List of Madison Resources

for Impacts of COVID-19

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This document was created by volunteers to collect resources for alleviating primarily non-medical problems caused by the public emergency surrounding COVID-19. These issues include financial, logistical, and emotional challenges. Resources have been collected from news articles, local Facebook groups, and grassroots organizations.

Please see the next 2 pages for the Table of Contents.

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24/7 Hotlines:

  • 211-Wisconsin, general hotline for resources and information: Dial 2-1-1.
  • Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) Crisis Hotline: 608-251-4445.
  • Journey Mental Health Suicide Prevention Hotline: 608-280-2600.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.

Other Phone Numbers for Support:

  • UW-Health COVID Information hotline: 608-720-5300. Available to anyone regardless of insurance coverage, Mon-Sun, 8am-11pm.
  • Restorative Justice hotline: 1-866-758-7887, Mon-Sun, 4pm-8pm.
  • Aging and Disability Resource Center: 608-240-7400.
  • Greater Madison Resource Center (GMRC), provides referrals and general resources: (608) 770-1174. You can also email gmrcmadison@gmail.com.

The primary owner of this document, Natalie Wheeler, did not create or update this document on behalf of any organizations with which she is affiliated. She is acting as a community member collecting resources from others.


📑 Table of Contents

Each title is a link; click it to be taken to that part of the document.

📑 Table of Contents

📰 Current State of Affairs (last updated 6/15/2020)

Closures of Schools & Public Services

National News That Affects You

🤝 Support from Community Members

Mutual Aid

Urban Triage

Volunteering & Donating

Petitions, Rent Strikes, and Collective Advocacy

🏠 Rent Support and Housing

Current State of Affairs on Rent + Housing

Eviction Prevention Resources

Resources for Finding Housing

Homeless Services & Updates

Voluntary COVID-19 Isolation Options

💧 Utility & Bill-Paying Resources

Water, Electric, & Gas

Internet

Credit Card Bill Updates

Cell Phone Services

🍎 Food Security

SNAP and WIC (Nutrition Assistance Programs)

Pantries with Free Groceries

Free Hot Meals for Pick Up/Delivery

Food for UW-Madison students

Food for Seniors

Cooking on a Budget

Grocery Store Updates

Restaurant Offerings & Local Farm Options

🍼 Baby, Pet, Hygiene, and Home Care Resources

Diapers and Baby Supplies

Hygiene Products

Child Care Updates

Pet Care Resources

Bike Repair Shops

🦷 Emergency Dental Care

💲 Misc. Financial Resources

WI Unemployment Information

Funds for Students & University Employees

Funds for Food and Beverage Industry

Funds for Small Business Owners

Funds for Nonprofits

Other Emergency Funds

🧠 Mental Health Support

Local Telehealth/Online Counseling

Online Self-Help Resources

📚 Enrichment for School Age Children Staying at Home

Kid-Friendly Activities About COVID-19

Kid-Friendly Art Classes / Project Ideas

Kid-Friendly Fitness Ideas

😎 Misc. Self-Care Ideas

Understanding the Virus and Protective Measures

Adult Enrichment/Entertainment

Home Fitness Resources for Adults


📰 Current State of Affairs (last updated 7/1/2020)

Madison 365 has a landing page for all Coronavirus updates.

Check here for the latest news.

The Capital Times has a landing page for all Coronavirus updates.

Check here for the latest news.

A “Safer at Home” order was issued in Dane County. There is currently a Phase plan for gradually reopening Dane County.

  • Dane County is returning to Phase 1 on Thursday, July 2nd: Indoor seating in bars will no longer be available, and restaurants will serve at 25% capacity. Indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people, and outdoor to 25 people.
  • Many social services are still choosing to keep their office locations closed and are serving people remotely.
  • There is no Safer at Home order at the Wisconsin state level.

A new COVID-19 rental assistance program, Dane County CARES, is now available by applying through the Tenant Rights Center. This program can pay back rent directly to landlords for eligible applicants, with the goal of preventing evictions.

Landlords in Wisconsin may NOT charge late fees on rent during the public health emergency and 90 days afterwards (May, June, July, and August). New resources for paying rent and preventing evictions are available. For more info on rent assistance, see Rent Section of this document.

Free Coronavirus testing is available in Madison at the Alliant Energy Center. Tests are done with a swab up the nose. You can walk in, drive through, or bike through.

  • No insurance or ID is needed.
  • They will call you 3-5 days afterwards with results
  • This test only checks if you actively have the virus, and will not indicate if you had it in the past.
  • If you have good health insurance, please try to contact your primary care provider for a test before using the community option.
  • Click here for information.

Utilities temporarily can’t be disconnected through July 25th; Press release here.


Closures of Schools & Public Services

(last updated: 5/27/2020)

All public schools in Wisconsin are closed indefinitely. MMSD updates available on their website). Online instruction is taking place.

UW-Madison has suspended in-person classes for all of Spring semester, and Summer will take place online. Madison College classes are suspended through Spring semester. Edgewood College has suspended face-to-face classes for Spring semester.

Madison Metro has new rules for bus riders -- these are still in place after May 26th. All riders must enter and exit through the rear door and there is no more fare collection (buses are free to ride). There is a maximum number of passengers per bus. Read more here.

All Madison Public Library locations are closed but offering curbside pick-up for books and other library media. Instructions for curbside pick-up here.

Many neighborhood centers have chosen to close beyond May 26th. Warner Park Community Recreation Center is closed until further notice, except for the NewBridge senior lunch program. Goodman Center’s space is closed, but they are still providing food pantry and other meal services.

In-person jail visitation rules have changed. See this page for information.

Dane County Human Services offices are remaining closed. Essential services are available online or by phone. Check here for details.

Joining Forces for Families (JFF) offices are closed but all workers are available by cell phone and email.  Refer to this document for JFF worker contact information. JFF staff are working with community partners to help coordinate resources, identify needs, consult with other agency staff, and of course, respond to calls from families.

The Southern Regional Center of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs is open, but staff are working remotely.  You may call 608-265-8610 or 800-532-3321 and leave a message. If you could spell out your email address in your message, that will help us to follow up with you more quickly.  When we call back, we may call from a number that shows as blocked. If you cannot wait and have a more immediate need for health information and referral, you could call the Well Badger Resource Center at 800-642-7837.


National News That Affects You

National Tax Day has been moved to July 15, 2020.

Most Americans qualified for a $1200 federal stimulus check. Here is the IRS’ webpage about this payment.

  • Haven’t received your payment? Here is the IRS tool to troubleshoot.

Federal student loan payments are suspended through September 30th, 2020. This does not include private student loans or FFEL Loans. Here’s what you need to know.

People with mortgages backed by the FHFA or HUD who were caught up on February 1, 2020 can request loan forbearance for up to 180 days with no fees for hardship associated with COVID-19. (Source)

A federal stimulus package mandated an extra $600 per week in unemployment funds to people who filed during COVID-19. This will last through July 25th. If you are eligible for any amount in state unemployment, PUA, or WorkShare then you qualify to receive the additional $600 per week.

Click here for a large document by a local PhD with information about COVID-19 itself, and resources for finding reliable news about the virus.


🤝 Support from Community Members

Mutual Aid

(Offering + seeking support directly with neighbors)

Dane County Community Defense (IWW Madison General Defense Committee): coordinating a mutual aid response, for and by working class folks. See how they’ve helped here.

  • If you are in Dane County and need support due to coronavirus quarantine, fill out this form: tinyurl.com/dccd-request. They provide:
  • Food/Supply deliveries
  • Medical Question Support
  • Emotional Support
  • Support Identifying available resources
  • Financial support (check the form for availability, as financial support is limited and sometimes needs to be paused)
  • If you are able to volunteer or donate supplies for coronavirus quarantine support, fill out this form: tinyurl.com/dccd-support
  • Donations of money, food, cold and flu meds
  • Help with online coordination, shopping and transporting food, cooking, fundraising, translation, medical, legal, emotional support, etc.
  • Funds can be donated through the following methods (in order of priority):

(this online method accepts cards, but has about a 2-week delay to get funds to DCCD)

Madison, WI - COVID-19 - Groceries/Errands/Help for those at Higher Risk: group for immuno-compromised, elderly, or otherwise at risk individuals who need help with groceries or other needs.

The Dane County TimeBank is an existing organization and online tool for offering and receiving skills and services from members of the community. Requests and Offers can be sorted by location, category,  type, side of town, city, etc. People can join and then go through an online orientation to learn more about the timebank and timebanking. There are three orientation options to learn how to navigate the website: how to videos, group zooms, or phone orientations. The TimeBank is committed to facilitating exchanges and coordinating projects through a racial and restorative justice lens moving forward.

The TimeBank is launching a restorative justice hotline starting 3/25 that is available Mon-Sun from 4-8pm. Trained restorative justice practitioners and the TimeBank’s Transformative Action Network will facilitate restorative conversations to minimize the need for police contact as much as possible. This is not a crisis line, but callers can get pointed towards resources they need. The number is 1-866-RJustUs. Contact rj@danecountytimebank.org to get involved.

The TimeBank also has a transportation project currently organizing and recruiting drivers to help with coordinating rides for people with difficulty accessing groceries, supplies, or medication.  For questions, email ryan@danecountytimebank.org.

COVID19 Mutual Aid Madison Facebook Group: Provides local news, updates from service providers, and coordination of collective resources and actions. https://www.facebook.com/groups/mutualaidmadison/

Dane County Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Facebook group created for people to request and provide favors, such as transportation and grocery delivery, from neighbors and community members during COVID-19: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1978475378963725/

Urban Triage

Urban Triage, INC. empowers Black families to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in their lives, their families and communities, with hope, education, and action. By way of crisis response, advocacy, psycho-education, community support services, intervention, leadership development, and systems training. After earning grant funding through the Boys and Girls Club, Urban Triage is currently offering:

  • Rides to doctor’s appointments and to pick up prescriptions
  • Delivery of non-perishable food items on Wednesdays
  • Gas cards
  • Grocery cards
  • Food cart on Saturdays on the Northside, 3x/month, alternating locations
  • Fill out this form for assistance.
  • Follow Urban Triage on facebook for updates: https://www.facebook.com/urbantriage/

Volunteering & Donating

United Way is posting nearly all COVID-19-related volunteer opportunities to volunteeryourtime.org/need as they become available. If you know of any organizations or grassroots efforts recruiting volunteers, they can contact Morghan Vélez (morghan.velez@uwdc.org) to see about getting added to this list.

Volunteer or donate with the Dane County Community Defense by filling out this form: http://tinyurl.com/dccd-offer. You can also donate money through this link and check out a summary of how money and efforts are spent here.

All of the pantries in the Food Security section need additional financial support due to increased usage during the COVID-19 crisis! Please check out your local pantry’s website if you can afford to donate. Some pantries are reporting that the number of families utilizing their resources has tripled or quadrupled.

Madison Virtual Tip Jar was started for people in the service industry who are out of work or have significantly reduced hours. You can find your favorite bartenders and servers to donate.

Latinx Consortium for Action Relief Fund (via Centro Hispano): Accepting donations for a fund that provides direct financial assistance for undocumented individuals who have lost their jobs or who run small businesses. Application process will run through Centro Hispano. (608) 255-3018.

Voces de La Frontera is an organization based in Milwaukee that also does work in Madison supporting the rights of immigrants who are documented and undocumented. They are collecting relief funds and you can click here to donate.

Madison Tenant Resource Center has an eviction prevention fund! You can donate here to help your fellow Madison folks avoid eviction.

Greater Madison Resource Center is taking donations via paypal. Click here for the donation link and include a note that it’s for COVID-19 community measures. You can also donate through Facebook.

  • You can also drop off supplies at GMRC, 14 N 6th Street, Madison WI 53704. They will be collecting sanitizer, soap, laundry soap, toilet paper and paper towels, cleaning wipes (Clorox etc.), food, baby wipes, diapers, menstrual hygiene products, and OTC meds such as tylenol, cold medicine, etc. as well as Kwik Trip gas cards.

If you have PPE to donate (properly stored and not homemade), there is a protective equipment drop-off area outside of Brooks Street (Meriter clinic) for Meriter and UW Hospital staff; you can also sell or donate at https://covid19supplies.wi.gov/Donations.

If you have at least 5 medical-grade, unopened N95 masks in particular, you can find a place to donate them at https://www.mask-match.com/. They take N95, P95, R95 and surgical masks. Health care workers can also put in a request there.

UW-Health has expressed by email that they cannot utilize volunteers to make new masks to help with the medical mask shortage.


Petitions, Rent Strikes, and Collective Advocacy

Madison Tenant Power can help you ask for a jury trial if you’re facing eviction. Doing so may grant you more time to get funds situated, etc.

Check out Cancel Rent Wisconsin for more info/ideas on actions you can take.

COVID19 Mutual Aid Madison Facebook Group: Provides local news, updates from service providers, and coordination of mutual aid, peer-to-peer support, and collective actions to address the systemic issues that have been highlighted by the crisis. Areas the group is concerned about include: Tenant Rights & Housing for All, Decarceration & Bail Support, Healthcare for All, Living Wages, Workplace Safety, Mutual Aid, and more! https://www.facebook.com/groups/502401850648815/

MoveOn.org Petition to Congress to Cancel Student Debt to Stimulate the Economy.

Madison DSA (Democratic Socialists of America) is organizing restaurant workers, starting with an anonymous poll.


🏠 Rent Support and Housing

Current State of Affairs on Rent + Housing

As of April 29, Wisconsin landlords cannot charge late fees or penalties during the public health emergency, which is set to expire May 26, and 90 days afterwards.

  • We expect NO LATE FEES on rent for May, June, July, and August
  • Source.

Federal eviction moratorium: Under the federal CARES Act, many landlords cannot evict renters or charge late fees or penalties through July 25. Landlords and mortgage-holders (*with stipulations) can pause their mortgage payments (Section 4023).

  • Landlords covered by these rules are those who have a mortgage connected to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, HUD, rural housing voucher, and VAWA, and/or those involved with the following programs: LIHTC, public housing, section 8 voucher and project based, other HUD housing USDA housing, etc.
  • Landlords who wish to evict a tenant must also provide a 30 day notice of termination once this CARES protection expires.
  • Source 1, Source 2

For questions about the emergency rules surrounding fees and evictions, you can contact the DATCP’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-422-7128 or DATCPHotline@wisconsin.gov. You can file a complaint against a landlord or property company online at www.datcp.wi.gov.

See next section for available resources for paying rent, preventing evictions, etc.


Eviction Prevention Resources

(see also: Emergency Financial Resources for places to apply for help paying rent/bills; Petitions, Rent Strikes, and Collective Advocacy to check for groups organizing rent strikes and petitions)

For rent and eviction prevention support, call the Tenant Resource Center at 608-257-0006 x7. They run Dane Coordinated Entry for Eviction Prevention and give out funds to those facing eviction and homelessness. They can also help you understand the current rules and laws that are getting passed during the crisis.

  • To connect with Eviction Prevention Coordinated Entry participants should leave a message on the eviction prevention line (608) 257-0006 Ext. 7.  Calls will be returned ASAP.

Updates from the Tenant Resource Center:

  • The TRC is currently closed for walk-ins and is serving people over the phone.
  • All tenants and landlords in Dane County are welcome to call TRC at 608-257-0006 or email us at asktrc@tenantresourcecenter.org or preguntas@tenantresourcecenter.org in Spanish or English. Please leave a detailed message with us and we will return your communication as soon as possible. Consider saving the number to your phone so that you know when they’re calling you back.
  • All tenants in Dane County are welcome to access our Eviction Prevention Clinic, and all tenants and landlords alike may request mediation support from our new Upstream Mediation Program.

There is also FREE legal aid for eviction hearings, called the Dane County Eviction Defense Project through Legal Action Wisconsin. They can provide some legal advice, help with documents, and help you access Zoom call court hearings. They recommend contacting them as soon as you receive an eviction notice. They need to see you at least an hour before your court hearing.

  • Office hours are Mondays 9am-1pm and Tuesdays 8:30am-4:30pm
  • They’ll also be open at 9am-1pm on a few Fridays: July 17, August 14, August 28
  • During COVID-19, their office is located in the lower level of the building at 744 Williamson St (same building as Ground Zero coffee). Take the elevator by the bathrooms on the first floor, or the stairs in the rear entrance of the building, to find the office. They don’t have signage up yet, as they just moved.
  • Legal Action’s intake phone number is 855-947-2529 and they recommend calling ahead to make an appointment if possible.
  • You should bring: Proof of income, court papers, notices, rental agreements to your appointment.

Madison Tenant Power can give you information about requesting a jury trial if you’re facing eviction. Doing so may grant you more time to get funds situated before the eviction takes place.

Dane County CARES Eviction Prevention Funds: Dane County is partnering with the Tenant Resource Center to administer a $10 million eviction prevention fund. This program can pay back rent to landlords to prevent your eviction.

  • This program will support mutual landlord-tenant agreements to repay back rent and avoid eviction proceedings. Any funds from the program will go directly to the landlord.
  • The funding will come wrapped in housing counseling, education for the landlord on federal mortgage protections, case management, outreach, and mediation services.

The Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program (*NEW*) will provide direct financial assistance for owed rent, security deposits and wrap-around services, using federal CARES act money. The program is being administered by the Community Action for South Central Wisconsin, Inc. (608-237-1255, cac@cacscw.org).

  • Wisconsin adults with a household income at or below 80% of the county median income in the month of the application date are eligible for the program.
  • Once approved, eligible individuals can receive assistance of up to $3,000 in a combination of rental payments and/or security deposits. These payments will be paid directly to the landlord on behalf of the tenant.
  • CAP Agencies will begin taking applications for W.R.A.P. on or before June 8th, 2020.
  • WHERE TO APPLY IN DANE COUNTY: You can complete a pre-application here. If you need help completing the pre-application, call the W.R.A.P. hotline at 608-237-1255.
  • Living outside of Dane County? See info here for how to apply in other counties.
  • Click here for additional program information.

The Community Action Coalition of Southern Wisconsin has limited emergency funds available to prevent evictions (not specific to COVID-19). You must meet eligibility criteria and you must have received an eviction notice.

  • Call their Housing Crisis Hotline at 855-510-2323 from 8:00-4:30 Monday through Friday to complete a Housing Intake.

Dane County Emergency Assistance Grants:  Emergency Assistance is a one-time payment that can help low-income parents pay an emergency housing or utility-related expense.

Porchlight DIGS Prevention Program: provides housing-related emergency assistance to individuals and families in Dane County who are facing eviction and therefore at risk of becoming homeless. Additionally, DIGS offers financial support to those who have secured affordable housing but need assistance with first month’s rent and security deposit.

  • Individuals and families seeking eviction/homelessness prevention funds should call the Tenant Resource Center at (608) 257-0006, option 7.
  • Each household will be assessed and placed on a coordinated priority list, then will be contacted by the program for which the household is eligible.
  • Rent assistance: Call (608) 252-8522 on Tuesdays between 8:30am – 9:00am.  
  • First month’s rent assistance, apartment application fees: Call (608) 252-8522 on Thursdays between 8:30am – 9:00am.

Middleton Outreach Ministry Stable Housing Program:  Case Managers provide housing assistance and budget counseling to help prevent eviction and maintain long term stable housing.  Receiving assistance with rent, security deposit and utilities can make the difference in a crisis.  Email clients@momhelps.org and someone will respond to your request.

Home Mission Fund: helps with emergency eviction prevention or utilities.  

  • Contact Tashell Jackson at (608) 257-2534 ext.37. 
  • Requirements: (1) must have sufficient income to pay rent/utilities. (2) must have a 5-day notice or utility bill. (3) assistance is provided for rent or utilities once every twelve months, and preference is given to first time fund users. (4) average grant is up to $300.
  • The Home Mission Fund does NOT assist with the following: motel/hotel, camping fees, pet related expenses, cable bill, phone bill, credit/loan payments, food, diapers, furniture, clothing, prescriptions, medical bills, car or other insurance, etc.

For residents of the DeForest Area School District:  The DeForest Area Needs Network may be able to provide rent assistance. Call 608-287-9516.  

For Veterans:  Dane County Veterans Services Office: 608-266-4158, http://www.danevets.com/services.

General Housing Assistance & Additional Referrals:

Resources for Finding Housing

Housing Vacancy List (updated weekly): List of housing vacancies in Dane County. Organized according to unit size, rent and location.  For additional assistance, contact Housing Navigation Services | (608) 826-8093 | HousingNavigation@ccmadison.org.

List of Subsidized and Public Housing Options: See also Housing Navigation Services’ Tips When Applying for Low Income Housing, available here.

Homeless Services & Updates

The Salvation Army has diversion assistance for people who are currently doubled up. This could be rent assistance, gas and grocery cards or utility payments for people to be able to stay in the residence they are currently staying in. Clients should call 608-250-2298 or 608-250-2203.  

Housing Navigation Services is operating 100% remotely at this until further notice.  They can be reached 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday – Friday, at (608) 826-8093 or emailing HousingNavigation@ccmadison.org.  

Briar Patch Youth Services is still open for homeless youth (ages 12-17) who have nowhere else to go.  Their 24-hour phone line for referrals and help is operational.        608-251-1126.  

The Beacon:  To connect with homeless services staff who are normally at the beacon, call (608) 826-8019 or complete the contact form on the HSC website (https://www.danecountyhomeless.org/cecontactform).  Calls are returned within 24 business hours. VI-SPDAT assessment will be conducted over the phone.  

The Salvation Army: Women and Families who are accessing emergency shelter will be contacted by staff to schedule a time to complete the VI-SPDAT assessment over the phone.  

Porchlight: Men who are accessing emergency shelter can meet with staff at Grace Men’s drop-in shelter in the evening to complete the VI-SPDAT assessment. Porchlight center has been temporarily relocated to Warner Park Community Recreation Center at 1625 Northport Dr. They have a new intake number - (608) 243-0232

Porchlight DIGS Program: Bus tickets, gas vouchers, travel expenses: Call (608) 252-8522 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8:30am.

The MadCity Homeless Resource Guide is a comprehensive listing of community resources that are non-specific to the Coronavirus. This includes: shelter, bus passes, day centers, laundry, housing referrals, phones, narcan & needle exchange, and survival gear. https://www.madcityhomelessresourceguide.com/resource-list

Voluntary COVID-19 Isolation Options

The state opened the Lowell Center as a space for voluntary isolation for up to 137 people with Covid-19 who are experiencing homelessness or who live in communal settings. Individuals must be referred by a healthcare provider. (source)


💧 Utility & Bill-Paying Resources

Water, Electric, & Gas

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) directed water, electric, and natural gas utilities to cease disconnecting residential service for nonpayment until July 25th (link). After July 25th, they may begin shutting people off.

Electric: MG&E is generally willing to negotiate payment plans for utilities.

  • Call MG&E at (608) 252-7144,
  • or Budget Payment Plan line: (608) 252-7080. 
  • Their physical office is currently closed.

Water: Madison Water Utility is exempting late payment fees until further notice (link).

General Utility Assistance: The PSCW homepage has information about free/reduced utility services across WI.

  • Households making less than 60% of the state median income in the last month (e.g., $3,859.83 for a family of 3) are eligible for utility payment assistance through WHEAP (Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program).
  • 1-866-HEATWIS (432-8947).

Internet

MMSD will mail electronic devices to school-age students in order to start online learning by April 6. (source)

60 days of free internet available from Spectrum to NEW students and families with students (K-12 and college). They will charge you full price after those 60 days unless you cancel. Installation is free: (844) 488-8395.

Update: someone tried calling and they only give this deal to new customers

(“Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps.(...) Installation fees will be waived for new student households.”)

They still claim they will set up free hot spots in various locales, but the free home Wi-Fi is only for new customers.

60 days of free internet via the “Internet Essentials” package available from Comcast: www.internetessentials.com, website offers video chat option for American Sign Language. Or call 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish. The service is $10 after the first 60 days. Comcast has also stated that if you call them and inform them of your financial situation due to COVID-19, they will not charge late fees or disconnect you from service.

All AT&T Home Internet customers, including Fixed Wireless Internet and DSL, will have unlimited data through May 13, 2020. There are not currently any offers for AT&T Wireless (cell phone) customers.

Four Lakes Broadband will charge $25/month for 3 months, with 0 up-front cost. Service is best for people in Stoughton, McFarland, etc. (https://psc.wi.gov/Pages/Programs/BroadbandEmergencyInternetResources.aspx)

TDS does not service downtown or Hill Farms Neighborhood (Sheboygan Ave).

US Cellular is not offering anything different from their usual home internet services.

Madison Public Library WiFi is still ON at every location (even though all branches are now closed). Anyone can access free wifi from outside of the building and parking lot.

Credit Card Bill Updates

Depending on the credit card holder, there may be relief. This source provided the following info (last updated 3/19):

American Express: American Express encourages customers who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 to reach out via phone or online chat on the company's website to discuss their options. American Express will work with each customer individually. Solutions may include reducing your monthly payment, waiving fees, temporarily reducing your interest rate, or preventing your account from going past due or further past due.

Bank of America: Bank of America also prefers to handle COVID-19 financial hardship on a case-by-case basis, encouraging its customers to reach out if they are struggling to keep up with their bills. The bank will allow skipped payments without penalties, according to a recent New York Times article, though interest will continue to accrue during that time.

Barclays: Barclays encourages its credit card holders to reach out if they are struggling to keep up with their credit card payments. It says it has a "range of measures available" to support customers during these troubling times, including possibly skipping your March credit card bill. It's also enabling customers to request a temporary credit limit increase if they need it. Be aware that while this may ease your short-term difficulties, charging a lot to your credit card that you cannot pay back could make your debt problems worse in the long run.

Capital One: Capital One is enabling those affected by COVID-19 to skip payments interest-free. It can also provide assistance with minimum payments and credit card fees, but you must contact the company in order to take advantage of any of these options. A representative will work with you to come up with a suitable solution.

Chase: Chase is responding in a similar way to many of its competitors, encouraging those affected by COVID-19 to reach out and discuss their options. Use the phone number listed on your monthly credit card statement or the back of your card. The company is also cautioning cardholders to be wary of scams and not to give out their password, PIN, or account number to anyone claiming to be from Chase.

Citibank: Citibank is more forthcoming than many other national banks about the assistance it's offering. Options include credit line increases and collection forbearance programs, which enable you to temporarily skip your credit card payments. Citi encourages cardholders to contact customer support to discuss their options.

Discover: Discover has said that qualified customers may receive assistance related to payment timing, fees, and late payments. As with the rest of the issuers here, you should contact Discover to go over your options.

Goldman Sachs: Goldman Sachs, the issuer of the Apple Card, recently sent out an email to its cardholders announcing that those affected by COVID-19 can enroll in the Customer Assistance Program, which will enable them to skip their March credit card payment without incurring interest. You must enroll in the program online in order to take advantage of this offer.

PNC Bank: PNC Bank has promised assistance to affected cardholders through "a range of measures." If you want more specific information, you'll have to contact the company by phone during its normal business hours. The bank also says that it will continue to monitor the situation and may possibly extend or expand available assistance. If it does so, it will communicate this information directly to affected cardholders.

U.S. Bank: U.S. Bank is waiving credit card fees and working to enhance its payment deferral programs for those who cannot keep up with their credit card payments. It is also offering credit limit increases to those who are interested. You should reach out to U.S. Bank directly to see what options are available to you.

Wells Fargo: Wells Fargo has promised assistance to those affected by COVID-19 but hasn't publicly gone into detail about what that support entails. It encourages customers to reach out to the bank to discuss their options. According to its website, it has been experiencing abnormally high call volumes so you should be prepared to wait a while to speak to a representative.

If your credit card issuer isn't listed here, you should contact customer support to see whether it is offering any sort of relief to those affected by COVID-19. It's possible that current relief efforts could be extended or expanded as the pandemic continues, so it's important to pay attention to any correspondence you receive from your credit card issuer during the crisis.

Cell Phone Services

Updated 3/29/20:

Assurance / Lifeline

-FREE minutes, texting, and data

-Available for people who are eligible for other assistance programs, such as SNAP, SSI, Medicaid, TANF

www.assurancewireless.com 

AT&T

-No late fee or termination with proof of hardship from coronavirus

https://about.att.com/newsroom/2020/att_consumer_connected_together.html

Boost Mobile

-Free international calls through 4/30/20*

-No reactivation fees through 4/30/20

-Unlimited data plans include mobile hotspot

-Limited data plans include extra 20GB

-If you cannot make a payment, call 866-402-7366

https://www.boostmobile.com/about/covid-19-response.html

Republic Wireless

-$15 unlimited talk/text

-No termination for economic hardship (open a ticket with Republic Wireless app)

Sprint

-No activation fees, free next-day shipping

-Unlimited data for 60 days to customers with metered plans

-20GB free hotspot when applicable

https://www.sprint.com/en/landings/covid-19.html

T-Mobile

-$15 (T-Mobile Connect), unlimited talk + text + 5GB data

-Free 8” tablet with $15 tablet data plan + Metro plan

-Unlimited data for existing metered plans

-20GB free hotspot when applicable

https://www.t-mobile.com/news/tmobile-connect-launch
Apply for

US Cellular

-No late fee or termination (call 1-888-939-3900 and reference covid-19)

-Additional data for many plans

-Hotspot data for some customers

https://www.uscellular.com/covid-19

Verizon

-No late fee or termination through 6/30/20 (fill out form)

-No activation or upgrade fees through MyVerizon app

-Free international calling through 4/30/20*

-Most plans get extra 15GB hotspot data

https://www.verizonwireless.com/support/covid-19-faqs/


🍎 Food Security

SNAP/FoodShare and WIC

These programs provide benefits that can be spent like cash at grocery stores for people who are at 200% of the Federal Poverty Line or below.

FoodShare and grocery delivery during COVID-19: SNAP/FoodShare benefits on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card cannot normally be processed online. The following grocers have confirmed that they provide options for FoodShare participants to use online delivery:

  • Fresh Madison Market
  • Metcalfe’s
  • Willy Street Co-op

FoodShare benefits cannot be used to pay for the delivery fees.

WIC benefits are not able to be used for delivered products at this time.

Assigning a proxy or secondary user to your FoodShare account

Households that are unable to access grocery outlets to use their FoodShare benefits have the ability to have someone shop for them by adding an Authorized Buyer or Alternate Payee to their account. An Authorized Buyer is added to a Foodshare account and both parties receive EBT cards for the same account. An Alternate Payee receives a card on behalf of the account holder. FoodShare users can request an authorized buyer or alternate payee be added to their account by completing the following form:

  • Add or Remove an Authorized Buyer or Alternate Payee for FoodShare Benefits
  • Once the form is received and entered by DHS, the card issuing agency will send the card to the appropriate individuals. The card remains active until you fill out a form to remove the person and card.
  • This process may take 5-7 days.

Pantries with Free Groceries

The pantries below have switched to curbside or drive-thru pickup to minimize points of contact between volunteers, staff, and shoppers - unless otherwise noted. If you are sick, please contact your food pantry to see if someone can pick up food on your behalf. Additional food options may be available: call 2-1-1 for information.

List of Food Pantries in our area. Some may be closed or limited due to COVID-19. 

List of Madison food resources, organized by side of town. (Last updated 3/31/20)

Name, address, hours

(last updated: 6/16/2020)

Eligibility / notes

Allied Food Pantry

4619 Jenewein Road

Wednesdays 10am-12pm, 6pm-7:30pm

  • Must live in 53711, 53713 or 53719 ZIP code;
  • can use pantry once per four weeks;
  • must bring identification for all family members in your household.

Badger Prairie Needs Network

1200 E. Verona Ave, 608-848-2499

Tue, Friday: 10am-12pm noon,

Thursday: 11:00am-6:30pm,

Saturday: 10:00am-12:30pm.

  • All low-income Dane County residents during COVID-19
  • Once per month
  • Bring ID for head of house and proof of address (recent mail, bill preferred)
  • Come alone if possible
  • Please empty trunk in advance 

Catholic Multicultural Center

1862 Beld Street, 608-661-3512

Tuesday 2:00pm to 4:00pm (Registration starts at 1:00pm). Thursday 10:30am to 12:00pm (Registration starts at 9:30am).

Food pantry sign-up and distribution will happen in the parking lot. You will be asked to provide your name, how many people live in your household, and your full address including zip code.

- Can be used once per week per family.

East Madison Community Center

8 Straubel Court, (608) 249-0861

Tuesdays, 12pm-2pm

(Registration starts at 10am)

  • Must meet income eligibility requirements
  • Must bring ID
  • Must bring proof of Dane County residence

Goodman Center Fritz Food Pantry

149 Waubesa St, 608-241-1574

Tue 9:30-noon, Wed 6-8pm, Thu 12:30-3.

Mostly non-perishables in pre-packaged bags. Email: info@goodmancenter.org or call 608-241-1574 for info.

Lussier Community Education Center

55 S Gammon Rd, 608-833-4979

Wed 7-8pm

Sat 12-1pm

Unlimited pantry visits for perishable and non-perishable food.

  • Bring photo ID + proof of address.
  • Shoppers should remain in their vehicles when they arrive as volunteers put their food together

Middleton Outreach Ministry

3502 Parmenter St, Middleton

Tue 12-1:30pm,

Thu 12-1:30pm,

Sat 10am-noon.

Serves mostly the Western side of Madison.

  • Families from the following zipcodes are prioritized: 53562, 53528, 53705 and 53717.
  • ID required

M.O.M is distributing food via a drive-in no-contact menu system, and they pack a box of requested items for you.

May also serve western and northern edges of 53719 and southern edges of 53597

Mt, Zion

2029 Fisher Street, 608-957-9081

1st and 3rd Mondays 10:00am - 12:00pm.

2nd and 4th Tuesdays 4:00pm - 6:00pm.

Will be creating a transportation plan for kids to get to food

The River

2201 Darwin Road

Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10am-3pm.

First time visitors must bring proof of address and IDs for each household member. List of acceptable IDs here.

St Vincent

2033 Fish Hatchery Road, 608-257-0919

Mon, Tue, Fri 10:30am-2:30pm;

Thu 2:30pm-6:30pm.

  • can be used once per 30 days;
  • must live in Dane County;
  • household income under 185% of federal poverty line;
  • must bring ID for all family members

The Willy Street Pantry

1202 Williamson Street

Open 24/7

This is a free pantry outside of the Social Justice Center. Volunteers keep it stocked with canned and boxed foods, and sometimes fresh produce and cooked foods. It’s open to anyone -- you can just take what you need at any time.

Volunteers are welcome to leave donation items at the pantry too.

Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center

953 Jenifer Street, (608) 257-4576

Packaged groceries on Wednesdays 11am-2pm

Packaged community meal on Saturdays at 11am-12:30pm

Guests should bring a photo ID and piece of mail if possible.


Free Hot Meals for Pick Up/Delivery

Free breakfast and lunch for children are now available for pick-up through the Madison School district at certain hours: 

  • Click here for MMSD food delivery sites with locations, map, and daily schedules. 
  • Click here for other Dane County school district meal information.

Dane Community Community Defense is delivering hot meals and basic groceries. Click here for request form

Goodman Center is providing Free dinners for children in the Darbo/Washington and Brentwood neighborhoods as part of the school meal program.

  • Darbo pick-up: Darbo Drive, across from the Salvation Army’s Gym entrance.
  • Brentwood pick-up: at the corner of Calypso and Trails Way.

The River’s MUNCH Truck will still be running its normal route Monday-Saturday while school is out. MUNCH lunches are available for children AND parents.

  • Schedule and location of deliveries (north side locations) here.
  • They have added one last stop at Kennedy Heights from 2:05-2:20pm.

FEED to Go is distributing hot dinners to families in need due to COVID-19 at many sites across Madison. See list of locations here; please check a specific location’s website for more details on how to pick up meals.

The Catholic Multicultural Center, 1862 Beld St., has free meals weekdays 4 to 5pm and weekends 11am to 12pm.

Luke House, 310 S. Ingersoll St, is providing bagged meals that are distributed at the door. There are no forms or questions asked. Meal times: 

  • Monday through Thursday: 11:30am-12:30pm.
  • Sunday through Thursday: 5:45pm-6:30pm.

YMCA is offering hot “drive through” meals for all at all 3 Madison branches, Monday-Friday, 3:30-4:30pm.

First United Methodist is offering delivered food/essentials to those in Dane County and those outside of Dane County who have an illness/medical condition.  Recipients must apply and meet the income guidelines. Call 608-251-4407 to request delivery.

NewBridge is coordinating meals for seniors (age 60+) at 5 sites around Madison. Please call 608-512-0000 for more information. (Source)

 

Snack Sack is fulfilling Amazon wishlists for healthy snacks for families with children, up to $50 per family: The Snack Sack / tinyurl.com/snack-sack.


Food for UW-Madison students

The Open Seat food pantry in the Student Activity Center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 3 to 5 p.m. Contact openseat@asm.wisc.edu or call 608-265-5272.

UW-Madison students can request prepackaged food boxes at this link:  https://forms.gle/68aLFddgX1ECCTQEA. Requests should be submitted by Thursday for a pick-up the following Tuesday.

  • Pick-ups will be every Tuesday from 12:00-1:00PM at Union South near the hotel entrance off of Dayton St.
  • These boxes, distributed by Second Harvest Foodbank, are intended to assist those who need to supplement their food budget; they come in 10lb and 25lbs sizes. 

Food for Seniors

NewBridge is coordinating meals for seniors (age 60+) at 5 sites around Madison. Please call 608-512-0000 for more information. (Source)

Seniors may also want to contact their local ADRC for additional information. 608-240-7400.

Cooking on a Budget

Reddit Thread: recipe + grocery list for feeding a family of 4 on a tight budget. 

Budget Bytes: Budget-friendly recipes and meal plans.

Cooking in a Time of Social Distancing - blog from Wisconsin library system with links to cookbooks that are available online.


Grocery Store Updates

Here is an updating list of grocery store hours and times set aside for vulnerable shoppers.

The following grocery stores offer online ordering and delivery. Call ahead or visit the store’s website to confirm availability of the service you are looking for:

Instacart offers shopping and delivery from multiple stores including Aldi, Target, Festival, Piggly Wiggly, and more.

Restaurant Offerings & Local Farm Options

Here is a list explaining how to buy from local farmers during this time: these farmers would have been at the Winter Farmers’ Market and/or selling to local restaurants.

FairShare CSA Coalition offers 50%, up to $300, towards fresh produce through their Partner Shares Program. Recipients can use multiple payment methods (SNAP, checks, credit) and will receive flexible payment plans. They can choose from over 40, local farms that deliver near them (some farms also offer home delivery.) 

Liliana’s in Fitchburg is hosting regular “pay what you can” soup days. People can buy soup for themselves or “pay it forward” and buy servings for others. Then, the restaurant offers soup from $0-$5 for people in need to take home. Leftover funds are donated to local organizations. The owner has been posting updates about this on his personal facebook page. The number for the restaurant is (608) 442-4444; ask if they’re having a Pay What You Can soup event today. Multiple kinds of soups including gluten free options for those with Celiacs Disease are often available! 

Morris Ramen offers free meals and cleaning supplies to restaurant workers who are financially struggling due to COVID-19, on Wednesday nights.

Restaurant ordering apps (available on Google Play and the App Store): Uber Eats, GrubHub, Eat Street (they are waiving delivery fees for new users.)


🍼 Baby, Pet, Hygiene, and Home Care Resources

Diapers and Baby Supplies

WIC has closed its office. Services are still available via phone. New enrollments are being taken. Existing members and interested new participants can call 608-267-1111.

Project Babies is working on collecting diapers and other needed supplies at this time. This is their outreach number (you can call or text): 608-770-9588. Check their Facebook page for updates.

Here is their link for online referral and needs request: www.tinyurl.com/ProjectBabiesReferral

If you are able to make a financial donation here is their secure link: www.tinyurl.com/ProjectBabiesDonation

Dane County Diaper Drive is collecting diapers and will provide them at no cost to disadvantaged families: https://danediapers.org.

The Pregnancy Helpline is closed, and they have distributed their items to St. Vinny’s. The telephone helpline is still open for support (608-222-0008), and they are able to drop off Baby Care Packages and Safe Sleep pack ‘n plays to newborns. https://www.pregnancyhelpline.net/

Reach Dane is enrolling children ages 0-5 years in Early Head Start and Head Start. Enrolled families get immediate access to diapers, formula, and meals distributed weekly. They can provide families with early childhood education, mental health, and family supports virtually. www.reachdane.org or 608-577-6934        


Hygiene Products

Atwood Pantry stocks house cleaning and personal care products. They are in need of cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer and may not have these available.2401 Atwood Avenue, located in the Church. Hours as of 3/11, according to SASY neighborhood group:

  • Thursdays: 11:30am-3pm
  • Sundays: 12-2pm

The Catholic Multicultural Center has a personal essentials pantry, open on Tuedays from 1:00-3:30. You must register between 1:00 and 3:00pm.

The Menstruation Collective can drop off kits of pads and tampons. Email Frankie: sfrank9@wisc.edu. www.facebook.com/themenstruationcollective/

The Greater Madison Resource Center may be able to help with sanitizer, soap, laundry soap, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning wipes, pads, tampons, and over-the-counter medicines. (608) 770-1174 / gmrcmadison@gmail.com / gmrcmadison.com

Dane County Community Defense may be able to help with hygiene and cleaning products. tinyurl.com/dccd-request  

Laundry Love is a church-based program aiming to “lead people in to a life-changing reliationship with Jesus.” They provide free laundry services, first-come, first-serve on the second Wednesday of each month, 7:00-8:30 PM, at 2115 Fish Hatchery Road and 4921 Commercial Ave. Call or text: 608-301-5254


Child Care Updates

The YMCA of Dane County will offer subsidized 24/7 child care for kids of essential health care workers responding to Covid-19. Services will be provided at Lussier West, Lussier East, and Sun Prairie.

COVID-19 Child Care Request for Health Care Workers: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WI Department of Children and Families and its partners want to help Wisconsin health care workers fill their urgent child care needs so that they can continue to serve our communities’ health care needs. If you are a health care worker in need of child care, please submit your request here.

The DCF has placed suspensions on many child care licensing rules so that child care centers are able, if they choose, to take on extra children on an emergency basis. If you need childcare to continue working, reach out to your local center to see if they are able to help you. The Wisconsin Shares program is making emergency funding available to parents to be able to pay for this care even if they did not previously qualify for this child care assistance. Read more here: https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/covid-19.


Pet Care Resources

Click here for a spreadsheet with information about all nearby veterinary services. Includes hours during COVID-19, species of animals seen, contact info, etc.

The following Dane County food pantries distribute pet food (dry or canned) and cat litter (clumping or clay). Please check with each pantry for their hours of operation and participation requirements.

Wiscares provides medical supplies and food for companion animals, and free/low-cost boarding if an animal needs housing while someone is getting medical treatment. Website: wiscares.wisc.edu; email: wiscares@gmail.com.

UW Veterinary Hospital is now providing medically necessary appointments and on-going treatments to existing patients, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Emergency services are also available for any life-threatening emergencies. For more information visit https://www.vetmed.wisc.edu/.

Bike Repair Shops

Here is a list of current hours for bike repair shops.


🦷 Emergency Dental Care

Artisan Dental: Emergency Services only from March 17 - April 3, 2020.

Contact Dr. Nicole Anderson at 608-467-8022.

Access Community Health Dental Services: Joyce & Marshall Erdman Clinic; 2202 South Park Street; Madison, WI 53713.

  • Hours: Monday -Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Phone to schedule an appointment: (608) 443-5482

Monroe Street Family Dental: Emergency Services Only. Contact at 608-204-0222.

2702 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711.


💲 Misc. Financial Resources

(see also: Political organizing / rent strikes / collective advocacy for groups organizing rent strikes and debt cancelation petitions)

The national government has passed a stimulus package that will send money directly to all Americans who filed 2018 or 2019 taxes with annual incomes below $75,000, or people on SSI. Other stimulus packages and amendments are being voted on.

Some questions have been raised about stimulus checks for people with disabilities. See “The Disabled Person’s Guide to Stimulus Checks,” a thorough FAQ here.

For local financial aid resources, dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211. You can also use https://211wisconsin.communityos.org/211guidedsearch2 to find resources by zipcode and keyword. Another option is to call 1-866-211-9966 and provide your zip code to get referred to local agencies.

Dane County Human Services has a landing page for Emergency Assistance Grants, W2, FSET, and Unemployment with instructions on how to apply for each.

Humanity Forward has created a COVID-19 emergency relief fund at the national level. Click the link to request aid. “Humanity Forward is committing to delivering one-time, and recurring, basic income payments to individuals and families who stand to be most impacted by the coronavirus crisis. The initial target populations will primarily consist of Americans in lower income brackets who depend on wage work to support them and their families. Our first program will be launched in the Bronx, NY, and we aim to roll out similar initiatives in the coming weeks.” Disclaimer: this organization is related to Andrew Yang, a previous presidential candidate.

UW Credit Union is offering $2,500 emergency loans to members. You need to have been a member as of March 1st. No repayment or interest for the first 90 days, then a fixed rate of 1.90% APR for the first 3 years. Click here for information. 

Summit Credit Union is offering lines up credit up to $5,000 for checking account holders and $2500 for non-holders. No payments for 90 days, interest will accrue during that time. 5% APR for all credit scores. Call 800-236-5560 and ask for “Get-Me-Through Line of Credit.”


WI Unemployment Information

Application link: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/uiben/apply/

Click here for an Instructional video on how to apply.

“DWD is experiencing an unprecedented call volume to our unemployment insurance and IT help lines. Unless you have received official notification from Unemployment Insurance that you must call our call center, please search for your answer at dwd.wi.gov/covid19/ or dwd.wi.gov/uiben/faqs in order to free up phone lines for folks who are required to call in.”

Who is eligible for unemployment now? (source)

  • If your workplace closed down or suspended operations due to Covid-19
  • If your hours have been reduced
  • If you are mandated to quarantine but healthy enough to work
  • Noncitizens who are authorized to work in the US
  • Wisconsin unemployment benefits are available to individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own. If an employer must shut down operations and no work is available, individuals may be eligible for unemployment benefits if they meet the monetary criteria and the weekly eligibility criteria even if their employer has not told them they are laid off.”

Who is NOT eligible for unemployment?

  • Self-employed workers. However, they have been added to the CARES Act and will be eligible for unemployment as soon as that is processing. The WI Department of Workforce Development has asked that you wait before filing.
  • Most people who choose to self-quarantine
  • Anyone who is too sick to work

What is different right now about unemployment?

  • The governor is passing an Emergency Order eliminating the one week waiting period, the requirement to keep searching for new work, and the “availability for work” requirement during COVID-19 (people who are missing work due to self-isolating now count as available for work, which qualifies them for Unemployment).
  • The federal government approved an extra $600 per week through July 31, 2020. They plan for this to go through in late April. (source)

Madison Urban League still has employment specialists that are working digitally with clients. They also have a list of jobs that are still hiring and online training classes.  

Phone number:  (608) 729-1234; Email: opportunity@ulgm.org

Website: https://ulgm.org/employment-programs/application/ 

https://moonrise.works is a private/for-profit platform that helps workers find occasional shifts/hours from businesses and organizations who are on the network.

Funds for Students & University Employees

For Madison College/MATC students, there’s a financial emergency fund (not specific to COVID-19).

For UW-Madison students, there are $500 emergency Crisis loans available through the Dean’s office (not specific to COVID-19). Additionally, the Office of Financial Aid has declared that aid funds are available to any UW-Madison students during this crisis.

UW-Madison has set aside new funds specifically to support students during COVID-19.

Call 608-262-3060 between 10am and 2pm Monday through Friday.

Or Email (preferred) covid-19@finaid.wisc.edu.

TAA (grad students' union) has a mutual aid fund set up for graduate students and their families to request up to $100 per semester, no strings attached. Application and details here: http://bit.ly/TAAmutualaid.

Edgewood College will offer up to $1500 in 3 installments to students. Applications/requests can begin the week of April 20th. (source). The college is also offering refunds for parts of dining, housing, and parking costs for the spring semester.

For International UW-Madison students, the ISS (International Student Services) sometimes offer crisis loans as well. Normally students must present to the office in-person to get support; consider emailing here: iss@studentlife.wisc.edu.

There are also food pantries and food programs specific to UW-Madison students during this crisis.

The Student Relief Fund is a nationally organized mutual aid fund for college students facing homelessness or hunger due to campus suspensions/closures.

UW-Madison Employee Emergency Loan: UW–Madison has established an emergency loan program to provide assistance to those employees who are experiencing financial hardship because they have been placed on Position-Specific Furlough or are working reduced hours in a Work-Share program.

  • The loans are available at zero percent interest.
  • For employees paid biweekly, the maximum amount of the loan is equal to their take home pay for two pay periods. For employees paid monthly, the maximum amount of the loan is equal to their take home pay for one pay period.
  • Employees on voluntary leave without pay, voluntary reduction of hours, or Campus-Wide, Intermittent Furlough are not eligible for an emergency loan.
  • All aspects of the loan process can be completed online. Alternatively, employees can arrange to pick up a paper application, drop off a completed application, or pick up a check for the loan amount. Additional details and the application form are available at go.wisc.edu/i5t2kj.

 


Funds for Food and Beverage Industry 

The National Restaurant Association Education Foundation is offering $500 grants to restaurant industry adversely financially affected by COVID-19 whether through a decrease in wages or loss of employment: application. They are currently NOT taking applications due to an overwhelming number of COVID-19-related requests.

Kessenich's launched a new "Save Our Staff" GoFundMe that will be distributed to Madison restaurant workers. Restaurants should email dtennessen@kessenichs.com to register their staff. Click here for the gofundme & details! 

For people in the Food and Beverage industry, Southern Smoke Foundation has an emergency relief fund (not specific to COVID-19).

For bartenders, there is a Bartender Emergency Assistance grant through the United States Bartenders Guild (not specific to COVID-19). You do not have to be a member of the guild to apply.

Madison Service Industry Support: Facebook group for keeping track of pertinent updates, developments, petitions, etc.


Funds for Small Business Owners

Dane County Executive, Joe Parisi, recently announced a partnership with Dane Buy Local to distribute $250,000 through a local grant program.  This will support Dane County small businesses with employee retention and mitigate losses. Information is available on www.danebuylocal.com.  Business owners can complete a Google form on the website to learn more and apply for grants. Grants will be accepted through June 15, 2020.

The Wisconsin Ethnic & Diverse Business Coalition (EDBC) is accepting grant applications to assist small ethnic and diverse businesses of any industry that are a business member in of one of our coalition members during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will be available up to $500. If you have any questions, please call (414) 287-4172 for more information.  

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is creating a $5 million program called Small Business 20/20. Businesses with no more than 20 employees can apply for grants up to $20,000 to pay for rent and payroll expenses. That includes sick, family and other leave related to the COVID-19 outbreak. News article here

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for businesses dealing with losses during the pandemic. Thanks to a concerted effort by the State of Wisconsin and the U.S. Small Business Administration, Wisconsin small businesses and private non-profits are now eligible for SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

  • Loans are available for up to $2 million.
  • These loans can provide working capital to meet the needs of payroll, accounts payable, and fixed debt payments until the situation improves.
  • Interest rates are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profits.
  • How can you apply?

We’re All In Inititative: A grant program through the state providing $2,500 cash grants to 30,000 Wisconsin small businesses, announced 5/18/20 by Gov. Evers. More information will be provided in late May, and grants will be available in June.

Wisconsin's SBA office will also offer daily webinars starting Saturday, March 21 to answer your questions--register now.

Facebook has webpages with tips for small businesses and small business grants from the company.

Self Employed workers cannot apply for Unemployment (as of now) but may qualify for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.  Contact the Wi Department of Workforce Development at 608-266-3131.  Department of Workforce Development -FAQ page that mentions DUA https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/ui.htm

Federal Website that mentions DUA and discusses eligibility of self employed workers: https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/597


Funds for Nonprofits

There are two time-sensitive economic assistance opportunities for nonprofits, made available through the federal government’s Small Business Administration (SBA) department. These programs are designed to offset financial hardship due to COVID-19 and are open to both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Nonprofits are encouraged to apply rapidly as funds will go quickly. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce put together a brochure and Schusterman Foundation has compiled all stimulus information into a Google doc that they are updating in real-time.

  1. SBA 7(a) Paycheck Protection Program: Under the CARES Act stimulus bill, nonprofits and small businesses with fewer than 500 employees will be eligible for loans to meet payroll and other qualifying costs. Much of the loan is forgivable if you keep staff on payroll during the loan period (currently March 1 through June 30). This, in essence, turns a portion of the loan into a GOS grant. The total loan fund is expected to be $349B, and loans will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Recipients do not have to certify that they are unable to obtain credit elsewhere.
  • Loan amount is 2.5 times the organization’s average monthly payroll, with pay capped at $100,000 per employee
  • Up to 8 weeks of average payroll and other costs will be forgiven if the business retains its employees and their salary levels through June 30.
  • The application is not yet live, but details are emerging on the SBA website; keep checking the website and complete the application as soon as it becomes available

  1. SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans
  • EID loans offering up to $2M in assistance are already available on a first-come, first-served basis to nonprofits to help overcome temporary loss in revenue caused by COVID-19. These loans are similar to other disaster relief loans and do not include loan forgiveness. The application is straightforward and can be completed online now.
  • Loans offer up to $2M in assistance
  • The interest rate for nonprofits is 2.75%, with repayment terms of up to 30 years. Funds may be used to pay fixed debt, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid due to the impact of restrictions.
  • Organizations cannot receive funding from both programs unless the loan applications are for different purposes (i.e. personnel and rent costs for 7(a) and other operating expenses for EIDL)

Next Steps

  1. Look into the 7(a) loans first, due to the larger funding amount and forgivable loan provision. The application is expected to open this week on SBA’s website.
  2. Develop a relationship with a qualifying local lender ASAP, especially if you don’t yet have one, since loans are made directly through local 7(a) lending institutions. Here is a list of qualifying local lenders.
  3. Prepare your documents while waiting for the application to open.
  4. Consider whether your organization can take advantage of any other additional COVID-19 relief programs. Candid.org has a running list on their website, with many local assistance programs.
  5. Review the The Branded Startup's "Nonprofit Survival Guide" for leadership advice, budget adjustments, talking points for donors and funders, and opportunities for growth in the new normal.


Other Emergency Funds

Dane County Farmers’ Market has started an Emergency Farmers’ Relief Fund to raise money to support local farmers who have lost their major sources of income due to restaurant and farmers’ markets closing. Follow the link to donate; contact DCFM to apply for funds.

Arts Wisconsin has compiled a list of emergency funds and other financial resources for those in the creative economy, including the CARES Act, the Actors Fund, EqualSound relief fund for musicians, and several others. This list gets updated as more resources are added.

The Dane Arts Need Grant (DANG!) Program is offering up to $250 grants to artists for products that will help them develop an online presence to promote their art form or present a forum through a live feed. The funds can also be used to purchase supplies and further develop the artists’ skills. Read more here on how to apply.

Ho-Chunk Housing and Community Development Authority is offering one-time grants up to $700 towards rent for members of the Ho-Chunk Nation and other Native American Tribal Enrolled Members. (link to application)

For undocumented immigrants, Latinx Consortium for Action Relief Fund (via Centro Hispano) is collecting funds for small business owners and people who lost their employment. The phone number for Centro Hispano is (608) 255-3018.

Healthwell Foundation can put $250 towards costs “associated with delivered food, medication, diagnostics, transportation and telehealth as a result of COVID-19 risk or incidence.” See website for more information.  


🧠 Mental Health Support

You can request emotional support through the G.D.C. request form and someone will call and check in on you (not a substitute for long-term mental health counseling). The Neighbors Helping Neighbors Facebook group also has people willing to make regular calls to those feeling isolated.

Crisis Text Line is helpful for panic attacks and other emotionally intense moments. Text HOME to 741741; a bot will provide you with their terms of service and put you on a waitlist to text with a real person. Wait times may be long due to current anxiety/panic about COVID-19. Regular messaging rates apply (the service itself is free).

AARP will match isolated seniors with a trained volunteer to call them regularly for a social check-in: https://aarpmutualaid.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has created a website called Resilient Wisconsin. It has many resources on addressing toxic stress and trauma and specific resources relating to coping during COVID-19.

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. Dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster.

For UW-Madison students, UHS crisis line (608-265-5600, option 9) and SilverCloud remain available 24/7. See updates about what other mental health services remain available here: https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/mental-health/.

Free Online, Video, and Phone AA meetings with local Madison community members.  

M.A.I.C.O: https://aamadisonwi.org/ 

Madison LGBTQ+ Outreach Center is offering LGBTQ+ group meetings online.

The Dane County TimeBank has launched a Restorative Justice Hotline that is available from 4-8pm Monday through Sunday. 1-866-RJustUs/1-866-758-7887. If you know youth who have received municipal tickets from the police or if people are having difficulties with friends, family members, neighbors or anyone else, we can help talk you through the situation.


Local Telehealth/Online Counseling

Mental health counseling via phone call or video meeting is available at the following local appointment-only services. This list includes smaller practices which are currently open to taking new clients. These services are not free, but they do take several insurances and offer limited spots at a sliding scale fee.

Journey Mental Health and Rogers Behavioral Health are still offering in-person services for psychiatric emergencies, inpatient treatment, and certain outpatient programs.

Golden Vibes Counseling Center:

Phone: 608-571-0558. Email: contactus@goldenvibescounseling.com.

Gifts of Emotion - Trauma Specialized Counseling:

Phone: 608-301-5708. Scheduling form here.

Abegglen Counseling, based in Fitchburg:

Phone: 608-709-9672.

Insight Counseling & Wellness:

        Phone: (608)-244-4859.

Elite Cognition, LLC:

        Phone: (608) 286-1132.

Anesis Marriage and Family Therapy:

Phone: (608) 268-6530. Email: info@anesistherapy.com.

Clear Path Counseling & Wellness

Phone: (608) 800-7293 Email: info@clearpathmadison.com

Lake Monona Psychotherapy and Recovery Center

Phone: (608) 256-5030, press 0.


Online Self-Help Resources

The Wellness Society has published a free full PDF workbook for anxiety during COVID-19.

Virus Anxiety is a toolkit for managing anxiety about the virus and the uncertainty we are all facing.

The Compassion and Resilience Toolkit has released a series of videos for staying Resilient During COVID-19.

Sesame Street has developed wellness videos and activities for the whole family. Visit https://www.sesamestreet.org/caring for many resources.

Lived Wisdom on Panic, Worry, and Isolation: A document about the impacts of experiencing panic, worry, and isolation, and how people with mental health struggles have experienced and lived through these feelings.

7 Cups offers free self-help modules that you can complete at your own pace, free 24/7 online chat, and lower cost telehealth therapy options.

5 Ways to Self Care During Coronavirus and Self Care During Social Distancing

Coronavirus and Our Common Humanity- Message from the UW-Madison Center for Healthy Minds with tips for coping during unprecedented times.

Healthy Minds Innovations is offering the Healthy Minds Program App for free to individuals. There is no subscription fee, and no requirements. Try an audio practice on exploring change or try the full program.


📚 Enrichment for School Age Children Staying at Home

60 days of free internet may be available from Comcast and Spectrum, see Rent/Utility resource section in this document for more info.

MMSD is planning to transition to distance learning for K-12 starting on April 6th. This will include providing devices to families who need them. Update(s) here.

Flight of Lights Event in April/May: the Dane County Regional Airport is hosting its first annual Flight of Lights, which is a free, drive-through light display along International Lane at Dane County Regional Airport. Flight of Lights Follows all rules of social distancing as a drive-through only event.

Madison Public Library has many free resources available online. Use your library card to access them. Don’t have a library card? Apply for a virtual library card here!

UW Extension 4-H has created a list of fun, hands-on learning projects to do at home for kids. Activities are listed by grade levels.

Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds and Activities

Milwaukee Brewers Summer Sluggers Reading Program - open early! Free to sign up! Summer Slugger is a continuous and engaging learning experience that uses the game of baseball to prepare students of all backgrounds to enter the next school year on track. 

General tips for supporting kids at home during this time.

Sample Daily Schedule for Learning At Home

MMSD Online Enrichment Resources - Available for MMSD students with internet access. All resources offer high-quality and free content. As a resource, students should start on their school’s library portal pages which are provided at the bottom of this document. Each school library portal will provide students access to databases and programs that they are currently using in their schools.

K-12 Teaching Possibilities in Pandemic Times: Facebook group with a community of people ready to problem solve at home learning issues who share many educational resources.

Preschool Homeschooling Schedule and Resources

Anti-Oppressive and Anti-Racist Home School Options During Quarantine

Break Packets for K-5 Students: Includes a variety of subjects for elementary ages children.

Big community list of Educational companies offering free subscriptions during COVID-19.

Scholastic Learn from Home - FREE pre-k-12 online resources to keep kids learning at home while schools are closed.

Audible.com is offering FREE streaming of books in multiple languages online for as long as schools are closed.

First Book Marketplace is a great place to order deeply discounted books for kids. Free shipping for orders over $25. Use promo code BOOKBANK15 for an additional 15% off orders.

Learn Online with Technology - List of online websites for home-based learning.

List of digital author resources - This is a website collecting events with read-alouds, face times, and other interactive online reading opportunities for families.

Home-based learning resources - Lots of ideas for how to engage kids with learning while at home. Also includes link to online museum tours of different museums across the world.

Giant List of Ideas for Things to Do While Home with Kids - Big list of easy to do activities while still keeping social distance from others.

16 Card Games that will Turn Your Children into Math Aces

Interview a Family Member - resource from TeachingTolerance.Org

List of at-home “science experiments” for kids with mostly common household items (each item on the list links to a page with more details).

Over 30 Virtual Field Trips - includes links to virtual tours to many places, like zoos, national parks, farms, outer space, and museums around the world (and universe!) 20

Virtual Field Trips - some overlap with the last resource and some new links.

Help with Homework - Facebook group with a community of parents and educators who are ready to help if you need help understanding your child’s school work or school-district issued enrichment packets.

Oceans Initiativ Free Marine Biology Camp: Free videos uploaded every week. (Article with more info)

NASA STEM Engagement: for grades K-4. Lots of resources and real-time videos!

Outdoor Learning Ideas (compiled by educators at Lake View Community School in Madison)

Beat the COVID-19 Blues With These Wildlife and Nature Livecams and Wild Bird Unlimited Barred Owl Cam

Henry Vilas Zoo Instagram Party: Henry Vilas Zoo is hosting a Virtual Party for the Planet now through the summer on Instagram. For the month of April, get in the spirit by completing our at-home challenges! Do the activities, take a picture, post it on Instagram, and tag us to be entered to win great prizes! The more challenges you participate in, the more changes you have to win!

The Healthy Kids Collaborative has developed a Safe Outdoors 30 Day Challenge with activity ideas for being outside and staying active during COVID-19. Here is a video from the coordinator that demonstrates outdoor safety.

Free downloadable coloring pages from a UW-Madison art student, Will Santino.


Kid-Friendly Activities About COVID-19

A Comic Written for children about COVID-19: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

Interactive website with activities for kids to learn about COVID-19: https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/

School’s Closing, Now What? - provides tips for how to support children and families while schools are closed and includes links to resources.

Social Story for Kids to Understand Why School is Closed - translated into seven languages. Includes directions for use. Audio book available on YouTube.

Kid-Friendly Art Classes / Project Ideas

Rustic Orchid Creative Workshop is planning to upload free art lessons for children: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2nzX48Ucr1MIEpg0fCOJ6A/

Lots of coloring pages if you have a printer and colored pencils/crayons/markers at home. Includes color by numbers and pages that are more entertaining for older kids and adults (detailed mandalas, celebrities, etc.): https://topcoloringpages.net/

“My Tree of Life” activity, good for middle school aged children, teens, and adults to reflect on their life and values. Promotes self-reflection and resiliency. PDF was written for facilitators (teachers, counselors, etc.) but is clear enough for parents to give it a try (requires large piece of paper and writing/drawing materials): https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/files/cwportal/permanency/pc/pdf/ffe-tree.pdf

Student Art Contest & Grant Opportunity: Futuristic Masterpieces: For students in grades K-12. who are residents of and currently attending an elementary or secondary school in Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, or Wisconsin. Artwork must reflect one of the following futuristic themes: 1) your school in the future, 2) your home life in the future, 3) happy robots. Deadline to submit: March 31st!

Short Art Project YouTube Videos by Art Room Glitter Fairy. Sarah Krajewski, art teacher at Cambridge Elementary and last year’s Wisconsin Art Educator of the Year, is uploading free art lessons for kids almost daily.


Kid-Friendly Fitness Ideas

GoNoodle: many different videos on YouTube to promote movement and work on gross motor skills.

PE with Joe: live daily 30 minute workout with British PE teacher on YouTube, aimed at kids. Workout requires little space and no equipment. Started Monday the 23rd.

PE at Home with Ben: free workouts from PE teacher, Ben Schenk, on YouTube

Teen Strong: Free for a limited time. Free HIIT workouts for a limited time

Down Dog App is offering free yoga classes online until April 1st; it’s meant for adults, but could be a fun family activity.


Sample schedule for structuring time with kids at home:

Daily Home Schedule

Activity Ideas

7:00

 BREAKFAST

Learning

  > Matching               > Letters/Numbers

         > Counting               > Rhyming

  > Colors/Shapes      > Conversation

  > Patterning              > Ordering Objects by size

 

Crafts

   > Collages                     > Painting          

   >  Drawing Pictures      > Sand

   > Scrapbooking            > Beading

   >  Cutting pictures from magazines                    

   >  Cardboard box creations

   >   Sewing

Free Play

  >  LEGOS/Blocks          > Build a city

  > Make a fort                 > Sensory Bin

  >  Puppet Show            > Play dough

  >  Dolls                          > Toy Animals

  >  Dramatic Play           > Vehicles

Movement

  > Dance Party                > Exercises

  > Movement Songs       > Yoga/Stretching

  > Obstacle Course

  Games

 > Puzzles                    > Charades

 > Card Games            > Follow the Leader

 > Hide & Seek            > Simon Says

 > Board Games          > I Spy

Cooking

 >  Homemade Pizza       > JELLO/Pudding

        > Popsicles                    > Fruit Salad

> Cereal Bars                 > Quesadillas

> Stovetop Popcorn      > Homemade Ice Cream

> Applesauce

 

  Story Time

  > Read Alouds on YouTube / digital author list

  > Retelling stories (with or without props)

  > Books on tape

  > Comprehension Questions

7:30

FREE PLAY

8:30

LEARNING ACTIVITIES

10:00

SNACK

10:30

CRAFTS

11:00

MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES/OUTDOOR  PLAY

11:30

STORY TIME

12:00

LUNCH

12:30

REST TIME

1:30

LEARNING ACTIVITIES

3:00

COOKING & SNACKS

3:30

MOVEMENT ACTIVITIES/OUTDOOR PLAY

4:30

GAMES AND PUZZLES

5:30

DINNER

6:00

FREE PLAY & TECH TIME

7:30

BEDTIME ROUTINE


😎 Misc. Self-Care Ideas

Understanding the Virus and Protective Measures

What Does Social Distancing Mean? - great resource with clear guidelines about what activities are recommended when practicing social distancing.

The Power of Social Distancing