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COVID-19 BASIC NEEDS COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Basic Needs Resources obtained from City of Flint Website:
Call 2-1-1 for assistance from nonprofit and government agencies
United Way of Genesee County Help Centers
- Bethel United Methodist Church (1309 N. Ballenger Hwy.) 10am-2pm Mondays
- Asbury United Methodist Church (1653 Davison Rd.) 10am-2pm Tuesdays
- Greater Holy Temple Church of God in Christ (6702 N. Dort Hwy) 10am-2pm Thursdays
MEAL SITES FOR CHILDREN
Flint Community Schools (Breakfast and Lunch distributed from 10am-1pm)
Meals are distributed from a First Student (transportation) bus. Any youth 19 years old or younger may receive a breakfast and lunch meal. Youth does NOT need to attend Flint Schools. If you are unable to make it to the food distribution site, please contact (810) 767-6111
Northwestern: G-2138 W. Carpenter, Flint 48505
Brownell/Holmes: 6602 Oxley Dr., Flint 48504
Berston Field House: 3300 Saginaw St., Flint 48505
Potter: 2500 N. Averill, Flint 48506
DTM: 1518 W. Third Ave, Flint 48504
Freeman: 4001 Ogema, Flint 48507
Southwestern: 1420 W. Twelfth St., Flint 48507
GISD (Genesee Intermediate School District)
Meals are available for all children free of charge
GISD will be distributing meals Monday through Friday at the following times and locations:
Cathedral of Faith: 6031 Dupont St. Noon-12:30 p.m.
Transition Center: 3136 Linden Road. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Elmer Knopf Learning Center: 1493 W. Maple Ave. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Head Start at MCC (near Court st entrance): 1401 E. Court St. Noon-12:45 p.m.
Stalker School: 3329 Burnell Ave. 1-1:45 p.m.
Educare Flint: 1000 Gladwyn. Noon-12:45 p.m.
Cummings Great Expectations: G-2200 Walton St. Noon-12:45 p.m.
Manley Early Childhood Center: 3022 Farley St. Noon-12:45 p.m.
Summerfield Early Childhood: 1360 Milbourne Ave. 1-1:45 p.m.
Early Learning Center: 5575 Van Campen. 1-1:45 p.m.
The Learning Center: 1181 W. Scottwood Ave. 1-1:45 p.m.
Beecher Daily Elementary: 6236 Neff Road. 2-3 p.m.
Meal Sites for ALL Residents
YMCA of Greater Flint
The YMCA of Greater Flint will be providing dinner for anyone in need. Anyone can pick up dinner and a snack for a child (Child NOT required to be present). Feeding sites are operating 7 days a week.
River Park Apartments: 4-4:45 p.m.
Pierson Road Family YMCA: 6-6:45 p.m.
Suffolk Court Apartment: 6-6:45 p.m.
Flint Development Center: 5-5:45 p.m.
Downtown YMCA: 6-6:45 p.m.
Calvary Methodist Church: 6-6:45 p.m.
Mt. Olive Baptist Church: 5-5:45 p.m.
Kings Lane Apartments: 4-4:45 p.m.
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan continues to offer mass food distributions and mobile food pantries in Flint and the entire region. Find a food pantry near you: Search by ZIP code (scroll to the bottom of the page) or see the mobile food pantry schedule. The Food Bank also has a calendar of upcoming mass food distributions. The Food Bank recommends calling pantry locations ahead of time to ensure they are open.
North End Soup Kitchen is located at 735 E. Stewart Ave. (Exit 9 off I-475, one block east of Saginaw Street.) It offers hot food 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. It serves hot and cold boxed meals food 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Sundays.
Center for Hope Soup Kitchen is located at 812 Root Street next to the Catholic Charities Main Office at the corner of Root and 5th Avenue. The kitchen is NOT at the Church. It offers hot and cold boxed meals 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon-3 p.m. on Sundays.
South Flint Soup Kitchen is located at 3410 Fenton Road at Lincoln Park United Methodist Church. It serves sack lunches from 11 a.m.-noon Monday through Friday
Bread of Life Sandwich Program is located at 2608 Maplewood on Flint’s eastside. It serves sack lunches noon-1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Flint Fresh Food Hub
Flint Fresh Food Hub offers produce delivery to City of Flint residents. Boxes can be purchased using standard payment methods, Bridge Card, Double Up Food Bucks, or Prescriptions for Health. Visit www.flintfresh.com or call 810.618.5896.
Emergency Housing Assistance
Genesee County Community Action Resource Department
The neighborhood Services Center provides emergency assistance with utilities and other homeless prevention services. Call 810-768-4675.
Comcast is offering an Internet Essentials for free to new customers. To sign up, go to www.internetessentials.com. This includes a video chat option for customers using American Sign Language. Customers can also call for service at 1-855-846-8376 for English or 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
Child Care for First Responders
Genesee Intermediate School District
GISD is coordinating child care services for first responders. Contact them at 810.591.5437 or by fax at 810.591.6150.
Child Care Network
Child Care Network is available to help families find child care. It can be reached at www.childcarenetwork.org, call 810.407.7285 or fax 734.975.1868.
Filing for Unemployment
Contact the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. Effective immediately, and until Tuesday, April 14 at 11:59 pm, unemployment benefits are being extended to include the following Michigan residents:
– Workers who have unanticipated family care responsibility, including those who have childcare responsibilities due to school closures, or those who are forced to care for loved ones who become ill.
– Workers who are sick, quarantined, or immunocompromised and who do not have access to paid family and medical leave or are laid off
– First responders in the public health community who become ill or are quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19.
Access to benefits for unemployed workers will also be extended:
– Benefits will be increased from 20 to 26 weeks
– The application eligibility period will be increased from 14 to 28 days
– The normal in-person registration and work search requirements will be suspended.
– If you become displaced due to employer closures, you can apply for unemployment assistance online. Social Security number, driver’s license or state ID number, names and addresses of recent employers, quarterly earnings, employer’s federal ID number and last day of employment are required.
Effective March 19, 2020 through April 6, 2020 fares will be waived on the 14 Fixed Route Bus Services. All passengers will be asked to load and unload through the rear doors only, except for those that are disabled. The use of transfers will be eliminated, until further notice. Questions? Please contact MTA Customer Service at (810) 767-0100
CDC – Talking to Children about COVID-19
NPR – A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
Online Educational Resources
Fact Practice and Games
Math Standards Practice, Videos and Games
Reading and Writing Practice
CEO Response to COVID-19
TOGETHER, WE ARE DEFENDERS OF POTENTIAL
March 20, 2020
A lot has happened over the last few days — these are unprecedented times. From all of us at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint and Genesee County, we sincerely hope that you and your family are safe and healthy.
As a nonprofit, specifically a nonprofit whose core mission is to defend potential through one-to-one interactions, this crisis is pushing us to make difficult decisions.
But we are confident that we will get through this.
Our mission is more critical than ever, and we still need your support to continue offering our life-changing program to children and teens in our community. We will not lose sight of how programs like ours help combat mental health issues such as loneliness, depression, anxiety, and self-esteem.
We are checking in with our Bigs and Littles on a regular basis and are providing support and resources on how they can stay connected and continue to build a trusting friendship during this time. We are also rallying behind the parents in our program as they face their own challenges as a result of this crisis.
Over the next several weeks, we are going to try new ways of making connections. We are going to create new opportunities for learning and events. And when this is all over, with your help, we are going to bounce back and make our agency stronger than ever.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint and Genesee County has several events planned over the next 8 weeks. With new recommendations and restrictions from the Center for Disease Control, city, state, and federal government in mind, we want to share our updated plan for these events with you.
Bigs, Littles, and Staff
First and foremost, the safety of our Bigs, Littles, families, and staff is our #1 priority. All staff began working remotely this week, and they will continue to do so through at least April 3. We have cancelled all match-related and agency events including Match Intro Meetings, Home Visits, Kids’ Orientation, Match Activities, 100 Men 100 Boys, and School Based Mentoring until April 3 (at minimum) and will evaluate the plan daily to make the best decisions possible.
We also previously issued strong recommendations that Bigs and Littles not meet in person until at least April 3, and those recommendations remain in effect. We recommend Matches focus on building a friendship through virtual opportunities like FaceTime, phone calls, text, etc.
Gary Haggart Bowl for Kids’ Sake Pledge Deadline Extended
The pledge deadline for our 41st Annual Bowl for Kids Sake has been extended to April 6th due to the change in our regular work routines. Please send donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint and Genesee County, 1176 Robert T. Longway, Flint 48503 or make online donations at bbbsflint.org/bowl. The drawing for highest pledge achiever and $175 pledgers will be scheduled after April 6th. The Pistons prize packet tickets will be substituted with a comparable prize. Thank you to our presenting sponsor Arby’s, our corporate sponsors and the more 1400 individuals who bowled and collected pledges. We are grateful to be a part of a community of givers, defending the potential of youth everywhere, everyday.
Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting
We were looking forward to our Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting at our new offices at the Metro Housing Complex, 1176 Robert T. Longway on April 28. This event also falls within the 8-week social distancing period recommended by the Center of Disease Control (CDC), so we must unfortunately postpone this in-person event. We are grateful to our host, the Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce for their counsel during this time of uncertainty. We will keep you informed as we receive more direction from the CDC.
Spring Flower Sale
You will be receiving an order form in the mail next week or can visit our website, https://www.bbbsflint.org/event/2020-annual-spring-flower-sale/to place your order. Flowers will be available for pick-up Thursday May 28th & Friday May 29. Delivery is scheduled for Wednesday May 27th. The Spring Flower Sale prepares us for our spring decorating and landscaping needs. It is also a great gift giving opportunity for birthdays and Mother’s Day. Your support of our Spring Flower Sale is another way we gain financial resources for our mentoring programs, Learning Day and Camp activities. We do not foresee any disruption of this annual event. We ask that you help us make this a great success by helping us identify new customers. Please send the link https://www.bbbsflint.org/event/2020-annual-spring-flower-sale/to your neighbors, co-workers, family and friends. This is one way to offset our financial losses as a result of COVID-19.
Fore The Kids’ Golf Tournament
Our 45th Annual O’Reilley Golf Fore The Kids’ first golf event of the year is scheduled for June 19 at Flushing Golf and Country Club. This event is very important to our agency, so at this time we are still planning to move forward. We will continue to watch the recommendations from the CDC but are hopeful that we will be able to continue with this date and everyone will be ready for some fresh air and social interaction.
We are grateful to O’Reilley Auto Parts, AC Delco, Mike Soboleski and our Golf Committee for their commitment to make this the best tournament in our agency history. If you are interested in sponsorship or team information send an email to email@example.com.
Big Brothers Big Sisters will cancel the April 14, Kids’ Orientation scheduled for new matches. We plan to resume the Kids’ Orientation in May but will limit the number of participants to 10 per meeting. We will observe the recommended social distancing practices at our meetings.
We are so grateful to each of you for your patience, understanding and support during this time. Your health, safety and well-being are our top priority. If you have any questions or are interested in learning how you can be a help during this time of crisis please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together, We Are Defenders of Potential.
Reta V. Stanley, CEO
March 11, 2020
A Note to our Parents, Volunteer Bigs, and Community Partners about CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) from CEO Reta Stanley
The current situation with the COVID-19, better known as Coronavirus, is ever changing. As a community organization, we are remaining in constant contact with local health and government officials to maintain an up-to-date understanding.
I want you to know that your health and safety is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint and Genesee County’s top priority. We’ve always taken great pride in the best practices and standards we have in place to ensure quality mentoring services. Like others in our community, we are taking guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which recommends regular cleaning as one of the most important preventative measures we can take.
In an effort to be proactive, below are additional details you should know about the steps currently in place:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters Board and Staff are outlining specific steps we will take to safeguard employees’ health and well-being during a pandemic while ensuring our ability to maintain essential operations and continue providing essential services to our community. In addition, it provides guidance on how we intend to respond to specific operational and human resource issues in the event of a pandemic.
- Reviewing plans for all events with our local health officials and follow their recommendation on whether to proceed or postpone.
- Evaluating all Site-based programs and consult with the community partners and/or school of the Site-based program to decide if the program should be suspended.
- Communicating with our Littles’ parents/guardians ensuring they are comfortable with activities being planned with their Bigs.
- Emphasize the importance of respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene.
Listed below are two resources for Bigs and Littles on these topics.
As this is a fluid situation, we may have further communications with additional recommendations. For now, we encourage you to follow all best practices designed to limit exposure and the spread of the coronavirus. Below you will find links for valuable information from the WHO and the CDC.
- Please do not hesitate to reach out if you want to talk through your specific situation.
- USA Today Article
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Share the Facts, Stop the Fear
Reta V. Stanley, President/CEO
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