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Community Support

There is a variety of federal, state, and local community supports available during this COVID-19 Pandemic.

States Resources:

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: The primary source of ongoing information regarding COVID-19 in Rhode Island is the Rhode Island Department of Health. They have set-up an information line, which can be called during normal business hours at 401-222-8022. If you have a question after hours you can call 211. The Department of Health has also set up an email account that is consistently monitored: RIDOH.COVID19Questions@health.ri.gov.

CHILDCARE FOR FRONTLINE WORKERS: Care.Com has partnered with the State to help Rhode Island’s frontline workers to get access to childcare while daycare & schools are closed. Frontline workers are able to get a free 3-month http://Care.com premium membership, to help them find a paid caregiver for their children—and also for their elder relatives, or even their pets. They can access their free membership here: https://care.com/rineed.

The State also asked Care.Com to match volunteer caregivers with those most in need. If you can offer unpaid childcare or senior care to a frontline worker, there is a portal to connect volunteers with frontline families:https://care.com/rigive.

HEALTHSOURCE RI: HealthSource RI is opening a special enrollment period to allow Rhode Islanders to purchase coverage. This special enrollment period will be open from March 16th until April 15th. Go to healthsourceri.com for more info.

SNAP BENEFITS: The federal government has allowed states to give all SNAP households the maximum SNAP benefit for their household size for the months of March and April. The amount of SNAP benefits a household receives is based on a federal formula that takes into account the number of people in the household and its income and expenses. If a household’s usual benefit amount is below the maximum amount in this chart, they will receive additional benefits to bring them to the maximum amount listed for their household size.

TDI/UI: For questions on temporary disability insurance (TDI), unemployment insurance (UI), and other benefits that you may qualify for if your employment has been impacted by COVID-19 you can make your request by emailing dlt.covid19@dlt.ri.gov or calling (401) 462-2020.

UTILITY PAYMENTS: Rhode Island state regulators ordered a temporary halt to all collection activities for unpaid utility bills. The Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission adopted the emergency order that covers all electric, natural gas, water and sewer utilities that are regulated by the state. The order, which also bars utilities from sending out new termination notices, went into effect immediately and will remain in place for all customers until March 31, and for residential customers until April 16.

DMV GRANTING EXTENSIONS:  All Rhode Island drivers’ licenses, permits, and identification cards set to expire between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020 shall now expire on April 30, 2020.

All RI registrations set to expire on March 31 shall now expire on April 30th.

For full list of extensions please click here.

Business Resources:

SMALL BUSINESS LOANS: In an effort to help struggling businesses stay afloat, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced that the Small Business Administration (SBA) granted her request for a disaster declaration, meaning there are low-interest loans of up to two million dollars available for small businesses locally. To apply for a small business disaster loan, you can visit diasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. Additional information can also be requested by contacting Rhode Island Commerce at 521-HELP or info@commerceri.com.  

Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

SHORT-TERM BRIDGE LOANS: The Governor announced a short term bridge loan opportunity to provide eligible business hit hard by COVID-19 with up to $5,000 to cover expenses. To qualify, applicants must have applied for the SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan and have an application number from that process. The RI program is essentially a bridge loan for the EIDL award and designed to get cash quickly to the businesses who need it most.

There are two categories of eligible businesses which apply for this relief including restaurants and other food -service businesses, and micro-businesses with 1-10 employees.

SMALL BUSINESS TECH SUPPORT: Rhode Island small business owners can now receive 45 minutes of free tech support via teleconference or over the phone. This service has been coordinated by Rhode Island Commerce and is being staffed by volunteers from some of Rhode Island’s leading tech companies. Visit Commerce’s website or call 521-HELP to get started.

GRANTS FOR BUSINESSES IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES: If you’re an entrepreneur of color, women-owned business or enterprise in an historically under-served community without access to flexible, affordable capital, you may qualify for a grant from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Rhode Island. LISC will be offering grants of up to $10,000 to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations. Applications will launch online soon — sign up here to stay updated or learn more on the LISC website.

CONTRACT (1099) WORKERS: Contract workers may qualify as sole proprietors for SBA economic injury disaster loans. For details and application information, see RI Commerce’s COVID-19 Disaster Loan FAQ. If you have registered in Rhode Island to file as a S corporation, LLP or as an LLC, you should have an EIN associated with the office/studio/home that you registered, and can apply for an economic injury disaster loans through the Small Business Administration like any other business.

COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND (for nonprofits): The Rhode Island Foundation and United Way of Rhode Island have launched a fund to support local nonprofit organizations of the front line of COVID-19 response efforts. The two organizations jointly established the COVID-19 Response Fund. The Foundation raised $2.3 million in initial contributions and will continue to raise money from donors.  Find application information here.

MICROSOFT OFFERINGS: For businesses, municipalities, K-12 and other entities, Microsoft is providing six months of Office 365 tools for free to enable remote collaboration, file sharing and video conferencing. They’re also offering free assistance to set up these tools. For more information about these free services:

For Businesses: Free Office 365 E1 offer for six months. Please follow this link.

For Schools: Free Office 365 A1 available to all educational institutions. Sign up by following this link.


Local Resources:

SENIOR MEALS: Meals are available to Cumberland residents at the Senior Center with a voluntary donation. All voluntary contributions will be used towards the cost of these services and to expand the services of the provider. Drive-up pick-up is available M-F from 11 am to 5 pm. If you need home delivery, please email Sarah King at sking@cumberlandri.org.

Individuals age 60 or older and their spouses, regardless of age, are eligible for the nutrition programs.

In addition, the following individuals may receive OAA-funded meals:

  • Disabled people under age 60 who reside in housing facilities occupied primarily by the elderly where congregate meals are served;
  • Disabled people who reside at home and accompany older people to meals; and
  • Nutrition service volunteers.

STUDENT MEALS: The Town of Cumberland is offering Grab and Go Lunches for Cumberland students (from any school public or private) free of charge on MWF.  Lunches will be offered at BF Norton and the Boys and Girls Club at set times. Lunch pickup is from 12-1:30.

SENIOR MEALS: Lunches are being provided to Cumberland Seniors through the Senior Center. Please call (401-334-2555) to request a lunch.

SENIOR TRANSPORTATION TO GROCERY STORES: The Senior Van will provide transportation to grocery stores on a set schedule. Residents must call to make an appointment, the van is only capable of holding three seniors at once to allow for proper social distancing. Please call (401-334-2555) to make an appointment.

Monday – Diamond Hill Area

Tuesday – Flat Street/Riverside and surrounding neighborhoods

Wednesday – Chimney Hill and surrounding neighborhoods

Thursday – Bearhill Village and surrounding neighborhoods

Friday – One Mendon Road and surrounding neighborhoods

REQUEST ASSISTANCE: For those in need of assistance, here is a link to request support.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: We’re anticipating a need as COVID-19 continues for volunteers who are willing and able to deliver bagged meals to food-insecure seniors. Those who are able to volunteer can email Sarah King at sking@cumberlandri.org or fill out the online form here.

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If you have any additional questions about getting connected to these resources please contact Sarah King at sking@cumberlandri.org.

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