Simple Gifts Foundation Coronavirus Resources
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Simple Gifts Foundation is considering financial hardship due to job loss or other consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic to be a qualifying event.
We are a small foundation, however, and typically only have enough resources to help 15-20 applicants per year. In light of the current pandemic, we surely cannot help everyone who needs it and we expect to run out of funds in April. If you can afford to help, please donate here: Donate Now
We want to make sure our applicants are aware of other resources that may provide much more substantial relief than the simple gifts foundation. We start with federal resources and then list local resources.
This list was last updated May 14, 2020. Please check the original websites for up to date resources.
The main federal website to check is https://www.coronavirus.gov/. This provides useful links to all kinds of resources.
Internal Revenue Service
The IRS has established a coronavirus webpage at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus. This includes information on your economic impact payments, tax relief for businesses, and information on changes in deadlines and procedures.
U.S. Small Business Administration
If you are an owner or employee of a small business, the U.S. Small Business Administration may be able to help. They have the following programs:
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy.
This website provides links to all kinds of federal assistance programs
This page answers the following questions
- Where can I find Coronavirus resources on Benefits.gov?
- Where can I find unemployment resources?
- Where can I find healthcare resources?
- Where can I find loans and other resources for my business?
- How can I help during the Coronavirus outbreak?
- Where can I apply for Unemployment Assistance?
- How can I get my economic impact payment (stimulus check)?
- Hotline Support
Many of the federal funds and responses are been managed by the Department of the Treasury, which is also managing large scale assistance to corporations and state and local governments. You may find information you can use at their site, as well.
… has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus
… Federal Student Aid issued Coronavirus Information for Students, Borrowers, and …
This provides information on housing resources such as mortgage and rent payments, as well as information about homeless shelters and other public housing resources.
The State of Ohio’s COVID-19 Resources
The main site for COVID-19 information in ohio is https://coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Economic resources specific to Ohio residents are described here:
Mid Ohio Food Bank
HOW CAN I GET FOOD?
- Without judgment, our anchor asset Mid-Ohio Foodbank and its partner agencies across central and eastern Ohio are here to help connect you to the food you need. Visit our Get Food page and select your county to see which of Mid-Ohio Foodbank’s partners are in your area. If you are ill, under quarantine, disabled, or otherwise cannot make it to a pantry yourself, you can send a person you trust to shop for you by filling out a Letter of Proxy and sending that person with a copy or photo of your ID and one proof of residence.
- If you have recently lost significant income, been laid off, or became unemployed because of workplace closures due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for Food Assistance in Ohio through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Visit our SNAP Assistance page to reach out to our Food Assistance Outreach team, who can help you get registered for SNAP and other benefits you are eligible for. If you are unemployed at this time, visit the ODJFS website to learn about applying for unemployment benefits and compensation.
Help with Credit and Debt
The Consumer Credit Counseling Service is a national not-for-profit agency that helps people manage and consolidate debt. According to their website:
American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC) provides nonprofit credit counseling, debt reduction programs and debt relief services to help consumers nationwide figure out how to pay down debt and how to get out of debt quickly. Our professional credit counselors provide free credit counseling to help individuals and families find the right debt solutions to help with credit card debt and avoid debt in the future. Our debt management programs provide help with debts by consolidating payments on credit card debt and other unsecured loans, with credit card negotiation services to reduce credit card debt interest rates and finance charges, helping consumers to pay off debt more quickly.
The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau helps protect people from financial fraud and enforces fair business practices for consumer credit. As stated on their website:
We aim to make consumer financial markets work for consumers, responsible providers, and the economy as a whole. We protect consumers from unfair, deceptive, or abusive practices and take action against companies that break the law. We arm people with the information, steps, and tools that they need to make smart financial decisions.
Help Build This List
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