New Resources for Disaster Funding
The Illinois Small Business Development Center has shared an update on lending resources, including Great Lakes Credit Union, which is processing PPP loans as of today, May 8. GLCU has provided a Membership Application and a PPP Applicant Document Checklist.
Other current sources:
Inland Bank PPP Loan
Ivanhoe Capital Advisors
IL State Treasurer’s Office Small Business COVID-19 Relief Program
To identify additional lenders, a Zip Code Search tool and PDF list are available on the SBA website.
Small Business Equip Grants
Rapid Response funds have been made available via local workforce development agencies to assist small businesses in mitigating layoffs. Grants ($5,000-$50,000 per employer) may be available to reimburse expenses such as special cleaning/sanitizing services, purchase of technology for remote working, cross-functional training, etc. Contact Jeffrey Hubert, Employment Specialist, Lake County Workforce Development, JHubert@lakecountyil.gov.
Small Business Administration update
The SBA Illinois District Office is offering a webinar on Monday, May 11, at 3:00pm: COVID-19 Relief & Loan Resources for Small Businesses. Click here to register.
The Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is currently accepting applications only from agricultural businesses. Small businesses that previously applied and are seeking an update on their application can contact the SBA Disaster Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The SBA Express Bridge Loan program provides loans worth up to $25,000 to small businesses that have an existing relationship with a designated SBA Express Lender. This can be a term loan or used to bridge the gap while applying for, or waiting for disbursement on, a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan.
Readiness for Reopening
On Tuesday, May 5th, Governor Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-phased plan to reopen the state. Restore Illinois FAQ’s here.
This Business Supply/Resource Guide assists with sourcing of masks, gloves, cleaning and sanitizing supplies/services, shields, and other critical supplies needed to reopen.
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Supplies dwindle as diaper need skyrockets, DIAPERS NEEDED
Twice As Nice Mother & Child continues to work to meet need
A Lake County nonprofit that distributes tens of thousands of diapers a month to families in need has seen skyrocketing demand and plummeting supplies in recent weeks.
Prior to non-essential business closings and shelter-in-place orders issued last month in response to the spread of COVID-19, Twice As Nice Mother & Child had reached a routine distribution number of about 70,000 diapers monthly, said Ann Marie Mathis, founder and executive director of the Waukegan-based organization.
With diapers and wipes among items that a Coronavirus-wary nation has hoarded, Mathis now eyes her storage spaces warily. The three-month inventory she normally maintains is disappearing. And community diaper drives have been canceled.
“We remain open,” she said. “We are considered essential. But we have seen an unprecedented influx in the number of requests for help, with more than 120 new requests for help in the last two weeks alone.
“We buy 90 percent of the diapers we distribute,” Mathis continued. “Due to hoarding and heightened demand, suppliers are delaying and in some instances canceling shipments. Wipes, for example, are just not available through my suppliers right now.”
Twice as Nice Mother & Child assists more than 1,000 children and 500 families each month, Mathis said. “That was pre-COVID-19,” she added. “I’m expecting that number will double for at least the next three months.”
Mathis’ former core group of 14 volunteers is down to about six, including herself, as some elder volunteers are avoiding leaving their homes. Before last month, student and other adult groups regularly attended diaper-wrapping sessions to prepare bundles for distribution. But with social distancing rules in place, that’s now down to the singular six.
Each sits at his or her own table, with gloves, hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes at the ready, to do the work that used to be done by a dozen or more helpers at a time.
Mathis, who has seven children of her own, said she is determined to keep going. Diaper distributions remain available to partnering agencies via curbside pickup at TANMC’s Waukegan address. And the organization’s mobile pantry program continues to serve families as scheduled, with the next taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the Warren-Newport Public Library parking lot, 224 O’Plaine Road, Gurnee. Dates and locations for all of the mobile pantries are listed at twiceasnicemc.org.
Registration to receive mobile pantry services is online only for the time being. Participating recipients are asked to remain in their cars and follow volunteers’ drive-through directions.
Mathis said safety net programs such as food stamps or WIC do not cover diapers. So need is always great. But with unemployment climbing and many store shelves bare, more people than ever are turning to Twice As Nice and other diaper banks.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting families who lack access to diapers and other basic necessities,” she said. “The panic buying, the hoarding, the job losses, community shutdowns and shelter-in-place orders are all forcing more people to turn to diaper banks like ours.
“All of these things also are depleting supplies,” she said. “We’re trying to do the best we can to meet the increased demand and help those in need during this crisis.”
Those in a position to help are encouraged to visit twiceasnicemc.org, where cash donations are accepted via PayPal. People also can shop TANMC’s wish list on Amazon and have items shipped to the organization’s Oak Grove Avenue address. Cash donations are always greatly appreciated, Mathis said, as TANMC is able to purchase diapers at a discount through its National Diaper Bank Network membership.
Ann Marie Mathis, Founder/Executive Director
Twice As Nice Mother & Child