Fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will continue to impact everyone, some of us more than others. My leadership connects the right people to solve specific problems, and coronavirus hardships are no different. I recommend the following resources as starting points.
Minnesota COVID-19 Immigrant Families Fund
A joint GoFundMe project between several immigrant and faith advocacy organizations providing direct financial aid to immigrant families left out of the federal CARES Act. This is very near and dear to my heart because I know that our immigrant neighbors make Columbia Heights stronger. If you are able, please consider contributing to this fund.
Minnesota COVID-19 Response
Tons of official Minnesota state information and resources during this crisis. Apply for SNAP/EBT, unemployment, rent assistance, child care, and lots more.
Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA)
A food shelf with lots of programs and resources specifically for Columbia Heights and surrounding areas. SACA is also looking for volunteers.
Twin Cities Coronavirus Solidarity (Facebook Group)
This is a great source for information and is a place where people can ask questions, post stories, and feel like they are part of the larger community.
For some, the stay-at-home order has led to increased abuse. Alexandra House works to end domestic and sexual violence by providing legal advocacy, support services, violence prevention programs, elder abuse services, and community education and professional training.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
As the virus emergency impacts our city, Columbia Heights volunteers are stepping-up to help their neighbors, especially those at high risk. Request assistance or become a volunteer to make an immediate impact,
Need something different? Don’t know where to start? Not sure who will listen? Contact me, and I will track down the best options for you, right here in Columbia Heights. I am your neighbor, and this is what neighbors do.