Posted By Alan Donald @ Apr 1st 2020 8:25am In: Charleston

We Are All in This Together! 

There are many resources available to help us navigate through this very challenging and uncertain time brought upon us by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some even provide us with opportunities to, in turn, support our local businesses and economy. Collectively, this will help us all come out better once we emerge from this. As part of our efforts to assist, we have identified and provided links to several helpful resources.  Please let us know of others to help us continue to update this list:

Business & Employment:
SC DEW Employment & Workforce COVID-19 Resource Hub - Click Here
SC Manufacturers Alliance Summary of COVID-19 Resources - Click Here
Small business resources for the Lowcountry - Click Here (website of Congressman Joe Cunningham)
U.S. Small Business Administration's Payment Protection Program - Fact Sheet and Application Form
Unemployment Insurance - Click Here (website of Congressman Joe Cunningham) and Here (SC DEW)
Things you can do if you have lost work - Click Here (NPR/SC Public Radio)
Restaurant Employee Relief Fund - Click Here (National Restaurant Association)

Food and Beverage:
List of restaurants, by area, offering curbside pickup and delivery - Click Here
Yelp's list of local restaurants offering delivery - Click Here
20 best food delivery services - Click Here
Options to buy fresh, local goods beyond the grocery store - Click Here
Contactless grocery shopping - Click Here 
Senior shopping hours - Click Here

Apple COVID-19 App - Click Here
Stay up-to-date about COVID-19 with the CDC - Click Here
Stay up-to-date about COVID-19 in South Carolina - Click Here or Here
Symptoms and testing of COVID-19 from the CDC - Click Here
Drive-thru Coronavirus testing and what to know before you go - Click Here
Telehealth virtual care providers (via DHEC) - Click Here

City of Charleston Stay at Home Ordinance (March 26 - April 8, 2020) - Click Here
Town of Mount Pleasant Stay at Home Proclamation (April 2-15, 2020) - Click Here 
State of South Carolina Closure of Public Access to Public Beaches and Boat Ramps Executive Order (March 30 - , 2020) - Click Here
State of South Carolina Closure of Non-essential Businesses Executive Order (April 1- , 2020) - Click Here
Stay up-to-date with cancellations, various resources, and more via CHSToday - Click Here (and re-visit this blog)
Assistance with "odd jobs" (painting, landscaping, running errands, etc.) - Click Here
Altered Carta bus schedule - Click Here

Charleston SC Island Restoration Shows Signs of Life for Bird Rookery 

Ever hear of Drum Island? If not, it is the small parcel of marsh land below the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. While a year ago it consisted of dredge spoils, today commuters and bridge walkers can observe the native spartina grasses planted by the State Ports Authority and the creeks it has started to cut in its efforts to restore 22 acres on the south end of the island. This $4 million mitigation project is an important effort to encourage the return of shorebirds and reestablish a rookery there. It is also a visible example of trying to fulfill the "conserve-as-you-build policy". The plans for the south end of the island are still in the works but there are high hopes for the future of this little island. Read more here...

College of Charleston Named a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars

The College of Charleston has recently been named the sixth top producer of Fulbright scholars among all master's-level schools in the United States and it is the only South Carolina school to make the list! Five of its students, out of 33 who applied, recently received Fulbright awards and this is a record number for the school. The Fulbright program was launched in 1946 to foster mutual understanding between Americans and people of other countries. Since its founding, 390,000 students, teachers, scholars, artists, and professionals have been given the opportunity to conduct research, study, teach and bring new ideas in the hopes of improving lives around the globe. Our own Team Leader, Alan Donald, is one such student from Colombia who received a Fulbright award to come to the US to earn an MBA at the University of California, Berkeley. Read more here...

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