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COVID-19 RESOURCES
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Hosted by: Allston Brighton Health Collaborative
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NEEDSTATUSRESOURCE (CLICK FOR LINK)ALLSTON-BRIGHTON
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Information
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March 23: Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday ordered all businesses and organizations that are not providing essential services to close, effective Tuesday 3/24 at noon.
Baker said the order will run until April 7. All non-essential businesses will have to close their physical workspaces and facilities to customers and the public.
List of COVID-19 Essential Services
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For daily text message updates related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Boston, send a TEXT MESSAGE containing a KEYWORD below to
99-411. Please only use plain characters (no accents, etc.).
BOSCOVID (English)
BOSEspanol
BOSFrancais
BOSKreyol
BOSkriolu
BOSPortugues
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Each of the following languages has its own page for COVID-19 updates and hosts multilingual print materials distributed citywide:English: boston.gov/covid-19
Español | Spanish: boston.gov/covid-19-es
中文 | Chinese: boston.gov/covid-19-zh
Kreyòl ayisyen | Haitian Creole: boston.gov/covid-19-hc
Tiếng Việt | Vietnamese: boston.gov/covid-19-vi
kriolu | Cape Verdean: boston.gov/covid-19-cv
Русский | Russian: boston.gov/covid-19-ru
العربية | Arabic: boston.gov/covid-19-ar
Português | Portuguese: boston.gov/covid-19-pt
Français | French: boston.gov/covid-19-fr
Af-Soomali | Somali: boston.gov/covid-19-so
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The City of Boston has launched two dashboards to provide statistics on COVID19 cases in Boston and throughout Massachusetts.
The first dashboard includes a day-by-day breakdown graph of the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, and tracks daily updates from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for the number of COVID-19 cases.
The second dashboard includes information specific to the City of Boston, including total daily cases, recovered cases, and total cases over time.
The dashboard also tracks the levels of testing done throughout the United States.
View Dashboards here
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MA Gov info.
Call 211 for current info
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DPH MA Cases
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Boston Public Health Commission
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WHO advice for the public
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Your Questions About Life Under Coronavirus, Answered
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Sen. Brownsberger’s COVID-19 Recession Relief resources: being updated daily to reflect recession relief resources for different categories of people, and includes information about city, state, and national policies and procedures.
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Sen. Brownsberger’s COVID-19 Social Distancing resources: keeps track of status of all public spaces and closures.
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Medical Support
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All health insurance carriers are required to provide medically necessary telehealth, testing, counseling, treatment, and vaccination (once it's developed and available) services without charging copays and coinsurance or applying a deductible.
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Massachusetts Health Connector: uninsured residents can apply and get into coverage until April 25. Residents who need health insurance can call 1-877-623-6765 to gain access to the enrollment period, and go to MAhealthconnector.org to complete an application.
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If you are undocumented and need healthcare, you may be eligible for MassHealth Limited, which provides care for medical emergencies, including visits to an emergency room. Public charge does not apply to MassHealth Limited. Visit MAhealthconnector.org or call 1-800-841-2900 for English and Spanish service.
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CVS/Walgreens delivering medications for freehttps://www.cvs.com/content/delivery
https://www.walgreens.com/topic/pharmacy/prescription-delivery.jsp
http://www.cvs.com/content/delivery/faq?icid=rxdelivery-tab-FAQ
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Charles River Community Health Center Update
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Housing
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Due to office closures, families applying for Emergency Assistance shelter through the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community development can only apply by calling this phone number:
1-866-584-0653.
http://mahomeless.org/advocacy/item/coronavirus
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MASS. DEPT. OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, EMERGENCY HOUSING ASSISTANCE
866-584-0653​ ​| mass.gov/how-to/find-emergency-family-shelter Shelter services for families.
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IMPORTANT:​ ​Starting Saturday, March 14th ​a moratorium on Boston Housing Authority (BHA) evictions ​went into effect​. ​This will last​ while Massachusetts is under a state of emergency.​ ​If you receive a notice of eviction contact the Office of Housing Stability ​(contact information listed above).​OFFICE OF HOUSING STABILITY
617-635-4200​ | ​boston.gov/​housingstability​ | HousingStability@boston.gov
Assistance finding and maintaining stable, safe, and affordable housing options, informing tenants of their rights and responsibilities, and helping navigate the individual and family shelter systems.
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Mental Health
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All health insurance carriers are required to provide medically necessary telehealth, testing, counseling, treatment, and vaccination (once it's developed and available) services without charging copays and coinsurance or applying a deductible.
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Network of Care Massachusetts: a comprehensive statewide online resource to help anyone find information on mental health and substance use supports and services in their community.
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Get some support!
Optum, part of UnitedHealth Group, is opening its Emotional-Support Help Line. Professionally trained mental health staff are there to support people who may be suffering from fear or stress over COVID-19. Optum's Emotional-Support Help Line number is 866-342-6892 and will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is free of charge and open to anyone.
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Behavioral Health Resources of Boston
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Substance Use
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Visit www.aa.boston.org to find out if a meeting is being held.
Call AA Boston @ 617-426-9444 for meeting cancellations.
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www.aa-intergroup.org
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www.virtual-na.org
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www.myrecovery.com – online meeting room open 24/7
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www.xa-speakers.org
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www.mediafire.com/sobrietyfirst
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Virtual Meetings - New England Region of Alcoholics Anonymous
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http://bit.ly/NAOnlineMeetingshttps://www.smartrecovery.org/smart-…/smart-recovery-online/
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Recovery Dharma Online - MeetingsOnline Meetings | LiferingFind an Al-Anon Electronic MeetingQuick Search Sign in
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http://www.naspeaker.com
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Food Security
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Many cities and towns will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch to students in their respective districts.BOSTON MAP OF MEAL SITES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTHStarting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, BPS families can pick up their prepackaged student meal options at 47 different locations across Boston, every weekday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Additionally, the City of Boston in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and other community organizations will also be providing free meals to school-aged children at various locations and times across the city. bostonpublicschools.org/coronavirus. You may call 311 for the most up to date information. Meal Distribution sites in Allston and Brighton:
- YMCA Oak Square — 615 Washington Street 8am-12pm
- Brighton High School —25 Warren Street 8:30am-11:30am
- Charlesview - 123 Antwerp Street, 9am-12pm
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Grab-and-Go meals for Elders
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$50 reimbursement on food purchases
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ABCD Allston Brighton NOC Food Pantry will be open to any residents in need. The Food Pantry will be open
Monday 11 – 4
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10 – 4
Thursday 10 – 2
Friday 10 -4
Not asking for income verification during this crisis. Any residents are welcome to come into our office and pick up a bag of food.
640 Washington St., Brighton
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Allston Brighton Food Pantry at the Congregational Church is sharing meals for take out Wednesday evening rather than hosting the Community Supper. Please come to the side door between 5-6:30pm and we will provide you with a hot meal - as long as the food supply lasts. Please only use this service if you are in need.
404 Washington St., Brighton
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Allston Brighton APAC
617-783-1485 406 Cambridge St., Allston
Monday - Friday, 10am-2pm
Please provide information on income eligibility and address.
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Weekday Lunch Program, Veronica B. Smith Multi-Service Senior Center
617-635- 6120 20 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Brighton, MA 02135
Monday – Thursday, 12 noon
Grab-and-Go lunches consist of both hot and cold meals, and a $2 donation is suggested.
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Unemployment Assistance and Worker Protections
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You may be eligible for unemployment benefits if you are quarantined or if you left work due to risk of exposure or to care for a family member.
You don’t have to provide medical documentation, but you must: (1) remain in contact with your employer, and; (2) be available for work your employer may have that you’re able to do.
The state has waived the one week waiting period for benefits.
Undocumented residents are not eligible for unemployment benefits.
To apply, please visit the Unemployment Assistance website.
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The Massachusetts Attorney General is accepting online complaints related to minimum wage, overtime payment, sick time, meal breaks, and worker protections. You can file a complaint with the Fair Labor Division or call the hotline at 617-727-3465.

https://www.mass.gov/how-to/file-a-workplace-complaint?mc_cid=ae2553a390&mc_eid=2251b64642
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Legal Aid Coronavirus – Frequently Asked Questions
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Childcare
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Gov. Baker signed an exectuive order closing all childcare programs from March 22 to April 6 and established an emergency childcare centers for parents who have jobs vital to running the Commonwealth during this time. This includes center-based child care and family child care programs.
https://eeclead.force.com/apex/EEC_ChildCareEmergencyParents

If a childcare provider is interested in signing up to provide emergency childcare assistance at this time, they can fill out this form to be considered.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfLfeCesZdBAUMFCfQ7wqS-xqhrY3nDzaZDBdbPUIro8Zyv2w/viewform

As per Mass.Gov, EEC will be posting a list of approved Exempt Emergency Child Care programs by 12PM on Saturday March 21 and will be updated as more sites get approved. It is the responsibility of the parent to reach out to the program for care. The costs of these emergency childcare centers will be covered entirely by the state.
https://eeclead.force.com/apex/EEC_ChildCareEmergencyParents
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Emergency childcare programs are being made available to emergency workers on a limited basis who have no other option for childcare during this public health crisis. If possible, please arrange for your child to receive care in a non-group setting.

Priority will be given to certain people, including but not limited to health care workers, essential state and human service workers, COVID-19 health workers, grocery store employees, emergency response personnel, law enforcement, transportation and infrastructure workers, sanitation workers, DCF-involved families, and families living in shelters.
BOSTON EMERGENCY CHILDCARE PROGRAM INFO

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Victims and Witnesses of Crime, Domestic Violence
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If you are the victim or witness of a crime, please file a report with the police or the District Attorney’s office. You have the right to report a crime even if you are undocumented. Immigration is prohibited from conducted arrests in Massachusetts state courthouses.https://www.suffolkdistrictattorney.com/about-the-office/contact-directions
"District Attorney’s Office main number: (617) 619-4000
Boston Police Department: (617) 343-4200
MBTA Transit Police Department: (617) 222-1000
Family Justice Center: (617) 779-2100
Children’s Advocacy Center: (617) 779-2146"
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For any victim quarantined with their abuser or survivor who needs overall support during the #Coronavirus #quarantine,
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a 24/7 resource. Call them at 800-799-7233 or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can text LOVEIS to 22522.
Call or text us at Love Life Now Foundation to find out about resources in the MA area or if you just need to talk - 888.556.9876.
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National DV Hotline: 1-800-799-7233.
Webchat English https://www.thehotline.org
Español https://espanol.thehotline.org
Deaf/ Hard of Hearing: TTY: 1-800-787-3224.
SafeLink (MA-specific DV hotline. Hablan español.): 1-877-785-2020. https://www.casamyrna.org
RESPOND, Inc. (MA-specific. Hablan español): 617-623-5900. https://www.respondinc.org
Deaf/ Hard of Hearing: TTY/TDD 1-800-439-2370. Speech Difficulties: 1-866-645-9870.
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Public Charge and Immigration Issues
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COVID-19 RESOURCE GUIDE FOR BOSTON'S IMMIGRANTShttps://www.boston.gov/news/covid-19-resource-guide-bostons-immigrants
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COVID-19 information in 57 languages
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Seeking testing, treatment or preventative care for coronavirus will not be used against anyone in any public charge analysis. Remember that using public benefits will not impact you if you are a green card holder, U.S. citizen, refugee, asylum seeker, VAWA recipient, TPS holder, or holder of a U or T visa. Many benefits, including CHIP, WIC, LiHEAP, SSDI, free school lunch, and disaster relief, are not included in public charge.You can always call Lawyers for Civil Rights' English-Spanish public charge hotline at 617-988-0609 with any questions.
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Updated ICE statement on COVID-19 - 3/18/20
Statement attributable U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
To ensure the welfare and safety of the general public as well as officers and agents in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will temporarily adjust its enforcement posture beginning today, March 18, 2020. ICE's highest priorities are to promote life-saving and public safety activities.

ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) will focus enforcement on public safety risks and individuals subject to mandatory detention based on criminal grounds. For those individuals who do not fall into those categories, ERO will exercise discretion to delay enforcement actions until after the crisis or utilize alternatives to detention, as appropriate.

Homeland Security Investigations will continue to carry out mission critical criminal investigations and enforcement operations as determined necessary to maintain public safety and national security. Examples include investigations into child exploitation, gangs, narcotics trafficking, human trafficking, human smuggling, and continued participation on the Joint Terrorism Task Force. This work will be conducted based on ability to coordinate and work with prosecutors from the Department of Justice and intake at both the U.S. Marshals Service and Bureau of Prisons.

Consistent with its sensitive locations policy, during the COVID-19 crisis, ICE will not carry out enforcement operations at or near health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors' offices, accredited health clinics, and emergent or urgent care facilities, except in the most extraordinary of circumstances. Individuals should not avoid seeking medical care because they fear civil immigration enforcement.
https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/updated-ice-statement-covid-19
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Internet
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Comcast's free 60-day package for low-income customers HERE
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LogMeIn - Free remote services for nonprofits
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Starry Connect - Free internet service until the end of May
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PCs For People - Offers quality refurbished desktops, laptops, internet and accessories to thousands of individuals and nonprofits
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BPS Tech Site for opportunities to learn and to support the BPS students and families as they take on the challenges of online learning
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Small Business Assistance
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The Baker-Polito Administration announced on March 18, 2020, that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will offer low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Massachusetts small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-resources-and-guidance-for-businesses
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The Office of Small Businesses Development is working to help any restaurant & bar establishments get signed up on mobile ordering platforms. Companies like GrubHub are even waiving commission fees.Contact the Office of Small Business Development for assistance. https://www.boston.gov/departments/small-business-development
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The Small Business Adminstration's (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Relief Loan Program can support businesses who qualify. https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
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For artists/musicians, many have had to cancel upcoming performances or exhibits. The city and other organizations are working to create support funds for our city's creatives.https://www.boston.gov/news/boston-establishes-artist-relief-fund-response-coronavirus
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Restaurant Strong Fund
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Survey 2: City of Boston Small Business Survey RE: COVID 19
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Brighton Main Streets: Supporting Small Businesses During COVID-19
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BRIGHTON'S TAKE OUT & DELIVERY LIST
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Financial and Resource Support
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Mayor Walsh announced the formation and launch of the Boston Resiliency Fund, which will coordinate the City's fundraising and philanthropic efforts to provide essential services to Boston residents whose health and well-being are most immediately impacted by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, and assist first responders and critical care providers. https://www.boston.gov/departments/treasury/boston-resiliency-fund
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Union Capital Boston COVID-19 Fund: 100% funds raised redistributed to any Bostonian in need.Sign-up for UCB Visa Gift Card Support / Regístrese para obtener asistencia con Visa HERE:
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The Boston Foundation announces establishment of COVID-19 Response Fund in partnership with Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston. Fund will support nonprofits working with most gravely affected communities in Greater Boston. https://www.tbf.org/what-we-do/special-funds/covid-19-response-fund
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350 MA & Friends COVID-19 Mutual Aid Needs/Offerings FormAllston/Brighton Mutual Aid
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Volunteer and Donation Opportunities
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Union Capital Boston COVID-19 Fund: 100% funds raised redistributed to any Bostonian in need.DONATE HERE
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Donate supplies to first responders here
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Donate to the City of Boston Resiliency Fund here
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Fill out the 2020 Census. The 2020 Census is happening now and only 16.7 percent of households have responded. The Census informs how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local and federal lawmakers annually for the next 10 years. It’s more critical than ever to ensure that all Bostonians are counted.
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Give Blood - book an appointment with American Red Cross
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350 MA & Friends COVID-19 Mutual Aid Needs/Offerings FormAllston/Brighton Mutual Aid
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Sign Up to join Allston/Brighton Neighborhood Pods
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Brighton Main Streets: Supporting Small Businesses During COVID-19
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Brighton Allston Congregational Church accepting donations to buy food and supplies for their pantry
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