It’s Friday in Milwaukee, and here are some things we think you should know about as the nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like your event to be considered for this column, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and put “5 things” in the subject line by noon Thursday.
Vibez Creative Arts Space has gotten creative with its business model. The business, which is housed in the Sherman Phoenix, is going virtual. Instead of in-person classes, Vibez will be streaming its classes live on Facebook and Instagram. At-home canvas kits and beer/wine/spirits kits are available for pre-order. To order a kit, individuals can call or text 414-465-2387. When ordering, individuals will be asked to schedule a curbside pickup.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee is launching two emergency response camp programs to provide safe and quality care to the children of first responders and health care service workers. The program will be held at the Rite-Hite Family YMCA, 9250 N. Green Bay Rd., and the Advocate Aurora Conference Center, 2920 W. Dakota St. Registration is open to all healthcare workers, firefighters, police officers, EMTs and other essential service providers.
3. Don’t forget the census
Earlier this month, the U.S. Census Bureau sent out a letter inviting households to respond to the census online. The letter contained a personal identification that individuals should use when answering the questionnaire. Individuals can also respond to the census through the mail if preferred. Click here to see why the 2020 census should matter to you.
The Hmong Chamber of Commerce announced an emergency loan fund to help the Wisconsin business community. Loans range from $5,000 to $10,000. Eligible businesses can learn more about the terms and interest rates and apply by contacting Ger Thao, the operations manager, at email@example.com. Currently, the turnover time is five business days.
5. Grocery kits for those in need
The Maruf Center has partnered with the Attari Supermarket, 3042 S. 13th St., and Biryani Palace, 5326 S. 27th St., to provide grocery kits for those in need. Individuals in need of a kit can visit Attari Supermarket or Biryani Palace and mention the “Maruf Grocery Kit.” Each kit contains rice, bread, oil, meat and lentils. The kits are customizable. Maruf is also looking for kit sponsors. Grocers who would like to participate can call or text Shaheen Saiyed at 951-880-4911.
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