a response to crisis
Shepherdstown Shares exists to respond
to any crisis that threatens the
lives, vitality, and prosperity
of the Shepherdstown community.
We serve anyone in the zip code,
and often beyond.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Can you help me decide if the PPP program would be good for my business?
Yes, we can have someone confidentially talk with you about your business and the various government programs that might be right for you.
2. Can you help me find a job?
No, we don’t have an employment agency. But, if you are a Shepherdstowner or a laid-off Shepherdstown worker, we can introduce you to people who have short-term no-contact work available. If that would help you, please visit our Work For Workers page. Also, please review employment resources at WorkForce West Virginia.
3. What kind of volunteer work could I do?
If you feel safe outside, we’d be happy to have you join our COVID Cleaning Crew. We will give you a mask if you don’t have one, nitrile gloves, cleaning cloths, and spray bottles with a LIGHT bleach solution. You’ll also get a chic t-shirt! We have other programs from time to time, like clothing and book collection, sorting, and distribution, and even business mentoring. Tell us something about yourself and we’ll find a way for you to help!
4. Why should I give to Shepherdstown Shares instead of another charity fighting COVID-19?
We coordinate with a number of groups working hard during this crisis, including WV EP Mask Effort, Shepherd University, Jefferson County Community Ministries, Kidz Power Packz, and several others. Helping any charity now helps all charities by putting a dent in the need. If you think we are doing important work effectively, please consider donating to us.
5. Can I still apply for food help?
Yes, if you live in the 25443 zip code. We just need a little information about you and your family. Please visit our Food Support page.
6. Why will you only help people in the Shepherdstown zip code instead of everybody like during the shutdown?
The COVID-19 crisis is very different from the shutdown. Many of our most generous donors in 2018 are facing terrible financial challenges now. Our Board of Directors made a tough choice between offering a few benefits to thousands or offering many benefits to hundreds in need. But, we stay in touch with other countywide, regional, and national charities and refer people to them.
7. What will Shepherdstown Shares do if we get a vaccine or cure for COVID-19, or it just goes away?
First, we’ll all shout joyful thanks. Then, we will get to the work of recovery. The economic damage being done now is even more profound than that of the 2008 financial upheaval and the Great Recession that followed. We expect that Shepherdstown Shares will be needed for the next two or three years for a COVID-19 recovery period. We will continue operating beyond that time to serve our community.
8. Why is Shepherdstown Shares doing this work? Where are the town and the county?
Speed, experience, and organization are critical in a crisis. Shepherdstown Shares was able to move quickly with a small group of decision-makers who know and trust one another, a clear list of immediate priorities, the skills to implement them, and the wherewithal to kickstart the efforts until this generous community chipped in as
it has. The Corporation of Shepherdstown and Jefferson County have had to conduct all their usual activities of police, fire, water, sewer, and public works with no tax revenue coming in.