CultureSECT Economic Recovery Fund supports arts and culture in Southeastern Connecticut, including individual artists, through grants. To donate, visit cfect.fcsuite.com/erp/donate or send a check made payable to CFECT to Community Foundation of ECT, 68 Federal St., New London, CT 06320. For more information, visit culturesect.org/economic-recovery-fund/.
Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce's Ocean Community One Fund helps businesses in Westerly, Richmond, Hopkinton, Charlestown and Stonington forced to close or reduce operations/services. The chamber is also accepting donations for the Westerly Hospital, including rubber gloves and masks. Call the chamber at 401-596-7761 for more information. Visit Oceancommunityonefund.org to donate or for more info.
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts’ Artist Relief Fund donations can be made at artistcommunities.org/arf.
Rhode Island Hospitality Employee Relief Fund benefits food service, lodging and tourism employees who have been laid off. Donations can be made at rihospitality.org/RIHEF-Employee-Relief-Fund.
Salvation Army is seeking monetary donations for food. To donate, text GIVERI to 71777 or visit ctri.salvationarmy.org.
Stand Up For Animals is seeking donations for its Neighbors Helping Furry Friends initiative, which will provide food and supplies for pets of the homebound. To donate online or for more info, visit standupforanimals.org.
FREE MEALS AND
Stonington Public Schools is offering free lunches for curbside pickup Monday to Friday, 8-10 a.m. for all children age 18 and under. Visit facebook.com/SPSFoodServices for more information.
Westerly Public Schools is offering free Grab-and-Go meals for children for the summer, Monday through Friday, at Jonnycake Center from noon -1 p.m.; Westerly Library from 11:30 a.m.– 1 p.m.; and Bradford Citizens Club and Westerly High School from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. For more information, contact Monique Herard at firstname.lastname@example.org or Christine Miller at email@example.com.
Connecticut’s hospitals, nursing homes and medical facilities are in need of medical volunteers. Those with experience in health care are asked to register at ctresponds.ct.gov.
The Connecticut Red Cross is in need of blood donations. Appointments to donate can be made at redcross.org/local/connecticut.
Meals on Wheels of RI has immediate needs for volunteers in Westerly. Opportunities are available Monday-Friday. For more information, call 401-351-6700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rhode Island Responds is registering and credentialing health care and community volunteers interested in assisting. To register or for more info, visit riresponds.org.
The Rhode Island Blood Center office at 143 Franklin St., Westerly, is accepting appointments for donations. Call 401-453-8383 or email email@example.com to make an appointment.
Town of Richmond is looking for volunteers to assist Richmond senior citizens with any needs they might have. To volunteer, contact the Richmond Senior Center at 401-491-9404.
Southern Rhode Island Volunteers is in need of healthy volunteers to help with pharmacy and grocery pick-up and drop off.
HELP FOR INDIVIDUALS
The Connecticut Artists Relief Grant is available to individual artists and teaching artists in Connecticut. The grant provides monetary relief and helps artists present their art virtually. For more information or to apply, visit portal.ct.gov/DECD/Services/Arts-and-Culture/Funding-Opportunities
Goodwill of Southern New England is offering free online career coaching services. Services include resume help and critique, cover letter help, interviewing skills coaching, and job search strategies. Sign up for the consultations at goodwillsne.org/virtual-services.
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island offers veterans seeking work financial assistance, job placement services, training and support, and transportation assistance. Call 401-383-4730 between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and member agencies services are available via phone or Internet. Shelters are open. The 24/7 confidential statewide helpline is 800-494-8100. Domestic violence advocates offer confidential support through a 24/7 live chat helpline at ricadv.org. Court advocates are available at 401-782-4174 or 401-782-3995 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; voicemails are checked remotely. Victims in immediate danger are urged to call 911. If unable to safely call 911, include an address in a text to 911 to alert first responders to your location. Police departments will continue responding to domestic violence calls.
Rhode Island Delivers offers help for those living in quarantine or isolation. For info, call 211 or 401-462-4444 or visit oha.ri.gov/deliveryoptions.
The Rotary Club of Westerly will pick up and deliver groceries, essential items, and prescriptions to area residents who are quarantining or otherwise homebound. Call 401-539-7762 for more info.
Southern Rhode Island Volunteers is offering pharmacy and grocery pick-up and drop-off. Seniors should call 401-552-7661. SRIV will also make phone wellness checks to clients who would not otherwise receive daily checks.
Stonington Non-Profits is a coalition of over 40 local entities offering services for residents. Visit stoningtonnonprofits.org for info.
Eligible homeowners applying for tax relief from the Town of Stonington who had a 2017 GL application approved will be granted the benefit without having to reapply. Any new filer wishing to apply must request an extension of time to apply from Office of Policy Management on or before Aug. 15. Requests for extension for COVID-19-related reasons will be approved. The deadline for income-producing property owners to file their income and expense statements under 12-63c is extended to Aug. 15. For more info, call 860-535-5098 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rhode Island constituents can contact the following federal delegation offices for help navigating and applying for the relief programs offered by federal agencies: Sen. Jack Reed, visit reed.senate.gov/contact/assistance or call 401 943-3100; Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, visit whitehouse.senate.gov/services/agency-assistance/form or call 401 453-5294; Rep. Jim Langevin (D-2), visit langevin.house.gov/contact-me/email-me or call 401-732-9400; or Rep. David Cicilline (D-1), email email@example.com or call 401-729-5600.
Connecticut has created a source for information for individuals and businesses seeking help during the coronavirus crisis. Call 211 or visit uwc.211ct.org/covid19resources for information on finances, health care and insurance, transportation needs, emotional support or ways to help.
HELP FOR BUSINESSES
Chambers of commerce have postings of resources available to businesses. Call the chamber or visit its website for more info.
• Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce in Westerly, 401-596-7761; oceanchamber.org/covid-19-resources
• Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce in Mystic, 860-572-9578; mysticchamber.org/covid-19
• Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce in Wakefield, 401-783-2801; srichamber.com/covid-19-resource-guide
• Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut in Waterford, 860-701-9113 or 866-274-5587; chamberect.com/coronavirus-updates