Talent. Treasure. Time. Volunteering for #StocktonStrong.As the COVID-19 situation continues, there is an emerging need for volunteers to (safely) support critical community needs, and to donate specific supplies. Please click on the survey below to be connected with a volunteer opportunity. Click here to sign up to volunteer
The Stockton Strong team is receiving volunteer opportunities on a rolling basis, and is working to identify where the greatest need for volunteer support will exist. After volunteers sign up on the survey above, they will be sent information about open opportunities and invited to sign up for a particular shift. We anticipate many opportunities to serve over the next several weeks, and many of these opportunities will be virtual.
Pending and confirmed volunteer partners include:
- Mask On Campaign – kit assembly
- Emergency Food Bank of Stockton
- Second Harvest Food Bank
- Stockton Scholars
- Lord’s Gym Stockton (currently paused)
Please note: our first priority is the safety of our community and our volunteers. We require all partner organizations to put safety protocols in place for our volunteers, and any volunteers categorized as “higher risk” by the CDC will not be able to volunteer in person. This includes any volunteers who are or live with someone who is:
- Experiencing any symptoms such as fever, coughing or shortness of breath,
- 65 years of age or older, and/or
- Have chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease).
Given the increased demand for and decreased supply of critical cleaning and protective supplies, some essential non-profit organizations and employers are struggling to access the resources they need to serve our community. At this time, Homeless Service Providers are worried about running out of important supplies including soap, hand sanitizer, bleach, clorox wipes, empty spray bottles, personal protective gear, gloves, masks, NEW unused towels, and NEW unused socks. Donations are being accepted at United Way of San Joaquin County from M-F 10am – 2pm.
In addition, we’ve diagnosed the current and future needs of our healthcare partners and are working to match resources with need. Please click the survey link above and below if you’d like to work with us to meet the needs of our healthcare partners.
Resources from Visit Stockton
On March 16, Visit Stockton launched Dine Stockton in order to support local restaurant employees and their families. The intention was to keep those individuals on the job and be a resource for the community as they searched for delivery and take-out options across the city. The information is continually collected and updated (daily) and features a growing number of restaurants, some of which are offering curb-side pick-up during these difficult times. Marketing dollars are being put behind this promotion in order to send traffic to these restaurants. Participation is open to all restaurants within Stockton free of charge.
Stockton Healthy Pledge
Businesses across the city are working to keep their employees and customers safe. Support local by working with those businesses that have taken the Stockton Healthy Pledge. A full list of over 200 businesses is available online. Search by category, or search directly for your favorite business. Know a business that wants to participate? This free promotion is available to all Stockton businesses, free of charge. It is a free way to promote the safety procedures and changes to operations that help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Stockton Savings Pass
With more people purchasing online, local businesses are struggling more than ever. Visit Stockton encourages residents to support local and purchase goods and services from Stockton owned and operated businesses. The Stockton Savings Pass is a free mobile coupon book featuring deals and discounts to businesses throughout the city. This free advertising opportunity for businesses allows them to market directly to pass holders. Pass holders can choose from one-time and repeating deals from their favorite places so they can support local and save some money in the process.
San Joaquin County WorkNet Resources
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in District 2 – Supervisor Miller, email@example.com
If you live in District 3 – Supervisor Patti, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in District 4 – Supervisor Winn, email@example.com
If you live in District 5 – Supervisor Elliott, firstname.lastname@example.org
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,
- Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) is hiring. Take a look at their open positions here.
- Dollar Tree, a Stockton Chamber of Commerce member, is hiring nationwide at their stores and distribution centers.
- Amazon is hiring in Stockton. To apply, text STOCKTONNOW to 77088 for job alerts or visit amazon.com/centralvalleyjobs.
- 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,
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,
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.
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 covid19.ca.gov.
- 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
Want to support #STOCKTONSTRONG?
Your donation will fund relief programs designed to support
vulnerable workers, small businesses, and senior residents who are in quarantine.