IACS is committed to addressing the needs generated by the pandemic crises on the communities around us. It is our intent for 2020 and 2021 to support the impacted achieve health, wellbeing and stability. As COVID-19 continues to unfold, we are working hard to provide services and support for the needs being brought to our attention. These services are intended but not limited to serve our ageing adults, elder care homes, underprivileged families, small businesses, healthcare facilities, health care workers, undocumented immigrants, and the shelters negatively impacted by COVID-19.
EMERGENCY SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT
IACS staff and volunteer mentors are working with several of our community-based small businesses (restaurants, caterers, beauty salons, taxi drivers, and service industry workers like janitorial staff) helping them access financial support via loans, grants, and tax extenstions, deferrals for mortgages, utilities, rent assistance, meals, while also offering them personalized guidance in marketing and planning. IACS is also identifying families in need of immediate financial assistance in addition to the above mentioned support.
If you are experiencing a financial crisis due to COVID-19, IACS may be able to help you pay one month’s rent so that you are able to stay in your home. There is eviction prevention guidance and rental assistance available for tenants, small landlords, large property landlords, manufactured home park owners & managers, as well as local nonprofits. King County in particular has created a new $41 million program to assist households economically impacted by the coronavirus.
Please know that appropriate documentation displaying proof of need is required in order to provide assistance.
LOSS OF EMPLOYMENT
Workers in the service sector are currently losing jobs due to the pandemic. IACS can help those who have endured job loss by providing support for finding alternative employment as well as other assistance including career mentorship.
ALTERNATE EMPLOYMENT FOR DRIVERS
Drivers across the state have been impacted greatly by the COVID-19 pandemic. Taxi drivers and numerous ride-share drivers who are out of work can contact us for assistance in providing information for the various companies who are currently hiring drivers mainly for delivery services. Companies include Amazon, Bite Squad, Door Dash, and more. We can walk you through all of the requirements needed for your application.
IACS will provide meals to those in who are food insecure and in the most need during the pandemic including seniors, healthcare workers and the homeles.
GROCERY RUNS FOR SENIORS
IACS wil provide access to shopping, meals and other day-to-day help needed by seniors who are not able to safely access grocery stores due to COVID-19 restrictions.
CARE PACKAGES FOR SHELTERS
IACS volunteers and staff are delivering non perishable food packages and basic sanitation supplies on a weekly basis to our area shelters, pantry packs, and school districts.
HOT MEALS FOR HEALTHCARE STAFF
IACS is working with community restaurants to cater hot meals to our EMTs, fire stations, and healthcare centers on a weekly basis.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
IACS can assist with additional information for business owners on where they can access PPE for themselves and their employees. Via AWB Rebound and Recovery, managers and owners can be connected with manufactures who supply PPE in order to help continue to run businesses safely. For more information, visit: reboundandrecovery.org
We can assist with reaching out to your utility providers in the event that you are experiencing difficulties making your monthly payments. Many providers as a result will not disconnect service for non-payment during COVID-19 and various proviers are temporarily waiving late fees for non-payment as well.
HEALTH INFORMATION/ HEALTH INSURANCE
IACS will provide a repository of information on health insurance and health care information for families in urgent critical need due to COVID-19.
IACS will provide increased legal consultations due to the COVID-19, in particular for domestic violence cases which are currently on the rise during the pandemic.
WE NEED AND REQUEST YOUR HELP!
IACS has launched a fundraising campaign to provide essential human services to the thousands of individuals and families who turn to us for help during the pandemic. We invite and you to take part in these assistance efforts by donating funds for our COVID-19 Response efforts. These funds will go directly to lending a critical helping hand to our community and will address needs regardless of gender, origin, religion, or language. With your help, generosity, and positivity we will get through this together.
If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the on our Volunteer Services page.
PROJECT MASKS FOR HEALTHCARE STAFF
Since March 23rd, 2020, IACS has donated more than 4500 cotton reusable masks (approved by local healthcare centers) using close to 380 yards of fabric, recruiting 42+ volunteers who collectively gave close to 3700 volunteer hours to this outstanding effort which is still continuing having spun off several independent mask projects across towns. IACS volunteer teams have been donating the masks to local hospitals, clinics serving low income families, senior living centers, small businesses, waste management workers, shelters, homeless communities, and state health labs testing COVID samples as well as the King County medical Society.