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COVID-19 Information and Updates

United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (UWMOC) realizes COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a concern for our community, and we are closely monitoring the threat. Your health and safety is our number one priority, and we recognize the implications this pandemic will have on the many families we serve.
As we continue to serve our communities under these difficult circumstances, we would like to share important resource links and UWMOC updates. We encourage you to pass them along to all of your colleagues, clients, family and friends. As more information and resources become available during this ever-evolving situation, we will inform you as quickly as possible.

General Information

For the most current information about COVID-19 in one place, visit the 2-1-1 website. You will find answers to FAQ's, as well as important resources such as free internet access, small business loans and unemployment benefits. NJ 2-1-1 has been activated to handle questions and concerns from NJ residents about COVID-19 and resources available to them. Dial 2-1-1, or text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive current information via text. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.

Governor Murphy launched a NJ hub for COVID-19 live updates, critical resources, expert knowledge, and vital information: covid19.nj.gov

A new NJ online job portal connects residents with jobs in critical industries responding to COVID-19. The jobs portal is available here: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov
Employers in critical industries should submit information about openings with urgent hiring needs related to COVID-19 here: https://jobs.covid19.nj.gov/intake

New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) wants residential customers who are experiencing a temporary, financial hardship to know that assistance is available. NJNG’s Gift of Warmth program provides a one-time grant up to $500 to help income-eligible customers, and those experiencing an unanticipated financial hardship, pay their natural gas bill. Learn more here.

Congress recently passed a $2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill to help Americans survive this economic and health crisis. Learn 6 important things about the bill here.

Our partner Hackensack Meridian Health has a Convenient Care NOW mobile app where you can have a visit with a board-certified physician on your phone, tablet or computer. There’s no need to leave your house and risk further exposure. The doctors follow the latest CDC guidelines with COVID-19. For a limited time only, New Jersey residents can schedule online visits at ConvenientCareNow.com for just $20 using the coupon code HMH20. If you’re 65+, use promo code HMHFREE for a free consult.

The New Jersey Business Action Center has created a resource page for businesses and individuals with guidance in a number of areas, including managing business operations, guidance for employers, economic assistance for businesses, benefits for impacted individuals and general COVID-19 information.

Census questionnaires can be filled out at my2020census.gov, over the phone or by mail. An accurate Census count helps inform and fund many safety net programs that are being utilized during the COVID-19 pandemic. Once you receive your information in the U.S. Mail, you can go to the census website and use your census ID # to answer questions about your household. If you need help completing your 2020 census questionnaire, please call toll free at 1-844-330-2020.

NJ Mental Health Cares, the state’s behavioral health information and referral service, is offering help to people dealing with anxiety and worry related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. New Jerseyans can call 1-866-202-HELP (4357) for free, confidential support. NJ Mental Health Cares will be answered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week by live trained specialists.

CVS and Walgreens are providing free delivery of prescription medications. Learn more here.

The Small Business Authority’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for small businesses and private non-profits. These loans provide vital economic support to help overcome the loss of revenue caused by COVID-19. Learn more here.

Comcast is offering an Internet Essentials package free of charge for new and eligible low income customers for 60 days to connect those who currently do not have internet services during this uncertain time. Learn more here.

UWMOC Programs and Events

Free Tax Preparation at all Financial Success Center (FSC) Network locations throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties has been suspended until March 31st. Please check our free tax preparation page for the most current information: www.uwmoc.org/taxes

Our Financial Success Center (FSC) Network Freehold location is offering virtual Financial Coaching for individuals and families working towards their financial goals, or those who need guidance on how to financially navigate the current environment. Coaching services include budgeting and money management. Please call 732-414-6745 and leave a message with your contact information for a Financial Coach to return your call.

As part of New Jersey’s coordinated response to address the coronavirus outbreak, Governor Phil Murphy has declared a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency. In accordance, UWMOC has rescheduled the 2020 Spring Tee-Off from May 18th to Monday, August 10th. The United for Impact Food Truck Festival on April 18th has also be rescheduled to Fall 2020.

Monmouth and Ocean County Resources

To help meet the demand for food with thousands of meals no longer being prepared at food pantries and soup kitchens that have closed, Fulfill, the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association, and local restaurants are partnering to distribute food to people in need during this health crisis. Learn more here.

A Monmouth County Community COVID-19 Community-Based Testing Center at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel will open at 8am every day and close when tests run out. To be eligible for testing, you must be a NJ resident and experiencing symptoms.

An urgent care center in Marlboro has drive-thru testing for the COVID-19 virus. Appointments are required, please call 1-855-925-5467. Intake forms are available on immcare.com.
Learn more here.

The following organizations are distributing grab-n-go food packages to those in need:
Toms River JBJ Soul Kitchen and B.E.A.T. Center
Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County (Asbury Park & Red Bank)
Red Bank Borough Public Schools

The Monmouth County Health Department has opened a phone bank to respond to callers with questions or concerns about COVID-19. There are Disaster Response Crisis Counselors (DRCCs) volunteering on the phone line, which is available from 9am-8pm.
Please call 732-845-2070.

The Ocean County Health Department has a hotline for residents' questions regarding COVID-19.
Please call
732-341-9700 ext. 7411 or visit their website.
 
The Ocean County Office of Senior Services can be reached at 732-929-2091.
Seniors looking for information about the
Ocean County Meals on Wheels can call 609-978-6869.

 

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