Covid-19 Resources

As an organization dedicated to the well-being of all individuals in our community, we are closely watching the developments surrounding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community. We want to be there to provide information you may need to stay afloat during this time of urgency. We will update this page as more resources and answers become available. If you are one of our partner agencies with updated information regarding your services, please email amanda.furlong@Middlesexunitedway.

In an effort to be available to our community, our phone lines will remain open. Please call us at 860-346-8695. 

GENERAL INFORMATION

CDC Recommendations
To reduce the risk of COVID-19, please visit Centers for Disease Control for recommendations on what you should do to stay safe and healthy during this time.
2-1-1 RESOURCES

2-1-1 is a great resource to find information regarding COVID-19. If you are in need of food, financial support, childcare or other essential services, please visit the site below or call 2-1-1.
http://211.org/services/covid19?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=covid19&utm_content=learnmore

Call the CT Hotline

Governor Ned Lamont announced that the State of Connecticut is partnering with United Way of Connecticut to launch an information hotline for questions from the public regarding issues related to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). People who have questions can call 2-1-1 or text "CTCOVID" to 898211.

WAnswers to many of the questions people may have can already be found by visiting the state's Coronavirus information website at ct.gov/coronavirus. People are encouraged to review that website for answers to their questions first before calling the hotline.

CT UNITED WAYS COVID-19 RESPONSE FUND

Fund Information

We've joined forces with United Ways across the state to create the Connecticut United Ways COVID-19 Response Fund. The fund will provide financial resources to individuals and families economically affected by the pandemic.

We are seeking help from any person, family, or organization that is able do to so. If you would like to contribute, please click here to donate:
https://bit.ly/3b8PZcK.

VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA)

For the most recent updates on Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site closings, please call 2-1-1. Please use the following as alternative filing resources:
https://www.myfreetaxes.com/
https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free
A listing of all free tax assistance services can be found here: https://uwc.211ct.org/free-income-tax-assistance/

FOOD SERVICES

Food Services in Middlesex County for Students
Click here for a listing of food services for students in Middlesex County.
Food Services in Middlesex County
Click here for a listing of food services in Middlesex County.
Shoreline Soup Kitchens
Shoreline Soup Kitchen Pantries: Open with modified service. Guests are invited to wait outside and, in their vehicle, if possible. Grocery bags will be distributed outside of buildings. SSKP Meal Sites: All SSKP Meal Sites will be closed temporarily.
St. Vincent de Paul
St. Vincent de Paul Middletown: In response to the Coronavirus, the dining room with be closed and only takeout meals will be available outside the soup kitchen from 11 AM to 12:30 PM Monday through Saturday. All access to the building will be denied, including restrooms. If you are able to do so, please donate the following items to St. Vincent de Paul (Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry). The following items are needed:
The Middletown Soup Kitchen (617 Main Street): Sliced meats and cheese and Bread.
The Food Pantry (16 Stack Street): Canned Tuna, Canned Vegetables, and Canned Soups.
These items can be dropped off directly at these locations.

CHILDCARE

2-1-1 Childcare Services

2-1-1 Childcare which is operated by the early childhood office and the United Way of Connecticut — is also currently working on reaching all childcare programs in the state to find providers that will remain open.

Middletown Childcare Survey

If you are an essential employee in need of childcare, please take this quick survey. The results of this survey will help mobilize care providers.

Once we know which providers will be open, we will call or email you with information. Emergency childcare services will begin Monday, March 30th.

FINANCIAL STABILITY RESOURCES

Unemployment

If you become unemployed due to coronavirus (COVID-19), you should file for unemployment benefits. Click here for more information. For frequently asked questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) for workers and employers click here.

Comcast

Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, Internet Essentials will increase speeds from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 for all customers in response to emergency measures associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19). This speed increase will happen automatically - no action is required by customers. In addition, new customers will receive two months of free service. Click here for more details. Pricing & other info.

Utilities

Connecticut officials have banned utilities from shutting off services to customers amid concerns about coronavirus. The utilities order applies to all electric, natural gas and water companies in the state. The Public Utility Regulatory Authority said it will be in effect during the public health and civil preparedness emergencies declared by Gov. Ned Lamont. Click here for more information.

Access Health CT

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to threaten public health, Access Health CT announced a NEW Special Enrollment Period from March 19 to April 2 for qualified uninsured Connecticut residents. Coverage will begin on April 1. For more information please visit https://learn.accesshealthct.com/

COMMUNITY NEEDS

St. Vincent de Paul Middletown Soup Kitchen, 617 Main St.

617 Main St. Collecting donations from 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM Mon-Sat
Soap, deodorant, shampoo, and body wash. Sliced bread to make sandwiches, lunch meats, canned tuna & cheese. Also, protein and granola bars, individual beverages or juice boxes, bottled water, individual yogurts, cheese sticks, fruit cups and bagged individual serving snacks (like pretzels).

The Amazing Grace Food Pantry, 16 Stack St

Collecting donations from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Wed & Fri
Pasta, pasta sauce, baked beans, peanut butter, canned tuna, boxed cereal, and mac-‘n-cheese. If you have other non-perishable canned or boxed foods, they are also welcome!

Diaper and Formulas are also needed at this time.

Gilead Community Services, 222 Main St Ext, Middletown

Collecting donations from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Wed
Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, regular masks, N95 masks, Thermometers, bleach, face shields to put over masks, and personal protective equipment.

At Home Child Care Providers, 35 Candlewood Lane, Middletown

Collecting donations from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Mon-Fri

Alcohol "clorox" wipes, bleach, diapers, and disinfectant spray

Middlesex YMCA

Sandwiches (they like ham, turkey & cheese, but P&J is also appreciated), fruit, and other healthy snacks are needed. Items do not need to be bagged as some may require refrigeration and it is easier to store them. The YMCA staff will take care of bagging the items.

Food can be dropped off at the Middlesex YMCA Welcome Center, 99 Union Street, Middletown between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Middlesex Health

Safe masks are essential to protecting hospital staff and patients. Middlesex Health is accepting homemade masks. Please remember that all masks must be dropped off in sealable plastic bags (i.e., Ziploc). There can be multiple masks in each bag.

To arrange for delivery, please call 860-358-6200 or email info@midhosp.org.

Click here for guidelines.https://middlesexhealth.org/files/dmHTMLFile/covid-19_directions-for-sewing-masks_final2.pdf

EMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

FedEx

FedEx has several locations in Connecticut that are actively hiring. If you or anyone you know, are looking for a job due to COVID-19 shutdowns, please visit https://bit.ly/2y6IqVU.

If you are looking for more resources, please continue to visit our website: www.middlesexunitedway.org

Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware are here and are looking for individuals to fill cashier and sales associates positions.

Apply here!

ALDI

Aldi is currently hiring individuals in all of their stores as well as their warehouses.

Apply here

Big Y Supermarkets

Big Y Supermarkets are hiring at all 38 of their Connecticut locations including positions as a night crew clerks, food services, cashiers, and meat and seafood clerks.

Apply here

BJ's Wholesale Club

BJ's are hiring for temporary and permanent positions right now. Additionally, the wholesale club is offering increased pay and bonuses to frontline Team Members now through at least April 12, 2020.

Apply here