As a service to our parents, trainees, and community members, Parenting Journey has developed this working list of various resources available to support families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To submit a resource to this page, please email Director of External Affairs Kevin Gilnack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parenting Journey’s It Takes a Village Emergency Fund
The rapid spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has turned life as we know it on its head. Families are struggling to make ends meet. Workers are being laid off or seeing their hours greatly reduced. Parents are struggling to work without childcare.
At Parenting Journey, we recognize that there is not a “one-size fits all approach” for families facing this kind of emergency–a speed bump for some is a cavern for others. That is why today we are launching the It Takes a Village Emergency Fund, to do our part to help put resources on the table for families.
The more we raise, the more we can help, with 100% of your donation going immediately to families in need. To contribute to the It Takes a Village Emergency Fund, please click here.
A generous donor has agreed to match donations made to this fund, making your contribution go even further.
Parents and families in the PJ community: We appreciate that parent and families are reaching out in record numbers to get access to the It Takes a Village Emergency Fund. There are far more requests at this point than we are able to fund, and due to the volume of requests, we will have to close the application process for now. We will update this page when more funds become available.
- Get the latest information from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- Apply for unemployment insurance
- Apply for health insurance
- Mutual Aid Networks in MA: Access them here.
- Need Legal Help & Support During COVID-19? Lawyers for Civil Rights has resources.
- Health Care: The Department of Public Health issued guidance that includes the following:
- All commercial insurers, self-insured plans, and the Group Insurance Commission are required to cover medically necessary telehealth services related to COVID-19 testing and treatment. Full order available here
- Insurers must do this without requiring co-pays and coinsurance for testing and treatment.
- Additionally, insurers cannot require prior authorization for these services.
- All assisted living residences are to ban visitors to protect the health of residents and staff. This is in addition to the federal guidance issued on Friday that bans visitors to nursing homes and rest homes.
- All hospitals operated by the Department of Public Health or the Department of Mental Health are to screen all visitors and restrict visitation if individuals show any indication of illness.
- Hospitals must cancel non-essential elective procedures.
- Authorizes licensed pharmacies to create and sell hand sanitizer over the counter.
- Registry of Motor Vehicles: The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) will extend the renewal timeline of certain credentials to reduce the need for customers to physically visit an RMV service center for in-person transactions. Full order available here
- Effective this week, the RMV will implement a 60-day extension to the current expiration date for Class D, Class DMs, ID cards, and Learner’s Permits within the RMV system.
- This extension does not apply to vehicle registrations. Most vehicle registrations can be renewed online at Mass.Gov/RMV.
- This deadline extension will not apply to customers with Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs) or those whose end of stay in the United States is the same as the expiration date on their driver’s license, ID card, or Learner’s Permit.
- Customers eligible for this extension should wait to visit an RMV Service Center or AAA office (if a member of AAA) to renew until after the State of Emergency has been terminated.
- City of Boston COVID-19 Information — Information is rapidly changing, and the Boston Public Health Commission will update this page as new and relevant information becomes available.
- City of Somerville Novel Coronavirus Preparedness and Information — Please check this page regularly. It is updated on an ongoing basis.
- ProjectBread FoodSource Hotline — Project Bread’s toll-free FoodSource Hotline is the only comprehensive statewide information and referral service in Massachusetts for people facing hunger.
- Statewide School Closure Meal Information — Here is the most up-to-date information on which schools and districts are offering meal pickups during school closures related to COVID-19 crisis.
- Boston Resiliency Fund — The Boston Resiliency Fund is the City of Boston’s effort to help coordinate fundraising and philanthropic efforts to provide essential services to Boston residents whose health and well-being are most immediately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
- Greater Boston Community Care Resources List — A community-created master list of resources for families.
- Health Care for All — Call their HelpLine at (800) 272-4232 For Answers To Your Health Insurance Questions