The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act contains numerous provisions for nonprofit and social support programs. Here are a few updates on what this might mean for your organization:
- Summaries of the CARES Act
- Churches can tap into their share of $2.2 trillion CARES Act – Presbyterian Mission PC(USA)
- How Nonprofits Can Utilize the New Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19 – Nonprofit Quarterly
- Initial Analysis of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (S. 748) – National Council of Nonprofits
- Board of Pesnsions Cornonavirus information
- Employee Rights – Paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- The Center will be hosting 3 conversations on Zoom for any church leaders who would like to brainstorm, share ideas, and problem-solve about how to engage with your community during this pandemic. These “Community Engagement Conversations” will happen at 10:00 a.m. on April 23, April 30, and May 7th, Info to follow.
- The Presbytery of Baltimore will be hosting Zoom webinars to address topics of concern TBA. Let us know what you’d like to discuss.
General Tips and Resources
- MD Governor’s Guidance for Religious Organizations April 1, 2020
- COVID-19 Resources for Churches and Individuals
- Coping with the Coronavirus – World Council of Churches
- CDC COVID-19 Guidance for Funeral Directors
- Additional Community Recommended Resources
- Dangerous Theology: Dissecting the Faith Arguments Against Social Distancing – Sojourners
- Covid-19 Mental Health Resources
- Coping During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief – Harvard Business Review
- Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- Self-Care and Its Importance Right Now – Compiled by the Commission on Thriving Congregations
Ministry & Worship
- Congregational Creativity in a Time of Crisis – Institute for Islamic, Christian, Jewish Studies (ICJS)
- Online Services in the Presbytery – Watch online services, bible studies and other activities that were or will be live streamed. –
- COVID-19 and Worship: Resources for Churches Adapting to Social Isolation – Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
- Resources collected by the Commission on Thriving Congregations
- Virtual Communion: Church Leaders say it can be done – PC(USA)
- Office of Theology and Worship offers supplemental guidance for online communion
- Lord’s Supper in Electronic Worship: Communion in The Age of Cornonavirus – Stated Clerks of the Presbytery of Baltimore
- Optimize Your Homepage for Covid-19 Isolation – Worship Times
- Ten Tips for Folks New to Online Meetings – NEXT Church
- An order of worship for online services is ready — and it’s adaptable – Office of Theology and Worship develops a worship resource for the coronavirus era
- An Introduction to Live Streaming for Congregations – Our compilation of resources, tips and suggestions for online video.
- Live Streaming Guidelines from PC(USA)
- Zoom Basics and Best Practices – Courtesy of Ashland Presbyterian Church
- Live-Streaming Solutions, Simple and High Quality
- Notes on Zoom, Facebook, YouTube, equipment
- TechSoup Zoom Discounts
- Live Stream an Event on Facebook – Facebook
- Faith on Facebook Toolkit (pdf) – Facebook
- 4 Tips for using Zoom and video conference call software to stream your event
- Zoom support during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Live-Streaming on YouTube
- Open Broadcaster Software Free and open source software for video recording and live streaming.
- Ten Tech Tips for Meeting Online – NEXT Church
- Ten Facilitation Tips for Meeting Online – Next Church
Stewardship and Finance
- The COVID-19 Relief Grant is now available!
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources – Small Business Association
- Online Giving – The Presbyterian Foundation will help a church set up online giving free of charge and manage it. The service charge is 2% but no charge for set-up
- Stewardship – Compiled by the Commission on Thriving Congregations
The limits to personal contact have raised numerous difficulties and risks for Maryland’s local communities. Here are some initiatives that would welcome your participation.
- Gov. Hogan Prohibits Evictions, Service Shutoffs During State Of Emergency
– CBS Baltimore March 16
Mission and Outreach
- Social distancing and the love of neighbor – We want to draw closer, not push ourselves apart.
- Mission and Redevelopment – Developing Community Relationships Amidst COVID-19 – Provided by the Commission on Thriving Congregations
- Teaching in a Pandemic – ICJS
- Mission and Redevelopment – Developing Community Relationships Amidst COVID-19
- Remind your congregations to continue to give online so that your community ministries can continue and your emergency funds can be sustained as more neighbors call for temporary financial support.
- Additional Community Recommended Resources – Provided by the Commission on Thriving Congregations
- Consider changing sit-down community meals to prepared bagged meals.
- Tips for Responding to Hunger in a Pandemic
- Here’s where Baltimore-area students can find a free meal while schools are closed
– Baltimore Sun, March 16
- LIST: Local restaurants to give free meals for children during coronavirus outbreak
– WMAR Baltimore, March 14
- COVOD-19 Partner Volunteer and Donation Form – The Center staff is maintaining a list of volunteer and donation needs for anyone searching for ways to give and support community engagement in our presbytery in this vital moment.
- Donate Blood – The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Donations are pre-screened and by appointment only. Donating blood in times of crisis: How to help
Here are some organizations helping people get food and medical help during the coronavirus pandemic that you can support: