COVID-19 Link Share
(via The Dandelion Network)
This is a living document of resources and information regarding mutual aid, community care, and available assistance in the time of COVID-19 response gathered and maintained by The Dandelion Network. Our primary focus is for the Lincoln, Nebraska area. We will try to keep this document updated to the best of our ability, but we want to recognize that this is a rapidly evolving situation and there may be limited or evolving capacity for us to be able to do so. This document is open for comments. If you leave a comment, please be mindful that this is a publicly accessible link and do not include any personal or sensitive information.
City of Lincoln Health Department
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization
What is mutual aid? In short, mutual aid is people helping people. Giving freely and taking freely from each person according to their ability, to each according to their need. This is a “solidarity, not charity” model which recognizes we are in this together. See and learn more about mutual aid and collective care at Collective Care Is Our Best Weapon against COVID-19 which has a general list of resources and a growing list of mutual aid efforts.
COVID-19 Mutual Aid Lincoln/ Omaha
Grassroots/community led group of volunteers who are able to support with supplies, driving, education, and many other resources. Request to join the Facebook group:
Nebraska Virtual Tip Jar
Supporting people who are now out of work because workplaces are being closed or hours are being cut. This is direct, person-to-person financial support.
Feed the People - Lincoln
Feed the People - Lincoln is an on-going solidarity program that assists people in getting access to basic needs and is working to increase capacity to respond effectively in this time.
Helpful information about creating hyper-local pods of support has been surfacing. The Dandelion Network has adapted a how-to guide for the Lincoln community and several of us are taking this approach to reach out to our neighbors and form mutual aid hubs. Feel free to use and/or modify the resources below to best fit the needs of your block or apartment building! If you would like to talk further about organizing a pod, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Neighborhood Pod.”
LNK Adapted of How to Neighborhood Pod
Form Letter: A Neighborly Invitation Regarding Coronavirus
Pod Mapping For Mutual Aid
How To Neighborhood Pod
Safety Practices for Mutual Aid Food and Supply Distribution during the Coronavirus Pandemic (zine)
Half-Assed Disabled Prepper Tips for Preparing for a Coronavirus Quarantine
Nebraska Preparedness Partnership 20 Weeks of Personal Preparedness
FEMA Trainings Online: Incident Command System (ICS)
Knowing more about how ICS is structured can help us all be ready to respond and assist in disaster situations. Please consider completing the following ICS trainings: 100, 200, 700, and 800 found here: https://training.fema.gov/nims/
IS-26 POD course will provide an overview of the planning, operations, and demobilization stages of a POD mission: https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-26
Healing Justice Webinar/Podcast -- Coronavirus: Wisdom from a Social Justice Lens
A TON of valuable resources that came out of the Healing Justice Webinar can be found here:
Caring Across Distance: Some Things to Consider Before Movement Gatherings During COVID-19 (by Maryse Mitchell-Brody)
Chronic Illness Leadership For Emergent Times
Mental Wellness & Safety Planning Resources (thanks to Mad Queer!)
Mad Queer Organizing on Interdependence
(centered on mutual aid for mental illness and disability justice)
Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty — American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Mental Health Crisis Toolkit by The Icarus Project
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) COVID-19 Mental Health Resources
All of the Following Publications are Now Available On-Line from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University:
MyLNK Website & App
A guide of Lincoln’s resources for people in need. It works as a web app or can be downloaded to a phone and it works without a data plan or wi-fi. There is now a Coronavirus (COVID-19) section being updated with food resources and additional resources.
United Way of the Midlands
211 | 402-444-6666
A single point of contact to thousands of social service programs in Nebraska and Iowa.
CDC Language Assistance Services
Switchboard Round-Up of Multilingual Resources on COVID-19
COVID-19 Employment FAQ by Legal Aid of Nebraska https://www.legalaidofnebraska.org/how-we-help/resources/employment/covid-19-coronavirus-employment-faq/
MyLNK Overview of Food Resources
MyLNK Overview of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Specific Food Resources
LPS Covid-19 Food Distribution
Food Bank of Lincoln for LPS Students
Please see https://home.lps.org/covid-19/food-distribution/ for most current information regarding these programs:
Food Bank of Lincoln
The Lincoln Tree of Hope
Matt Talbot Kitchen
The Gathering Place
Granite City Food & Brewery
This restaurant has been temporarily providing free sack lunches. For up-to-date information, visit their Facebook Page.
Bethany Coffee Shop
This business has been temporarily providing sack lunches to any student in need. For up-to-date information, visit their Facebook Page.
Pet Food Assistance
Lincoln Animal Ambassadors can provide some support for people who are struggling to make ends meet to buy pet food. They are able to provide some pet food assistance.
Strategies & Support for Surviving School Closures Facebook Group (LINCOLN): https://www.facebook.com/groups/820744495072565/
Emergency Mutual Aid for Child Care (thanks to Amanda Huckins!)
Great List of Ideas for For Being Home with Kids (tailored for quarantine & social distancing) https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/d/1o6kEgCKLn3cyIm2hehhhSTIk7yRTd0C3zx49JS4wwCI/mobilebasic
Non-screen activities to do at home
75+ Activities for When You’re Stuck Indoors
PBS Learning Media: age appropriate learning
Virtual Museum Tours
Lincoln Public Schools
Educational Companies offering free subscriptions
Audible for Youth - FREE - No account setup required
Haymarket Books - 10 FREE ebooks
Audible for Youth - FREE - No account setup required
Link to donate to LPS students and families:
There are several mental health resources listed in the Self Care = Community Care section of this document.
The Icarus Project
A support network and education project by and for people who experience the world in ways that are often diagnosed as mental illness.
Non-Crisis Mental Health Peer Specialist
If you are having a hard time paying for utilities, please contact the utility companies directly. Most have indicated they will not be disconnecting service during this time for those who are having a hard time making payments.
The following are temporarily suspending nonpayment disconnections for customers (current as of 3/20/20):
Black Hills Energy (gas) — 1-800-303-0752
LES (electric) — (402) 475-4211
Lincoln Water (water) — (402) 441-7533
FCC Keep Americans Connected Agreement
Asks broadband and telephone service providers to not terminate service, waive late fees, and open wifi hotspots to anyone who needs them.
As of 3/13/20:
Current Locations Hiring
Department of Labor offers unemployment insurance benefits due to COVID-19
Nebraska Power of Attorney for Health Care Form:
Nebraska Advance Directive Form:
See Advance Directive Info as Part of Icarus Project Navigating Crisis Handout
Nebraska Community Blood Bank is looking for donors. Here is the link to the website where you can sign up: https://www.ncbb.org/
Lincoln Tree of Hope COVID-19 Food/Cash/Delivery Volunteer Form
F Street Community Center
Seeking financial contributions to help provide food for low-income individuals
Call Susan Brown at 402-441-7051
Lincoln Meals on Wheels
Help deliver meals to elderly and disabled individuals
Lincoln Animal Ambassadors
Provide pet food support for those struggling to afford food (temporary support)
Nebraska State Educational Association
Help with tutoring, provide social support, provide education about voting