COVID-19 Updates and Information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health – Daily updates, information, resources and guidance surrounding COVID-19

413 CARES – Search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, and more in Western Massachusetts

 

FOOD ACCESS RESOURCES

Food Bank’s Emergency Feeding Program Network – Food pantry and free meal access for Western MA

OPEN Emergency Feeding Programs List – Food pantry and free meal access for Western MA

​​​​Hampshire County Food Access Resources – Food pantry and free meal access for Hampshire County

Northern Berkshire Food Access Collaborative – Food pantry and free meal access for Berkshire County

Project Bread FoodSource Hotline – Project Bread FoodSource Hotline

Amherst Survival Center – Food assistance and basic needs services for Hampshire and Franklin Counties

Franklin County Food Access Resources – Food pantry and free meal access for Franklin County

MA Town Emergency Meals List – Full list of emergency meals for school closures in MA

Berkshire County Food Resources Map – Emergency food resources in Berkshire County

Manna Soup Kitchen – Food access in Northampton

Emergency Food Distribution Program – Food access in Northampton

Not Bread Alone – Food access in Amherst

Apply for SNAP Benefits – Link to apply for MA Food Stamps

 

CHILD CARE & FAMILY RESOURCES

Emergency Child Care Directory – Emergency Child Care directory

Western MA Mutual Aid Network – Childcare & other resources for Western MA

Pioneer Valley Childcare Collective – Pioneer Valley child care

Early Education and Care Financial Assistance – MA financial assistance for child care

Parents Helping Parents of Massachusetts: 1(800)632-8188 – Free, confidential online/call-in parent support groups. These groups serve as a safe place for parents to express frustrations and concerns about their children and families and get advise from other parents who understand.

Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change: 1(774)855-6001 – Support calls for families of children and teens with disabilities. Connecting families with volunteer educators who are able to provide remote support. Offering community calls, virtual coffee hours and routine building and social engagement tools.

Teen Line 1(800)266-7883 – Offering support via phone, email or online chat for teens

 

RESOURCES FOR PEOPLE WHO USE DRUGS

Harm Reduction Coalition Guidance – COVID-19 Resources and information for people actively using drugs

Harm Reduction Coalition Guidance (Spanish) – COVID-19 Resources and information for people actively using drugs (in Spanish)

Guidance for People Who Use Drugs in Treatment – COVID-19 Guidance for patients engaged in substance use treatment

More Harm Reduction Guidance – COVID-19 Guidance for people actively using drugs

Safer Drug Use During the COVID-19 Outbreak – COVID-19 Guidance for people actively using drugs

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Substance use recovery resources, lists of online forms, support groups, meetings and discussion groups

CDC Guidelines for COVID-19 and HIV – Resources for people with HIV

Western Mass Recovery Learning Community – Online/call-in support groups for people struggling with substances and general peer support groups

Hampshire HOPE’s Google Doc – List of resources and service provider updates for opioid addiction and recovery

NIH Heal Initiative – Resources and information about supporting people with opioid use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

LGBTQ+ SUPPORT RESOURCES

COVID-19 Trans/Queer Relief – Financial and supply assistance for Trans and Queer community

Western Mass Recovery Learning Community – Online/call-in support groups for people who identify as part of the LGBTQQIA+ community and general peer support groups

LGBT National Hotline: 1(888)843-4564 – Offering support via phone, email or online chat

LGBT National Youth Hotline 1(800)246-7743 – Offering support via phone, email or online chat for LGBT youth

TrevorLifeline for LGBTQ Youth 1(866)488-7386 – Offering 24/7 support via phone, email or online chat for LGBT youth

Fenway Health LGBGTQ Hotline 1(888)340-4528 – Offering support via phone, email or online chat

Fenway Health Peer Listening Line for LGBTQ Youth 1(800)399-7337 – Offering support via phone, email or online chat for LGBT youth

Trans Lifeline 1(877)565-8860 – Offering support via phone, email or online chat

LGBT National Senior Hotline 1(888)234-7243 – Offering support via phone, email or online chat for LGBT seniors

CDC Guidelines for COVID-19 and HIV – Resources for people with HIV

 

SEXUAL & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES

Safe Passage 1(413)586-5066 – Offering 24/7, emergency shelter, counseling, peer support, legal services and emotional support

Safe Passage Hotline 1(888)345-5282 – 24/7 call in support hotline

Elizabeth Freeman Center Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline 1(866)401-2425 – 24/7 free and confidential support hotline

SafeLink Massachusetts Domestic Violence Hotline – 24/7 call in support hotline

RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline 1(800)656-4673 – 24/7 support hotline, call, text or online chat

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1(800)799-7233 – 24/7 support hotline, call, text or online chat

Love Is Respect National Dating Abuse Hotline 1(866)331-9474 – 24/7 support hotline, call, text or online chat

The Network/La Red Hotline 1(800)832-1901 – 24/7 support hotline for LGBTQ people who are experiencing or have experienced abuse by a partner. Call in only

National Human Trafficking Hotline 1(888)373-7888 – 24/7 support hotline, call, text or online chat

MA Elder Abuse Hotline 1(800)922-2275 – 24/7 call in support hotline

 

MENTAL HEALTH & EMOTIONAL SUPPORT RESOURCES

Western Mass Recovery Learning Community – Online/call-in support groups, including Alternatives to Suicide, Hearing Voices, groups for people struggling with substances, groups for people who identify as part of the LGBTQQIA+ community, and general peer support groups

National Alliance on Mental Illness Connection Support Groups – Free support groups for people living with a mental health condition

National Alliance on Mental Illness Peer Support Groups – Free peer support groups for people living with a mental health condition

MA Trial Court List of Resources – Substance use disorder and mental health resources

Call2Talk – Hotline for mental health, emotional support, and suicide prevention

CDC Stress Management – Resource for managing stress & anxiety

Narcotics Anonymous Virtual Meetings – Resources for people in recovery

Recovery Resources – Resources for people in recovery

CDC Guidelines for COVID-19 and HIV – Resources for people with HIV

Maintaining Emotional Health & Well-Being During the COVID-19 Outbreak – Resources and tips to help boost emotional health and well-being during COVID-19

Disaster Distress Helpline: 1(800)958-5990 – Available 24/7 crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including disease outbreaks like COVID-19. Free, multilingual and confidential crisis support service.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1(800)273-8255 – 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones

Western Mass Peer Support Warmline: 1(888)407-4515 – Call in only, available Monday through Thursday from 7pm to 9pm and Friday through Sunday from 7pm to 10pm. Warmlines are numbers that people can call to get support when they are feeling lonely, anxious, sad, etc. or simply need someone to talk to. They can also provide resources to callers.

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

HealthWell Fund Program – Assistance with costs associated with food, medication, transportation and telehealth

United Way of Pioneer Valley Recovery & Relief Fund – Financial assistance for Pioneer Valley residents affected by COVID-19

Massachusetts Division Of Unemployment Assistance – Unemployment Benefits

Massachusetts Division Of Unemployment Assistance (Spanish) – Information on unemployment benefits in Spanish

Betancourt Emergency Funds – Financial assistance for undocumented families

MassUndocuFund for COVID-19 Relief – Financial assistance for undocumented families

SNAP Grocery Reimbursement – Financial assistance for food

Early Education and Care Financial Assistance – MA financial assistance for child care

Pentagon Credit Union Relief – Financial assistance for Veterans

Small Business Administration Disaster Loans – Financial loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters

Charter Free Internet – Free internet for families without access

Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth – Financial assistance for LGBTQ Youth

Musicares Relief Fund – Financial assistance for musicians

COVID-19 Trans/Queer Relief – Financial and supply assistance for Trans and Queer community

Freelancer COVID-19 Emergency Fund – Financial assistance for feelancers

Emergency Aid to the Elderly, Disabled and Children (EAEDC) – Emergency financial aid for the Elderly, Disabled and Children

Emergency Coronavirus Affected Workers Support Fund – Financial assistance for service workers

The Coronavirus Care Fund – Financial assistance for home care workers

Massachusetts Workers Emergency Relief Funds – List of emergency funding resources for Massachusetts workers (Mulitlingual)

WMA Community Mutual Aid – Local assistance with travel, getting supplies, financial aid, healthcare, housing, translation, childcare, pet care, or emotional/spiritual support.

IRS Economic Impact Payment – Guidance and information on the Economic Impact Payments being dispersed by the IRS

 

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