Ways you can help:
- Donate money to the COVID-19 response fund through the Seattle Foundation.
- Donate money to nonprofits through the King County Employee Giving Program
- Organizations: Offer your help, or make a request to match needs with offers from other nonprofit organizations
and businesses through the King County Regional Donations Connector.
- Volunteer opportunities are also available through the United Way.
Black owned businesses
Mental Health Resources
- Crisis Connections provides many resources and support for anxiety, loneliness, recovery, and more. Language interpretation in more than 155 languages is available. Call 866-427-4747 or text HOME to 741741 for support.
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline provides trained counselors and support for stress, anxiety and more. Support available 24/7, 365 days a year. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUS to 66746. Spanish-speakers can call the hotline and press “2” for bilingual support. Interpreters are available for 100 other languages.
- The Boys Town National Hotline is a free resource and counseling service that assists youth and parents 24/7, year round, nationwide. Spanish-speaking counselors and translation services for more than 100 languages also are available 24 hours a day. Call 1-800-448-3000, text VOICE to 20121, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect.
- King County’s Department of Community and Human Services provides publicly funded mental health and substance use services to low-income people in need.
- Additional resources and mental health resources can be found on Washington State Coronavirus resources website.
- COVID-19 Resource Hub
- If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to COVID-19, or if you’re a healthcare provider with COVID-19 questions, contact our call center between 8 AM to 7 PM PST at 206-477-3977
- For general questions about COVID-19 in Washington State, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127
- Testing is available, but you need a doctor referral. Please call you doctor first.
- Disaster Distress Helpline
- National Alliance on Mental Illness COVID-19 Information and Resources
- Public Health’s Community Health Access Program: People who would like to see a doctor but don’t have one; call the CHAP: 1-800-756-5437 or email: CHAP@kingcounty.gov for a free consultation and connection to free or low-cost medical providers and low-cost health insurance. Website: www.kingcounty.gov/CHAP
- New American Sign Language (ASL) COVID-19 Video Series: The Washington State Department of Health released a series of educational videos about COVID-19 in American Sign Language.
Ways to support our community:
- Give to Seattle Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which will provide gen ops grants to community-based organizations that can help people impacted, including hourly and service industry workers, gig workers, immigrant and refugee communities, and health care workers
- Donate to or volunteer at local food banks. When you see shortages at the grocery store, those translate to bigger shortages at the food bank.
- Local writer Ijeoma Oluo started this GoFundMe to support struggling artists
- Order take-out from Chinatown-ID restaurants to support small business that may experience hate associated with racism
- Many nonprofits had to cancel their fundraisers, please give directly to your favorites online
- Give blood, with roving bloodmobiles cancelled and the health care system rather busy right now, there is already a blood shortage (donating blood is completely safe, but no, they won’t test you for the virus)
For parents and caregivers:
- Adventures in home-schooling
- Talking to your children about coronavirus
- Seattle Help for Parents & Caregivers During COVID-19 Facebook group
- From OSPI, re. COVID-19
- From King County Public Health, guidance on getting kids together
- Social interaction is still vitally important to the mental health of young people, and it is still possible for families to have safe gatherings among children and parents. Limit indoor groups to 10 or fewer children and outdoor groups to 50 or fewer. Monitor kids for a fever over 100.4 degrees, coughing, or shortness of breath, and select activities that minimize physical contact. Avoid crowded places, like parties, retail spaces, and movie theaters.
- How to care for the elderly without putting them at risk
- Article from STAT News
Utilities, Food & Miscellaneous
- Comcast is providing free internet access for 60 days to low-income families, free internet at Xfinity hotspots, and suspending their data plan rules
- Map of food banks and school food pickup sites
- For additional resources specific to City of Seattle, King County, Washington State, federal, and community programs and services that help residents significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, visit http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/covid-19
- Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery: Reassurance During SARS-CoV-2
- For schools:
- CDC Guidance for K-12 and childcare
- Playbook from EdWeek on how schools can to prepare and communicate
- Collected resources from the PIE Network (Policy Innovators in Education) including info on providing food and nutrition, distance learning, and preparedness
For small businesses & laid off workers:
- The Downtown Seattle Association has collected resources, including info on deferral of taxes, access to loans and relief funds, and information on unemployment and medical leave here
- Resources from the Governor’s office for impacted businesses here
- Unemployment benefits chart
- Layoff Q&A for workers and businesses
For retail and service operations like grocery stores, restaurants, and movie theaters
- Guidance from King County Public Health
Government actions (reverse chronological, with the most recent at the top)
- Federal stimulus (coming soon)
- Mayor Durkan orders a moratorium on residential evictions
- Governor’s announcement closing all schools (3/13)
- Dept. of Labor & Industries hazard alert to all employers to take precautionary measures
- Governor’s announcement closing schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties through April 24
- Governor’s proclamation prohibiting gatherings of more than 250 people
- King County Public Health Order prohibiting gatherings of 250 people or fewer unless certain requirements are met
- Administrative rules to protect older adults living in nursing homes & care facilities (3/10)
- Map of countries affected:
- Real time heat map from Johns Hopkins
What it’s like:
- One woman’s story of her infectious experience
Reliable media coverage:
Tips on working from home:
Last Updated May 5, 2021