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.
General Information about Coronavirus
Note: Mainers can dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), text your ZIP code to 898-211, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get virus-related information from the state. This line is TDD and TYY accessible for people with hearing impairment.
Resources for New Mainers (many translated into various languages)
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:
COVID-19 Resources for New Mainers from the Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition (MIRC)
Bates College Bernie Carpenter Employee Financial Assistance Program (See below)
Resources for Faculty
Resources for Students
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.