Community Support & Resources
This page contains a wide variety of resources beyond the college to support our community in these challenging times. We will continue to add resources over time.
- King County Public Health
- Washington State Coronavirus Response
- Washington State Department of Health, This page is updated daily with the number of confirmed cases, number of persons under investigation, and number of people under public health supervision.
- Centers for Disease Prevention and Control
Reliable News Sources
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- If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to COVID-19, or if you're a healthcare provider with COVID-19 questions, contact the King County Public Health call center between 8 AM to 7 PM PST at 206-477-3977
- For general questions about COVID-19 in Washington State, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127
- Washington State Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Travel Health Notices
- What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19
- What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19
- What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
- English: Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet
- Amharic: ኖቭል ኮሮናቫይረስ
- Chinese Simplified: 新型冠状病毒
- Chinese Traditional: 新型冠狀病毒
- Khmer: វីរុសកូរ៉ូណាប្រភេទថ្មី
- Korean: 신종 코로나바이러스
- Russian: Новый штамм коронавируса
- Somali: Caabuqa Xalfaafka Wadnaha
- Spanish: Nuevo coronavirus
- Thai: ไวรัสโคโรนาสายพันธุ์ใหม
- Vietnamese: Vi-rút Corona Mới
- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers a Parent/Caregiver Guide for COVID-19 with more helpful information for families
- American Counseling Association (ACA) COVID-19 Resources
- American Psychological Association (APA) Social Distancing Considerations
- Addressing Loneliness As a Result of Social Distancing – AHIP.org
- Dial 2-1-1 for local resources and support
- Dial 9-1-1 if you feel you are in crisis
- The Downtown Seattle Association has collected resources, including info on deferral of taxes, access to loans and relief funds, and information on unemployment and medical leave here
- Resources from the Governor’s office for impacted businesses here
- Unemployment benefits chart
- Layoff Q&A for workers and businesses
- Unemployment for part- and full-time workers
- Unemployment Law Project, assistance with unemployment
- Teamsters Local 117, emergency financial assistance for Uber and Lyft drivers
- The Plate Fund for restaurant workers who live and work in King County and have suffered financial hardship because of the COVID-19 crisis may be eligible for $500 in immediate assistance.
- Adventures in home-schooling
- Talking to your children about coronavirus
- Seattle Help for Parents & Caregivers During COVID-19 Facebook group
- From OSPI, re. COVID-19
- From King County Public Health, guidance on getting kids together
- Social interaction is still vitally important to the mental health of young people, and it is still possible for families to have safe gatherings among children and parents. Limit indoor groups to 10 or fewer children and outdoor groups to 50 or fewer. Monitor kids for a fever over 100.4 degrees, coughing, or shortness of breath, and select activities that minimize physical contact. Avoid crowded places, like parties, retail spaces, and movie theaters.
- How to care for the elderly without putting them at risk
- Article from STAT News
Can your kids go on a playdate? Is it safe to go to the store? This Q&A has advice on social distancing.
If you’re scrambling for childcare and at-home learning, dig into these useful resources.
Accessing the Internet
For anyone who doesn’t have reliable internet service at home, Comcast announced they have made their Xfinity wifi hotspots available to everyone for free in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. To find and use a hotspot, enter your zip code at this page and scroll down for additional information.
Comcast also announced their Internet Essentials plan for qualifying low-income households is available two months free with no contract obligation.
Free Drive-In WiFi Hotspots
The State of Washington announced they are working with several partners across the state to bring free drive-in WiFi hotspots to our communities. You can visit this website to find the closest spot.
Currently, in our area, it looks like King County and Seattle Public Libraries are the available hotspots. Additional locations are anticipated in the future.
Launching primarily as parking lot hotspots in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the free community WiFi is accessible regardless of how users arrive at the locations. Some sites also offer indoor public access during business hours. Everyone using the sites – outside or inside – must practice social distancing and hygiene precautions, including staying in your vehicle or at least six feet from other users and wearing a mask if necessary.
Although our campus Food Pantry is closed as the college is under remote operations, there are other community resources to tap into for hunger relief:
- West Seattle Food Bank – located just 2 miles from our college at 35th SW and SW Morgan
- White Center Food Bank
- El Centro de la Raza Food Bank
- Rainier Valley Food Bank
- United Way – Free grab and go meals for youth.
- Map of food banks and school food pickup sites.
*Be sure to check hours and ID requirements before going.
Students are encouraged to reference the Seattle Food Committee Food Bank Directory for a list of nearby food banks. Enter your zip code and the site will show the resource closest to your home.
If you need additional support to pay for groceries or other food access resources, please set up a phone/zoom apt with our school United Way Benefits Hub coaches to review resources you may be eligible for such as SNAP, for example.
If you are a Running Start student, or currently enrolled in Seattle Public Schools, there are free sack lunches available in the West Seattle area. More info here.
The City of Seattle will soon be offering grocery vouchers to families currently enrolled in city-subsidized child care and food-assistance programs. More info here.
- City of Seattle Moratorium on Residential Evictions, for non-payment evictions
- Big Table, rental assistance for restaurant workers
- Tenants Rights
- The Tenant Education Program helps tenants get the knowledge and skills to keep themselves and their families safely housed. The TU provides empowerment-based tenant counseling, education and assistance to help tenants learn their rights and take action to resolve housing problems.
- Neighborhood House
- For community college students needing help with rent, contact CeCe at 206.483.5122 or at email email@example.com.
- Comcast Internet Essentials, free internet essential package
- Seattle City Light
- SCL will not be shutting off customers and is helping Seattleites register for the Utility Discount Program (UDP) which reduces bills by up to 60%. or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The UDP reduces both SCL and SPU bills. SCL also has an Emergency Low Income Assistance Program which can help qualifying customers with up to $250 on past-due bills.
- Puget Sound Energy, Puget Sound Energy will not be disconnecting customers, is waiving late fees, and has a new, easier financial assistance portal for qualifying low-income customers.
ATT, They will not terminate any service because of inability to pay the bill and are waiving late payment fees for those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Sprint, They will not terminate any service because of inability to pay the bill and are waiving late payment fees for those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Verizon, Not terminating service due to disruptions caused by COVID-19.
- State Veterans Homes
- US Department of Veteran Affairs - Coronavirus Response & Resources
- VA Puget Sound Health Care System - Coronavirus FAQs: What Veterans need to know
- King County Department of Community & Human Services - Veteran Services
Community Resources for Immigrant Communities
General Resource Guides
- South’s Page for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Support and Resources
- City of Seattle - Information for Immigrant Communities
- Google Doc. Of Nationwide Resources
- Immigrants Rising
- United We Dream
Basic Needs (Food, Rent, Utilities, Unemployment Payments)
- OneAmerica (Washington State specific resources) - English and en Español
- Mutual Aid Solidarity Network (Request Support Form)
- Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network
- Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation
- COVID-19 Recursos para Comunidades Indocumentadas
- Emergency Funds Application
- Catholic Community Resources
- Food Banks in South Seattle
- Informed Immigrant
Emergency Funds for Students
Most Seattle Colleges students both work and go to school -- and in the wake of COVID-19, hundreds are losing their jobs at the restaurants, bars and clubs that have been shut down. Students with gig-economy jobs like driving Uber are affected, too. The Seattle Colleges Foundation is raising emergency funds to help students weather the crisis and hold onto their college dreams. If you can, please help.
- Give to Seattle Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund, which will provide gen ops grants to community-based organizations that can help people impacted, including hourly and service industry workers, gig workers, immigrant and refugee communities, and health care workers
- Donate to or volunteer at local food banks. When you see shortages at the grocery store, those translate to bigger shortages at the food bank.
- Local writer Ijeoma Oluo started this GoFundMe to support struggling artists
- Order take-out from Chinatown-ID restaurants to support small business and combat racism
- Many nonprofits had to cancel their fundraisers, please give directly to your favorites online
- Give blood, with roving bloodmobiles cancelled and the health care system rather busy right now, there is already a blood shortage (donating blood is completely safe, but no, they won’t test you for the virus)