COVID-19 Resources

Congress passed the CARES Act in a massive bipartisan effort to support American workers and families affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act will provide immediate relief to individuals, businesses, and public institutions in order to prevent this public health crisis from tripping over into economic catastrophe.

Here’s what the CARES Act delivers for you:

  • Direct cash payments to low and middle income workers: individuals earning less than $75,000 and couples earning less than $150,000, will each receive a check for $1200. Filers will also receive an additional $500 per child.  Payments will decrease incrementally as income approaches $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; those making over those income thresholds will not receive a payment.
  • Expanded unemployment benefits: increased unemployment benefits by an additional $600 per week on top of existing state benefits for the next four months.
  • Extended eligibility for unemployment benefits to independent contractors, freelancers, and gig workers.
  • Increased funding for small business loans, including forgivable loans to small businesses who use the loan to keep their employees on payroll, pay their rent or mortgage, or pay utility bills.
  • Support to your state and local governments in their efforts to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus in your community.
  • Funding for hospitals, healthcare workers, and medical research to support the care they are providing, including the production and purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to keep our medical providers safe and healthy.

Help Flatten the Curve!

Over the course of COVID, Jim Himes has secured millions of dollars in grants for businesses and the people of the Fourth District.

 

Jim has brought home:

  • $1.4 billion in PPP loans, protecting 140,000 jobs
  • Over $135 million in funding for hospitals across the district
  • $37 million in relief for students, colleges and universities.
  • Grants for 33 non-profit art organizations to save jobs and assist our creative sector

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act  focuses on the immediate economic needs for workers and families like paid emergency leave for millions of Americans. The #FamiliesFirst Act provides for free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured and strengthens nutrition security benefits on which millions of school children, seniors, and families depend.

Congress also passed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which allocated $8.3 billion to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. This bill was passed on a bipartisan basis and provided funding for:

  • Public health preparedness and prevention, including funding for state and local public health agencies;
  • Vaccine research and therapy development, and;
  • Medical supplies and equipment

Best Practices

Avoid Transmission and Stay Informed

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds frequently throughout the day.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you don’t have access to soap and water. Look for a product that’s at least 60 % alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Limit your person-to-person contact by practicing social distancing (maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and another person) at all times when in public.
  • STAY HOME. Social distancing practices will help us slow the spread of this virus. We should all do our best to limit our interaction with other people. Even if you are experiencing no symptoms of the virus, you can still be a vector for it and can transmit the virus to others.
  • If you are experiencing symptoms or need medical assistance, please contact your primary care provider first. Do not go to the emergency room.
  • Stay up to date with CDC guidelines as they are issued by checking their website and signing up for their alerts
  • Check the state of Connecticut’s website daily to stay up-to-date with what is being done at the state level to address the virus
  • The state of Connecticut has set up a 24/7 information hotline for general questions no answered on the website related to COVID-19. You can dial 2-1-1 for assistance. This hotline is intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms. 
  • Anyone experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider immediately.

HELPFUL RESOURCES

The state of Connecticut has set up a website with the most up-to-date information for Connecticut residents.

Please visit regularly for the latest updates: https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus

If you have been laid off or furloughed as a result of the coronavirus, you can apply for unemployment immediately.

Connecticut businesses and nonprofits impacted by the coronavirus are now eligible to apply for loans from the SBA.

Coronavirus Relief Efforts

The State of CT COVID-19 Donation Site

The State of CT has set up a website for individuals and organizations to donate critical medical supplies currently in need. Visit the website to donate items that are currently in demand.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission

1088 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport

Donations of hand sanitizer, wipes, tissues, soap, cough drops, and disposable gloves may be placed in a Ziploc bag and brought to 1069 Connecticut Ave unit 2A; you can also donate on their website.

The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County

461 Glenbrook Road
Stamford, CT 06906

Monday–Friday: 8AM–4PM

The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County is in critical need of support. You can drop off donations of non-perishable goods or make a donation online.

The Fairfield County Community Foundation

40 Richards Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06854

The FCCF launched the Fairfield County COVID-19 Resiliency Fund that will rapidly deploy resources to trusted, frontline community organizations that meet the basic needs of local residents in Fairfield County. The Fund’s purpose is to help alleviate the social and economic consequences of this global pandemic and to prevent the widening of disparities in education, employment, housing, and health. The Fund’s resources will be directed to organizations serving high need, vulnerable populations, including low-income individuals and residents without health insurance and/or access to sick days; immigrants; persons with disabilities; and communities of color, among others. Any new gifts up to $10,000 to the Resiliency Fund will be matched, dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000, by an anonymous FCCF donor-advised fundholder. Donations can be made on their website.

The United Way of Greenwich

The Greenwich COVID-19 Community Relief Fund has been established to be used for the relief of economic hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis to agencies located in Greenwich providing aid, assistance and relief to Greenwich residents. Donations can be made on their website.

Domus

83 Lockwood Ave
Stamford, CT 06902

Monday–Friday: 8:30AM–3:15PM

Accepting donations of money, non-perishable foods, personal care and household items such as soap, toilet paper, cleaning products, diapers, etc. $25 AMEX, VISA, Shoprite, and Stop & Shop gift cards. You can also contribute to their Amazon wish list at http://a.co/hQNdt4l. Donations can be dropped off at 83 Lockwood Ave or can be made online at domuskids.org/donate.

Person to Person

Norwalk, Darien, and Stamford

Person to person provides individuals and families throughout lower Fairfield county with assistance for essential needs. They are currently accepting donations of non-perishable food items and gift cards, call the number listed above to confirm where to drop these items off. You can also donate online at their website.

The Red Cross

Hospitals are experiencing severe blood shortages, but the Red Cross has made it possible for individuals to continue to donate blood in a safe environment. Visit their website to find out how you can make an appointment to give blood.

The Restaurant Workers Community Foundation

RWCF is a nationwide community dedicated to making the restaurant industry more hospitable to everyone. They have created a fund to provide immediate direct relief to individual restaurant workers, non-profit organizations serving restaurant workers in crisis, and zero-interest loans for restaurants to get back up and running. You can donate online at their website.

The Valley Community Foundation

In response to COVID-19, the Valley Community Foundation (VCF), Valley United Way (VUW), Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce (GVCC), and the Valley Health & Human Service Council (Council) have come together to establish the Valley Community COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to rapidly deploy resources to organizations who support those in the area who are most significantly affected by the pandemic. The Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations throughout the Valley that serve the Valley region, especially to those who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak. You can donate online.

Americares

Americares is a non-profit disaster relief and global health organization providing immediate response to emergency medical needs and supporting long-term health care initiatives for people in the United States and around the world. You can make a donation to Americares and find out different ways to give on their website.

New Canaan Community Foundation

In response to COVID-19 and the impact it will have on our community, NCCF has launched the COVID-19 Response Fund. It is intended to mobilize private resources to New Canaan residents, local nonprofits, and support critical services in lower Fairfield County. Donations can be made on their website.

Neighbor to Neighbor

Because of COVID-19, the people served by Neighbor to Neighbor are at extreme risk due to loss of income and increased food insecurity. You can make a donation to their virtual foodbank online. Because they buy in bulk, a donation of $1.00 purchases $2.50 worth of food.

Monroe Department of Social Services

980 Monroe Turnpike
Monroe, CT 06468

Monday: 2:00PM – 5:30PM
Wednesday, Thursday: 9AM – 1PM

Donations of nonperishable food, household cleaning products, and laundry detergent are needed. Food donations can be received during regular business hours or left in the red bin on the left side of the food pantry after hours. Monetary donations can be received at the Food Pantry during business hours or mailed to the Monroe Food Pantry at 7 Fan Hill Road, Monroe, CT 06468.

Homes with Hope Food Pantry

Gillespie Center
45 Jesup Rd
Westport, CT 06880

(203) 576-0522

Monday–Friday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Accepting donations of nonperishable food at the Gillespie Center and monetary donations online.

King's Pantry

30 Florence St
Bridgeport, CT 06607

Monday–Friday: 10:30AM – 1:30PM

Requesting donations online through their website.

North End Community Council

555 Trumbull Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06606

Friday: 10:30AM – 12:00PM (Dropoffs only)
Saturday: 8:30AM – 12:00PM (Give out only)

In need of meats, canned goods, diapers, baby wipes, cleaning products (gloves, etc.); juice boxes (+ other food for kids staying at home); anything helps. Drop off donations at their trucks during the times allotted.

Thomas Merton Center

43 Madison Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06604

The Thomas Merton Center Food Café is continues to serve breakfast and lunch 6 days per week. Meals are now being served in a “take-out” format. Food pantry is open 3 days per week providing 10 days of groceries per month for low income families.

The Thomas Merton Center is open but is in critical need of support. You can make a donation via their website or view their wish list of food and supplies needed.

Community Centers, Inc. / CCI

61 E Putnam Ave
Greenwich, CT 06830

CCI is a Greenwich-based social service agency dedicated to building skills that empower clients to overcome educational, social and economic barriers. We serve families and elderly residents who live in Greenwich Public Housing. They are providing food twice weekly to families and senior citizens who live in subsidized housing in Greenwich.  These are our most vulnerable citizens who face food insecurity during “normal” times. CCI is  need of unused or gently used grocery bags; food and snacks for kids; financial support to keep our doors open.

New Covenant Center

174 Richmond Hill Ave
Stamford, CT 06902

New Covenant Center’s resources will be directed to focus on meeting the unfolding and ever-changing needs of our clients. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the demand for their services to the poor and vulnerable in Stamford is exploding. Your support will help New Covenant Center remain responsive to their needs. 

Mid-Fairfield AIDS Project

618 West Ave
Norwalk, CT 06850

Monday–Friday: 8:30AM – 5:00PM

In need of Masks, medical apparel, cleaning supplies, and monetary donations.

St. Philip Parish Food Pantry

1 Father Conlon Pl
Norwalk, CT 06851

Friday: 9:00AM – 11:00AM (Food pantry)

Monetary donations would be most helpful.

Town of Westport Department of Human Services

Town Hall Lobby
110 Myrtle Ave
Westport, CT 06880

Friday: 8:30AM – 4:30PM (Food pantry)

Assists residents of Westport with emergency food. Accepting gift cards and gas cards; can donate on the westportct.gov website on the human service tab by using the donate now button.

The Westport Woman’s Club, Inc. Food Closet

44 Imperial Ave
Westport, CT 06880

Monday–Friday: 9:00AM – 12:00PM / 1:00PM – 4:00PM

Assists residents of Westport with emergency food. Accepting donations of Stop n Shop gift cards and checks at this time.

Town of Wilton Social Services Department

Comstock Community Center
180 School Rd
Wilton, CT 06897

Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00AM – 4:00PM, 12:00PM – 3:00PM (Food pantry)

Call to arrange drop-off time. Accepting monetary and non-perishable food items as donation. People on the east side of the county should call with their name, phone number, and number of people in their household before pick-up. The community center is also delivering food and prescriptions to seniors.

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County

855 Main Street, 10th Floor Bridgeport, CT 06604

The United Way of Coastal Fairfield County has launched the Neighbors in Need Emergency Fund. This fund will provide support directly to those who so desperately need it–first responders, out-of-school children, and people working, facing additional demands, and struggling to make ends meet. The fund will accept donations through June 30, 2020. Gifts can be made to, “United Way Coastal Fairfield County,” with a check sent to 855 Main Street, 10th Floor, Bridgeport, CT 06604 or online at www.unitedwaycfc.org.

Women's Mentoring Network, Inc.

141 Franklin Street Stamford, CT 06901

WMN is accepting donations of hand sanitizer, wipes, soap, tissues, disposable gloves, supermarket gift cards, non-perishable foods. For direct financial assistance to families, visit: www.wmninc.org. Donations may be dropped off in the lobby at 141 Franklin St. in Stamford (the Inspirica building).  Any questions, please contact Lana Gifas at (203) 348-3828 or [email protected]

Building One Community

75 Selleck Street, Stamford, CT 06902

Hundreds of our local immigrant families are facing a chaotic and stressful time. Many have been living paycheck-to-paycheck and do not have savings or support systems to help them. Their hourly jobs as cleaners, childcare providers, restaurant workers, and landscapers have been cut and they are not earning wages.We are working around the clock to help our vulnerable community.You can support our efforts to work together not to let our community down when they need us the most. Your donation to B1C’s COVID-19 Response Fund will:

  • Organize food distributions in partnership with Stamford Public Schools and Person to Person
  • Keep our building open for emergency appointments.
  • Provide urgent case management and health, food, and safety referrals
  • Connect ELL students with their teachers so that they can continue learning
  • Teach children and parents how to access their schoolwork online
  • Provide video and phone immigration legal consultations

Resources for Pet Owners

Resources are available for people who need assistance with pet food. These organizations are receiving donations so that they can distribute free pet food to anyone having financial difficulties.

STARelief Stamford: (203) 636-0971

Greenwich Animal Control: (203) 622-8299

Adopt-A-Dog Greenwich: (203) 629-9494

CT Humane Society Pet Food Pantry Program: (860) 594-4500

CT Food Bank: (203) 469-500

Grace Farms

365 Lukes Wood Road New Canaan, CT 06840

 The Grace Farms Relief Fund for Connecticut, established with private donations totaling $2.5 million to help address the critical shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health care workers in Fairfield and New Haven counties.  As of today, 120,000 respirator masks, including more than 40,000 N95 masks and 80,000 KN95 masks have been delivered or are en route to local hospitals, first responders, and COVID-19 clinics in Connecticut. In addition, more than 32,000 surgical masks, and 4,000 isolation coveralls have already been received by 13 area hospitals, COVID-19 clinics, and 14 local townships’ first responders to date. Hundreds of thousands of additional respirator masks, gowns/coveralls and face shields are expected to arrive within days, and will be distributed again by New Canaan Fire Department volunteers to local first responders in Fairfield County and healthcare workers at Community Health Centers, Stamford Health, Norwalk Hospital, Danbury Hospital, and St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, and Yale New Haven Health which serves six hospitals. In addition to launching the Relief Fund and Alliance to address the PPE shortage, Grace Farms Foundation has also responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by preparing and delivering food to those in need in New Canaan and surrounding communities. Through partnerships with nine not-for-profit organizations in Fairfield County, Grace Farms Foundation is providing 1,000 meals and pantry staples weekly to those experiencing food insecurity

The Child and Family Guidance Center

Locations in Bridgeport, Norwalk, Stratford

We provide children and families with culturally-informed mental health care and complementary supports, regardless of ability to pay. Our sixteen programs have helped thousands of people in Fairfield County, with the majority of our work being done in Greater Bridgeport and Greater Norwalk. Across all of our programs, we strive to increase the emotional well-being of the people we serve and create stable and nurturing environments for children. COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will help pay for the technology and resources needed for the Centers to continue to provide service.

Connecticut Institute for Immigrants and Refugees (CIRI)

Locations throughout the state

COVID-19 brings unparalleled threats to the individuals and communities we serve, as the most vulnerable have the least access to the information, resources, and care they need to stay healthy and safe. The most significant needs for our clients – immigrants, refugees, survivors of torture and human trafficking – during the COVID-19 crisis are assistance with rent, utilities, food, trauma informed care, and legal consultation regarding benefits under the new public charge laws. The vast majority of our clients are at risk of, or have already suffered, layoffs or reduced income as a result of employment in the gig economy. Many will not qualify for financial support under the recently passed CARES Act. Financial support will allow our clients to pay rent and utilities, purchase food for their families, seek medical care, and continue to receive trauma-informed case management.

Hotlines / Other Resources

Statewide COVID-19 information line

211

General information about COVID-19. Not a medical line.

Greenwich YWCA Domestic Abuse Hotline

24/7 domestic abuse hotline.

Center for Family Justice Domestic Abuse Hotline

24/7 domestic abuse hotline.

Center for Family Justice Sexual Assault Hotline

24/7 sexual assault hotline.

Domestic Violence Crisis Center

24/7 domestic violence hotline.

Catholic Charities of Fairfield County

We continue to provide Immigration Legal Services, Mental Health Counseling, Housing Case Management, Homeless Outreach Services, Adoption Services, and Community Support Case Management Services. These services are currently available remotely via telephone or Zoom.

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