Covid-19 Resources

Covid-19 Resources
April 22, 2022Business / NewsAfter a successful Annual General Assembly on March 26, 2022, the nine members of the Board of Trustees (BOT) held their first meeting on April 21, 2022. The purpose of the meeting is to elect Chairman of the Board and Executive Officers of the Board in accordance with IAA bylaws. Based on the consensus by all members of the BOT, Mr. Haris Koentjoro has been elected as the Chairman of the Board and the following persons have been elected as Executive Officers of the Board: Ms. Nadia Syahmalina as President.Mr. Victor Pattianakotta as Vice President.Ms. Butet Luhcandradini as Secretary.Ms. Endang Setyowati as Treasurer. Mr. Noerachmanto, Ms. Miemie Strickler, Mr. Oscar Zaky, and Mr. Marc Hoffman will serve as Regular Members of the Board. For more information about IAA, please visit our website at Contact us Email: Instagram: @indonesianamericandc Facebook: @indonesianamericandc [...]
January 28, 2022Covid-19 / NewsStarting today, you are able to pickup up to 3 (three) free N95 masks at the nearest federal pharmacies. Not long ago, Biden administration announced that it will deploy 400 million free N95 mask to the public. Now, the high-quality face coverings are starting to arrive at pharmacies and grocery stores. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, “Every person is allowed up to 3 free masks pending availability.” To find out where you can get your free N95 masks, visit [...]
January 27, 2022Covid-19 / NewsCalling DC residents!! You can now pickup two KN95 for free at COVID centers in DC area starting from January 28. At the District’s COVID Centers, individuals will also have access to vaccinations, boosters, and take-home rapid antigen tests as well as a new walk-up testing opportunity which will allow residents to administer and register a PCR test themselves. No appointment needed. You can walk-in to any ward listed below. Please note that any changes will be posted on DC’s official Covid update, so check regularly for updates. WardAddressSchedule1800 Euclid Street NWMonday: 10 am – 8 pmTuesday: 10 am – 8 pmWednesday: 10 am – 8 pmThursday: 11 am – 9 pmFriday: 9 am – 7 pmSaturday: 10 am – 8 pmSunday: CLOSED2926 F Street NWMonday: 10 am – 8 pmTuesday: 10 am – 8 pmWednesday: 10 am – 8 pmThursday: 11 am – 9 pmFriday: 9 am – 7 pmSaturday: 10 am – 8 pmSunday: CLOSED4Opening on Thursday, January 274704 13th Street NWMonday: 10 am – 8 pmTuesday: 10 am – 8 pmWednesday: 10 am – 8 pmThursday: 11 am – 9 pmFriday: 9 am – 7 pmSaturday: 10 am – 8 pmSunday: CLOSED52350 Washington Place NE, Ste 105-NMonday: CLOSEDTuesday: 10 am – 8 pmWednesday: 10 am – 8 pmThursday: 11 am – 9 pmFriday: 9 am – 7 pmSaturday: 10 am – 8 pmSunday: 9 am – 7 pm6507 8th Street, SEMonday: 10 am – 8 pmTuesday: CLOSEDWednesday: 10 am – 8 pmThursday: 11 am – 9 pmFriday: 9 am – 7 pmSaturday: 10 am – 8 pmSunday: 9 am – 7 pm73925 Minnesota Avenue NEMonday: CLOSEDTuesday: 10 am – 8 pmWednesday: 10 am – 8 pmThursday: 11 am – 9 pmFriday: 9 am – 7 pmSaturday: 10 am – 8 pmSunday: 9 am – 7 pm83640 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue SEMonday: 10 am – 8 pmTuesday: 10 am – 8 pmWednesday: 10 am – 8 pmThursday: 11 am – 9 pmFriday: 9 am – 7 pmSaturday: 10 am – 8 pmSunday: CLOSED [...]
January 22, 2022Covid-19 / NewsCalling all Montgomery County residents! You can get up to 4 free N-95 masks at 19 Montgomery County public libraries (MCPL) beginning January 21. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Jan. 14 updated its mask guidance to emphasize protection to prevent the spread of COVID-19. N-95, KN-95 and KF-94 respirators are masks that have been shown to provide higher levels of protection against COVID-19. “A key element that helps reduce community transmission is the wearing of a high-quality face covering,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “We know that masks work and having these higher quality face masks as compared to simple face coverings, increases protection. We have these masks available in our stockpile because we planned. I appreciate the work of our Department of Health and Human Services, emergency management, procurement and general services teams for getting them and thank our libraries for ensuring this distribution system is effective, efficient, and equitable.” The distribution of rapid at-home test kits will continue while supplies last. Residents may pick up four adult-sized ZYB-11 masks (a brand of n-95 mask) at 19 County libraries beginning Friday, Jan. 21. Child-size masks are not available. Supplies are limited and the masks will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. MCPL branches distributing masks from noon to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday, will be: Aspen HillChevy ChaseDamascusDavisGaithersburgLittle FallsPotomacSilver SpringWhite Oak MCPL branches distributing masks from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 3 to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday will be: Connie Morella (Bethesda)GermantownKensington ParkLong BranchMarilyn Praisner (Burtonsville)OlneyQuince OrchardRockvilleTwinbrookWheaton The masks being distributed at libraries were purchased directly by the County and deliveries will be ongoing as supplies last and the Omicron surge continues. When masks are available from the State, those masks will be integrated into the distribution process. More information about masks, testing and vaccination is available on the County’s COVID-19 website. [...]
January 22, 2022Covid-19 / NewsYou can now get 4 free Covid-19 At-Home Tests! Order will usually ship in 7-12 days. A few things to keep in mind: Orders that take place on January 17th and 18th will be screened based on an Equitable Distribution Index (EDI) and COVID-19 risk factor ZIP Code list required and compiled by the White House and CDC. On January 19th, the White House order page will be open to all households nationally.Community-based organizations can assist community members in placing orders for their household (with permission). The information needed for the order is first name, last name and household address.One package of four COVID-19 rapid tests can be ordered per household.Your order cannot use a place of business address.If community members would like to track their package, an email address can be included. The same email address can be used to track multiple orders.Organizations cannot place bulk orders through this program as it is resident focused. To order yours, go to [...]
April 2, 2021Business / NewsWashington DC, April 1, 2020FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-Related Deaths – $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application In early April, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The policy was finalized, and FEMA is now moving rapidly to implement this funeral assistance program nationwide. “At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters,” said Acting FEMA Administrator Bob Fenton. “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense grief for so many people. Although we cannot change what has happened, we affirm our commitment to help with funeral and burial expenses that many families did not anticipate.” To be eligible for COVID-19 funeral assistance, the policy states: §  The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020 for a death attributed to COVID-19. §  If multiple individuals contributed toward funeral expenses, they should apply under a single application as applicant and co-applicant. FEMA will also consider documentation from other individuals not listed as the applicant and co-applicant who may have incurred funeral expenses as part of the registration for the deceased individual.  §  An applicant may apply for multiple deceased individuals. §  The COVID-19-related death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. §  This assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application.   §  Funeral assistance is intended to assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation. In the coming weeks, a dedicated 800 number will be established to help individuals who apply. In the meantime, potential applicants are encouraged to start gathering the following documentation: §  An official death certificate that attributes the death to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States. The death certificate must indicate the death “may have been caused by” or “was likely the result of” COVID-19 or COVID-19-like symptoms. Similar phrases that indicate a high likelihood of COVID-19 are considered sufficient attribution. §  Funeral expense documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that include the applicant’s name, the deceased individual’s name, the amount of funeral expenses and dates the funeral expenses were incurred. §  Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs.  Funeral assistance may not duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, federal/state/local/tribal/territorial government programs or agencies, or other sources. [...]
November 29, 2020Covid-19 / NewsIAA Celebrates #GivingTuesday Contact: Indonesian American Association (IAA) IAA Celebrates #GivingTuesday and Pledges to Continue the Food Access Program Washington DC, Nov 28th, 2020 – This #GivingTuesday, IAA is committed to help the Indonesian American community going through the Covid-19 pandemic. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesday will take place on Dec 1st and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back. This year, IAA’s is showing a strong commitment to assist the Indonesian American community with food insecurity during the Covid-19 pandemic. IAA recently leased a warehouse to enable IAA run the Food Access program more regular with culturally-appropriate food. As a non-profit, running any program requires expenditures, and for that IAA requests your support on #GivingTuesday. IAA is requesting your donation to assist with the program, and this year Facebook is providing $7M matching donation. That means, for a $20 donation, IAA will receive $40. The first $2M matching will be done on Tuesday until the money runs out, and the remaining $5M will be a 10% matching. IAA is also doing a membership drive, and for a donation of $20 you will become a member of IAA for one year. A $100 donation will get you a lifetime member of IAA. As a member of IAA, you will get priority access to IAA paid events, and you get discounted rate to use the new IAA facility. Those who are interested in joining IAA’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit // For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (, Facebook page (// or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter. About IAA IAA (Indonesian American Association) is a registered non-profit, charitable organization founded by Indonesian Diaspora in the Washington DC area, whose goals is to empower and build a stronger Indonesian diaspora community through education, community development, business empowerment, and collaboration with other communities. More about IAA at // To donate to IAA’s Giving Tuesday, send your donation through PayPal to About IAA Food Access Program To see what IAA is doing to help the community during the Covid-19 pandemic, please watch this short 4 minute video. To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit: Website: Facebook: Twitter: [...]
November 26, 2020Business / Covid-19With the Grace of God, the Indonesian American Association (IAA) has signed a lease for a facility. Located in Gaithersburg, MD, the facility will enable us to expand our Food Access program to assist with food insecurity concerns many people in our community are facing. Powered by grants from Montgomery County and Fairfax County, IAA has been trusted to receive these grants for capacity building and organizational sustainability during the Covid-19 pandemic. We thank Montgomery County Healthcare Initiative Foundation and Fairfax County for trusting us, and we thank all the organizations for their collaboration with and all the volunteers who have helped IAA with its Food Access program. As the Covid-19 pandemic is still going on, IAA is committed to continue supporting all of our communities, especially the Indonesian American community, overcoming this challenging and difficult time. We ask everyone to continue supporting IAA and our programs via volunteering and contributing, as it is with your support that we all can thrive for we are all in this together. We hope this facility will serve as a stepping stone for many more IAA programs and our mission to continuously develop and empower the Indonesian American community in the DMV area. For more information about IAA and to donate, visit our website at Happy Thanksgiving, Thank You and God bless us all. Gaithersburg MD, November 26, 2020 On behalf of IAA Board of Trustees: Oscar Zaky (President) [...]
October 28, 2020Covid-19Assalamu’alaikum dan Salam Sejahtera, Program Emergency Assistance Relief Payment (EARP) telah diperluas untuk terus membantu keluarga di Montgomery County yang terkena dampak Pandemi COVID. Sebelumnya, tahap pertama Program Bantuan Darurat (EARP) hanya memberikan bantuan satu kali saja untuk membantu keluarga yang tidak menerima bantuan dari tingkat pemerintah lain. Program ini dimaksudkan untuk mengisi kekosongan dan memberikan beberapa bantuan kepada keluarga yang tidak memenuhi syarat untuk bantuan negara bagian atau federal terkait dengan kesulitan yang dihadapi keluarga karena COVID-19 untuk memberikan dukungan terbatas kepada orang-orang yang mungkin tidak memenuhi syarat untuk jenis bantuan lain. Pedoman pendapatan sebelumnya adalah untuk keluarga yang berpenghasilan 50% dari FPL (Federal Poverty Line – Garis Kemiskinan Federal) atau kurang. Ambang batas rendah ini untuk menjangkau keluarga yang kehilangan seluruh pendapatan mereka sebagai akibat dari penutupan dan pemutusan hubungan kerja paling awal. Karena pandemi terus memengaruhi komunitas, dibawah ini adalah perubahan berikut program EARP: Sekarang melayani keluarga yang pendapatan rumah tangganya mencapai 150% FPLKenaikan jumlah uang bagi keluarga di batas 0-75% FPLJumlah uang tambahan bagi mereka yang dinilai dalam TAHAP 1 – 3 (pengeluaran otomatis), karena mereka termasuk dalam kelompok berpenghasilan rendahBaru * Kepala Rumah Tangga Dewasa yang mengalami kehilangan pendapatan karena karantina akibat positif COVID sejak 1 September 2020 dapat melamar terlepas dari status pengangguran atau apakah keluarga memenuhi syarat untuk menerima cek stimulus federal. Kriteria tambahan utama untuk grup ini adalah pendapatan / hilangnya pendapatan. CATATAN PENTING: Jika Anda tidak mendaftar berdasarkan kriteria COVID +, Anda akan ditolak jika Anda memenuhi syarat untuk stimulus Federal atau tunjangan pengangguran. Hanya jika Anda melamar berdasarkan kriteria COVID +, Anda tidak harus memenuhi tunjangan Federal atau tes tunjangan pengangguran. BAGAIMANA MENERAPKAN Telah dibuka portal online untuk mengajukan EARP. Rujuk klien ke tautan untuk mendaftar atau klik di sini untuk memulai aplikasi online. Untuk informasi lengkap tentang program dan perubahan pada pendapatan dan tingkat manfaat, silakan buka Pertanyaan Umum EARP di: Jika anda memerlukan bantuan dengan program EARP, silakan hubungi Tim EARP IAA melalui email ke Terima kasih Tim EARP IAA [...]
April 5, 2020Covid-19TIME-SENSITIVE FINANCIAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE TO NONPROFITS   Financial Support Through Paycheck Protection Program, and SBA Loans & GrantsLast week, we shared a CNE memo highlighting local as well as state and federal financial support available to nonprofits. We’ve updated the memo (and made it more user-friendly) with what we’ve learned since then. For nonprofits that have suffered economic injury due to COVID-19 and are worried about operational expenses and paying staff, we encourage you to learn more about the two loan programs below, created and expanded under the federal stimulus package (The CARES Act). Both are time-sensitive as funds are expected to be oversubscribed:The Paycheck Protection Program – applications are anticipated to open tomorrow (Friday, April 3rd) but may be delayed – stay tuned. Employers who maintain employment and meet conditions can have the loan forgiven in whole or in part, essentially turning the loan into a grant. SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans & Emergency Grants – applications are currently open through the SBA website. In the loan application, nonprofits can request a $10,000 advance that does not have to be paid back, even if your loan is denied or you choose not to take it.NOTE: This is all rapidly evolving and we’re hearing lots of varying information – here’s one article describing the issues. One thing we’re hearing is that you may only be able to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program through banks with which you have an existing relationship. We recommend you contact your bank now to get on the list. Also, please continue to contingency plan as though you do not and will not have the funds because the need is greater than the funds available, and the funds will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. We hope that this is the start of relief funding from the federal government, but for now the programs outlined in the memo are what’s available broadly to the sector. The memo contains comparisons of the two programs, terms and considerations, information you might start gathering, and how to apply.Please check out our upcoming Virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, April 7 from 3-4pm to help answer questions about various relief available, particularly as new details continue to emerge as these programs come on-line in the coming weeks, and you can always contact us or fill out a request for Virtual Office Hours for additional support. [...]
April 5, 2020Covid-19As swiftly as the coronavirus has spread around the world and into our community, so too have the efforts to respond to this crisis.  This newsletter details some of those efforts underway in our community.  It also provides specific information on unemployment insurance and resources available to small businesses. District 20 COVID-19 Resources  My office has compiled a list of resources and services being provided in District 20 (Silver Spring, White Oak, Takoma Park) during this difficult time. Below you will find two documents: one if you need assistance and the other if you can give assistance.  Both are regularly updated and are available in English, Spanish, French and Arabic. We are working on an Amharic translation now. These documents were crafted to be shared or printed to post in apartment buildings and public spaces, if you can do so safely. The “services available” document includes phone numbers for people who have limited or no access to the internet.   Please do all you can SAFELY do to share these with people who may not have access to email and the internet.  ENGLISHServices – Giving HelpSPANISHServices – Giving HelpFRENCHServices – Giving HelpARABICServices – Giving Help  New Changes to Federal Unemployment Law On Friday, March 27th, Congress passed and the President signed into law the $2 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Bill (CARES Act). This includes new changes to unemployment law.  The CARES Act: creates a temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program through December 31, 2020, to provide payment to self-employed individuals who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency.provides an additional $600 per week payment to each recipient of unemployment insurance or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for up to four months.provides an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits through December 31, 2020, to help those who remain unemployed after state unemployment benefits are no longer available. My office has been working closely with the Maryland Department of Labor. If you have any difficulty accessing unemployment benefits, please contact me at so we can assist you. Resources for Small Businesses  Small businesses are the heart and soul of our local economy and a major part of what makes our community special. We need to make sure our small businesses survive this public health crisis.  If you need assistance with the state application process, please contact my office. Federal:SBA (Small Business Administration) Injury Disaster Loans: Small businesses in Maryland can now apply for SBA’s working capital loans to help alleviate economic injury caused by the pandemic. Click here to learn more or apply.  State:Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund: A $50 million grant fund has been created to support small businesses and nonprofits during the pandemic. The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund offers working capital to assist small businesses in MD who have seen a disruption in their operations due to COVID-19. Click here to learn more or apply.Maryland Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Fund: The $75 million loan fund is available to for-profit businesses in MD with fewer than 50 employees. Businesses can apply for loans of up to $50,000 which can be used to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, and utility expenses. Click here to learn more or apply.For additional information about the impact of COVID-19 on Maryland’s businesses, click here.Local:Montgomery County Public Health Emergency Grant: The Montgomery County Council will soon vote on legislation to create a $20 million program to allow businesses to access grants so they can pay their bills and employee salaries. Click here to learn more.The City of Takoma Park has established a Takoma Park Citywide Small Business Mini-Grant Program to provide emergency assistance to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City will issue grants of up to $3,000 per business for their immediate needs.  Click here to learn more.YOU!:  This flyer lists local restaurants available for carry out and links to local businesses from which you can purchase a gift card now for use later. We will make it through this crisis by working together.  The shutdown has brought to our attention inequities that lie just beneath the surface in our society, as too many struggle with food insecurity, economic vulnerability, and lack of basic healthcare.  I have been inspired by and grateful for the many actions people are taking to ease that suffering–whether they are healthcare workers, grocery and pharmacy workers, non-profit and school staff, first responders, farmers, and so many others who have turned their lives and work models upside down to make sure everyone is safe, healthy, and fed during this crisis.  I am also grateful to everyone who is staying home to stop the spread, helping out as they can, and accepting help when they need it.  Everyone is doing their part to make our community strong.Please reach out to me at if I can assist you in any way.Stay strong, be safe, and wash your hands. 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April 5, 2020Business / Covid-19IAA akan mengadakan webinar gratis untuk komunitas berisi penjelasan tentang Pembagian Asuransi Tuna Karya dan CARES (Covid 19 Aid, Relief, and Economic Stimulus) Act , aturan baru dari Kongres. Presentasi akan dibawakan oleh Ibu Agatha Tan, pengacara berbahasa Indonesia dari APALRC di Washington DC. IAA is organizing a free webinar for the community to explain the Unemployment Insurance Provision and the CARES Act. Presentation will be done by Ms. Agatha Tan, an Indonesian-speaking lawyer from APALRC (Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center) in Washington DC. Link to Webinar: Access by Phone: +1 424-341-5982‬ PIN: ‪963 524 304‬# [...]
April 1, 2016NewsTo introduce IAA to a larger community, IAA President Oscar Zaky attended the USINDO Annual Gala Dinner where they invited the Indonesian Vice President Mr. Jusuf Kalla to give a speech.   [...]
March 15, 2016News / YouthEducation is very important for any community. Many communities lacks funding to get their youth get a college degree. One way to overcome that situation is by using scholarships. The followings are some of the scholarships that are available for the community: [...]
January 31, 2016NewsAfter formally elected the new Board of Trustees, it’s time to hand over the new Board of Trustees the responsibility. The outgoing BoT and incoming BoT got together for a meeting, take care of some paperworks, and completed the leadership transfer. Thank you for the outgoing BoT for their service, and we hope they continue to support IAA in making the Indonesian Community better. [...]