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COVID-19 Resources for Women & Families

By now, most of us are beginning to understand the tremendous impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on our lives. From daily routines, to the way we work, to the economy, there seems to be no part left unaffected. At this time, we know physical distancing and doing all we can do to contribute to the safety of our community is of utmost importance.

It’s clear that this pandemic will have lasting negative impact on the economic empowerment of women and families. While women make up the majority of the U.S. workforce, they are often the lowest paid; provide the majority of caregiving to children and the elderly without any or adequate paid leave; and are on the frontlines of fighting this pandemic as health care or service industry workers, often without any or adequate access child care.

The COVID-19 situation will only further exacerbate the already difficult conditions women and their families face as they try to maintain economic security now and in the future. In these unprecedented times, The Women’s Fund is relentlessly focused on understanding the future we’ll face together and how we can continue the push for social change despite the obstacles before us.

To start, we’ve pulled together a few resources – scroll through below – to keep you informed.

STAY INFORMED

STATEWIDE RESPONSE & RESOURCES

Ohio Department of Health

Visit their website here for the most up-to-date information.

The Ohio Department of Health has a toll-free COVID-19 hotline setup. The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.


Ohio Department of Job & Family Services

Unemployment Information & FAQ

Child Care Information


Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services

Managing Coronavirus Related Stress


Ohio Secretary of State

Voting Updates

GET SUPPORT

NONPROFIT SUPPORT

The Columbus Foundation

Emergency Response Fund

Franklin County nonprofits are eligible to apply and receive support. Email nonprofitemergency@columbusfoundation.org or call 614.251.4000 for more information.

Click here to apply.

Click here to donate.


United Way of Central Ohio

COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Supports United Way’s more than 80 nonprofit partners directly.


United Way of Licking County & Licking County Foundation

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

Created to help meet the needs in Licking County that are directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


United Way of Delaware County

COVID-19 Resources

SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT

US Small Business Administration (SBA) 

The CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here for more information.

Click here for SBA’s COVID-19 small business guidance and loan resources.


Ohio Small Business Development Center

COVID-19 funding opportunities and resources for small businesses


Columbus-Franklin County COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Fund

The Columbus-Franklin County COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Fund offers grants, technical assistance, and low-interest loans for small business impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more and apply here.


NAWBO Columbus

COVID-19 Resources for Women Business Owners


Women’s Small Business Accelerator 

Support for Women Small Business Owners

WSBA Business Crisis Team


One Columbus

Resource Guide


Columbus Chamber of Commerce

Resource Guide

INDIVIDUAL SUPPORT

Columbus Legal Aid Society 

The Columbus Legal Aid Society compiled resources specific to COVID-19.

Click here for more information.


Impact Community Action

Impact Community Action’s Emergency Assistance Department provides supportive services. All Emergency Assistance Programs/Services serve Franklin County households that are at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and most households must have a qualifying emergency to receive assistance.

Learn more here.


Franklin County Board of Commissioners Job & Family Services PRC Plus Rental Assistance

Franklin County’s Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) Plus Rental Assistance program provides one-time rental assistance payments for eligible families struggling to meet rent or facing eviction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn more here.


Columbus City Schools

COVID-19 resources for families

UNEMPLOYMENT SUPPORT

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services 

Unemployment Information & FAQ


Helpful articles:

How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits from Cleveland.com

CHILD CARE & CAREGIVING SUPPORT

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services

Child Care Information for Families

Child Care Information for Providers


OSU Extension

Caregiver Support Network

FINANCIAL WELLNESS

AFCPE (Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education)

Free financial coaching


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Protecting Your Finances During the Coronavirus Pandemic

HOW TO HELP

VOLUNTEER & DONATE GOODS

Please refer to each agency for guidelines and restrictions regarding volunteering in-person and dropping off goods or donations. Always refer to the CDC guidelines for physical distancing.


BESA

Volunteer Opportunities


Ohio Association of Food Banks

Volunteer Opportunities


Harmony Project

Volunteer Opportunities

MUTUAL AID & COMMUNITY DRIVEN RESPONSE

These efforts are driven by grassroots volunteers and community members.


Mutual Aid Central Ohio Facebook Group

Ohio Resources Google Spreadsheet

We know that there are many more resources that are helpful. We encourage you to share additional resources that would be beneficial to women and girls in central Ohio by sharing and tagging us on social or emailing us at communications@womensfundcentralohio.org.