Community Resource List During COVID-19
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Community Resource List During COVID – 19

Below is a Community Resource list for services and organizations in Whatcom County during the COVID – 19 outbreak.
Please help us keep this information as up to date as possible by emailing updates to
communityresources@oppco.org
Updated for the week of 4/6 - 4/12
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For additional resources and information related to COVID-19, visit whatcomcovid.com
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FOOD
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Local Food Banks
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Meal ProgramsA list of current food and meal resources is available at the following link:
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School District Meal Distributionwhatcomabc.org/food-access
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Senior Meals
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Basic Food ApplicationsApplication for Basic Food benefits (food stamps/EBT) available by phone. Call Opportunity Council for an appointment: 360-734-5121
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Clara's Canning Co.Meals delivered to at-risk individuals in Whatcom Co. for a sliding scale fee of $1-$15. Online ordering available at www.clarascanningco.com
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Community Food Co-Op Curbside Pick-upOnline ordering with Curbside Pick-up now available at downtown store. EBT payment accepted. Order online at communityfood.coop
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Emergency Food Bank Home DeliveriesThose in need of food but unable to access food bank pick-up sites due to lack of transportation, an underlying medical condition, or those in a high risk category for COVID-19, may qualify for Emergency Food Bank Home Deliveries. See whatcomcovid.com/food-bank-deliveries for more information, or call the hotline number (M-F 9am-5pm): 360-255-0465
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EBT Online Purchase PilotOnline EBT shopping with home delivery available through Amazon and store pick-up through Walmart for all recipients of Basic Food benefits statewide
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UTILITY ASSISTANCE
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Assurance Wireless Customers (new and existing)Providing free unlimited calls, free unlimited texts, and free additional 6GB of data through 5/20/20
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ComcastInternet Essentials program (available to qualifying low-income households) offering 60 days of complimentary service for new customers. Xfinity WiFi hotspots available for free to non-Xfinity Internet subscribers
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EnergyPSE and CNG disconnections suspended
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Opportunity Council - Energy AssistanceAll scheduled appointments being completed by phone. Current scheduling limited to crisis appointments only for those with propane or wood as their heating source
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SafeLink Wireless CustomersAdditional free 5GB of data for the months of March and April
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Q-Link Wireless Customers (new and existing)Additional free 5GB of high speed data and unlimited talk and text through 4/14/20
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WaterBellingham, Blaine, Ferndale and Lynden: late fees waived, water shutoffs suspended
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HOUSING AND SHELTER
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Agape HomeApplications available online: thelighthousemission.org
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Bellingham/Whatcom County Housing AuthorityServices avaiable by phone and email. Offices closed until further notice
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Opportunity Council - Eviction PreventionLimited eviction prevention available for eligible households with a 14-day notice to pay rent or vacate. Call 360-734-5121 for more information
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Lighthouse Mission and Drop-in CenterOvernight shelter and day center operating at Bellingham High School
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Moratorium on Evictions30-day statewide moratorium on all residential evictions for non-payment of rent (3/18 through 4/17)
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Northwest Youth ServicesGround Floor day center open to unhoused youth for low-interaction services (showers, quiet rooms, laundry, survival items). Staff available by phone/email for other services
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Opportunity Council Housing ProgramsCall for information: 360-734-5121
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CHURCH NETWORK FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
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Hillcrest ChapelLimited availability by phone: 360-733-8400
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Humanitas Ministry (Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship)Receiving requests for assistance by phone 7 days/week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Assistance via check or voucher for clothing, food, utility bills, ID, licensing, and other needs on a case-by-case basis. Call 360-224-5604
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Love, INC.Limited availability by phone: 360-671-6201
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COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND SOCIAL SERVICES
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Arc of WhatcomClosed to public, responding to phone calls and emails. All calendar events are cancelled
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Bellingham Vet CenterServices available over the phone only
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Opportunity Council - Community Resource CenterAvailable by phone: (360) 734-5121
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DSHSThe full scope of Community Services Offices currently available by phone at 1-877-501-2233, many services available at WashingtonConnections.org. In-person services limited to pre-arranged pick-up of EBT cards for those who do not have an address. Offices closed to walk-ins
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DVSASOffices closed to walk-ins through 3/31, all groups cancelled; advocates available by phone 24/7
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East Whatcom Regional Resource CenterClosed to walk-ins until further notice, some services available by phone/appointment, some "grab-and-go" services
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Free Tax Assistance ProgramsTax prep locations closed. Free tax prep software available at irs.gov
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Northwest Regional CouncilContact by phone or email preferred. No walk-ins
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Social Security OfficeServices available over the phone only
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Tax Preparation Hotline - Opportunity CouncilCall (360)734-5121 ext 241 to be added to the waitlist for tax preparation
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Tax ReliefVisit irs.gov/coronavirus for information about Coronavirus Tax Relief
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Volunteer CHORE ProgramOffering immediate medical transport, grocery store transport, delivery of food boxes, some yard work projects. Contact 360-734-5121 ext. 172
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Whatcom Dispute Resolution CenterServices available over the phone only
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Whatcom Humane Society Operating very limited services. Ring doorbell if you need to access to the pet foodbank. Open link for a full list of current avaible resources: https://www.whatcomhumane.org
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Whatcom Transit AuthorityRunning routes on a "Saturday level of service" M-F, and a "Sunday level of service" on weekends. Bus service for essential trips only (medical appointments, grocery shopping, pharmacies, work). Fares free until further notice
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EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT
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Opportunity Council Employment ProgramsAccepting referrals by phone: 360-734-5121 ext. 223
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Unemployment Application (Employment Security Department)Applications for Unemployment available at esd.wa.gov
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WorkSourceOffices closed, staff available by phone/email
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HEALTH AND WELLNESS
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AA MeetingsSchedule and links to online meetings available at cduck.us/whatcomaa
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Al Boe Wheelchair WarehouseAvailable on an appointment-only basis to those needing critical mobility equipment. Call (360) 752-5526, or email info@bellinghamcentrallions.org
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Cascade Medical AdvantagePatients asked to call with needs
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Catholic Community ServicesContact by phone preferred
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Compass HealthOpen Access hours closed through 4/13. Working to implement telehealth services
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COVID-19 HotlineFor questions related to COVID-19, call the Washington State Department of Health hotline at 1-800-525-0127, dial #.
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Dementia Support NorthwestAvailable by phone and email, virtual support groups available via Zoom
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Families First Coronavirus Response ActInformation about paid leave for reasons related to COVID-19 available at dol.gov
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Ideal OptionVirtual appointments available if preferred
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Lake Whatcom CenterOpen to clients for PCP clinic and med pick-up; mental health staff available by phone/email
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Lifeline ConnectionsOpen access/walk-in assessments suspended, all assessments by appointment only. Some in-person services still available, as well as telehealth options available or coming soon for many services
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Mount Baker Planned ParenthoodOpen. Some care available through PPDirect app for those feeling ill: see website for more information: plannedparenthood.org
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NAMI of Whatcom County All in-person classes and support groups cancelled, but support groups available online via Zoom: Family Support Group, Wed. 6:30-8:00PM, and NAMI Connections Recovery Support Group, Tues. 6:30-8:00PM. See website for more details
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SeaMarMany medical and behavioral health appts being rescheduled as phone appts, dental services limited to urgent needs. All visitors screened before entering clinic, call ahead if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
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SHIBA Medicare NavigatorsContact via phone: (360)734-5121 ext. 465, or email: shiba@oppco.org
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UnityCare NWAll patients screened before entering the building. All behavioral health groups, accupuncture services, and dental services (except emergent dental needs) suspended until further notice. Curb-side pick-up for pharmacy services
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Washington Health Plan FinderApply for health insurance online at wahealthplanfinder.org, or contact an Insurance Expert by phone 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM Mon-Fri at 1-855-923-4633
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Whatcom County Health DepartmentOffices closed to the public, but available by phone. Syringe Service Program available Mon 9 AM to 12 PM and Thurs 2:30 PM to 5:15 PM
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Whatcom Detox and TriageCall for intake: 360-676-2020
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CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
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Boys and Girls Club of Whatcom CountyFull day childcare available for grades K-5. Call (360) 738-3808, or apply online: whatcomclubs.org
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Brigid CollinsClosed to the public until further notice, available by phone
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Early Learning and Family Services - Opportunity CouncilNow accepting applications for Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP): Preschool for the 2020-2021 school year for ages 3 and 4; and Early Head Start program: year-round, comprehensive home-based program for prenatal to age 3. Call (360) 734-8396, or apply online at oppco.org
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YMCA Emergency CareFull-day emergency K-5th programs available for children of EMS, law enforcement, firefighters, medical staff, pharmacy staff, and grocery store workers. Apply online: whatcomymca.org
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LEGAL
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CLEAR Line1-888-201-1014, M-F 9:15am - 12:15pm
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Law Advocates Offices closed to walk-ins, all outreach clinics cancelled. Call 360-671-6079 x15 to leave a general message, or call the CLEAR line
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Northwest Justice ProjectLobby closed, all access to services is through the CLEAR line. For legal information about foreclosures call 1-800-606-4819
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Washington Law HelpFree legal information available at washingtonlawhelp.org
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