Updates for March 31, 2020
Options Under Federal CARES Act

Congress has passed three acts recently in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The latter two, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), provide  significant assistance that is available to churches, religious organizations and their employees .

The FFCRA  requires employers to provide paid sick leave  for employees and provides payroll tax credits to employers (including churches) to pay for the sick leave and for family and medical leave resulting from COVID-19.

The  CARES Act provides a multitude of assistance to churches and their employees , including: Payroll Tax Relief, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program, Paycheck Protection Program, and Charitable Contribution Incentives.

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Updates from Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in PA

Keep your feeding ministries going if you possibly can:  The need is growing, and your community knows your ministry as a source of support. These ministries are considered life-sustaining, and volunteers are exempt from shelter-in-place orders. Contact your regional food bank for help obtaining more food and guidance in distributing it safely. We have been working at the state and federal level to obtain waivers, guidance and funding to secure emergency food supplies and the ability to deliver it safely and quickly. If you need help finding volunteers, your regional food bank may be able to help, or list your need with  PA211 GetHelp To learn more and be added to the list of emergency feeding sites, please complete this survey.

ELCA World Hunger is announcing the immediate launch of  Daily Bread Matching Grants .   Through these grants, ELCA congregations can raise funds for their feeding ministries using an online fundraising platform and will receive a grant of $500 from ELCA World Hunger. Daily Bread Matching Grants are available for ELCA congregations on a first-come, first-served basis, with the possibility of more grants becoming available in the future.  Apply or donate here.

Offer to be an emergency sheltering site :  Pennsylvania is searching for sheltering sites for those who need to isolate but who do not need medical care, including those who are experiencing homelessness, escaping domestic violence or who simply cannot isolate at home. Under emergency plans, these individuals would receive food and other services, and costs, including cleanup, could be  reimbursable  through federal and state disaster funds for approved sites.  To learn more and be added to the list of potential sheltering resources for individuals and pets, please complete this survey .
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