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AARP – AARP CA created a resource with information on COVID-19, community resources, how to avoid scams and fraud, as well as how to stay safe at home, and get care giving support if needed.The “Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In” campaign urges all Californians to help combat social isolation and food insecurity by checking in on vulnerable neighbors with a call, text, or “physically-distanced” knock on the door.
Biocom accepting Statewide Donations – Learn more about the specific supplies needed for healthcare professionals in San Diego.
California Health Corps – San Diego County Health & Human Services is requesting volunteers with healthcare experience join the California Health Corps. Health Corps members will be paid and given malpractice insurance coverage.
Family Health Centers of San Diego: In need of PPE/ Masks. Monetary/ /physical donation
Feeding San Diego – Learn about how you can help find or donate food, and more.
Home Start – COVID-19 has significantly increased demand for Home Start services as struggling families reach out to us for housing assistance, food, utilities assistance, and crucial behavioral health services. With so many children at home and their parents in crisis, their mission to prevent child abuse is needed now more than ever before. For more information on services provided and to make a gift to help San Diego families, please visit their website.
Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank – The Food Bank is continuing normal operations to support San Diegans in need. If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, click here for a list of available distributions throughout San Diego County.
Volunteers and donations are greatly needed as the Food Bank works to meet the rising demand in our community. Click here to volunteer
Jewish Family Services has requested volunteers in their Safe Parking Program and Migrant Family Shelter.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Information Specialists will provide free, personalized assistance to patients, families and healthcare providers and are available to speak one-on-one with patients and caregivers. Patients and caregivers can call (800) 955-4572 Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET or visit their website
Operation Medical Shield – Working to protect medical personnel in real-time by getting critical PPE to Hospitals. OMS will collect your PPE supplies (masks, gowns, gloves, face shields, etc) and distribute them to hospitals in need via air and ground support. Please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to donate PPE. If you don’t have supplies, you can still help with a tax-deductible donation.
Restaurant Employee Relief Fund – Providing grants to restaurant industry employees who have demonstrated financial impact by COVID-19.
Salvation Army is continuing their services and are requesting donations. Find out how you can support their efforts.
San Diego Blood Bank – Blood donations are urgently needed as San Diego Blood Bank prepares for possible decreased blood donations as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions and additional challenges that may arise which could potentially reduce the number of eligible donors further. More information here. Volunteers are also greatly needed to help staff Blood Bank donation sites. Click here for more info on volunteering.
San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund – A coalition of philanthropy, government, and business partners has joined together to create the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund to rapidly deploy flexible resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak in San Diego County. Click here to learn more and to donate.
San Diego Tourism Authority has compiled a list of San Diego-specific ways to help.
San Ysidro Health Center COVID-19 Relief Fund– Requesting donations to help purchase needed PPE to protect doctors, staff, and patients against this highly contagious virus.
SIMNSA Health Plan welcomes donations to help families in need during this crisis. You may help by donating medical equipment, water bottles, canned food, or $15 which will be spent providing groceries to families in need. For contributions, please contact email@example.com. Donations can also be made here.
UC San Diego Health COVID-19 Emergency Response – Join UCSD Health in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we can play an important role in addressing this emergency and helping those affected by it. There are many ways you can help, with a critical need for donation of protective equipment (PPE) and supplies. Click here to learn how you can help.
Apoyemos a Tijuana– This citizen initiative addresses supply shortages as our region faces the COVID-19 pandemic by supplying local clinics and health centers with protection equipment, medical and cleaning supplies, food and beverages, and infrastructure. Apoyemos a Tijuana works closely with local authorities and Baja’s Secretariat of Health, and together transformed the local basketball arena into a COVID-19 hospital. Baja’s Secretariat of Health, in collaboration with Doctors Without Borders, oversee operations.
Apoyemos a Mexicali was created with the same objective in support the health care community in Mexicali. In addition, donors have access to a variety of webinars such as “finances for small and medium sized enterprises”.
Tijuana Red Cross- The Tijuana Red Cross provides over 34,000 ambulance services per year, and their role in attending to COVID-19 patients continues to be critical. Donations are welcomed through their website.
COLIBRI MX Scholarship – The Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego, in partnership with MAAC, launched the COLIBRI MX Scholarship to promote access to higher education for immigrant students of Latino descent residing in San Diego County. To support this program, or for more information including the application process, please visit their website.
The City of Escondido has partnered with the San Diego North Economic Development Council to administer the Small Business Grant Program to Escondido small businesses. Learn more here.
The State Treasurer’s Office has published this list of Federal, State, Local, Private, and Non-profit resources available to small businesses.
Applejax provides parents and students access to credentialed teachers for online or in-person tutoring. It is free for parents to sign-up https://applejax.com/ The Applejax system is designed to make virtual tutoring easy and impactful.
Bank of Southern California– offering assistance in obtaining PPP loans and other critical funding.
COX Communications shares an article on how to maximize internet experience.
On Tuesday, June 23, we are partnering with the San Diego Union Tribune for a Virtual Career Fair. Join us from 10am- 1pm as job seekers throughout the San Diego area can virtually connect with your business! Chamber members also receive half-off the cost of registration!
San Diego Zoo Global – Providing teachers and students ages 13 or above twelve weeks of complimentary access to the Animal Species on-line learning modules, offering different topics every week.
The San Diego Union-Tribune – The San Diego Union-Tribune has dropped the paywall on coronavirus-related coverage. In addition, if you’re not already a subscriber, you can get three months free of unlimited digital access.
Southwest Airlines – In an effort to maintain physical distancing, Southwest has ensured middle seats will remain open through Nov. 30. For more information on the Southwest Promise, which outlines the commitment to safety and enhanced cleaning procedure, click here.
YMCA – Offering enhanced child care referrals for health care professionals.
Upcoming Chamber and LEAD San Diego Webinars
Wednesday, November 18 at 2:00 pm, LEAD San Diego are hosting their newest Leading in a New Reality webinar on mental health. They’re bringing in the experts to navigate how to best cope with the whirlwind of the current pandemic, social injustice, distance learning, working from home, and the election. Stay tuned for more info!
Details on upcoming webinars as well as additional programs can be found on our “Events” page.
Watch the previous webinars:
- The New Normal
- Boundaries & Schedules
- Strengths at Work
- Leading Through Crisis
- Managing Mental Health & Emotional Balance Through Uncertainty
- Community Service During Crisis: How to Serve at a Distance (AUDIO ONLY)
- A Turning Point
- Ask the Experts
- Change Starts with Us
- Raising Kids to Raise Questions
- Understanding White Privilege & What It Means to Be Anti-Racist
- Building Inclusion & Anti-Racism as a Core Part of Our New Normal
- Voting in the Time of COVID and Black Lives Matter
On-Demand Member Webinars
AECOM has released the presentation accompanying their Re-occupancy and Return to Service Webinar. Watch the webinar and follow along with their presentation.
Better Business Bureau is offering a CARES Act and PPP Primer for Small Businesses. The course guides businesses through the CARES Act, what it has to offer, and how to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program. This one hour course is self-guided and can be accessed anytime. With the recent passing of a second round of funding for the PPP by Congress, users will have quick and easy access to the most important information needed to get through the application process.
CBRE hosts a series of on-demand webinars addressing concerns that are top of mind for clients as they plan to safely reopen their properties and work environments. Find the webinar that is right for your needs.
College Apps Abroad is hosting a webinar on January 12 at 7:30 pm on How to Turn Your Global Education into Your Dream Career. Join Sara Cavalieri of College Apps Abroad and Rebecca Barr of EF Gap Year to learn how making decisions to pursue educational opportunities abroad can set your loved one up for success throughout life.
Procopio – View all current and past Procopio webinars.
SANDAG iCommute program has developed a telework webinar series for regional employers and employees as they shift to teleworking during the COVID-19 crisis.
San Diego & Imperial SBDC Network On Demand and Live Webinars are available here.
Stream Sandler Training’s newest webinar, How to Succeed at Active Fundraising, now. Gain the know-how to navigate active fundraising.
Grupo Consultor EFE has webinars and articles for U.S. businesses or individuals conducting (or planning to do) business in Mexico. For their latest article on Benefits of Hiring a Virtual Assistant, please click here.
Seniors and Veterans
Early Shopping for Seniors – click here for a schedule of stores offering shopping hours specifically for seniors. Please call your local store to double-check their policy before going. This list is not comprehensive and there are other stores offering special hours as well. We recommend calling your preferred store for their specific hours and policies.
ElderHelp of San Diego provides personalized services for seniors living independently in their own homes. Vetted volunteers and staff deliver groceries and supplies to doorsteps, provide essential transportation, and check-in calls. Webinars and courses for family caregivers are also offered. Sign-up to volunteer.Donate here to support.
Meal Delivery for Seniors – The Aging and Independence Services Department of the County Health and Human Services Agency will be delivering meals to all seniors at home age 60 and above. To sign up for this service call or email at 619-236-6572 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- All drivers and food delivery staff will be wearing masks and gloves and following recommendations by the CDC
- Food delivery staff cannot enter client homes
- Food delivery staff will knock or ring doorbells and wait for clients to answer the door
- Food cannot be left on a doorstep unattended. If no one answers, a notice will be left that a meal delivery was attempted
Seniors without access to a deliverable address are able to go pick-up “to-go” meals at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center at 1525 4th Ave. 92101. Breakfast pick-up will be Mon-Fri, 7-8 am. Lunch pick-up Mon-Fri, 11-1 pm.
Stay Home SD – If you are over 65, live in San Diego, and need basic necessities, fill out this form or call (619) 800-3252, and Stay Home SD will get them to you as best as they can. Donations can be accepted here.
Vets’ Community Connections – Dedicated support for Veterans, military, and their families is available by calling at 2-1-1 option 7, or 844-VET-CONX.
As part of its Welcoming San Diego initiative, the City of San Diego has created a guide for new San Diegans looking for information and resources during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The guide contains a number of services and tools for immigrants and refugees living in the region. Find resources in English and Spanish.
The Mexican federal government announced their Reopening Plan comprised of three phases:
- Phase 1: Reopening of 269 municipalities across 15 states that have no registered COVID-19 cases on May 18.
- Phase 2: From May 18 to 31 prepare for general reopening. Additionally, construction, mining and transportation equipment manufacturing were added to the list of essential activities.
- Phase 3: Starting June 1, social, economic and educational activities began to reopen regionally in stages following a color coded system that outlines which sectors and activities may resume operations and when.
The plan is not mandatory, leaving it up to each state and city to determine timing based on their circumstances. All Mexican residents and visitors are to comply with regional “shelter at home” recommendations as instructed by local authorities.
State of Baja California – For COVID-19 news and official information, please visit the state of Baja’s COVID-19 website and official social media accounts. In addition, Baja Governor Jaime Bonilla broadcasts daily press conferences on COVID-19 updates, statewide precautionary measures, and available resources via Facebook and Twitter.
Baja’s Secretariat of Sustainable Economy and Tourism (SEST) launched an economic support program for micro, small and medium sized businesses. Assistance includes funding and low-interest financing opportunities to help employers cover payroll, rent, essential services, working capital, and supplies, as well as specialized training through various digital platforms. For more information, or to submit an application, please click here to visit their website or contact email@example.com.
As businesses plan to reopen, Baja’s Secretariat of Health issued a ‘Manual for Creating COVID-19-Free Work Spaces’ (available here in Spanish) with clear protocols for businesses to implement in order to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations.
The State of Baja designated the Ensenada, Mexicali, and Tijuana General Hospitals as centers for COVID-19 patients. In an effort to reduce exposure, 16 additional health centers designed as “fever clinics” were opened across the state, where individuals presenting symptoms can get tested and receive medical guidance.
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement:
Starting July 1st, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will govern more than $1.3 trillion worth of trade within North America. Please see the websites listed below for information on the implementation of the new trilateral agreement, available resources, and trade data.
U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration (ITA): ITA’s updated USMCA website includes new resources for the business community including a “Day One” section outlining revisions to tariff lines, certificates of origin, de minimis values, and a revised Free Trade Agreement (FTA) tool.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP): The United States-Mexico-Canada Center was launched to help coordinate the implementation of the new treaty. The USMCA center will serve as a central communication hub for CBP and private and public stakeholders ensuring an efficient transition from NAFTA in collaboration with Canadian and Mexican customs authorities. Center staff will coordinate outreach events, develop and distribute information resources, update CBP regulations, and provide guidance on compliance obligations. Inquiries for the USMCA Center can be directed to USMCA@cbp.dhs.gov.
Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE): The Office of Economic Affairs at Mexico’s Embassy in the U.S. launched a new portal with key information pertinent to the new trilateral agreement, updated data on Mexico’s trade with its North American partners, and additional information related to diverse business opportunities in Mexico.
On March 21, the Mexican, Canadian, and U.S. federal governments announced the suspension of all non-essential travel across our southern and northern borders. These restrictions remain in place until September 21. We recommend employers with cross border employees, provide a letter or documentation for their workforce to help identify them as essential personnel at the ports of entry. Please visit the official DHS web and social media pages for updates on port operations.
With travel restrictions in place, CBP implemented new protocols at various ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexican border with the intent to discourage non-essential travel. Local ports affected are the San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, and Calexico West land ports of entry. The new protocols call for the closure of multiple vehicle and pedestrian lanes during “peak non-essential travel times” and non-essential travelers may be sent to secondary inspection for further inquiry.
Cross Border Xpress (CBX) northbound and southbound operations continue resumed operations as normal, open 24 hours a day.
For more information and announcements including travel advisories, trade program updates, and COVID-19 related media releases, please visit CBP’s new COVID-19 webpage.