free Testing events this week
The CDC has provided print resources in various languages to inform individuals about COVID19.
English- COVID-19 Informational Flyer
Spanish- COVID-19 Informational Flyer
Arabic- COVID-19 Informational Flyer
Swahili- COVID-19 Informational Flyer
Farsi- COVID-19 Informational Flyer
Russian- COVID-19 Informational Flyer
Chinese- COVID-19 Informational Flyer
International Rescue Committee has released a flyer in many languages with safety tips and basic information about COVID-19.
Kinyarwanda- COVID-19 Informational Flyer
English- HIAS Know Your Rights During
Arabic- HIAS Know Your Rights During COVID-19
Farsi- HIAS Know Your Rights During COVID-19
French- HIAS Know Your Rights During COVID-19
Russan- HIAS Know Your Rights During COVID-19
Spanish- HIAS Know Your Rights During COVID-19
Swahili- HIAS Know Your Rights During COVID-19
QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19?
reopening Tools for Businesses and Workplaces
Prepare, Respond- Health Considerations and Tools for Businesses and Workplaces
CDC Plans for Workplaces- The purpose of this tool is to assist employers in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to protect vulnerable workers. It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.
CDC Plans for Restaurants and Bars- The purpose of this tool is to assist businesses in the food-service industry, such as restaurants and bars, in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.
Safer at Home- Virginia Phase One Guidelines for Businesses
CARES ACT & Economic Income PAyments
CVS Health Testing
CVS Pharmacy is providing COVID-19 testing in many drive-through locations across the country. PLEASE NOTE: The closest CVS that is providing this service is in Charlottesville. You must schedule an appointment in order to receive a test. You do not need a doctor's referral.
Harrisonburg City Schools Bagged Meals for Students
Patchwork Pantry- Harrisonburg, Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30pm
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
Summer Food Service Program
School Meal Finder- Find free food distribution sites organized by local school districts
Children and students 0-18 years old
- Text “Food” or “Comida” to 877-877 for the closest sites near you
- Visit http://www.doe.virginia.gov/ for daily meal distribution location updates
- Access https://schoolmealfinder.hoonuit.com/?filter_state=va for a map of meal sites
Families and seniors
- Visit www.commonhelp.virginia.gov to apply for social services
- Visit www.vafoodbanks.org for regional food distribution sites
For Diabetics in the workforce
American Diabetes Association- Know your rights information, how to request accommodations as you return to work, how to be prepared to return to work during a pandemic
for k-12 students
VPM Classroom- TV Shows by Virginia Educators
To help students avoid the summer slide, VPM has partnered with educators and non-profit organizations to create content that will keep students in grades 4-10 engaged in learning and inspired to discover more. Each show has been created and filmed by educators from their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. In certain shows, educators also introduce professionally-produced segments that reinforce the concepts being taught in an episode. The goal of VPM Classroom content is to educate, entertain, and inspire.
VPM Classroom airs each weekday starting at 1:00 p.m. on VPM Plus from July 6 - August 14, 2020. Tune in to watch or stream here anytime. New episodes are uploaded weekly.
VPM Classroom explores the following content areas and is correlated with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs).
Boys and Girls Club of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County is offering virtual programming so kids can keep learning, growing, and staying connected while they're out of school. Summer learning gaps occur for most young people but we recognize that the educational slide resulting from COVID-19 shutdowns will be bigger than ever, especially for those who need us most. BGCHR stands alongside our school partners by offering weekly online programming or, V-Club. V-Club is accessed through Facebook.
PBS/VPM Learning Resources English and Spanish
Learning Plus TV from Virginia Public Media- From 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., younger children can tune in to selected PBS KIDS programs. All shows are developed by teachers with curriculum objectives that teach literacy, science, math, social/emotional skills and more. From 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., will air educational programs for middle and high school students in the areas of science, social studies, arts and more.
Five Tips to Keep Your Kids Healthy and Active from Virginia First Lady, Daniel Tiger, and Katerina Kittycat.
Virginia Public Media, VA TV Classroom- a new programming block on VPM Plus will include teacher-led classroom instruction aligned with Virginia’s SOLs. The programs are designed by Virginia educators to reach all students, regardless of their access to high-speed internet.
ABCmouse.com is offering its lessons in different subjects like math, science, and art for free thanks to UNICEF. All you have to do is go to ABCmouse.com/redeem and type in the code "AOFLUNICEF"
Scholastic Learn at Home is also offering its lessons for free. You can choose activities within from grade levels between PreK and 6+. These include e-books kids can read along with and educational videos under their "Watch and Learn Library."
Google is offering free virtual tours of more than 1,200 museums across the globe through its Arts and Culture Platform.
VDOE Website with FAQs, Guidance and Resources for Families
Some of the resources on that site include:
Frequently Asked Questions (4/1/2020)
Parent Guide for School-Age Children
Engage Your Family newsletter
Meal Sites (4/2/2020)
If you have recently lost your health insurance, you still have options to make sure that you and your family have access to care.
If you are not eligible for Virginia Medicaid, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period on the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. You may be eligible if you have had certain life events in the past 60 days, including losing health coverage from your employer.
HOUSING & TENANT RIGHTS
Blue Ridge Legal
Services Tenant Rights English
Blue Ridge Legal Services Tenant Rights Spanish
If you are facing eviction, if your landlord attempts to lock you out without taking you to court, or if you have questions about your rights, contact your local legal aid by calling 1-866-LEGL-AID or get legal advice from the Eviction Legal Helpline by calling 1-833-NoEvict. Visit VaLegalAid.org for more information.
Blue Ridge Legal Services- John Whitfield Answers Housing Questions- NewsLeader
Harrisonburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority is monitoring the COVID-19 situation seriously and making preparations accordingly. As you know, HRHA serves some of the most vulnerable populations in our community. The HRAR website will be updated regularly and include general information about the virus as well as updates to their operating procedures as they are enacted.
Virginia Poverty Law Center- Includes information regarding housing and also immigration
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Shenandoah Valley Emotional Support Line- staffed by volunteer licensed and in-residency counselors from across the valley
Harrisonburg and Rockingham County Mental Health Resource List
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board- Keep Calm and Cope On
Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board- Social Distancing Wellness
Understanding Grief in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic
How 'Anticipatory Grief' May Show Up During COVID-19 Outbreak
Fannie Mae Mortgage Relief- COVID-19 relief from Fannie Mae includes: reduction or forbearance of mortgage payments for up to 12
months and a suspension of foreclosure sales and evictions for 60 days.
Freddie Mac Mortgage Relief- Freddie Mac mortgage lender is providing COVID-19 relief including mortgage forbearance for up to 12 months and halting foreclosures until May 17th.
National Council of Nonprofits- Loans Available for Nonprofits in the CARES Act.
CVS and Walgreens are providing free delivery of prescription medications.
When you call in to get a script filled or refilled, ask that the FamilyWize discount be applied by providing the following information from the FamilyWize card. There is no need for them to physically show a card.
Card ID: FW100
Group ID: FW100
We are pleased to partner with FamilyWize to offer this important free prescription discount card program to help everyone in our community.
The FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards can be used by everyone in the community for prescription medicine - not just people with no insurance. There are no usage, age, or income limits.
rent and mortgage relief
The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development's Rent and Mortgage Relief Program to support and ensure stability across
the Commonwealth during the coronavirus pandemic. Through the RMRP, financial assistance will be provided on behalf of households who are experiencing housing
instability due to the pandemic.
Rent and Mortgage Relief Program Flier
For assistance in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County call: 540-216-2350
The Small Business Association’s Disaster Loan program is designed to help small businesses and
non-profit organizations meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot otherwise be met as a direct result of COVID-19. The SVSBDC provides information and assistance in
the loan preparation documents.
To learn more:
Harrisonburg Disaster Impact Loan Program
Information about SBA's Disaster Loan Program
Information about SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans
Information from the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center
PBMares- A resource center to make it easy to find the information most relevant to families and businesses. The information includes important
insights from the PBMares trusted team of tax and business professionals.
MyFreeTaxes- Through United Way’s partnership with H&R Block, every household with a simple return can file their federal and state taxes for free.
Turbo Tax- Was your household income less than $36,000 in 2019? If so, you can file your federal and state taxes for free with Turbo Tax.
Tax Slayer- File a simple tax return for free with Tax Slayer.
Filing Dates from our Friends at PBMares
April 15, 2020 – If you are required to pay estimated taxes to the District of Columbia, the first quarterly DC 2020 estimated payment is due.
May 1, 2020 – Virginia may charge interest at an annual percentage rate of 7.0% on 2019 tax balances paid after this date. (There is a good possibility that Virginia will pass emergency legislation to abate interest until June 1).
June 1, 2020 – Virginia 2019 individual income tax returns and tax balances due. Virginia allows an automatic extension of time to file until November 1 (without the filing of an extension application). Any estimated amounts due should be paid with a Virginia extension application by June 1 in order to avoid 7.0% APR interest charges.
June 15, 2020 - If you are required to pay estimated taxes to the District of Columbia, the second quarterly DC 2020 estimated payment is due.
July 15, 2020 – Calendar year individual (along with C-corporations, gift tax, and fiduciary returns) are due to Federal and many states, including DC and Maryland. No interest or late penalties will be assessed from April 15 to July 15, and there is no limitation on the amount of payment that can be deferred until July 15. In order to avoid late filing penalties, either your tax return or an Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File (federal Form 4868) should be submitted by July 15, 2020. First and second quarter installments of 2020 income taxes are also due on this date.
September 15, 2020 – Third quarter installments of estimated 2020 income taxes due (no change from prior years).
October 15, 2020 – Extended federal (and many states) due date to file 2019 income tax returns for those who filed Extension Applications (federal Form 4868) by July 15, 2020. (Note that interest will be assessed on any balances due beginning on July 15, 2020).
November 1, 2020 – Extended due date for 2019 Virginia individual income tax returns. After this date, late filing penalties will apply.
January 15, 2021 – Fourth quarter installments of estimated 2020 taxes due (no change from prior years).
Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation- Bus Service
Harrisonburg Department of Public Transportation- Paratransit Service
Due to changes in the JMU class schedule, only City routes will be running for the foreseeable future.
HDPT is operating fare-free for transit and paratransit service until further notice.
Virginia Employment Commission
How to Apply for Unemployment- English
How to Apply for Unemployment- Spanish
WIC Unemployment Information- If you are pregnant, have a baby, or children 5 years or younger and have recently had your hours cut or are out of employment due to COVID-19.
No waiting for unemployment benefits. Governor Northam has directed the Commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission to waive the one-week waiting period to ensure workers can receive benefits as soon as possible.
Enhanced eligibility for unemployment. Workers may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits if an employer needs to temporarily slow or cease operations due to COVID-19. If a worker has been issued a notice to self-quarantine by a medical or public health official and is not receiving paid sick or medical leave from their employer, they may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. In addition, a worker may be eligible for unemployment benefits if they must stay home to care for an ill family member and are not receiving paid family medical leave from their employer.
Fewer restrictions. For individuals receiving unemployment insurance, Governor Northam is directing the Virginia Employment Commission to give affected workers special consideration on deadlines, mandatory re-employment appointments, and work search requirements.
The Office of the Governor is providing a Frequently Asked Questions guide for workers that have been temporarily laid off or discharged during this public health crisis.
People Helping People is providing financial assistance for electric, oil, or gas to qualified residents. To qualify, you must
be a Harrisonburg City resident and have experienced a loss of income.
The State Corporation Commission (SCC) issued an order directing utilities it regulates, such as electric, natural gas, and water companies in Virginia, to suspend service disconnections for 60 days to provide immediate relief for any customer, residential and business, who may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Dominion Energy- We have suspended all service disconnections as individuals, families, businesses, and communities pull together to meet our collective needs.