Alongside some Kind Hearted global citizens, we decided to create a list of some important resources people might need in an emergency situation such as this. It will be updated daily. We are hoping to share these resources with everyone and crowdsource more of these details. If you have access to any information about resources of this kind, please comment the details below or email firstname.lastname@example.org to add to this page.
It is in times like this that our humanity is tested, we must gather our resources to fight this battle. We hope you feel the same, and aid us in this endeavour.
Remote Working Opportunities
Remote Jobs From 100+ Companies Hiring Remotely
LGBTQIA+ crisis line
Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services)
Counseling services in 100 languages available. The Disaster Distress Helpline also answers calls and texts related to infectious disease outbreaks, such as the Ebola outbreak, incidents of community unrest, and other traumatic events.
Public Health and Safety
U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- FAQ: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
- Water: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/water.html
- Patients with Pets: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/interim-guidance-managing-people-in-home-care-and-isolation-who-have-pets.html
Pregnancy and Nursing
CDC Pregnancy & Breastfeeding with Covid-19:
La Leche League International: https://www.llli.org/coronavirus/
Mutual Aid Organizing
Mutual Aid "How To's":
1. How to Replicate
2. Community/Family Invitation to Form Mutual Aid Group
Manage your Finances
Resources to help you manage your business and finances in times of crisis:
Go follow CrossFit Hoboken on Instagram and check out their posts.
Daily Learning Activities by Scholastic
Scholastic is offering daily learning activities for students based on grade. Follow this link for the program resource:
24-hour Suicide Prevention Lifeline
24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline
Call 911 if you or the person you are helping is in immediate danger.
Youth and Teens
- California Youth Crisis Line: Youth ages 12-24 can call or text 1-800-843-5200 for 24/7 crisis support.
- TEEN LINE: Teens can talk to another teen by texting “TEEN” to 839863 from 6pm – 9pm, or call 1-800-852-8336 from 6pm – 10pm.
First Responders and Law Enforcement
- Fire/EMShelpline: Call 1-888-731-FIRE to get 24/7 help for a variety of behavioral health issues.
- COPLINE: Call 1-800-267-5463 to find support 24/7 for law enforcement officers.
- Friendship Line: Call 1-800-971-0016 for 24/7 support if you are 60 years or older, or an adult living with disabilities.
- Senior Information Line: Call 1-800-510-2020 for help finding local assistance.
- Trevor Project: Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678 for 24/7 information and suicide prevention resources for LGBTQ youth.
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline: Call 1-800-273-8255 from 1pm – 9pm for support, information or help finding resources.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals
- National Suicide Prevention Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hotline: Access 24/7 video relay service by dialing 1-800-273-8255 (TTY 1-800-799-4889).
Services for Substance Use Disorders
- SAMHSA National Helpline: Call 1-800-662-HELP for 24/7 information and referrals in English and Spanish.
- SAMHSA Treatment Locator: Find drug or alcohol treatment programs.
- Local county access lines: Find your local number for help seeking substance use disorder services.
County Adult Protective Services
Adult Protective Services: Call 1-833-401-0832 24/7 for concerns about adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
Protecting children from abuse & neglect
Community members play an important role in protecting children from abuse and neglect. If you are worried about the health or safety of a child, call the local CPS hotline for the county where the child lives.
You may also be able to help children and youth who have been abused or neglected by stepping up to serve as a foster caregiver. Please contact your local county’s Social Service or Human Service department, or call the toll-free line at 1-800-KIDS-4-US.
If you are concerned about a family in need of food or assistance, or you need resources yourself, call 211, contact your local non-profit Family Resource Center, or apply for public benefits, which may include health care, cash aid, and food and nutrition assistance, through your county’s Social Services or Health and Human Services department.
NAMI California has resources for family members supporting loved ones with mental health conditions. You can call their HelpLine at 1-800-950-NAMI to get information, resource referrals and support from 7am – 3pm or email email@example.com.
- Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 1-800-985-5990 (TTY 800-846-8517) or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for 24/7 support.
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 for 24/7 crisis support.
- California Suicide & Crisis Hotlines: Find phone numbers and links to all the suicide and crisis hotlines by county in California.
- California Peer-Run Warm Line: Call 1-855-845-7415 for 24/7 non-emergency support.
If you feel unsafe
Partner abuse is never okay and there are people standing by to help, especially during this health crisis. If you can, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or text LOVEIS to 22522 for 24/7 help in English or Spanish. If you can’t call, visit TheHotline.org to learn how to create a safety plan or get immediate help with the 24/7 “Chat Now” feature.
There are additional resources available:
- California Partnership to End Domestic Violence: Call 1-916-444-7163 Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 5:30pm for assistance finding local programs.
- Safety planning guide: Use this guide to help with safety planning if you are a survivor of intimate partner violence.
- Domestic Violence Assistance and Housing First Programs: Find information about programs across the state.
Behavioral and mental health services
If you have Medi-Cal and are in need of mental health services, call the number on your health plan membership card, or call your local county mental health line. For help finding what services are covered, call the Medi-Cal Managed Care and Mental Health Office of the Ombudsman at 1-888-452-8609 Monday through Friday from 8am – 5pm.
If you have a health plan through your employer or purchase your own health insurance, and are in need of mental health services, call the number on your health plan membership card.
If you feel like you are coping with your stress by drinking or taking drugs, there is help available from the substance use disorder programs in your county or call the national treatment locator at 1-800-662-HELP.
Call the California’s Aging and Adult Information local service line at 1-800-510-2020 for help finding information and assistance in your area.
Group with mental health expert on Wednesdays.
- Click here for times https://www.postpartum.net/get-help/chat-with-an-expert/#Schedule
- Dial In Number: 1-800-944-8766
- Code: 73162
Houston - Testing / Healthcare
It is open for people above the age of 65+ who are experiencing symptoms like cough, difficulty breathing, & fever.
Call 832-393-4220 from 9am-3 pm to be screened
Sexual Health Recommendations
New York City Health Dept. guidelines - Sex and Coronavirus Disease 2019
Virtual Video/Audio Meetings
- 7:30am, 12pm and 10pm EST
- Open 24×7 Conference Call Bridge for AA members to call in to anytime and chat with others
- Tel: 1-224-501-3412
- Meeting Id: 445-854-373
Virtual Video/Audio Meetings:
For more NA group times & days:
Suicide Prevention Hotline
- Online Chat: Suicide Prevention Life Line
- Phone: 1-800-273-8255
Social Services in your area
Text your ZIP Code to 898211
Food Pantries & Soup Kitchens
▪️ If you are unemployed because your industry had to cease services due to COVID-19 apply for unemployment here.
- NYS waived the 7-day approval period:
- Unemployment Assistance
The Legal Aid Society’s Employment Law Unit assists workers on cases pertaining to wage theft, workplace discrimination, family and medical leave, labor trafficking, and unemployment insurance.
- For assistance with any of the issues outlined above please call:
- 1-888-663-6880 (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST)
- Further information on Unemployment Insurance can be found here.
Free Internet for Families w/ students
- Low income families with students K-12 and/or college students who do not have Spectrum already, can receive 60 days free of free internet access by calling: 1-844-488-8395.
- Installation fees will also be waived for new student households.
Emergency Relief Grant
For bartender/hospitality workers who are currently experiencing unemployment and financial difficulty, USBG is offering an emergency relief grant. The application can be found here.
NYC Small Businesses 4 Employees or Less
Employee Retention Grant Program to help retain employees as businesses face decreased revenue. This program is available to New York City businesses with one to four employees that can demonstrate at least a 25% decrease in revenue as a result of COVID-19. The application can be found here.
Freelancers affected by COVID restrictions- distribution of wealth
Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence
Any victims and survivors of domestic violence in need of support:
- Online help thehotline.org
- Telephone: 1-800-799-7233
- Text LOVEIS to 22522
Hungry Students (NYC)
New York City students are able to visit NYC Public School Locations for grab ‘n go meals (breakfast & lunch) from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The school does not have to be the one the child attends. Input your address to find the nearest school to you:
Meal Assistance Grant for students/families
Global Empowerment Mission is distributing #BStrong cash cards for parents who cannot afford to buy their children meals while schools are closed. Fill out form for assistance.
Senior Shopping Hour (Stop&Shop)
For seniors, Stop & Shop has scheduled 6am-7:30am daily as “Senior Hour”, allowing senior citizens to shop with minimal exposure to other people who may be carriers of COVID-19. Find your nearest Stop&Shop here.
Shopping Hour (Target)
For seniors and individuals with underlying health concerns. Target has scheduled their first hour of shopping every Wednesday to minimize exposure of COVID-19 to these vulnerable people. Find your nearest target.
Houston #coronavirus testing info: It is open but only for people 65+ with cough, difficulty breathing & fever. Call
#COVID19 832-393-4220 from 9am-3 pm to be screened. #hounews #coronavirus
Official resources by the Department of Health, Australian Government on Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the health departments' website that has all new updates, a full collection of resources and information (its' essential the hub on all information)
Also, attached are some important resources/information that are available in different languages, so that it's accessible to people whose first language is not English.
From VicHealth, on how to take take of your mental health during this pandemic.
Thank you so much to the wonderful people/resources who have helped us build this list.
- Angelica Barrios (Twitter: @DeLosBarrios_)
- Amy March (Twitter: @AmyMarshSexDr)
- Joanna Anagnostou (Twitter: @joanagnostou)
- Official California State Government Website
Please share other resources you think are relevant, and we'll add them to this list. You can either email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or just let us know in the comments below.