Welcome! I hope you find this page useful. Even if you're not one for reading, please at least take a few minutes to listen to the HELPFUL TIPS/COVID-19 TIPS audio that is located directly beneath this text. This has been floating around online for a while, but it has good info. Be vigilant and be well!
Click on "TODAY'S POSITIVE THOUGHT" below to see today's inspirational message.
Coronavirus Resource Menu
Scroll, or use these buttons to navigate to the section of interest.
A Little More Inspiration:
The CFPB has advice for surviving the pandemic's harm to your finances and credit.
Information regarding the Internal Revenue Service's response to this pandemic and options for taxpayers.
A list of banks and the relief/assistance being provided by them in response to this pandemic. This list is compiled - and frequently updated - by Forbes.
Stimulus or financial aid? Tomato, tomahto. Either way, here is a March 27th Yahoo News update on your (potential) money from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
The Federal Student Aid's website is packed with info regarding the possibility of a temporary halt to your loan payments and other FAQs about your education amidst this pandemic.
The U.S. Department of Labor's guide to collecting unemployment during this pandemic, including a link to guide you to your state's unemployment website.
Information / Prevention / Treatment
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website where you can find info on the coronavirus and other infectious diseases.
Official site for coronavirus information and guidelines from the United States government.
If you didn't listen to this at the top of the page, please listen now.
Already tired of your kids being home? Got questions about the status of their education or your own higher learning? Click the above link.
Travel advice, FAQs, a coronavirus-myths-busted section, and much more.
A state-by-state (and territory) guide to find your county's health department's website to stay informed on local orders.
Aid for Entertainment Industry Pros
It's NOT JUST FOR ACTORS. Don't be fooled by the name of this organization. They offer financial assistance to a variety of entertainment professionals. Click the above link to see if you qualify.
Go with the Flow
1099 workers can now file for unemployment insurance. Here is an informative flowchart from from the Beverly Hills Playhouse's Instagram. Click the pic to enlarge.
The Motion Picture & Television Fund is offering COVID-19 relief for IATSE members and other entertainment professionals.
This one, however, is just for actors, specifically actors who are members of SAG-AFTRA. Follow the link to apply.
New York Times Article with Links to Charities
Derrick Bryson Taylor of The New York Times wrote a great guide to "How You Can Help Victims of the Coronavirus Pandemic," but their site requires registration, so skip that, and read it here:
"Many charities and organizations are helping those affected by the pandemic. Here is what you can do to support them.
NOT SURE WHERE TO GIVE?
Charity Navigator, which evaluates charities using a numbers-based system, has a running list of nonprofits working in communities affected by the outbreak. There are organizations that focus on medical services, relief supplies and more.
WANT TO SIMPLY GIVE MONEY?
Global Giving is a large global crowdfunding community that connects nonprofits, donors and companies. It has set a goal of reaching $5 million in donations. Money received will go toward sending emergency medical workers to communities in need, providing medical supplies to hospitals and helping deliver essentials to families.
WANT TO GIVE TOWARD MEDICAL SUPPLIES?
Relief International, which operates in 16 countries throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia, has focused some of its efforts on helping Iran, where more than 20,000 infections and at least 1,500 deaths have been reported.
The group has so far provided more than 50,000 pieces of medical protective gear, including 24,000 masks and 5,000 pairs of goggles, as well as 40,000 kits to test for the coronavirus; 85 percent of all donated funds go directly to its programs.
Heart to Heart International is distributing urgently needed equipment and medication to its partners around the world. Medical supplies are also being delivered to providers on the front lines.
WANT TO DONATE BLOOD OR HELP PROVIDE FOOD?
Those seeking to give something other than money can look to the American Red Cross. There is a severe blood shortage because of a high number of blood drive cancellations during the outbreak, it said. Healthy donors are urged to give blood, platelets or AB plasma.
World Central Kitchen has stepped in to distribute meals to children and others in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Little Rock, Ark., after many schools closed. Beginning Monday, it will give food to families in Los Angeles, where schools are also closed.
Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, with a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries across the country. Its COVID-19 Response fund will help food banks across the country.
WANT TO DONATE TO HELP CHILDREN?
UNICEF is providing hygiene and medical kits to schools and health clinics.
Save the Children has partnered with No Kid Hungry to make sure schools and community programs have the support they need to keep children fed during the pandemic.
First Book has the goal of delivering seven million books to children in the United States who do not have internet access or home libraries so they can continue learning while schools are closed."
This link will take you to the ADAA's page for online support.
Click above to download ZOOM for free. It's a great way to video chat and stay connected with your loved ones.
Gyms are closed, but Planet Fitness has free, daily, at-home workouts that range between 20 to 30 minutes. Follow the link, and select the "United We Move" playlist.
On this page of the famous comedy club's website, you can view jokes by category or even submit your own joke to the site. *Disclaimer: I have not read all - or even many - of these jokes, so proceed with caution.
If you or a loved one is in distress, call 1-800-273-8255 (or click the above link) for free, confidential support.
Peace of Mind
If you just need a moment to take some deep breaths and relax, then check out the video below, and enjoy the pretty images, peaceful music, and soothing sounds. If you need more than a moment, you're in luck - the video is 3 hours.