We’re working diligently to provide help to people in need during this difficult time. Read the stories about people who need help, as browse our links to coronavirus resources.
News of school and other local closures last week provided a glimpse at the real impact the coronavirus will have on our community.
While many people ran to the stores to stock up their family’s needs, the overstocking is negatively impacting those most vulnerable populations.
For example, our Executive Director Stephanie Bowers received the following phone call:
“My 72-year old dad is terrified to go to the store – and even if he went, would there be any incontinence supplies for him?”
We also heard from a Diaper Drop partner about thankful parents after the local store shelves were emptied of diapers, and low income families who couldn’t afford to stock up were now left without.
“I just want to say how much Jake’s Diapers helped our small community! Panicked mothers coming to me for cloth diapers because store shelves were cleaned out and they couldn’t afford to buy bulk and were now left with nothing. Jake’s to the rescue!”
We know this type of impact will continue to ripple through the low-income community, and echo Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich’s call to “do whatever you can to help.”
“This is going to be a difficult time for us all, but it will be especially trying for those who are most economically vulnerable,” he said. “Do whatever you can to help.”
There is a lot of information being shared about coronovirus right now. The best way to stay informed with accurate details is to check the below agency sites, with many links to resources and updates as information on the coronavirus and confirmed cases becomes available.
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- World Health Organization
Below, we have more links to virtual and local resources to help our community through this trying time.
Resources for parents + kids during coronavirus school closures
- Scholastic Learn at Home resources: Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing; organized by grade level.
- NPR Just for Kids – A Comic Exploring the coronavirus: This is from late February, but offers insight into how to talk about the COVID-19 with children.
- CDC also has a guide for talking to children about coronavirus. Check it out for important tips on minimizing anxiety and fears about getting sick.
- Go Valley Kids list of family friendly trails in the area to get you moving outdoors – a great immune booster.
- 12 virtual tours of famous museums around the world will give you something to do while staying tucked at home.
- The Khan Academy has wonderful free resources online as well as a quality, interactive learning app.
Resources for local help + info
- Our Hygiene Distribution Drive-Through event for senior needs in Oshkosh (see events in this news story / also in our Facebook event)
- Check Go Valley Kids for a comprehensive list of events and activities closures, plus this great list of family friendly trails in the area to get you moving outdoors – a great immune booster.
- Spectrum offers free internet service to low-income families with children grades K-12, to promote ongoing learning during coronavirus school closures.
- Free breakfast & lunch programs throughout our community during coronavirus. Check out Go Valley Kids roundup of ongoing resources; the list is long, no kid should go hungry.
- Closures and other actions to prevent the coronavirus will no doubt create a negative financial impact, those already struggling may struggle more. Check out this list of Outagamie organizations who provide financial support to make sure your bills are paid.
- Forward-Service Corporation is a Madison-based organization that helps families during emergencies with mortgage and energy payments. Learn more here.
- Here’s a list of food pantries in Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago counties.