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Everence – If you’re concerned about your finances and/or paying your debts and bills, Everence offers free debt and budget counseling.
Student Loan Debt -- info on the CARES Act
Indiana State Health Department COVID-19 updates--links to all kinds of Indiana resources (both the health department
Assistance programs--weekly updates on help from the state
Food Assistance Availability Map – Put in your address to find nearby food pantries & meal sites.
The Love Shack - informal food pantry on 6th street, like a little free library but for food and hygiene items - if you have extra food, drop it off; if you need some items, add to it. Contact via FB to get the address.
Indiana Department of Workforce Development – Where to file for unemployment.
Coronavirus Eviction & Foreclosure Resource Guide – From the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority
Lacasa – Offers 15 minute guidance calls on your income, bills and other financial concerns.
FSSA Benefits Portal – Apply for SNAP, Cash Assistance, Health Coverage, or check the status of your case.
The Window – Offers a food pantry and Meals on Wheels
Free sack lunches – @ St John’s Catholic Church in Goshen on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 6-7 PM. Tuesday & Wednesday will be at Cornerstone from 6-7PM.
Elkhart County Food Council – lists of food pantries, school meal sites, restaurants with carry-out and delivery options, and resources for food growers.
Humane Society of Elkhart County Pet Food Assistance Program – For those who can no longer afford pet food.
Triple P Support & Resources for Parents – Includes tips for parenting in uncertain times and tips for supporting e-learning (both available in English & in Spanish).
Surviving Debt: Expert Advice for Getting Out of Financial Trouble – Free ebook from the National Consumer Law Center
Elkhart County 2020 Primary election absentee info – Includes applications to vote absentee by mail.
Elkhart County COVID-19 Local Resource Guide – Crowdsourced collection of resources
BeWellIndiana -- a brand new website from the Indiana health department to provide help to Hoosiers struggling mentally and emotionally during COVID19
Mental Health apps -- a list of curated apps put together by Purdue University Fort Wayne
The Mindfulness app -- Free app (with ads) for iOS and Android; with introduction to meditation option, customizable sounds, and guided meditations of many different lengths
211 Indiana – Connects you with services and resources in your community, especially if you are in need of financial or other assistance as a result of lost wages from business closures and quarantines.
Disaster Distress Helpline – 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.
How To Get Therapy When You Can’t Leave The House – NPR article that offers ways to start or continue therapy right where you are.
Suicide Prevention Hotline -- Emotional wellbeing during the COVID 19 outbreak
LGBTQ Help -- How LGBTQ Youth can cope with stress and anxiety during the COVID 19 outbreak
Indiana Health Department -- charts, graphs, and more to keep track of the spread of COVID19 in Indiana. Data updates every day at noon.
Governor Holcomb Twitter Feed -- keep up to date with daily information and press briefings
Every other Friday, Governor Holcomb gives an update to the Stay-at-Home order
Indiana Health Department Twitter Feed -- keep up to date on tips and local COVID19 information
Talking to Kids about COVID19 -- put together by PBS
Penguin Publishing -- Educator resources
Scholastic -- Learning from home
ABC Mouse -- educational games for kids and is free with code AOFLUNICEF for kids ages 2-8
STEM Activities -- From NASA
College prep -- free courses and information from Ivy League schools
Lunch Doodles -- with author Mo Willems (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus)
Spanish Experiment -- stories in English and Spanish
Go Noodle -- get your kids moving and dancing!
NASA Space Place -- space activities for all ages
Links to Explore at Home – GPL’s Children’s Department created this list of storytimes, educational resources, virtual field trips, and more!
Developmentally Appropriate Apps -- Let's face it, there will probably be screentime involved. IT'S OKAY TO USE SCREENS TO TAKE A BREAK. Just like on airplanes, you need to make sure you're taken care of before you can care for others.
Public Libraries--a lot of public libraries are offering digital library cards to use databases and eBooks/eAudiobooks as well as slowly opening for essential services
State/County parks--give them a call, but most state and county park trails are still open for walks. Restrooms, nature centers, etc. remain closed, but entrance fees are almost always waived.
Boot Lake Nature Preserve: Located in Elkhart, there are a few miles of trails in the woods, and very few people who frequent this location (one of Kelsey’s personal preferences)
Book Passage’s Conversations with Authors – Live sessions with great writers and thinkers
Digital Escape Rooms – Created by librarians all around the world
INseparable Films – Indiana Humanities funded five short films exploring how Hoosiers experience and grapple with urban, suburban and rural divides. The films premiered in early 2020 and are now available to stream online, for free.
National Book Festival videos – Browse and view dozens of presentations by authors, poets, storytellers and illustrators at the National Book Festival.
Indiana State Parks Virtual Programs – Topics include wildflower walks, nature talks, live captive animal feedings, history programs, craft tutorials, pre-school programs, and property tours.
Visit Indiana: Virtual Vacations – Museums, roller coasters, activities and more!
10 Virtual Family Vacations – Virtual tours from around the country & the world.
The Shows Must Go On – Andrew Lloyd Webber is releasing a free, full-length, smash-hit musical each Friday.
National Theatre at Home – One National Theatre Live performance is available for free streaming each week.
The Social Distancing Festival – An online community for celebrating artists’ work that has been cancelled/delayed/disrupted due to the need for social distancing. Features visual arts and livestreams of dance, music, and theater.
Fender Play – 3 months of free guitar, bass, or ukelele lessons
Lynda.com -- online courses and education to keep up to date in your field of expertise and/or interest. See if your local library already has a free subscription to this database.
Metropolitan Opera -- Streaming a different opera, for free, every night
Open Culture -- Over 1,000 free & legal streaming movies
House Party app -- play a variety of games with friends on your phone! Make sure to enable your camera for maximum fun!