Apr 16, 2020


Community Support and Aid for Families


Sign/View the petition to Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers to suspend rent, mortgage, and utility payments without debt for the next 2 months: https://forms.gle/G5ojdSQ1dFfyo2bDA

Dial 211 or use https://211wisconsin.communityos.org/ to find resources for people/households with low income by zipcode and keyword.

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway has asked United Way to aggregate and organize volunteer opportunities that arise in the wake of this public health threat. If you know of any organizations or grassroots efforts recruiting volunteers, please connect them with Morghan Vélez (morghan.velez@uwdc.org). Read more here.

The United Way of Dane County (UWDC) and the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County (BGCDC) partnered to create the Dane County COVID-19 Community Emergency Fund Grant Program. The Boys and Girls Club gave out the first round of grants ranging from $1,500 to $25,000 to 39 agencies load in Dane County. These organizations are providing direct relief to families for utility bills, rent assistance, transportation, medical and financial hardship and other basic needs. You can contact these organizations directly if you need guidance, support or financial assistance. Read and download the PDF explaining this Emergency Grant Fund by clicking here.

****United Way is posting nearly all COVID-19-related volunteer opportunities to volunteeryourtime.org/need as they become available.****

The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) can provide referrals and information for folks who are elderly and/or disabled, and for their family members. Website: http://www.daneadrc.org/; phone: 608-240-7400.

Greater Madison Resource Center (GMRC): Aims to provide referrals for where to find help for virtually any issue.

  • Contact information for questions and referrals: (608) 770-1174 / gmrcmadison@gmail.com / gmrcmadison.com
  • To provide donations, you can send funds via paypal (https://www.paypal.me/GMRCMADISON) with a note that it’s for COVID-19 community measures. You can also donate through Facebook.
  • Drop off supplies at GMRC, 14 N 6th Street, Madison WI 53704; They will be collecting sanitizer, soap, laundry soap, toilet paper and paper towels, cleaning wipes (Clorox etc.), food, baby wipes, diapers, menstrual hygiene products, and OTC meds such as tylenol, cold medicine, etc. as well as Kwik Trip gas cards.

Dane County Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Facebook group created for people to request and provide favors, such as transportation and grocery delivery, from neighbors and community members during COVID-19: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1978475378963725/

Dane Co, Wisconsin Help – Coronavirus: Facebook group created to post offers of food and supplies for pickup: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2577469182520421/

COVID19 Mutual Aid Madison Facebook Group: Provides local news, updates from service providers, and coordination of collective resources and actions. https://www.facebook.com/groups/502401850648815/

Urban Triage: Urban Triage, INC. empowers Black families to excel and believe in their ability to make a difference in their lives, their families and communities, with hope, education, and action. By way of crisis response, advocacy, psycho-education, community support services, intervention, leadership development, and systems training. After earning grant funding through the Boys and Girls Club, Urban Triage is currently offering:

  • Rides to doctors appointments and to pick up prescriptions
  • Delivery of non-perishable food items on Wednesdays
  • Gas cards
  • Grocery cards
  • Food cart on Saturdays on the Northside, 3x/month, alternating locations
  • Fill out this form

Dane County Community Defense (IWW Madison General Defense Committee): coordinating a mutual aid response, for and by working class folks. See how they’ve helped here.

  • If you are in Dane County and need support due to coronavirus quarantine, fill out this form: tinyurl.com/dccd-request. They provide:
  • Food support
  • Health support
  • Financial support (can not help with rent or utilities)
  • Emotional support
  • For follow-up requests, please go to: tinyurl.com/dccd-follow-up
  • If you are able to volunteer or donate for coronavirus quarantine support, fill out this form: tinyurl.com/dccd-support
  • Donations of money, food, cold and flu meds
  • Help with online coordination, shopping and transporting food, cooking, fundraising, translation, medical, legal, emotional support, etc.

Latinx Consortium for Action Relief Fund (via Centro Hispano): Direct financial assistance for undocumented individuals who have lost their jobs or who run small businesses. Application process will run through Centro Hispano. (608) 255-3018

Madison, WI – COVID-19 – Groceries/Errands/Help for those at Higher Risk: group for immuno-compromised, elderly, or otherwise at risk individuals who need help with groceries or other needs.

Madison Virtual Tip Jar: for people in the service industry who are out of work or have significantly reduced hours. You can give tips to service industry folks or sign up to receive tips if needed.

The River Food Pantry has created a COVID-19 Emergency Food Fund: Consider donating here to support the River’s efforts to provide food security for 9 Madison neighborhoods. For help from them, see the Food Security section.

The Dane County TimeBank is an existing organization and online tool for offering and receiving skills and services from members of the community. Requests and Offers can be sorted by location, category,  type, side of town, city, etc. People can join and then go through an online orientation to learn more about the timebank and timebanking. There are three orientation options to learn how to navigate the website: how to videos, group zooms, or phone orientations. The TimeBank is committed to facilitating exchanges and coordinating projects through a racial and restorative justice lens moving forward.

The TimeBank is launching a restorative justice hotline starting 3/25 that is available Mon-Sun from 4-8pm. Trained restorative justice practitioners and the TimeBank’s Transformative Action Network will facilitate restorative conversations to minimize the need for police contact as much as possible. This is not a crisis line, however, but callers can get pointed towards resources they need. The number is 1-866-RJustUs. Contact rj@danecountytimebank.org to get involved.

The Dane County TimeBank also has a transportation project currently organizing and recruiting drivers to help with coordinating rides for people with difficulty accessing groceries, supplies, or medication.  For questions, email ryan@danecountytimebank.org.

If you have PPE to donate (properly stored and not homemade), there is a protective equipment drop-off area outside of Brooks Street (Meriter clinic) for Meriter and UW Hospital staff.

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