SOSNA COVID-19 SUPPORT

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

While Governor Wolf announces that we all need to stay home, we know that can be difficult for many reasons but we're here to help in whatever way we can. Check out resources we've put together, volunteer opportunities, and ways to stay involved with your neighborhood:


THINGS TO DO AT HOME


Finding yourself stuck on the same websites and need a change of pace? We’ve assembled a list of online resources for kids/learning, arts/entertainment, and health/wellness including some events that have moved online like the Clean Air Run and orchestra performances.

View the list here.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


SOSNA is forming a virtual neighborhood committee to work on two things:

1) Create a database of neighbors who may need assistance in the upcoming weeks and those who may be able to offer it (think grocery pick up, or even helping someone who isn't familiar with online grocery shopping, and other essential tasks that may become difficult).

2) Develop an updated and evolving plan for identifying neighborhood needs that can be met by their budgeted grant program.

Please let us know you are interested by filling out this quick form: CLICK HERE


Bethesda Project is urgently looking for groups to drop off packaged food or “sponsor” a meal delivery from local restaurants at My Brother’s House (609 S. 15th Street). You can contact Volunteer Coordinator at jisaacson@bethesdaproject.org or (513) 280-2236 for more information.


Bethesda Project also has a list of opportunities here for families to do from home such as make cards or videos of encouragement for guests and residents.


MEDICAL & NON-MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS: The best way to get involved in the COVID-19 response is to join the Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). The Philadelphia MRC is a group of more than 2,500 volunteers who serve the City during public health emergencies and large-scale events. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health trains the Philadelphia MRC and coordinates its response in times of need. By volunteering for the Philadelphia MRC, you can contribute to a healthier, more resilient Philadelphia.


Interested volunteers must register for the Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps on SERVPA. A brief guide to using SERVPA is located here. We have staff working steadily to approve volunteers. Email mrc@phila.gov with questions.



BUSINESS SUPPORT


Our local, small businesses are some of the hardest hit in this crisis and in effect, their employees livelihoods are at stake. In an effort to help our businesses and their staff weather this storm, we’ve put together 3 ways that you can support our local businesses from the comfort of your own quarantine zone. Use this spreadsheet to find:


  1. Best ways to contribute to worker funds for service and industry folks out of work at this time.

  2. Purchase gift cards to use in the future at our local favorites.

  3. Find takeout or delivery to satisfy your quarantine cravings.



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Daily video briefings at 1:00p by the Mayor’s Office and the PHL Department of health on @PHLHealthDept’s Twitter.


Beginning Monday, March 23, families can pick up meals at 80 locations linked below. Please note the new schedule and locations.  Meals are available from 9 a.m. to noon only. All children and youth are eligible, and no ID is required. Here is an updated meal list.


Linked are a few different ways residents can help during this time through the City of Philadelphia.


Here is the link to apply for an absentee or a mail-in ballot this year.

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SEPTA has announced changes to its service schedule. It will be operating the Severe Weather Plan for Regional Rail. Click here for more info.


The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has activated a Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline. It’s available 24/7. If you have questions about symptoms and risk factors, what to do if you think you may have been exposed, testing resources or recommendations for social distancing, you can contact the helpline at 1-800-722-7112. Click here for more info.


During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Philadelphia Water Department knows you may have questions about the safety and continued availability of drinking water and wastewater services. Click here for updates from PWD.


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