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Nonprofit COVID-19 resource website created

A Tuesday, March 17, teleconference between the area’s nonprofits has resulted in the creation of a new website called FarmvilleCares.org that will centralize resources for those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The teleconference, facilitated by Letterpress Communications Principal Ilsa Loeser, had in attendance representatives from Piedmont Senior Resources, FACES food pantry, Habitat for Humanity, Prince Edward Social Services, the Interfaith Collective, Southside Family YMCA, Pregnancy Support Center of Southside Virginia, United Way, Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce and several churches from the Farmville area.

According to Loeser, FarmvilleCares.org will act as a one-stop resource for residents to find needed help provided by local nonprofits. It will also serve as a resource for community members to learn how they can help in supporting these efforts, including hands-on help and donations.

She added that her team anticipates the website to be updated twice daily as more resources are added. A link at the bottom of the page will instruct nonprofits on how they can get their information on the site.

“I saw the need to find that one source that could be updated frequently right now, because things are changing so fast, so I think that’s kind of why my team decided to commit on this project. We’re really excited about it,” Loeser said.

STEPS Inc., the region’s community action agency, has also launched a COVID-19 hotline to be manned 24/7 to serve as a resource for those needing emergency assistance. The hotline will serve as a resource to the communities served by STEPS, including Amelia, Buckingham, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward counties.

The hotline can be reached by dialing (877) 630-6458.