The Caring Commons

This webpage is designed to share resources among Bates faculty and staff during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. While the resource list is not intended to be exhaustive, it will be updated periodically as new major or particularly relevant resources become available. If you wish to add or correct a resource, please email Kristen Cloutier at the Harward Center.

Please CLICK HERE to visit Bates’ central website for all college communications during the COVID-19 crisis.

Please CLICK HERE to visit Bates’ HR website for information on employee testing.

General Information about Coronavirus

Note: Mainers can dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), text your ZIP code to 898-211, or email info@211maine.org to get virus-related information from the state. This line is TDD and TYY accessible for people with hearing impairment.

City of Lewiston Coronavirus Updates and Information

Coronavirus Updates and Information from the Office of Governor Janet T. Mills

Maine Center for Disease Control: Updates on the Situation in Maine

U.S. Center for Disease Control

World Health Organization

Together, Stamping Out the Fires: A Not-So-Brief COVID-19 Update from Dr. Dora Anne Mills, VP MaineHealth (5/3/2020)

Governor Mills’ Gradual Plan to Restart Maine’s Economy

Food Resources

Updated Information on WIC Appointments

Updated 2020 WIC Food List

Updated WIC Income Guidelines

Good Shepherd Food Bank

Lewiston Public Schools Feeding Program

Auburn Public Schools Feeding Program

Trinity Jubilee Center (Lewiston)

Cumberland County Food Resources

Brunswick Area Food Resources

Find Local Food Products Available for Pickup

Androscoggin County Nutrition Assistance Programs

Food Access Information from Healthy Androscoggin

Pandemic EBT Information from the Maine Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Family Independence

Extra SNAP Benefits for Kids Whose Schools are Closed Flyer from Maine Equal Justice

What You Need to Know About Applying for SNAP During COVID-19 Information from Maine Equal Justice

Healthcare, Mental Health, and Substance Use Disorder Resources

MaineCare Information and Resources

Find a Nearby COVID-19 Test Center

Staying Healthy During COVID-19 from SARSSM

Taking Care of Yourself During COVID-19 by SARSSM

Is Your Loved One In a Nursing Home? 6 Questions To Ask from AARP

Dealing with Crisis and Anxiety Information from SARSSM

Crisis and Support Line Information from SARSSM

Department of Health & Human Services Maine Crisis Hotline

Resources for Parents with COVID-19: Before You Get Sick, Make a Plan Flyer from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family Services

Keeping Families and Children Safe During COVID-19 from the Office of Child & Family Services of the Department of Health & Human Services

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) National Helpline

Opportunity Alliance Immediate Support Services

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Maine 2-1-1

The Trevor Project (hotline, chat and resources for LGBT+ youth)

Maine Warm Line (peer-run listening line staffed by people in recovery themselves) by Sweetser, Inc.

Directory of Online Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

Domestic Violence Resources

Safe Voices of Androscoggin County

Through These Doors of Cumberland County

COVID-19 Response and Updates from the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine

Employment/Labor Resources

Bates College Bernie Carpenter Employee Financial Assistance Program (See below)

UPDATE: Maine Department of Labor’s Publication on Labor Laws Relating to COVID-19

Unemployment Insurance and Paid Leave Resources from Maine Equal Justice

Unemployment Insurance FAQs Regarding COVID-19

Federal Guidelines on Unemployment Benefits

Maine Department of Labor Information on COVID-19 

Maine Department of Labor: Resources for Workers and Businesses

Q&A: Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Workers Impacted by the COVID-19 Virus

Small Business Disaster Assistance Loans 

Paycheck Protection Program Information from ProsperityME

Information Needed to File for Maine State Unemployment

Housing Resources

Flyer on Eviction Information Sessions from Pine Tree Legal Assistance

Flyer on Eviction Help from Pine Tree Legal (New CDC Law – 9/25/20)

COVID-19 Eviction Assistance Information Sheet from Pine Tree Legal Assistance

Maine Court System: Temporary Halt in Trials

COVID-19 Rental Relief Program from MaineHousing

Mortgage Help for Homeowners Impacted by the Coronovirus

Updates and Information from Pine Tree Legal Assistance

Childcare Resources

Maine’s Child Care Subsidy Program

Department of Health and Human Services Childcare Emergency Plan

Utility Resources

Emergency Moratorium on Utilities Disconnection

Educational Resources

COVID-19 Resources from Lewiston Public Schools

Free Internet Access for Students from Spectrum

Maine Department of Education COVID-19 Resources for Schools

Educate Maine Resources for Educators, Families and Communities

Articles and Ideas on Remote Learning from Macaroni Kid

Educational Resources from WinterKids

Online Activities for Kids During COVID-19

Maine Public’s Maine Museum Portal

Resources for New Mainers (many translated into various languages)

Flyer on Eviction Help from Pine Tree Legal (New CDC Law – 9/25/20)
Arabic
Spanish

ILAP’s Publication on Changes to Work Permit Eligibility for Asylum Seekers, Effective August 25, 2020
English
French
Lingala
Portuguese
Spanish

UPDATE: Maine Department of Labor’s Publication on Labor Laws Relating to COVID-19:
Arabic
French
Haitian Creole
Khmer
Kinyarwanda
Portuguese
Somali
Spanish

New Guidance on COVID-19 in Newly Resettled Refugee Populations from the CDC (6/4/2020)

The city of Lewiston’s YouTube channel contains several videos explaining general CDC information and specific State of Maine guidelines regarding COVID-19 in several languages: 
Arabic
English
French
Kirundi
Maay Maay
Portuguese
Somali

“Flattening the Curve” translations from The Washington Post:
English
French
Portuguese
Spanish

How to Self-Isolate for COVID-19 information from the Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition (MIRC)
Arabic
English
French
Portuguese

Governor Mills’ “Stay Healthy at Home” Executive Order (3/31/2020)
Arabic
English
French
Portuguese
Somali
Spanish

Governor Mills’ “Stay Healthy at Home” Executive Order Videos
Portuguese
Spanish

Governor Mills’ “Stay Safer at Home” Executive Order (4/29/2020)
Arabic
English
French
Haitian Creole
Portuguese
Somali
Spanish

Immigrant Eligibility for Financial Help Under the CARES Act Information from the Maine Business Immigration Coalition
English
French
Spanish

HIAS Know Your Rights During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Arabic
English
Farsi
French
Russian
Spanish
Swahili

Dealing with Crisis and Anxiety Information from SARSSM
Portuguese
Spanish

Staying Healthy During COVID-19 from SARSSM
Portuguese
Spanish

Taking Care of Yourself During COVID-19 by SARSSM
Portuguese
Spanish

Crisis and Support Line Information from SARSSM
Portuguese
Spanish

Keeping Families and Children Safe During COVID-19 from the Office of Child & Family Services of the Department of Health & Human Services
Arabic
French
Lingala
Portuguese
Somali
Spanish

Resources for Parents with COVID-19: Before You Get Sick, Make a Plan Flyer from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family Services
Arabic
French
Khmer
Lingala
Portuguese
Somali
Spanish

Information Needed to File for Maine State Unemployment
Arabic
Azerbaijani
Dari
Farsi
French
Khmer
Kinyarwanda
Lingala
Pashto
Portuguese
Russian
Serbo-Croatian
Somali
Spanish
Swahili
Vietnamese

COVID-19 YouTube Video Resources from Maine Access Immigrant Network

COVID-19 Resources for New Mainers from the Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition (MIRC)

City of Portland Multilingual Resource Guide

Maine Judicial Branch COVID-19 Notices in Eight Languages: Spanish, Somali, French, Arabic, Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Russian

Maine Judicial Branch Guidance on Social Distancing in Eight Languages: Spanish, Somali, French, Arabic, Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Russian

What Maine’s “Stay Healthy at Home” Order Means for You in Five Languages from Healthy Neighborhoods

COVID-19 Response and Updates from the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine

Calling the Immigration Court Hotline Self-Help Guide from ILAP

Other Resources

Maine Judicial Branch COVID-19 Notice

Maine Judicial Branch Guidance on Social Distancing

Various Resources from Maine Equal Justice Partners

Information and Updates from the YWCA of Central Maine

COVID-19 Preparations from Tri-County Mental Health Services

COVID-19 Updates from New Beginnings

COVID-19 Resources from the Maine Women’s Lobby

COVID-19 Response and Updates from the Immigrant Resource Center of Maine

Various Resources from Catholic Charities of Maine

Information and Resources from the Maine Council on Aging

COVID-19 Cleaning Tips from the CDC

Guidance on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 from the CDC

“Which Type of Mask Do I Need?” Flyer from the Maine Department of Health & Human Services

COVID-19: Symptoms to Look For and Where to Go for Care Handout from the Portland Minority Health Program

Maine EMS: What To Do If You Are Sick with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Maine EMS: What To Do If Your Symptoms Worsen from Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Maine EMS: Infection Control Strategies to Prevent Coronavirus Disease in 2019 (COVID-19)?

Steps for Mainers to Follow Before Heading Outdoors from Maine’s Conservation Community and State Natural Resource Agencies

Updated Local Business Information from the L-A Metro Chamber of Commerce (LA Adapts)

What Maine’s “Stay Healthy at Home” Order Means for You from Healthy Neighborhoods

Maine’s Bureau of Financial Institutions Warns Public About Online Banking Update Scams

IRS Economic Impact Payment Web Tool for Those Who Don’t Normally File a Tax Return

My Hero is You Storybook for Children on COVID-19 from the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (offered in multiple languages)

Resources for Faculty 

Dean of the Faculty Support for Remote Teaching

Resources for Students 

Remote Access to Campus Resources for Students

Bates Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) Updates

Bates College’s Bernie Carpenter Employee Financial Assistance Program (from Employee Handbook)

This endowed fund, established in 1997, honors the memory and tradition of helping fellow co-workers practiced by Bernie Carpenter for “giving help, when and how it is needed most, to those most in need.” It is available to all employees and is intended for emergencies such as major illnesses, accidents, or similar catastrophes. 

Requests for emergency grants or loans will be made to the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources in writing with a description of the emergency need. The request will be held in confidence and a standing panel of three employees will review the request. The panel’s decision is final, without the possibility of appeal. All attempts will be made for the panel to meet and make a decision within seven days. 

Repayment of funds is an expectation but is not a condition of receiving funds. Recipients are encouraged to contribute, when and how they can, to the fund after the emergency situation is resolved in order to increase opportunities for other employees in the future. If funds have not been repaid within one year, the amount of funds received will be added as income to the employee’s next W-2. 

The panel will consist of one faculty member, one staff member, and one representative from the Human Resources Department. The names of panel members are confidential.

Ways to Help

Bates College’s Bernie Carpenter Fund: Use the on-line form (bates.edu/give) and select “Choose a designation” then “Other” and write in “Carpenter Fund.” You can also send a check to the College and note that it is for the Carpenter Fund.

Maine Initiatives COVID-19 Community Care Fund

Maine People’s Alliance Mainers Together Community Assistance Program

United Way of Androscoggin County COVID-19 Response Fund

Maine Community Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund

The St. Mary’s COVID-19 Response Fund

The Marguerite d’Youville Fund

The St. Mary’s Nutrition Center and Food Pantry Fund

Pledge My Stimulus

Maine Helps: An Online Resource from the Governor’s Office Outlining Ways Mainers Can Help Mainers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Volunteer Opportunities through the United Way of Androscoggin County

Volunteer Guidance on Safe Deliveries from Catholic Charities of Maine

American Red Cross Blood Donation

Maine Responds: Emergency Health Volunteer System

Educate Maine’s 2,020 Books Challenge

Coronavirus Relief T-shirt Sale by Rogue Wear

2020 COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants from Healthy Neighborhoods

Estamos Aquí Mutual Aid Fund to support immigrant and farmworker community members in Maine from Mano en Mano