Miscellaneous Resources

Holiday Assistance

Community Teamwork - Coats for Kids
https://www.commteam.org/
Beginning the Wednesday following Thanksgiving, families and individuals can access gently used winter coats and items from CTI's distribution center. Information will be posted online at https://www.commteam.org/

Community Teamwork Toys for Tots
https://www.commteam.org/how-we-help/community-volunteering/toys-for-tots/
Families who are current clients of Community Teamwork may apply for Toys for Tots through Community Teamwork. Information will be available on applying soon and should be obtained from the department that is normally responsible for providing services. 

Please note that for Sun Santa Fund you can only apply through ONE agency. Only one person for each family can apply. Any family applying through more than one agency will not be eligible. Toy vouchers will be available for children through age 16. Children over age 16 are not eligible. 

Community Teamwork Sun Santa Fund - apply online November 1 - 8
https://bit.ly/3nNgsE4
Applications will be taken starting Sunday, November 1. The full name and date of birth of each child 16 & under is required. Applicants will self-certify their information. Due to COVID-19, no hard copy/upload documents will be required.
Questions? Contact Christine DeFeo at cdefeo@commteam.org.. 

Salvation Army Sun Santa Fund - apply online beginning October 26, 2020
https://www.saangeltree.org - applications will be taken until capacity is reached
Must have the following items to upload: birth certificates for children age 16 and younger (or guardianship papers), photo id for parent or guardian, proof of address, and a valid email address. No bikes or electronics. For families of 2 or more.
Questions? Contact Diane James 978-458-3396 or dianne.james@use.salvationarmy.org 


Miscellaneous Resources 

Massachusetts Frontline Workers – information about free meals, PPE, priority testing, childcare and more

MEMA COVID-19 Public Resources Page - listing of public entities for aid – food banks, resource center, houses of workshop, and more.

Community Resource Registration to participate in MEMA Public Resource Page

Benefits.gov Coronavirus Resources Page - Questions about benefits available specifically related to Coronavirus
https://www.benefits.gov/help/faq/Coronavirus-resources 

Benefits.gov Benefit Finder - Answer the questionnaire to find federal and state benefits that you may be be eligible to receive
https://www.benefits.gov/benefit-finder 

Massachusetts and Federal Laws Overview related to COVID-19
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-law-about-covid-19

Helplines

Disaster Distress Helpline
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including public health emergencies.

Crisis Text Line
Text MHA to 741741 and you’ll be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line provides free, text-based support 24/7.

The Trevor Project
Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678. A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.

Trans Lifeline
Dial 877-565-8860 for US and 877-330-6366 for Canada. Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers.

Dial 2-1-1
If you need assistance finding food, paying for housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, visit 211.org or dial 211 to speak to someone who can help. Run by the United Way.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
For any victims and survivors who need support, call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-7233for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.

The National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline
Call 800.656.HOPE (4673) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

Caregiver Help Desk
Contact Caregiver Action Network’s Care Support Team by dialing 855-227-3640.Staffed by caregiving experts, the Help Desk helps you find the right information you need to help you navigate your complex caregiving challenges. Caregiving experts are available 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM ET.

Local Resource: The Center for Hope and Healing, Inc.
For survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones. Get immediate support with their 24-hour hotline at 800-542-5212.

Updated 10/20/2020