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

Legal

Food

Family & Child Care

Education

Mental Health

Utilities

Jobs / Unemployment

End of Life Planning

Other Ways To Get Involved in Lincoln


General COVID-19 Info & Updates

Lincoln

City of Lincoln Health Department

https://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/health/

Nebraska

Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
http://dhhs.ne.gov/pages/Coronavirus.aspx 

United States

Center for Disease Control

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html 

Global

World Health Organization
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief
https://mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/when-every-community-is-ground-zero-pulling-each-other-through-a-pandemic/ 


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:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/668793277205015/ 

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.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfrBGPIW8uxyKHAvLcv5geFluNu1TJsNIurxIwkTASxVVf-wQ/viewform 

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.
https://www.facebook.com/ftplincoln 

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 networkofdandelions@gmail.com with the subject line “Neighborhood Pod.”

LNK Adapted of How to Neighborhood Pod

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HpWQIDKnlDXe7RYLoI83iYQO7XxDX0N6hvqbbzVJqEA/

Form Letter: A Neighborly Invitation Regarding Coronavirus

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1waIh2V3ziWUCXgrBW9O4UaYu8u5oPWx8vvhTcGng_GA/

Pod Mapping For Mutual Aid

https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1-QfMn1DE6ymhKZMpXN1LQvD6Sy_HSnnCK6gTO7ZLFrE/

How To Neighborhood Pod

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1j8ADhLEuKNDZ1a_opmzudywJPKMXcNKu01V1xY2MiIA/


Safety & Preparedness

Safety Practices for Mutual Aid Food and Supply Distribution during the Coronavirus Pandemic (zine)

https://mutualaiddisasterrelief.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-SupplyDistro-MASafetyPracticesZine-WEB.pdf

Half-Assed Disabled Prepper Tips for Preparing for a Coronavirus Quarantine

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rIdpKgXeBHbmM3KpB5NfjEBue8YN1MbXhQ7zTOLmSyo/

Nebraska Preparedness Partnership 20 Weeks of Personal Preparedness

https://www.neprep.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/20-weeks-to-preparedness.pdf 

 

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


Self Care = Community Care

Healing Justice Webinar/Podcast -- Coronavirus: Wisdom from a Social Justice Lens

https://www.healingjustice.org/podcast/corona 

A TON of valuable resources that came out of the Healing Justice Webinar can be found here:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1s_plo8ISly4a-JfV0wgEvIYIzvxn1oP8 

Caring Across Distance: Some Things to Consider Before Movement Gatherings During COVID-19 (by Maryse Mitchell-Brody)

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ILE8kk_zUqMscO8FbdPgrQMLoijoRupuHHIC1YdvRGI/edit 

Chronic Illness Leadership For Emergent Times

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DzTU1sS7hU9WBm-4LnHnGy7uWfkxEcw8/view

Mental Wellness & Safety Planning Resources (thanks to Mad Queer!)

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1hvTRKDa7k-OWjsybKN2M1u_tyoiGaJg4?usp=sharing 

Mad Queer Organizing on Interdependence

(centered on mutual aid for mental illness and disability justice)

https://madqueer.org/reflections/the-safety-team-talks-about-interdependence 

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty — American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

https://afsp.org/taking-care-of-your-mental-health-in-the-face-of-uncertainty/ 

Mental Health Crisis Toolkit by The Icarus Project

https://theicarusproject.net/welcome-to-the-crisis-toolkit/ 

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

https://www.nami.org/getattachment/About-NAMI/NAMI-News/2020/NAMI-Updates-on-the-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Updated-Guide-1.pdf?lang=en-US

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.

https://mylnk.app/home

United Way of the Midlands

211 | 402-444-6666

A single point of contact to thousands of social service programs in Nebraska and Iowa.

https://www.211iowa.org/ 


Language Assistance

CDC Language Assistance Services

https://www.cdc.gov/other/language-assistance.html

Switchboard Round-Up of Multilingual Resources on COVID-19

https://switchboardta.org/blog/a-round-up-of-multilingual-resources-on-covid-19/?mc_cid=55a6c15918&mc_eid=f1f4d8aaab


Legal

COVID-19 Employment FAQ by Legal Aid of Nebraska https://www.legalaidofnebraska.org/how-we-help/resources/employment/covid-19-coronavirus-employment-faq/


Food

MyLNK Overview of Food Resources

https://lincolnne.mylnk.app/category/8 

MyLNK Overview of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Specific Food Resources

https://lincolnne.mylnk.app/category/-M2PXu-rxziG1cgtvBgW

LPS Covid-19 Food Distribution

https://home.lps.org/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

https://www.lincolnfoodbank.org/services/health-hunger-resources/ 

Food Fort

https://www.facebook.com/lincolnfoodfort 

The Lincoln Tree of Hope

https://www.facebook.com/TheLincolnTreeOfHope

Matt Talbot Kitchen

https://www.mtko.org/news/index.html/article/2020/03/18/an-important-message-to-our-community 

The Gathering Place

https://www.communityactionatwork.org/programs/hunger-relief-healthy-food-access/the-gathering-place-soup-kitchen.html 

Granite City Food & Brewery

This restaurant has been temporarily providing free sack lunches. For up-to-date information, visit their Facebook Page.

https://www.facebook.com/GraniteCity.Lincoln 

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.

https://www.facebook.com/Bethanycoffeeshop 

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): 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

https://savedyouaspot.com/2020/03/12/20-screen-free-things-to-do-with-your-kids-indoors-when-school-is-closed/


75+ Activities for When You’re Stuck Indoors

https://learnincolor.com/educational-activities-for-when-youre-stuck-indoors.html

PBS Learning Media: age appropriate learning

https://net.pbslearningmedia.org/

Virtual Museum Tours

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours


Education

Lincoln Public Schools

https://home.lps.org/healthservices/covid-19/

Educational Companies offering free subscriptions

https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/135609/list-of-education-companies-offering-free-subscriptions/

Audible for Youth - FREE - No account setup required

https://stories.audible.com/pdp/B01J2BA6OM?ref=adbl_ent_anon_ds_pdp_pc_pg-1-cntr-0-16

Haymarket Books - 10 FREE ebooks

https://www.haymarketbooks.org/blogs/112-ten-free-ebooks-from-haymarket-books?fbclid=IwAR3ruaQPx5tTvNUGtWVWDrPjASU7bz0SYM2Jfrc1PwIosfLUR0O5pGR3qcM

Audible for Youth - FREE - No account setup required

https://stories.audible.com/discovery

Link to donate to LPS students and families:

https://foundationgive.com/campaigns/5826/covid-19-crisis-response


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.

https://theicarusproject.net/ 

Lincoln Area

Hotlines

  • 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


Utilities

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

Internet

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.

https://www.fcc.gov/keep-americans-connected 

As of 3/13/20:


Jobs / Unemployment

Current Locations Hiring

https://www.dol.nebraska.gov/UIBenefits 

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

https://nebraska.tv/news/local/department-of-labor-offers-unemployment-insurance-benefits-due-to-covid-19 

Nebraska Unemployment

https://neworks.nebraska.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx 


End of Life Planning

Nebraska Power of Attorney for Health Care Form:

https://www.everplans.com/sites/default/files/Nebraska_Health_Care_Proxy.pdf

Nebraska Advance Directive Form:

https://www.everplans.com/articles/state-by-state-advance-directive-forms#Nebraska

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

https://theicarusproject.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/IcarusNavigatingCrisisHandoutLarge05-09.pdf


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: https://www.ncbb.org/ 

Lincoln Tree of Hope COVID-19 Food/Cash/Delivery Volunteer Form

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdB5rqvkdI0HHBSJ9nFkN_fqIbiiAzutoMsp8Nwj2_lnKy79w/viewform 

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

https://www.tabitha.org/give/volunteer.html

Lincoln Animal Ambassadors

Provide pet food support for those struggling to afford food (temporary support)

https://www.lincolnanimalambassadors.org/what_you_can_do/ 

Nebraska State Educational Association

Help with tutoring, provide social support, provide education about voting

https://www.nsea.org/volunteer