by – Anna Eng firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional note from Anna: All work can be done remotely from home by phone or email or WeChat. Seeking bilingual and English speaking only. Email Anna directly if you wish to help.
I am working with some Chinatown non-profits to help support local small businesses severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and need bilingual Cantonese and/or Vietnamese speakers to help us.
Many of you may be aware of the federal gov’t’s $2T stimulus package under the CARES Act (Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security).
In addition to automatic stimulus payments to individuals there are economic emergency relief loans for Small Businesses to help them continue to pay their workers, rents and utilities while they are forced to be shut down in the interest of public safety. Unfortunately, the application for these loans are primarily only online and only in English. Many of our local small businesses are non or limited English speaking and/or do not have access to internet and do not know how to apply for these programs. Many do not even know these programs exist at all. Unfortunately because these programs are open to everyone in the country no matter how severely impacted these funds are depleted very quickly often before our minority and non-English speaking businesses even have a chance to apply. Funds for the recent Calif. Stimulus relief package were depleted and closed within 1 week.
Many of our local Chinese and other Asian small businesses were already severely impacted even before the Shelter in Place because of racism and the consistent identification of the Coronavirus as the “Chinese Virus.”
[ Ron’s Edit – relevant video regarding the “Chinese virus at https://tinyurl.com/vfa8hnm ]
With the increasing xenophobia and the devastating effects of this virus, we anticipate severe long term effects on our communities which will be very hard for them to recover from without some economic assistance for our businesses, workers and their families.
We are setting up a bilingual Cantonese, Vietnamese task force (phone banking, hotline, outreach) to help applicants apply for these programs. If you are a bilingual speaker or better yet can read/write as well, we really can use your help. If you have experience in banking or processing loans even better. We need volunteers immediately– we will train you. We expect these programs to go live this Fri. Apr. 3 and expect they may only last 1-2 weeks. If you can help at all, please email me with your name, email, phone #, language skills, availability and I will get back to you with more info.
Please forward this to others who may be able to help.
Thank you! Be safe, stay healthy and be vigilant!
-Anna Eng email@example.com