How to Help Those Affected by COVID-19
Boulder County is working with community partners to help those affected by COVID-19. Their website includes resources for accessing emergency assistance, food and financial assistance, health care and mental health care supports, and child care assistance. https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/covid-19-resources
Colorado is working with community partners State-wide to help those throughout the state who are affected by COVID-19. Resources available include information about donating to the COVID Relief Fund, Blood Donations, Donating Supplies, Volunteering, Childcare Services for First Responders, and information for Organizations in Need of Funding to help with the COVID public health emergency. www.HelpColoradoNow.org
Louisville is working to provide resources to help residents and businesses impacted by COVID-19.You can find more resources in the list below.
The following list is provided for informational purposes only. The City does not endorse or verify the accuracy of the posted information. If an entry includes a link to a web site, the City does not verify or endorse the authenticity, accuracy, appropriateness or security of the link, web site or content linked thereto. The City urges you to exercise caution when accessing any unfamiliar web site. Please contact organizations directly for more information and to verify details before making a donation, volunteering, or trying to access services.
If you have an organization that you would like to have included in this list, please email Katie Zoss at email@example.com. Organizations must serve the Louisville or Boulder County community or be a part of a state-wide effort in order to be included in this listing.
Local Organizations (Louisville & Boulder County)
- Sister Carmen Community Center: The mission of Sister Carmen Community Center is to provide assistance to residents of East Boulder County who are in need, without discrimination. Donations of food and cleaning supplies are being accepted. View a list of current needs and the time and location available for donation drop-offs at https://sistercarmen.org/community-notice/. Cash donations can be made on their website, www.sistercarmen.org.
- Community Food Share: The mission of Community Food Share is to eliminate hunger in Boulder and Broomfield Counties through engagement, collaboration, and leadership. They are in need of volunteers (over the age of 10), food donations and financial donations to the organization and their COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund. Information is at https://communityfoodshare.org/coronavirus/
- Community Foundation of Boulder County: The Community Foundation has established the COVID-19 Response Fund Boulder County, to ensure essential services for community members who find themselves at the intersection of being most vulnerable to the virus and most impacted by inequity. Information and online donation form are available at https://www.commfound.org/.
- Humane Society of Boulder Valley is accepting financial donations to care for the animals currently in their care and equip the community with an emergency safety net. Information is at https://www.boulderhumane.org/.
- Coal Creek Meals on Wheels: The mission of CCMOW is to provide daily nutritious meals and related support services to members of our community in need, helping them to live with dignity in their own homes. They serve the communities of Lafayette, Louisville, Superior and Erie. They are accepting financial donations to ensure that they have the resources to continue to provide services to vulnerable clientele. Information at https://www.coalcreekmow.org/covid-19.
- A Precious Child: A Precious Child provides children in need with opportunities and resources to empower them to achieve their full potential. Right now, A Precious Child is working hard to provide emergency hygiene, cleaning and baby hygiene kits to hundreds of families in need who can’t afford these items. These kits are vital to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health of our community. To see how you can sponsor an emergency kit or donate monetarily, please visit our website: https://apreciouschild.org/coronavirusresponse/
- Centura Health (Avista Adventist Hospital): Centura Health operates Avista Hospital in Louisville. Blood and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) are currently the items of greatest need.A full list of needs including ways to donate to support health professionals is available on their website https://www.centura.org/COVID-19 under the section "Donations from our communities."
- Vitalant: Vitalant is accepting blood donations. Brick and Mortar locations for blood donations as well as mobile blood drives. A blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, 9:30am-1:30 pm at Avista Adventist Hospital (Blood Drive Code 2247). Vitalant is also searching for a local organization to host a blood drive in April or May. For more information or to host a blood drive, visit Vitalant's website: https://www.vitalant.org
- Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation: RMAHF is accepting donations to provide meals and treats from local restaurants to donate to the healthcare providers at Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville. To donate:
- Go to the web site https://www.rmahf.org/avista.html
- Scroll down and look at the left hand side of the page to “Your Gift Matters”
- Where the page says “Where would you like your gift to go?” CLICK on “Emergency Preparedness Fund”
- Where it says, “Tell Us More About Your Gift,” type in Food for Avista Staff during COVID
- Make the donation you want to give.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has created far-reaching economic and social impacts across Colorado and beyond. Coloradans who live daily without access to critical services and opportunities due to race and socioeconomic status are being especially hit hard and disproportionately affected.
The Colorado COVID Relief Fund’s purpose is to raise and coordinate allocation of funds based on prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado. This Fund is organized to ensure that the most acute community needs across the state are being addressed and that community voice is reflected in all funding decisions made over time.
Through this Fund, eligible community-based organizations across Colorado may receive a general operating grant of up to $25,000.
Grant application and information: https://covrn.com/covid-relief-fund/
Donate towards the COVID Relief fund at https://covrn.com/
The City of Boulder has compiled a list of programs provided by Boulder County and key community partner agencies. Note: some of these services are specifically for residents of the City of Boulder while others are available to residents in Boulder County, including Louisville. Access the COVID-19 Basic Needs Services Guide .
- Sister Carmen Community Center provides assistance to residents of East Boulder County who are in need, without discrimination. Food bank is currently distributing pre-packaged food boxes in a drive-through model. Appointments are available by phone for those needing financial or other assistance. 303.665.4342 and at https://sistercarmen.org/community-notice/
- Community Food Share: Onsite pantry is now a drive-through model and mobile pantries and senior program will distribute prepackaged boxes of food. All eligibility requirements are waived at this time. . Information is at https://communityfoodshare.org/get-food/.
- Boulder Valley School District Emergency Food Distribution: BVSD will be distributing several meals' worth of food items and fresh produce to families on Thursday, March 19, 10:00am-1:00pm at Louisville Middle School, 1345 Main St, Louisville CO 80027. Information at https://food.bvsd.org/programs/emergency-food-program
- Coal Creek Meals on Wheels: Monday through Friday lunchtime meal delivery. Program is available to all ages, including those that rely on school lunches or unable to work due to COVID-19 closures. Meal cost is on a sliding scale. Information at https://food.bvsd.org/programs/emergency-food-program and by calling 303.665.0566.
- Colorado Pet Pantry: A schedule of pet food banks is available on their website: https://www.coloradopetpantry.org/events/category/pet-food-banks/.
- Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC): Information and resources for people with disabilities is available at www.bouldercountyhelp.org or 303-441-1617.
- SNAP Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. This program is running and has waived all verifications and automatically issuing the highest amount of support. Application available at https://www.211colorado.org/ or over the phone with Boulder County Housing and Human Services 303-441-1000. More information is at: https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program
Internet & Utilities
- Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP): Assists low-income families and individuals with their heating costs (ends May 31st).
- Xcel Energy: Announced no shut-offs during the emergency. Call to discuss with a representative 800-895-4999
- Comcast Internet Essentials: Offering 2 months free service (monthly fee of $9.95 monthly fee after first two months).
- Xfinity: Find a hotspot and connect for free (requires Xfinity app on phone).
- Verizon: Announced waiving data overage charges and offering programs for low-income households and small businesses.
Beginning at the start of the service day on Sunday, April 5 and until further notice, the following changes have been made to RTD service for the safety of RTD's employees and riders and in response to the rapidly changing spread of COVID-19:
- RTD will switch to rear-door boarding and exiting on most buses, which provides another layer of social distancing between operators and riders. Passengers with disabilities should continue to board RTD vehicles at the front, where a wheelchair lift is available, if needed. RTD’s over-the-road coaches used on Regional routes have front doors only. So, those passengers will still board and deboard from the front.
- Fare collection will be suspended on all buses and trains across the RTD system. The agency is working through processes for refunds and exchanges on applicable fare products.
- Service will be suspended on two downtown Denver bus routes, the 16th Street Free MallRide and Free MetroRide, which have experienced low ridership.
Updates and more information are at https://www.rtd-denver.com/.
Louisville Recreation Center Online Fitness Classes: Starting Monday, March 23 you can work out with Becky, Helene, Anastasia, Gregg, Jill, Laura, Nicole and more from the comfort of your own home. There are a variety of classes each day including yoga, cycling, NIA, Zumba, Barre, Pilates Bootcamp and more. View the class schedule and get links to the online classes: https://www.louisvilleco.gov/government/departments/recreation/fitzone-updates
Organizations Offering Mental Health Supports
Mental Health Partners
Mental health supports are available at the 24/7 Crisis Center. Clinicians are operating remotely at this time. Individual clinicians will contact patients for appointments and changes.Mental Health Partners is accepting new clients and can provide services remotely via video or phone. Specific information for COVID-19 including tips for managing anxiety and Stress is available at https://www.mhpcolorado.org/covid-19-updates/.
Boulder County Public Health
Bolder County Public Health has created a blog giving tips for Managing Mental Health during COVID-19. https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/disease/covid-19/mental-health-blog/.
Infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID-19, as well as other public health events, can cause emotional distress and anxiety. Feeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed or powerless is common during an infectious disease outbreak, especially in the face of a virus with which the general public may be unfamiliar. These feelings of distress and anxiety can occur even if you are not at high risk of getting sick.. The Suicide Prevention Hotline has people available to provide free and confidential support 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8355. See their website for additional supports.
Also read more about what you can do to help others in the community at https://healthblog.uofmhealth.org/wellness-prevention/feeling-helpless-about-coronavirus-10-things-you-can-do.
The City continues to monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and its impacts on the Louisville community. Information and resources for businesses are available at: https://www.louisvilleco.gov/business/economic-development/services.
Support Local Businesses: Opportunities to show your love for our Louisville Business community including lists of businesses offering gift cards, carry out, and online shopping are available at: https://www.louisvilleco.gov/business/economic-development/support-local
For Louisville's senior residents, if you, your neighbor, friend, or family member are in need of resources or any special assistance, please let us know by calling and leaving a message on our Community Resource line at 303-335-4919 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For County residents, please contact the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging, by email email@example.com or call 303-441-3570.
Although the Louisville Recreation & Senior Center is closed until further notice, the Brooks Café Meal Program will be offering curb side and take out for meals beginning on Monday, March 16th. These meals can be picked up in front of the Recreation & Senior Center beginning at 12:00 pm until 12:30 pm. Please refer to https://www.louisvilleco.gov/residents/recreation-senior-services/senior-services/brooks-cafe for the menu, each day is subject to change.
For more information, or to register for a meal, call 303-335-4931 by 1:30 pm the business day in advance. *No donations will be accepted during this time. Please save your donations until we are operating as normal. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in a home delivered meal, contact Coal Creek Meals on Wheels at 303-665-0566.
Silver Sneakers has resources for online activities specific for SilverSneaker members. Looking for a way to improve your health, but can’t make it to a fitness location? SilverSneakers has you covered, with SilverSneakers On-Demand videos. Videos range from easy, low-impact exercises to cardio workouts. In addition to digital classes, you’ll find articles and videos on topics like nutrition, fitness challenges and more.
- 8 min Cardio Flow & Go- In this video fitness expert David Jack leads you through a fun cardio workout you can do anywhere.
- Your Daily Workout: 11-Minute Chair Flow- In this video fitness expert David Jack leads you through a gentle stretching routine you can do in a chair.
- Your Daily Workout: 30-Minute Strength Circuit - You’ll want some water, a mat, a towel, and a dumbbell. If you don’t have a dumbbell—or simply want to master the movements first—you can use your hands. Feel free to set up near a wall or other sturdy surface so you can hold on for support as needed.
- Your Daily Workout: 15-Minute Flexibility Flow - In this video fitness expert David Jack leads you through a three-part series of movements to stretch your body and quiet your mind.
- 10-Minute Total-Body Cardio Workout - Clear some open floor space. If you’d like support during any of the exercises, set up near a wall or have a sturdy chair nearby. It’s also helpful to have water, and you should feel free to sip as you need.
- Find Your Place: 10-Minute Hips, Core, and More - This workout is designed to help you build strength, stability, and mobility in these all-important muscles, so you can move with greater ease throughout your day.
SilverSneakers members may also download the SilverSneakers "GO" app today for mobile options.