The ICA is offering their Rapid Response Support to provide small businesses with zero interest loans to address the immediate gaps in capital. These interest-free loans are the first of more than $800,000 that ICA will get out the door to help companies weather the storm of the pandemic and thrive when shelter-in-place mandates are lifted. LEARN MORE
The Oakland Chamber of Commerce has put together necessary information and resources related to COVID-19. The Oakland Chamber of Commerce is also increasing its support for small businesses by offering information about the CARES Act, referring businesses to advisors who can assist with business planning and financing, and sharing updates on current and prospective funding opportunities. LEARN MORE
Resources for Oakland businesses, nonprofits, and workers to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to COVID-19. This includes low-interest SBA Disaster Loans, deferral of payroll taxes, unemployment insurance, business tax extensions and payment plans, and KIVA zero-interest crowdsourced loans. LEARN MORE
The Small Business Emergency Grant Program provides rapid response working capital grants of $5,000 to small businesses owned by low-income individuals. Grants can be used to cover costs such as rent and utilities, worker payroll, outstanding debt, and other immediate operational costs. LEARN MORE
The Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund provides immediate grants to nonprofit organizations working on the front lines in four priority areas: food, homelessness, community health, and economic security. To date, the fund has raised nearly $4 million through the generosity of major foundations and corporations, as well as more than 150 community members who have made individual gifts. LEARN MORE
Alameda County Law Librarians are working remotely and are committed to providing critical public access to legal information during these difficult times. Email them at [email protected] to request a document from Westlaw, Lexis, OnLaw, HeinOnline. You can also call them at 510-208-4832 or chat with a librarian by clicking the “Ask Now” button on the publiclawlibrary.org website. LEARN MORE
Staff are available to assist tenants and landlords regarding the moratorium on residential and commercial evictions at 510-238-3721 and [email protected] during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Leave a message and a housing counselor will return your call within 24 hours.
The State has expedited Medi-Cal for new applicants, waiving certain paperwork requirements including citizenship documents. If you are already enrolled in Medi-Cal or CalWORKS, your benefits will continue through June 16. If your benefits have already terminated, you have to reapply. LEARN MORE
Fresh Life Foundation (FLF), in partnership with Community Foods Market, is offering FREE Senior Delivery Service, a no-contact offering to residents 65 and older in the Clawson, Hoover-Foster, and McClymond’s neighborhoods of West Oakland during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place period. LEARN MORE
SRA is opening its doors to provide free virtual college and career advising through the SRA Hub to any high school or college student facing challenges as a result of COVID-19 transitions. The SRA Hub is an online college and career advising platform offering 24/7 access. The SRA Hub provides students comprehensive, up-to-date information, personal advisors to facilitate college and career opportunities, and a supportive online community of motivated peers. LEARN MORE
The Family Paths Parent Hotline provides free and confidential counseling, information, and referrals to anyone in need of parenting support. You have access to caring helpline counselors for anonymous calls at any time, or you can schedule regular callbacks to receive support for your parenting or family concerns. The hotline can also refer you to Family Paths’ services and 900+ Alameda County resources. LEARN MORE
California has partnered with the philanthropic community to provide $125 million to support undocumented Californians who have been impacted by COVID-19. Adults will receive a one-time payment of $500 and families can receive up to $1,000 in relief. LEARN MORE
Tune in to School*ish every Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. on Facebook Live. Tovi C. Scruggs-Hussein is a visionary educator, author, and award-winning urban high school principal with more than 25 years of emotional intelligence training. LEARN MORE
Join an upcoming webinar on how to care for our seniors with Edie Yau, Alzheimer’s Association, and Christina Irving, Family Caregiver Alliance. JOIN WEBINAR
- Caregiving from Afar: Caring for a Loved One Across Town, Across the Country, or in Senior Living (April 22, 1 to 2 p.m.)
- Essential Conversations: Planning for Care and Serious Illness during the COVID-19 Crisis (April 29, 1 to 2 p.m.)
- Caring for Yourself while you’re Caring for Someone Else: Stress Relief, Respite (May 6, 1 to 2 p.m.)
- Meeting ID: 542-551-463
Now more than ever, there are organizations that could use your support. Check out this list of available volunteer opportunities.
Assist packing or delivering food to our seniors with SOS Meals on Wheels.
Become an Oakland Promise mentor.
Give blood at the American Red Cross.
Pair up with an elder or immuno-compromised member of the community who needs help over the next few weeks with Oakland at Risk.
Volunteer with Institute on Aging, which offers a 24-hour friendship line for people 60 years and older, adults with disabilities, and those feeling isolated.
Donate protective gear and medical supplies at many drop-off locations throughout the Bay Area.
Spread the word about California Health Corps, Governor Newsom's effort to expand our healthcare workforce to address the COVID-19 surge. Healthcare professionals with an active license, public health professionals, medical retirees, medical and nursing students, or members of medical disaster response teams statewide are all encouraged to join.
If you own an empty house or are unable to rent your property during this crisis, Airbnb is partnering with hosts to connect 100,000 healthcare providers, relief workers, and first responders with clean, convenient places to stay that allow them to be close to their patients.
Californians can learn about ways to assist their community at a new state web portal for volunteers.