COVID-19: Resources for Coping and Basic Needs
We understand during this rapidly-evolving situation that managing closures, postponements and rules regarding our public health can be stressful. To assist you in navigating these challenges, we have assembled information about some of the resources available.
Erica Stene Winkler, the college counselor, is available to talk with students who are seeking support or assistance. Erica can connect via email, phone, chat, and video conference. If you reach out but are unable to connect immediately with Erica, please leave a voice message or send an email and Erica will follow up with you as soon as time allows.
Food Assistance and Basic Needs
- SNAP Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
- Call Second Harvest Heartland 651-209-7963
- Free Meals: Many local restaurants are offering free lunches during school closures
- Anoka-Hennepin District Schools Meal Distribution: Grab and go meals will be provided for children in parking lots of select school sites. View locations and hours here.
- Food Pantries: Contact food pantries prior to visiting as hours and availability may have changed. Some food pantries are also offering drive up services.
- Public Transportation: Visit the Metro Transit website for updates regarding reduced or suspended public transportation services
- Minnesota Department of Health: Resources for Low-Cost Health Care and Health Insurance Coverage
- COVID-19 Health Questions Hotline: Available from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. call 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903
- YMCA Youth Resource Line: Housing assistance and basic needs for those under age 24
- Visit the website or call 763-493-3052
- Hope4Youth: Housing assistance and basics needs for those ages 16-23
- Visit the website or call 763-323-2066
- United Way COVID-19 Economic Relief Fund: Assistance and resources for basic needs
- Visit the website or call 1-866-211-9966 and provide your zip code
Free or Low-Cost Internet Programs and Computers
- Charter Communications is offering Free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access for 60 days in-home with K-12 and/or college students that don’t have an existing Spectrum service level up to 100 Mbps.
- Comcast is offering an Internet Essentials package free for low-income customers for 60 days. There is also an option to buy refurbished low-cost computers.
- PCs for People provides low-cost internet and computers to individuals who meet certain eligibility requirements. The internet access is provided with mobile hot-spots, which allows users to take it wherever it is needed.
- MIDCO Lifeline is a federal program intended to put a home phone and internet service within the reach of qualifying low-income families.
- Minnesota Office of Broadband Development If you are a low-income subscriber residing in either a Comcast, CenturyLink, Charter or Midcontinent area, you may be eligible for reduced pricing of monthly broadband service.
Information and Self-Help Resources
Mental Health and Personal Support
- United Healthcare Emotional Support Help Line: Emotional support is available for free to all students through the subsidiary company, called Optum. The toll-free help line number will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary, call 866-342-6892
- Anoka County Crisis line: Mental health crisis support services, call 763-755-3801
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National helpline: Support for mental health and addiction concerns, 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
- National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Helpline: Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call 800-950-6264 or text NAMI to 741741
- Alexandra house: Support for those dealing with domestic or partner violence, call 763-780-2330
- JED Foundation: Love is Louder Self-care Resources
Tours, Tutorials and Activities
Looking for something to do from the comfort of your home? We’ve got a few ideas to keep you entertained.
VIRTUAL ART CLASSES
Join the McHarper Manor weekdays on Facebook for a daily art project tutorial. Art projects will range from watercolor paintings to chalk art to canvas painting and will take place live at noon. Videos will be available after the live class on the McHarper Manor Facebook page.
VIRTUAL TOURS AND MUSEUMS
Experience the best museums from NYC to France to Seoul in the comfort of your own home. Check out these sites to go on virtual tours of different museums and specific exhibits.
Check out some cool places around the world from National Parks to National Landmarks.
Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! Just want a cute and cuddly distraction? Check out several different animal live cam options from watching silly sea otters and curious elephants or just mellow out to the hypnotic drifting jellyfish.
Did you know ARCC provides all students, staff, and faculty free access to video conferencing with Zoom. This is a great way to “meet up” with your friends, classmates, and student organization members.
Are you a leader of a student organization on campus? Check out our tips for running virtual meetings (PDF) with your student organization.
MORE FUN THINGS TO DO
Virtual Fitness Resources