Student & Community Resources During COVID-19
We have compiled a list of resources that may be helpful to you during this time of uncertainty. Please utilize them as needed to support yourself and your families. We will be updating this list periodically with new information and resources, so be sure to check back often!
Additionally, we also have a blog post on things to do for entertainment during COVID-19! As always, we will provide updates through our website and will post about them on social media as they roll out.
The resources below are broken out by general health resources, and then campus-based community resources.
Health and Wellness Resources
Determine if you should seek care for COVID-19 through this free BayCare Resource.
Access additional information from the below agencies:
New England Community Resources
A list by foodpantries.org showcases the food pantries and more by each city. Plus, you can also find nearby pantries based on your location if your area may not have many!
Something Sweet Without Wheat
This local bakery in Woburn, Mass. Is offering care packages and “Pay What You Can” options for goods. To minimize physical contact, the staff members will bring items to your car! For each family, they are offering a two-week supply box. Also, the food packages are gluten-free and made in a 100% nut-free facility to ensure the food is allergy-free!
Good Neighbor Facebook Groups
Many people on Facebook have come together recently to form groups locally. They are a network resource to assist others in gathering food, child care, emotional support, and more! For example, the Framingham community has come together to make a group called the Framingham Coronavirus Community Outreach.
Try to see if your local area also has a Facebook group! It can be extremely beneficial to have news and resources provided on a community basis to help one another out during this time.
Emergency Day Care
For those who require EMERGENCY childcare, here is a list of emergency child care providers in Massachusetts. Priority is given to health care workers, essential state and human service workers, COVID-19 health workers, grocery store employees, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, transportation and infrastructure workers, sanitation workers, DCF-involved families, and families living in shelters.
Note, this list of Emergency Child Care Programs is for when all other options for child care have been exhausted, and families have no other option.
Amazon has committed to hiring 100,000 new employees and raising their minimum wage to $17/hour to keep up with demand. If you are seeking work, consider the positions here.
Domino’s Pizza has committed to hiring 10,000 new employees to keep up with demand. Positions can be found here.
CVS Health aims to take on 50,000 new full-time, part-time, and temporary workers, including store associates, home delivery drivers, distribution center employees, and customer service workers. Search for your location for all immediate openings.
Walmart has committed to hiring 150,000 new employees to keep up with demand. Search for positions in your area here.
Finally, for those who need to file for unemployment in Massachusetts, Mass.gov has provided links to follow for the necessary steps in starting the process.
Commonwealth of MA Official Information Updates
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is working closely with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide updated information about the novel coronavirus outbreak.
211 Crisis Line
211 Crisis Line is used to connect callers with a wide variety of assistance, including child care, mental health counseling, legal and financial aid, and senior services. MA Emergency Management Agency activated the crisis line last week to provide residents with information on the virus ranging from potential symptoms to how to apply for unemployment.
If outside of MA, you can find 211 in your state here: http://www.211.org/
Tampa Bay Community Resources
Student Nutrition Services Grab-n-Go Meals
For those in Hillsborough County, there are numerous locations offering meals to those ages 18 and under. Provided by Student Nutrition Services, there are 23 locations where these meals are distributed. Also, they are open from 9 AM to 1 PM daily!
Find your city in a list for information on local food pantries! This website lists not only pantry details, but also food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc. For example, in Tampa, there are 16 listed resources for you and your family to check out if you are in need!
Pinellas County Utilities
In the interest of public health and safety in response to the threat of COVID-19, Pinellas County Utilities is suspending all disconnections of water and wastewater service for non-payment – effective immediately for 30 days. Their Customer Care team will remain available by phone or email.
Next, like in New England, Domino’s Pizza is looking for additional delivery drivers and more at this time. Amazon has many open positions over the state, due to a massive surge in at-home deliveries.
2 College Brothers Moving Inc., with a location in Tampa, is looking for moving professionals. Even during COVID-19, people are still in need of moving assistance!
Walmart stores in the Tampa area are currently looking to fill many roles currently.
Food delivery services, such as DoorDash, GrubHub, Instacart, Postmates, and Uber Eats currently need delivery drivers. Since people are not leaving their homes and are likely hungry, this resource can be extremely beneficial in providing you with extra cash.
Indeed.com has provided an article on advice finding and landing a job during COVID-19.
EmployFlorida is an excellent resource to find employment depending on where you live in the state.
Also, if you need to file for unemployment due to COVID-19, The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity released information about filing for reemployment benefits amid the pandemic.
We understand that this is a difficult time for many. We appreciate each and every student’s patience, support, and understanding. National Aviation Academy updates will continue to be provided as they roll out. Additionally, we will update this list of resources with more information on assistance during COVID-19.
If you have any specific questions, please know that we are also currently available by phone during normal business hours.