January 15th, 2021

VCDC UPDATES!

VCDC UpNEXT Coffee Hour

When: Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Time: 9:00 am

Join us for a special discussion on Wednesday morning’s coffee hour with a MLK Day Community Leader Panel, presented by the Gallager Center for Experiential Learning. Tune in at www.facebook.com/LiveVermillion/ or on Channel 3.

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MEMBER NEWS!

Dakota Hospital Foundation - Marquee Messages Fundraiser

Dakota Hospital Foundation is so excited about their Marquee Messages Fundraiser! It’s a great way to send your Holiday Greeting, Birthday, Anniversary or Congratulations wishes! Whatever your message may be, they'll display it on their Sanford Vermillion LED sign located on the corner of Plum and Main Streets! It’s so easy: choose an open date, type out your message (two lines suggested for best display, three lines maximum), submit your message, return to payment process, and see your message glow! All gifts to the Dakota Hospital Foundation are used to further its’ important mission.

Digital Archives

The public library’s microfilm collection is going digital!

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of a new searchable digital archive featuring digitized microfilm from local newspapers.

Thanks to the generous support of the Vermillion Public Library Foundation, you can now access older issues of the Vermillion Plain Talk through the Vermillion Public Library’s website at: www.vermillionpubliclibrary.org/digital-archives.

View issues from 1893 to 1924 from anywhere with an internet connection! More recent issues are only accessible when you are using a library computer, or when your device is connected to the library’s Wi-Fi.

The library has plans to add more newspapers and resources to the collection over time.

Reminiscence Kits

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is pleased to announce the addition of a new resource now available for checkout: Reminiscence Kits.

Reminiscence Kits are a new way for individuals living with dementia to connect with other people and remember the past. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the U.S. has almost 6 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. Reminiscence therapy is a form of treatment used to help people with dementia remember past events, people, and places. Reminiscence Kits are designed to provide meaningful activities for people living with these diseases, as well as their caregivers, family members, and friends.

Each kit comes with a video DVD, activity cards, and photos. So far, the Vermillion Public Library has eleven kits, each with a different theme, including Farms, The Great Outdoors, and even Cat and Dog Reminiscence! You can view the full list of available Reminiscence Kits by searching for “Reminiscence” in the library’s online catalog.

These kits are great for patrons of all ages; they can also be used for writing prompts or as conversation starters. Check one out from the Vermillion Public Library today!

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library is located at 18 Church Street in Vermillion, SD. For more information email vplstaff@vermillionpubliclibrary.org or call the library at 605-677-7060.

DSS launches crisis counseling, outreach program

The Department of Social Services (DSS) launched 605 Strong, a new crisis counseling program, dedicated to helping people struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Many individuals have been isolated from their families, have lost jobs or their businesses – the pandemic has impacted so many and we want to find a way to support them,” said DSS Cabinet Secretary Laurie Gill. “The 605 Strong program will help connect South Dakotans with basic needs, financial assistance opportunities, government information, and mental health and family resources.”

The program was created to promote COVID-19 related resources and support, including crisis intervention and access to the COVID-19 Call Center.

Additionally, the grant dollars will support outreach to individuals impacted by COVID-19. The outreach includes a follow-up program for individuals in acute distress and those in need of supportive contacts, stress management skills, or connection to additional services.

Targeted outreach will also be provided by Lutheran Social Services to support refugees and their families working at affected employers in Sioux Falls, Aberdeen and Huron.

“As this program moves forward, the goal is to help as many people as possible, lifting up South Dakota so that businesses, families and individuals can move toward a stronger, brighter future,” Gill said.

The State of South Dakota received $210,723 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the first of a two-part Crisis Counseling Program grant. DSS plans to apply for the second part of the Crisis Counseling Program grant this month, which will provide funding for continued outreach and supportive services for an additional nine months.

Zoom Lecture on The Super Bowl

The Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library presents a new Zoom program on The Super Bowl. Attendees will learn about the origins of the Big Game by hearing about how America’s top sports event was created in the aftermath of the AFL All Star Game boycott of Jim Crow in New Orleans in 1965.

Join in on this fact-filled lecture through Zoom! The free program will be presented by journalist and sports enthusiast, Evan Weiner. Register online to get access the Zoom session, which will be Thursday, January 21st at 7:00 pm.

Space is limited, so register early to guarantee a virtual spot! Register for the zoom program at bit.ly/superbowlvpl

COMMUNITY NEWS!

SBA and Treasury Announce PPP Re-Opening; Issue New Guidance

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. Updated PPP guidance outlining Program changes to enhance its effectiveness and accessibility was released on January 6 in accordance with the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act.

This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

“The historically successful Paycheck Protection Program served as an economic lifeline to millions of small businesses and their employees when they needed it most,” said Administrator Jovita Carranza. “Today’s guidance builds on the success of the program and adapts to the changing needs of small business owners by providing targeted relief and a simpler forgiveness process to ensure their path to recovery.”

“The Paycheck Protection Program has successfully provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to America’s small businesses, supporting more than 51 million jobs,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

According to SBA South Dakota District Director Jaime Wood, many South Dakota small businesses and nonprofit organizations will qualify for both the First Draw and Second Draw PPP forgivable loans. “We’re thrilled to continue these needed resources for COVID-19 economic recovery in our state,” said Wood. “While many businesses have sustained or thrived in the past year, there are still many that are struggling.” Wood added that in 2020, nearly 24,000 PPP applications were approved in South Dakota, equating to $1.7 Billion in aid.

Key PPP updates include:

• PPP borrowers can set their PPP loan’s covered period to be any length between 8 and 24 weeks to best meet their business needs;

• PPP loans will cover additional expenses, including operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, and worker protection expenditures;

• The Program’s eligibility is expanded to include 501(c)(6)s, housing cooperatives, direct marketing organizations, among other types of organizations;

• The PPP provides greater flexibility for seasonal employees;

• Certain existing PPP borrowers can request to modify their First Draw PPP Loan amount; and

• Certain existing PPP borrowers are now eligible to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

A borrower is generally eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan if the borrower:

• Previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and will or has used the full amount only for authorized uses;

• Has no more than 300 employees; and

• Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020.

The new guidance released includes:

• PPP Guidance from SBA Administrator Carranza on Accessing Capital for Minority, Underserved, Veteran, and Women-owned Business Concerns.

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