“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie
Food, Medicine, & Other Basic Supplies
- Instacart (instacart.com): Avoid going to the grocery store with grocery delivery to your house. In Frederick, options include Wegmans, Aldi, Giant, Safeway, Costco, Shoppers, CVS, Petco, and Hmart. (Put in your zipcode to discover Instacart options for your neighborhood.)
- Frederick County Public Schools: 3 “Grab & Go” meals a day for students: fcps.org/about/news/1677052/fcps-feeds-children-while-schools-are-closed
- Food Banks: https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/continuing_coverage/coronavirus/local-food-banks-continue-offering-sustenance-during-covid-19/article_786105ab-56c7-5226-bc1c-e40d57f4d249.html
- Misfits Market (misfitsmarket.com): Organic produce delivered directly to you for up to 40% less than grocery store prices.
- Imperfect Produce (imperfectfoods.com): Shop produce, groceries, and snacks up to 30% less than grocery store prices.
- Dream Dinners (https://dreamdinners.com/main.php?page=store&id=268): creates prepared meals and side dishes located in Ashburn
- South Mountain Creamery (southmountaincreamery.com): Farm-fresh food delivered right to your door: fresh glass bottled milk, certified humane cage free eggs, fresh ice cream, butter, yogurt, cheese, plus grass-fed beef, pork, chicken, local and organic fruits and vegetables, and much more. [Note: As of 3/24/2020, “We have decided to pause taking new customers in our home delivery program. Starting today if you create an account, you will be placed on a waiting list.” The latest update will always be found on South Mountain Creamery’s website.]
- Hungry Harvest (hungryharvest.net): farm to doorstep produce delivery service on a mission to end food waste & hunger [Currently not taking new customers, but the latest update on availability will always be through their website.]
- Other: many other grocery stores, big box stores, etc. may be delivery or “pick-up curbside” options. Check the website before visiting in person.
Financial Loss & Rebuilding
- The New York Times guide to income loss during Coronavirus (nytimes.com/article/coronavirus-money-unemployment.html): This guide will connect you to the basic information you’ll need to get through this, including on government benefits, free services and financial strategies.
- Simple Profit Updates/Resources/Information for Small Business Owners and Employees
- The United Way’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Campaign (app.mobilecause.com/vf/COVIDFrederick): 39% of households in Frederick County already struggled to afford basic households. Today, many of these families, known as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), face an even more uncertain future. This COVID-19 Emergency Relief Campaign dollars will be used to support nonprofits who directly help those adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Programmatic impacts may include, but are not limited to, emergency shelter, financial stability programs, transportation needs, prescriptions and medical supplies, food and food supplies for seniors, and suicide prevention and other mental health services.
- The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs (thereligiouscoalition.org): Adult Shelter is open, families are being housed in motels. See their website for latest details.
- Frederick Health Hospital: Virtual Visit – FREE Access (frederickhealth.org/Medical-Group/Specialties/Virtual-Visit.aspx): Virtual Visit service free of charge for the next 90 days. Access healthcare online from home and reduce the spread of germs.
Mental Health & Other Essential Human Services
- 211md.org or dial 2-1-1 on your phone: Anyone of any age can call 2-1-1 at anytime. 2-1-1 call specialists are trained to assist people dealing with all kinds of challenges including housing, utility shutoffs, family crisis, financial, legal, employment, and other problems. 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in over 180 languages. 2-1-1 is also accessible for the deaf and hard of hearing through Maryland Relay (dial 7-1-1).
- Inner-Evolution Counseling, Coaching & Yoga LLC- Holistic Psychotherapy for Individual, Couples, Families, Yoga Therapy, Creative Expression, Trauma Recovery Treatment.
- Frederick County Workforce Services (frederickworks.com): Can help if you have lost your job, need to find a job, need help with applying for unemployment, etc.
- Hire Me Frederick (hiremefrederick.com): Have you lost your job in Frederick County due to the Coronavirus crisis? This is a free service for those who are searching for work in Frederick County.
- Heartly House (heartlyhouse.org): 24-Hour Crisis Hotline available for anyone living in a dangerous home situatio:: 301-662-8800
- BrainPop/BrainPop Jr (brainpop.com/free-trial): free access for educators and families. Price is normally $1,800/per school and $250+/per family per app per age range. Educators can also sign up for a free classroom account through go.brainpop.com/accessrequest.
- Class Central (classcentral.com): free online college-level courses, over 500 classes.
- Frederick County Public Schools Supplemental Resources (sites.google.com/fcps.org/fcpslearning/home): collection of resources compiled by FCPS for families – virtual field trips to museums or zoos, science videos, ebooks from the library, etc.
- EdHelper (edhelper.com): free worksheets to print for pencil/paper time, as opposed to screen time.
- Scholastic Learn at Home (classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html): day-by-day projects to keep kids reading/thinking, sorted by age groupings.
- The New York Times’s Free 7-minute Workout App: well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/24/for-a-7-minute-workout-download-our-new-app/
- Free Online Yoga from Mountain Spirit Yoga in Middletown, MD (youtube.com/channel/UCDscboXwQAPb3qks2TRO3Yw): Click on “Subscribe on their YouTube channel for yoga classes approximately 10-30 minutes in length taught by experienced teachers. Includes chair yoga and practices for beginners.
- YMCA 360 (ymca360.org/on-demand#): 60 free workout videos
Connecting in a time of Physical Distancing
- Zoom Video Conferences for free (zoom.us): anyone can Zoom for up to 40 minutes without a paid account with up to 100 participants and for an unlimited number of meetings.
- For tips on how to use Zoom, view the two short introductory videos at htfrederickuu.org/connect/Livestream.php
- For further tips, visit https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mLWHGHdCNzyc14QMGGVS70eYEbDzxzsOPUIZ-kH0Ey8/edit?usp=sharing
- Also try googling your questions about Zoom. There are lots of great tutorials out there for free on the Internet.
- Maryland Responds (https://mdr.health.maryland.gov/Pages/volunteer-faq.aspx): Previously Maryland Professional Volunteer Corps, Maryland responds takes volunteers in both medical and non-medical fields. There is an extensive list of occupations linked off of the volunteer FAQ.
- Don’t Let Scammers Take Advantage During Anxious Times: https://www.uua.org/leadership/library/scammer-pandemic
- False COVID-19 map circulating on the internet: https://www.ama-assn.org/practice-management/sustainability/physician-cybersecurity
Managing Stress & Anxiety
- Online Courses & Events through the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick (Maryland) that are open to all: listed on UUCF’s homepage, frederickuu.org
- “Just One Thing” e-newsletter (rickhanson.net/writings/just-one-thing): from psychologist and meditation researcher Dr. Rick Hanson: weekly, simple practices that bring more joy, more fulfilling relationships, and more peace of mind and heart.
- Coronavirus Sanity Guide (https://www.tenpercent.com/coronavirussanityguide)
- Tara Brach: https://www.tarabrach.com/pandemic/
- A Resilience Toolkit– Kripalu Center
- Family Activities to Help Kids (and adults) build Resilience
- It’s Time to Talk about Death
- The Conversation Project- Talking about End of Life Wishes