This is an evolving list of resources that we have compiled based on the large volume of news, updates, resources, etc. that are being shared in multiple places as the COVID-19 crisis evolves. We have tried to include only information from known and trusted sources. If you have questions about a resource, please contact them directly. If you have resources to update, add, or delete, please let us know at: email@example.com. THANK YOU!
- Maine Equal Justice: https://maineequaljustice.org/people/covid-19-resources/, If you are having trouble getting assistance like SNAP, MaineCare, TANF, or General Assistance, but you think that you should qualify, please call Maine Equal Justice at 626-7058, ext 205 or leave a message.
- The Maine CDC coronavirus hotline: Call 211 or 866-811-5695. It can also be reached by texting your zip code to 898-211 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Maine Council on Aging: Daily Update Newsletter: http://mainecouncilonaging.org/
- Tax Help: UWEM will accept tax documents by mail. If you have clients who still need their taxes done, please feel free to encourage them to send their tax documents in to us. This service is open to anyone in the state of Maine whose household income is under $56,000/year. All mail will be quarantined for 48 hours once received. Once opened, one of our intake specialists will be calling you at the number listed on your cover sheet to complete the required IRS intake form over the phone. They will identify themselves as being with Eastern Maine CA$H. This call will take approximately 15-20 minutes, depending on the complexity of your return. If you have any concern about the validity of the call, please call our office at 941-2800. We will help you to verify that the call is coming from one of our intake specialists.
- MDI Community Response Website: https://www.mdicr.org/?fbclid=IwAR227CwpMG-KmMIzSrNtV6hbBnPtETsnJxXM_Jd3M5LNHBI7EUrHV6D07q8
- Tech Support: The National Digital Equity Center, https://digitalequitycenter.org/: We recognize that not everyone has participated in online classes and meetings and suddenly we are asking people to use that option. We know many towns, workplaces, and even schools are using Zoom video conferencing for meetings and classes for the first time. In our ongoing commitment to teach people the computer skills they need, we’ve developed a tutorial to help people join us and others for meetings and classes online. Zoom is also a great way to see friends and family in this time of social distancing. Please click here to view or download this document and feel free to share it with others. https://files.constantcontact.com/a6d9677b001/d914b9de-fdc5-4606-bff2-9687900ef410.pdf
- Good Shepherd Food Bank Food Pantry Closing and Changes: https://www.gsfb.org/mainecovid/
- Shaw’s Supermarkets: To help ensure that the most at-risk members of our community who must leave home to obtain groceries are taken care of, we are reserving 7am to 9am on Tuesdays and Thursdays for them. https://www.facebook.com/Shaws/posts/10156817907497181:0
- Tradewinds, Blue Hill is reserving 6a.m. to 7a.m. for customers over 55 years old.
- The Blue Hill Co-op is reserving 9a.m. to 10a.m. for seniors, immune compromised and disabled shoppers; also has café curbside pick-up from 11a.m. to 5p.m., Monday – Saturday; Beginning Thursday, March 26, we will launch a system for processing on-line orders for curbside pickup, called Remote Basket. As we adapt to new systems, it will require patience from us all. We encourage on-line shopping, but Co-op shoppers may also call the store to place orders for curbside pickup. 207-374-2165. Beginning Saturday, March 28, we will begin limiting the number of customers to 10 at one time. This will help spread out transactions, help maintain stock levels, and enable folks to shop with more elbow room. For updates: https://bluehill.coop/
- Simmering Pot in Blue Hill is working to reopen with COVID-19 precautions in place. Call to check on current availability. 374-2891
- Brooksville: Bucks Harbor Market is offering free home delivery to at risk individuals sheltering in place in Brooksville contact email@example.com for more information.
- Brooklin, Deer Isle/Stonington, Sedgwick: SU76 is reaching out to offer all families, including families that have children attending school “off-island” or “out of town”. SU76 is prepared to supply breakfast and lunch to every young person 0-18 in our four towns, which will be delivered to your home. This is NOT a needs-based program. If you are interested in receiving the meals or need assistance in any other way, please contact Amy Billings at 348-9100, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Deer Isle & Stonington: Healthy Island Project is offering a senior Lunch Box, weekly Wednesday delivery, 367-2253 or email@example.com to sign up.
- Deer Isle & Stonington: Burnt Cove Market has a shopping/delivery service. Call (207) 367-2681. They also offer curbside pick-up on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Call to order between 7a.m. and 12p.m. at (207) 367-2681 or (207) 367-2340.
- Deer Isle & Stonington: The Galley offers curbside pick-up Monday through Friday, depending on staff available. Call in your order the day before: (207) 348-6988.
- Deer Isle & Stonington: V&S Variety has moved to curbside pick up only. Their hours of operation will be 9a.m. to 3p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9a.m. to 2p.m. on Sunday. Call (207) 367-5570 to place an order or ask questions.
- School kids’ backpacks will be packed by volunteers and the school bus will deliver on weekdays.
- Surry Elementary School kitchen staff is delivering meals and backpacks for weekends.
- Surry Neighbors Helping Neighbors is linking up with the Ellsworth pantry to assist in pick-up and delivery.
- Surry Town mailing is going out with suggestion of offering to shop for health compromised or surprising a neighbor with a meal.
- EAAA is continuing their Meals on Wheels program: Since they have suspended their other food programs like their cafe, they have the manpower to expand the Meals on Wheels program and will be promoting it to include anyone who is over 60, who is homebound, isolated and/or disabled in Penobscot, Piscatiquis, Hancock and Washington Counties. This in light of the pandemic so they will be including that as a reason for being homebound. Call 941-2865 to apply. There is a quick telephone screening and a 48-72 hour turn around time to receive meals. They will get 3-14 heart healthy frozen meals per week. They have their distribution point at Meadowview in Ellsworth. The steps they are taking to reduce the transmission of germs: wearing gloves, and dropping off food on doorsteps (no person-to-person contact at delivery.) All of their food is prepared at the Bangor Airport in a certified kitchen.
- Matt Dexter of the Christine B. Foundation is running a food/meal delivery program for cancer patients in Penobscot, Piscatiquis, Hancock and Washington Counties. Click for more information: http://www.chrisbfund.org/nutrition/.
Northern Light Maine Coast and Blue Hill Hospital COVID Testing Update
3/25/20 Update: The large drive thru tents on our hospital campuses are now being used for both testing and screening. As COVID-19 continues to spread, we are asking that anyone with symptoms call before coming in for treatment. We are asking all patients to call 844-489-1822 to complete a phone screening first. (If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1.) The questions asked on this call will help determine next steps for your care, whether it be self-isolating at home, heading to a COVID-19 assessment site, or going to the hospital. The staff who answer the calls on this hotline will help determine the best next steps to ensure you get the right level of care in the right place.
Dedicated COVID-19 assessment sites help us prevent the spread of this virus to other patients and staff and help us preserve personal protective equipment. Thank you for helping us keep our communities healthy.
Please remember that testing criteria has recently changed and that tests only will be administered to:
hospitalized patients who are high-risk
- healthcare workers and first responders
- people living in closed settings like nursing homes
Deer Isle/Stonington: Memorial Ambulance Corps volunteers will deliver prescriptions from Seaside Pharmacy.
- Partners for World Health that has medical supplies. They are based in Portland but they have a warehouse with supplies in Bangor. https://www.partnersforworldhealth.org/ (207) 774-555 ask for Marie Keller.
- 211 Maine: Get answers at any time by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Maine CDC Coronavirus Website: Sign up for email updates, learn more about the coronavirus, and get the latest status in Maine here.
- U.S. CDC Coronavirus Website: Get nationwide and global updates and learn more about the coronavirus at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/
Mental Health Resources
- Visit: Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 | CDC to learn more about things you can do to bolster yourself and your loved ones.
- call 211, text your zip code to 898-211, or visit 211maine.org for additional resources.
- call the Maine Crisis Line at 888-568-1112 if you are in crisis and need emotional support.
- call 911 for psychiatric or medical emergency or immediate danger from physical or sexual violence.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness:
- If you know someone who doesn’t have computer access but would like to be in touch with someone from NAMI by phone, please ask them to call or send a text to our NAMI Bangor number at (207) 659-2072, and leave a message. I don’t usually answer that phone, but I check the messages every so often and then call or text people back.
- If you have friends with mental health challenges who don’t have access to online resources, please give them a call to see how they’re doing. As Dr. Nirav Shah, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control, has been saying recently, we don’t want to let “social distancing” lead to an epidemic of loneliness! We can prevent that by calling.
- For those who have a Facebook account, NAMI Maine has started two virtual support groups, one for family and one for peers. Search for “NAMI Maine Support.” It’s a work in progress, but it’s fun to be together online!
- Other places to get online support are NAMI.org or the mental health section of TheMighty.com. If you find some mental-health-related sites that are helpful to you right now, let me know and I’ll share them in a subsequent newsletter.
- Blue Hill Congregational Church’s Dolly’s Coffeehouse is canceled for April 4th but the Fund that it supports is not. The Dolly Fisher Emergency Fund provides emergency food, power, heat and clothing to residents on the Blue Hill Peninsula. With school and business closures, lack of childcare, and illness, many will be economically stressed more than usual. If you would like to help support your neighbors in need, please send a check to the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill and write Dolly Emergency Fisher Fund (DFEF) in the memo: P.O. Box 444, Blue Hill, ME 04614. You can also make a donation on the church website’s Giving page (In Honor of DFEF): bluehillcongregational.org. If you need assistance, please call 412-8072.
- St Francis Episcopal Church, Blue Hill: In the process of developing delivery/calls program for parishioners. Contact: Sue Grindle, email@example.com or Brent Was, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- George Stevens Academy Resource Page: https://www.georgestevensacademy.org/Page/1025
- The Student and Family Resources
- GSA Resilience Wellspring
- Maine Dept. of Education Map of Schools providing meals: https://www.maine.gov/doe/meals
- Maine Business Support Directory In response to the pandemic affecting our communities and businesses, we’re building a list of Maine vendors finding ways to safely serve their communities, a resource we can share with Down East‘s readers and followers, so they know how they can support your business at this time. https://downeast.com/maine-business-support-form/
- Pine Tree Legal Assistance: In this time of uncertainty, our local offices are closed to the public, but we are still available for help over the phone and will continue to offer updated resources about legal issues (eviction, unemployment insurance, utility shut-offs, etc.). https://ptla.org/covid-19