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UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, MAY 13th
Hi Everyone! I’m sure we all need a little extra support right now so I’ve pulled together a list of resources to help you get through this. I’m trying to keep this updated weekly, and maybe even continue it in the future. If you have any suggestions or requests please don’t hesitate to reach out!
Financial Assistance Info
- IRS – Get Your Refund Faster: Tell IRS to Direct Deposit your Refund to One, Two, or Three Accounts More Information here about the Economic Impact Payment https://www.irs.gov/refunds/get-your-refund-faster-tell-irs-to-direct-deposit-your-refund-to-one-two-or-three-accounts
- A Freelancer’s Guide to Unemployment Benefits—and Other Financial Help This is from Dance Magazine but it has great info that applies to performers in general. More info here https://www.dancemagazine.com/unemployment-for-freelancers-2645608894.html
- Unemployment Benefits and the Coronavirus The federal government has allowed states to change their unemployment benefits laws. It lets them provide benefits for situations related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). More info here: https://www.usa.gov/unemployment
- Renters: How to Get COVID-19 Rent Relief: CARES Act Eviction Protection Great information here on what your options are if you can’t pay the rent right now. From the website: “The CARES Act, signed into law Mar. 27, 2020, provides 120 days of eviction relief for tenants in federally-backed housing. Specifically, you may not be served with an eviction notice until July 25, 2020 and the notice must give you 30 days to leave the property (Aug. 24, 2020). During the 120 day eviction moratorium, your landlord may not charge you late fees, penalties, or other charges for paying your rent late. It’s important to note that the eviction moratorium does not relieve you of your obligation to pay your rent. It merely forbids your landlord from evicting you during that period for late payment.” https://www.investopedia.com/renters-how-to-get-covid-19-rent-relief-4800858
- COVID-19: Guidance for Landlords and Tenants This is a private lawyers website and provides information for both landlords and tenants – it’s good to consider both sides. https://www.bbklaw.com/news-events/insights/2020/legal-alerts/03/covid-19-guidance-for-landlords-and-tenants
- Need some relief on your credit cards? Check out this guide for useful tips! https://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/credit-card-issuers-relief-coronavirus
Want to stay active while in quarantine or social distancing?
- Peleton is offering a 90 Day FREE trial, up from their usual 30 days. Try everything from 5 minute meditations to 45 minute HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) , dance classes, yoga and more! Download the app and take it on your social distancing walk or stream it through Apple TV or Fire TV. I’m really impressed and amazed at what they are offering…. I thought it was all bike and treadmill – not so!
- Core Power Yoga. Sixteen hour-long yoga classes, plus four meditations, on its website.
- Echelon is similar to Peleton. Also offers a wide variety of live and on-demand classes (yoga, dance, core, Pilates) in addition to the in-home Spin classes they’re known for. Also free for 90 days. https://echelonfit.com
- Barre3 and The Bar Method. The ballet-meets-yoga-meets-Pilates classes are free for 15 days.
- Daily Burn and Gold’s Gym. Miss gym classes? Try a 60-day free trial of the Daily Burn’s sleek at-home classes, lots of specialties such as postnatal. Or hit the 600 audio and video classes on the Gold’s Amp app, which is free until May 31.
- Planet Fitness. Planet Fitness has a free daily class at 7 p.m. ET on its Facebook Live page.
I am no culinary queen but I do like to eat yummy stuff! If you’re bored and looking for some easy, tasty, nutritious meals check out my Pinterest collection of Microwave Meals + Meals in a Mug. Yup! That’s it! I’m not into huge kitchen drama but these mouthwatering delights are easy and most (if not all) are done in the microwave or no cooking required. #eatfasteathealthy
Give Back in Kindness
- The Red Cross is strongly urging people to give blood. https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/coronavirus–covid-19–and-blood-donation.html
- Volunteer for Crisis Text Line. Crisis Text Line is the free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the United States. The service is powered by volunteer Crisis Counselors who work remotely — anywhere with a computer and secure internet connection works. https://www.crisistextline.org/become-a-volunteer/
- Animal Shelters Call For People To Foster Pets Amid Coronavirus Pandemic https://www.huffpost.com/entry/foster-adopt-pet-coronavirus-covid-19-cat_n_5e6e9c26c5b6bd8156f9cd7e
- Check on older adults who are housing vulnerable. Volunteer to make phone calls https://www.laworks.com/opportunity/a0C3l00000hoOC2
- Help the Homeless Community in LA. Volunteer to package take-out meals. email@example.com https://www.midnightmission.org/covid-19/
- Check your earthquake kit! Seriously… things are bad enough! Make sure you’re prepared. https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/survival-kit-supplies.html
Looking for work?
These companies are hiring amid the coronavirus pandemic
- 7-Eleven: According to reports, the convenience store chain is hiring 20,000 new workers amid the pandemic.
- Albertsons Companies: The national grocery company is hiring for positionsacross its brands including Safeway and VONS.
- Dollar Tree: According to reports, the discount retail chain plans to hire 50,000 new workers by the end of April in response to heightened demand for products due to the pandemic.
- Dominos: Reports indicated that the pizza chain was looking to hire 10,000 workers for full and part-time positions.
- Food delivery services: While there has not been an announcement regarding increased demand for drivers, individuals can still sign up to deliver food to others through services such as DoorDash, GrubHub, Instacart, Postmates and Uber Eats.
- H-E-B: The Texas-based grocer is hiring short-term hourly store positionsacross the state.
- Kroger (Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer and more): Immediate openings are available at many of the brands under this national grocery store company.
- Microsoft: Multiple positions are available with the tech leader.
- Outschool: Education professionals could potentially teach online through this service.
- Pizza Hut: The pizza chain is hiring for positions at its various locations.
- Slack: The online chat service is hiring for roles.
- Walmart: Walmart is hiring store workers and delivery drivers.
- Zoom: This company, which offers videoconferencing services, is hiring for positions across the world.
Need Something to Watch?
- Scores of singers and musicians are taking to webcams to broadcast live-stream concerts for the month of April. LONG list! Variety has a great reference for that here https://variety.com/2020/music/news/weekend-live-streams-music-andrea-bocelli-dave-matthews-live-aid-easter-1234577828/
- Showtime Network is offering a 30 Day Free trial for a limited time! Up from their usual one week! https://www.sho.com/stream-showtime
- CBS All Access is also offering standard 7 days free. You’ll need to create an account and give CBS a credit card to charge when the trial is up.
- Have you heard of Quibi yet? Big names and big money in this deal! Founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, this super short form, smartphone only video platform just launched this month – timing is everything! The company plans to spend $1.1 billion on commissioning original content in its first year! #actorjobs. They’ve got big names like Chrissy Teigen and Steven Spielberg onboard worth checking out. They are offering a standard 90 Day Free trial but T-Mobile customers get ONE FULL YEAR
Learn from Home
Sign up for these 450 Ivy League courses for free online right now!
The 8 Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania.
These Ivy League schools are also highly selective and extremely hard to get into. But the good news is that all these universities now offer free online courses across multiple online course platforms.
So far, they’ve created over 500 courses, of which around 450 are still active. Class Central
Whew! I’m trying to keep up! Check back soon and stay safe out there 🙂