In times of tragedy, knowledge is often more powerful than money.  That being the case, I pass on the following and ask that you pass it on to someone else:

  1. If you are an employee and have been laid off or had your hours reduced you can file an unemployment claim here:
  2. If you are unable to pay your mortgage, car note, rent or any other kind of loan (either business or personal) due to COVID-19, please reach out to your lender to ask for a change in your payment terms.  Many lenders are willing to work with borrowers at this time.
  3. If you are a business owner, Louisiana was one of the first states to be approved statewide for SBA loans.  If you think you might need a loan fill out the paperwork now.  Applications and additional information can be found here:
  4. If you are a nonprofit and are experiencing and increase in costs as a direct result of COVID-19, Community Foundation of North Louisiana established the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to rapidly deploy flexible resources to nonprofit organizations (specifically those with 501(c)3 designations) working directly with community members affected by the coronavirus.  Information will be posted about the application process on Monday, March 23rd.
  5. If you are a community member and want to help, please consider making a donation to CFNLA’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund which will award grants to nonprofits whose operations in support of elders and other vulnerable populations have been stressed by the pandemic.  For more information and to donate go to Also please continue to support our local businesses!  They need us.
  6. Finally, look out for one another and be kind.  We can get through this together.