QUINCY — Multiple regional organizations are teaming up to provide guidance navigating federal, state and local assistance programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Adams County Together task force, which was established just two weeks ago, introduced its Adams County Together Resource Team, which will host office hours by appointment only in Quincy, several communities in the county, as well in Mount Sterling and Barry.
Individual assistance guidance will be run through the YMCA of West Central Illinois and the Salvation Army, and businesses will be assisted by the Great River Economic Development Foundation and Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials.
Appointments can be completed in person — with proper social distancing and face mask usage — or on the phone or through the video conference platform Zoom.
YMCA CEO Jim Chamberlain knows that there has been a spike of applications in recent weeks from those who have recently lost their jobs, and that agencies are stretched thin in providing help.
"So while this individual assistance won't be providing legal advice, the assistance will be helping to navigate the application process," Chamberlain said.
Maj. Andy Miller of the Salvation Army said it was easy to sign on to assist with the program in order to serve the community.
"We will be repurposing staff," he said. "They will be willing to help out in any way possible."
Individual assistance appointments can by made by calling 217-222-9622, ext. 202.
Appointments in Quincy can take place at the Quincy Family YMCA or the Kroc Center.
Outside of Quincy, appointments will be available Mondays at the Liberty Village Hall, Tuesdays at the Mendon Township building, Wednesdays at the Arrowhead Heights Gold Course clubhouse in Camp Point and Thursdays at Payson Village Hall. The Mount Sterling Community Center YMCA and the Western Community Center YMCA in Barry will also host appointments.
Two Rivers Executive Director Bob Gough said the team is trying to make the process as easy as possible.
"There are numerous programs, whether you go from the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance fund, which is a grant, which you can get up to $10,000 for," Gough said. "There are many other programs that we can sit down with you."
GREDF President Marcel Wagner Jr. said appointments for business assistance in Quincy will start Monday.
"We can help you walk through some of these applications," he said.
Business assistance appointments in Quincy can be made by calling 217-430-4313.
Quincy appointments will be held at the Oakley-Lindsay Center.
Outside of Quincy, appointments will be available Mondays at the Mendon Township building, Tuesdays at the Liberty Village Hall, Wednesdays at Payson Village Hall and Thursdays at Arrowhead Heights Golf Course clubhouse in Camp Point.
Mount Sterling appointments will be held at the Two Rivers office in Mount Sterling.
Last week, the task force announced its first major donation to the Adams County Together fund, which is held by the United Way of Adams County. The fund has already raised more than $75,000.
More information on the task force is available at adamscountytogether.com.