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" even with the availability of new vaccines.
For many it's been tough. But we're here to serve as 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.
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 meals while schools remain closed. Data is changing quickly and this tool does its best to stay up-to-date.
Locations are shown in certain states. You can search your city 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
A response fund was created in response to COVID-19. Resources prioritized for those suffering from lost wages, illness, and instability from the tornadoes. Businesses, individuals, and nonprofits are eligible to receive support from the response fund. Certain organizations receive priority funding. More information can be found here.
Operation Stand Down Tennessee is using their Facebook page for veterans to continue to connect with one another when many of us are still feeling isolated. 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.
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.
Mental Health Crisis
Finding yourself dealing with a tough time? You're not alone. The Crisis Text Line is here to help. Anytime you're experiencing 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 & virtual financial services for individuals and families. 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
The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) expanded support for essential workers who are serving their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This change makes the childcare available to essential workers in the financial, religious, utility, and hotel industries among others.
For more information, click here.