Participants and their families can find a variety of resources here to help with any challenges they are facing due to COVID-19 and social distancing protocols that are in place. This will be a growing, changing list as things develop, so please make sure to check back often for updates.
Click on any of the below categories to see the resources listed, or simply scroll down the page:
- Educational Support
- Fun Free or Low-Cost Online Activities
- Financial Support
- Food Support
- Medical Support
- Mental Health Support
- Utilities Support
Teaching Tools and Lessons for Parents and Students
To access free online resources to help with students and parents/guardians with distance learning, try this website: https://sharemylesson.com/collections/free-online-resources-educators-parents-and-students
This website also provides free online learning resources, broken out by elementary, middle school, and high school learning; https://www.weareteachers.com/free-online-learning-resources/
Fun Educational DIY Activities at Home:
Sierra Nevada Journeys has put together some great learning activities that children and families can do from home: https://www.sierranevadajourneys.org/blog
For some fun and easy science projects children can do at home, click here.
Use Instagram for learning and inspiration. This website compiles great science, history, and curiosity learning gems from Instagram: https://www.diygenius.com/instagram-for-learning-and-inspiration/
Cooking and Baking
Bread Making videos and easy recipes! Gluten free, sourdough, fancy loafs, & basic loafs: https://breadtopia.com/blog/
Easy, healthy recipes for free: https://eatfresh.org/eatfreshorg-mini-course
Virtual cooking classes for free: https://www.leahspantry.org/aces-and-nourishment/gucci-osterias-massimo-bottura-is-offering-free-virtual-cooking-classes-on-ig/
Audible is offering free audiobooks as long as schools are closed. To access their free audiobooks and see their selection, click here.
If you’re interested in learning how to make great videos using your cell phone, our local Nevada County Media Center is offering a 2-hour workshop with several days/times to choose from, for $10. Click here for details and to register.
Virtual Tours, Concerts and Other Fun Online Activities
For access to a variety of fun online activities, ChatterPack has a list of free activities and virtual tours so you can explore the world from your home. This includes virtual tours of museums from around the world and Zoo Cams of Pandas, Tigers, and Koalas! Plus, online language learning, online courses, games, music, concerts (musical and theater), eBooks, boardgames, podcasts, and mental health resources.
For new guidelines for filing a disability insurance claim during the Coronavirus outbreak and what qualifies for unemployment benefits, visit https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm
Click this link to file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. The link provides the steps and also has video tutorials in English and Spanish. Please note that they are waiving the week-long waiting period at this time so that people can start receiving benefits more rapidly.
Be prepared to provide the following information to file a UI claim:
- First and last name.
- Social Security number.
- California Driver License number.
- Most current employer’s business name, phone number, and mailing address (as stated on your W-2 or paystub).
- Last date you worked your regular duties and hours or date you began working at less than full duty or modified duty.
- Register and create an unemployment portal with this link: https://www.edd.ca.gov/Benefit_Programs_Online.htm
- Click Login and Register
- Click new registration (unless you have previously registered with EDD)
- Fill out information requested, click next, login, and click start a new claim
- When it asks about “last employer” it is talking about your present job.
- If you have questions for how to fill it out, we can help via phone or Zoom.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Disaster Unemployment Assistance is for anyone who doesn’t qualify for Unemployment Insurance. It is for small business owners, contract employees (1099 employee), etc. Click here for the Fact Sheet for more information or click here to apply.
Interfaith Food Ministry (IFM)
440 Henderson Street, Grass Valley
Food distribution hours: M-W-F from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, as well as the second Saturday of each month from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm for working families who cannot come during their normal distribution days on M, W, F.
How it works: Each individual or family may receive community donated food one time every two weeks. If you’re not already a IFM client, you will need to do the following:
- Show them a Social Security card for each person in your immediate household that you wish to receive food.
- Residency can be established by producing a current rental agreement, mortgage statement, business statement (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, etc.) or current utility bill (AT&T, NID, PG&E, Waste Management, propane, etc.) that is addressed to the client or any of their dependents at their physical address.
- Due to current health concerns, IFM will be distributing food through a curbside / drive-through process. This means that clients will not be getting out of their cars, the distribution team will build pre-packaged bags for easy distribution, and they’ll limit the number of Ask For items as low as possible.
Nevada County Food Bank
They are now providing Drive Through Distributions every Thursday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Breakfast and Lunch Distribution for Nevada County Students
Grass Valley School District (GVSD) food service program will be offering families the opportunity to drive through and pick up meals for the children in their family at a number of sites. Children 18 years and younger must be present in order for meals to be provided. The following sites will provide a lunch for that day and breakfast the following day. Beginning Tuesday, March 16th meals will be served according to the schedule below. Please stay in your car and meals will be passed through based on the number of children in the car. This is available to all students in Western Nevada County.
Meals can be picked up at the following locations:
- Scotten Elementary School: 10821 Squirrel Creek Road, Grass Valley, daily between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
- GVSD Central Kitchen: 900 Golden Gate Terrace, Grass Valley, daily between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
- Bear River High School: 11130 Magnolia Road, Grass Valley, on March 31st between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm (4 days of meals will be distributed)
- Nevada Union High School: 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley, on March 31st between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm (4 days of meals will be distributed)
These programs will be only for pick-up of meals, meals will not be eaten on site in order to be proactive in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Please stay home if you feel sick or have a cough.
Emily’s Catering and Cakes: Free Lunch Friday
421 Colfax Ave., Grass Valley
For the next 4 Fridays (3/20, 3/27, 4/3, and 4/10) Emily’s will give out 100 free sack lunches!
These lunches will include a PB&J sandwich, piece of organic whole fruit, organic baby carrots, a small cookie and a milk or juice box.
Lunches will be available for pick up on Fridays between 12:00-1:00 pm at 421 Colfax Ave. in Grass Valley. If the weather is nice they will be set up in the parking lot so you don’t have to get out of the car. If the weather is bad they ask that 1 member of your party comes in to pick up.
These are available on a first come first serve basis and there is a limit of 2 per family. No holds.
If you have any further questions please feel free to call 530-271-2253.
Staple Food Items Available Through The Friendship Club
For Friendship Club and SAFE Program Participants and their families only: If you need food relief during this challenging time, we have these staple items available for participants and families:
- black beans
- white beans
- pasta sauce
- canned tomatoes
- Mac and cheese
- pork sausage
- ground beef
Please contact Wendy Van Wagner, our Nutrition and Wellness Coordinator, to let us know what you need and arrange for pick up at The Friendship Club: WendyV@friendshipclub.org or (530) 277-5126 (cell).
Apply for CalFresh (Food Stamps)
You can apply for CalFresh online at https://c4yourself.com/c4yourself/index.jsp
Select the link “Start an Application” at the top, then create a login so you can come back to your application if you don’t do it all at once, and also to check your application status, or your balance on the EBT card once you have CalFresh.
You can also apply in person. For more info on how to apply, click on this link:
COVID-19 Testing at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital will begin drive-through COVID-19 testing from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 3/17 and 3/18. They also just added 3/23 and 3/26 from 3:00-5:00. Check back for new dates.
If you are symptomatic and meet criteria for testing, Nevada County residents should call their primary care doctor. If the doctor agrees that an individual needs to be tested, the doctor can fax an order to the hospital.
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital will call the patient to set up an appointment drive-through time. Please do not attempt to go to the testing drive-through without a previously set-up appointment.
Virtual Medicine to Check Symptoms
To help communities prepare for and respond to the spread of COVID-19, Dignity Health is offering free virtual care visits from the convenience and safety of home for anyone exhibiting mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms such as low-grade fever, cough, or respiratory problems.
Download the Virtual Care Anywhere app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or go to dignityhealth.org/COVID19-virtual-care. Enter code COVID19 when requesting care.
Nevada County Updates about the Coronavirus
How to talk to kids about coronavirus
For Friendship Club participants only: If your child is struggling and needs help connecting with a local therapist, contact Associate Director, Dena Malakian, and she will do her best to arrange for your child to do TeleMedicine (therapy by phone/internet) during this time of social distancing. We have a few therapists ready to set up weekly appointments, so contact Dena at DenaV@friendshipclub.org or (530) 277-7546 (cell) to get started.
Help Reducing Anxiety and Stress
If you’re looking for ways to reduce anxiety during these uncertain times, we recommend watching this Public Service Vlog by California therapists and following their tips below:
Tip 1: Practice Acceptance
A global pandemic is not a usual occurrence. It makes sense that you are feeling uneasy. Allow for your feelings and allow for the reality of the situation. Also allow for the fact that most of us are not in immediate danger, and that we’re working together to find solutions.
Tip 2: Make a Plan
Our brains get very overwhelmed in situations that are out of our control and have uncertain outcomes. Comfort yourself by controlling what you can. Be sure to wash your hands. Do what you need to feel safe and secure. Check out the Red Cross Safety and Readiness Guide here, and share your readiness plan with your family: http://bit.ly/REDCROSSSARG
Tip 3: Stay in the Present Moment
When we bring our mind into the present, and stop ruminating about the future or the past (what has gone wrong and what could go wrong) we realize that we’re ok. Make sure your mind is where your body is. Use a mantra if that’s helpful – “This too shall pass.”
Tip 4: Don’t Overexpose Yourself to the News
Repeatedly viewing or listening to the same scary story can really push your nervous system into full panic mode. Schedule just a few times a day to turn on the news or look at the internet, for about 20 minutes at a time. Set a timer to keep yourself from fixating on the scary stuff.
Tip 5: Pay Attention to your Body
Our brains and our bodies are intricately connected. We feel better emotionally when we feel physically rested. Make sure you are eating healthy, getting a little exercise, and practicing good sleep hygiene.
Tip 6: Practice Deep, Slow Breathing
When you practice deep, slow breathing, you’ll feel less anxious, because your lungs will send a message through your Vagus nerve to your brain that all is well. Practice breathing ‘In’ for a count of six, and breathing ‘Out’ for a count of six, for one full minute or more.
Tip 7: Stay Connected
We are biologically wired to connect with one another, and there is real healing power in connecting with other people who are struggling in similar ways. Even though you may not want to spend time with big groups or see people in person, make sure you’re not isolating more than necessary.
Tip 8: Keep a Balanced Perspective
Even in the most challenging times, we can find a few aspects of our lives that are going well. It is important to focus on the good in times of struggle. If you realize you haven’t laughed or smiled in a while, watch a funny TV show or call a friend who makes you laugh, and remember that the world isn’t all bad. Sometimes, even in the midst of crisis, we can find silver linings.
IF YOU NEED SUPPORT FROM A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL, PLEASE REACH OUT TO DENA AT THE FRIENDSHIP CLUB, OR ONE OF THESE RESOURCES TO FIND A THERAPIST NEAR YOU:
COUNSELING CALIFORNIA – https://www.counselingcalifornia.com/
PSYCHOLOGY TODAY – https://www.psychologytoday.com/us
TALKSPACE – https://www.talkspace.com/
Other Mental Health Resources
If you’ve experienced PTSD or childhood trauma, this is a good article to how to cope with the triggers of this pandemic:
Apple News has a couple of articles worth reading to get some tips on how to get through this tough time:
- Feeling plain, old sad about everything related to COVID-19? Here are 8 ways to deal and heal
- A therapists guide to boosting your mental health when you are social isolating
Free or Low-Cost Internet Services
Comcast is enhancing their Internet Essential program for low-income households during this crisis and to make it easier to access the internet as people shelter-in-place. They are offering free high speed internet to new low-income customers for 60 days. Click here to apply. If you are already a Comcast customer, but are not enrolled in the Internet Essentials Program, you can receive low-cost internet $9.95/month if you meet their low-income requirements. Go to their Internet Essentials page to find out more.
AT&T is also offering 2 free months of internet service to new customers who meet their low income eligibility requirements. For low-income families with existing AT&T service, you should quality for their Access program with low monthly rates. To learn more about these options, click here.
Verizon will add 15 GB of data to their customer’s plans through April 30th for free to allow for greater use of hotspots. Click here for more details.
Suddenlink is offering free broadband for 60 days to any new household with students in K-12 and/or college who do not currently have internet access. Click here for more details, or click here to sign up if you are a new customer. You can also call 1 (888) 633-0030 to sign up.