With the rapidly changing the COVID-19 crisis, many in our community may be challenged with food insecurity, lack of access to childcare, and loss of income due to quarantine, the need to care for family members, and/or school and work closures. This is a time when we must pull together as a community and support each other.

RAD has assembled the following information in an effort to provide a list of general resources, health information, and ways for community members to help respond to this evolving situation. We appreciate your help in creating this information hub. Please contact Fronsy Thurman at fronsy@radvt.org or Shay Totten at shay@radvt.org with additional links and resources.

You can also look at our previous post on COVID-19 for more recommendations and resources.

Call Your Doctor!
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as a cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

GENERAL INFO

Accessibility

Mental Health Resources

Unemployment Information

LOCAL AND REGIONAL RESOURCES

**Note that Mutual Aid Google Forms responses can be downloaded to Excel – if any folks need help with organizing spreadsheet data by town/types of responses, contact Laura Nace at 443.558.8118 or Laurajnace@gmail.com.

Addison County

Bennington County:

Chittenden County

Franklin and Grand Isle County

Lamoille County

Northeast Kingdom (Orleans, Essex, Caledonia Counties) 

Orange County

Rutland County

Washington County

Windsor County

Emergency Housing and Fuel Assistance:  Starting Monday March 16th, our staff will be available to work with you over the phone.  Please call: 1-800-639-1053 to schedule a call with a counselor.

Barre Food Shelf:  Starting Monday, March 16th, our food shelf will begin pre-packaging bags which will be available for pick up on our loading dock, behind the building.  For the time being, our MWF schedule will remain the same. You may continue to visit every 14 days, and on Tuesdays for fresh produce and bread.

Tax Assistance:  Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program will be accepting drop-offs at our Gable Place office in Barre, our Randolph office, and our Morrisville office.  We will not be conducting in-person appointments at this time. Please call: 802-477-5148 to arrange a drop off, or drop off during regular business hours. If doors are locked, ring the doorbell and someone will collect your paperwork.  Please bring your picture ID and social security number cards for you and your dependents, if applicable, and we will make copies.

Windham County

    Brattleboro Mutual Aid 

STATEWIDE VOLUNTEERS

  • Vermont Medical Reserve Corps
  • Statewide Mutual Aid Sign Up – You can sign up to just help in your own community) We are connecting folks in need of support of all kinds to those in their communities that signed up to help as well as helping some communities create their own network. We have now also added signing up to keep folks who are isolated company (virtually) and signing up to help with tutoring (virtually).
  • Neighborhood-level:
    • Mutual aid spreadsheet template to tailor for your neighborhood (make sure to update those in your community and in this resource doc if you are spearheading this! Great work!)

FOOD RESOURCES

HEALTH INFORMATION

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Vermont visit: https://www.healthvermont.gov/…/infe…/2019-novel-coronavirus or call 2-1-1.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidelines for businesses that you can find here – links on this page will provide you with additional guidelines beyond the business context.

Vermont Department of Health has released guidelines specific to the food and lodging industries which you can find here.

UVM Health Network Covid-19 Information and Updates page organizes its updates by each hospital in the network.

Walgreens Pharmacy Update

  • You can pick prescriptions for others with the last four digits of their phone numbers.
  • They are doing deliveries, visit their website to request it. They are waiving the $5 delivery fee at this time. Some folks may need help with this online form.

VT Alcoholics Anonymous

BUSINESS RESOURCES

FINANCIAL RESOURCES

  • Take advantage of online banking, mobile banking apps, including mobile deposit capture, ATMs and drive through tellers.
  • Vermont Economic Services is waiving in-person contact requirements for benefits programs. Apply online or by phone 1-800-479-6151
  • Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development COVID page for businesses/employees/unemployment

DONATIONS

  • Vermont Foodbank Communications director Nichole Whalen says cash donations are more helpful than food or other items at this time.
  • Donate blood. The FDA has raised concerns about a blood shortage as donation drives are cancelled.
  • VTCOVID-19 Response Fund The Vermont Community Foundation has set-up a special fund to help both with emergency response efforts and longer term recovery.

DISCUSSION GROUPS