In response to the COVID-19 heath crisis, the Community Foundation of NCW is creating special funding opportunities and resources for nonprofits and ways for caring people in the community to give during these uncertain times.
How You Can Give
- The Helping Hands Grant provides financial resources to nonprofit organizations in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties with unexpected and emergent needs. The foundation’s Board of Trustees has given authority to update the existing criteria and application process to better respond to our nonprofits current and imminent needs from COVID-19.
- The fund has been seeded with $45,000 from the Community Foundation. All contributions to the Helping Hands Grant will help to provide additional financial resources to meet the current and future recovery needs of our region.
- This survey will provide us with the data necessary to help connect nonprofits’ needs with our caring community. This includes volunteer opportunities, donations of items, and financial needs.
- In an effort to best understand our regions’ nonprofits needs during this time, we are hosting a series of Nonprofit Sector Calls.
- CFNCW hosted and recorded Webinar with Jim Fletcher, MBA, CBA, retired director of the Washington Small Business Development Center and Josh Stendera, SVP/chief credit officer of North Cascades Bank.
- A grassroots effort to reduce the economic impact by connecting the community with businesses and nonprofits in the community. Businesses and Nonprofits are asked to sign up as a Vendor so consumers know up-to-date information about how to purchase goods, take-out restaurant options, at-home activities, and nonprofit support. Nonprofits can include volunteer opportunities they need as well as donations of goods and services.
- Offering coronavirus response resources for nonprofits, including recommendations from health officials, planning a response, ways your organization may be impacted, and how to help each other and our communities during this time.
- Free 1/2 hour calls to ANY nonprofit in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties with Kari Anderson, nonprofit consultant, on managing cash flow, governing remotely, delivering on mission, recovering event funding – the list of discussion items is endless. Use these calls as often as you need to until you feel stable.
- Recording of webinar: “Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?”
- Slide deck from webinar: “Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?”
- Analysis of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (Pub. L. 116-136)
- Chart: Loans Available for Nonprofits in the CARES Act
- How Nonprofits Can Utilize the New Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19, Nonprofit Quarterly, Mar. 26, 2020
- Self-Insured Nonprofits and Unemployment Insurance, David Heinen, North Carolina Center forNonprofits
- Analysis of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- Nonprofits and Coronavirus, COVID-19
- Find your state association of nonprofits
- Technology-enabling your nonprofit to succeed in the face of COVID-19
- Free assistance to artist and arts/culture organizations (free help with grants, marketing, web, etc.)
- Volunteer-At-Home Activity: Sewing fabric masks and gowns – Confluence Health will be distributing them to elder care centers, mobile meal recipients and drivers, daycare providers. There is no plan to use them with frontline medical professionals, at this time.
- Wenatchee Valley Humane Society – Foster an animal in need!
Families across our region are being affected in many ways. Some are struggling to put food on the time, many are attempting home-schooling, and all are concerned for their health and safety. We will continue to add to resources as we hear of them to help our NCW families get through these times. (Note: the Community Foundation does not have the ability to to distribute money directly to families, but we do support the nonprofits providing vital services.)
Free Meals for Students During Closure:
- Wenatchee School District – Mobile Meal Delivery
- Eastmont School District
- Cascade School District
- Okanogan School District
- Omak School District
- Tonasket School District
- Oroville School District
- Food Distribution Centers in Chelan and Douglas counties – by the Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council
- Okanogan Food Pantry – by the Okanogan Community Action Council
Online Activities/Learning at Home:
- Wenatchee School District – At-Home Learning Resources
- Khan Academy – Detailed daily schedules for students ages 4 to 18 that parents, teachers and district administrators can use to keep students learning at home.
- Learning Policy Institute – a teacher, student, and parent resource guide for learning at home.
- Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center – virtual tours and online classes
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
- NASA Live – at home education and activities for all ages
- Wide Open School – one-stop shop for online learning resources
- Free Transportation on Link Transit – Wenatchee Valley (until further notice)
- North Central Regional Library – Online resources only
- Unemployment Resources/Employment Security – Resources for individuals and employers affected by COVID-19
- Washington 211 – The Washington State Department of Health’s principal call center about COVID-19.
- Wenatchee Valley Chamber Covid-19 Resources
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus – Child Mind Institute
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak – updates and information from the World Health Organization
- 7 science-based strategies to cope with coronavirus anxiety – from Anxiety and Depression Association of America Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic
- Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 – Centers for Disease Control
- YMCA Exercise Classes – YMCA continues to offer a variety of classes offered via website and social media