Small business forum, fresh food & CVS hiring: Five things to know in NRI this week

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Small business forum

Lt. Gov. Dan McKee will be holding a Small Business Conference Call on Tuesday, March 24 starting at noon to give local business owners the opportunity to weigh in on how COVID 19 has affected their livelihood. Information obtained will be used to develop a plan on how to help local businesses. To RSVP for the call, email paulettedhamilton@gmail.com.
Prescription delivery
Locals are also reminded that CVS Pharmacy is providing prescription delivery at no charge via the U.S. Postal service while the country works to contain the spread of COVID 19. Sign up for prescription delivery here.
Fresh food 
With fears of COVID 19 keeping most people house-bound, it could be a good time to take advantage of an online marketplace that connects buyers to local food sources. What’s Good delivers fresh, local produce, meats, and more from local farmer’s markets. Sign up here.

CVS hiring

Woonsocket-based CVS Caremark has announced that the company will be hiring 50,000 workers and delivering bonuses to employees who are required to work on-site during the coronavirus pandemic.

The company plans to immediately hire 50,000 people for full-time, part-time and temporary jobs, including store positions, home delivery drivers, distribution workers and customer service representatives.

The company also announced it would give 24 hours of paid sick leave to part-time employees during the pandemic. Workers who test positive or need to be quarantined are also eligible for 14 days of paid leave.

Those looking for work can search here for available positions.

More resources

Community Action Agency is available to help those with a need for assistance with things such as food and utilities. To learn more, call 211.

The U.S. Small Business Association is offering the Coronavirus Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program  to help small businesses suffering economic injury as a result of COVID 19. Learn more here.

The United Way has launched the COVID 19 Community Economic Relief fund to help people will bills, rent and food. Call 1-(866) 211-9966 and provide your zip code to be given a list of local agencies.

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