Community Resources for COVID-19

Call 2-1-1 for up-to-date information on COVID-19, including closures and changes in services, and helpful community resources.

You may also call 1-800-478-2221 toll-free.
Extended call center hours:
7am – 8pm, 7 days a week.

Feeling overwhelmed, worried, stressed out and need to talk? Mat-Su Health Services has someone available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 376-2411 for more information.

Beacon Hill’s 24-Hour Help Line assists parents/caregivers in crisis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call (907)229-0925 to reach assistance.


Mat-Su COVID Resources & Information: Download the UWMS Mat-Su COVID-19 Resource Flyer here.

As the situation with COVID-19 changes and we all adjust to the “new normal”, local agencies, neighbors, our local and state government, and our community have stepped up to care for one another. United Way of Mat-Su is proud to be part of this caring community. We understand that a little support will go a long way in easing the minds of our friends and neighbors. We encourage you to spend time outdoors at a safe distance, rest, check in with loved ones and keep up to date on the latest information.

If you are experiencing food insecurity, are a local senior in need, or are in need of assistance with rent, utilities, or other basic needs, please use the list below. We will keep this list updated to the best of our ability.

Our Mat-Su Valley Resource Guide is always available online and is always free of charge. In it, you will find a comprehensive list of Valley resources to meet all needs.

Help Me Grow Alaska has compiled a list of family support resources.  Download Help Me Grow Resource List.

Many recovery support groups have shifted to virtual meetings. View virtual recovery resources here.

Visit Alaska Law Help’s legal info page for assistance in learning your legal rights during COVID.

ANDVSA provides a legal information and referral hotline that has expanded access. The hotline allows survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking to receive basic legal information and referrals from volunteer attorneys over the telephone. This hotline is available on the second Tuesday each month from 5-7pm and the fourth Tuesday from 12-2pm, by calling toll-free, 1-888-988-3725. Recent and upcoming dates for the 2020 ANDVSA Legal Information and Referral Hotline are: May 19 @  5-7pm, May 26 @ 12-2pm, June 9 @ 5-7pm, June 23 @ 12-2pm.

The U.S. Dept. of Health and Social Services has issued this guide to Considering Faith, Community & Mental Health During the COVID-19 Crisis.

 

Request handmade masks, or let us know you can help make masks! 

Find connection through Beacon Hill’s Connecting in Quarantine form (for families with children)


FOR AGENCIES 

Alaska Community Foundation is now accepting applications from eligible charitable organizations (501(c)3 nonprofits, or equivalent, organizations located in the state of Alaska. This may include tribes, churches, local government agencies, and programs) to support operational and programmatic efforts as they grapple with the impacts of COVID-19 on their organizations, team members, and the people they serve. ACF’S Alaska COVID-19 Response Fund at The Alaska Community Foundation will support nonprofits that provide critical services to communities and individuals throughout Alaska whose lives have been devastatingly impacted by recent events. Visit the ACF Alaska COVID-19 Response Fund page to read more and begin your application.

Mat-Su Health Foundation is generously offering Coronavirus Prevention and Response (CPR)  grants of up to $50,000 to Mat-Su nonprofit organizations. The grants are designed to support local nonprofits as they address unplanned expenses and/or lost revenue relating to the Coronavirus pandemic. Applications submitted under this program will receive expedited handling. Assistance securing a line of credit is also available. The same grant application that is used for Target Wellness grants must be used.

Examples of things that may be funded by this special Coronavirus (COVD-19) grant program include:

  • Support to build and develop pandemic education and prevention strategies for an organization’s staff and clients.
  • Assistance in communicating with clients about service/outreach changes due to a heightened risk of exposure to Coronavirus.
  • Funding for critical safety-net needs for the clients of nonprofits, including housing, transportation, medical care, childcare, and food security for those affected by disease, quarantine, or school/agency closures.
  • Grants for psychosocial supports and mental health services for staff.
  • Quarantine supplies for nonprofit residential programs.
  • Unexpected work-from-home expenses, which could include establishing collaboration platforms and secure file sharing.
  • Prevention-related expenses for items such as sanitizing supplies and equipment, or professional cleaning of common areas.
  • Costs for offering services to a nonprofit’s clients in less risky ways to deliver services (for example, bringing pick-up or home-delivered meals rather than serving congregate meals, and offering virtual rather than in-person service delivery).
  • Operating expenses associated with Coronavirus, such as lost revenue, continuity planning, or increased labor costs.

Grant funding is not available for the following:

  • Reimbursement for any goods or services purchased or provided prior to March 12, 2020.
  • Expenses without documentation or invoices.
  • Any costs that insurance or state/federal emergency relief funds will cover or reimburse, unless delays will cause critical and/or ongoing program delays.

You can create your online profile and access the grants portal HERE.

No Kid Hungry

No Kid Hungry is offering emergency grants to support school districts and nonprofits in their expanded child feeding efforts.

To submit your initial interest form, visit the No Kid Hungry Grant Request page. 

If you are deemed eligible, No Kid Hungry will provide further instructions.

Please note that due to the overwhelming interest in grant support and limited funding availability, unfortunately, not all organizations will be invited to submit a full application.


FOR CHILDCARE PROVIDERS

The Early Childhood Partnership may be able to reimburse your childcare center for expenses including food, infant formula, diapers, wipes, cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene items (nitrile gloves, hand soap, hand sanitizer, etc.). Please submit receipts to admin@unitedwaymatsu.org. Questions? Call 745-5824.

Funds for capacity building are available from the State of Alaska Child Care Programs Office. Click HERE to get more information.

thread Alaska’s COVID-19 Resource Center has many helpful links for child care providers.


HOUSING, RENTAL AND UTILITIES ASSISTANCE

These agencies may be able to assist you with rental, utilities, or housing needs.


The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has compiled resources related to public utilities HERE.

NOTICE OF RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS:

“All public utilities, including those providing electric, natural gas distribution, refuse
collection, sanitary sewer, drinking water, district heat, steam heat, and
telecommunication services to the public for compensation, are covered by the recent
legislation signed by the Governor regarding the moratorium of disconnection of
residential utility service during the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency declared
by the Governor on March 11, 2020.
If you qualify for protection under the residential utility disconnection moratorium, the
Regulatory Commission of Alaska recommends that you fill out and sign the attached
“Sworn Statement of COVID-19 Related Financial Hardship and Request to Negotiate a
Residential Service Deferred Payment Agreement” form, provide it to each public utility
with which you are a customer, and negotiate and sign a deferred payment agreement
with that public utility.”

You may download a Financial Hardship Statement Form here. Please submit one form to each utility provider. Customers who are unable to resolve their disputes with utility companies may file an informal complaint by contacting an intake officer at (907) 276-6222, toll-free outside Anchorage 1-800-390-2782, or preferably: 

  • Via email at cp.mail@alaska.gov
  •   Fax to : (907)276-0160 or 
  • Mail to: Regulatory Commission of Alaska, 701 W. 8th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501

OTHER COVID RESOURCES AROUND THE VALLEY

Agency Distribution Calendar-April 2020: Use this updated calendar to locate the food pantry nearest you, and check its schedule. (To receive the calendar by email, send a request to programs@foodbankofalaska.org).


Frontline Mission | 2001 W. Palmer Wasilla Hwy., Wasilla | 357-8600

You are invited to visit the Frontline drive-thru to receive grocery boxes, breakfast bags, and/or hot meals to-go. Services offered vary according to a daily schedule. Schedules may change weekly-check back often for updates. No applications or proof of income are needed. All are welcome. Visit Frontline Mission’s Facebook page to see the week’s services.


Kids Kupboard | 360-9476 | Kids Kupboard Facebook page

Kids Kupboard is offering additional sites for grab-n-go meals for kids ages 18 and under. (Please see the list below for the site nearest you). If you need special arrangements, please call to inquire. Kids Kupboard will accommodate whenever possible.

 

Starting Saturday 4/4/20 Kids Kupboard will begin making meals available every Saturday, at four locations. No registration is needed.

Newcomb Park (Wasilla Lake) 11:00-12:00
Kiddie Park (behind Fred Meyer Fuel in Palmer) 12:30-1:30
Goose Bay Elementary 2:00-3:00
Big Lake Library 3:30-4:30

Hot meals are available to-go at the following locations:

Nunley Park Connex, Nunley Park, Wasilla: Monday-Friday from 4-5PM

Big Lake Clubhouse (in Big Lake Business Plaza), Big Lake: Monday-Friday from 3-4PM

Wasilla Boys & Girls Club, 3700 E. Bogard Rd.,: Kids Kupboard kitchen at BGC, Monday-Friday 3-4PM


Mat-Su Food Bank Pantry-Wasilla | 501 E Bogard Rd., Wasilla | (907)357-3769


MYHouse Supper Club | 300 Willow St., Wasilla | 373-4357

Serving meals using the Gathering Grounds Cafe window, drive-thru only. Shelf-stable snacks and additional food packs may be available. Hungry kids are welcome to Supper Club daily from 3-4PM.

Essential services for homeless youth are still available Monday-Friday from 9AM-4PM and 10AM-2PM Saturdays.


Santa Cops & Heroes Program | 745-1133 | www.santacop.net

Area seniors from around the Valley, including the Upper Susitna, Sutton and outlying areas, may apply online to receive grocery boxes delivered to their homes. Possible assistance with obtaining needed medications may be available.

If you are a senior in need of assistance with your application, please call 745-1133 and a Santa Cop or Hero will assist you. You may also email santacopprogram@gmail.com.


Mat-Su Senior Services | 745-5454 | info@matsuseniors.com | 1132 S. Chugach St., Palmer

Hot meals to-go are available Monday-Friday from 11:30AM-1:ooPM. The menu remains the same-check your Mat-Su Senior Services newsletter, follow them on Facebook, or check the Monthly Menu for the day’s offerings.

To sign up to receive home-delivered meals via Meals On Wheels, please call 745-5454.


Sunshine Transit | (907)495-8411 | Prepaid grocery & parcel pickup/delivery

Call to make a reservation and your groceries or parcels will be picked up by a Sunshine Transit driver and delivered to your door. Available Monday-Friday only.


Upper Susitna Food Pantry | (907)733-3358 | 16004 Walsted Rd., Talkeetna 

The pantry is currently serving one family at a time through drive up service.
They have also extended hours of operation to include Saturdays from 12:00-4:00 to serve the senior population. If you do not have transportation or just need a food box call 733-3358 to arrange delivery to your home.


Wasilla Area Seniors, Inc. | 376-3104 | 1301 S. Century Cir., Wasilla | www.wasillaseniors.com

Hot meals to-go are available Monday-Friday from 11:30-12:30pm. Check the WASI Facebook page for the daily menu!

To sign up to receive home-delivered meals via Meals On Wheels, please call 376-3104. You may also email wasillaseniors@alaskaseniors.com.


Willow Community Food Pantry | (907)414-7555 | Mile 67.7 Parks Hwy., Willow 

Pantry is open every Wednesday from 10am-2pm, drive-thru only (please remain in your vehicle). TEFAP boxes and grocery bags.