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.

General COVID-19 Info & Updates

Lincoln Area Mutual Aid Response Efforts

Neighborhood Mutual Aid Hubs/ Pods

Safety & Preparedness

Self Care = Community Care

Resources & Assistance

General/ Comprehensive

Language Assistance



Family & Child Care


Mental Health


Jobs / Unemployment

End of Life Planning

Other Ways To Get Involved in Lincoln

General COVID-19 Info & Updates


City of Lincoln Health Department


Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services 

United States

Center for Disease Control 


World Health Organization 

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief 

Lincoln Area Mutual Aid Response Efforts

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. 

Neighborhood Mutual Aid Hubs/ Pods

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 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 & Preparedness

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: 

IS-26 POD course will provide an overview of the planning, operations, and demobilization stages of a POD mission:

Self Care = Community Care

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:

Resources & Assistance

General/ Comprehensive

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. 

Language Assistance

CDC Language Assistance Services

Switchboard Round-Up of Multilingual Resources on COVID-19


COVID-19 Employment FAQ by Legal Aid of Nebraska


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 for most current information regarding these programs:

Food Bank of Lincoln 

Food Fort 

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.

Family & Child Care

Strategies & Support for Surviving School Closures Facebook Group (LINCOLN): 

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) 

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:

Mental Health

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. 

Lincoln Area


  • Centerpointe — (402) 475-6695
  • Nebraska Family Helpline — (888) 866-8660

In Person

  • Bryan Health — 2300 S 16th St
  • Centerpointe — 1000 S 13th St

Non-Crisis Mental Health Peer Specialist

  • Keya Warmline (24/7) — (402) 261-5959


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:

Jobs / Unemployment

Current Locations Hiring 

Department of Labor offers unemployment insurance benefits due to COVID-19 

Nebraska Unemployment 

End of Life Planning

Nebraska Power of Attorney for Health Care Form:

Nebraska Advance Directive Form:

See Advance Directive Info as Part of Icarus Project Navigating Crisis Handout

Other Ways To Get Involved in Lincoln

Nebraska Community Blood Bank is looking for donors. Here is the link to the website where you can sign up: 

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