United Way of Hampshire County has regularly updated COVID-19 resource pages.

Find them HERE .

Your clients can find resources through Mass 2-1-1 HERE .
Look4Help has updated information about services that are available HERE .

For Hampshire County Food Resources , click HERE .

For information about food access resources throughout Franklin County .Click HERE .

Email updates to Mary McClintock at Community Action.
Don't get too down, the world needs you now. Know that you matter.
Alicia Keys, Good Job (You'll need Kleenex.)
United Way of Hampshire County-COSA Resource Calls are happening every Tuesday at 10am-11am. Join us for a conversation about resources, planning, and support.

Get the Zoom call information HERE .
Get notes from April 28 , April 21 , April 14 , and April 7 .
Zoom Call Tips! Did you know that if you join a Zoom call on the phone (not via the video app or your computer), you can still raise your hand? Use *9 to raise - and then lower - your hand. This is just like school and tells the moderator you'd like to share something with the groupl

You can also mute and unmute yourself using *6. Thanks to Mary for these insights!

COVID-19 Research Study

WE NEED YOU ...

Help us understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced your physical and mental wellbeing!

If you are 18 years or older,
English speaking,
Living in the U.S.,
Then you qualify!

To complete the short 20 minute Qualtrics survey, follow the link HERE.

Questions? Contact Jasmin Hutchinson
jhutchinson@springfield.edu

Managers & Supervisors Discussion Group
You are invited to a discussion group for managers and supervisors every Thursday, beginning April 30, from 8:30 -9:15 a.m. on Zoom.
 
Social distancing ushered in by the coronavirus pandemic caused social services and behavioral health agencies to move at warp speed in developing protocols to respond to those they serve at a most urgent time in their lives, placing extreme stress on managers and supervisors who created and launched new systems and procedures while supporting frontline staff at a time of unusual need.
 
Many people who work as managers and supervisors hold the grief, concern and stress of many in the workplace as well bearing their own responsibility and concerns about program effectiveness. Many also find they have neglected their own self-care in the service of supporting those on the frontlines. Despite the widespread presence of virtual connections, managers and supervisors may feel unable to connect with others because they serve unique positions within their organizations. 
 
Hosted by the Northampton Recovery Center and Hampshire HOPE and facilitated by healthcare Chaplain Anne Bauer. Get all the details HERE and online HERE .
Giving Tuesday Now for May 5, 2020.

Is your organization participating in this global day of giving? Learn more about the #GivingTuesdayNow event HERE.

Want to assist local efforts helping a network of area nonprofits?

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts COVID-19 Response Fund

Massachusetts Form PC Filing Deadline Extended
Because of widespread disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division is extending by six months the filing deadlines for all annual charities filings for fiscal year 2019. This extension is in addition to automatic six-month extensions that many charities are granted. 

In addition, where a signature is required, we will accept original signatures, photocopies of signatures, and e-signatures (e.g., DocuSign). Find the details HERE on Mass.gov.
The Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) in partnership with UMass Medical is launching a public information campaign designed to make Massachusetts families aware of state resources that are available to them and encourage struggling families to reach out for help. We would greatly appreciate your assistance in spreading the word. 
 
We have posted a series of graphics on this website ( https://www.mass.gov/lists/we-all-need-help-sometimes ) that are available to be printed, emailed, and/or shared on social media. 
 
Currently the graphics are available in English and Spanish (with one exception, which we are still working on translating.) We are working on getting them translated into additional languages, and will post those versions as soon as they are available. 
 
If you have any questions about this project, please contact Melissa Threadgill at the Office of the Child Advocate:  Melissa.Threadgill@mass.gov . Thank you so much for any assistance you can provide in getting the word out to the community that help is out there.
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) will receive an additional $200M nationwide to support pantries, shelters, meal programs, rent, and utility assistance. Although the award amount for Hampshire County has not been released yet, you can learn more via a pre-recorded webinar HERE.

Read the funding notice HERE.
Census 2020 is seeking a mascot! From the Census update: We are hoping to attract some creative, artistic, and talented people to engage in our New York Regional Mascot contest. That's right! We are looking for a mascot that officially represents all of the states in our great region -- Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont. Sounds tricky, but we are confident you, or someone you know, can have some fun creating something imaginative, distinctive, and representative of the region. There are no restrictions or guidelines to what you may create.

For example, community members Ali Smith and Russell Gong conceived and created  CENSUSAURUS (see attachment)  during the Queens Museum Create-A-Thon back in early March. This entry came in the form of an illustration, but you are free to provide any sort of artwork (picture, animation, craft, etc.) you prefer.

The deadline for entries is Friday, May 8 and the winner will be announced on Friday, May 15. Following that date, we will be sure to display our new mascot in as many places as possible throughout the rest of the 2020 Census campaign! Please send your entry via email to  new.york.rcc.Partnership@2020census.gov .

Teens, Tweens, and Quarantines
If you missed the Teens, Tweens, and Quarantines presentation from SPIFFY, don't despair! You can register to view the recorded webinar HERE .

Learn about the impact of COVID-19 on youth mental health and what parents and caregivers can do to provide support. Learn practical approaches to parenting, the signs of stress, anxiety, and depression, and how we can help our youth navigate home, family, friends, and school.
Download: Chronicle of Philanthropy Virtual Forum on COVID-19 and Nonprofits
May 05: NP Center of the Berkshires - What Access Means Now
May 06: MNN Zoom Meetings - improve your Zoom skills
May 20: HSF Board Service - Why It's Good for You and Your Community
May 28: Early Childhood Mental Health Roundtable with Sarah Patton
May 29: HSF & Smith College School for Social Work Documenting Medical Necessity
Jul 22: HSF Administrative Professionals Day in JULY !
Weekly Community Conference Calls on COVID-19

Join Senator Comerford via conference call to hear updates on the actions of the Senate working group on COVID-19, get answers to your questions, and share your ideas directly with the Senator. For all calls, dial (605) 313-5111, and use access code: 378045
 
Dates & times:

For the most up-to-date list of events, please visit  www.SenatorJoComerford.org/events
Northampton Survival Center in collaboration with Grow Food Northampton and Community Action Pioneer Valley has a temporary pantry site at Jackson St. School and bags available for pick up at several Northampton locations. Get current information about services HERE .
Get the latest information about all of the continuing programming at Amherst Survival Center by clicking HERE .

Amherst Survival Center is seeking partners for food delivery options . Please see the message from their director HERE .
Easthampton Community Center continues to serve individuals and families from 22 communities and has modified food pickup to observe social distancing.
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has updated its services. Get information HERE .

Pantry and Meals updates HERE .
CENSUS 2020: Make It Count!

You and your clients can complete the 2020 census by phone! There is multi-lingual support available including Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish and more HERE .

Find your home town on a live map of response rates HERE .


Complete the Census 2020 ONLINE
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Neighbor, meet Neighbor.

The Western Massachusetts Community Aid is a grassroots movement that provides opportunities to post updates about support and requests for assistance.

How can I help? What if I need help? Learn more HERE .
Learn more about resources for your organization at Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. Get the details on their COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley HERE .
Many thanks to Massachusetts Nonprofit Network for assembling a helpful list of links to support your nonprofit during this outbreak.
Look HERE .
Rep. Mindy Domb has news about the response to COVID-19, legislative efforts, the 2020 Census, and more on her Facebook feed HERE.
Sen. Jo Comerford has updates on COVID-19 for constituents HERE. There is information about the state and federal response HERE.
Check out Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa 's Twitter feed HERE for the latest. Join in her virtual office hours HERE .
Rep. Dan Carey posts about ways MA state government is working on COVID-19. He's got a Facebook feed HERE .
Congressman Jim McGovern has an updated page about COVID-19 HERE with information for constituents. For tips and updates, try Facebook HERE.
Rep. Natalie Blais updates regularly on Facebook HERE about COVID-19, info, and legislative responses to the public health crisis.
CDC Coronavirus Resources , includes map of US cases to date and downloads

includes downloads
Partners HealthCare COVID-19 Multi-Lingual Information Page in English, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish HERE
Baystate Health regularly updates information about coronavirus in our area. They include a glossary of terms.

Does your organization have additional supplies of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)? They welcome your donations of this life-saving equipment.
Call 413-794-6552 or email COVID19PPE@baystatehealth.org .
Cooley Dickinson Health Care updated information page HERE .

Cooley Dickinson has a COVID-19 Call Center for questions about symptoms or general inquiries.

Call 888-554-4234

Cooley Dickinson is accepting cloth masks that will be washed, packaged, and distributed to patients in need.
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COVID-19 Prevention and Response for Homeless Providers: Daily Resource Digest. Get full information HERE .

Friday afternoon office hours for providers info HERE .
MASSHIRE staff continue to work and assist customers by phone, email, or web. Their website will be updated daily. Detailed info for those seeking to file unemployment claims is HERE .
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