COVID-19 Community Resources

Informational Updates

   
CARES Act summary information regarding individual financial support
Rebate checks to individuals – Subject to income limitations (phaseout begins at $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for couples), checks will be going out to those who cannot be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s income tax return. The amount will be $1,200 ($2,400 for couples filing a joint return) plus $500 for each child. While the rebate is technically a 2020 tax credit, the IRS will be sending out the checks as soon as possible and basing eligibility on your 2019 income tax return (or 2018, if 2019 has not been filed, or Form SSA-1099 if no 2018 or 2019 return has been filed). If the advance check is less than you should have received, then you can claim the shortfall when you file your 2020 return. Alternatively, if the advance amount you receive is more than you should have received, no repayment is required. Note that under the income phaseout rules, singles with income above $99,000 and couples with income above $198,000 are not eligible.
 
No 10% penalty on early retirement plan distributions and 3 years to repay or pay tax – Normally, if you take a distribution from a qualified retirement plan prior to age 59 ½, you pay the tax on the distribution plus a 10% penalty. Under the CARES Act, however, an individual who is diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19, whose spouse or dependent is so diagnosed, or who experiences adverse financial consequences as a result of being quarantined, furloughed, or lack of childcare due to such viruses can take up to $100,000 of distributions from qualified retirement plans during 2020, not incur the 10% penalty, have up to 3 years to put the money back in the qualified retirement plan, or, alternatively, include the distribution in income ratably over three tax years.
 
Unemployment benefits - if you have filed for unemployment due to loss of your job or your hours due to the COVID-19 crisis, you may qualify for an additional $600 per week for up to 4 months from the federal government. 
  • The length of time that individuals may receive unemployment benefits has been extended from 14 weeks to 26 weeks. 
  • Individuals who make up to $300/week through part-time work are eligible for unemployment benefits
  • work search requirement is suspended
 
Filing Taxes:
The IRS has announced that the due date for any income tax returns or payments (including self-employment tax) otherwise due at April 15, 2020 is automatically extended (no request form necessary) to July 15, 2020. No interest or penalty will accrue during the period April 15 – July 15. This extension of time to pay includes any balance due with your 2019 income tax return and first quarter 2020 estimated tax. At this time, 2nd quarter estimated tax payments are still due by June 15. The state DORs appear to be following the IRS’ lead and offering a similar extension of time to file and pay.
 
Voting - Georgia Secretary of State's office will send a request for absentee ballot form to all registered active voters for the May 19th primary. 
Food Resources

FOOD RESOURCES

   
Atlanta Community Food Bank - In need of food? text "findfood" or "comida" to 888-976-2232
 
Atlanta Public Schools - Food distribution sites
  
Gainesville - Gainesville City Bus to deliver lunches to students at the community at 12pm Mon-Fri
 
  Augusta - Richmond County School System offers drive-through meal program Mon-Fri with delivery options for home bound students. Walton Oaks residents may pick-up at Hornsby Elementary. Meals will be distribted from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm with breakfast bags for the next day. Meals are available for kids ages 2-18, kids must be present to receive meals. 
   
"Senior Only"/High-risk shopping hours:
7am-8am: Publix (Tuesdays/Wednesdays)
8am-9am: Bi-Lo (Mon-Fri), Harvey's (Mon-Fri), The Fresh Market (Mon-Fri), Winn-Dixie (Mon-Fri)
First hour of opening: Dollar General, Target (Wednesdays), Whole Foods (open for shoppers 60+ one hour prior to normal open), Walmart (Tuesdays, one hour before store opening)
   
Milford Baptist Church – Food Pantry each Thursday, 4:00-6:30 pm – 1030 Milford Church Rd., Marietta. Milford Baptist is also providing sack lunches daily, M-F to children 18 and younger at Walton Crossing and Walton Reserve. 
 
Marietta City Schools is delivering snacks and sack lunches to kids at Walton Village (18 yrs old and younger) Monday-Friday at 10:50 am. Sack lunches will be distributed from the school bus in front of the leasing office. 
Resources
 
Orange Hill Baptist Church and Milford Baptist Church are teaming up to provide sack lunches for kids at Walton Crossing and Walton Reserve, Monday-Friday, 11:30-12:30. Lunches will be picked up at the door of the Adventure Center. For kids 18 and younger. 
 
Instacart – get the Instacart app in the app store and order grocery deliveries to your door, with the option of “drop off at door”. Grocery stores participating include Publix, Kroger, Aldi, Sprouts, Petco and Costco. There is a 5% service fee (minimum $2). Fee does not include tip. 
 
 

Employment Opportunities

The following companies are currently hiring (subject to change): Papa John’s, Walgreen’s, Instacart, Atlanta Gas Light, Americold, All Turf Landscaping, Kroger, Publix, Wal Mart, Sprouts, Sam’s Club, Amazon, Pizza Hut, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, Truist Bank, BJ's Warehouse Club, 7-eleven, Lowe's, CVS, Rite Aid, Aldi. If you are looking for a work, consider something in logistics and delivery.

The state of Georgia is hiring pollworkers. To apply in Cobb County, go to https://www.cobbcounty.org/elections/employment/election-day-poll-worker-jobs. The job pays $115/day for clerks. They are looking for younger people to fill these positions to keep seniors from exposure. A good source of what’s available in temporary jobs (and some could lead to permanent positions): www.jobs2careers.com.

Resources

     
Meditation - https://www.headspace.com/covid-19. There are a lot of unknowns in the world right now. But one thing is certain — Headspace is here for you. To help you, we’re offering some meditations you can listen to anytime.

Yogahttps://www.corepoweryogaondemand.com/keep-up-your-practice. This is when we all need yoga most. We're giving you free access to a new collection of C1, C2, Sculpt, HPF and even meditation classes every week.

Counseling - The HOPE Counseling Center is now offering video counseling to our affordable community residents so that they do not have to go in for an office visit. The first visit is free and each subsequent visit is just $5, with no limit to the number of visits. 770-575-9393. In addition, Cameron Butler Counseling (678-485-1331) also offers video counseling to residents of any Walton community. Regular counseling program applies -- up to 4 visits per family per calendar year, with a $10 co-pay per visit. . 
 
Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) -  BHL in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. For the first time individuals from anywhere in Georgia could call one toll-free number (GCAL) for access to care in a crisis. The Georgia Crisis & Access Line links callers with trained professionals who provide the most appropriate linkage to care for mental health crises, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse crises. Georgia Crisis and Access Line:
800-715-4225 
 
United Way - Economic Relief Fund 1-866-211-9966
 
Augusta Financial Assistance
     
  TIME for kids - free digital library
 
Strong4Life - How to talk to children about the coronavirus
 
Tutoring - TutorATL offers complimentary, one-on-one, on demad homework help for k-12 students in metro Atlanta
 
NPR - Life Kit. Tools to help you get it together. 
 
Prescriptions - CVS Pharmacy is offering free prescription delivery service for a limited time. Check with your local CVS Pharmacy. 
   
Tips for working at home - NPR, Businses Insider, CBS News
 
Scholastic - Learn at Home 
 
Silver Sneakers Fitness Classes - live classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:30pm


How to Help

Mission 1:27 - is working to transform the lives of your very own neighbors! Click here to donate
 
MUST Ministries - Food distribution
   
Provide Child Care for Medical Personnel
Medical personnel are experiencing a critical need for in-home child care. The daily cost ($144/day) for this child care is a significant burden to many families who are working tirelessly to keep other families safe and healthy.

SitterTree is partnering with local businesses and congregations to provide gift cards to medical personnel. Sitter Bucks Gift Cards subsidize the daily cost of in-home child care. Recipients can immediately book rigorously-screened child care without the need to pay upfront costs and wait for reimbursement. 

Your gift card will also serve to ease the economic burden for college students, who depend on hourly babysitting wages.
 
How to Purchase Gift Cards 
  1. Visit https://www.sittertree.com/gift-cards/
  2. Complete the gift card form indicating your purchase amount  
  3. You can even designate a specific hospital if you would like!
Have questions? Email [email protected]

We can’t forget the kids!  Beginning on Monday, March 23rd, SitterTree will launch a handwashing challenge on social media.  We’ll donate a free booking to a medical professional for every Facebook or Instagram story* showing a child, sitter, or even mom and dad washing their hands and singing their favorite hand-washing song!

*Stories must tag @sittertree and #handwashingsong to qualify. Stories shared on multiple platforms will count as one entry.

 

Entertainment

Nature Time - Adventures from home
 
Nature from homedaily video for families, making it easier to get your kids outside and playfully explore the world around them. 

Netflix Party https://www.netflixparty.com/  (use chrome). Netflix Party is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows. You will need to use with Google Chrome.  
   
Crayola Coloring Pages - https://www.crayola.com/featured/free-coloring-pages/ . Head on over to Crayola to print out some coloring sheets. Did you know coloring is considered therapeutic? How fun! 
 
Georgia Aquarium -  https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/ocean-voyager/ .        https://www.ozolio.com/explore/NESE0000043F  . Check on your favorite animals at the Georgia Aquarium. They have several webcams so you can view the sea creatures having fun in their home!  
 
The Center for Puppetry Arts - https://puppet.org/center-for-puppetry-arts-home/ . Get your laughs and creative juices going with The Center for Puppetry Arts has scheduled programs to stream right in your own home using Zoom or Facebook.  
 
 The Children’s Museum of Atlanta - https://childrensmuseumatlanta.org/blog/ . See what is going on over at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s website for a hands-on daily activity.   
 
NFL Game Pass - https://gamepass.nfl.com/packages. complimentary access until May 31, 2020! 
               


"Live" Events (primarily via social media)

10:00 am - Shark Story Hour
       
1:00 pm - Art Lessons
   
3:00 pm - Zoo Facts
     

 

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