A CURATED LIST OF COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR YOU
To help you through this time of social distancing and school closures, we have curated a list of resources for you. Check them out below.
Our own teams are also creating resources for families and the community. You can view them here.
General Preparation Information
American Red Cross
Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies.
Call: 1 800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) *main phone number
Visit: this link for coronavirus safety tips
COVID-19 Information in Multiple Languages
Videos in multiple languages explaining COVID-19.
COVID-19 information sheets in Columbus’ top 6 languages.
COVID-19 fact sheets in more than 30 languages from Health Literacy Project.
Emergency Assistance & Information
EMPLOYMENT & FINANCIAL HELP
From Cap4Kids, a helpful guide to crisis hotlines:
- Franklin County youth up to age 17, call Nationwide Children’s Crisis Line
- Franklin County adults ages 18 and up, call Netcare Access
(888) 276-2273 Toll-free
Domestic Violence Texting Service
The Columbus City Attorney office’s domestic violence and stalking unit is now offering a texting service for domestic violence survivors. Text 614-653-8075.
- Call 9-1-1
- Visit the emergency room
- Call or text the Suicide Prevention Hotline
Teen Hotline (614) 294-3300
Veterans Crisis Line (800) 273-8255
- Call the National Suicide Hotline
(800) 799-4889 TTY
(888) 628-9454 for Spanish
- Call the Disaster Distress Helpline
(800) 846-8517 TTY
Text ‘TalkWithUs’ or ‘Hablanos’ to 66746
FirstLink is a free, confidential service available to anyone 24/7/365 for listening and support, referrals to resources/help, and crisis intervention.
Closing daily from 11am-2pm (to sanitize facility). Taking temps when entering building. People with fevers will be given a goodie bag but not allowed in. No visitors except medical personnel. They are accepting donations if possible.
For Individuals & Families
**NEW Rental Assistance Program**
Franklin County’s Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) Plus Rental Assistance program provides one-time rental assistance payments for eligible families struggling to meet rent or facing eviction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program – for bartenders who are impacted by the restaurant and bar closures
Franklin County JFS Prevention, Retention and Contingency (PRC) Program – provides short-term assistance for families struggling with a specific crisis situation, up to $1,500 one-time per year, to households with children.
ODJFS Cash Assistance – must meet eligibility requirement
TechCred – provides online trainings to help Ohioans learn new technology/IT skills
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services – FAQs about unemployment benefits
Apply for unemployment benefits
For Small Businesses & Nonprofits
Call (800) 848-1300 or email BusinessHelp@development.ohio.gov
U.S Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance – for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners, and renters
United Way of Central Ohio Community Response Fund – for nonprofits seeking assistance
Columbus Foundation Emergency Response Fund – for nonprofits seeking assistance
Huntington Bank financial relief – for customers and small business
Fifth Third Bank coronavirus hardship and loan payment assistance – for customers and small business
Care, Insurance, and Prescriptions
Assistance for Lost Insurance Coverage – for those who lost insurance coverage, are eligible for a special enrollment period to gain new coverage
ODJFS Medical Assistance – must meet eligibility requirements
Ohio Medicaid for U.S. and non-U.S. citizens
Located within walking distance of the Schoenbaum Family Center, Directions for Youth & Families is offering counseling and behavioral health services for new and current clients. Community response to this pandemic is likely to cause stress and confusion among children, as well as parents and other family members. Now, more than ever, it’s important to have coping skills, anxiety reduction strategies, and a sense of stability. Contact their Intake Department by calling 614-294-2661 or emailing email@example.com.
Behavioral Health Resources – provided by Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Pregnancy, new baby and child care
ODJFS-approved Centers for Pandemic Child Care – if you need help connecting with a provider, call (614) 224-0222, ext. 299
Aged-Out Foster Children
College students can email firstname.lastname@example.org to help provide or find housing options.
Columbus Homeless Hotline
For those affected by domestic violence: (614) 224-4663
For youth: (614) 294-5553
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)
For veterans experiencing housing emergencies during the COVID-19 outbreak call (855) 234-7310 or email email@example.com.
COTA has temporarily suspended all fare collection and ask passengers to enter and exit through the rear doors. COTA is also offering specialized help to food assistance resources.
Learn more about changes to service routes.
List of organizations providing free and reduced-cost cell phones with wireless service.
Spectrum is offering 60 days of free internet for children K-12 or college students who don’t already have a spectrum subscription. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
Comcast is offering support available to all qualified low-income households.
Call: 1-855-846-8376 (English) or 1-855-765-6995 (Spanish)
AT&T Home Internet
Call: (855) 223-0558
For additional internet service availability information, follow this link.
Utility companies will suspend shut-offs for non-payment at this time. This applies to the services run by the cities, but also to AEP/Columbia Gas.
Visit the companies’ websites or call for further details.
AEP Ohio Suspension of Disconnects & Payment Hardship Plan
Call: (800) 672-2231
Call: (800) 686-7826
Follow this link for additional help with utilities.
Food & Meal Assistance
Champion Food Pantry
Operated by Lutheran Social Services, they are providing both perishables (no appointment required) and groceries (appointment required) at their location at 1460. S. Champion Avenue (map).
Hours (Perishables only, no appointment): Mon 11 am – 1 pm; Tues 2:30 – 4 pm; Fri 11am – 1 pm
Hours (Scheduled order pick-ups): Tues 1:30 – 4 pm; Wed 10am – 3pm; Thurs 3-5 pm; Fri 12-2 pm
Columbus City Schools
CCS is providing grab-and-go meals for breakfast and lunch for Columbus City Schools. This information has been widely shared by the schools, mainstream/social media.
Visit: https://www.ccsoh.us/Page/7560 for the most up-to-date info with expanded locations map.
Children’s Hunger Alliance
Passing out free meals to children at 3 different Columbus Metropolitan Library branches. The meals will be served in the parking lots. Any child 18 and under will be able to pick up two meals to take home.
Salvation Army Food Pantries
The Salvation Army provides food pantries, senior food boxes, mobile food canteen, hot lunch program, and free weekly produce give-a-ways.
Visit: https://co.salvationarmy.org/CentralOhio/food for more information on the above programs.
For food pantries by appointment:
- If you live in Franklin County, call (614) 341-2282
- If you live in Delaware County, call (740) 369-5301
- Walk-ins are also accepted on an emergency basis if resources allow. Click here to see pantry locations and hours.
St. Stephen’s Community House Food Pantry
Available to all Franklin County Residents with NO ZIP CODE RESTRICTION! Families can visit 1x/week as of March 2020. They are offering ONLY pre-boxed food. St. Stephen’s also has diaper availability to children under 3 years old.
EVERYONE must contact via phone before going into an appointment. Visits are being shortened and other guidelines to follow.
WIC provides breastfeeding support, infant formula, food for pregnant and postpartum women and children ages up to age 5.
Short-Term Education Alternatives
Activities To Do at Home
Resources for Parents & Caregivers
TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT COVID-19
A Comic Exploring COVID-19
Find this resource from NPR here.
A short book from author Manuela Molina to support and reassure children under 7. The book is available in multiple languages.
Explaining COVID-19 for children
Read the article by PBS here.
Helping children cope with changes resulting from COVID-19
A parent resource offered in multiple languages.
How to Talk to Your Children about the Coronavirus and Ease their Anxiety
Ohio State’s Chief Wellness Officer Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk shares how to help reduce anxiety for your children amid COVID-19. Read the article here.
Setting a new routine
COVID-19 checklist for setting a new routine from the Ohio Department of Health.
What Parents Need to Know about COVID-19
Read the article by Nationwide Children’s Hospital here.
Coping with Coronavirus
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers a great resource with information as well as support for parents and tips for helping cope with COVID-19.
Sanja Ilic, assistant professor of human nutrition at The Ohio State University and an OSU Extension food safety state specialist, shares her expertise and answers to FAQs on food safety during COVID-19. Read the article here.
Fussy Baby Network
Helps families struggling with their infants’ crying, sleeping, or feeding. Infant specialists take calls Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time. Call (888) 431-2229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthy at Home: A Toolkit for Families
This free toolkit provides families with information on learning at home, prevention & care, and emotional well-being for children.
How to keep your kids healthy at home
National Geographic offers strategies on eating healthy, exercising, and practicing gratitude with your kids during this time.
Parents shouldn’t feel they have to be teachers, too
OSU researcher Jessica Logan shares expert advice on giving yourself a break.
SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD’S EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Free resources to support emotional wellness.
General Resilience (including getting along with siblings)
With self-confidence and the ability to express themselves, little ones can build the skills they need to become resilient. Check it out here.
Mental Health Videos for Children and Families
St. Vincent Family Center’s Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Team created a mental health playlist to help parents and caregivers to support the social-emotional needs of their children.
Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-Being
ChildTrends offers resources for supporting children’s emotion well-being during the pandemic.
MEDIA & SCREENS
Common Sense Media Resources
For families to use quality media during the pandemic.
Television and the Under 3 Crowd
Zero to Three’s “Television and the Under 3 Crowd” is a tool to decide if screen time is appropriate for young children, and how to choose television programs that support their learning and development.
Resources for Providers
Second Step is a program rooted in social-emotional learning, and provides education professionals with tools to enable them to take an active role in the social-emotional growth and safety of children.
Trauma Informed Family Engagament Webinars
Hopewell Health Centers, Inc. in partnership with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services are presenting two webinars at muliple dates and times free of charge. More info here.
Ways to Help
An organization that helps match families in need with local businesses, volunteers and service organizations that offer resources such as food, volunteering, clothing, supplies and more. Offered in many Franklin County suburbs.