The Conifer Chamber understands that the Coronavirus may have an impact for our residents, businesses and the community. Below are resources on how your family can plan for and respond to the virus, along with information on the disease. We will update this page as information is made available. Below is information for the community. If you are looking for business resources, please click HERE.
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Visit our COVID-19 Business Resources page for additional official information
Critical/Essential Businesses during Colorado Stay at Home Order - Colorado Department of Heath
Food, Child Care, Utilities and Tax Relief Resources
The below resources may be available to assist you if you are impacted due to Coronavirus. Please contact each organization for specifics as their programs may change to due to the current situation.
Please click on below links to be directed to their website or call the organization to confirm hours and specifics of food distribution.
Mountain Resource Center (303) 816-9375
Evergreen Christian Outreach (303) 670-1796
Seniors' Resource Center (303) 674-2843
LifeBridge, Inc. (303) 909-7534
Widow's Oil Pantry, Harris Park in Bailey (303) 838-1869
Jeffco Public Schools has Grab & Go Meals for children ages 1-18. Meals are available at no cost; the current foothills location is West Jefferson Elementary. Grab & Go Meals will be available for collection for breakfast from 8:00-9:00 am and lunch from 11:30am-12:30pm. They will be serving anyone in need-- Call (303) 982-6748 for more information.
The Mountain Backpack Program is preparing "school closure" boxes for families and individuals who need easy to fix meals and snacks. The boxes will be available starting March 24. Locations close to Conifer include the following: Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO) food pantry - ask for a 'closure box'. Click on the EChO link in the above list for contact information. Evergreen Lutheran Church will also have available; contact Shelley Harmon at 303/653-2732 to arrange pick up.
Help Navigating Application and Assistance Processes
Mountain Resource Center and Evergreen Christian Outreach may be able to assist with heat and other financial obligations. Please see their contact information above under the Food Assistance resources.
Benefits in Action helps with navigation and the application process for SNAP and helps with finding open food banks. They can assist as you apply for Medicare and may be able to find resources for helping to pay for heat.
Utilities and Housing Loan Assistance for Rural Communities
Tax Relief - information from the IRS
Child Care - Child care facilities providing services that enable employees exempted from Stay at Home Orders to work as permitted are allowed to remain open following certain mandatory conditions. Aspen Park Montessori is allowed to remain open under these conditions. Please check our directory and reach out to other providers if you are in need of child care services.Stimulus Package Info:
- CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill small business provisions.
- CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill tax provisions.
- CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill health provisions.
- CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill unemployment provisions.
- CLICK HERE to learn about the Senate CARES bill distressed industries provisions.
- Coronavirus Bulletin: Resources for Leading During the Crisis
Heath Care, Insurance and Veterinary Services
Medicare and Medicaid have temporarily expanced coverage of telemedicine services to respond to COVID-19
Telemedicine - If you do not have health insurance or your provider does not offer a telephone provider option, you make want to check out Elite Benefits Telemedicine:
Register for Elite Telemedicine for only $10/mo. and speak with a board certified doctor within minutes! Instead of waiting for an appointment, or going to the physicians office, speak with a doctor and get a prescription sent to local pharmacy if needed... all from the comfort of your home. Go to http://www.yourelitebenefits.com/ and choose 1,3 or all six benefits. Click the "join" button on the Bronze, Silver or Gold tab and use CONIFER as the access code. and enjoy the convenience and $$$ savings of Elite Benefits! Contact Conifer Chamber Member Mark Brake with Elite Benefits for more information.
VETERINARY SERVICES - Veterinary Hospitals are considered essential businesses. Lone Rock Veterinary Hospital and Sano Hospital for Animals will remain open to serve our community and any other communities that are in need of Veterinary Care for their special family members. Please check with other veterinarian offices in the area for specifics by clicking HERE.
Unemployment benefits/Employment Opportunities
Unemployment benefits may be available to workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own. Please click HERE to be directed to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment unemployment site.
Work Share Program may allow certain employees who have had reduced hours to claim partial unemployment benefits.
Chamber members have the ability to post their job openings on our website. Please click HERE to see what is currently posted. For other resources, please see below:
Mental, Physical and Spiritual Health Resources
In case of a mental health crisis or emergency please call 9-1-1.
COVID-19 has required us all to operate our lives differently. We are working and living at home and learning to navigate life in a totally different way. Social distancing impacts our mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Know that you are not alone and that there are resources available to help you through a temporary disruption in our way of life.
Many Mental Health Resources are making use of the Internet, email, and the telephone to better serve you and your loved ones. Please don't hesitate to reach out to any of the resources to see if they have an online services or groups to fit your needs. Click HERE to be directed to our Residents Guide, which has information on crisis hotlines and mental health resources.
So, say you've decided to take the plunge and get some professional help. Should you seek out a therapist, or would a life coach benefit you more? Check out this article by the Huff Post to help you decide. Life coaches and therapists can help you set goals, manage stress, and make a plan for your future. Click HERE for our business directory for counseling and coaching.
Wellness Products - Several of the chamber members offer natural personal care, nutritional supplements and wellness products. And they each have an online store so you can order from your home.
Natural Advantage Wellness
Taspen's Organics and Wellness Center
Local gyms have been required to temporarily close. There are still ways to accomplish your fitness goals. Go for a walk, run or bike ride -- we have such a beautiful community for outdoors enjoyment. Below are some area businesses that have made fitness modifications. You may be able to use the Internet, mail or telephone to continue to stay in shape. Check out our fitness members by clicking HERE.
Churches & Synagogues
Many of the area religious organizations are making use of the Internet, email and telephone to offer their message of hope and resilience. You may find the perfect option for you in this time of need. Click HERE to see a list of place of worship members and reach out and see how they have adapted their services.
Help Colorado Now is looking for volunteers to help at-risk individuals across our state get through the COVID-19 crisis. Click HERE for volunteer opportunities.
If your organization has a volunteer need, please email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How you can help
Keep our local economy strong!
Support our local businesses - Shop Only Local! Many have had to close their doors temporarily or change their business model. You may still be able to get products through online or phone order service. Check out your favorite businesses Facebook page and website or give them to call to see what accommodations they have made. Visit the Chamber Business Directory and get in touch with some of the businesses and keep our community strong!
Intermountain Humane Society needs your help. Due to COVID-19, IMHS has had to cancel their largest fundraiser of the year and the thrift shop is closed. They are unable to adopt out pets at this time and are in need of monetary donations to care for the animals currently at the shelter. They are unable to accept donations of food or equipment at this time. Please visit their website for additional information.
Restaurant takeout is available from many of our area establishments. Click HERE to be directed to the "Take Out Takeover" guide.
Shop Only Local and Pay it Forward - Help those in need or thank those working on the 'frontlines' by donating a meal or gift card. Click HERE for information.
Complete the 2020 Census
It is so important to have our community counted correctly in the Census. Please see the latest news release from the US Census. The census will shape the future of our community. The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter size, no matter the location.
You can take the census online or by mail so you don't even need to interact in person with a census taker while helping to flatten the curve. The 'non-response' follow up operation (door knocking) is still planned for starting May 13 but this may change given conditions on the ground in the communities that will be visited. Currently, the planned completion date for data collection for the 2020 Census is July 31, 2020, however, that date can and will be adjusted if necessary as the situation evolves in order to achieve a complete and accurate count. Check out this link to see how the Census impacts every community,