Since we can't be with you in our libraries, here are several useful, fun and informative resources for you during this challenging time.
Call your local Board of Canvassers now if you have not received a mail ballot for the RI Presidential Primary.
See the winners of the first PCL Edible Book Festival!
Take the challenge and join the discussion.
Live Streams from Providence Community Library Staff
Books, coloring club, gardening, making, and more!
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Out of work? Apply right away for one of the following:
- Unemployment from Job Closure - Unemployment Insurance
- Unemployment from Illness (yours or a loved one's) - Temporary Disability/Caregiver Insurance (one-page explanation of each situation/benefit)
- Hospitality Workers - request relief funds and/or childcare
- COVID 19 Workplace Fact Sheet
Small Business Concerns
- RI Commerce: COVID-19 RI Resources and Information for Businesses
- Small Business Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
Learning About COVID-19/Coronavirus
- RI COVID-19 Information- Alerts and latest guidance.
- CDC General Guidance and Information
- CDC Preparation and Prevention Resources
- World Health Organization Guide
- City of Providence - FAQs
- NAACP COVID 19 Unmasked Virtual Town Hall Series- health, economic, and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the African American community.
COVID-19 in Context: News Coverage and News Literacy in Uncertain Times- webinar series from URI's Metcalf Institute
Health and Family Concerns
- Providence Community Health Centers- COVID-19 testing and other resources.
- RhodeIsland V COVID-19- Comprehensive, user-friendly site on where to go for help.
- COVID-19: Getting Health Coverage and Health Care- information on Medicaid and HealthSource RI.
- Families First: COVID 19 Toolkit
- HealthSource RI
- You can get your prescriptions delivered for free by CVS, Walgreens, and Green Line Apothecary.
- Does your baby need diapers? Search for organizations distributing free ones for those in need.
- Mental Health and Substance Abuse issues? BH Link crisis line and other resources.
- Parenting During COVID-19 Town Hall on Wednesday, June 3rd at 5:30 PM. Please register!
- List of virtual AA meetings for those in recovery.
- How to stay safe/help survivors stay safe in situations of domestic violence.
- Economic Progress RI Guide to Assistance- Income Supports, Food Assistance, Health Care, Child Care, Housing, Utilities and Tax Credits.
- RI Coalition for the Homeless- FAQ on evictions, meal sites, shelters, sanitation stations.
- RI Office of Healthy Aging- local resources for older adults.
- Housing Help RI- If you lost income recently and need help paying back rent, late fees, or moving-related costs, please check out this new resource and fill out the screening form as soon as possible.
- RI Student Loan Authority- Get assistance if your income has been affected by COVID-19.
- Grab and Go Meals for Students - There are no ID or residency requirements, but the child must be present; schools cannot give a meal to an adult on behalf of a child.
- Meals on Wheels for homebound seniors age 60+ who are unable to make nutritious meals for themselves due to physical or psychological limitations
- RI Community Food Bank
- Map of Rhode Island Food Banks
- RI Delivers - Connection to help those living in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19.
- Local Farm Food Delivery and Curbside Pickup
Taxes and Financial Concerns
- File/pay your taxes by July 15th (original deadline of April 15th is still preferred, but will not be enforced)
- Be wary of price gouging and scams (ex: hand sanitizer, toilet paper), and report instances to the RI Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Unit by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 401-274-4400 or filling out this online form.
- Protect yourself from scams and frauds
Utilities and Cellular Plans
- National Grid Service & Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Low-income families with kids K-12 can apply for a reduced rate high speed internet through Cox plus for those who qualify due to Cox Coronavirus (COVID-19) response | Spanish
Government Concerns and Action Items
- RI Voter Information RI Presidential Primary moved to June 2. If you are already registered you will receive a mail ballot.
- Register to Vote If you are not yet registered you can register online.
- Sample Script to ask Congress to include those experiencing homelessness in coronavirus relief measures
- Take the 2020 Census
To Donate *
- Blood (urgent need)
- Medical Supplies
- Supplies for People Experiencing Homelessness
- Hospitality Relief Fund, Providence
- RI Pride Food, Toiletries, and Sanitation Drive
- Let's Erase the Stigma Mutual Aid Sign Up Sheet
- AMOR Sign Up Sheet
* Check out Charity Navigator to ensure that your chosen organization is reputable and that your donated money/materials are being distributed appropriately
Providence Neighbors Helping Neighbors
- Ward 1 (Downtown & Southern East Side)
- Ward 3 (Northern East Side)
- Ward 12 (Smith Hill)
- Ward 13 (Federal Hill & West End)
- Project HELLO A volunteer based effort that connects isolated older adults who are in need of socialization to friendly volunteers via the telephone.
Support Small Businesses
- Order take-out or delivery from these RI restaurants
- Home Delivery from Farm Fresh RI
- Curbside Pickup with Urban Greens
- COVID 19 Rhody Resources
Things to do While Home
- Read at Home with eBooks and more!
- AskRI.Org's robust suite of online resources will continue to be available to all Rhode Island residents 24/7.
- Learn a language with Mango Languages at AskRI.org!
- FabNewport's online classes!
- Google Arts & Culture: Virtually visit world famous museums and landmarks!
- Instagram account full of Good News :)
- Instructables: Yours for the Making Instructables is a community for people who like to make things. Come explore, share, and make your next project with us!
- RISD Musem Virtual Events
- New England Aquarium: Live streaming viewings.presentations and at-home projects
- The Wilbury Theatre Group streaming performances and workshops.
- Providence Athenaeum, online archived programs etc
- WRIK Entertainment Virtual trivia!
Could be fun as a jeopardy/game resource for families
- 50 nature-based activities for Rhode Islanders Try some of these acitivities at home, in your backyard, or in the neighborhood.
- Providence Public Library and the Rhode Island Historical Society have extensive online collections of photos, documents and other materials related to local history.
- WGBH Distance Learning Center for educators and families. Resources are listed by grade level.
- Lifelong Learning at URI
Ivy League Online Free online courses from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale.
Providence Public Library offers an array or virtual programs, including Learning Lounge coaching in reading, writing and math; learning English; and computer literacy and job search skills.
Virtual Preservation Month- Online experiences celebrating historic places across America.