We’re all in this together. Seattle area Covid-19 Pandemic Community Resources

Alycia Ramirez
Mar 14 · 21 min read

*Last updated 4/01/20

On Wednesday, March 11th, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Covid 19 to be a global pandemic. Shortly after, Washington Governor Jay Inslee banned all public gatherings over 250 people and ordered all public and private k-12 schools and colleges to close until at least April 24th. Our state is currently one of the hardest-hit areas in the country, and this unprecedented situation is already causing great strain in many of our communities. Here are some community resources and support networks to help get us through these trying times.

Washington State Department of Health Covid 19 information

  • Fact sheet (multi-language)

https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020/FactSheet

  • Covid19 testing FAQs

https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020/TestingforCOVID19

  • Educational Materials (multi-language)

https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020/HealthEducation

School District resources for families

  • Seattle Public Schools:

Beginning Monday, March 16th SPS will be distributing lunches from 11 am-1 pm every weekday at 26 school sites throughout the city. All students can participate

SPS parents can also ask their principal if they can receive a disbursement of this fund to cover the basic needs of students such as clothing, food or school supplies, through the Alliance for Education “Right Now Needs Fund”

  • Highline School District:

Beginning Monday, March 16th, Highline School District will be serving grab and go lunches for all students under the age of 18 at 13 locations throughout the district. Please check the website for further information, times vary by each location:

  • Lake Washington School District:

LWSD is providing grab and go breakfast and lunch to all students beginning Monday, March 16th, at six middle schools. Parents must pre-order online:

  • Northshore School District:

NSD is providing grab and go meals for all students beginning Monday, March 16th at 17 locations from 10:45 am-12 pm. Parents must pre-order online and limited home delivery is available. Adults can also purchase meals for $4.50 each (cash only) :

  • Bellevue School District:

BSD is providing grab and go lunches for kids and teens through Monday, March 16th- March 27th, from 11 am-12 pm at two locations. Adults can purchase meals (breakfast $3.25; lunch $4.75)

Child care is also available at no cost for families, at Lake Hills Elementary, for children in preschool through 5th grade. Space is limited and the hours are from 7:30 am-4:30 pm:

  • Edmonds School District

ESC is providing Children 1–18 years of age, free grab and go breakfast and lunch packaged together, at 22 locations. Adults can also purchase a meal for $5. Home deliveries available for families who need it.

  • Shoreline School District

SSD is providing free grab and go cold breakfast and hot lunch packaged together, to all children aged 18 and younger at 8 different locations in the Shoreline area. Meal service is from 11:30 am-12:30 pm each weekday, starting Monday.

  • For a complete list of all King County school districts offering free grab and go lunch/breakfast, visit this link:

Community Nourishment

  • Resistencia Coffee in Southpark is hosting a community breakfast for families Monday-Friday from 8 am-10 am:
  • Sodo Community Market is giving free groceries/meals to families on Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Friday’s. All are welcome and no ID is required:
  • Kirkland Nourishing Network is providing grocery gift cards for Kirkland/Eastside families in need:
  • Seattle will provide $800 each in vouchers to more than 6,000 families to help them buy food, cleaning supplies, and other household goods at Safeway supermarkets during the coronavirus pandemic. The vouchers will be mailed to Seattle residents.
  • Hopelink Food Bank

In response to Covid-19, Hopelink will offer pre-packed boxes of food to all participants, and each household will be able to pick up enough food for 21 meals per person (two weeks of food). Please call ahead and register with the food bank before collecting groceries.

Pick up times are Tuesdays 12–4 pm;
Wednesdays 3–7 pm; and Thursdays 10 am-2 pm at these locations:

Kirkland/Northshore Food Bank

11011 120th Ave. NE
Kirkland, Washington 98033
Phone: 425.889.7880

Redmond Foodbank

8990 154th Avenue Northeast
Redmond, Washington 98052
Phone: (425) 869–6000

Bellevue Food Bank

14812 Main St.
Bellevue, Washington 98007
Phone: 425.943.7555

Shoreline Food Bank

17837 Aurora Avenue N.
Shoreline, Washington 98133
Phone: 206.440.7300

Sno-Valley Food Bank

31957 East Commercial St
Carnation, Washington 98014
Phone: 425.333.4163

  • North Helpline Food Bank

They serve the residents of the 98115, 98125, 98133, 98155, 98177, 98011, and 98028 zip codes, and will not turn away anyone that comes for food, but you must register for a food bank card. They have two food bank locations:

Lake City Hours
Wednesday 10 am — 1 pm
Thursday 4:30–6:30 pm
Saturday 10 am — 11 am (senior and disabled clients)
11 am -1 pm (all clients)

12736 33rd Ave NE Seattle WA 98125

Bitter Lake Hours
Saturday 10 am — 2 pm

13000 Linden Ave N Seattle WA 98133

12:00–12:30 pm pre-packaged food pick-up for youth under 18 *additional food distribution information coming soon.

  • Little Free Pantries (take what you need or leave food items)

Little Free Pantry Ridgecrest: 15815 11th Ave NE

Little Free Pantry Meridian Park: 18312 Corliss Ave N.

Little Free Shed: 14544 Evanston Ave. N.

MLT Little Free Pantry: On 56th Ave. W. across from Calvary Fellowship Church

Richmond Beach Little Free Pantry: 1422 NW 195th St.

Special shopping hours

  • These grocery and drug stores are offering special shopping times in the Seattle area, exclusively for the elderly and immunocompromised/vulnerable shoppers:

Transportation

As of March 21st, Metro services (buses, water taxi, and Access paratransit) are free until further notice.

The following Metro bus routes are canceled:

9, 29, 47, 78, 125, 200, 208, 237, 308, 330, 630, 910, 952

Also canceled are:

Community Rides: Black Diamond/Enumclaw, Bothell/Woodinville, Juanita, Normandy Park, Sammamish, Shoreline/Lake Forest Park

Sound Transit Express Routes 54, the Seattle Center Monorail, and the South Lake Union Streetcar

As of March 23rd Metro is temporarily operating on a reduced schedule, check current routes here.

Currently, all operating buses and trains are free until further notice, and as of March 23rd ST is operating on a reduced schedule.

NOTE: Unrelated to COVID-19, the West Seattle Bridge is closed indefinitely due to cracks. The high-level bridge is closed to all traffic. The low-level bridge is restricted to just buses, freight and emergency vehicles (the bike trail and pedestrian access are still open). The public should use 1st Avenue or South Park Bridges.

Utility support and internet access

  • Comcast is offering free 60-day access to low income, new internet essentials customers effective Monday, March 16th:

https://www.internetessentials.com/

  • Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities are planning to offer immediate aid for customers financially impacted by the Covid19 outbreak. They say you only need self-certification rather than proof of income:
  • Puget Sound Energy will not be disconnecting customers for non-payment during this time. PSE has also pledged to work with those unable to pay, provide additional resources to low-income families, and donate $250,000 to support relief efforts in the community through the Seattle Foundation as well as donating to foodbanks to cover emergency preparations:

https://www.pse.com/press-release/details/learn-about-our-covid-19-response-plan

Mutual aid

  • If you need groceries/supplies delivered to your home and live in Seattle, there is a group called Covid19 Mutual Aid Seattle. If you can’t afford groceries they are covering up to $50 per order. For questions/inquiries email covid19mutualaidsea@gmail.com. Sign up to receive deliveries/support here:

Form in Spanish:

Live on the Eastside?

Fill out this form and email questions/inquiries at covid19mutualaideastside@gmail.com :

There is also a gofundme set up to fund Eastside community support:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/covid19-eastside-survival-fund

Interested in volunteering to deliver supplies to community members in need? Sign up here:

If you have funds to spare, please consider donating to the Covid19 Community funds for the People GoFundMe, which is being used to fund deliveries and financial support for those in need in Seattle:

Artist Support

  • Local artists who want to Livestream a performance from a local house venue can promote their own digital revenue stream to raise funds, by emailing satur8rthis@gmail.com and people can watch performances and recordings of previous shows/performances at this Twitch site:
  • Local Seattle author, Ijeoma Oluo and others have organized this fundraiser on behalf of Artist Relief Fund, to help local artists financially struggling because of Covid19.

Emergency preparedness

  • In the situation of a mandatory lockdown, or you need to quarantine for 14 days, you should have enough supplies to last that time. It’s a good idea to have at least 2 weeks of supplies in your home. Fema has a guide with a checklist here:

Facebook Community Support Groups

  • Eastside & South Seattle COVID/Coronavirus Mutual Aid

Mutual aid support for survivors, sick & disabled, immunocompromised, undocumented, black, queer, indigenous, and/or people of color:

  • Burien Strong- United Against Covid19

A place where community members can discuss how to strengthen, sustain and encourage small businesses of all kinds in the area to thrive and survive during Covid19:

  • @Home Learning- LWSD & Beyond

A group designed to support parents in Lake Washington School District and surrounding communities while schools are closed due to Covid19. It’s a place to share learning links, resources, recommendations, suggestions, brainstorming and village support to keep kiddos engaged, focused and entertained while learning:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/LWSD.homeschool/

  • Support the ID-Beat the Hype

“Support the ID” is an informal grassroots effort to help support our community businesses and restaurants during the current coronavirus trauma. Friends, co-workers, and families are urged to patronize the Seattle International District (Chinatown, Nihonmachi, and Little Saigon). Small family businesses are the heart and backbone of the ID:

  • Support White Center- Beat the Corona Virus!

Support White Center is an informal community effort to help support our local small businesses and restaurants during the coronavirus trauma. Friends co-workers and families are urged to patronize the White Center businesses on both sides of Roxbury. Small family businesses have been the backbone of our neighborhood. Please use the site to share your visits to businesses and help organize delivery runs or take out events for work or home:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/2552356908339756/

Free Electronic Databases and Streaming Services:

  • King County Library System has an online database where you can stream HBO movies/documentaries and get paywall free access to news sites like the Seattle Times and Washington Post. If you don’t have a KCLS library card you can sign up for an online one (this option is not available to Seattle residents):
  • The Metropolitan Opera will stream free HD live performances on their website during the coronavirus closure, beginning Monday, March 16th:

Worker and Small Business Support

  • Unemployment

If you do not plan to return to your same employer/job, don’t apply for Standby, check “Laid Off.” If you do plan to return to your same employer/job check “Standby”. For Standby the return to work date is 12 weeks (any more than that will result in a denial). The employer should contact Employment Security before 12 weeks if more time is needed, and give all of the employee names and request additional time. This also applies to part-time employees.

If you have been denied, you can appeal and it will be straightened out, so don’t worry. Governor Inslee has waived the one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits. This means you can be eligible for UI benefits the first week of your claim. Once your eligibility is determined, payments are processed and issued within a few weeks of claim receipt.

The average unemployment claim is approved with no issues and benefits become available shortly after you file your weekly claim. Other claims require more research to reach a decision on whether you’ll receive benefits and could take a little longer. Apply at:

  • Economic Injury Recovery Program

Small business owners in Washington State are eligible for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Apply at: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ and learn more about Disaster Loans here:

  • Businesses should contact state and local tax jurisdictions to make defer tax payments. If they have employees who are laid off, they should request relief from benefit charges so that this does not increase their future tax rates. You must submit your request in writing and the Notice to Base Year Employer form and any supporting documentation (eg: resignation letter). You can submit your relief of charges online using eServices. In the Client Account View, select the Issues tab then the “Relief of Charges” link.

Fax: 360–902–9202

Mail:
Employment Security Department
Registration and Rates Unit
PO Box 9046
Olympia WA 98507–9046

  • To mitigate barriers to capital for Seattle’s most vulnerable businesses, the City of Seattle will commit approximately $1.5 million in one-time Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to the Small Business Stabilization Fund, an emergency fund that provides working capital grants in amounts up to $10,000 to qualifying small businesses
  • B&O Tax Deferment

Effective immediately, the City of Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) will defer business and occupation (B&O) tax collections for businesses that have annual taxable incomes of $5 million or less and that pay city taxes quarterly. This will allow small business owners increased flexibility during a period of financial duress caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have questions, please call (206) 684–8484 or email: tax@seattle.gov.

  • Disaster Loans for Small Businesses

The federal Small Business Administration (SBA) may be able to provide assistance through the Economic Injury Disaster Loans program to businesses that have suffered a substantial economic injury in an eligible disaster area. Congress approved up to $7 billion in low-interest disaster loans specifically to assist small businesses impacted by COVID-19. These loans can help small businesses meet financial obligations and cover operating expenses. Visit:

Additional Resources and Petitions:

  • Bae Love has created a page with tons of Covid 19 informational resources for students, and community members on LinkTree:
  • Google doc of resources compiled by Covid19 mutual aid:
  • Resource list compiled by Northwest Folklife:
  • City of Seattle Covid19 Resources for the Community:
  • Local union Teamsters 117 has put out a petition advocating for $1,000 in emergency pay for Lyft, Uber, and Taxi drivers who are seeing a steep reduction in business:
  • Uber and Lyft drivers in WA, now may be eligible for unemployment even if they are still driving:

https://www.teamsters117.org/driver_support

Wellness Resources

Burien wellness center for people needing a massage. Free twice a week mindful meditation online classes:

Medical Resources and Support

  • Insurance

In response to the growing Covid-19 outbreak, Washington Healthplan Finder has announced a special enrollment period through April 8th, for health insurance. Apple Health (Medicaid) enrollment is open year-round.

  • Medical clinics offering sliding scale and charity care:

*Carolyn Downs Medical Center

2101 E Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122

(206) 299–1900

*Country Doctor Community Clinic

500 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

(206) 299–1600

*Sweedish Country Doctor Walk-in After Hours Clinic

Located in the Swedish Cherry Hill Campus next to the ER (open daily from 6 pm-10 pm)

550 16th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

(206) 320–5556

*ICHS Holly Park Medical and Dental Clinic

3815 S Othello St, Seattle, WA 98118

(206) 788–3500

*Neighborhood Health at 45th Street

1629 North 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 633–3350

*Neighborhood Health at Ballard

1753 NW 56th St #200, Seattle, WA 98107

(206) 782–5939

*Neighborhood Health at Highpoint

6020 35th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98126

(206) 461–6950

*Neighborhood Health at Ranier

  • 9245 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118

(206) 722–8444

*Sea Mar Community Health Centers

8915 14th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

(206) 762–3730

Covid-19 Assistance and Public Charge FAQ for Immigrants

  • Covid-19 Relief Fund for undocumented renters in the Seattle area

The United Student Association of South Seattle Community College is raising money through GoFundMe for a rent fund to assist undocumented Seattle area renters. They are a little under $5,000 away from being able to distribute the funds.

PPE and Mask Drives for Medical Workers

  • Drop off unopened boxes of bags and masks for Evergreen Hospital health workers, who are working in the epicenter. In an effort to streamline donations and support their providers, EvergreenHealth Foundation can accept curbside drop off of unopened boxes or bags of masks between 8:30 am — 4:30 pm M-F at Physicians and Surgery Pavilion located at 12333 NE 130th Lane. Please contact Jennifer at 425–899–1998 once you arrive. They will get these items to the hospital; please do not drop off supplies at the hospital. If you have any questions, please email foundation@evergreenhealthfoundation.com or call (425) 899–1900
  • If you work at or own a construction company, medical or dental office, or other organization with an inventory of potentially life-saving personal protective equipment, donate your unused masks and PPE to healthcare workers treating Covid patients. WA State Labor Council, UFCW21, WA State Nurses Association, and others are collecting respirators and PPE to donate to hospitals and first responders treated Covid-19 patients.
  • If you live in Seattle you can also donate to a community-led N95 respirator collection drive, for city hospitals. Fill out this form below and someone can pick them up from you.
  • Providence is asking those who are able to sew, to make masks for medical workers, due to a severe shortage. They will provide the material kits for those who sign up, which will make 100 masks each. These materials have been tested and are medical grade material. You can drop completed masks off at Providence St Joseph Health in Renton or Northwest Kidney Centers (also in Renton). Call Deanna Young RN at (425)–203–5208 for porch pickup. There are also drop off locations in Kirkland, Woodinville, and Seattle. Click, here, for additional drop off location information. (*Update: They have given out all of their kits, check back soon for more info)

https://www.providence.org/lp/100m-mask

Anti Stigma Resources

  • King County Office of Equity and Social Justice Funding Opportunity- Hate and Bias Response Fund
  • King County Office of Equity and Social Justice COVID-19 Community Response Fund

On March 10, 2020, the King County Council approved a suite of emergency legislation proposed by King County Executive Dow Constantine to aid in the county’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The final package included $1 million for the Office of Equity and Social Justice (OESJ) to provide flexible resources for engagement and outreach to populations on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to community-based organizations and other stakeholders serving impacted communities. OESJ will prioritize funding to partners working with communities at the highest risk of immediate and long term negative health, social and economic impacts, with an emphasis on communities located near isolation, quarantine and recovery sites.

Please download the COVID-19 Community Response Fund overview and criteria and application for the fund. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. Questions and completed applications must be sent to info-covid@kingcounty.gov.

  • The city of Seattle Bias Hurts site — Report Discriminatory Harassment
  • The City of Bellevue online crime reporting tool (Click on “Bias-Related Event”)
  • King County anti-stigma resources and social media toolkit:

Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

  • K-12 online learning resources:

List of educations companies offering free access due to coronavirus

Math for grades 1–8

Kindergarten worksheets

K-12 Science

For Teachers

Childcare Resources

  • The YMCA is offering childcare for essential workers (includes medical providers, first responders, and other essential employees such as grocery and drug store employees), at their King County branches. Care will be available beginning at 7:30 AM on March 18, 2020. Care hours will be 7:30 AM until 5:30 PM Monday-Friday and can be a full or partial week. For families interested in child care, email registration@seattleymca.org for next steps.
  • Los Colores Bilingual Home Daycare

Childcare center in Federal Way accepting drop-ins during school closures Monday–Friday 7 am–5 pm for ages 2–8 years old at $50/day. For more information call 206–351–6531.

Address: 28305 20th Ave S, Federal Way, WA 98003

  • Childcare referrals

Statewide referral center that helps families find and pay for childcare.

This a crowdsourced list that will be updated frequently, send me corrections or resources by emailing me at alyciabarrow@gmail.com or contacting me on twitter @alyciaramirez3

Alycia Ramirez

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Wife, Mother, Activist.

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