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Facts about coronavirus - part 1
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Know the facts about coronavirus and help stop the spread of rumors.

Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity. People of Chinese or Asian descent are NOT more likely to get coronavirus than any other American.

People who have been in close contact with a person known to have coronavirus ARE at an increased risk of exposure. But someone who has completed quarantine does NOT pose a risk of infection to other people.

Help stop fear. For more information, visit CDC dot gov.
Facts about coronavirus - part 2
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Know the facts about coronavirus. There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
You can help stop coronavirus by knowing the signs and symptoms: fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms and you have been in close contact with someone with coronavirus.

For more information, visit CDC dot gov
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Expires: April 15, 2020
Sponsor: Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from across the U.S. and Canada. Established in 2001 by author T. A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment. Fifteen top winners each receive $10,000 to support their service work or higher education. Applications are accepted online only and are due by April 15th. For more information, visit BarronPrize.org/apply.

Take a "Virtual" tour of art exhibits
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Expires: April 25, 2020
Sponsor: Second Street Gallery

Though Charlottesville's Second Street Gallery is currently closed to the public out of concern for the spread of COVID-19, they are extending their current VIRTUAL exhibitions, By The Strength of Their Skin and Nature Tells Its Own Story, through April 24th. To experience a VIRTUAL exhibition, go online to secondstreetgallery.org and click on the artwork.

COVID-19 Community-wide Art Project
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Expires: April 30, 2020
Sponsor: The Bridge PAI & Cville Safe Routes to School

The Covid-19 outbreak has us all beginning to feel a little disconnected from each other. In an effort to keep the creativity and connectivity alive during these strange times, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative is teaming up with Charlottesville Safe Routes to School to introduce ART APART. Find a visible window or porch location to display a piece of art you’ve created or a piece from your personal collection. Once you’ve done this, just fill out a simple form online so they can add you to the digital map. Use the map by yourself or with your family to see the beauty and creativity of your neighbors on your next walk or bike ride. Go to TheBridgePAI.org for details about joining in the ART APART project.

COVID-19 Albemarle Service Authority Announcement
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Expires: April 30, 2020
Sponsor: Albemarle County Service Authority

The Albemarle County Service Authority assures us that the Coronavirus does not affect the quality of our drinking water. They have multi-barrier water treatment and disinfection processes in place that remove or inactivate viruses.

ACSA is implementing emergency operations plans to make sure their essential facilities are staffed as necessary. They are restricting outside visitor access to their facilities. During this time, utility bill payments are strongly encouraged to be conducted through the mail and their online, phone, and the payment drop-off box services. To further encourage use of online payment options, any customer choosing to use the credit/debit card option through Official Payments will be reimbursed for their fee.  ACSA is also eliminating disconnects for non-payment during this emergency period. No final notices will be mailed.

For more information, visit ServiceAuthority.org.

COVID-19 Leander McCormick Observatory Announcement
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Expires: April 30, 2020
Sponsor: Leander McCormick Observatory

Leander McCormick Observatory at the University of Virginia has cancelled all public viewings and events until further notice. For more information, call 434-243-1885.

COVID-19 free internet resources available
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Expires: April 30, 2020
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If you don’t have internet access during this COVID-19 crisis or are worried about losing it, there are several things to know.

Comcast is offering an internet essentials package for free to low-income customers for 60 days.  You can find out more by going to internet essentials dot com or by calling 855-846-8376.

Spectrum is providing free broadband for 60 days to K-12 and college student households. You can enroll by calling 844-488-8395. Spectrum’s wi-fi hotspots are also open for public use.

COVID-19 Charlottesville Community Resources Hotline
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Expires: April 30, 2020
Sponsor: Charlottesville Dept of Human Services

The City’s Department of Human Services can help you navigate access to city-vetted resources for housing, financial assistance, food, and other supplies through its Community Resources Hotline. Hotline hours are Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM.

The number is 434-234-4490. If nobody answers, please do not leave a message. They will receive a “missed call” message, and will call you back ASAP.

COVID-19 mental health resources available
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Expires: April 30, 2020
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During this time it’s important to know that there are many mental health resources still available to you.

If you need to talk to someone about any concerns, including COVID-19, you can contact the Crisis Text Line to connect with someone. Text 741741. That’s 741741.

In addition, many of the national hotlines are also available.  The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233. The National Sexual Assault Hotline is 1-800-656-4673. The National Suicide Prevention lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.

Your wellbeing and safety are important. You can get the help you need.

COVID-19 addiction treatment available
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Expires: April 30, 2020
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During this time it’s important to know that there are many addiction treatment resources still available to you.

Alcoholics Anonymous is available online at A A dash intergroup dot org. Narcotics Anonymous also has online support groups at N A chat dot net. You can also visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness for more resources at N A M I dot org or call 1-800-950-6264.

Your wellbeing and safety are important. You can get the help you need.

COVID-19 Get help with emergency home repairs
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Expires: April 30, 2020
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Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP), works year-round to provide emergency repairs to low-income individuals and families in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. They will continue managing critical home repair needs during our current social isolation practices. If you need their help or would like to volunteer your time and skills to helping others, please visit AHIPVA.org or call 434-817-2447.

COVID-19 Financial Help to Households in Central VA
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Expires: April 30, 2020
Sponsor: Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, Cville Community Cares, United Way of Greater Charlottesville, City of Charlottesville, and County of Albemarle are pleased to announce a partnership to disburse funds to households experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 virus. This partnership will make financial payments to households in Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, and Orange.

Anyone experiencing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 virus and its economic impacts can call (434) 234-4490 between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Multiple languages are available.

COVID-19 grocery and prescription delivery
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Expires: April 30, 2020
Sponsor: Cville Community Cares

The Cville Community Cares team is providing material support through grocery delivery and prescription delivery in the Charlottesville Albemarle area. More information and the form to request support is online at bit.ly/cvilledelivery.

COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund
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Expires: April 30, 2020
Sponsor: New City Art and the Bridge PAI

New City Arts Initiative and The Bridge have launched an Emergency Relief Fund for Charlottesville area artists. Artists can request up to $300 to compensate for work that was scheduled and lost. You can apply regardless of whether the income was from art or other jobs.  You must live in the Charlottesville area, which includes Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson counties. For more, visit thebridgepai.org.

COVID-19 Financial help for restaurant workers
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Expires: April 30, 2020
Sponsor: SupportCville.com

A lot of restaurant workers are laid off because of the COVID-19 restrictions. If you are one of them and need some financial held to tide you over, you can request funds from a GoFundMe account for local restaurant workers. E-mail Project Manager Kate Ellwood at cvillerestaurantfund@gmail.com. Include: your name, the e-mail and phone number of the person in need, where they’re employed, and details about their hardship or financial crisis. And bartenders have a special source for help: go online to usbgfoundation.org/beap.

COVID-19 travel assistance for UVA students
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Expires: April 30, 2020
Sponsor: Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

During this COVID-19 emergency, the University of Virginia will offer assistance to its students on financial aid who need help in returning to their homes. Student Financial Services has established a process for students to submit a request for financial support to help pay for the costs of this unanticipated travel home. Go online to sfs.virginia.edu/travelsupport.

COVID-19 Volunteers needed at food banks
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Expires: April 30, 2020
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is facing an increased demand for food and needs more helping hands in warehouses and at mobile food pantries than ever before. Healthy, low-risk individuals who are available and eager to help in this challenging time are needed at the Bank's 205 partner food pantries. Warehouses in Charlottesville, Verona, Lynchburg, and Winchester have volunteer openings waiting for helpers. Go online to brafb.org/volunteer to start the volunteer process. For more information, call 540-280-6588.

Medical community needs COVID-19 supplies
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Expires: April 30, 2020
Sponsor: Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

To meet the demands of the COVID-19 threat, the medical community is in dire need of supplies including face masks, gloves, household cleaners, and more. If you have or need supplies, go online to supportcville.com/equipcville.

WTJU practices acceptance and respect
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Expires: November 10, 2020
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This radio station practices acceptance and respect for all people. As part of the University of Virginia, WTJU promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes. WTJU envisions a community of understanding, tolerance, and respect. Thank you for being one of our listeners and thank you for being a part of this community.

Donate your old car to WTJU
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Expires: December 31, 2020
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If it's time for you to think of replacing your old car, please consider donating it to benefit WTJU  ... and you could get a tax break.  It's easy. Just call 844-WTJU-CAR. Or go to wtju dot car easy dot org. That’s wtju dot car easy dot org. Thanks! 

Benefits Check Up
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Expires: December 31, 2020
Sponsor: National Council on Aging

Many in the aging population are on a fixed income, and struggle from month to month, but there is help: help with medications, health care, income assistance, food and nutrition, housing and utilities, tax relief, veteran assistance, employment and more. The National Council on Aging has built a resource website for seniors and their families to find help, nationally and locally. Visit BenefitsCheckup.org to connect with the $20 billion in benefits that go unclaimed each year.