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Alder Samba Baldeh

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Alder Samba Baldeh

Contact Information

Home Address:

5150 Crescent Oaks Dr
Madison , WI 53704

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
WI Relay Service

Alder Baldeh’s Blog

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

March 22, 2020 10:11 PM

As I write these notes, I read that the number of cases in Dane County has reached 67. It is anticipated that the number of cases will double every three days. It will stop doubling when people who are not sick keep their distance from infected people and the infection rate declines.

In addition to the serious illnesses experienced by many people, the social and economic effects will be felt by many more. Immediately, the thousands of residents working in the restaurant industry have lost work. Many more working in other retail businesses have lost employment. This will cause serious problems for them and their families.

The following are some resources that may be of use. These include food and, in some instances financial assistance. I've also included sites where we can make donations of money, food and other items.

Meals for All:
State Journal – 3/18/20: "Here's where you can get free meals in Madison during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic":

Meals for Seniors:
SSM Health Meals on Wheels: NewBridge Madison:

Financial Assistance:
Dane County COVID-19 Emergency Fund has raised $800,000+ to help families and elderly folks with medical supplies, meals, transportation, and shelter. Click here for the original article.

The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) can provide referrals and information for folks who are elderly and/or disabled, and for their family members. Website:; phone: 608-240-7400.

General Assistance:
Greater Madison Resource Center (GMRC): Aims to provide resources and referrals for where to find help for virtually any issue. They have been raising funds and supplies specifically for the COVID-19 crises and are receiving some of the Dane County Emergency Fund.
Contact information for questions and referrals: (608) 770-1174 / /

As of 3/21/2020, Greater Madison Resource Center is helping families pay their bills. Families in need may get up to $250 each in aid. To apply: Submit your name, address, phone number and email contact to:

Attach the bill(s) needing funding (up to approximately $250 per family) to your email request. (Pictures of bills vs scanned documents are ok, they need to be a clear readable picture, they also need to include your account information).

GMRC will review & reply via email to those receiving funding within 24-48 hours. Financial assistance will be paid directly to the provider, landlord etc. GMRC will not be sending funds directly to any individual or family.

To provide donations, you can send funds via paypal ( with a note that it's for COVID-19 community measures. You can also donate through Facebook.

Drop off supplies at GMRC, 14 N 6th Street, Madison WI 53704; They will be collecting sanitizer, soap, laundry soap, toilet paper and paper towels, cleaning wipes (Clorox etc.), food, baby wipes, diapers, menstrual hygiene products, and OTC meds such as tylenol, cold medicine, etc. as well as Kwik Trip gas cards.

A community spreadsheet for people to request help/resources during COVID-19, organized by category (you can also offer up your own help/services on the sheet):

Dane County Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Facebook group created for people to request and provide favors, such as transportation and grocery delivery, from neighbors and community members during COVID-19:

COVID19 Mutual Aid Madison Facebook Group: Provides updates and information.

Election - How to vote:
The Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary is April 7th.
The recommended deadline to request to vote absentee (without having to go into the polling place) and mail in your ballot was 5pm on Wednesday, March 18th. The absolute deadline to request to vote absentee is now 5pm on Thursday, April 2nd.

Register to vote absentee here. Article from WPR about voting absentee. Read more about where to drop off absentee ballots in Madison.

The City of Madison is Offering Curbside Voting from March 20-April 3rd from 8:00am-6pm Monday-Friday: There are four reserved parking spots on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd outside the City-County Building and the Madison Municipal Building. Voters who are high-risk for COVID-19 can register to vote and/or cast their ballot from their vehicle. High-risk populations include older adults and people with chronic health conditions.

Small Businesses & Non-Profits Resources:
Gov. Tony Evers announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Wisconsin's request for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to access low-interest federal disaster loans. Businesses and non-profits can begin their loan applications at The Wisconsin Small Business Development (SBDC) Network and partners are helping small businesses apply for federal disaster loans to mitigate the substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional business resources can be found on Wisconsin SBDC's website and Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship's website, The UW System is sharing updates regularly at  

Public Health Madison & Dane County website

Keep safe.

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