UNITED WAY UPDATES REGARDING COVID-19

United Way of Central Virginia is monitoring the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Central Virginia area. The safety and well-being of our clients, donors, staff, and volunteers is one of our top priorities.

United Way of Central Virginia Events 
While there have not been any cases of COVID-19 at United Way of Central Virginia, we are working to limit any potential risk by canceling, postponing, and rescheduling certain meetings and events. We are monitoring the situation week by week and will announce any further cancellations and/or postponed events as soon as possible.

Information and updates on donor events can be found at https://www.unitedwaycv.org/events or on our facebook page.

211 Information and Referral Service
As always, our 211 information and referral service is here answering the call from our neighbors in need. 211 provides information about community resources and connects people to basic needs assistance and other social services, for which demand is likely to increase. You can also search the 211 database online at www.211virginia.org. 211 is not the number to call for emergencies or if someone suspects they have COVID-19. Those concerned about or affected by COVID-19 should follow the Center for Disease Control guidelines.


COVID-19 Resource/Supports List

Commonwealth of VA Updates – https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus-updates/

Utilities

Power

Housing

Unemployment

  • 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.
  • 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.

Internet/Phone

  • Comcast, Charter, Verizon, Google, T-Mobile and Sprint have signed a pledge to keep Americans internet-connected for the next 60 days, even if people cannot afford to pay.
  • Comcast
    • No Disconnects or Late Fees
    • Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone. Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit xfinity.com/wifi.
    • Pausing data plans for 60 days giving all customers Unlimited data for no additional charge.
    • Internet Essentials Free to New Customers- New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service. The deadline to apply to that program is April 30.
  • AT&T
    • The cable, phone and media giant is suspending the termination of wireless, home phone or broadband service when customers can’t pay their bills because of coronavirus disruptions. The company is also waiving related late fees. Like Comcast, AT&T is also providing free access to its public WiFi hot spots. The company also said its consumer home internet wireline customers and fixed wireless internet customers would receive unlimited data.
  • Verizon
    • Verizon said it is waiving late fees and suspending service termination for customers “negatively impacted by the global crisis.”
  • T-Mobile
    • The mobile phone service provider is providing unlimited data to all current customers who have plans with data for the next 60 days. It will also provide additional data to mobile hotspot users.
  • Charter Communications
    • The telecommunications company is providing free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi internet for the next 60 days to households with K-12 students or college students who don’t already have a subscription. Like Comcast and AT&T, it’s also offering its Wi-Fi hot spots for free to the public.

Education (all schools closed at least until March 30th)

  • RVA learning at home resources
  • com is offering their 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 their 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 their Arts and Culture platform.

Health and Wellness

Automotive

  • GRTC (RVA bus system) is suspending all on board fare collection and enforcement. Effectice March 19th 2020.
  • Department of Motor Vehicle Office Closures
    • For those who cannot renew online, or whose license or registration expires before May 15, DMV will grant a 60-day extension.
  • U-Haul has announced 30 days of free self-storage to all college students who have been impacted by schedule changes at their universities.
  • Hyundai:
    • The automaker is reviving its Hyundai Assurance Job Loss Protection Program to give owners “peace of mind in uncertain times” as the coronavirus outbreak leads to concerns that Americans will stop buying new cars and trucks. Hyundai said the program will provide up to six months of car payments to new buyers if they lose their jobs involuntarily. It will also provide 90 days of payment deferral on new purchases.
  • Ford Motor
    • Ford is offering customers “potential delay of payments to provide relief.” It’s also providing new-car buyers the chance to delay their first payment by 90 days.
  • Enterprise
    • The rental car company is reducing the minimum age for renting a car to 18 through May 31 “to make it easier for students to get home to their families” due to the suspension of college courses.

Central Virginia Alliance for Community Living

Download this flyer to see what local seniors need. Central Virginia Alliance for Community Living is in desperate need of items for our seniors as they are running out of supplies.

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