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.



Ohio Department of Health

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

Click here for Ohio Department of Health resources for economic support.

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

Unemployment Application

Child Care Information

Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services

Managing Coronavirus Related Stress

Ohio Secretary of State

Voting Updates


Columbus Public Health Resources

City of Columbus COVID-19 Response Updates

City of Columbus Compiled Resources

Columbus City Schools Food Resources

COTA Transportation Updates



According to the CDC, the best way to prevent illness and the spread of COVID-19 is to practice physical distancing, staying at home, and cleaning your hands often. Visit the CDC to get the facts and find print resources to help spread the word and keep our community safe together.



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

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


US Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Need help filling out the application? Access these step-by-step instructions

Click here for more information and to apply.

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

Experience Columbus

COVID-19 Partner Toolkit


Ohio Department of Job & Family Services 

Unemployment Information & FAQ

Unemployment Application

Helpful articles:

How to Apply for Unemployment Benefits from Cleveland.com

Everything You Need to Know About Applying for Unemployment Benefits During the Coronavirus Pandemic from News 5 Cleveland


AFCPE (Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education)

Free financial coaching

American Bankers Association

Alphabetical list of banks in the US and their individual responses to COVID-19.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Protecting Your Finances During the Coronavirus Pandemic


Daily Office Hours with Ellevest on Instagram Live

Managing Your Financial Health During Coronavirus March 9, 2020

An Update on Coronavirus and the Markets March 20, 2020




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.


Volunteer Opportunities

Ohio Association of Food Banks

Volunteer Opportunities

Harmony Project

Volunteer Opportunities


These efforts are driven by grassroots volunteers and community members.

Mutual Aid Central Ohio Facebook Group

Ohio Resources Google Spreadsheet

Support Columbus Eats

Columbus Artist Relief Fund

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.