ILF Efforts on COVID-19 Update
We are living in unprecedented times – the coronavirus is impacting our families, our communities and our very way of life. ILF National is working closely with Capitol Hill, the White House, federal agencies and other AAPI organizations in Washington DC to provide accurate information and action to support and sustain our families and small businesses.
We will continue our Civic Fellowship Program as scheduled. Our students’ safety is our top priority and we will monitor the development of the pandemic. We also take your health and the health of our staff very seriously and will keep you posted on future activities. Please stay safe and healthy.
What we are facing is daunting, but we are heartened by the moments of triumph in everyday acts of courage, humanity and love. We would like to recognize and thank all local Chapters for donating and supporting hospitals and local communities. Please continue to support our Civic Fellowship Program and the battle against COVID-19 with a donation to ILF.
International Leadership Foundation and New York New Young Entrepreneur Roundtable Donate $124,000 Worth of Personal Protective Equipment and to Support COVID-19 Disaster Relief in New York
The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) New York chapter efforts began when COVID-19 first broke out in China around January. They originally donated masks to China. After they learned that COVID-19 was spreading to the U.S., they immediately moved to help America. As they monitored COVID-19, they quickly learned New York started having cases and they never imagined to be heavily impacted. The news showcased the medical staff working in a hospital environment with no protection. New Jersey and New York members began collecting small boxes of masks in efforts to fight the epidemic and protect our frontline workers. As of today, International Leadership Foundation headquarters, ILF NY Chapter and New York Entrepreneur Roundtable donated $124,000 worth of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to support COVID-19 disaster relief in New York.
The first positive case appeared in Long Island of Nassau County. The hospitals desperately needed help and reached out to the county; the county then reached out to ILF. They made their first delivery at Mercy Medical Center in Long Island on Friday, March 20th. Mercy Medical Center received 264 N-95 and 3,000 surgical masks. The second delivery was made at Nassau University Medical Center on Saturday, March 21st where 2,000 3-M masks were delivered. The third delivery was made at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center on Friday, March 27th, where they received a total of 3,000 N-95 and 1,250 surgical masks. Nassau County specially acknowledges ILF and NY Chapter Chairperson Cherry Huang.
Upon securing and delivering masks, ILF joined hands with nine other non-profit organizations to secure a total of 12,500 masks. The organizations that collaborated together are: Long Island Chinese American Association, Great Neck Chinese Association, New York Young Entrepreneur Roundtable, Chinese Giving Circle, Nankai Alumni Association in NY, Herricks Chinese Association, Chinese Center on Long Island, Roslyn Chinese Association, Long Island School of Chinese and The Harbourview Foundation/United Chinese Americans (UCA). These organizations will continue to actively participate and contribute to the fight of COVID-19 as a community. They will continue to work with hospitals to raise funds to donate ventilators to hospitals.
ILF wants to acknowledge the great efforts from the following donors: Dr. Paul Hsu, Hsu Educational Foundation, Mr. Simon Qiu and the Birdflower Foundation, ILF DC Chapter Barry Cui, ILF Chicago Chapter Ming and Claire Wu, ILF Atlanta Chapter David Jian and Laura Liu, and ILF Los Angeles Chapter Jesse Hong. We are also grateful for people who personally deliver PPEs to hospitals: Jerry and Cherry Huang, Zhe Zhang, Si Yang, Mei Huang and Bill Wong, and other generous donors.
Over 200K Face Masks Donated by Rhode Island Chinese American Community to Local COVID-19 Response Efforts
PROVIDENCE, RI--Lt. Governor Dan McKee today shared news of a donation of 208,000 face masks from Rhode Island’s Chinese-American Community to the RhodeIsland Department of Health and several municipalities to support local COVID-19 response efforts.
Blackstone Valley businessmen Louis Yip and Sunny Ng of Tai-O Group facilitated the donation at the request of Lt. Governor McKee. The Rhode Island Chinese-American Anti-COVID-19 Task Force raised the funds to purchase the masks from China.
Yip and Ng were the first Rhode Islanders to become International Economic Ambassadors through a volunteer initiative launched by the Lt. Governor’s Office last fall. The program encourages Rhode Islanders to use their international networks to attract investment and create economic opportunity in the state. In the wake of the pandemic, Lt. Governor McKee asked ambassadors to use their networks to procure supplies and other resources to support Rhode Island.
“The way Rhode Islanders are stepping up to help us fight COVID-19 is truly remarkable,” said Lt. Governor McKee. “I am deeply grateful for the Rhode IslandChinese-American community and I am proud work with them to help our state access critical supplies and combat this pandemic.”
“Sunny Ng and I are glad to partner with the Lt. Governor’s Office and the State of Rhode Island to coordinate this donation with our local Chinese-American community. It was a true team effort,” said Yip. “Right now, we must all stand together and work collaboratively to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
A total of 200,000 masks were donated to the Rhode Island Department of Health; 3,000 to each Cranston and Pawtucket and 2,000 to Central Falls.
Rhode Islanders and companies seeking to donate medical supplies can visit the Department of Health’s website: https://health.ri.gov/covid/howtohelp/index.php.
Important Links on COVID-19 Information and Resources
The information and resources link provided includes federal guidance for navigating the COVID-19 information and resources for AAPI business owners
U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)
How AAPI small businesses and nonprofits can obtain loans during national emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. The link includes information on how to apply, who is eligible, and loan amounts and usage.
SBA - Main Page
SBA - Affiliation Rules
SBA - Interim Final Rule (IFR) on Affiliation
SBA - FAQ on Faith-Based Organizations and PPP
SBA - Interim Final Rule
SBA - PPP Borrower Application
SBA Hotline - In language support-services: 800-659-2955
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)
CDC has assembled a comprehensive website for people to learn about the ways they can prepare and protect themselves from the COVID-19. There is also information on what the symptoms of this disease are, the latest updates on reported cases and more information and resources for the community.
CDC - About the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
CDC - Interim Guide for Businesses and Employers
CDC - Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
CDC recommended cleaning products
COVID-19: Our Response
PPP Fact Sheet
ACE Small Business
SMALL BUSINESS MAJORITY
COVID-19: Daily Updates for Small Businesses
Small Businesses Call on Congress to Bail Out on Main Street
U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE ON SMALL BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Guide to the CARES Act
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act