COVID-19 Program & Activity Updates

At this time, Community Thread continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and take appropriate precautions as advised by the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health. Community Thread’s building has reopened effective May 18 with accommodations listed on the Pandemic Reopening Plan page. Program specific details are highlighted below.

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Community Thread Programs

Chore Services & Transportation Program
At this time we continue to offer chore and transportation services based on volunteer availability.

Older Adult Programs
Community Thread has resumed Older Adult Programs that can practice social distancing effective June 1 with accommodations listed on the Pandemic Reopening Plan page.

Volunteer Center
We continue to seek volunteers to provide in-home chore services, transportation to medical appointments and meet community needs. Please visit the COVID-19 Community Response page to learn how you can help.

 

Other Activities

American Red Cross Blood Drive
The American Red Cross Blood Drive will continue to be hosted at Rockpoint Church in Lake Elmo through August. Space will be set up to address sanitization, social distance and other CDC recommendations. Blood donation is by appointment only. Learn more and schedule your appointment here.

Community Thread Connector Loop
The Community Thread Connector Loop bus service continues to operate every Monday from 10 am – 3 pm with the following changes:

  • Only one passenger will be allowed on the bus at a time. Riders will be taken directly to their destination and the driver will set a return pickup time.
  • All riders are asked to schedule a ride in advance. Please call 651-455-1560 between 7:30am – 4pm Monday thru Friday to schedule your trip.
  • Some stops have changed. Please see the new schedule here.

Loop drivers are following protocols as determined by the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health, and will do their best to ensure surfaces are sanitized regularly throughout the day.

Tax-Aide Program
Tax appointments are cancelled for the 2020 calendar year. Community Thread acts as a host site only for this program which is staffed by AARP Tax-Aide volunteers.  The National Director of AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program suspended the services effective March 16, 2020 to protect those most at risk, including the volunteers and the taxpayers. They will continue to assess whether they will open again in some or all sites for the remainder of the tax season and if the tax season is extended. Community Thread will follow the direction of the AARP Foundation.

Following are options to consider for taxpayers who have yet to file.

  • Wait until Tax-Aide service resumes. Taxpayers receiving a refund have three years to file their 2019 federal return and receive any refund due without incurring any penalty. Updates on the resumption of Tax-Aide service will be posted on the Tax-Aide Site Locator web page.
  • For taxpayers who cannot wait until Tax-Aide service resumes, there are several self-preparation commercial software offerings available or they can investigate the free-file options or seek a professional preparer.
  • Taxpayers can extend the time to file their return for six months until October 15 by filing Form 4868 Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. The extension may also be filed online. 
  • Taxpayers can get a rough idea of their tax situation using the 2020 IRS tax withholding estimator or one of the many estimated tax calculators available on the Internet.

State Tax Returns
State filing and payment deadlines vary and are not always the same as the federal filing deadline. Some states automatically accept a federal Form 4868 extension, other states have extended their tax filing dates – taxpayers should check their state tax agency for more information.

Learn more about their COVID-19 response at revenue.state.mn.us.

Questions? Please call 651-439-7434