Dear members,

Here are a few things that might be helpful while navigating all the changes we are all experiencing. We’re calling it “Positivity in the News”. (as of March 20, 2020)

Blocks that say Positive and Negative

  • The IRS has extended the tax deadline from April 15 to July 15 to give all taxpayers and businesses additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.

 

  • Over two dozen school districts and counting across Colorado are offering free “grab ‘n’ go” meals for the many children under 18 who depend on free meals at school. Denver Public Schools is raising money to be able to offer weekend meals and meals for adults as well. For a map of pickup locations click here.

 

  • Colorado Department of Labor and Employment will give assistance for workers and employers during temporary closures caused by the coronavirus. Workers with a reduction in hours or wages may file an unemployment claim.

 

  • Xcel Energy will not disconnect service to any residential customers until further notice. If you are having difficulty paying, contact them and they will help you arrange a payment plan. More information can be found at

 

  • Comcast is working to keep Americans connected to the internet during this crucial time. They are changing their low-income Internet Essentials program to allow new customers two months of free internet and increasing the speed of all Internet Essentials customers. For more information and to apply, visit their website.

 

  • Grocery stores across Colorado and the country are adjusting store hours for stocking shelves and deep cleaning, but also dedicating time for senior and at-risk shoppers. Stores are offing them a less crowded environment, helping to ensure they are able to get the items they need. Find a list of stores here.

 

  • The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering disaster assistance through low-interest disaster loans for businesses and homeowners. This includes natural disasters and coronavirus for residents of over a dozen states including Colorado. You can apply

 

  • Also, to put a smile on your face, there’s a ferret named Oliver who has summited 11 of Colorado’s 14’ers.

Safe Social Distancing Things To Do:

  • Set goals for what to do with you time
  • Learn a new language
  • Practice an instrument
  • Try new recipes
  • Bake, cook & freeze extra for later
  • Read a book to your kids and act out the characters
  • Check out eBooks from the library
  • Organize your junk drawer
  • Video chat with long distance or at-risk friends and family
  • Reflect and make a list of things you are grateful for
  • Rearrange your furniture and make your home seem like a totally different space
  • Got paint? Paint your walls
  • Fill out the 2020 Census
  • Take a virtual museum trip
  • Make sock puppets and put on a show
  • Go for a hike
  • Check on an elderly or immunocompromised neighbor
  • Catch up on your sleep!
  • Walk your dog
  • Do your own home version of “Chopped” with pantry items
  • What else can you think of? Share your ideas with us on Facebook