(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, May 4, 2020

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GIVING TUESDAY NOW
(HEALTHY SAVANNAH) Tuesday, May 5 is #GivingTuesdayNow! This is a national day to support nonprofits during the added constraints of the pandemic. Healthy Savannah encourages your support. Visit the campaign page to make a donation or start your own fundraiser that you can share on social media: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/donate/ODQxMTQ=

IVOLUNTEER INTERNATIONAL

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah’s Start-up Tech-Nonprofit Earns Platinum Seal for Transparency on Guidestar. Less than 5% of nonprofits around the world have earned this recognition of commitment to transparency. Read the full article here. https://www.ivint.org/press/ivolunteer-international-earns-guidestars-highest-seal-of-transparency/


BATTER UP!

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Bananas has scheduled its season-opening game benefitting Park Place Outreach for Wednesday, July 1, from 7-10 p.m. at Grayson Stadium, 1401 E. Victory Drive. For more information, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/savannah-bananas-game-benefitting-park-place-outreach-tickets-103971445392

PIVOTING DURING THE PANDEMIC

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) Ad Specialty Services has pivoted during the pandemic by selling personal protective equipment (PPE). They typically sell imprinted pens, coffee mugs, and other such items. But, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of business is from sales of PPE. Diana Morrison shares her wisdom, tips and advice on pivoting during COVID. Diana Morrison Cori Sessions #WeAreSavannah #OpenForBusinessSAVANNAH


RUNNING WITH FAITH

(SAVANNAH, GA) Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center is holding a virtual fundraiser through May 15. “Running With Faith” challenges participants to run or walk or run with the goal of raising money for the Center to continue to serve children with disabilities after the COVID crisis. Although Faith Equestrian therapeutic center is not currently providing services, the 501c3 nonprofit still must care for and train horses to keep them ready to serve.

BREASTFEEDING DURING THE PANDEMIC

(REACH) Nursing mothers don’t need to sacrifice the important skin-to-skin contact and immunity-boosting benefits of breastfeeding. With proper hygiene and guidance, moms can continue to breastfeed despite social distancing precautions, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund and The World Health Organization. But if a mother needs to hit pause on nursing for a while, due to illness or a hard-to-manage work schedule, the baby will still benefit from pumped milk or donated milk. For more information and guidelines, visit the Global Breastfeeding Collective: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2020/04/CGBI_Collective-BF-and-COVID-19.pdf

WE REMEMBER MAMA

(HOSPICE SAVANNAH) Hospice Savannah invites you to share stories of your mother from the comfort of your own home. Due to the current pandemic, Hospice Savannah will present its annual “We Remember Mama” benefit for the organization’s Story Keeping program as a virtual event, scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on May 7- the Thursday evening before Mother’s Day.

PRESIDENT’S AWARD

(LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY)  Will Howell, a Darien-based entrepreneur, and Kevin Sheehan, who heads an organization dedicated to improving the lives of differently abled people, will receive the President’s Award when the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society holds its 11th annual Night of Champions later this year.


AWARD

(HEALTHY SAVANNAH) Healthy Savannah is pleased to announce it has received statewide recognition from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation. The coalition has received the 2020 Joseph D. Greene Community Service Collaborative Award for its work to make Savannah a healthier place to live.

SCORE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah SCORE and the SBA continue to help small businesses, non-profits and others navigate COVID-19 challenges with free guidance and resources. Finding the right information in a timely manner and then digesting all of that information are among the challenges that many people face. Savannah SCORE has prepared an overview of available resources. https://savannah.score.org/

BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL FACEBOOK ADS

(SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER) Three important considerations for anyone thinking of diving into Facebook ads and wondering what the common pitfalls might be:

ENMARKET PURCHASES, CONVERTS TIGER EXPRESS IN BEAUFORT

(BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA) Enmarket, a Savannah-based convenience store chain, has bought the former Tiger Express #14 store at 2265 Boundary St. in Beaufort to bring its total outlets to 50 stores in South Carolina. The location will undergo a more comprehensive renovation before the end of the year. The prime feature of the remodel will be the installation of Enmarket’s signature Eatery restaurant. The existing car wash will be updated as well. The store is expected to stay open throughout the remodel. The Beaufort store will offer such technology-based amenities as Skip Frictionless Checkout, which lets customers skip lines at the cash register and pay via their cell phones, as well as Enmarket’s loyalty program Enjoy Rewards and enPay. Customers will find the stores well-stocked, including fresh food and healthy snacks. The store offers unleaded, mid grade, premium and diesel fuels. www.enmarket.com

FREE RESOURCES FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

(REACH) The African American Health and Information Resource Center has always been free and open to the public. The office has closed during the pandemic, but its resources are still free and available online. The HERO database recently rolled out a QR code for accessing the website even faster. And the popular, informative seminars and morning chats are back on the schedule. Seminars are now being offered through WebEx, a free video platform available at www.webex.com. and are still free of charge. Registration is required. Just call (912) 477-6605 to reserve your spot. https://healthysavannah.org/

MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

(SAVANNAH, GA)  Stressed? Us too! May is Mental Health Month. Be on the lookout for resources for yourself or to help others through scary transitions like ceremony-free graduations, parenthood, social distancing and too much family togetherness. Check out these ideas on reaching out and staying connected:  https://seizetheawkward.org/coronavirus 

ZILLO

(COASTAL PET RESCUE)If you’re looking for an easy going, super sweet (and super soft), affectionate cat, Zillo could be the girl for you. She loves pets and chin scratches and is equally happy playing as she is just hanging out with you. Zillo seems to get along with everyone, so sharing a home with other felines probably won’t be a problem for her. http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2019-c-093-zillo/

New Acquisition in Beaufort Becomes Enmarket’s 50th South Carolina Convenience Store

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(BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA) — Enmarket, a Savannah-based convenience store chain, has bought the former Tiger Express #14 store at 2265 Boundary St. in Beaufort to bring its total outlets to 50 stores in South Carolina.

 

 

“The location is a strategic part of our growth plan in the Beaufort area,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “Highway 21 is a heavily commuted artery connecting Charleston and Beaufort, making this location a prime opportunity for us.”

The 4,475-square-foot store will reopen Thursday after new fuel dispensers are installed and the interior is outfitted with improvements such as Enmarket’s popular bean-to-cup coffee brewers.

The location will undergo a more comprehensive renovation before the end of the year. The prime feature of the remodel will be the installation of Enmarket’s signature Eatery restaurant. The existing car wash will be updated as well. The store is expected to stay open throughout the remodel.

The Beaufort store will offer such technology-based amenities as Skip Frictionless Checkout, which lets customers skip lines at the cash register and pay via their cell phones, as well as Enmarket’s loyalty program Enjoy Rewards and enPay. Customers will find the stores well stocked, including fresh food and healthy snacks. The store offers unleaded, mid grade, premium and diesel fuels.

ABOUT ENMARKET
Enmarket, Savannah’s largest convenience store chain, employs more than 1,300 people and operates 125 convenience stores, 14 quick-serve restaurants and a fast casual restaurant as the 49th largest convenience store operator in the country. Founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, the retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. www.enmarket.com

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing
Enmarket
mclements@enmarket.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
Carriage Trade PR
912-844-9990

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, April 27, 2020

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THERMAL SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS AND COVID-19
(SAVANNAH, GA) Because of the aggressive speed at which the Coronavirus is spreading, thermal surveillance cameras are showing up, front and center, as a way to scan individuals’ body temperatures as a fever detection device. As security experts, scDataCom hopes to shine light on the matter in order to inform you of the ways thermal surveillance cameras are being used as a tool during COVID-19.https://safecitysav.com/blog/its-getting-hot-in-here

PARK PLACE OUTREACH RECEIVES GRANT FROM BANK OF AMERICA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Bank of America awards grant to Park Place Outreach to promote economic mobility. The grant will be used to provide for the basic needs and support services for residents. For more information on the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, please visit

LUNCHTIME LECTURE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Melissa Gratias, the author of the new children’s book, “Captain Corona and the 19 COVID Warriors Explains Pandemic to Kids,” will present a free online lecture about Creativity during Quarantine on April 28 at 12 noon. This event is hosted by Creative Coast.

IVOLUNTEER INTERNATIONAL

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) If you want to volunteer, explore opportunities in Savannah and worldwide with IVolunteer International 


SAVANNAH BUSINESS UPDATES HELPS COMPANIES CONNECT WITH CUSTOMERS

(VISIT SAVANNAH) Visit Savannah is providing a free, up-to-date list of business openings, closures and more. Business owners can get their business featured on the page by filling out an online form.

PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE BRINGS CARS TO CUSTOMERS

(PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE) In response to concerns about COVID-19. Peacock Automotive dealers have expanded the ways people can shop for a new or used car without leaving the safety and comfort of their homes. Services include a video walk-around, no-obligation drop-off for test driving at home, and local home delivery. https://www.peacockautomall.com/ 

NO SIMPLE LIFE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Nervous Man Shouldn’t be Here in the First Place: The Life of Bill Baggs introduces readers to one of the most influential editors they’ve never heard of. In this first biography of the late Miami News editor, Savannah-based author Amy Paige Condon retraces how an orphaned boy from rural Georgia covered and impacted some of the 20th century’s biggest stories – Civil Rights, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War – by wielding his pen like a scalpel to get to the truth. The book is now is available for pre-orders by UGA Press. https://ugapress.org/book/9780820354972/a-nervous-man-shouldnt-be-here-in-the-first-place/?fbclid=IwAR215NTZZvG0iTTaqUD4E4B7G4inINRegfDga9PP5eDgt6KBo6WcbwbSp1g


IGTV

(SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER) Instagram TV, is it for you? IGTV According to Cisco, there will be 1.9 billion internet video users, representing 80% of internet traffic, by the end of 2021. Social media trends back this statement up. SimilarWeb research reveals that users are now spending 53 minutes per day consuming content on Instagram. The only social media site where people spend more time is Facebook, averaging 58 minutes per day. https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/igtv-for-business-new-research-for-marketers/

THRIVE-THRU CURBSIDE CASSEROLE MENU:

(SAVANNAH, GA) Thrive Catering is offering a pre-order casserole menu, with weekly curbside pickup at 2700 Gregory St. #200, Savannah, 31404.
Thrive is a full-service green certified caterer, with a healthy twist using local ingredients and professional sanitary practices. Order online: https://forms.gle/9BBTStrNj3iXwHoh8 Tel: 912-508-6068

EBOOKS AND MORE

(LIVE OAK LIBRARIES) Live Oak Public Libraries provides virtual services and digital content to support you at home. Access ebooks, movies, games and activities, virtual programs, and more – anytime and from any device. https://liveoakpl.org/home

EMPLOYMENT LAW AND COVID 19 

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) What small business owners need to know about employment law during Covid-19. Attorney Wade Herring explains.


WJCL

(WJCL) Do you have a business or provide a service that can help your fellow residents? WJCL wants to hear about it. Fill out the form below to be featured in their Shop Local guide. Make sure to include your business name, category, hours and contact information https://www.wjcl.com/article/georgia-lowcountry-small-businesses-with-shop-local/32259621

COMMUNITY HEADLINES LIVE

(#WeAreSavannah)  Today at 9:00 AM watch COMMUNITY HEADLINES LIVE on Marjorie Young’s YouTube channel. Guests include Amy Condon, Kerri Goodrich and Nipuna Ambanpola. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxOJUEs5ZW54RYeXxRc0pjQ?view_as=subscriber

JJ NEEDS A HOME

(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Hello, I’m Jean luc (or JJ as my foster parents call me). I’m a 4 year old yorkie and 8 pounds of fluff! I am fully house trained. http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2020-d-092-jean-luc/

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, April 20, 2020

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FREE ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS

(AAA) AAA is currently offering free roadside assistance to heroes on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19. This includes towing, tire, fuel delivery, battery, and lock-out service. First responders and healthcare workers are eligible for this free service.
https://member.acg.aaa.com/ga/automotive/first-responders-roadside-assistance.html


BUILDING RESILIENCE & HANDLING STRESS IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

(DALE CARNEGIE) A free live, online workshop will be presented Wed., April 29 from 9:15 AM – 10:45 AM EDT. Today’s environment is filled with setbacks and unexpected challenges. Few of us can change the environment in which we operate – but we can control how we prepare and respond to the events around us.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-resilience-handling-stress-in-uncertain-times-tickets-102270319278

SAVANNAH REALTOR EARNS MILITARY RELOCATION CERTIFICATION

(SAVANNAH, GA) Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners real estate professional Cathy Rodgers has become certified as a Military Relocation Professional (MRP). She is now qualified to work with U.S. service members, their families, and veterans to find housing solutions that best suit their needs and to take full advantage of available benefits.
https://charmingsavannahhomes.com/

HOUSE PARENTS NEEDED FOR EMERGENCY YOUTH SHELTER

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, a 12-bed temporary residential home for runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth ages 11-17; is hiring part-time house parents for its emergency youth shelter. All qualified candidates must have at least two years of experience working in a childcare setting.
https://wiwhire.page.link/qhNr

UNTRIPS FROM HOME

(THE OKEFENOKEE SWAMP) April 27, 2020 / 12 PM – 1 PM / A ZOOM VIRTUAL MEET-UP. Register online: https://www.georgiaconservancy.org/okefenokee/untrip?utm_term=0_3722a73410-b60526f7bc-267430177&mc_cid=b60526f7bc&mc_eid=3650a3c517

HOSPICE SAVANNAH

(WSAV TV) As the death toll rises, Hospice Savannah is preparing a wing for COVID-19 patients which allows a family member to be by their side in their final hours.
https://www.wsav.com/news/coronavirus/as-death-toll-rises-hospice-savannah-prepares-wing-for-covid-19-patients/?utm_source=Mid+April+2020&utm_campaign=April+14&utm_medium=email

MUSEUM TOURS FROM YOUR COUCH

(VIRTUAL MUSEUMS) Twelve famous museums are offering virtual tours you can take from your couch. Google Arts & Culture’s collection includes the British Museum in London, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Guggenheim in New York City. https://hellogiggles.com/news/museums-with-virtual-tours/

GET COUNTED

(U.S. CENSUS) You don’t need to be an inventor, a scientist, or a member of Congress to shape the future of your community. By being counted in the 2020 Census, you will help inform funding for local school programs, emergency services, and roads in our community. We all count, and we all get to shape our future by participating in the 2020 Census. https://my2020census.gov/

CONTRACTS DURING COVID-19

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) Attorney Charles Bowen shares his insights on contracts during COVID-19.


INSTAGRAM BUSINESS MARKETING

(SOCIAL MEDIA EXAMINER) Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world. The app, which was established in 2010 to allow users to share photos and videos, has expanded to give businesses a way to market their products and services to the world.
https://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/instagram-marketing-ultimate-guide-business/

SIX SHELTER IN PLACE TIPS TO PREPARE FOR DIVORCE

(MY DIVORCE SOLUTION) For those in an unhappy marriage, being quarantined with a spouse may be difficult. Learn six things to do at home to help prepare for divorce, pass the time, and stay in a positive mindset while moving forward towards the light at the end of the tunnel.


TOP 5

(COMMUNITY HEADLINES) A 30 second video with our top 5 headlines.


OUTREACH & DEVELOPMENT AMERICORPS VISTA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, a 12-bed temporary residential home for runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth ages 11-17; is seeking an Outreach and Development AmeriCorps VISTA for a one-year commitment. AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty.
https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=84024&fromSearch=true

CURBSIDE CASSEROLE MENU

(SAVANNAH, GA) Thrive Catering is offering a pre-order casserole menu, with weekly curbside pickup at 2700 Gregory St. #200, Savannah, 31404. Thrive is a full-service green certified caterer, using products from over 20 local farms and eco-friendly practices. Call 912-401-2377 place digital orders at https://forms.gle/7UyAuKDfoaTt4vyx7 https://www.facebook.com/thrivecatering/

HALLELUJAH CHORUS

(MARIETTA, GA) Carriage Trade Public Relations is pleased to share the good news that one of its writers was part of a 40-voice virtual choir performing an online rendition of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” on Easter Sunday, April 12. Carmel Hearn and other members of the Mt. Bethel UMC Choir in Marietta had planned to sing live from the church choir loft, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, instead, recorded their voice parts from their homes. The performances were assembled by the Mt. Bethel staff and broadcast at the conclusion of the Easter Sunday service. The video has been viewed online nearly 2000 times and was featured by WSB and other Atlanta news outlets.
https://youtu.be/o5iGA4Gd7PE


BILLS TO PAY

(CLARK.COM) How to Decide Which Bills to Pay First When You Have Limited Money https://clark.com/personal-finance-credit/how-to-prioritize-bills/

BIRD CAM

(SAVANNAH BIRD CAM) Enjoy a moment in the great outdoors with the Landings Eagle/Owl/Osprey/Bird Cam, brought to you by Skidaway Audubon and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. http://landingsbirdcam.com/

VOLUNTEERS HELPING SENIORS

(IVOLUNTEER) IVolunteer International just partnered with Shopping Angels and published a website where seniors can sign-up to get matched with a volunteer in their local community to get groceries delivered for free. Shopping Angels is a new movement that started in Nevada. A college student rallied volunteers to provide free grocery shopping delivery to senior citizens in her local community in March this year. It grew and now it’s nationwide. Their movement has been featured on CNN, FoxNews, Insider, Today, and two weeks ago, got a “thank-you” from POTUS on live television. But their method of “matching” was done manually, so they were struggling to handle the traffic and increased need. So (IVolunteer International) reached out and partnered with Shopping Angels. They automated the entire process. Senior citizens who sign up in Georgia are automatically matched with a volunteer using State and Zipcode. It is live now and we have seen a surge of people signing up to get help: https://shoppingangels.ivint.org/


KUZIA NEEDS A HOME

(COASTAL PET RESCUE) Kuzia is a male tabby, he needs a home. http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2020-c-019-kuzia/

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, April 13, 2020

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HOW TO HELP YOUR EMPLOYEES TO REDUCE STRESS
(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr Pilczuk suggests having a stress coach and a financial coach to speak to your employees.  YouTube: https://youtu.be/S_UgTmsgebI


MONEY

(WTOC)  The owner of The Sand Bar on Tybee Island, Georgia, recently removed $3,714 in dollar bills customers stapled to the walls over the years. The money will now go to good use: She’s giving it to her unemployed staff during the coronavirus pandemic. https://www.cbsnews.com/video/bar-owner-removes-dollar-bills-from-walls-to-pay-staff-during-coronavirus/

WORKING FROM HOME WITH KIDS

(CHILD MIND INSTITUTE) As schools close and workplaces go remote to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, parents everywhere are struggling to keep children healthy and occupied. If you’re anxious about how to protect and nurture kids through this crisis, see tips here: LINK

CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR RENT?

(CATHY CHATS) The Federal moratorium provides that a lessor may not evict a tenant after the moratorium expires except on 30 days’ notice-which may not be given until after the moratorium period. See Sec. 4024(c).
*What This Means – Call your landlord! Even though a landlord may not legally kick you out, let them know if you are no longer working at this time.  Work through your options and know what impact the delay in rent may have on your future at the property. Cathyrodgers912@Gmail.com

BELFORD’S BECOME SAFE CITY ADVOCATE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Local Companies Partner to Provide Security Coverage in City Market https://www.scdatacom.net/media-alerts

MASKS AND GOODWILL

(SAVANNAH, GA) Goodwill is manufacturing about 150 – 200 masks each day. They plan to distribute to all their associates and to community organizations here is Savannah.
 #communityimpact #stopthespread  https://goodwillsega.org/ 

COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR NON-PROFITS

(NLC) As nonprofits continue to operate in a new environment that’s anything but normal, here is a digital hub for nonprofit leaders to help you and your organization easily access information and resources to respond to COVID-19. Our community needs nonprofits now, more than ever. https://nlctb.org/resources/covid-19-nonprofit-resource-hub/

SAFE SHELTER

(SAFE SHELTER) For the time being, all donations must now be left by the Shelter’s front door rather than being taken inside. At this time our clothes closet is not taking donations. However, we are in need of toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies. http://safeshelter.org/donate/

$350 BILLION 

(US CHAMBER) The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated almost $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.

CDC RECOMMENDATIONS TO SMALL BUSINESS 

(CDC) Here are the top CDC-recommended tips that small business owners can take to mitigate risk, protect employees and support customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS TOWN HALL

(INC.COM) FRIDAYS AT NOON ET: Registration Link:

TIPS FOR MUSICIANS ON HOW TO GENERATE CASH DURING THIS PANDEMIC

(SAVANNAH, GA) Interview with the founder of The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Jeremy Davis shares valuable tips on how they got 40 thousand viewers to watch their Facebook Live production. He also shares tips on how he sells sponsorships and tickets. https://youtu.be/nTz93qDUSVQ

UNITED WAY

(SAVANNAH, GA) CareSource, a leading multi-state managed care plan, has donated $5,000 to the United Way of the Coastal Empire in an effort to help support local individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. www.uwce.org.

PPE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Ad Specialty adding focus to PPE, helping to keep everyone STRONG and HEALTHY.


SAVANNAH STORYBOOK WRITER FEATURED ON PEOPLE.COM FOR CORONAVIRUS BOOK

(PEOPLE.COM) New Children’s Book Captain Corona and the 19 COVID Warriors Explains Pandemic to Kids https://people.com/books/new-childrens-book-captain-corona-and-the-19-covid-warriors-explains-pandemic-to-kids/

$25K 

(SAVANNAH, GA) United Way of the Coastal Empire has received a $25,000 donation from Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation to help members of the community impacted by COVID-19. This donation will be used to help residents of Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties retain stable housing by assisting with rent, mortgage, and utility payments when grace periods are not offered and to provide financial assistance for additional critical needs such as medical expenses and child care. www.uwce.org.

WINNER OF THE GLOBAL STUDENT COMPETITION

(SAVANNAH, GA) WTCSav Announced IVolunteer International Finalists of Global Student Competition. For the second consecutive year, IVolunteer International emerges finalists for their creativity and innovation. Read the full article here. https://www.ivint.org/press/wtcsav-announced-ivolunteer-international-winner-of-global-student-competition/

DIVORCE DURING A PANDEMIC

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) Interview with the co-founders of My Divorce Solution. If you own a business and are thinking about getting a divorce, you must make sure you are not co-mingling your finances. Please watch this 24 minute video for other valuable tips from Catherine Shanahan, CDFA and Karen Chellew.


TOASTMASTERS

(SAVANNAH, GA) During the COVID-19 crisis, The Hostess City Toastmasters Club is meeting online using the Zoom.us meeting app. The club meets online every Tuesday 6:15-7:30 pm, inviting guests to receive Zoom login information by emailing hostesscitytm@gmail.com or by sending a message through the club Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HostessCityToastmasters/. In addition to offering a good way to learn about and practice online communication skills, the club is hosting guest speakers who have practical and inspiring information for members and guests. Coming up on Tuesday, April 21 is Tricia Veldman of Georgia Speech Coaching (https://newyorkspeechcoaching.com/georgia/) delivering a speech titled: “Bringing Your Voice to Remote Work”, followed by a live Q&A session.

MEOW, MEOW

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNITY HEADLINES, April 6, 2020

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CARES ACT – HELP FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
(SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION) Small businesses are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. On Friday, March 27, 2020, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses.

SPANX DONATES $5 MILLION TO FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS

(RED BACKPACK FUND) Spanx founder Sara Blakely has announced she is donating $5 million to support female entrepreneurs during the coronavirus pandemic as part of her Lucky Red Backpack campaign:

IVOLUNTEER INTERNATIONAL

(SAVANNAH, GA)  IVolunteer International partners with East Taylor Creatives to Develop a Mobile App for Volunteers. – The mobile app will be launched in late August 2020 in Savannah, Georgia and will be available for all volunteers in Savannah. Read the full article here.  https://www.ivint.org/press/savannah-nonprofit-partners-with-east-taylor-creatives-to-develop-a-mobile-app-for-volunteers/

8 THINGS YOUR SMALL BUSINESS NEEDS TO DO – COVID-19

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) Big take-aways on how small businesses are podcasting during this pandemic – and making money. Podcast GURU Terrass Misher talks about how to get sponsorships, how to position yourself as the authority and how to get started. Watch: OPEN FOR BUSINESS with RAZZ!


UNITED WAY

(UNITED WAY) United Way of the Coastal Empire has received generous support for families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.  Ryan Price, Savannah Division Manager of JE Dunn Construction, delivered a $10,000 contribution to the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund with hope that others will join the efforts. https://untdwy.org/2IVKXV3

SMALL BUSINESS AND HEALTH INSURANCE

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS) This is my interview with Bill Lucas Insurance, the Health insurance specialist… (35 years this July) He does individual and employee benefits. A big take away from this 24 minute Q&A – if you are a solo entrepreneur – and your income is expected to go below $46,750 because of the Covid-19 – you can apply to get reduced monthly rates. There are a lot of factors that go into this, but Bill Lucas can help guide you or you can go online https://www.healthcare.gov/ Also, if you feel you will have a hard time paying your current premium, he suggested calling your health insurance provider to see what they can do to help.


TYBEE MARINE SCIENCE

(TYBEE ISLAND, GA) The Science Center plans to reopen May 1st. All programming and events are cancelled until then. One team member is going in everyday to care for the resident animals. They have given Admiral, their loggerhead sea turtle, several new toys and more than her fair share of shrimpsicles. Work at the new facility on the North Beach is still in progress for our planned September opening. www.tybeemarinescience.org

UNION MISSION

(SAVANNAH, GA) Union Mission will postpone Raising Hope scheduled for April 23, 2020 at the DeSoto Savannah, due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.

5 WAYS TO RETAIN CUSTOMERS DURING COVID-19

(OPEN FOR BUSINESS Even if you need to close due to health and safety concerns, there are ways to keep serving your customers during the coronavirus outbreak.

ENMARKET SAVANNAH BRIDGE RUN

(SAVANNAH, GA) Celebrate the 30 year anniversary of the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run in a totally new way. We are now offering a VIP Experience presented by The Rail Pub. VIP’s will receive several amenities enhancing their experience of conquering the bridge! Dec 5, 2020,  https://raceroster.com/store/28614/item/5a8d8d01-621e-41e5-8d5c-25b9824e1a0f

GUIDE FOR CRISIS PR

(PUBLIC RELATIONS SOCIETY OF AMERICA) Get free crisis communications resources – including a webinar series called Communicating in a Time of Covid-19 – from PRSA. GUIDE

ENMARKET BOOSTS EMPLOYEES PAY BY $2.50

(SAVANNAH, GA) As an essential business selling fuel, grocery items and prepared foods, Enmarket’s stores across a three-state region continue to remain open to serve the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, those employees are receiving a temporary pay boost of $2.50 an hour, reflecting the importance of their role during this crisis, and the chain also will install plexiglass shields at its checkout counters as further protection for employees and customers. Meanwhile, Enmarket’s adoption of self-checkout technology in 2019 is proving its value during the current pandemic. For example, Skip Frictionless Checkout enables users to check out on their phones, without direct interaction with a cashier. www.enmarket.com


PEACOCK COLLISION CENTER

(JASPER COUNTY, SC) Did you know that Peacock Collision Center is part of Peacock Automotive.  Should the need arise for collision work on your vehicle during the pandemic, they are open for business. Visit Peacock Collision Center at https://www.peacockcollisioncenter.com/

HOMELESS IN SAVANNAH

(SAVANNAH, GA) Now more than ever, the homeless need extra help, as some are not able to do odd jobs like they once did and many of the area coffee shops and restaurants they once frequented are now closed.  The biggest need is bottled water, tissue, paper towels, non-perishable foods and snacks. Donations are being collected in partnership with Divine Rest. Contact Cathy Rodgers if you have any donations to be picked up.  Cathyrodgers912@gmail.com

CAPTAIN CORONA STORYBOOK BECOMES ANIMATED MOVIE

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah story book author, Dr. Melissa Gratias, collaborated with local voice actor, Akil Jackson, to produce an animated movie version of her free eBook, Captain Corona and the 19 COVID Warriors. The video is available on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/_tBjeJ7Ts-M


PARK PLACE OUTREACH  

(SAVANNAH, GA) During this time of social distancing, PPO would like to invite you to their library right outside of their doors. You can either take a book  or leave a book for others, the choice is yours. #practicesocialdistancing #read #community


FACES OF THE SOUTH

(LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY) LDSS’s mission and vision featured in South Magazine FACEBOOK LINK


REACH ENCOURAGES HEALTHY FOOD DONATIONS

(SAVANNAH TRIBUNE) Many people have heard the saying, “You are what you eat,” without understanding the concept behind it. What and how much a person eats has a profound impact on continuing health. Eating a nutritional, well-balanced diet helps prevent health disparities. REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) Savannah is encouraging families to avoid processed foods and turn to nutritional foods like fruits and vegetables. https://www.savannahtribune.com/articles/reach-savannah-encourages-healthy-food-donations/

SOPHIE NEEDS A HOME

(SAVANNAH, GA) COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES, March 30, 2020

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Savannah’s

COMMUNiTY HEADLiNES

The Local Newswire


ENMARKET BOOSTS EMPLOYEES PAY BY $2.50

(SAVANNAH, GA) As an essential business selling fuel, grocery items and prepared foods, Enmarket’s stores across a three-state region continue to remain open to serve the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, those employees are receiving a temporary pay boost of $2.50 an hour, reflecting the importance of their role during this crisis, and the chain also will install plexiglass shields at its checkout counters as further protection for employees and customers. Meanwhile, Enmarket’s adoption of self-checkout technology in 2019 is proving its value during the current pandemic. For example, Skip Frictionless Checkout enables users to check out on their phones, without direct interaction with a cashier. www.enmarket.com


SCORE MENTORS STANDING BY

(SAVANNAH, GA) The current COVID-19 emergency is causing many businesses, especially small businesses, to be experiencing significant challenges. The very existence of some businesses may be at risk. Please know that the Savannah SCORE team of 45 expert business mentors is available to provide free business mentoring services to help you navigate these uncharted waters.  Mentoring will take place by phone, video or email. https://savannah.score.org and click on “Find A Mentor” or call 912-652-4335.


LIST OF MANDATORY CLOSURES  

(CITY OF SAVANNAH) After receiving regulatory guidance from the state, barbershops, beauty parlors, nail and personal care salons closed on Friday, March 27, at 5 p.m.
Additional clarifications include pawn shops, title pawn shops, landscaping services and moving services; which are considered essential businesses and may remain operational. Vape stores are not permitted to stay open. Automobile dealerships can operate their service departments, but they may not operate their sales departments. Real estate maintenance and rental services and work to execute contracts currently in existence are allowed, but all other real estate work should be performed remotely. https://www.savannahga.gov/2958/Covid-19

6 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE JUST-PASSED COVID-19 RELIEF BILL

(UNITED WAY)  Congress recently passed a $2 trillion emergency relief package which seeks to help millions of Americans survive this economic and health crisis. Reason #4 for this legislation is that it gives relief to small business.

https://www.unitedway.org/blog/6-things-to-know-about-the-just-passed-covid-19-relief-bill?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=covid19&utm_content=learnmore&fbclid=IwAR3aeBllxBZP0wdrKqr_BP380FpWdfnNL8ZLqCpH1Iqc3Po6fv983as6AIE#


CHILDREN’S BOOK

(SAVANNAH, GA) New free book helps children cope with the Coronavirus pandemic.

Author Dr. Melissa Gratias


SMALL BUSINESS DISASTER LOANS

(SBAC) Interview with Tony O’Reilly of the Small Business Assistance Corporation. https://sbacsav.com/


GET COUNTED

(US CENSUS) Respond today, get counted:

GET TO KNOW US IN A WHOLE NEW WAY

(SAVANNAH, GA) VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE – Thursday, April 2 at 4 p.m.St. Andrew’s invites families with children age 3 to grade 12 to get to know the school faculty through a virtual, interactive Q & A session. Register at https://saslions.com/openhouse/ for this unique experience.


UNITED WAY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Rise to the challenge, as Americans have always done, to support those in need. Your giving helps those most affected by the pandemic. Learn how United Way is responding to COVID-19 and helping the community during this difficult time: https://untdwy.org/2IVKXV3

COUNCIL OF DADS


VIRTUAL TOUR

(SAVANNAH, GA) With the challenges of COVID-19, and a city under a “shelter at home” mandate,  local real estate agents are getting creative by offering virtual open houses and and tours through video and social media.  Here’s an example of a a virtual tour:


FIRST VIRTUAL CHECK DONATION

(SAVANNAH, GA) DIRTTbags Donate to Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society for World Down Syndrome Day  https://youtu.be/hyhvWakliJs


PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE

(JASPER COUNTY, SC) While battling the pandemic together with the community, Peacock Automotive dealerships in South Carolina are fully operational with social distance guidelines and sanitation efforts in place. The staff is offering virtual test drives and no charge delivery of purchases to the local community. The sales departments at Peacock Hyundai Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen are open by appointment only due to the shelter in place order for Savannah. The service departments are open with normal hours, and social distancing is being practiced. A key drop-box is available for clients who do not wish to have contact. Peacock Automotive remains committed to providing customers a clean, friendly experience. Extensive sanitation efforts are in place, and employees are using gloves to handle vehicles. As the situation changes with the virus, Peacock Automotive will continue to update clients and re-evaluate and improve its measures to ensure the safety of everyone we encounter.  For more information or any assistance, please call (843)-208-1258 or visit online at https://www.peacockautomotive.com/.

HOSPICE SAVANNAH

(SAVANNAH, GA) Hospice Savannah is committed to maintaining its exemplary level of care for patients and families as our nation grapples with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The staff is monitoring CDC guidelines to ensure correct precautions are utilized in order to continue to provide safe and outstanding care. Both Hospice Savannah, Inc., and the Steward Center for Palliative Care remain open and dedicated to serving the public while also striving to patients are in prepared and capable hands throughout this extremely difficult time for the nation and world. Where possible, some staff members are working remotely to comply with emergency declarations.

https://files.constantcontact.com/c6a91b43201/e7e36d8a-3749-46d8-975f-758590dce13e.pdf


PARK PLACE OUTREACH  

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter has announced the appointment of a new board president and three new board members. Tammy Stokes, Chatham County Recorder’s Court Chief Judge, will serve as the board president in 2020. Stokes has served on the Park Place Outreach board since January of 2019, and succeeds Salita Hill, who served as the organization’s board president in 2018 and 2019. The new board members are Erina Tandy; Hunter Hall, with Hunter T. Hall Consulting; and Megan Manly, law clerk for the U.S. District Court.

SEEKING BUSINESS INPUT

(SAFE CITY) Local security company seeking business owners’ input on where to place free security cameras during this crisis. https://safecitysav.com/community    


IVOLUNTEER INTERNATIONAL

(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Nonprofit IVolunteer International wins the University of Georgia Kickstarter Fund. – the Tech-Nonprofit received $5,000 in grant money to design and develop a new mobile app for volunteers. https://www.ivint.org/press/ivolunteer-international-winners-at-university-of-georgia-kickstarter-fund/

PEACOCK AUTO MALL DONATES FOOD TO LOCAL NON-PROFIT

(JASPER COUNTY, SC) The on-site cafe at Peacock Auto Mall is temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus epidemic. Peacock Auto Mall was able to donate the unused food and condiments on March 27 to Old Savannah City Mission, which serves the hungry population in Savannah. The Old Savannah City Mission is a local 501(c)(3) funded by people who care about the less fortunate and demonstrate it by giving of their time, talent and treasure. The Mission works with a staff of seven employees. This community’s dedicated servants work with hundreds of volunteers to deliver services to Savannah’s most vulnerable and needy citizens in a highly cost-effective way. If you’re interested in volunteering, visit http://www.oscm.org/

REACH ENCOURAGES HEALTHY FOOD DONATIONS

(SAVANNAH TRIBUNE) Many people have heard the saying, “You are what you eat,” without understanding the concept behind it. What and how much a person eats has a profound impact on continuing health. Eating a nutritional, well-balanced diet helps prevent health disparities. REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) Savannah is encouraging families to avoid processed foods and turn to nutritional foods like fruits and vegetables. https://www.savannahtribune.com/articles/reach-savannah-encourages-healthy-food-donations/

LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY POSTPONES NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society, out of an abundance of concern about the health and safety of its members and participants at the 11th annual Night of Champions event, has decided to postpone the celebration because of the potential risks associated with the coronavirus. The event had been scheduled for April 2 at the Savannah Convention Center. https://www.facebook.com/ldssga/, call 912-436-3626 or email info@ldssga.org.

CARRIAGE TRADE PUBLIC RELATIONS® MARKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY

(SAVANNAH, GA) Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc. is celebrating its 25th anniversary, marking a quarter of a century of service to the region’s small business community. As a lead-up to the anniversary, the firm’s founder and principal, Marjorie Young, will publish “Reputation Matrix,” a step-by-step guidebook to help small businesses increase their visibility, credibility and positive word-of-mouth in the community and online. Once released, the book will be available on Amazon. For more information, visit www.carriagetradepr.com or call 912-844-9990

LILLY NEEDS A HOME

(COASTAL PET RESCUE) If you’ve been looking for a loving feline companion, Lilly could be the girl for you. This super sweetie found her way to CPR after being left when her previous family moved. http://coastalpetrescue.org/adopt/view/2018-c-129-lilly/

Enmarket Employees Get Pay Boost, Additional Safety Measures

By | Local NewsWIRE

(SAVANNAH, GA) As an essential business selling fuel, grocery items and prepared foods, Enmarket’s stores across a three-state region continue to remain open to serve the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, those employees are receiving a temporary pay boost of $2.50 an hour, reflecting the importance of their role during this crisis, and the chain also will install plexiglass shields at its checkout counters as further protection for employees and customers.

The installation of the plexiglass shields, also known as “sneeze guards,” is expected to begin Monday and will include all of Enmarket’s stores, which are located in Georgia and the Carolinas.

The measures come in addition to health and safety measures already implemented throughout the chain, which is the 49th largest in the country. Those measures include the suspension of the sale of self-service food, like hotdogs and frozen yogurt, along with increased cleaning and sanitizing. The Eatery, Enmarket’s in-store food preparation operation, continues to prepare food under controlled sanitary conditions, but service is now limited to to-go orders, with use of dining tables on premises suspended.

“We wanted some tangible way to express to our employees how much we — and the shopping public —appreciate their efforts during this extraordinary time,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket, which is based in Savannah. “Nothing is more tangible to an employee than their paycheck, so for the next three weeks, each hourly employee’s wage will be increased by $2.50 an hour.”

Salaried employees, who are eligible for bonuses as part of their compensation package, will be guaranteed 100% payout of their March and April bonuses.

Hourly Enmarket employees will receive a one-time check equivalent to $2.50 per hour for all hours worked from March 26 through April 15. This will include field technicians and other hourly team members that work in the field to support multiple stores.

The plexiglass shields will become a new icon of the current pandemic. Walmart, Kroger and other major retailers who are open for essential services during the crisis have begun to install the barriers to limit exposure between customers and cashiers during the check-out process. Enmarket is one of the first convenience store chains that has committed to installing them at every location.

“These shields will provide an additional level of safety for our employees,” Giesick said. “We will be moving as quickly as possible to get them in place at each of our checkout locations.”

Meanwhile, Enmarket’s adoption of self-checkout technology in 2019 is proving its value during the current pandemic. For example, Skip Frictionless Checkout enables users to check out on their phones, without direct interaction with a cashier.

ABOUT ENMARKET
Enmarket is Savannah’s largest convenience store chain, employing more than 1,300 people and operating 124 convenience stores, 14 quick-serve restaurants, and a fast casual restaurant as the 49th largest convenience store operator in the country. Founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, the retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. www.enmarket.com

CONTACT
Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing
Enmarket
mclements@enmarket.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc.
www.carriagetradepr.com
912-844-9990