Health and Safety
We are likely in the early stages of the outbreak right now. That’s why the most important thing we can all do for our community is to help control the spread of the virus by following CDC recommendations. As individuals, we have to support and protect every senior and immunocompromised person by doing our part. The way we approach this challenge may change over time — please refer to www.CDC.gov for the most up-to-date information about what you can do to stay safe and keep others safe.
Dealing with Ripple Effects
While the health and safety of our community is the top priority, there will be financial strains and other ripple effects that will likely hit our most at-risk neighbors the hardest.
If you know a senior in need, you can make a request on their behalf for help. More information is available at https://
Families, especially those with young children, are facing additional difficulties. Many schools are currently offering meals to children under 18. You can see a list of schools providing this service in Mantee County here, and a list of schools providing meals in Sarasota County here. You can find updates from DeSoto County Schools here.
You can speak with a human being who can connect you with local resources by dialing 211 on your telephone, or by visiting the 211 Sarastota, Manatee, DeSoto website here.
Small Business Support
Our small businesses are already suffering and the coming weeks will likely see those challenges mount. Uncertainty, reduced demand, and unclear guidance from authorities has forced layoffs and even bankruptcy. The state of Florida has established small business bridge loans to help small businesses make it through these tough times.
Applications for bridge loans can be made at https://floridadisasterloan.
The situation is developing rapidly and new needs may arise with time. You can reach us at Team@BetsyYoung.Vote, and we will try to connect you with whatever resources you need.
Please remember that we are in this together and we’re going to support each other the whole way. Please be safe and stay in touch with family and friends. A phone call, text message, or email can be the reassurance someone needs. We won’t be seeing each other face-to-face as often, but we are going to stay strong together as a community.