Energy is aware of the financial struggles many customers are facing due to the pandemic, and “[remains] committed to ensuring…customers have the flexibility and financial support they need.”  …The events are held select Fridays, and customers can call (844) 769-6448 to schedule an appointment.

Food2Door for Seniors: Monthly Deliveries of 70 lb. Food Boxes

Tehachapi News - Tehachapi, CA – Thousands of Kern County seniors have taken advantage of the Food2Door food delivery program. But there are still spots open in rural communities across Kern County.  We are urging seniors to call the Community Action Partnership of Kern Food Bank to take advantage of this important opportunity.

Food2Door serves seniors 65 and over. Each eligible participant will get a 70-pound food box each month — dropped off at their home by Food2Door drivers.  This program is designed to help Kern County seniors protect their health during the COVID-19 pandemic…

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