Greetings CRCA members and neighbors,
Below are important announcements on the PA election and a change in recycling collection, and two new resources:
- Pennsylvania Elections: The new date of the primary election is June 2, 2020. One new option you have this year as PA voters is to request a mail-in ballot without giving a reason such as illness or travel preventing you from voting in person. The last date to submit your application for an absentee or mail-in ballot for the June 2 primary election is by 5:00 PM on May 26, 2020. Please note that the instructions state that if you receive an absentee or mail-in ballot and return your voted ballot by the deadline, you may not vote at your polling place on election day. If you request an absentee or mail-in ballot and are unable to return your voted ballot by the deadline, you may vote a provisional ballot at your polling place on election day.
- Change to Recycling Collection: Effective Monday, April 6, the Philadelphia Department of Streets made changes to its operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recycling materials will be collected on an every-other week schedule. Residents should hold their recycling materials for the week of Monday, April 6 through Saturday, April 11. Recycling collections will resume on Monday, April 13, with every other week collections through May 15 or further. Regular trash collections will continue on or as close to its normal schedule as possible. Residents should expect some delays as the health crisis continues to have an impact on employee attendance. There will be no trash collections on Friday, April 10, in honor of the Good Friday holiday. Residents should set recycling out on their scheduled day, but only on the weeks listed on the modified collection schedule. Click here for a schedule of regular trash and recycling collection dates.
- The City’s COVID-19 coronavirus resources webpage compiles printable resources in English related to COVID-19. For resources in other languages, visit translated documents. To read blog posts about COVID-19, visit news archives. This collection includes guidance for the public, guidance for businesses, schools, and organizations; guidance for health care providers; social distancing posters, and other posters.
Resources from the March 31 CRCA newsletter:
Want to Help Somehow?
- Donate Homemade Face Masks: Sew Face Masks Philadelphia is a Philadelphia Area organization that provides handmade face masks to individuals, essential workers, community organizations, local small businesses, as well as health care facilities. The organization offers two recommended patterns; however, they accept masks made from any patterns. If you’re making masks and would like to donate them to Sew Face Masks for distribution, they offer contactless pick up and same day delivery—within a 25 mile radius.Resources from the March 31 CRCA newsletter:
The Philly Food Warehouse at 401 Domino Lane in Roxborough is looking for volunteers. They have two portals that anyone can use to sign up for volunteer shifts.
They only have the upcoming week listed, but this will be a multi-week/monthly need, so folks can send out word now and in the future if they are scheduling ahead for social media.
Federal, State, and City Financial Resources for Businesses
Local businesses are encouraged to review eligibility requirements and apply for the following programs:
Where Philly Children can Receive Free Meals
- Applications for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s new COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program, administered by Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA), should be submitted to PIDC—the city’s Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO). The program offers zero interest loans of up to $100,000 to for-profit businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees.
- Applications for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Businesses are also encouraged to review SBA’s pending Paycheck Protection Program, recently approved in the CARES bill.
- Additional information regarding local and national resources for businesses can be found here.
- Click here for information on the Philadelphia COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund.
Through the Office of Innovation and Technology, the City is working to make sure everyone can remain connected and that those without Internet access can get it. This link
will take you to a page listing some important updates on low-cost internet and wi-fi access that have been made available. The list also provides the updates made to mobile phone service plans to help support individuals during the COVID-19 crisis. Full updates for each company and any restrictions or limitations can be found on their respective websites.
What to Do with the Groceries in Your House
Whether you go to the store or get your groceries delivered, it is good to consider how to safely bring them into your home. As research on COVID-19 develops, people are learning that the virus may be contagious in ways not originally anticipated, lasting on cardboard, plastic, and metal for hours or longer. (See this National Institutes of Health news release
for more information.)
Here is one helpful video
on how to handle your groceries. Whether you find these steps necessary is up to your own judgment and circumstances, but it may give you some ideas of how to protect yourself and your families that you hadn’t considered.
COVID-19 & Other Health Information Resources
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