A MESSAGE TO OUR COMMUNITY,
Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by the outbreak of coronavirus. Now and always, your health and safety is our top priority.
As a precaution to protect the most vulnerable in our community from the transmission of COVID-19, the United Way of Central Missouri office is closed but remains operational, effective March 18, 2020. United Way staff remains committed to serving the needs of our community and will continue to work, while taking necessary public health precautions. If you need to reach one of our staff members, please view our staff directory here.
If you have questions related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) please contact the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services 24-hour hotline at 1-877-435-8411.
If you need immediate information or non-emergency help, please call 2-1-1 or 1-800-427-4626. 211 operators are standing by 24/7 to connect people experiencing need with information on available community resources.
Please remember to visit our Facebook page (@unitedwaycemo) for United Way and partner agency/community resources and updates.
In order to be proactive in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community, all essential United Way of Central Missouri meetings will be held virtually through April 10. At that time, we will determine whether it is appropriate to extend these measures beyond that date. Nonessential meetings/events will be postponed or canceled on a case-by-case basis. Volunteers will be contacted by a United Way staff member if this meeting/event affects your schedule.
Below are prevention tips as recommended by the CDC. The CDC notes: Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.
>Clean your hands often.
>Avoid close contact.
>Take steps to protect others; stay at home if you're sick.
>Cover coughs and sneezes.
>Wear a facemask if you are sick.
>Clean and disinfect surfaces daily.
COMMUNITY RESPONSE & RESOURCES
Please visit the organizational websites or contact them directly for the most up-to-date information on their services.
>Need someone to talk to? Help is available. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline provides 24/7 free and confidential support at 1-800-273-8255.
>The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
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>The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) is providing regular training and technical assistance (TTA) on matters related to the mental and substance use disorder field during COVID-19. Learn more here.
>City of Jefferson--Important Links (i.e. City Announcements, JC Utility Payment Options, JeffTran Information, Republic Services Trash/Recycling Information, etc.)
>Cole County Health Department: Technical Advisory #1
>Cole County Health Department: Technical Advisory #2
>Compass Health Network Community Update March 24 2020
>Help The Helpers is a volunteer group that has been developed to help meet the needs of our hometown heroes--medical and emergency personnel helping with COVID-19 pandemic efforts. Learn more at helpthehelpers.us.
>SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital is accepting donations; such as gloves, hand sanitizers and other sanitary supplies. United Way is also a drop-off site for the homemade masks that can help increase the longevity of the N95 respirators used by medical personnel; masks will be distributed to health and hospital institutions as appropriate. Masks can be dropped off in a box on the front porch of the United Way office at 205 Alameda Drive between Monday - Friday, 7:30 - 3 pm.
>The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage as the coronavirus outbreak threatens the availability of our nation's supply. Learn more here. Individuals can schedule an appointment to give blood with the American Red Cross by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or activating the Blood Scheduling Skill for Amazon Alexa.
>Q Link Wireless is a leading provider of Lifeline, a free government benefit program that offers FREE cell phone service to eligible Americans. Q Link gives qualifying customers FREE monthly data, minutes and unlimited texting. Learn more here.
>Visit the City of Jefferson website for up-to-date information as it relates to Jefferson City and its first responders.
>Senior Nutrition Council is providing curbside meals, and its Meals 4 U (Meals on Wheels) program is still delivering meals. Call 573-634-8020 for the Clarke Senior Center or 573-635-4120 for the West Point Senior Center for more information.
>Walgreens is waiving charges for home delivery of eligible prescription medicines, as well as implementing senior services to protect this at-risk population; including special hours, seniors-only day and senior check-ins.
>Compass Health Network provides a how-to for 'Mindfulness Moment' to help reduce stress and anxiety.
>Compass Health Network has implemented an interim operational plan regarding appointments for behavioral health, medical and dental services.
>Compass Health Network has launched a new immediate access/disaster hotline, in addition to their 24-hour crisis hotline. For immediate access to services, please call 1-888-237-4567. Visit www.compasshealthnetwork.org for more information. In addition, Compass Health Network has information for virtual recovery meetings/resources.
>Relieve stress and engage with your coworkers by utilizing this Remote Work BINGO card.
>The Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare website has many resources for 'Cope and Hope' during COVID-19, such as the importance of mindfulness, tips for managing stress and anxiety and taking care of your emotional health, helping children code with emergencies and more.
>Stay up to date on Jefferson City School District updates, resources and information.
>Conscious Discipline is providing COVID-19 resources for families and educators; including virtual support for educators and helpful responses for families.
>Spectrum is offering students free internet due to school closures (contact 1-844-488-8395 to enroll and for availability in your zip code).
>Girl Scouts at Home is a program available to every girl and every family and includes self-guided free activities to keep girls, troops and commmunities connected. Actvities include STEM projects, outdoor adventures, life skills and entrepreneurship activities.
>Ameren Missouri is suspending all disconnections for non-payment and forgiving any late payment fees for residential and business customers. (View the full press release here.) In addition, Ameren has developed a Coronavirus Income Relief Program that will offer $500,000 in energy assistance funds to customers experiencing financial hardships caused by the coronavirus response.
>Missouri American Water is placing a moratorium and discontinuing service shut offs at this time.
>For medical professionals and emergency responders only: Little Explorers Discovery Center has limited slots available for childcare for birth through 5 years old. Please call the center for more information and availability at 573-636-6461.
>Child care resources for first responders, health care workers, and essential personnel can be found by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 1-866-892-3228 or by visiting www.mo.childcareaware.org.
>The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special payment relief to individuals and businesses; income tax payment deadlines for individual returns, with a due date of April 15, 2020, are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $1 million of their 2019 tax due.
>Experts remind us children could be more at risk for abuse and neglect amid coronavirus pandemic. Parents in need of talk support can call the National Parent Helpline at 1-855-427-2736 or the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). To report child abuse or neglect, contact law enforcement or child protective services in your county.
>Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council provides resources and information for individuals with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
>Boys & Girls Club is providing free carry out dinners for all children residing in Jefferson City and the surrounding area until JCSD re-opens.
>The Salvation Army is continuing its lunch and dinner services; they are now grab-and-go meals. The Food Pantry is open by appointment only and food is pre-packed to prevent crowds in the waiting room; appointments can be made by calling 573-635-1975 ext. 7.
>Jefferson City School District is providing Grab 'N Go Meals for free to children under 18 at various school locations.
>California, Missouri schools are providing free breakfast and lunch pick-up meals using a drive-thru process.
>The Food Bank is continuing its Cole County Mobile Food Pantry hours and locations and utilizing a drive-thru model to achieve social distancing. See this flyer for changes in the April mobile schedule. Note: Only name, address and number in household are required at this time for all mobiles.
>Serve, Inc is providing temporary expanded food pantry hours (Callaway County).
>Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association is providing services and basic needs (including beds, backpacks and other items) for kinship, foster and adoptive families; as well as support for older youth ages 17-26 with foster care history. Financial assistance can be offered if clients meet eligibility. Please call 573-298-0258 for more information.
>The City of Jefferson instituted free parking in City Parking Garage at 201 Madison Street until further notice. Parking enforcement of the downtown area will be halted, and all fixed route fares for JEFFTRAN are temporarily suspended. Please contact Public Works at 573-634-6410 for additional information.
>Dollar General is dedicating its first hour of the day to senior shoppers.
>Hy-Vee is reserving one hour of shopping time each day for customers at higher risk for illness; including customers age 60 and older, expectant mothers and anyone with an underlying health condition.
>Schnucks is reserving the first hour of eay day - from 6 am - 7 am - for shopping by seniors aged 60 and above, and for those who are most at risk of COVID-19.
Know of additional resources in our community? Let us know!