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Family Resources

Support for families during the coronavirus

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General

City of Somerville Official Website  Clear information, local updates and advice specific to Covid 19 . Also call 311 with questions

Somerville Public Schools   Information on how to access free food and ideas for home learning

Cambridge Health Alliance  Information for patients and visitors specific to the coronavirus

Center for Disease Control Daily updates at national level

Ways to Help

Somerville Cares Fund  The CIty of Somerville, CAAS and the United Way are accepting urgently needed donations to mobilize resources for emergency assistance for individuals and families in Somerville impacted by the coronavirus

The Beautiful Stuff Project is accepting PayPal donations towards purchasing diapers, wipes and formula for families in need

Food and Basic Needs

 Free food pick-up locations in Somerville Mon - Fri between 9am -11am during school closure. No ID required, no limit on how many you take

The City of Somerville is putting together emergency food bags - please apply through the link or call Shape Up Somerville at (781) 747-8198.Espanol & Portugues: (857) 270-4010 Kreyol (617) 404-5290

Somerville Food Security Coalition Resources Regularly updated guide to local food resources during Covid 19

Free diaper pick up   Same time, same school locations as food pick-up - Starting April 1st Wednesdays only

CVS is offering free prescription delivery to home

 

Housing

Office of Housing Stability - for questions about inability to pay rent due to loss of earning during Covid 19. Or call 617-625-6600 ext 2581

U-Haul is offering 30 days free storage for people temporarily displaced by the outbreak

Utilities

Comcast is offering 2 months of FREE internet service to low income families. They have also expanded unlimited data plans to all existing customers

National Grid, Eversource, AT&T and Verizon are temporarily suspending service terminations and waiving late payment fees

Financial

Tax Day (deadline for filing taxes) has been pushed back to July 15th

MA Unemployment benefits during COVID 19 (para assistancia con llenar el formulario online, llama al Greater Boston Legal Services (617) 603-1530)

United Way has set up a family relief fund. The easiest way to find out more is to call 211 and ask how to access funds

Children's Advocacy Center - great information specific to the outbreak, including utility companies offering suspension of disconnection, pharmacies offering free home delivery etc

Legal

Lawyers for Civil Rights offer multilingual consultation if you have questions about your right to access healthcare, public charge etc. Or call Lauren Sampson at (617) 988-0609

Transportation

MBTA is operating on a reduced schedule

RMV Permits and Licenses expiring between March 1st and April 30th will be allowed a 60 day extension from the date they expire

Mental Health and Physical WellBeing

Ideas for talking to kids about coronavirus including social stories

Updates and resources for students and families to promote good mental health and hygiene during school closures

Coping skills for kids including activity planners and breathing excercises

Como hablar con los ninos sobre el coronavirus

Mindful Schools - is offering free online classes for kids

Free fun movement and mindfulness videos from GoNoodle

Ideas for at home physical activities from Open Phys Ed

Early Childhood

Somerville Early Education  Ideas for how to keep you little ones active and engaged while at home

SFLC Playgroups and New Parent Support Group are offering virtual sessions via Facebook live and Zoom

EEC Updates and list of Emergency Child Care providers for front-line workers and emergencies

Home Learning

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has partnered with WGBH and PBS to produce FREE standards aligned resources for use at home:

Somerville Public Schools suggestions for home learning

Somerville High School home learning resources

Places to visit online

These places offer amazing virtual tours or live cams - enjoy a field trip from your couch!

Google Arts and Culture

Yosemite National Park

The Great Wall of China

San Diego Zoo

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

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