In response to the COVID-19 heath crisis, the Community Foundation of NCW is creating special funding opportunities and resources for nonprofits and ways for caring people in the community to give during these uncertain times.
How You Can Help Those Affected by Covid-19
- The Helping Hands Grant provides financial resources to nonprofit organizations in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties with unexpected and emergent needs. The foundation’s Board of Trustees has given authority to update the existing criteria and application process to better respond to our nonprofits current and imminent needs from COVID-19.
- The fund has been seeded with $45,000 from the Community Foundation. All contributions to the Helping Hands Grant will help to provide additional financial resources to meet the current and future recovery needs of our region.
- Volunteer-At-Home Activity: Sewing fabric masks and gowns – Confluence Health will be distributing them to elder care centers, mobile meal recipients and drivers, daycare providers. There is no plan to use them with frontline medical professionals, at this time.
- Wenatchee Valley Humane Society – Foster an animal in need!
- Small Miracles – Volunteer at a distribution site providing free breakfast and lunch for kids during the summer (Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Rock Island, Cashmere)
Families across our region are being affected in many ways. Some are struggling to put food on the time, many are attempting home-schooling, and all are concerned for their health and safety. We will continue to add to resources as we hear of them to help our NCW families get through these times. (Note: the Community Foundation does not have the ability to to distribute money directly to families, but we do support the nonprofits providing vital services.)
Free Meals / Food Access
- Small Miracles Free Breakfast and Lunch – available 11:00am – 12pm in Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Rock Island, and Cashmere
- Food Distribution Centers in Chelan and Douglas counties – by the Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council
- Okanogan Food Pantries – by the Okanogan Community Action Council
- Worth a maximum of $399 for every eligible child age 5 to 18. Immigration status does not matter for P-EBT, no public charge. Children are allowed to get free meals while our schools are closed and get P-EBT – they are separate programs. Children will get this benefit only once for this school year. If a family with a school-age child (or children) is enrolled in SNAP by the end of June, the P-EBT benefits for all kids will be added to their EBT card. If a child (or children) was enrolled in free/reduced-price school meals by June 30 or attends a school where all kids get free school meals, families are eligible for P-EBT – they just have to complete a simple application and a P-EBT card will be mailed to their home. Families apply online here or by phone at 877-501-2233 (DSHS Customer Call Center). VIEW BROCHURE
Online Activities/Learning at Home:
- Wenatchee School District – At-Home Learning Resources
- Khan Academy – Detailed daily schedules for students ages 4 to 18 that parents, teachers and district administrators can use to keep students learning at home.
- Learning Policy Institute – a teacher, student, and parent resource guide for learning at home.
- Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center – virtual tours and online classes
- Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
- NASA Live – at home education and activities for all ages
- Wide Open School – one-stop shop for online learning resources
- Send a Postcard to Space! – and it will be sent back to you!
- National Inventors Hall of Fame – STEM kits and other activities
- Free Transportation on Link Transit – Wenatchee Valley (until further notice)
- North Central Regional Library – Online resources only
- Unemployment Resources/Employment Security – Resources for individuals and employers affected by COVID-19
- Washington 211 – The Washington State Department of Health’s principal call center about COVID-19.
- Wenatchee Valley Chamber Covid-19 Resources
- Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus – Child Mind Institute
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak – updates and information from the World Health Organization
- 7 science-based strategies to cope with coronavirus anxiety – from Anxiety and Depression Association of America Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic
- Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 – Centers for Disease Control
- Mental Health First Aid for Covid-19 – Free online class offered by Red Cross
- Monster Guard – Free mobile app by Red Cross that teaches children 7-11 how to prepare for real-life emergencies
- YMCA Exercise Classes – YMCA continues to offer a variety of classes offered via website and social media
- Emergency Shelter / Rent Assistance Resources – provided by Community Housing Network Providers & Community Partners