The Bucks-Mont Collaborative

UPDATED 7/15/20: Below, please find COVID-19 Updates and Resources gathered by The Bucks-Mont Collaborative:

Supplies/Assistance Available/Needed

  • Bhartiya Temple - Volunteers from Bhartiya Temple have built a platform, nohelptoobig.org, allowing people who need help - food, medicine, masks, grocery delivery, etc. - to request it online. People who want to help can also register at the site to offer supplies, delivery service, etc. For questions, contact question@nohelptoobig.org.
  • Global Horizons International (GHI) - GHI, has thus far provided 4,500 face masks through the pandemic. They are also working with restaurants in the Chalfont/Montgomeryville area and have provided 1,100 free meals for families in need, including meals for clients of Inter-Faith Housing Alliance (I-FHA), Laurel House, and Mission Kids. Contact Ella if you could use these items. Note that quantities may be limited. Thank you, GHI!
  • Montco Dept of Public Safety - Download English and Spanish versions of "mask required" door signs - English , Spanish.
  • PA DCED - COVID-19 BtoB PPE & Supplies Interchange Directory
  • Partnership TMA of Montgomery County - Bike helmets available. Does your child need a helmet, or do you know of a child who does? Persons age 65+ are also eligible for free helmets. PTMA will make arrangements for curbside helmet pickup when the child's head circumference is provided. Normally, PTMA does these measurements to assure a proper fit. But, due to social distancing, they will accept a measurement to size the helmet properly. No helmet can be given out without that measurement. FREE helmets come in several sizes and colors. Call 215.997.9100 at least 24 hrs in advance to arrange a pick-up.
  • RSVP - 500+ Prescreened volunteers to assist with grocery shopping and other requests. Share your volunteer needs at their website. Announces new partnership with Shopping Angels, Inc. to meet grocery shopping needs - RSVP's role is actively recruiting and screening new volunteers. Staff or clients should email RSVP at ShoppingRequests@rsvpmc.org or call the Community Helpline, 610.834.1040 x208.


Food

  • Coalition Against Hunger - Google sheet with school district food distribution details for the Greater Phila Region. Continues to receive a higher-than-usual call volume through their SNAP Hotline (215.430.0556, M-F 9 am to 5 pm). Learn more about their advocacy efforts by signing up for their alertsSummer Meals Tool Kit includes everything needed to promote your summer meals program, including flyers, social media graphics, sample social media posts. For additional support, contact Katie Milholin.
  • Emergency Food Map of Montgomery County 
  • Emmanuel Lutheran (Souderton) - has provided 22,000 takeout meals during the pandemic. Note new summer hours began June 15. Meal pickup M-S, 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.
  • Generations of Indian Valley - Generations of Indian Valley is currently closed (announced on 7/6). One of their staff members received a positive test for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, Generations will be closed and all meal preparation will cease until our facilities can be thoroughly cleaned and all of our staff members are tested and have self-quarantined. Meals on Wheels clients will continue to receive deliveries on Mondays and Thursdays with food being prepared off-site. There will be no drive-through take out meals until further notice. 
  • Keystone Opportunity Center - Through the pandemic, KOC has made contactless deliveries to 275 pantry clients' homes amounting to more than 25,000 lbs of fruits, vegetables, milk, meat, and shelf-stable items, plus essentials like toilet paper. Beginning today, food pantry clients may pick up their groceries in KOC's parking lot on Tues/Wed/Thurs from 10 am to 2 pm. Clients will wait in their cars to be checked in and their food readied for socially-distanced pickup. The building will remain closed to clients and donors. Home deliveries will continue to those in senior communities and others who are unable to come to the pantry. Food donations are accepted on Monday from 10 am to 1 pm at their Main St entrance.
  • MontCo Anti-Hunger Network (MAHN) -  - View MAHN FB posts here
  • Seniors Farmers Market Coupon Program - Program still in operation. Seniors must complete a form and will receive their checks from their provider - senior center, food pantry, etc. Watch for news of the program from your provider.
  • SNAP - Online grocery purchasing for SNAP recipients now live. Check Amazon purchasing info.
  • YWCA Bucks County - YWCA staff are providing breakfast and lunch meals for children at all of their Family Centers, every week from 11 am to 1 pm. In partnership with NDS, they are providing 3 Grab & Go breakfasts and 3 lunches for each child under 18. The program is open to all families. Parents can collect up to 3 days worth of meals per child per visit, and children do not need to be present at pick-up. First come, first served. They will also receive free educational materials and worksheets to help keep students engaged. Check here for locations in Bensalem and Warminster. For questions, contact Kristine Visco.


Available Jobs and Supports 

  • Chester County Food Bank - Garden Educator - Full time, exempt - posting open until July 17. Find job description here. Email cover letter, resume, 3 professional references, and salary requirements to jobs@chestercountyfoodbank.org. No phone calls please.
  • Family Services of Montgomery County - Job opening: Drug and Alcohol Prevention Committee Mobilizer - Full-time position, Eagleville office. Opportunity to use your communication, engagement, and organizational skills assisting school-based committees to develop and implement programmatic and environmental strategies to reduce youth alcohol and drug use. Learn more or apply
  • Heritage Fence Company Job Fair - July 16, 11 am to 3 pm - Many positions available - to pre-register, email your current resume to kburden@montcopa.org, call Karen Smith-Burden at 610.270.3429 x203; OR go to www.pacareerlink.pa.gov and apply to the Job Fair post #13972076
  • Montgomery County Intermediate Unit - Providing paid summer internships to 28 students entering their junior year of high school through college students entering their senior year. The internships are at no cost or risk to internship partners. MontcoWorks NOW covers all salary, worker's comp, etc. Students are pre-screened for criminal backgrounds. To request an intern, contact Tiffany Smith, office: 484.808.7973, cell: 610.505.9758.
  • PA CareerLink - Job opportunity portal for jobs available now at essential businesses. Visit the website (above) and click the green banner, PA COVID-19 Jobs. There is a wide variety of jobs available. Keep checking. The list continues to expand. Sign up for PA Career Link Virtual "Boot Camps" - For either course, contact Maryellen Norek, Community Outreach Coordinator at 267.437.7826 to enroll. Customer Service - 10-day comprehensive curriculum to learn about the customer service industry. Offers a unique blend of soft and hard skills training to prepare for success.Manufacturing - 10-day comprehensive curriculum to help you learn about the manufacturing field and its diverse career opportunities.
  • Recently released from incarceration or have a criminal background? Take the first step toward resources and reemployment today. Contact Allyson Monroe, 610.270.3429, x202.
  • Partnership TMA of Montgomery County - Know someone who could get to a job if they had use of a bike? PTMA-MC offers to lend bikes from their Bike Share program on a temporary basis. The recipient could use the bike until it is deemed safe to resume bike shares. To discuss the program or request a bike, contact info@ptma-mc.org.
  • Pottstown Works/Salvation Army - Offers employment readiness training, individual employment coaching, connection with location employers. Next workshop is July 28-31. For more info or to apply, call Bill MacGregor, Director at 610.326.1621, x313.
  • Wonderspring Early Education - Pottstown Openings - For more info, contact Tricia McDevitt Ortiz - view job descriptions and/or apply using links below: Assistant Director  |  Assistant Teacher


Lost Wages/Benefits/Other Help

  • Community Legal Services of Phila - Need health insurance and not working in your prior job? Act NOW to avoid losing your opportunity for coverage! Check options and/or download printable chart 
  • Hope and Help Network - Though there is a moratorium on evictions (through at least Aug 31) and utility shut-offs at present, people need to prepare for what is to come when evictions and shut-offs resume. How will folks dig out of what may be thousands owing? Contact The Hope and Help Network for assistance to plan ahead: Marian Stroup
  • Legal Aid of Southeastern PA - Kesha James - FHA extends Moratorium for foreclosures and evictions through Aug 31. For people you serve who are unlawfully locked out of their homes by landlords attempting to circumvent the legal eviction process, this is an urgent matter. Help or encourage them to explore every possible avenue to get back in their homes ASAP. PA Attorney General's Office has a team that handles unlawful lockouts, and such instances should be reported there. Clients should call the Attorney General Consumer Protection Hotline at 1.800.441.2555 between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. Link to the Attorney General's Consumer Protection site
  • Montgomery County - Federal CARES Act Rent Relief Program (RRP) - Find info, application forms, and where to submit. Program will close on Sept 30.
  • Nonprofit Quarterly - Mass Evictions Loom over Communities of Color - "... We could see an increase in homelessness of 40 to 45 percent, increasing the already astronomical numbers of houseless individuals from over a half-million to 800,000... 44 percent of Latinx and 41 percent of Black renters reported little confidence in their ability to pay their July rent. Twenty-one percent of white renters had the same response." Read the article
  • PA DHS - DHS has launched the LIHEAP Recovery Program which will provide crisis utility assistance to low income families who have fallen behind on their utility bills and will be at risk of service termination when the emergency moratorium is lifted. Find eligibility info here. Applications in English and Spanish are also available on this page.
  • PA Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) - Mortgage assistance for people who lost income due to the pandemic can apply for help to remain in their home. Applications go directly to PHFA. Find application here; application submissions can begin July 6. Find rental assistance info/application to be submitted to the local county office (Housing and Community Development).
  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance - Dept of Labor and Industry has opened a phone line to help Pennsylvanians who have questions or concerns pertaining to the PUA program Call 855.284.8545 for assistance from 8 am to 3 pm Mon-Fri. Claimants can also get help via email. FRAUD ALERT - DOL is receiving an increasing number of calls from customers who have either received unemployment checks or claim confirmations from UC or PUA despite never having applied for benefits. Victims of this fraud can fill out a form online and/or call PA Fraud Hotline at 1.800.692.7469.
  • Philadelphia Legal Assistance - Unemployment Compensation During the Coronavirus Crisis #4 program - Tune into Facebook Live Q & A at fb.me/philalegal on July 16 at 11 am to hear Supervising Attorney Julia Simon-Mishel discuss updates about PA Unemployment Compensation and Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, including PUA weekly benefit amounts, UC extended benefits, and the UC appeal process.
  • Rahab's Hope - Able to help a few individuals and families with rental assistance. Important to read the eligibility criteria before completing the application for assistance.
  • VNA Community Services, Inc. - For help accessing benefits, contact VNA-CS Personal Navigator Program's Benefits Access Program connecting Montgomery County residents to health care, SNAP, utility assistance, UEC, and other programs to improve economic stability at 1.800.591.8234.


Senior Services 

  • CARIE - Webinar July 22, 10 to 11 am - Medicaid Financial Eligibility for Community HealthChoices' (CHC) Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) for both the initial application and annual renewal. Find more info or register
  • The Lincoln Center - Elder Victim Mobile Support is available telephonically or online to all residents of Montgomery County aged 60 and above, FREE of charge. Services include: crisis support and safety planning, intensive case management with info and referrals to community resources, and trauma-informed cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. Spanish support staff available. Call 484.948.2790 for more info. Visit http://thelincolncenter.com/victim-services/ for support services available to Montco residents of all ages affected by crime.
  • Mercy LIFE (Norristown) - Email Colleen Alles - Check out this video portraying services provided to LIFE members through COVID-19. Mercy LIFE seniors have received all-inclusive medical and social services from the safety of home. With visits from nurses, telemedicine with their doctors and rehabilitative therapists, group phone activities, and home-delivered supplies, meals, and medicines, their seniors have been able to live safely at home. They look forward to once again providing their services in their health clinic, day center, in the community, and at home.
  • PA COVID-19 Resource Guide for Older Pennsylvanians 
  • PASSI (Penn Asian Senior Services, Inc.) - Free Meal Delivery - Culturally appropriate meals available for vulnerable seniors;  Homecare Services continue uninterrupted; Adult Daycare Center - temporarily closed; Evergreen Center - temporarily closed
  • Social Security AdministrationOnline services are available at . National toll-free number is 1.800.772.1213. To speak with a local staff person, visit the online office locator. Enter the individual's zip code, press enter.


Mental Health Services
Find local resources for mental health:


Other 

  • Abington Jefferson Health Faith Community Nursing Advisory Council - Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Curriculum - Aug 7, 8, 9 and Sept 19, 20. Contact Deb Bartholomew at St.Luke's Sacred Heart Campus for the brochure or with questions.
  • Birthright of Pottstown - 610.327.2626 - has reopened by appointment only Tues, Wed, Thurs 10 am to 3 pm.
  • Collective Impact Forum - Scenario Thinking for an Unpredictable Year - This tool can help you develop plausible futures for the next phase of the pandemic and test how your strategy could adapt to each. Access tool
  • Disability Support Network - Hosting weekly Support Sessions. Join their mailing list to get notices of future sessions and topics.
  • DunlapSLK - Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been extended. A new act reopened the application window for new loans until Aug 8.
  • Harleysville and Skippack Rotary Clubs - Invite contact from nonprofit organizations who would like to speak to Rotarians about their programs and current needs. May be meeting on Zoom for the time being. For more info, contact Jackie Silveri 
  • HealthLink Dental Clinic - Has reopened and offers dental services for low-wage-earning adults at no charge.
  • Keystone Disaster Spiritual Care Network - Call 888.255.6520 - In PA for 24/7 response by trained volunteers, providing appropriate and respectful disaster spiritual care to people of all ages, races, and religions.
  • Montco.TODAY - See article COVID-19 Disproportionally Affects Black Residents in Montgomery County (also in Bucks - see chart)
  • Montco Veterans Affairs - 610.278.3286 - Dennis Miller, Administrator. Montco Veteran 10-4 Helpline is now live. This line aims to provide a channel for veterans to talk with veterans on staff to find resources they may need.
  • Montgomery County Community College - 2020 College Connections Experience - For first-time college students only, up to 2 free classes, free loaner laptop and textbooks, access to a success coach, career coach, and peer connector. Apply today! 610.718.1906, email CCE@mc3.edu to learn more.
  • Montgomery County Office of Public Health - FREE COVID-19 Test Sites - Questions? Call 610.631.3000 from 8 am to 3 pm or email COVID19@montcopa.org. There are 6 locations across the county. Check here for locations and hours of operation.
  • Nonprofit Center at La Salle University - Workshop: Taking Your Event into the Virtual World - July 29, 9 am to 10:30 pm. $29 member, $36 non-member. Learn more/register
  • North Penn YMCA - Reopening branch locations starting June 29. There will be new procedures and some programs limited to begin. Virtual exercise programs continue. Find full details at the website (above). Read their Reopening Guide.
  • PA Health Access Network (PHAN) 
    -  Benefit access helpline: 877.570.3642 - helpline@pahealthaccess.org
    Sign up for weekly call
    -  Save the date - Virtual Annual Conference - Nov 16 - Charting the Course Ahead: Healthcare in 2021 & Beyond
    Medicaid Transportation Program Toolkit 
    Healthcare Policy Agenda
  • PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources - buckschestermontgomerylink@aim.com - PA Link in partnership with Legal Aid of Southeastern PA offer an educational presentation, Eviction Defense in a COVID-19 World, about the eviction process on July 23 from 10 am to 11 am. The eviction moratorium has been extended until Aug 31; however many people will face possible eviction then. Find out what protections tenants have and ways they can work to preserve their housing. Register
  • PANO - The Nonprofit Social Media Success Toolkit - July 9, 17, 23, 30, Aug 6, 13 - 1 pm to 2:30 pm (6-part Idealware web series) $216 PANO member (use discount code PA 2020), $270 regular price - Learn more/register
    -  The New Normal Series - 2 sessions remaining - July 22 10 am - Energy Excavation: Releasing Your Most Powerful Resource - Find details for this and the July 29 session and/or register
  • PCCY - Now offering a virtual, live reboot of their successful contraceptive education workshop, Girls with Options, for girls ages 13 and older. Schedule a workshop for girls in your summer school or camp or even for an informal group of girls you pull together in your neighborhood. Questions? Contact Project Director
  • Pathways PA - Find these helps: Know your rights at a protest
  • Pearl S Buck International - Launches a virtual exhibit on their website, Pearl S. Buck Taking Action: Civil Rights in America
  • YWCA Bucks County - Check the website as alternative plans take shape. For more info, contact kvisco@ywcabucks.org