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Olmsted County United Way



United Way Funding Opportunities— (1) Early Success (2) Build Back Better (August 25, 2020)

United Way of Olmsted County is seeking proposals: (1) programs that provide high quality childcare or early childhood education and (2) proposal to "build back better". 

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Economic Relief Proposal for Nonprofit Sector (March 21, 2020)

The United Way Worldwide policy team worked with a small group of leading charities to craft an economic relief proposal for the nonprofit sector. More than 100 national charities have signed on and we are getting traction on Capitol Hill and with the Administration. The letter sent to congress is attached.

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United Way of Olmsted County: Inter-Agency Volunteer Coordination (March 16, 2020)

Inter-Agency Volunteer Coordination: United Way has created a channel for Rochester-area nonprofits to coordinate staffing resources to meet the demand for essential services during a Covid-19 outbreak

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Nonprofit Consortium





Nonprofit COVID-19 Response Structure and Social Determinants of Health (May 05, 2020)

(1) Consortium resources have been temporary redirected to cross-sector COVID-19 response planning in the Rochester are. Please contact Brooke with questions. 

(2) System approach for Social Determinants of Health

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Resoruce Guide, County Resources Locator, Legal Assistance Resources, Financial Resources through Propel, Unemployment Insurance Data, HourCar (April 10, 2020)

2020-04-10 Message from Brooke A. Carlson, MA, MPH  Strategist, Rochester Nonprofit Consortium 

Colleagues,

Important resources/opportunities:  
We continue to hold cross-sector planning calls (MWF 3 - 3:45 pm) as well as a weekly call (Weds @ 5 pm) specifically for executive directors to discuss internal challenges. If you'd like to participate in either or if I can support you in any other way, please contact me.
Keep up the exceptional work, everyone.
Brooke
Brooke A. Carlson, MA, MPH
Strategist, Rochester Nonprofit Consortium 
President, North Sky Health Consulting, LLC
brooke@northskyhealth.com
612.387.1183

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Nonprofits needs townhalls with MN Gov. Leaders (April 07, 2020)

There will be two Town Halls with House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler and Senate HHS Chair and Deputy Majority Leader Michelle Benson on issues facing non-profits Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

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Together Greater Rochester Area COVID-19 Community Support Fund (April 03, 2020)

(1) Grant Application Now Available for Nonprofits to Apply for Together Fund Grants

(2) Rochester Area Foundation and other community partners announced the creation of a fund called TOGETHER: Greater Rochester Area COVID-19 Community Support Fund. Hosted at Rochester Area Foundation, the TOGETHER Fund will award grants to local nonprofits that are experiencing unforeseen challenges due to the ongoing pandemic.

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Rochester Nonprofit Sector Emergency Response Guidance (March 24, 2020)

Rochester Nonprofit Sector Emergency Response Guidance is a collection of resources and information to share with the community. 

*** Channel One's staff is overextended and requests that clients and social service professionals do not call their offices. Instead, please visit Channel One's website for current information food distribution. 

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Emergency Funding Sources for Nonprofits (March 23, 2020)

Emergency funding sources for nonprofits: Community Recovery Fund (MCF), Otto Bremer Trust: Headwaters Foundation for Justice and MCN Updates

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FSR

 



Family Service Rochester implements COVID-19 Grocery Shopping Service (March 27, 2020)

Family Service Rochester implements COVID-19 Grocery Shopping Service

Olmsted County residents who are homebound and unable to shop for groceries can contact Family Service Rochester for help. FSR will match requests with a volunteer to assist with shopping.
Requests can be submitted online at familyservicerochester.org or by calling 507-218-3267 between 9 am – 3 pm. All volunteers have background checks and COVID-19 screening for health and
safety.
 

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City of Rochester











Keep It Local Grant (May 19, 2020)

To help local economies, cities need to get creative.

In Rochester, MN, @MayorNorton has created a grant program that enables businesses to help each other weather this crisis.

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PSAs: Supporting Local Businesses & Park restrictions ( In English and Khmer) (April 01, 2020)

Supporting Local Businesses: Options for deferment of liquor license renewal payments, Municipal parking ramp, Emergency Economic Development Loan, & On‐street parking

Park usage restrictions

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Community Service Officers and Cub Foods Partnership (March 31, 2020)

March 31, 2020 – Rochester, Minnesota – The Rochester Police Department’s Community Service Officers (CSO) and Cub Foods have developed a unique partnership to help the at-risk and elderly residents of Rochester.

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Local Law Enforcement Compliance of “Stay at Home” Executive Order in English, Somalian, Spanish, Khmer (March 28, 2020)

Local law enforcement supports Governor Walz’s “Stay at Home” Executive Order through education and encouragement efforts

March 26, 2020 – Rochester, Minnesota – The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) and Rochester Police Department (RPD) are strongly encouraging residents to abide by the regulations put forth in Governor Walz’s “Stay at Home” Executive Order (EO #20-20), but local law enforcement will not be actively looking for violators of the EO on the roadways.

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Olmsted County

 



Rochester Community Warming Center (November 14, 2020)

The Rochester Community Warming Center (200/204 4th Street SE in Rochester) is gearing up for the start of its winter season in a larger space.

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County of Olmsted, MN Covid CARES Funding (November 13, 2020)

(1) Nonprofit grant with RAF (2) SMB grant with RAEDI (3) CARES Act Funds allocation.

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COVID Communication Survey (May 01, 2020)

Survey results on COVID communication resources and challenges. The Olmsted County Incident Command Safety Officer is the point of contact for engaging Public Health Technical Specialists in community outreach efforts: COVIDSafetyOfficer@co.olmsted.mn.us

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Food Response (March 24, 2020)

Olmsted County partners with Channel One to help residents with food insecurity during COVID-19

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COVID19 Specimen Collection Olmsted Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, Olmsted County Public Health (March 23, 2020)

In collaboration with Olmsted Medical Center and Mayo Clinic, Olmsted County Public Health is opening a community #COVID19 specimen collection site after a successful two-day pilot. The site will be open Monday, March 23rd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Beginning Tuesday, March 24th, the collection site will be operational from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.

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Diversity Council



Diversity Council Newsletters with COVID-19 Info (November 20, 2020)

Inlight of all that is going on throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Diversity Council wants to remain a connector and convener for all those in need throughout our community. If you are aware of valuable information and resources, please email info@diversitycouncil.org and we will do our best to increase awareness.

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Diversity Council coordinating Conservation Corp teams (November 16, 2020)

Diversity Council is coordinating an ask to the City of Rochester for Conservation Funds.  

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Rochester Area Foundation

 



ServeMinnesota is quickly moving to respond to the crisis created by COVID-19 (April 14, 2020)

ServeMinnesota is quickly moving to respond to the crisis created by COVID-19 and launching the Minnesota AmeriCorps Emergency Response Initiative. They are creating 200+ positions for AmeriCorps members who can be deployed to help organizations serve their communities during this difficult time – particularly in the areas of food insecurity, distance learning, help for older adults, support to help the health care system and more.

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YMCA



Y Childcare for School Age Children of Essential Workers (March 20, 2020)
Governor Tim Walz Announces Partnership with YMCA to Care for School-Age Children of Essential Workers, Register Links and  Y Message about COVID-19 and mission from Glen Gunderson

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State of MN



Governor Tim Walz announced the next phase of the COVID-19 response (July 13, 2020)

2020-07-13: Following the advice of public health experts, Governor Tim Walz today extended the COVID-19 peacetime emergency that gives the state flexibility in responding to critical issues stemming from COVID-19. COVID-19 continues to present an unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenge to our state. The peacetime emergency has provided us tools to save lives and mitigate the impacts of this pandemic.

In conjunction with this announcement, the Governor signed Executive Orders to protect Minnesotans most at risk from the virus and safeguard workers. The first Executive Order strongly encourages Minnesotans at greatest risk of serious illness to continue staying home. The second Executive Order
ensures workers can raise concerns regarding the safety of their work environments without fear of discrimination or retaliation. It also protects workers from loss of income if they refuse to work under unsafe or unhealthy conditions.
Following the guidance of public health officials, the Governor today announced a preliminary set of health indicators that could trigger a decision to re-impose restrictions to slow the spread of the virus. These indicators will be refined over time as we learn more about the virus and the course of the
pandemic in Minnesota.  

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April news: Tech access, COVID website, 9.8M for Child Care Support, Homemade masks to congregate care facilities Worthington Plant Closure, National Volunteer Week, Community Resiliency and Recovery Workgroup, Outdoor Recreation, Mental Health (April 25, 2020)

2020-04-24: 

New website, Department of Employment and Economic Development began sending assistance to self-employed people and independent contractors under the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Technology for students

2020-04-19

  • 9.8M for Child Care Support,
  • Homemade masks to congregate care facilities
  • Worthington Plant Closure
  • National Volunteer Week

2020-04-17

  • Community Resiliency and Recovery Workgroup
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Mental Health

2020-04-14

Today, Governor Walz emphasized his support for a series of proposals moving through the legislature to help Minnesotans weather COVID-19. The proposals will ensure that Minnesotans will be able to use Medicaid and MinnesotaCare to receive care at temporary COVID-19 care sites; allow anyone who is uninsured to be eligible for medical assistance coverage; and clarify that telephone care is telemedicine, streamlining remote visits for Minnesotans.

2020-04-13

Today, Governor Tim Walz extended Minnesota's peace time emergency in Minnesota for 30 days. A peace time emergency allows Minnesota to convene many of the public health and economic relief measures it has implemented to help Minnesotans weather the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Minnesota's actions have saved lives, but the threat of COVID-19 remains,” said Governor Walz. “The
next stages of this pandemic are going to challenge us – an extension of Minnesota’s peace
time emergency will allow us to protect Minnesotans’ health and well being and continue to respond effectively to this rapidly-evolving situation.”

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CAPM

 



Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans COVID-19 Communication (July 31, 2020)

2020-08-01: Survey

2020-07-13: In the regular 2020 Session, major bills included more than $550 million in COVID-19 response funds, including support
for businesses and the expansion of Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits, emergency insulin availability, banning trichloroethylene (TCE), and prohibition of child marriage. 

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COVID-19 Survey and Resource List (April 25, 2020)

In the last month we have seen an influx of challenges and barriers affecting our API communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the challenges we are hearing from our communities is the closure of schools and the implementation of distance learning.

 As of this current school year, Asian American students make up 6.9% of students enrolled in Minnesota. In the last month, we have heard that language access, technology challenges, and financial burdens have presented barriers not only for students to be successful in the classroom, but also for parents who wish to be involved in their children’s education. This has led our communities to face unique barriers to full and equal participation in learning and instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 In response to this issue, the Council has created a community survey to identify ongoing barriers experienced by API families during distance learning. The purpose of this survey is to collect data collect to inform the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) on areas for improvement and best practices with API students during the distance learning period.

 With this in mind, we ask for your participation in helping us to widely distribute this survey to community members to ensure that their voices are heard by MDE officials. The survey will be open for community response between Monday, April 27th – Friday, May 8th. 

 During this time of COVID-19, we understand that many organizations have limited capacity, and greatly appreciate any support you can provide in getting this survey out to families.  Our simple ask to you is your help in sending out the survey to community members using email and social media. If you can make this small commitment, please confirm by responding to this email. Once we receive your confirmation we will follow-up with language templates and guidance to send out the surveys. Thank you all and we all wish your loved ones well.

 Please if you have any questions you can contact me, or our Research Assistant Daniel Yang, at daniel.y.yang@state.mn.us.

 Sincerely,

 Anjuli Cameron 

 Anjuli Mishra Cameron, M.S. | Research Director

Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans | 658 Cedar Street, Suite 160 | St. Paul, Minnesota 55155

(651) 757-1742 |  (507) 649-1157 | anjuli.cameron@state.mn.us |mn.gov/capm

 

 

 

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MDH

 



Mental Health Well-being During COVID (November 19, 2020)

MN Children's Cabinet Info and Info shared by April Sutor, Family Service Rochester: MDH Shared Resources: Check out MDH websites for resources on mental well-being during COVID. Sites may be updated frequently.

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Request for Services: Diverse Media Vendors for COVID-19 Communications (April 17, 2020)

4/17/2020 Updates 

Request for Services: Diverse Media Vendors for COVID-19 Communications

4/10/2020 Updates Include:

  • Status of COVID-19
  • Extended Stay at Homer Order
  • Work protections
  • Making Recommendations in Childcare
  • Funding Grants

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MDH Cultural and Faith Communities Update (March 28, 2020)
(1) 3/28/20 COVID-19 updates include:
  • Status of COVID-19 in Minnesota
  • Governor Walz Issues Stay at Home Order for Minnesotans
  • Governor's #StayHomeMN PSA with Subtitles in 7 Languages
  • Updates on MDH Multilingual Resources for COVID-19
  • City of Minneapolis Cultural Radio Shows Discussing COVID-19
  • Other #StayHomeMN Resources
  • Other Updates
     

(2) 3/12/20  MDH COVID-19 Community Updates on COVID-19 - 3.12.20

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Response Materials in Multiple Languages (March 25, 2020)

Materials and Resources for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response

Video PSAs, print materials, and translated documents to assist with preparing for and responding to COVID-19.

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MN DEED



Important Update on Applying for Unemployment Insurance Benefits (March 30, 2020)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota's Unemployment Insurance team members are processing more applications for unemployment benefits than ever before. It is our top priority to process applications efficiently and effectively, and to ensure that we can deliver for Minnesotans in this time of need.

To ensure our system can handle the increased activity we are experiencing, we are asking that *new* unemployment insurance applicants apply online on an assigned day, based on your social security number (SSN).

If you need to apply for unemployment benefits for the first time, please refer to the schedule below to learn when you are scheduled to apply. You will only be allowed to apply on your assigned day - or on Thursday or Friday if you missed your assigned day.

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U.S. SBA Disaster Loans Available (March 22, 2020)

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans now available

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in our economy, but we know small businesses have been particularly hard hit. That’s why Governor Walz requested an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration from the SBA earlier this week.

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MDH

  



Discrimination Helpline (April 06, 2020)

This toll-free helpline reinforces the state’s efforts to protect the civil rights of Minnesotans. It allows those who experience or witness bias and discrimination to report incidents to our Department.

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Top Beam Picks

Destination Medical Center (DMC) : Destination Medical Center (DMC) Plan 5 Year Update

November Newsletter, 5 Year Plan Update draft, webinars on land investments, DMC status and Covid impacts. Reminder to comment on 5 year plan update 

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Minnesota Department of Health : Mental Health Well-being During COVID

MN Children's Cabinet Info and Info shared by April Sutor, Family Service Rochester: MDH Shared Resources: Check out MDH websites for resources on mental well-being during COVID. Sites may be updated frequently.

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Olmsted County Public Health Services : Rochester Community Warming Center

The Rochester Community Warming Center (200/204 4th Street SE in Rochester) is gearing up for the start of its winter season in a larger space.

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Non-profit Consortium Buildout : Nonprofit COVID-19 Response Structure and Social Determinants of Health

(1) Consortium resources have been temporary redirected to cross-sector COVID-19 response planning in the Rochester are. Please contact Brooke with questions. 

(2) System approach for Social Determinants of Health

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Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) : COVID-19 Survey and Resource List

In the last month we have seen an influx of challenges and barriers affecting our API communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the challenges we are hearing from our communities is the closure of schools and the implementation of distance learning.

 As of this current school year, Asian American students make up 6.9% of students enrolled in Minnesota. In the last month, we have heard that language access, technology challenges, and financial burdens have presented barriers not only for students to be successful in the classroom, but also for parents who wish to be involved in their children’s education. This has led our communities to face unique barriers to full and equal participation in learning and instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 In response to this issue, the Council has created a community survey to identify ongoing barriers experienced by API families during distance learning. The purpose of this survey is to collect data collect to inform the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) on areas for improvement and best practices with API students during the distance learning period.

 With this in mind, we ask for your participation in helping us to widely distribute this survey to community members to ensure that their voices are heard by MDE officials. The survey will be open for community response between Monday, April 27th – Friday, May 8th. 

 During this time of COVID-19, we understand that many organizations have limited capacity, and greatly appreciate any support you can provide in getting this survey out to families.  Our simple ask to you is your help in sending out the survey to community members using email and social media. If you can make this small commitment, please confirm by responding to this email. Once we receive your confirmation we will follow-up with language templates and guidance to send out the surveys. Thank you all and we all wish your loved ones well.

 Please if you have any questions you can contact me, or our Research Assistant Daniel Yang, at daniel.y.yang@state.mn.us.

 Sincerely,

 Anjuli Cameron 

 Anjuli Mishra Cameron, M.S. | Research Director

Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans | 658 Cedar Street, Suite 160 | St. Paul, Minnesota 55155

(651) 757-1742 |  (507) 649-1157 | anjuli.cameron@state.mn.us |mn.gov/capm

 

 

 

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Three Rivers Community Action : Process Chart for CARES Act

A process flow chart to work through the CARES Act: Does Pandemic Relief Impact Me As A Refugee?

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Health Needs Assessment and Planning : Health Assessment and Planning

March 2020 Olmsted County Health Assessment & Planning Process (HAPP) Meeting Recap

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Community Covid-19 News

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November 16, 2020: Diversity Council

Diversity Council is coordinating an ask to the City of Rochester for Conservation Funds.  

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November 13, 2020: County of Olmsted, MN

(1) Nonprofit grant with RAF (2) SMB grant with RAEDI (3) CARES Act Funds allocation.

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August 11, 2020: Apply "Community of Excellence" framework to Greater Rochester

  Rochester professionals, Nicky Espinosa, Director of Strategy Management, Mayo Clinic (and executive coach, Nicky Espinosa Coaching),Elsa Maas, Associate HR Director, Olmsted County to be on Performance Excellence Network panel Best Practices in Managing Your Team in 2020 — Aug 20 Webinar

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August 04, 2020: Mayo Clinic

Masks for Coronavirus: What are your thoughts?

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August 01, 2020: Legal Assistance of Olmsted County

 Free legal Clinic offered by LACOC at IMAA. 

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July 17, 2020: Eviction Prevention Project

A pre-eviction service to help divert nonpayment of rent, breach of lease, and failure to vacate cases from the courtroom.

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July 13, 2020: Non-profit Consortium Buildout

 Nonprofit Consortium-led accomplishments in the COVID-19 response.

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