COVID-19 Community Resources

Updated daily to help Rhode Islanders during COVID-19. To share resources for this page, email info@uwri.org.


Health

RI Department of Health (RIDOH)
For general questions about COVID-19, call RIDOH’s COVID-19 hotline: (401) 222-8022.

If you think you have symptoms, call your healthcare provider. DO NOT go directly to a healthcare facility without calling first (unless you are experiencing a medical emergency). For more information, see RIDOH’s COVID-19 information page.

To find out how to get tested, visit RIDOH’s Testing for the General Public page.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Visit the CDC’s COVID-19 information page.

World Health Organization (WHO)
Visit WHO’s COVID-19 information page.

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
Information on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s), such as Ibuprofen, for Covid-19

Free Prescription Delivery
CVS free prescription delivery is available until May 1. Prescriptions take 1 – 2 days to arrive.

Walgreens free prescription delivery is available for a limited time. Prescriptions take at least 1 day to arrive.

Green Line Apothecary free prescription delivery is available continually. Statewide deliveries are made daily.

HealthSource RI Enrollment
Due to the spread of COVID-19, a special enrollment period is now available through HealthSource RI until April 30 for Rhode Islanders seeking health insurance coverage.


Food

Food Delivery Services

  • Visit RIDelivers to find links to programs and food delivery services available throughout the state.
  • Farm Fresh RI – This online farmers market offers home delivery services to Providence, Pawtucket, & East Bay. Customers outside of these delivery areas can still place orders online for curbside pickup in Pawtucket.

Food Pantries
Find food pantries near you with the RI Community Food Bank’s virtual food map, or see their Food Assistance List (updated daily).

Meals for School-Aged Children
All schools in Rhode Island are closed. See a complete list of school closures here. Free grab-and-go meals are available in many cities. Find a list of food sites here.

Free grab-and-go dinners are also available from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at all 11 recreation centers through the City of Providence.

Restaurants Providing Take-Out/Delivery
See a list of restaurants compiled by Eat Drink RI.

See a list of open restaurants in Southern RI.

Women, Infants, & Children

WIC Income Guidlines – Effective until June 30, 2020


Housing

Housing Help RI is a statewide homelessness prevention initiative to assist Rhode Islanders who are experiencing housing insecurity. The program provides emergency housing assistance to very low-income renters who have been impacted by the COVID-19 emergency and are at immediate risk of homelessness.

See Housing Help RI’s FAQ and  apply for housing assistance.


Economic Impact Payments

From the Internal Revenue Service (IRS):


Home Delivery Services

Westerly Rotary Club – offers free delivery for groceries, prescriptions, & other essential goods to local residents.


Childcare Supports

Care.com is providing three months of free, premium access to RI residents to find help for children, parents & pets.


Evictions

HomesRI Fact Sheet on Evictions – For Renters


For Nonprofits

Paycheck Protection Program
Commerce RI is ready to help nonprofits apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). If you wish to apply but don’t have access to a financial institution — or if your bank/lender has told you it is unable to assist you — review this info sheet and complete the application here. For more information, email Commerce RI.

Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation offers PPP information in 15 languages.

Behavioral Health Fund Grants
Apply here for COVID-19 Behavioral Health Fund Grants.

Creative Support
If your organization needs design, writing, or other creative support, fill out this form.

Virtual Workshops
Access virtual workshops from the Rhode Island Foundation that can help strengthen organizational capacity.


For All Businesses

From the Governor’s Workforce Board:

If your organization needs assistance with work related to COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, apply here for the COVID-19 Response Summer Jobs Program. This opportunity is available for businesses, non-profits, schools, and municipalities to receive funding to provide employment to youth (ages 16-24) during the summer months.

For more information, contact Pauline Abetti at at Pauline.Abetti@dlt.ri.gov

From City of Providence:

Resource Guide for Employers, Employees & Businesses

From ABC6 – Rhode Island News:

ABC6 “Whats Open” – Newscasters will be providing viewers with information on businesses that are still open and how they are operating differently during this time – contact ABC6 if your business is interested in being listed.

From Rhode Island Commerce:

  • If your business has been affected by COVID-19, call the RI Commerce Corporation Small Business Hotline: (401) 521-4357.
  • If you have questions about your operating business during this time, visit the RI Commerce FAQ page.

From Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce:

For Small Businesses:

For information on Small Business Administration loans:

Information about the Providence Business Loan Fund

Covid-19 Small Business Survey – The City of Providence Office of Economic Improvement is collecting feedback to improve its supports for small businesses.

For Artists, Teaching Artists, Arts Administrators, & Freelancers:


Information for Seniors

From Rhode Island’s Office of Healthy Aging


Information for Veterans

From RI Office of Veteran Services


Mental Health Management

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

From the World Health Organization:

From BHLink:

  • Find confidential support or get connected to care by visiting bhlink.org or contact 401-414-5465.
  • To access general resources for coping during the crisis, visit bhlink.org/covid-19.

Income: Temporary Disability / Unemployment / Paid Leave

If you are unable to work, but your workplace remains open, you may qualify for Temporary Disability Insurance.

If your workplace closes, or your employer tells you to stay home, you may qualify for Unemployment Insurance. For more information, see the RI Department of Labor and Training’s COVID-19 Workplace Fact Sheet.

Fact Sheet: Understanding Rhode Island and Federal Paid Leave & Unemployment Insurance

Fact sheet from Economic Progress Institute/English and Fact Sheet/Spanish on what to do if you cannot work.


Tax Preparation

United Way and H&R Block have teamed up to provide free online tax filing. To learn more, visit MyFreeTaxes.


Student Loan Relief

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority
Apply here for student loan relief for up to three months if your income has been negatively impacted during this time.


Online Learning

Discounted Internet Access for Distance Learning
Cox Communications is offering discounted internet access for families with K – 12 students.

Other Resources:
RI Distance Learning Helpline – (904)-414-4927

Highlights at Home – This a free collection of family-friendly activities such as puzzles, crafts, and more.

Junior Achievement Program Resources – Learning experiences for students to complete on their own or with families.

Thrive Global Educational Resources for Kids – Find fun activities that will keep your children occupied while you’re working at home.

Roger Williams Park Zoo – online Zoo School


Utilities

Capital Good Fund: Apply here for a Crisis Relief Loan which can be used for:

  • Paying utilities
  • Medical bills
  • Rent
  • Groceries

Utility Assistance
The Good Neighbor Energy Fund is available to individuals and families struggling to pay their utility bills, including as a result of COVID-19. Call or visit your local Community Action Program to apply.

Technology Resources
State of RI Division of Information Technology – Find technology resources for businesses, schools, & individuals.


Virtual AA Meetings

Find a list of online meetings here.


Transportation

RIPTA’s response to Covid-19


Funeral Information

Information for funeral directors about COVID-19 from the National Funeral Directors Association and from the RI Funeral Directors Association


Other Community Resources

Mental Health Association of Rhode Island (MHARI) Covid-19 Resources:

This page provides additional informational resources for:

  • Help with health insurance
  • Finances, food, & housing
  • Support
  • Substance use disorder
  • Tools for wellness
  • General information
  • Mental health providers
  • Resources for parents
  • Resources for caregivers

Have questions? Contact United Way 211 in Rhode Island.