COVID-19 Resources

Welcome

We know that these are scary and uncertain times for everyone on the planet right now. It feels to many of us like our entire lives have transformed overnight, and we are searching for information, leadership, a game plan, a way forward, hope…

Here on the COVID-19 Resources Page, we’re working to meet as many of those needs as we can. We’ve freshly updated with news, business and individual resources, as well as current CDC and Vermont guidelines.

We’ll keep posting current news and resources, opportunities for aid and action, and well-articulated ideas about how we move forward from here, and harness this pivotal moment to create a more just, equitable, peaceful, sustainable, and cannabis-filled world.

Smoky, green blessings on you all!

Covid-19 Timeline

COVID-19 Timeline

Business

Funding Sources

  • Paycheck Protection Program: The Small Business Administration has approved nearly 4.8 million forgivable loans to small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program since it opened in early April. The PPP program ended last Tuesday, on June 30. Here’s how to fill out your PPP loan forgiveness form, and what the requirements are.
  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: The US Small Businesses Administration has reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19. 7/16 update: Info on EIDL for cannabis and hemp biz 
  • Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program: The SBA’s website describes this program in the following way: The SBA has also established a pilot program that allows SBA Express Lenders authority to deliver expedited SBA-guaranteed financing on an emergency basis for disaster-related purposes to eligible small businesses, while they apply for and await long-term financing.
  • FSA Loans: Licensed hemp growers may qualify for FSA loans just like other row crops and traditional farmers. Starting with the 2020 crop year, FSA is able to consider applications from hemp growers.  There are prerequisites for hemp-related applicants, including submission of a copy of the grower’s license and a requirement that the grower has a valid contract for the sale of his/her crop.

Business Resources: COVID-19

Business Resources: Vermont

Town Meeting House in Marlboro, Vermont.

COVID-19 News

Individual

Masks Now Mandatory in Vermont

Effective Friday, August 1, 2020, the amendment requires all Vermonters to wear masks or cloth facial coverings any time it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet with others from outside their household.

Get more information about VT Gov. Scott’s mask announcement.

Statewide Resources

Mental Health Resources

Free Food for Children and Adults

Resources By County

Chittenden County

Franklin and Grand Isle County

Northeast Kingdom (Orleans, Essex, Caledonia Counties) 

Washington County

Other Resources - Capstone Community Action

Please note, our doors may be locked, but we are open for business.

Emergency Housing and Fuel Assistance

Starting Monday March 16th, our staff will be available to work with you over the phone.  Please call: 1-800-639-1053 to schedule a call with a counselor.

Barre Food Shelf

Starting Monday, March 16th, our food shelf will begin pre-packaging bags which will be available for pick up on our loading dock, behind the building.  For the time being, our MWF schedule will remain the same. You may continue to visit every 14 days, and on Tuesdays for fresh produce and bread.

Tax Assistance

Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will be accepting drop-offs at our Gable Place office in Barre, our Randolph office, and our Morrisville office.  We will not be conducting in-person appointments at this time. Please call: (802) 477-5148 to arrange a drop-off, or drop off during regular business hours. If doors are locked, ring the doorbell and someone will collect your paperwork.  Please bring your picture ID and social security number cards for you and your dependents, if applicable, and we will make copies.

Health Information

If you’re symptomatic, please call your doctor first.

Donations

  • Vermont Foodbank. Communications director Nichole Whalen says cash donations are more helpful than food or other items at this time.
  • Donate blood. The FDA has raised concerns about a blood shortage as donation drives are cancelled.
  • VTCOVID-19 Response Fund. The Vermont Community Foundation has set-up a special fund to help both with emergency response efforts and longer term recovery.