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.
We are stronger together! Joanne Marqusee, president and CEO of Cooley Dickinson Health Care, joined forces with local hospital CEO’s from Baystate Health, Berkshire Health Systems, and Mercy Medical Center to share the top 5 ways to keep yourself, your family, and community safe from COVID-19 and other emergency care needs. Through these challenging times, we are proud to work together as a united team supporting the health and well-being of the western Mass community. We thank you all for doing your part in overcoming the pandemic.

¡Juntos somos más fuertes! Joanne Marqusee, presidente y directora ejecutiva de Cooley Dickinson Health Care unió fuerzas con los directores ejecutivos de los hospitales locales: Baystate Health, Berkshire Health Systems y Mercy Medical Center, para compartir las 5 mejores maneras para mantenerse usted, su familia y su comunidad a salvo del CoVID-19 y otros cuidados de emergencia. A través de estos tiempos difíciles, estamos orgullosos de trabajar juntos como un equipo apoyando la salud y el bienestar de la comunidad del Oeste de Massachusetts. Les agradecemos a todos ustedes por hacer su parte para superar esta pandemia.

New Onsite Open Hours at Amherst Survival Center
Effective Monday 5/4 our onsite open hours will begin at 12 noon (instead of at 11am).  Lunch, produce, bread, and food pantry pick-ups will be available onsite Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12-3pm.  

While a bit counter-intuitive, we are reducing onsite open hours in order to provide more food to more people! As I've shared, we have been preparing and serving 50% more lunches than before COVID-19, and over the last two weeks have been running out. Due to social distancing, we can only have a few people in the kitchen or packaging groceries for delivery at any one time. This extra hour will allow us to prepare and serve up to 200 lunches per day, prepare more deliveries for additional families, and we are confident we can still serve the same number of people onsite.
Masks are now mandatory in public in the state of Massachusetts. Here's a quick PSA you can share that describes what face coverings comply with this ruling. And the official order is HERE.
Community Legal Aid:
New Unemployment Claims Initiative
As we all know, COVID-19 has thrown thousands of people out of work in our area, and most of them have applied, or tried to apply for unemployment insurance (UI). We at Community Legal Aid have been very busy helping people who have applied and have run into problems. But we realize that because the only realistic way to apply for UI is through their online claim system, the process is very challenging for people with limited English proficiency or limited access to or ability to use the technology , For that reason, we have now started a project, using trained volunteers, including lawyers and law students, to file claims for people not able to manage the process on their own.   Of course, we continue to be available to help people who have gotten the process started themselves but have run into difficulty.
 
English and Spanish language flyers or call 855-252-5342 or applying for services online ( www.communitylegal.org ). 
 
Want to volunteer or to offer interpretation services? Email Jen Dieringer HERE .
United Way of Hampshire County-COSA Resource Calls are happening every other Tuesday at 10am-11am. Join us for a conversation about resources, planning, and support.

Next UWHC-COSA Call is May 19th.

Get the Zoom call information HERE.
Resource Call Notes:

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!
Spread the word.
Stop the virus.
Learn more about the COVID-19 Community Tracing Collaborative HERE . Get tons of resources in the Media Toolkit HERE including flyers, scripts, and videos in multiple languages.
Ideas about Reopening? Share them!
Help inform your representative about the issues surrounding reopening. Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa would like to hear from you about the concerns your organizations have and the challenges your clients will be facing.

Please share your thoughts in a survey available online HERE. And this is the direct link: https://bit.ly/3c8Jrfm
Healthy Incentives Program
There is a lot going on right now at the Healthy Incentives Program . Everyone still needs fresh, local food and farmers need to continue to be getting business and selling produce. This document is updated each month, so you can expect this link to be useful through the year. Here is the updated listing for May of all of the HIP locations throughout the Pioneer Valley.

Check out HIP Facebook updates HERE .
COVID-19 and the Massachusetts State Budget
A great read from the folks at MassBudget about how COVID-19 will affect the state budget process.

Deadline for the budget is July 1.

Find it HERE .
There's a new website detailing the MA Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer Card ( P-EBT Program ). Find updates right HERE .

Check out the FAQ page HERE .
DIAL/SELF shares an update about Nonprofit Considerations for Starting a Virtual Volunteering Program HERE .
New Grants & Online Options!
Valley Community Development has updated their home ownership classes by hosting them online during COVID-19. Get all the information HERE . And you can register for the course HERE .

Check out first-time homebuyer grants in Amherst, Northampton, and Pelham.
MNN Nonprofit Awareness Day: A Celebration of Nonprofit Excellence  
Nonprofit Awareness Day: A Celebration of Nonprofit Excellence  presented by  Citizens Bank  will take place as a  virtual event on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 10am . Registration for the event is  free  for all MNN nonprofit and affiliate members and only $25 for non-members.

The highlight of the virtual celebration is the presentation Nonprofit Excellence Awards, which are to be presented to six nonprofit organizations and employees that exemplify the most innovative, creative, and effective work being done throughout the Commonwealth.  Click here  to see who the 28 finalists are this year.
Discussion group for managers and supervisors every Thursday from 8:30 -9:15 a.m. on Zoom. Many people who work as managers and supervisors hold the grief, concern and stress of many in the workplace as well as bearing their own responsibility and concerns about program effectiveness. 
 
Hosted by the Northampton Recovery Center and Hampshire HOPE and facilitated by healthcare Chaplain Anne Bauer. Get all the details HERE and online HERE .
Mass DHCD has a new website related to COVID-19. Find resources and guidance about RAFT, public housing, rental vouchers, guidelines for shelter providers, the eviction moratorium and loads more.

Get it all on Mass.gov HERE .
Peer Grief Support after Overdose Death
Every SECOND THURSDAY of the month, upcoming on May 14 and June 11, via Zoom. Read the flyer HERE from Northampton Recovery Center.
Tapestry is here to help, and we’re not going anywhere during COVID-19

“The issues that Tapestry addresses —such as the opioid epidemic, the risk of HIV-infections, and lack of access to basic needs like food, contraception, and screening for infection — are exacerbated by a crisis like this that drives people apart and makes service delivery more difficult. In response to this pandemic we have evolved the way we provide care.” Cheryl Zoll, Tapestry CEO.

Virtual Visits and Telehealth options.

Find Tapestry on Facebook HERE.
Download: Chronicle of Philanthropy Virtual Forum on COVID-19 and Nonprofits
May 08: Valley CDC Approved for a Business PPP Loan! And now what?
May 14: NonProfit Times Webinar: Rebooting after COVID-19
May 14: N'ton Recovery Center Peer Grief Support after Overdose Death
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
Jun 11: N'ton Recovery Center Peer Grief Support after Overdose Death
Jun 24: HSF June Breakfast
Jun 24: MNN Nonprofit Awareness Day, A Celebration of Nonprofit Excellence
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
Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa: May Virtual Community Office Hours Stay up to date and find all the details on her Facebook Events page.
Tuesdays
May 12, 3-4 pm
May 19, 3-4 pm
May 26, 3-4 pm
Thursdays
May 7, 5-6 pm
May 14, 5-6 pm
May 21, 5-6 pm
May 28, 5-6 pm
Meeting ID: 473 991 084
Call-in
929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 473 991 084
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 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
Massachusetts Form PC Filing Deadline Extended by six months: Get the update HERE.
Lend your voice! Send your comments to the Reopening Advisory Board. What are your organization's major concerns? Use the form on Mass.gov HERE. Details about the Reopening Advisory Board are HERE.
Mass.gov Resources on COVID-19 including How to Make Your Own Mask, Quarantine and Isolation info in multiple languages, emergency orders, plus more HERE.
Federal Disaster Declaration for Massachusetts: On March 27, 2020, the President  declared  a Major Disaster Declaration for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, DR-4496, related to the COVID-19 pandemic response. This declaration supersedes the previous Emergency Declaration, EM-3438, granted to the Commonwealth of MA by the President on March 13, 2020. The Major Disaster Declaration, like the Emergency Declaration, authorizes only Category B, Emergency Protective Measures; making federal funding available to local governments, state agencies, and eligible private non-profit organizations in all counties. The incident period is from January 20, 2020 and continuing.
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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