Free Services Offered During Coronavirus Pandemic

Quarantine limitations have put an immense strain on many in our community. The Reference Department at Campbell County Public Library (CCPL) is here to help with resources for many free services that can be accessed in our community and through online sources. This list will evolve as the crisis continues. During these trying times we are committed to providing you with the most up-to-date information and connecting you with resources that meet your needs. As new information and resources become available, we will post them here.

Local resources for free meals

·  Perkins is offering a free meal with the purchase of an adult entree daily through the duration of the crisis from 11am-2pm.

·  Gillette Little Free Pantry is open for those in need at this time. You may take what you need that is available and are encouraged to leave what you can. They are located at Lakeside Park, Bivens Park.

·  The Salvation Army is providing drive-up services for food boxes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9am-3pm or delivery can be scheduled by calling 307.682.6982 before 12pm.

·  Jimmy John’s is offering a free slim sandwich and a drink for kids grades K-12 Monday through Friday 11am-3pm.

·  Burger King is providing 2 free kid’s meals with the purchase of 1 adult meal all day through the duration of the crisis.

·  The Blessings in a Backpack program is still operating and can be picked up at New Life Church on Fridays from 4pm-7pm. If you are a part of the program, you can schedule delivery if you are without transportation by calling 307.682.2392

Fitness

·  Corepower Yoga, on demand free yoga and guided meditation

·  Planet Fitness is offering free workouts on Facebook Live daily at 7pm ET. For individuals unable to attend the daily live session, the workout will be archived on the Planet Fitness Facebook page and also their YouTube channel.

·  Nike Training Club application is offering all of it’s content for free until further notice. The app offers hundreds of guided workouts and nutrition and wellness support. Users will need to create a free account.

Children’s Entertainment

·  Audible Free Stories for Kids gives the user access to thousands of free audiobooks just for kids.

·  PBS Kids has created a free daily newsletter with games and activities for children through their website. A parent will have to sign up for the newsletter in order to access the free content.

Entertainment

·  NHL “Pause Binge” offers a free streaming recap of the 2019-2020 Hockey season on the NHL YouTube Channel.

·  SlingTV is offering thousands of titles for free streaming without registering for an account.

·  The Metropolitan Opera is streaming free live opera nightly.

·  The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is streaming concerts for free on their YouTube Channel.

·  Many of your favorite musicians have been holding live stream concerts on Facebook and Instagram. Keep an eye on their social media accounts to catch their mini concerts.

· HBO NOW and HBO GO are allowing free streaming on their site and app. There are thousands of selections to choose from.

Education

· Ivy League Online Courses are being offered to all who are interested in expanding their knowledge base. A wide range of scholarly topics including math and science, engineering, and the humanities are being offered by the eight ivy league colleges in the US on a free auditory basis.

·  Scholastic Learning Hub for students Pre-K and up is providing a framework for students to continuing learning while schools are closed.

·  Khan Academy, a free online learning company, has released guided school schedules using their platform for the rest of the year for students and families to use as they learn from home.

·  Kennedy Center Education artist in residence and children’s book author Mo Willems is hosting daily drawing projects called “Lunch Doodles”.

Cell Phone Service Assistance

·  AT&T is waiving domestic plan overage charges for data, voice and text. The company is also waiving any late payment fees related to hardships experienced by the corona virus pandemic. Please contact your local provider for further information.

·  Verizon is not charging late fees or terminating service to individuals who cannot pay their bill at this time. Additionally, Verizon is offering free international calls to areas the CDC has determined to be level 3 impacted by COVID. Check with your local service provider for more information.

Financial Considerations

· IRS has extended the tax filing deadline to July 15th. You can also visit the IRS website for information about free e-filing.

·Federal Student Loan repayments may be deferred if the individual is experiencing hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. Deferment can be applied for online.

Mental Health and Crisis Hotlines

·  COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline is an effort to provide free therapy to struggling individuals. The hotline is staffed by over 6,000 therapy professionals who are volunteering their time during this crisis. You can schedule a free appointment by calling 844-863-9314.

·  Call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

·  Text HOME to 741-741 for Crisis Text Line

·  Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66-746 for the disaster Distress Hotline

·  Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678-678 to chat with the Trevor Project for LGBTQ youth

· Call 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22-522 to connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline

Newspapers

· New York Times

· The Wall Street Journal

· The Washington Post

· The Los Angels Times

· The Guardian

· The Associated Press News

· The Athletic

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