Town of Colonial Beach government
The Town of Colonial Beach provides essential services, such as police protection, water and sewer services, trash removal, permitting, zoning, public space maintenance, and other similar types of services. During this time of crisis, the town offices are mostly closed. However, the town is still responding to urgent requests and crises. To contact the town with an urgent situation, go to www.ColonialBeach.net and search for the appropriate department. The town’s Facebook page is www.facebook.com/townofCBVA/. The town also has provided FAQs related to COVID-19 implications. You can find those FAQs at https://colonialbeachva.net/coronavirus-updates/. Scroll through the entire site to get very useful information on how to cope in these trying times.
Colonial Beach Community Foundation
The Foundation is one of the principal charitable organizations in Colonial Beach. Its mission is to “…enhance the quality of life in and around Colonial Beach.” It has identified certain areas to focus on including youth development, environment protection and beautification, health and wellbeing, and quality of life/cultural enhancement. To those ends, the Foundation raises funds through a variety of ways and then disburses the funds to organizations that provide services that relate to those objectives.
With respect to taking actions related to the current crisis, the Foundation has allocated funding to provide gift cards from Halls and Food Lion that will go to the food pantries for distribution to their recipients. The Foundation also has provided funding to Healthy Harvest, the main food bank that provides food to local food pantries. The Foundation encourages the community to support this effort. To contribute, go to https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/colonial-beach-community-foundation-food-bank-assist.
The Foundation also has produced this compendium that can provide valuable information to the community on how and where to receive needed services, and what organizations might be in need of financial or volunteer support.
To help seniors stay in their homes and be safe during the coronavirus outbreak, Bay Aging, in collaboration with area stakeholders, has launched a new initiative named Helping Neighbors.
Concurrently, Bay Aging is rebranding its Volunteer Coordination/Needs Request program, making it part of the Helping Neighbors program.
Bay Transit continues to operate as normal, but with these processes and procedures in place:
-Bay Aging is conducting employee health checks for all Bay Transit employees at the beginning of their shifts every day, including checking for COVID-19 symptoms and taking their temperature.
-All buses are being disinfected several times a day.
-On-demand service is available throughout the service area Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
-To minimize passenger and driver interaction, Bay Transit has suspended all fare collection. That means all passengers ride for free until further notice.
-As customers call in to schedule rides, they are pre-screened.
-To facilitate social distancing while on the bus, Bay Transit is limiting buses to a maximum of three people and have seats taped off to keep riders separated and away from the bus driver.
-In coordination with area hospitals, Bay Transit has suspended stops at urgent care facilities and hospitals along its fixed route lines in Gloucester and Essex County.
-As customers call in to schedule rides, Bay Transit is asking them to limit travel to essential rides to work, medical appointments, the bank and shopping for necessities.
-Whenever possible, Bay Transit is asking riders to wear face masks while riding on Bay Transit buses.
Meals on Wheels
Bay Aging currently has 13 Meals on Wheels recipients in the 22443 zip code. To help ensure the health and safety of those recipients and Meals on Wheels volunteers:
-Bay Aging has distributed print instructions to all clients and volunteers on health and safety precautions.
-Bay Aging volunteers and staff continue to deliver meals to all existing Meals on Wheels recipients and actively enroll new clients who are confronting potential food insecurity.
-Meal deliveries are complemented with fresh produce.
-Shelf-stable meals are augmenting meal deliveries to further safeguard recipients from food shortages.
-Bay Aging is continuing to enroll new clients into the Meals on Wheels program.
-Meals continue to be delivered on a regular basis, and volunteers are taking additional safety precautions to protect themselves and their clients.
-Bay Aging is recruiting additional volunteers as needs continue to be identified. The best way to get information about the services Bay Aging offers is to visit their website at https://bayaging.org/ or visit their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BayAgingVA/). If you do not have access to the internet, you can call them at 1-800-493-0238. Those who want to support Bay Aging Helping Neighbors program with a donation or as a volunteer, should visit do so at https://bayaging.org/support. As an alternative, donations made payable to the Bay Aging Foundation and mailed to Bay Aging at: P.O. Box 610, Urbanna, VA 23175.
The area food pantries run by the churches are identified below:
-The normal schedule is the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.; and the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. The food pantry is set up in the Parish Hall on Washington Ave during those times.
-During the quarantine, St. Mary’s food pantry will be open on the 2nd & 4th Mondays only with curb side service to reduce contact.
-Clients live must in 22443 zip code area and may pick up food only once during the month. To volunteer at the St. Mary’s food pantry, email Susan Mack at email@example.com.
-Monetary donations to the St. Mary’s food pantry may be made directly to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, ATTN: Ann Flaim, 203 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, VA 22553. Colonial Beach Baptist Church 10 Garfield Ave 804.224.7555 www.facebook.com/ColonialBeachBaptistChurch/ www.colonialbeachbaptistchurch.org
Colonial Beach Baptist Church opens its food pantry on Thursdays, from 10 a.m. until noon. Once COVID-19 related restrictions are lifted, the church eventually will return to their regular schedule of every Tuesday and Thursday, from 10 a.m. until noon.
-Recipients must have a Colonial Beach, address in the 22443 zip code. Distribution is income based (self-declared) or received government services, such as Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits.
-Monetary donations, may be mailed to Colonial Beach Baptist Church, 10 Garfield Ave, P.O. Box 27, Colonial Beach, VA 22443. Food donations may be dropped at the pantry on Thursdays.
Colonial Beach Methodist Church 1 Washington Ave 804.224.7030 https://www.facebook.com/pg/colonial.beach.united.methodist.church http://cbumc.org.
-Until further notice, the Colonial Beach Methodist Church food pantry opens at 10 a.m. every Thursday and stays open for one hour.
-The pantry is handled through the Op Shop, which is located at 111 Hawthorn Street.
St. Elizabeth of Hungary & St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Colonial Beach 2 Lossing Ave 804.224.7221 Susansmiga@saintselizabethandanthony.com https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Elizabeth-of-Hungary-Roman-Catholic-Church/119618754856977 https://saintselizabethandanthony.com
-Food Pantry run by St. Elizabeth of Hungary and St. Anthony of Padua has been closed temporarily. Contact the church for more information.
Little Zion Baptist Church 7748 Leedstown Rd Oak Grove 804.224.0418 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Zion-Church/126290257417009 www.OurLittleZion.org
-Little Zion operates its food pantry on the 3rd Saturday of every month, From 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
The Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce
The Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce represents the businesses in Colonial Beach. As such, they provide a wide range of services for their members and produce many of the town’s events and activities. During this time of crisis, the Chamber has been supporting the business community with information on how to cope with various aspects of the situation, including how to tap into the government support programs that have been approved.
The Colonial Beach Village
The Colonial Beach Village Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, was established in 2011 to meet the needs of the senior community living within the 22443 zip code. The Village concept supports seniors aging in place, enabling them to remain in their own homes by providing a variety of personal services. The Colonial Beach Village attempts to provide the following tasks and services, dependent on the skill set of the membership at any given time.
-Transportation. Rides to and from medical appointments, local shopping, personal errands and appointments, and social obligations; and running errands for members.
-Home Repair. Help with basic handyman tasks, such as changing light bulbs, unclogging drains, seasonal yard work, and light snow shoveling.
-Paperwork. Help with balancing checkbooks, paying bills, and filling out forms; as well as understanding legal, medical, and financial documents.
-Electronics. Help and instruction with computers, TVs, cell phones, appliances, cameras, and all things digital.
-Social. Provide speakers on various health, financial, and other pertinent issues; and organize potluck dinners, restaurant meals, and game parties.
-Support. Help in times of illness, such as meal preparation, accessing medical care and services, occasional relief to caregivers, pet care, and “rise-and-shine services.”
Medical. Maintaining a list of people who might lend convalescent aids, such as wheel chairs, walkers, crutches, and hospital beds.
Referrals. Refer contractors for home repairs and modifications. Act as a third-party observer during negotiations with contractors and throughout the contract to its satisfactory completion. To use the services, individuals must join the Village. Active members contact a service coordinator or a board member with their needs, who will notify an appropriate providing member. Visit the Village’s website, cbvillageinc.org, for more information. The Village’s mailing address is: The Colonial Beach Village, Inc. P.O. Box 476 Colonial Beach, VA 22443 In view of the current COVID-19 situation, the Colonial Beach Village has stopped all services and social activities that involve physical contact except for transportation services, which are left to the discretion of the parties involved.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles, The Loyal Order of Moose, The American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Contact each service organization to learn the services they provide and how to get involved:
-Loyal Order of Moose: 4780 James Monroe Hwy 804.224.0931 Lodge1267@MooseUnits.org https://www.virginiamoose.org/LodgeInfo.php?LodgeNumber=1267 https://www.facebook.com/colonialbeach.mooselodge/
-American Legion: 27 Colonial Ave 804.224.0718. https://www.facebook.com/American-Legion-Colonial-Beach-Post-148-143723195811444/ http://www.americanlegion148.org/Location.php
Until recently, when the schools changed their operating procedures, the Beach Arts, Music, and Mentoring program volunteers helped every morning preparing the breakfast and lunches that are being delivered by the school cafeteria to local students and their families. B.A.M.M. is currently the designated organization in charge of children’s activities and programs for the Colonial Beach Community Foundation. In this time of social distancing and isolation, B.A.M.M. is working with the schools to distribute age-appropriate activity kits to the kids in the school system.
Colonial Beach Redevelopment and Housing Authority
The Redevelopment and Housing Authority has been initiated by the Colonial Beach Town Council. It assists low-income homeowners in Colonial Beach with home repairs that cost up to $2500. Anyone who would like to receive services from the Authority can reach out to the Town. For more information, contact Judi Morris, Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colonial Beach Public School System
The Colonial Beach Public School System provides meals free of charge to students under the age of 18 and is continuing to do this for the remainder of the school year. For more information, see: https://www.facebook.com/ColonialBeachPublicSchools/ www.CBSchools.net
Westmoreland Department of Social Services
According to their website, Westmoreland Department of Social Services is part of the Virginia Department of Social Services and provides the following services: • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program • Medicaid • Adoption • Chile Care Assistance • Refugee Resettlement Services • Child and Adult Protective Services
For more information on how to access these services, contact the Westmoreland Department of Social Services: 18849 Kings Highway Montross, VA 22520 Phone: (804) 493-9305 https://www.facebook.com/VDSSGOV https://www.dcfoffices.org/office/westmoreland-department-of-social-services