The M.V.B.A. wants to remind our members and friends in the trades that communication is an essential survival tool. Please do not hesitate to reach out by email to any member of our Board for further guidance or support.
THE FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF HELPFUL TOOLS AND LINKS:
MA DEPT. OF PUBLIC HEALTH
The Public Health Hotline is 2-1-1. Call 24/7. It is free and there are interpreter services available. The DPH website is updated daily with links to relevant orders, the number of confirmed cases in the state and other useful services.
MV Community Services has provided a great resource for Islanders who may need services. While most of the on-site providers are closed, there are numerous hotlines available. This is a link you should bookmark:
Food insecurity may be a reality for you or your employees. There are several local resources for help closing the food gap. A list of food resources can be found through Community Services or by:
SMALL BUSINESS LOANS
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering Disaster Assistance to Massachusetts' small businesses. The loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid because of the impact of the disaster on the affected business. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses.
If you have been laid off or quarantined due to the Covid-19 outbreak then there are special benefits available to you. Claims will be filed more easily and paid out quicker than standard unemployment.