We have created this page of programming changes, resources, and ways to help to help you navigate the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. We will keep it as up to date as possible; please let us know if any information needs to be added, removed, or edited.
- We have suspended in-person meetings for our youth mentoring/discipleship programs (Royal Girls, 5/8 Club, Crown Academy, and STRIVE). In lieu of in-person meetings, we have deepened our commitment to staying connected to our participants by engaging in regular online video calls. In addition, our program leaders have created schedules and rhythms for calling parents in order to stay abreast of ways that we can be walking alongside families as a whole.
- We canceled our Spring Break College Road Trip, but are sharing virtual college visit opportunities with our students.
- Virginia public schools are closed for the rest of the academic year, which affects our Johnson, Walker, and Buford tutoring programs as well as Bible Club. While the schools are providing e-learning resources, tablets, and breakfast and lunch meals, we are reaching out to families to help connect them to these resources. Many of us have also personally volunteered to distribute meals to neighborhood kids.
- We are staying connected with our youth by sending them personal letters and creating and distributing online videos with spiritually formative and encouraging messages on our YouTube channel.
ABUNDANT LIFE FELLOWS PROGRAM
- The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially hard for our Fellows. Much of their work had involved daily interaction with neighborhood youth. They are currently supporting our communication efforts with neighborhood families and are helping with a range of administrative tasks related to program planning and donor care.
FAMILY COMMUNICATION & SUPPORT
- We have sent out correspondence to our participant families regarding our plans for this season and are ensuring they are aware of additional community resources through partner agencies. Our hope is for all of us to endure this season of social distancing together.
City of Charlottesville: Service changes and updates due to COVID-19
SupportCville: How to get money, supplies, and services locally
CCS Food Disbursement Program: Free meal pickup Monday and Wednesday for children 18 and under
ACPS Student Meal Service: Free meal pickup Monday through Friday for all students and siblings 18 and under
PB&J Fund: Free food distribution Friday in Greenstone on 5th, 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM. Beginning in May, no-contact weekend food deliveries at your door. Must reside in City of Charlottesville and have a child in the home. Text your address to 434-595-0275 to receive a bag.
Community Emergency Response Fund: Those experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19 and its economic impacts may fill out this form or call the CACF Community Resources Hotline at (434) 234-4490 between 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Multiple languages are available.
Cville Community Care Team: Mini-grant requests up to $200
Dominion Energy: Has suspended all service disconnections for non-payment; offering short-term payment extensions and long-term payment plans.
SBA Loans for Coronavirus Impacts: Low-interest disaster recovery loans for small businesses that have been severely impacted by COVID-19
CDC: National COVID-19 updates and guidance
Virginia Department of Health: State COVID-19 updates
Thomas Jefferson Health District Facebook: Local COVID-19 updates
Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition: Tips for wellness and managing stress
Virginia Trauma-Informed Community Networks: Talking about the Coronavirus and helping children and teens cope
Amazing Educational Resources: Comprehensive list of free educational resources for kids at home
PreK/K Educational Resources recommended by our neighbor/Z95.1 and WINA’s February Teacher of the Month, Shannon Gillikin
Imagine Neighborhood: A podcast for parents and kids to listen to together to grow their social-emotional skills
Internet Essentials from Comcast (for income-eligible families): Two free months of internet and low-cost computers
Kindle e-readers available for loan (thanks to UVA’s Women’s Rowing Team): Contact Rebecca for info.
Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT): Providing fare-free transportation and using rear doors only to maintain social distancing
Ways to Help
CCS food disbursement program: Volunteer
Support Cville: Donate your funds, time, or resources locally
Last updated: April 28, 2020