This year brought many challenges to our country and to the world... some new and some not so new. The pandemic impacted people's health, their economic security, and their families. Everyday policies, updates, and research are constantly changing and we continue to learn to adapt to the "new normal" as we await a vaccine. And for many it's been tough. But we're here to serve a resource for families as we each navigate through today's uncertainty. Together we can overcome any challenge, and so we've pulled together a community of resources to support you and your family. This list is ever changing, so expect updates.
Free Printing in Murfreesboro
For children who may need a printer, Staples in Murfreesboro will be printing off any student school work for FREE. Bring the work on a flash drive or email it to them. Some limits apply- black and white only, limit of 80 pages.
You can call Staples at 615.546.6626 for more information.
Access to Benefits
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) causes businesses to close across the state, the State of Tennessee will make it easier for people to get emergency cash, unemployment, and SNAP benefits.
Gov. Bill Lee has committed to helping families weather the storm and plans to invest millions into relief. The state is working hard to ease laws that sometimes take weeks to get approved.
Check here for the full story and for more information about how to receive assistance.
Need help finding access to meals? This national resource lets you locate where you can find meals while schools remain closed. Data is changing quickly and this tool does it best to stay up-to-date.
Locations are shown in Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Arizona, and California. You can search your city within the United States and it will tell you if that area offers breakfast, lunch, or both and what days you can visit. Check out the tool here.
COVID-19 Response Fund
As the world works together to slow the spread of COVID-19, schools, businesses, and organizations are feeling the impact. A response fund has been created quickly under the leadership of Mayor John Cooper in partnership with philantrhopic, government, and business partners.
Resources will be quickly deployed to those suffering from lost wages, illness, and instability from the tornadoes. Businesses, individuals, and nonprofits are eligible to recieve support from the response fund. Certain organizations receive priority funding. More information can be found here.
Everyone is feeling the challenges of today. This includes our veterans. With services and businesses closing down, it is easy to feel alone and overwhelmed. Operation Stand Down Tennessee is here to make sure that doesn't happen.
OSDTN is using their facebook page for veterans to continue to connect with one another. Tapping into a sense of community can be extremely important when going through uncertain times like this. It can help us feel supported and better manage stress. Check out their facebook page here.
As we stay "safer at home" to reduce the spread of COVID-19, many of us are experiencing several challenges...one of these includes access to internet service.
Whether we no longer have access to public hotspots we need or we've been impacted financially by the climate (lost job or lost wages), some major internet providers are stepping up for the community. AT&T, Comcast, and Charter are working to keep everyone connected as we work together for everyone's health. Visit their websites for more information.
Mental Health Crisis Text Line
Finding yourself dealing with a tough time? You're not alone. The Crisis Text Line is here to help, and you don't have to be suicidal to reach out. Anytime you're expericing pain or in need of support, you're welcome to connect.
Text HOME to 741741 and a Crisis Counselor will be there to help. Share as much or as little as you need! If anyone you know is in need of support, they can check out their website here.
Operation HOPE provides free financial services for individuals and families in underserved communities who desire financial and economical empowerment. Right now they're providing free online workshops and individual appointments. Their services include:
- Credit Counseling & Money Management Coaching
- Small Business Counseling & Coaching
- Credit, Money Management & Small Business Workshops
- Entrepreneurial Training Program - (8-weeks)
- Start Business Technical Assistance
Parenting Lunch & Learn
Parents are dealing with unique challenges today. Fortunately we have a strong community ready to band together to help each of us through it. On Wednesday, April 22nd, Resilient Nashville Lunch & Learn: Parenting during COVID-19 will take place at 11:30am. Tune into this webinar to learn more on positive parenting, self-care, and resources for parents. Register now before it fills up!