Financial support links and mutual aid resources
(Most of these are local to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota)
Minnesota Unemployment Insurance:
United Way COVID-19 emergency relief fund for rent and other essentials. They are giving funds to local agencies who are distributing them:
Call 1-866-211-9966 and provide your zipcode to be given a list of local agencies to provide assistance
Minnesota Immigrant Families COVID-19 Fund. This is still fundraising and not ready for disbursement yet but here are current details: https://www.gofundme.com/f/mn-immigrant-families-covid19- fund?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cp+share- sheet&fbclid=IwAR1MOhxohV6- Qj0NFpRugrCvDENq8tzUwEb8pKBh3fpr_SswoHSesdrhz5M
Women for political change fund. Applicants need to be people under 30 who identify as a woman, trans person, and/or gender non-conforming person people under 30 who identify as a woman, trans person, and/or gender non-conforming person: https://secure.everyaction.com/sv45KFCFJ0mqutj0dfQzxg2
Bartender emergency assistance program. You need to have been a bartender for at least a year prior to application (applies to full time and part time). https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap?fbclid=IwAR2H7xHs9aJluhQAIUcyZ_Kz3rJH- D0QdJW-iliGFLNq1PcFI_Pm0CoIyVA
Twin Cities Democatic Socialists for America Solidarity Fund:
Resources for Artists and Creative Workers:
Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfv4AazvLFVUNAgXoxqBqfZ7jJVkrMroa- CET6Vt6XygR- CaQ/viewform?fbclid=IwAR3EDcf_apyzuFqkxppJNB0UuwI4hShOETA_6tp3863oWjFaZ pfhWI8vOuY
Sex Workers Harm Reduction Resources:
South Minneapolis Mutual Aid:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZSLDZY4DD85gnGXTAeLtKCxofdOHRcX4z YWAQf7A_GU/edit?fbclid=IwAR3FjUklDE1ThUVfPuL1YFELJo01log5mPURVeZjDqQ0 KYjQj_OgV1Uu4rM#gid=0
Twin Cities Mutual Aid: Neighbors Supporting Each Other:
Twin Cities Queer and Trans Mutual Aid:
MN Disabled/Elder/Caregiver Mutual Aid
If you are uninsured (health insurance), there is a special enrollment period that opened up to respond to this emergency: https://www.mnsure.org/news-room/news/index.jsp?id=34- 423931&fbclid=IwAR3Upwk9i7aBzrr95o5pzc3AAQ1xoD9PHqVBF9HKoBBpFs-LAf- BF_wKgaI
Database of localized resources during COVID-19 outbreak:
** Thanks to Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, SEP, CST, LMFT at Edges Wellness Center LLC for this information.
Best Practices for Telehealth
As we adapt to our new and ever-changing circumstances, we want to share the BEST PRACTICES FOR TELEHEALTH appointments (online/video appointments).
1. GET READY. Schedule 10 minutes before your session to review instructions and make sure that your connection is working well. Make sure your device is charged and your charger is nearby. Headphones are helpful for the best sound quality and for added privacy.
2. MINIMIZE DISTRACTIONS. Try to find a quiet place to meet. If you live with others, notify them that you will be on a private call. Turn off music and the television so it does not disturb your session.
3. OPTIMIZE THE CONNECTION. Set up your device on a stable and flat surface. This eliminates shakiness in the video. Try to have your face fully in the frame. Close extra tabs in your browser and other applications to optimize your connection.
4. KEEP CALM. Tech issues are normal as everyone adjusts. Keep in touch with your therapist via phone, email or text to sort out connection problems. If a video call stops working, try reconnecting. If the reconnection does not work, text your therapist to get further instructions.
5. GET COMFY. Grab a hot beverage and a comfortable place to sit. Try to stay in one place during your session as you would if you were in the office.
6. CONNECT AS NORMAL. Look into your therapist’s eyes as you normally would. Try not to look at the camera or your own face. Treat the session just as you would a normal session. Online therapy can feel just as personal as in-person sessions.
**Adapted from Emma Donovan’s “Tips for Successful Online Therapy Sessions”
Working from Home Mindfully
Tips for Working from Home Mindfullly:
7 Key Tips for Working From Home, Mindfully
Attend an AA Meeting
Attend an online AA meeting:
On the Frontlines, for Healthcare Professionals
If you know a healthcare professional, first responder, grocery store employee, let them know that there is online therapy available for them at a reduced cost. This is a volunteer created and volunteer run website that connects these first responders with therapists at a reduced cost. https://www.coronavirusonlinetherapy.com
Shopping Hours for Vulnerable Individuals:
If you are a high risk individual (Over 60 and/or immunosuppressed) many Twin Cities grocery stores are offering hours for elders, health care providers and immunosuppressed. Here is a list that we have found (Please verify this before going to the store):
Lunds & Byerlys: Daily 7 AM to 8 AM.
Hy-Vee: Daily, 7 AM to 8 AM
Cub: Daily, 6 AM to 7 AM
Wal-Mart: Seniors Only, Tuesdays, one hour before opening. Pharmacies and Vision Centers are open during this time.
Target: Wednesdays, One hour prior to store opening.
Walgreens: Tuesdays, 8 AM to 9 AM
Whole Foods: One hour prior to store opening.
Costco: Tuesday & Thursday, 9 AM to 10 AM
Please note that many stores offer curbside service when you shop online.
There are plenty of ACTIVITIES to do while working/schooling from home. I’ve been calling it pandemic activities:
Good Housekeeping posted:
Bored at Home? Here's a Massive List of Museums, Zoos, and Theme Parks Offering Virtual Tours
All the virtual concerts, plays, museums and other culture you can enjoy from home
Travel and Leisure posted:
Stuck at Home? These 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch
Tour National Parks:
Amnesty International posted
6 things to do while at home during COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2020/03/what-to-do-at-home-during-covid-19-pandemic/
USA Today posted
100 things to do while stuck inside due to a pandemic:
Take a ride on these virtual Disney World rides:
Coloring Books from 119 Museums:
Additional Activities for Children.
Add links to your resources below. Thanks for your support!