COVID-19: Morgridge Center Updates and Resources

Resources in Response to COVID-19

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Volunteer Now

United Way of Dane County

United Way of Dane County is coordinating safe volunteer opportunities during the pandemic, including remote options. To receive updates about volunteering needs, follow @unitedwaydaneco on Facebook and Instagram!


BASES: Building Academic, Social, and Emotional Supports for Children Experiencing Homelessness

Want to work with kids, learn about homelessness, education, mentorship, and make a difference in the life of a child? Become a BASES member! Contact bases@education.wisc.edu for more information and an application.

Hmong Institute

The Hmong Institute is seeking volunteers to help organize their food care boxes for families. This is a great opportunity to help your local Southeast Asian community from 9am to noon. If interested, contact Mai Zong Vue.

VolunteerYourTime.org

Help your community in this time of need. Visit the website to see you can volunteer safely.

VolunteerMatch.org

Visit their resource hub and explore the growing network of #COVID-19 and virtual volunteering opportunities for practical actions you can take today to support your community.

Volunteer Coronavirus Assistance System

The Volunteer Coronavirus Assistance System was created by a local tech entrepreneur and can match volunteers with nearby safe opportunities.

 


Remote Volunteering

American Red Cross: Volunteer opportunities include supporting blood donations and delivering much-needed services to your community.

Do Something: Nine Places To Volunteer Online.

Greater University Tutoring Services (GUTS): Volunteers must demonstrate cultural competence and strong communication skills, as they will be working with a racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse UW student population.

Points of Light: Points of Light has many virtual volunteer opportunities available.

The League of Wisconsin Municipalities: The League of Wisconsin Municipalities is looking to put together a social media/social influencer campaign to give municipalities resources to help people understand the COVID-19 situation and what they need to do to keep themselves and their communities as healthy and safe as possible, including understanding:

1. Social distancing matters for everyone, regardless of age

2. Not only older and vulnerable people can get sick and have ultimately deadly consequences from this virus
Are you interested in working on this?

If you are interested in working on this, please email Gavin Luter at gavin@cows.org.

Thank a Healthcare Worker: Share your appreciation for a Healthcare Worker by sending a virtual thank you note. United Way will format these and send them to area hospitals to brighten someone’s day.

UnityPoint Meriter Hearts for Healthcare: Thank ALL healthcare and hospital personnel by participating in Hearts for Healthcare. Download the template now to get started on this fun craft!

Donate Now

Bethel’s Homeless Ministry

Bethel’s Homeless Ministry needs the following materials for temporary housing: warm clothes, hand sanitizers, face masks, water bottles, sleeping bags (10-15 bags weekly).

Dane County Diaper Bank

Purchase needed items from their Amazon Wish List and have them shipped directly to your door.

Dane County Community COVID-19 Emergency Fund

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County (BGCDC), Selfless Ambition and other community-based organizations are partnering up to raise funds for essential supplies and food for families and students enduring financial hardship.

Emergency Farmer Fund

The Dane County Farmers’ Market and FairShare CSA Coalition have established a crowd-funding campaign to assist their member farms and food producers whose income has been severely impacted by COVID-19.

Goodman Community Center

The Goodman Community Center is in need of reusable bags and sturdy boxes to package the food to be delivered.

Literacy Network Pandemic Fund

The Literacy Network is providing support to help adult learners continue studying during these challenging times and other essential resources.

Off the Square Homeless Ministry

Off the Square Club is in need of food for meal delivery, soap, hand sanitizer, paper products, and hot meals (homemade or store bought) for 40 people.

The Road Home Wishlist

The Road Home of Dane County is seeking housing essentials to be donated to vulnerable families in their housing program. Also, financial donations are always appreciated.

River Food Pantry Emergency Fund

The River Food Pantry established an Emergency Food Fund to meet the nutritional needs of food-insecure households in Dane County.

UW-Madison Emergency Student Support Fund

The university created this fund to protect the health and safety of students and families struggling during such difficult times. When new policies and practices are required to confront unprecedented events, this fund is designed to help alleviate:

  • Unanticipated travel costs to home
  • Food insecurity concerns
  • Limited opportunities to work and earn funds for daily living, and decreased funding available for basic resources
  • Graduate students who have families, and food needs for children
  • Housing and moving expenses for those who need to quickly move out of residence halls
  • International student needs

UW Health COVID-19 Response Fund

Addresses the urgent needs of patients and caregivers impacted by COVID-19.

YWCA Emergency Needs Wishlist

The YWCA has put together an emergency needs wishlist to prevent residents from leaving their building.

Other Pathways to Service

Pathways of Public Service
Adapted from the Haas Center for Public Service’s “Pathways of Public Service and Civic Engagement” model.

Advocacy

Articles about Xenophobia and COVID-19:

CDC Communication Resources: CDC offers free COVID-19 resources including video, fact sheets, and posters.

Family Values at Work Paid Sick Time Petition:  Join the paid sick time movement to provide all workers with paid sick time and ensure employers keep their jobs open for the duration of any virus-related time missed from work.

Humane Outbreak Response: Prevent the spread of COVID-19 inside prisons, jails, and detention centers and ensure the safety and wellness of our loved ones behind cages.

NAACP Guide to Equity Concerns: Issues identified include how COVID-19 uniquely or disproportionately affects the incarcerated, homeless, uninsured, low-income communities, tribal communities, frontline workers and more.

RESULTS Advocate: RESULTS is supporting all of our advocates to meet and take action virtually. RESULTS provides issue and advocacy skills training to all volunteers.

Stay Home Heroes Meme Generator: The online meme generator is a free online image maker that allows you to add custom resizable text to images on social media.

The People’s Bailout: Use this tool to send a message directly to your Member of Congress, demanding they commit to the COVID-19 relief and stimulus.

Tips on Reducing Stigma: CDC tips on reducing stigma related to COVID-19

U.S. Census Bureau Video for College Students: This official video from the U.S. Census Bureau educates college students on what they need to know to be counted at the correct address for the 2020 census.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Cronavirus Response Toolkit: Find sharable graphics based on the CDC’s latest guidance for businesses and employees.

World Health Organization Social Media Toolkit: The World Health Organization has created graphics for the public to download and share via social media platforms.


Community-based Internships

Nonprofit Management & Education Facebook Group: Find internship & job postings specially selected for UW students.

SuccessWorks: Interested in making the world a better place through a career in Nonprofit Management or Eduction? Schedule an appointment with Kathleen Rause to talk about job and internship opportunities, get networking tips, prepare for conversations with employers, improve your application materials, negotiate a job offer and more.


Community-based Learning

BASES: Building Academic, Social, and Emotional Supports for Children Experiencing Homelessness: Want to work with kids, learn about homelessness, education, mentorship, and make a difference in the life of a child? Become a BASES member! Contact bases@education.wisc.edu for more information and an application.


Voting

Vote: Find all of the information you need to know for the upcoming elections: August 11, 2020 Fall Primary; November 3, 2020 Presidential Election

Learn and Reflect

Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students

Campus Compact Iowa

Campus Compact Iowa has been collecting many resources about what other institutions are doing to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Find information about teaching CBL online, higher education resources and much more

Center for Civic Reflection

Reflection activities and questions relating to many different topics.

Chronicle of Higher Education Article and Video

  • Article about expectations of productivity during crisis
  • Video article with advice from other faculty during crisis

Fast Funding for COVID-19 Science

This grant requires a very short application process and decisions are made about them within days, recognizing the speed at which research around COVID-19 needs to be conducted.

IUPUI Resources

IUPUI has put together many resources for instructors, including many creative reflection and course content ideas.

Portland State University

Portland State University page has many resources about reflection, community partner support, supporting students and more

Small Yet Significant Kindnesses

This crowdsourced document has many ideas about supporting ourselves and our community during the pandemic.

Stanford Resources

Standford has compiled resources that focus on teaching during times of disruption.

Stockpiling Teaching Resources

This is a crowdsourced collection of teaching resources, including reflection resources.

UW-Madison Creating Accessible Online Courses

Find information about creating accessible online courses to ensure your courses are accessible to all.

UW-Madison Instructional Continuity

Find information about instructional continuity that may be helpful for your course.

UW-Madison Software Services

Find information about software that may be useful for your course as you transition to virtual learning.

Webinar for Utilizing Community-based Learning Online

Professor Jonathan Westover gives a detailed webinar about doing CBL in an online course.

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Campus Resource and Support

Center for the Humanities

The Center for the Humanities is seeking “Humanities Responders” under the HEX programs to start remote community engagement projects in response to the pandemic.

Dean of Students Office

The Dean of Students Office is now providing virtual services. Their office will remain open to students, faculty and staff via phone, email and web-chat. Visit their website to learn more about how to connect with them during this time.

UW-Madison Emergency Student Support Fund

The university created this fund to protect the health and safety of students and families struggling during such difficult times. When new policies and practices are required to confront unprecedented events, this fund is designed to help alleviate:

  • Unanticipated travel costs to home
  • Food insecurity concerns
  • Limited opportunities to work and earn funds for daily living, and decreased funding available for basic resources
  • Graduate students who have families, and food needs for children
  • Housing and moving expenses for those who need to quickly move out of residence halls
  • International student needs

UW Health COVID-19 Response Fund

Addresses the urgent needs of patients and caregivers impacted by COVID-19.

Community Resources and Support

All-Community Resource List

2-1-1: The United Way of Dane County runs a free information service designed to connect those in need with service providers; including those looking for an emergency food resource. Just dial 211 on your phone, give them your zip code, and they will tell you where the nearest emergency food provider.

Madison Area Resources: This document was created to collect resources for alleviating primarily non-medical problems caused by the public emergency surrounding COVID-19. These issues include financial, emotional, logistical, and childcare challenges. Resources have been collected from news articles, local Facebook groups, grassroots organizations, etc.

Mutual Aid Network: Wisconsin Network for Peace, Justice & Sustainability. Working together to create a peaceful, just and sustainable world.


Financial

UW Credit Union Emergency Personal Loan: For existing UW Credit Union members who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, they are offering a low-rate personal loan to help with budgeting concerns. Loan funds can be used for purposes such as to supplement income loss, pay bills and cover expenses related to COVID-19. To apply, please call 800-533-6773, option 1 during regular business hours. Or, complete their standard personal loan application and specify in the comments section that you would like the “Emergency Personal Loan.”


Food

2-1-1: The United Way of Dane County runs a free information service designed to connect those in need with service providers; including those looking for an emergency food resource. Just dial 211 on your phone, give them your zip code, and they will tell you where the nearest emergency food provider.

Food Resources: Downtown Madison, East Madison, West Madison, North Madison, South Madison, Monona/Cottage Grove, Waunakee, DeForest, Sun Prairie, Marshall-Waterloo, Verona, Middleton

Goodman Community Center’s Fritz Food Pantry: The Goodman Community Center offers a drive-through food pantry at select times throughout the week. The food is mostly non-perishable items and distributed in pre-packaged bags.


Other Services

Child Care, Pet Sitting, or Running Errands: Medical students offering help with childcare, tutoring, pet sitting, house cleaning, cooking, groceries and/or running errands Resources.

Dane County Human Services Resources: Links to Dane County Human Services Resources.

Dane County Neighbors Helping Neighbors Facebook Group: Jump on the group, meet new people, keep up to date on the latest community news, ask for help if you need it, volunteer to help, it’s as simple as that and always will be!

Energy Assistance: Some emergency financial assistance is available in Dane County for energy costs.

Law & Policy Resources: ChangeLab Solutions has gathered resources to help public health practitioners, lawyers and the general public prepare for this emergency. The resources selected are trustworthy sources of information about COVID-19 in the United States — and will be updated as new ones come in. You can use these resources to help coordinate your community’s response to the ongoing pandemic.

Madison Public Library Virtual Library Card: Your virtual library card provides access to Wisconsin’s Digital Library (which is home to more than 71,000 digital books, audiobooks, videos and more) through June 30, 2020, as well as many other online resources, including more ebooks and online magazines purchased through an emergency gift from the Madison Public Library Foundation.

Quarantine Support: If you are in Dane County and need food, health, financial, or emotional support due to coronavirus quarantine, please fill out the form and the Madison GDC will contact you about supporting your needs.

Tenant Resource Center Rent Updates: The Tenant Resource Office is posting updates for renters about eviction during the COVID pandemic. Their office is currently closed but you can still receive services by calling 608.257.0006. For student-specific resources about renters rights, email uw@tenantresourcecenter.org.

‘Safer at Home’ Guide: Easy to understand guide to Governor Evers’ ‘Safer at Home’ order in English and Spanish.

UW Internet Guide: A list of available broadband providers in the Madison area and low-cost opportunities.

Website with Compiled Resources: National Association of Community Health Workers put together a webpage with a variety of resources such as equity, food security, capacity building (COVID 101), etc. Translated into many languages.


Additional Resources for Marginalized Communities

Centro Hispano Emergency Fund: Applicant Requirements: resident of Dane County, undocumented (an individual who does not have access to a work permit), cannot apply for the stimulus package or EA grant funding, have lost income due to COVID-19, and can demonstrate an emerging need (i.e. rent, childcare, food, etc).

LGBT Funding: This page is intended as a hub of resources and information for funders seeking to address the unique needs of LGBTQ communities in the COVID-19 pandemic.

National LGBT Cancer Network Coronavirus Information: The National LGBT Cancer Network is aware that LGBTQ+ people are worried about the potential impact of coronavirus. Read more about special considerations for LGBT+ community and health concerns.

Resources for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Individuals: Resources related to COVID-19 that are available for and accessible to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

Spanish Information Video: Spanish information video on the Coronavirus put together by the Sixteenth Street Community Health Clinic and Forward Latino.

Health and Wellness

University Health Services

UHS is here virtually to support your health and wellbeing. They are now offering remote services, including medical, counseling and mental health services. Visit their website to stay connected and access numerous online wellness resources.

YOU is an online portal, specifically designed for UW-Madison to foster student success in 3 domains: Succeed, Thrive, Matter. YOU now offers content cards specific to COVID-19 with tips for mental wellness, communication, managing anxiety, and more.

University Recreational & Wellbeing

Stay home and stay well with guided meditation, live group fitness classes, intramural Esports, and more from Rec Well. Visit their YouTube, Instagram, and blog to enjoy these free resources.

UW Department of Psychiatry
The UW Department of Psychiatry is offering a variety of resources for individuals, students, families, healthcare workers, and includes mindfulness practices, virtual support groups, crisis hotline information and general information about the virus.


Fitness

Andrea Russell Online Yoga Classes (Madison): Andrea Rusell is a Ayurvedic health counselor, yoga therapist, meditation teacher, and neurovascular therapist living in Madison, Wisconsin. She is offering online yoga courses daily.

Canvas Club Boxing: Join Canvas Club Boxing for a daily fitness boxing class on their Facebook page. You will find yourself in the ring training, working and thinking like a fighter. Classes focus on heavy bag work, agility and interval drills and strength training. A full body burn is guaranteed.

Do Yoga With Me: DoYogaWithMe would like to help anyone who is experiencing hardship. Many people are quarantined and many others have lost loved ones. To do their part, they are offering all current free members and new visitors 2 months of free access to their premium content.

Fitness Blender With hundreds of professional workouts, healthy recipes and informative articles, as well as one of the most positive communities on the web, you’ll have everything you need to reach your personal fitness goals – for free!

Harbor Atheltic Club (Madison): Check out their Facebook page for a schedule of daily and live workouts, including yoga, toning, weight training and cardio workouts! You can also subscribe to their newsletter to receive updates on their programs.

Les Mills: Temporary site allows free access to 100+ workouts during the COVID-19 disruptions. Talk to your club if you’d like a special offer to subscribe to 800+ streaming workouts available wherever and whenever you want to work out.


Medical

UW Health Care Anywhere:  If you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath, consider using Care Anywhere video visits. Video visits give you easy, quick access to a medical provider, whenever you and your family need urgent care. Connect with a medical provider and pay no more than $49 for a video visit.


Mindfulness

Breathing Meditation: Take a breath: How the simple act of meditative breathing helps us cope

Headspace: Headspace, a guided meditation service, is offering free meditations through its app. The free programs include meditations, sleep and movement exercises and can be found in the “Weathering the storm” collection on the app. Creating a Headspace account is also free.

Insight Timer: A free meditation with an incredible selection of meditations sorted by duration, topic, and theme. You can also set a timer for non-guided meditations, with either silence or your choice of background noise (music, nature).

Stop, Breathe, Think: The app and many of their meditations are always free, with the option to purchase additional meditations.

Tara Brach Guided Meditation: A variety of guided meditations that vary in length and topic for new and experienced meditators. Tara Brach is a meditation teacher and author that blends Western psychology with Eastern spiritual practice. Listen to her podcast “Tara Brach” for more mindfulness lessons.

The Studio (Madison): The Studio has moved several classes online (paid) with options for both 30 minute and 60 minute classes. Kathleen, the founder, is also offering free, online, daily 15 minute meditations. It’s worth noting that The Studio was the first yoga studio in town to make the incredibly difficult decision to close.


Self-Care

A Listening Care Package for Uncertain Times: A collection of podcasts and poetry for however you’re processing or experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Healthy Minds Program (Madison): The Healthy Minds Program App, which supports individuals on a path to well-being through the practice of awareness, connection, insight and purpose, is available for free to individuals. There is no subscription fee, and there are no requirements.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) COVID-19 Resource Guide: NAMI compiled resources including coping with anxiety, if homelessness increases one’s risk of contracting the virus, coping with losing a loved one to the virus, caring for someone else with a serious mental illness, potential increased virus exposure risk to those incarcerated, and more.

NPR Resource List of Free Things to Do: Getting Bored? Here’s A List Of Free Things That Weren’t Free Before Coronavirus.

Silver Cloud: SilverCloud is an online, self-guided, interactive mental health resource that provides students with accessible cognitive behavioral interventions 24 hours a day. Download the app and use your NetID to get started!

Rehab4Addiction: The Ultimate Guide To Maintaining Mental Health During The Coronavirus Pandemic. Tips To Take Care of Your Wellbeing, Factors To Remember & Anxiety Mimicking Covid-19 Symptoms.

Routines & Rituals for Intentional Meals during Isolation: Here are some ideas of rituals and routines you can add to your meal times to give you some structure and stability. Everything in here is free to use, share, and change to suit your needs, the needs of your community, and the needs of your family.

Employment

COVID-19 Workforce Recovery Interest Form

Assist workers who have been hurt by furloughs, layoffs, reduced hours, or other impacts to their employment situation.

Unemployment Eligibility

Unemployment eligibility has changed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Review the Department of Workforce Development’s FAQ to review current qualifications.

US Census Bureau

The agency is looking for people who can work primarily during evening hours and weekends for an average of 20 hours per week.

Domino’s

Domino’s is hiring 10,000 workers nationwide.

Kwik Trip

Kwik Trip is hiring 2,000 workers throughout 600 locations across Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

Kroger

Kroger is the parent company of 24 grocery stores nationwide. They are hiring 10,000 workers nationwide (2,500 positions at Pick ‘n Save and Metro Market in Wisconsin).

Doordash

Doordash is looking for delivery drivers.

Caviar

Caviar is looking for delivery drivers.

Grubhub

Grubhub is looking for delivery drivers.

United States Postal Service (USPS)

Various job opportunities in the Madison area.

FedEX

Various job opportunities in the Madison area.

Morgridge Center Updates

Morgridge Center Programming

All events and co-curricular programming including, Badger Volunteers and the in-person community-based component of courses taught using a Community-based Learning approach will be cancelled for the remainder of the semester to limit the spread and impact of the virus.

BE THE CHANGE BASH

Be The Change Bash has been cancelled for this year. The event was not rescheduled but we have recognized our awardees on our awards page.

Summer Badger Volunteers

We are not running a typical summer program. If you are interested in partnering with Badger Volunteers, please email Anya Piotrowski.