Friends and neighbors in Philadelphia and nationwide: we’ve compiled a list of resources for you to turn to during this unprecedented crisis. If you need something that hasn’t been listed here, please reach out! We’ll do our best to direct you to the right place or to help you ourselves.
Here is a form for people to request help through Philly Mutual Aid.
School District of Philadelphia (link to online learning tools and also a note that hard copies will be available at grab-and-go sites and Learning Guide Hotline)
Philabundance and their partner website AuntBertha (for both donating $ to help provide food and also for requesting food, respectively) – note, a lot of food banks are in short supply due to high demand and, as of March 17th, Philabundance is currently looking for volunteers
Schools and Recreation Centers Open for Free Meals for Youth (where parents can pick up food for their kids) – note, food is currently only being offered during WEEKDAYS
Petition by Philly Workers Dignity and Philly Socialist (petition advocating for workers rights during COVID-19) – there are other great GoFundMe’s being passed around (edited)
- Employees impacted by COV-19 (Unemployment/Workers’ Comp benefits)
For Non-English Speakers
- Esperanza Health Center: Esperanza Health Center, an organization that provides healthcare to the Latinx community in North Philadelphia, created a coronavirus information and resources page.
- Greater Philadelphia Asian Social Service Center (GPASS): GPASS, a culturally diverse agency in North Philadelphia, can answer coronavirus-related questions by phone at 215-456-1662. Translators are available, including for residents who speak Chinese, Korean, and Spanish, weekdays from 8:30-5:30 p.m.
- National Alliance for Hispanic Health: The National Alliance for Hispanic Health, a science-based and community-driven organization, has coronavirus information on their home page with updates and resources, including their helpline at 1-866-783-2645.
- School District of Philadelphia: Philadelphia public schools will be closed from March 16-27. The school district translated this announcement in several different languages.
- SEAMAAC: Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition (SEAMAAC), a South Philadelphia organization, serves immigrants, refugees, and other marginalized communities. SEAMAAC will have coronavirus information on their social media and website in Bhutanese, Chinese, Khmer, Lao, and Vietnamese.
COVID-19 unemployment compensation guide:
- Beginning at 12:01am Tuesday, March 17, Gov. Wolf has ordered a statewide shutdown. He said pharmacies, grocery stores, and gas stations should stay open.
- Effective 3/14/2020, ALL Lancaster County Prison visitation is cancelled until further notice. Legal visitation will continue to be permitted.
- Lancaster County senior centers will temporarily shut down Tuesday, March 17. Closings include: Lancaster Neighborhood Senior Center, Lancaster Rec Senior Center, Luis Muniz Marin Senior Center, Next Gen Senior Center, Columbia Senior Center, Elizabethtown Senior Center, Lititz Senior Center and Millersville Senior Center. Staff will remain in contact with participants to offer support. Frozen meals will be provided to those who have no other meal options available.
- Water shut-offs are suspended in Lancaster City to ensure that all residents have access to clean water for drinking and cleaning.
- *More important updates on changes in Lancaster City are available here.*
- Comcast is helping connect more low-income families to the internet at home. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, new Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of internet service.
- There are handwashing stations and porta-potties set up in Lancaster City at Binn’s Park, Musser Park, Penn Square, the library, Linear Park, Reservoir, Colliton Park (handwashing station only), Buchanan, Long’s Park, Brandon Park (porta-potty only), Sixth Ward Park (porta-potty only)
CDC’s FAQ (We highly recommend reading this! Did you know they advise against wearing face masks?)