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Juneteenth Capital Initiative launches to support Black-owned nonprofits and small-businesses

Published by: The Record on August 20, 2020

Mayor Michael Tubbs announced the launch of the Juneteenth Capital Initiative, a collaborative effort to help small Black-owned businesses and nonprofits. $165,000 in combined seed money from Bank of America, A.G. Spanos Cos., and the Stockton Strong COVID-19 Response Fund will be granted in amounts from $5,000 to $20,000. In part, the initiative is in response to Black business owners and organizations identifying access to capital as their top need.

100,000 “Mask-On” Kits Assembly at Edison High School

Published by: The Record on July 29, 2020 and Fox 40 on July 30, 2020

The United Way of San Joaquin, Dignity Health, Univision, and Public Health Services of San Joaquin County, and more, have partnered to assemble 100,000 mask kits at Edison High School to be distributed to the community. Stockton Strong coordinates the volunteer efforts to support the kit assembly. 

Push to Help Women-Owned, Local Small Businesses, Venture Online During COVID-19

Published by: Fox 40 on June 11, 2020

The popular local marketplace known as Stockmarket has launched a new initiative called the Stockton Strong Marketplace to support female entrepreneurs with online sales in the wake of COVID-19. Supported by the Stockton Strong Coalition, this new online marketplace aims to support local women artists, creators, and businesses owners. 


120 Single Mothers in Stockton Selected to Receive $500 Gift Cards

Published by: Fox 40 on May 7, 2020

Just days before Mother’s Day weekend, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs announced a new initiative aimed at helping single mothers struggling during the ongoing pandemic. The Stockton Strong Emergency COVID-19 Relief Fund partnered with other local organizations to give $60,000 in gift cards to single mothers. Read more here.

Stockton Strong Fund receives $1m donation for virus response

Published by: Stockton Record on April 30, 2020

Financial Center Credit Union and the Michael Duffy Family Fund announced a $1 million donation Thursday to the Stockton Strong COVID-19 Response Fund, which was launched in an effort to support Stocktonians impacted by the coronavirus. Read more here.

Stockton Strong COVID-19 Fund Gets Big Donation

Published by: KCRA on April 30, 2020

The Stockton Strong COVID-19 Response Fund doubled in size today. Stockton Financial Center Credit Union donated $1 million to the fund, so that makes a total of $2 million raised in 2 weeks. Watch here.


Stockton rolling out $3,000 grants for struggling small businesses

Published by: ABC10 on April 23, 2020

Mayor Tubbs announced the disbursement of grants from our Stockton Strong COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to help our local small businesses. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our city. We know that at this time our small businesses are hurting and are looking for relief. In response to this need, we allocated $350,000 from the general fund and the mayor raised an additional $150,000 to create the Small Business Relief Grant Program. Within 24 hours of this announcement, the city received over 1,000 applications with enough funding for just 167 small businesses. This month, grants were given to businesses like the House of Ice Cream, Mi Ranchito Cafe, and Music Go Round. Read more here.

Stockton and Reno Mayors Check In on COVID-19

Published by: Cap Radio on April 20, 2020

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs has rolled out a $1 million fund called the Stockton Strong Emergency COVID-19 Response Fund. The money will support nonprofits that’ll help the community during the pandemic. Listen here.

Stockton Starts $1m Fund to Support Nonprofits

Published by: Fox 40 on April 16, 2020

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs revealed a new $1 million fund called the Stockton Strong Emergency COVID-19 Response Fund on Thursday. Read more here

‘Help is on the way’: #StocktonStrong Launches COVID-19 Relief Fund for Nonprofits

Published by: Stockton Record on April 16, 2020

An emergency fund, which will initially focus on providing grants to nonprofits helping the city’s residents during the novel coronavirus pandemic, has been established with $1 million in donations. Read more here.

Stockton Mayor Announces Coronavirus Relief Fund to Help Low-income Families

Published by: CBS 13 on April 16, 2020

The Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs announced a new initiative to help ease the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The Stockton Stong COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will provide money for low-income families and programs that help them.Read more here

‘I have no money, no food stamps’: Famous chef brings much-needed food donations to Stockton

Published by: ABC 10 on April 2, 2020

Now, the food bank is getting some additional, and much needed, food donations courtesy of local organic growers and Berkeley chef, activist and restaurant owner Alice Waters. Read more here


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San Joaquin County WorkNet Resources

The Workforce Development Board of San Joaquin County is offering financial relief for workers during COVID-19. Workers that have been terminated, laid off, had a reduction of hours or are self-employed and unable to work due to COVID-19 are eligible for up to $800 in supportive services. Click Here to learn more, or call 209-468-3660. 
English Language Learner Grant Program is available to assist assist English Language Learners/Immigrants seeking employment-related skills, and services necessary to overcome barriers to employment, and embark on a career pathway. Click here to learn more, or call 209-468-3109.

Access the new Supervisorial District Fund

Each Supervisorial District recently received $3 million each. This new funding can be used to reimburse costs to Health Care partners, small businesses that have experienced business interruption due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, and other COVID-19 related expenses. This definition may also extend to nonprofits.

Please connect with your Supervisor via email or phone (click here) so you may learn more about how you can access the dollars: 

If you live in District 1 – Supervisor Villapudua,
If you live in District 2 – Supervisor Miller,
If you live in District 3 – Supervisor Patti,
If you live in District 4 – Supervisor Winn,
If you live in District 5 – Supervisor Elliott,

If you’re not sure which Supervisorial District you live in, then please use this district lookup tool.

Update on Coronavirus Stimulus Payments

The IRS has begun sending payments to taxpayers nationwide. Most people won't need to take any action if they are eligible for payment. To check your payment status, visit their site.


Has your employment status changed, or are you working less hours because of COVID?

If you have lost your job or your employer has reduced your hours because of COVID-19,

UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own (including because of COVID-19). Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.

If you are an entrepreneur or independent contractor who needs support,

  • You can apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).The PUA benefits are payable if an individual doesn't qualify for regular UI benefits in California or another state and also does not qualify for State Disability Insurance or Paid Family Leave benefits. For more details, click here.

If you are looking for a new job now, 

  • Amazon is hiring in Stockton. To apply, text STOCKTONNOW to 77088 for job alerts or visit
  • Stockton Unified (SUSD) is hiring. Take a look at their open roles here.
  • San Joaquin County WorkNet provides great resources for job seekers, including programs specifically designed for getting you back to work. Click here to learn more.
  • CalJOBS is supporting the people of California in getting back to work. Search for job listings in your area here.

If you are unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19,

file for Disability Insurance (DI).

DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

If you are unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member,

file for Paid Family Leave (PFL).

PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

For more information, visit the California Employment Development Department.

If you are an immigrant who needs financial assistance, 

You can apply for Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants (DRAI), a one-time state-funded disaster relief payment for undocumented adult immigrants impacted by COVID-19 and who are not eligible to receive funds from the CARES Act federal stimulus payments or from pandemic unemployment benefits. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1,000 in assistance per household.

You can begin your application with CRLAF by calling this toll-free number: 877-557-0521.

If you are concerned about COVID-19 financial scams,

CRC (California Reinvestment Coalition) has developed a helpful infographic in English and Spanish to alert people on how they can protect themselves and their loved ones from scammers and bad actors. Vulnerable communities are disproportionately targeted by financial predators. 

Avoid COVID-19 Scams [English]

Avoid COVID-19 Scams [Spanish] 

If you are a farmer, rancher, producer, or you have a rural-based business, 

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created a COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide that be can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by COVID-19. 

Questions about the Governor's Stay at Home Order?

For consistent updates, please visit

Essential Critical Infrastructure Sectors, on the Department of Homeland Security Website

What's closed?

  • Dine-in restaurants 
  • Bars and nightclubs 
  • Entertainment venues 
  • Gyms and fitness studios 
  • Public events and gatherings 
  • Convention Centers
  • Hair and nail salons 
  • Places of worship and cultural ceremonies, like weddings and funerals
  • Offices for non-critical infrastructure sectors
  • Shopping malls
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters 
  • Family entertainment centers (for example: bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and arcades)
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms

Please click here for a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) from the California State Government in English and in Spanish.

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