COVID-19 Resources and Support

Here are some online and community resources that are available to parents and individuals.  Most of the resources are being offered free to the community by the companies represented.

More resources will be added as they become available and are made aware to the Michigan Works! Southwest staff.  As information and resources are changing so rapidly, please be understanding if current links change or new resources are not listed immediately.  The Michigan Works! Southwest team is trying to make sure that all links and resource information are as correct as possible.  Thanks, and please take advantage of these opportunities for you and your family.

Information about receiving your Stimulus Check is available by CLICKING HERE!

ENTERTAINMENT

Some free films, both educational and informative, are available here.

Environmental Film Festival

National Film Board of Canada Indigenous Cinema

There are a number of live, free concerts going on around the web, from opera to rock and so much more. Here are just some:

Friends of the Bohm Theater – Live concert on Facebook on April 6, 2020 from 7-10pm

The Metropolitan Opera

National Public Radio’s List of Free, Live, Virtual Concerts

Ultimate Classic Rock Free Concerts and Documentaries

There are a number of free books online for you and your family.  Here are some:

Oxford Owl for Home

Free Children Stories

Project Gutenberg – Free eBooks

The Internet Archive Children’s Library

EPIC! – Digital Library for kids 12 and under

Goodnight with Dolly – Dolly Parton reads books for kids each week

BCPS Reads – Battle Creek Public School teachers read books for kids

Here are some links for activities and games for kids and families.

Fatherly.com – Indoor games for kids and familes

We Are Teachers – Math Card games for students

GoNoodle – Good Energy at home games and videos for kids

Avoid Cabin Fever – 125 ideas to keep kids entertained from Parade Magazine

Woodland Trust – 10 nature activities for kids if you’re self-isolating at home

Miami Herald – What can kids do for free during the coronavirus quarantine

Explore.org – Explore the world with lots of live cams

Discovery Education – Virtual Field Trips and other resources

Milk Street – Free online cooking classes

Here are some entertaining and information resources for kids:

NASA Kids Club

Frozen Actor, Josh Gad, reading to kids on Twitter

The Ultimate Kids’ Guide to the Corona Virus

EPIC! – Digital Library for kids 12 and under

Goodnight with Dolly – Dolly Parton reads books for kids each week

BCPS Reads – Battle Creek Public School teachers read books for kids

SOCIAL, PHYSICAL & MENTAL SUPPORTS

Here are some online support groups or resources.

Camp Quarantine 2020 – Facebook group “Connecting parents of school-aged kids to stay sane during the Great Quarantine of 2020.”

Explain Everything – Twitter resource

fiveable – A social learning platform for AP students

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has launched a statewide, peer-run warmline for Michiganders living with persistent mental health conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.   The warmline will operate 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. at 888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753). It is intended to serve individuals living with persistent mental health challenges including anxiety, depression and trauma.

Individuals in crisis, including those considering suicide, are urged to contact the Disaster Distress Helpline 24/7 at 800-985-5990 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 800-273-8255.

Here are some additional resources, more will be added as they come available.

Branch County Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence – Branch County Resources individuals are encouraged to call 517-278-SAFE (7233) if you are a victim of violence.

Pines Behavioral Health Services – Pines remains open, serving those in Branch County in need of mental health or substance use services. All services are being provided by telehealth or phone, keeping you safe and at home. Crisis support available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Call 517-278-2129 to start services or if in crisis.

ChildMind.org – Coping during COVID-19 resources for parents

Quartz – Helping pre-teens in a quarantine lockdown

Greater Good Magazine – Guide to well-being during Coronavirus

Are you in need of emergency Dental Care?

My Community Dental Centers – Emergency dental care services available for adults and children without dental insurance.  Visit the link or call 877-313-6232

Here are some Exercise, Fitness and Mindfulness Resources:

ChildMind.org – Coping during COVID-19 resources for parents

NFL Play 60 – The National Football League’s activities for families

GoNoodle – Excercise for elementary kids

CosmicKids – Stories, yoga and fun for kids

Ms. Nina’s Sing and Move Along – Sing and Move Along song for kids

Wuf Shanti – Yoga Resource and App

Branch County Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence – Branch County Resources individuals are encouraged to call 517-278-SAFE (7233) if you are a victim of violence.

SCHOOL & EDUCATION RESOURCES

Links, information and resources from schools in Branch County is available here:

Branch County Public Schools

Links, information and resources from schools in St. Joseph County is available here:

St. Joseph County Public Schools

Here are some education companies that are offering free subscriptions and resources during the COVID-19 outbreak:

BCPS Reads – Battle Creek Public School teachers read books for kids

2simple

ABCya!

Age of Learning

Backpack Sciences

Boardmaker

Book Creator

cK-12

Classroom Secrets

Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science Academy

COMMONLit

Curriki

edmodo

EPIC!

Gamilab

Khan Academy

MYSTERY Science

Webex

FOOD RESOURCES

Here are some food resources for children:

State of Michigan Free Meals for Students – Map from the Michigan Department of Education

Albion FoodHub

BRANCH COUNTY

Cold Water Schools

Schools providing meals to Students

CALHOUN COUNTY

Harper Creek Schools

Pennfield Schools

Battle Creek Public Schools

KALAMAZOO COUNTY

Kalamazoo Public Schools Food Services

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY

St. Joseph Public Schools are offering ‘Grab and Go’ meals (breakfast/lunch) at Lincoln School from 11:30 a.m -12:30 p.m.. Please approach from the south side of the building on Lincoln School Rd.

Here are some food resources for adults and seniors:

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes – Offering pre-boxed and curbside pick-up.  Learn how to schedule a pick up or to donate.

Meals on Wheels – Senior Services

In Battle Creek:
Share Center at 120 Grove St, Battle Creek, MI 49037
Breakfast: Sun-Fri: 9:30am-10:30am
Lunch: Sat: 11am-Noon
Dinner: Mon: 5:30-6:30pm; Tue-Thur: 5-6pm; Fri: 6-7pm
(269) 964-8133

The following stores offer time specifically for seniors 60+ to shop, while asking all other customers to plan to not shop during these listed times.  (Some stores offer these hours to other at-risk customers.  Times may also change before this site may be updated.  Please see the actual company websites for official details, offerings and hours.)

Dollar General – 8-9 am every day

Meijer – 7-8 am, Tuesdays and Thursdays

Target – 8-9 am, Every Wednesday

Walmart – 6-7 am, Every Tuesday

These stores are currently offering online purchase with local delivery or pick-up.  Please note, many stores are currently experiencing high volumes of orders and delivery requests, so same-day delivery may or may not be available.

These stores, as well as others, offer delivery or pick-up for free or at a small fee.   Please see their websites for actual details.

Meijer – May be a fee for pickup or delivery.  See the website for details about your local store.

Aldi Delivery – May be a fee for pickup or delivery.  See the website for details about your local store.

Walmart – Use the website or the Walmart App available from your phone App Store. Please choose your location when ordering.

Below is a Facebook page for Kalamazoo Restaurants that deliver for free:

Kalamazoo Menu – A list of local restaurants that deliver for free.

FAMILY & COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Some of the childcare resources available:

Great Start to Quality – Find Great Start resources here.

St. Luke’s Diaper Bank – Resource for diapers in Kalamazoo

Childcare for Essential Workers and Emergency Responders

Southwest Childcare Resources – Relief childcare for essential workerforce.

YMCA of Great Kalamazoo – Emergency childcare resources

Please see the following to find financial resources:

Albion Coronavirus Toolkit – Information and resources on Coronavirus, for the greater Albion area.

The following articles discuss information and various changes to rules, policies and other financial issues

Autos  – Various auto manufacturers are allowing car owners to delay payments

Banking, ABA  – The American Bankers Association has a resource guide to the COVID-19 responses by various banks, including any relief or changes.

Banking  – A CNBC article detailing some changes that various banks have made

Energy Shutoffs Suspended  – Article about the resent suspensions of energy shutoffs

Evictions Suspension  – Information about the Governor’s executive order suspending evictions

Food Assistance  – Article about the State of Michigan’s approval of additional food assistance

Water Shutoffs Suspended in Kalamazoo  – Article about the suspension of water shutoffs in the Kalamazoo area

Depending on your eligibility, the following may provide free or reduced-cost internet access:

Michigan Department of Education Internet Access List –  List of internet access programs for economically disadvantaged students

AT&T – AT&T COVID-19 Response and Resources

Charter Spectrum Internet – Offering free internet access to homes with students or teachers

Comcast/Xfinity – Affordable Internet for eligible households

FCC’s Lifeline Program – Affordable Internet program from the Federal Communications Commission

Michigan National Guard Family Programs resource for National Guard members and Vets:

State of Michigan Resource and Financial Grant Information

Here are some additional local and state resources and information:

State of Michigan COVID-19 Response

State of Michigan Unemployment Resources

State of Michigan Resource and Financial Grant Information – Michigan National Guard Family Programs resource for National Guard members and Vets

Congressman Upton’s COVID-19 Resource Guide for Southwest Michigan

Battle Creek Community Resource Guide

Branch County Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence – Branch County Resources individuals are encouraged to call 517-278-SAFE (7233) if you are a victim of violence.

COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide  – Published by the University of Michigan Poverty Solutions

Gryphon Place 2-1-1

St. Joseph County Resources

More resources will be added as they become available. Because the COVID-19 outbreak came up so rapidly, we wanted to provide you with information as soon as possible. However, availability of resources and information can change at any moment and Michigan Works! Southwest is neither affiliated with, nor specifically endorses any of these resources.

If you are concerned about your health, or the health of a family member, please seek medical assistance.

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