We created The Passionistas Project Podcast and The Passionistas Project Pack to spotlight women-owned businesses, as well as female entrepreneurs, activists and artisans. We also wanted to create a resource page that would give women some helpful tools to bolster their businesses.
We've decided to launch this page now with resources focused on getting you through the Coronavirus crisis. We'll update this page overtime with more general information and links to organizations to help you build your businesses, improve your mental and physical well-being and connect with other women.
Stay safe. Stay home. Stay healthy. Stay passionate.
Amy & Nancy
IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING A MEDICAL EMERGENCY, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — For the most accurate and timely information, visit the CDC's website.
World Health Organization — For the most accurate and timely information, including advice for the public, advice for health workers, research and development and scam alerts.
EMPLOYMENT, UNEMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE SUPPORT
Empower Work — Discuss work issues confidentially with a trained peer counselor via SMS text or live chat. Send a text to 510-674-1414.
Unemployment Benefits Finder — Select your state to find information about filing for unemployment benefits.
Upstream — An app designed to give people a place to network and ask for introductions in a more digitally friendly, mobile-first platform than LinkedIn groups.
US Department of Labor — The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus).
US Small Business Administration — The SBA proves low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.
2-1-1 — Search your Zip Code or City and State if you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills or other essential services.
A Common Thread — Vogue and CFDA are repurposing the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund to create this fundraising initiative supporting those in the American fashion community who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications open April 8th.
Amazon Small Business Relief Fund (SEATTLE AREA) — Amazon is creating a $5 million Neighborhood Small Business Relief Fund to provide cash grants to Seattle small businesses that need assistance.
Artist and Activist Relief Fund — The Soze Agency, Taskforce, and Invisible Hand have created a fund in support of artists & activists who are impacted by COVID-19. They will provide $250 to selected applicants on an on-going basis and, at the moment, they have $30,500 for the first round of grants.
Bumble — Bumble is offering up to $5,000 in monetary support for small businesses affected by COVID-19. Download the @bumble app and use any mode to match with their Bumble Community Grants profile to learn more and apply.
Business for All — Hello Alice‘s Business for All offers up to $200,000 business grants and mentorships from influential leaders like Gwyneth Paltrow and Rebecca Minkoff.
Facebook Small Business Grants Program — Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.
iFundWomen — is a startup funding platform providing access to capital through crowdfunding and grants, expert business coaching on all the topics entrepreneurs need to know about, and a network of women business owners that sparks confidence, accelerates knowledge, and ignites action. IFundWomen is offering several free webinars and coaching session during the COVD-19 crisis. In addition, they are granting 3 early stage female founders a $10,000 cash prize for their small businesses. Although not specifically created as a response to COVID-19, they are accepting applications now through April 7, 2020
James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund — Foundation is launching a fund that will be gathering support from corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide micro-grants to independent food and beverage businesses in need.
Jewish Free Loan Society — The organization is granting no-fee and interest-free loans for businesses in the LA area that have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
JPMorgan Chase — The financial institution is committing $8 million to assist small businesses in U.S., China, and Europe.
Kerby Jean-Reymond — Designer of Pyer Moss, Kerby Jean-Reymond, has set aside $50,000 for “minority and women-owned small creative businesses who are currently in distress.”
Lowe’s — The company is committing $3 million to supporting local small businesses, particularly skilled trade professionals, to continue to operate through the current conditions.
MainVest — Beyond its normal fundraising offerings, crowdfunding platform MainVest has launched a $2,000, zero-interest, 120-day loan for restaurants or other brick and mortars affected by COVID-19.
MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund — The Recording Academy® and its affiliated charitable foundation MusiCares® have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help our peers in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Opportunity Fund, which specializes in money lending to small businesses owned by women, immigrants, and people of color, is soon launching a coronavirus relief fund. It will provide grants and low-interest rate loans to business owners.
Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund — A trailblazing investment of $2.5 million from Verizon is making it possible for LISC to begin offering critical relief and resiliency-building support to small businesses facing immediate financial threat because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will go to make grants of up to $10,000, especially to entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically under-served places who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital. Verizon will highlight and bolster these efforts through their inaugural "Pay It Forward Live" online concert series. Sign up to receive updates.
Yelp — Yelp has announced a $25 million in relief, primarily focused on supporting independent local restaurant and nightlife businesses, in the form of waived advertising fees, and free advertising, products and services, during this period.
Chefs for America — Chef Jose Andres and his World Central Kitchen are mobilizing to feed America through food delivery and community kitchens. They are also looking for volunteers to work with them in the Covid-19 crisis.
Meals on Wheels — This organization delivers meals to the country’s elderly population. Many of its local programs are struggling with the additional costs of delivering meals during the outbreak. You can find ways to help a local program here or donate to the national organization here.
No Kid Hungry — With coronavirus forcing mass school closures across the country, millions of children are losing the daily meals they depend on. No Kid Hungry uses donations to send emergency grants to food banks and local community groups. It diverts resources to feed kids in the hardest-hit communities. The organization also has plans in place to ensure families know how to find food while schools are closed and making sure kids get three meals a day.
HEALTH, FITNESS AND NUTRITION
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Use the CDC COVID-19 Symptom Checker if you or someone you are caring for is experiencing symptoms.
Core Power Yoga — CorePower Yoga is offering free streaming live classes for you each day. If you are already a member, you'll now be able to enjoy full unlimited access to all online classes through CorePower Yoga On Demand, which include 20-60 minute versions of the same CorePower class formats you're used to in the studio. For those who are not members, CorePower is still providing free access to a limited collection of online classes available weekly.
The Wellful — The Wellful is a mindful health brand and your source for nutrition & wellness news you can digest (pun intended). Here you’ll find resources for building a healthy relationship with food + your body, interviews with leaders in health and wellness and real-talk on nutrition trends.
Tone It Up — Tone It Up has an amazing community and offers all different types of toning and endurance workouts. The app will be free for new users for the next 30 days, and workout videos range from 10-40 minutes.
Many banks are offering deferment and forbearance to business loan customers. See below for a list of banks that are working with customers on a ‘case-by-case’ basis to overcome financial difficulties:
American Express:— waiving interest on late fees on accounts that are requesting COVID-19 relief.
Bank of America — Committed to giving relief on a ‘case-by-case’ basis for small business loans, mortgages, deposit accounts, credit cards, etc.
Capital One — Have pledged that they are working with customers that experience financial difficulties.
Chase Bank — call the number on the back of your credit or debit card for direct assistance with your payments or account.
Citi — For 30 days, small business customers are eligible to have their monthly service fees waived. They’re also waiving the fees on early CD withdrawals.
U.S. Bank — Reach out to customer service if you’re a customer that has been impacted by coronavirus to discuss individual solutions.
Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium — The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to implement an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days. These moratoriums are part of the continued effort by President Trump to address impacts to the financial well-being of America’s individuals, families, and businesses caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19).
National Low Income Housing Coalition — The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that ensures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.
PROJECT UFIRST – Project U First donates love boxes to local shelters for men, women and children in need.
Calm — The #1 app for Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation. The app has some free resources including daily challenges to deepen your mindfulness practice and learn more about yourself.
Headspace — To help support you through this time of crisis, Headspace is offering some meditations you can listen to anytime. These are part of a larger collection in the Headspace app — free for everyone — called Weathering the Storm. It includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling.
InsightTimer — A free app for sleep, anxiety and stress that includes insightful talks, courses, guided meditations and resources for kids.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention — The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.1-800-273-8255
BetterHelp — Making professional counseling accessible, affordable, convenient - so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, anytime, anywhere.
Crisis Text Line — a free national text messaging service that gives you access to mental health counselor. Text “home” to 741-741 to get started. Approximately 77% of Crisis Text Line users acknowledged that they have stress or anxiety related to Coronavirus.
Real — A new mental health platform, is offering free online help this month in response to coronavirus concerns. The company will provide a selection of services for users ― including group sessions, virtual events and one-on-one sessions ― which will be led by trained mental health professionals.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Helpline — SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Talkspace — Offering a special COVID-19 stress and anxiety management program to all subscribers as part of their subscription. Talk to a therapist to learn more. Talkspace is also offering free online therapy for frontline medical workers during this crisis.
The IRS has extended the deadline to file federal tax returns to July 15, 2020.
The deadline for tax payments up to $10 million for businesses has also been extended to July 15, 2020.
The below states have also reduced or waived penalties on late tax payments:
California State Tax deadline is extended to July 15
Connecticut provides extension for certain business taxes by at least 30 days.
Maryland has extended business-related tax filing deadlines until June 1st
North Carolina is under certain conditions waving some penalties.
South Carolina is offering an extension for state tax returns and payments.
Washington is allowing business to request a filing extension or a late payment penalty waiver request.
WAYS TO HELP
Alone — This organization provides companionship to the elderly. Become a telephone volunteer and check in with seniors in your area.
Charity Navigator — This organization evaluates charities and maintains a running list of nonprofits working in communities affected by the outbreak. There are organizations that focus on medical services, relief supplies and more.
GlobalGiving — This large global crowdfunding community connects nonprofits, donors and companies. Money received will go toward sending emergency medical workers to communities in need, providing medical supplies to hospitals and helping deliver essentials to families.
The American Red Cross — The coronavirus is causing a blood shortage. The Red Cross is urging all eligible, healthy donors to donate blood to help maintain a sufficient blood supply in the coming weeks and months.