March 25, 2020

Dear Nonprofit Leaders,

Thank you to the more than 70 nonprofit leaders who participated in our nonprofit check in call on Tuesday. It was so helpful to be able to hear from you directly and share resources. Please know that in this challenging and stressful time I am incredibly grateful for all you continue to do to serve our neighbors.

If you were not able to join the call, or if you have not yet filled out this quick survey to share your programs and needs, please take a moment to do that now:  

My team and I are working hard to provide a more full summary of the resources shared on the call and to respond to your questions and needs in a much longer email, which we hope to share in the next few days.

In the meantime, I wanted to share these items with you as quickly as possible.

Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation has a page dedicated to providing updates for businesses regarding COVID-19. They have also shared the following information:

Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund
 - This $50 million grant program for businesses and non-profits offers grant amounts up to $10,000, not to exceed 3 months of demonstrated cash operating expenses for the first quarter of 2020.

Maryland Nonprofits is hosting two free webinars which may answer several of the questions raised on our call. Please register today.

Wednesday, March 25 -- TODAY -- 2pm
This webinar will cover the latest state grant program announced in Maryland, the Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and latest developments in Congress.  In addition, it will cover equity issues related to COVID-19, and decision-making requirements for boards under Maryland law.  The webinar will also cover basic human resources guidance around furloughs, lay-offs and unemployment insurance. 
Thursday, March 26, 3pm
This call will discuss what employers need to know while making difficult decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask questions. We will discuss: 
  • Definitions of layoffs, furloughs, reduction in force, and work sharing
  • Governor Hogan's executive order closing non-essential businesses
  • Navigating unemployment insurance
  • The COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund
  • Business interruption insurance
  • Compliance matters and extensions
  • Various relief grants and loans
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) considerations in furlough and layoff decisions

Grant Opportunities

Truist Financial Corporation's Cares Initiative to support the short and long-term needs of communities, clients and teammates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Greater Washington Community Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for nonprofits on the front lines of responding to the urgent health and economic needs of disproportionately impacted communities in Greater Washington. 

Food Resources

"Grab and go" meals are available at 36 schools Monday - Friday, from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. Students may pick up breakfast, lunch and snack, which may include cold cereal, a sack lunch, fruit and milk, in one visit. Parents and guardians are not required to accompany students, but adults may not pick up meals for children. Student IDs are not required.  District 3 locations are Templeton Elementary and William Wirt MIddle School. Full list is here.

Christian Life Church will have a free produce distribution every Friday at different locations. This Friday, March 27, the distribution will begin at 2:00 pm at  Trinity Assembly of God, 7800 Good Luck Road, Lanham.

The Food Equity Council has a compiled a comprehensive list of food assistance resources here.

Latino Town Hall -- Please Spread the Word!


As mentioned on the call, your County government is working hard to put together compelling infographics in English and Spanish. I've included several of the strongest flyers on the right sidebar. New graphics are shared as soon as they are available on the County Executive's social media as well as my Facebook page. I urge you to help disseminate this important information via your networks as well.

Thank you again for all you are doing. Watch for additional information in response to the call and your survey responses in the next few days.

As always, feel free to reach out to a member of my District 3 team or me if we can help you in any way.   #onlytogether

Together Strengthening Our Community,

P.S. Please remember to encourage everyone you work with to complete the U.S. Census. Everyone Counts!

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 Contact Your 
D3 Team

Wanda Brooks 
Citizen Services Specialist
geneather Lloyd
Office Manager & Scheduler 
Aimee Olivo 
Chief of Staff
Leah Show-Wright
Policy Intern
Alina Smith
Latino Liaison
Alesha Wilson
Community Outreach & Special Projects Coordinator

If you have received this e-news from someone other than my office, and are interested in receiving this update directly, please email or call (301) 952-3060.