Until further notice, all in-person events – including training, program visits and meetings – are cancelled or postponed. For the safety of staff and following local recommendations, WCASA has transitioned to remote work. While we will not be in our Madison office, staff have established workspaces at home where they can continue providing confidential support to programs. It is best to contact staff direct lines; that –and email– will be the best way to connect. Please do not hesitate to reach out.
We will be updating the resources below as more information is made available about COVID-19 and how it impacts our communities and agencies.
While the COVID-19 pandemic is creating stress for everyone, we are deeply saddened to learn of the racist and xenophobic incidents that have been occurring across the globe (and in the U.S.). Now is the time for unity, and we echo the call of Asian American and Pacific Islander Leaders and civil rights organizations for our elected leaders to denounce Anti-Asian racism around COVID-19.
This section is broken in to the following sub-sections:
- SBA Stimulus Loan Program - – Under the Congressional new CARE Act provision, nonprofits, small businesses, and Tribal businesses may apply for SBA loans that will be up to 100% forgivable. This could be, in effect, a general operating grant for those that are or will experience financial losses due to COVID 19.
- National Council of Nonprofits Chart – This resource compares loans available under the CARE Act
- Resource List for Advocates
- Resource List for Survivors
- The Safer at Home Executive Order: Key Provisions Impacting SA/DV Programs - This document highlights several important sections of the order that most directly impact SA/DV programs.
- Tech Resources to Help You Work Remotely - 3/26/20
- #SAAMWorkFromHome Resources - 3/23/20
- WCASA Update - 3/20/20
- Notes for WCASA Zoom Meetings on March 18, 2020: Directors, Advocates
- Sample Client Letter Regarding Services – This letter can be utilized for programs who are currently continuing with in-person services while offering the option to clients about switching to services via telephone. It also includes language about the possibility that all services will move to telephone only if events warrant.
- Policies for paying staff salaries and benefits in the event of a pandemic-related shutdown – Sample language to consider for personnel policies during this health crisis.
- NNEDV Video Conferencing & Digital Communications Platforms: Comparison Chart - Many programs are asking about using video, chat, and text tools for communication with survivors. The platforms most asked about have been Zoom, ResourceConnect, Gruveo, Cyph, and doxy.me, all of which are described in this resource.
- Futures Without Violence – A health and social justice nonprofit that has created a webpage with updates on COVID-19 for DV and SA survivors and service providers.
- NNEDV Guidance for Programs – This resource offers guidance on topics such as confidentiality, precautionary measures programs can take, and the provision of alternative services.
- NNEDV Digitial Services Toolkit – Links to webinar recordings, best practices, and information on choosing technology.
- 5 Anti-Racist Actions for White People to Take During COVID-19 - An article by Showing Up for Racial Justice that offers suggestions on how white people can move in to action during the pandemic.
- Responding to the Coronavirus Outbreak: Resources to Help Nonprofits – This article includes a variety of resources related to non-profit leadership during a crisis, remote work, and self-care.
- How to Run a Great Virtual Meeting – Resource providing tips for how to successfully run a virtual meeting.
- How to Reassure Your Team When the News is Scary – tips for communicating with staff during time of uncertainty.
- Sample Messaging for Programs Regarding Impact on Service Delivery – NJCASA resource programs can utilize/modify regarding how their will be offered during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Resource on Hospital Accompaniment - Resource from NCCASA and other national partners with sample language programs can use regarding hospital accompaniment.
- OCVS Email to Subgrantees – Email from OCVS staff regarding sustaining services for survivors during COVID-19.
- Resource Sharing Project COVID-19 Emerging Responses Resource Page - Since information and guidance continues to change and evolve, RSP created this COVID-19-specific resource page to share information relevant to managing coalitions, offering TA around providing sexual assault advocacy, working with funders, and getting support during this time.
- COVID-19: Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources - A resource put together by Racial Equity Tools, a site designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity.
- COVID-19 and the American Workplace (Dept. of Labor) - The Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to COVID-19, and its effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
- Safer at Home FAQ’s (Gov. Evers and DHS) - Frequently asked questions about the recently released Safer at Home Order
- How Nonprofits Can Utilize the New Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19 – This resource shares insights about how nonprofits might utilize the new federal legislation relating to coronavirus to advance their missions.
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Resources: COVID-19 Guidance and Information – DHS is committed to protecting and promoting the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin, making sure everyone can live their best life.
- Contact Information for Local Health Departments in Wisconsin – Your local health departments can also be valuable sources for current information and guidance.
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Resources and Information – As the nation's health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health, safety, and security threats.
- A Roundup of Multilingual Resources on COVID-19 - This blog post contains fact sheets, posters, multimedia resources, and links to live updates in multiple languages about COVID-19, its symptoms, and how to prevent it; and about handwashing.
- Unemployment Insurance Provisions in the CARES Act – This resource provides information on what benefits are available to workers who find themselves without any or enough employment or work in these difficult times.
Self-Care/Mental Health Resources
While the resources below are geared to everyone, survivors may find the tips useful during this time when social distancing can lead to increased isolation.
- Self-Care Tips to Get You Through the New Coronavirus Normal – This article provides some self-care anyone can utilize during this stressful time.
- Don't Go Down a Coronavirus Anxiety Spiral – This article offers tips to mitigate stress while at the same time staying up to date on vital information to keep you and your family safe.
- Stressed About COVID-19? Here's What Can Help – This article includes tips for talking with children about COVID-19.
- Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence – Employment-related resources for survivors in the workplace.
- Mental Health and COVID-19 - Information and Resources – A range of resources and information compiled by Mental Health America.
Resources for Marginalized Communities
- COVID-19 and Public Charge: What Immigrant Communities Need to Know – On March 13, USCIS announced that testing, prevention, or treatment for COVID-19, also called Coronavirus, would NOT be used against immigrants in a public charge test. This means that immigrant families should seek the care they need during this difficult time. (National Immigration Law Center)
- COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Communities - A GoogleDoc that lists nationwide and state resources for undocumented communities that is continuing to be updated.
- Coronavirus Resource Kit – A collectivized compilation of resources from disabled, queer, elderly, Asian, and indigenous people and US-based mutual aid projects
- National Center for Trans Equality: The Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Trans People Need to Know
- HMONG Resources for COVID-19 (coronavirus) Response
- Resources in Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) - National Indigenous Women's Resource Center (NIWRC)
- COVID-19: Guidance for Tribal Programs (*Adapted from NNEDV Guidance to State Coalitions) - NIWRC