Care for the community, care for our friends and family and self-care are so important in this time of COVID-19. The list below gives resources designed to help in all of those efforts.
Local Government Updates
- Fairfax County – https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/covid19/
- City of Fairfax – https://www.fairfaxva.gov/residents/covid-19
- City of Falls Church – https://www.fallschurchva.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=975
- Prince William County – https://emergency.pwcgov.org/
- City of Manassas – https://www.manassascity.org/2572/Important-Health-Information
- Loudoun County – https://www.loudoun.gov/5307/Coronavirus
Fairfax County-Specific Support for Those in Need
- COVID-19 testing sites.
- Watch the Faith Communities in Action COVID-19 webinar with Dr. Ben Schwartz, director of epidemiology and population health at the Fairfax County Health Department.
- Temporary shelter during COVID-19 – Call the Fairfax County Health Department with questions about whether you meet the criteria for the Quarantine, Protection, Isolation, Decompression (QPID) shelter program, 703-267-3511.
- Searchable map – Helps residents find food resources during the COVID-19 emergency.
- Coordinated Services Planning – Provides access and referrals to county and community-based resources related to food, shelter, employment, financial assistance, health care, etc. Call 703-222-0880 for assistance.
- Human Services Resource Guide – Searchable guide to available human services resources in Fairfax County, including eligibility requirements, locations and contact information.
- Spanish-language mental health resources.
Other Government Resources
- Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program (RMRP) eligibility presentation by Pam Kestner of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Virginia’s DHCD’s training video in English and Spanish.
- Employee Rights to Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the CARES Act.
Other Local Resources
- Virginia Poverty Law Center – Source of information on poverty law issues, including domestic and sexual violence law, elder law, housing law, family law, public benefits and consumer law.
- Legal Services of Northern Virginia – This nonprofit law firm provides free legal counsel to the region’s low income and neediest populations on a matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Non-Profits Serving Those in Need
- FACETS is raising money for their Hot Meals program, for which demand has nearly doubled. They’re also accepting pantry donations, household donations, and still looking for healthy volunteers for the hypothermia shelters. Get involved here.
- Britepaths provides emergency food gift cards, household supplies and targeted financial assistance to pay for rent or utilities for the many families hit hard by the crisis. You can donate or learn more here.
- Northern Virginia Family Services has set up a COVID-19 response fund. Learn more and donate here. They are also accepting donations of non-perishable food, diapers, cleaning supplies and grocery store gift cards through their Amazon wish list. NVFS is also looking for coronavirus support volunteers to help provide food and supplies for people who need it, and they are looking for people to prepare meals off-site to be delivered to their SERVE homeless shelter.
- The American Red Cross is looking for blood donations. You can sign up to give blood here.
Safety and Self-Care
Guide to Self-Care – Moms Demand Action developed this guide to self-care related to traumatic events, but it translates well for the current highly uncertain and anxious circumstances.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357) – Free, confidential, 24/7, treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance-use disorders.
- PRS CrisisLink: 703-527-4077. Free 24/7 service bringing immediate help, hope and healing to empower individuals facing serious life challenges, suicidal thoughts, or emotional or situational problems.
- CrisisLink Regional Textline: 703-940-0888
- National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Hotline: 1-800-950-6264
- Domestic Violence Action Center – for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence – 703-360-7273; TTY 711
Just for Fun
- Virtual Tours of Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico – from TravelandLeisure.com.
- The Small Works Project with Mo Willems – The Kennedy Center’s education artist-in-residence Mo Willems celebrates small positive actions to show the world how small works add up. From Aug. 24-Oct. 23, the project will spotlight one Small Work Story and pair it with an original small artwork by Mo Willems.
- National Park Virtual Visits – Travel Zoo offers links to the best virtual National Park tours.
- 450 Free Ivy League Courses Online – Class Central offers a range of free Ivy Leagues courses on topics including computer science, mathematics, business, education, humanities, art & design, engineering and more.
- Headspace Free Online Meditations – The meditation app, Headspace, is offering some free meditations you can do any time.
- National Zoo Webcams – Lions and elephants and pandas, oh my! Keep up with the National Zoo’s animals.
- Free Virtual Tours of 12 Famous Museums – from “Travel and Leisure.”
- Free Virtual Tours of Landmarks and Museums – from “The Active Times.”
- Sidewalk Chalk Activities – from Crossroads Family Counseling Center in Fairfax.
- Big List of Podcasts for Little Kids – from The New York Times.
- National Aquarium Live Streams. The National Aquarium in Baltimore offers three live streams every day: Blacktip Reef, Pacific Coral Reef and Jellies Invasion.
- Safari Live Streams from South Africa. Wild Earth hosts twice-daily safari live streams from South Africa during sunrise and sunset.
- “Top 10 Ways to FCPL at Home” – Check out Fairfax County Public Library’s list of 10 ways to engage with the library from home, including links to Tumblebook online read-along books for kids, homework resources for teens and online courses for youth and adults.
- 3D Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Fallingwater”– A 3D-rendered fly-through showing how the structure of this home built on a waterfall was put together.
- Free Virtual Tours of Museums Around the World – from House Beautiful.
- STEM Demonstrations, DIY Experiments and More – Follow the Children’s Science Center’s YouTube channel for fun demonstrations, DIY experiments, book readings, keeper talks and more!
- Live-Streamed Meditation Classes – through the Insight Meditation Community of Washington.
- Georgia O’Keeffe Paintings – View a large collection of this American painter’s work set to music.
- Virtual Garden Tours – from the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, and seven other Southern gardens.
- Dr. Seuss Printables & Activities – from Brightly, a Penguin Random House company.
- Andrew Lloyd Webber Plays His Show Tunes – from “Southern Living.”
- Longwood Gardens – This Kennett Square, PA, attraction posts videos of its gardens, highlights of favorite past music performances, a free online course Everything About Orchids and more.
- Wide Open School – Free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense Media.
- Tinkergarten – Free weekly activities for children and an online community.