COVID-19 Preparedness and Prevention Resources

A Community United

As coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to spread across the U.S. and the globe, the health and safety of the community and its residents is our number one priority. Our local focus, in concert with our community impact partners, is working to improve the lives of local children, students, families and those in emergency situations. Now, the people we serve may be even more vulnerable during this public health emergency.

Please know that the United Way 2-1-1 Help Line is part of the disaster communications plan for our City, County and State governments. Our call center is in active disaster response mode as we partner with the San Antonio MetroHealth Department (SAMHD) and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to combat COVID-19 locally. We are on stand-by to expand our capacity, if necessary, for an increase in call volume.

The COVID-19 Response Fund was created by United Way, and multiple partners, including the San Antonio Area Foundation to help support the immediate and long-term needs of our community during these challenging times. For a complete list of awarded grants, click here.

Helpful Resources

We’ve put together a list of helpful resources to help you and your family as we navigate through these tough times.

COVID-19 Resources

Center for Disease Control

Texas Health and Human Services

City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

COVID-19 Hotline 210-207-5779 (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has opened a COVID-19 hotline for residents to ask questions about the virus. The hotline is available in English and Spanish.

Bexar County COVID-19 Prevention

Department of State Health Services

Community Resources / 2-1-1 Helpline

2-1-1 Call Specialists work 24/7/365 directing callers to a number of COVID-19-specific resources that are currently available in our statewide database. Answers to commonly asked questions can also be found on the 2-1-1 website at www.211.org/services/covid19.

Dial 2-1-1 from any phone to get connected.

Family Violence Prevention Services – (210) 733-8810 | 24-hour crisis intervention to help individuals and families recover from the pain and longer-term effects of domestic violence.

PRESA Transportation Coalition – Grocery curbside pick-up rides to any elderly or disabled person, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday – Friday. Once you have scheduled your grocery pick-up time, you may then contact PRESA Transportation Coalition at 210-532-5554 to schedule your pick-up ride.

Rise Recovery – (210) 227- 2634 | Peer to peer virtual/telephonic support to individuals experiencing substance abuse in home.

Texas Health and Human Services – Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health support line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.

Texas Youth Hotline – (800) 989-6884 | Prevention services to youth, parents, siblings and other family members by trained volunteers on call to provide guidance on youth-related concerns, referral information or simply listen.

The Center for Health Care Services – (210) 223-7233 | 24-hour crisis and substance use helpline.

The Rape Crisis Center – (210) 349-7273 | Free and confidential support 24/7 to anyone impacted by sexual violence.

Internet Resources

Spectrum (Charter Communications) – Free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.

Comcast Internet Resources – New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service.

Access from AT&T – Low-cost wireline home Internet service to qualifying households

School District Meal Programs

School Meal Finder: A detailed list of area free meal programs by meal period and days offered.

School District Free Meal Programs:

San Antonio ISD

Edgewood ISD

Harlandale ISD

Northside ISD

South San ISD

Southwest ISD

North East ISD

Judson ISD

Alamo Heights ISD

East Central ISD

Southside ISD

At-Home Education Resources

PreK-Kindergarten

Scholastic Learn At Home – PreK-K – Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.

PBS Kids Lab – Programs, games, at-home activities, videos, reading and more.

Kindergarten – 5th Grade

Zearn – K-5 curriculum, including 400 hours of digital lessons with on-screen teachers and supportive remediation.

Khan Academy – Free educational resources, including daily (weekdays) live streams on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for students and parents navigating school closures.

Prodigy – The free, engaging, curriculum-aligned math platform for grades 1st-8th.

Mystery Science – A list of popular science lessons for anyone to use for free. No account or login is needed.

Smithsonian and Smithsonian Learning Lab – Free, online resources and activities for learners.

BrainPOP and BrainPOPJr. – Free access to all BrainPOP products for 30 days or as long as schools are closed.

Don’t forget…

Online learning resources can be valuable, especially in light of the many school closures in our community. But don’t forget about the power of offline learning. The COVID-19 pandemic offers an great opportunity to come together as a family. Make time to play board games and card games as a family, read a book out loud and have your children do the same, make a family breakfast together, or go for walk around the block. While the internet allows us to stay connected and engaged, let’s also use this historic moment to reconnect with our families and children.

Parent/Caregiver Resources

Available Child Care Directory for Texas Frontline Workers –  Searchable directory of child care providers with open spots for frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BrainPop – An educational learning tool to help your kids ease their minds by learning the facts.

Clarity Child Guidance Center – A checklist for parents of kids with severe mental health conditions.

Emergency Childcare Assistance – Assistance paying childcare for working individuals during COVID-19 crisis.

Mindheart – #COVIBOOK, a printable short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19.

NPR Goats and Sodas – A comic exploring the new Coronavirus, based on a NPR radio story.

PBSKids – How to talk to your kids about Coronavirus.

Search Institute – Free checklist for building developmental relationships during the COVID-19 crisis.

Corporate Resources

Center for Disease and Prevention Work Guidance – Interim guidance for businesses and employers to plan, prepare and respond to the Coronavirus Disease.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – Workplace tips for employees.

City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District – Communication resources and print materials.

United Way Affinity and Volunteer Events

United Way is working to limit any potential risk of spreading COVID-19 by canceling, postponing and rescheduling certain meetings and events. Out of an abundance of caution, we have canceled events scheduled in March. We are monitoring the situation weekly and will announce any further cancellations and/or postponed events as soon as possible.

Postponed/Canceled Events:

  • SAVA – SAVA Seminar 3/19
  • Women United – Women & Wisdom 3/20
  • Emerging Leaders Council – Close-Up with Molly Cox 3/20
  • Shoebox Project – Events scheduled on 4/4, 4/18 and 4/29.
  • Mobile Food Pantry – Events scheduled on 3/19 and 4/16

Nonprofit COVID-19 Community Relief Fund Application

Applications for the COVID-19 Response Fund are accepted and reviewed on an on-going basis. An approval or denial notification will be sent to the grant applicant within ten business days of submission.

Organizations wishing to apply must complete one copy of the online application and budget form plus provide the following documentation:

  • A list of the board of directors and their community or professional affiliations
  • The current year’s annual organization budget

Additional information may be requested once your application is reviewed. Applicants will generally be notified of decisions approximately ten business days after receipt of an application.

To be eligible for funding, applicant organizations must:

  1. Be a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and
  2. Provide programs and services directly benefiting Bexar County and the residents of the surrounding seven contiguous counties
  • Grants will be awarded on an as needed basis. The application will be available beginning March 20, 2020. At any time after that, you may access, save, complete and submit the application. There is no deadline. Applications will be processed upon receipt Monday through Friday.
  • All grant seekers must create an account to access the online application. Please click here to create your account. You will receive an email confirming you have created an account.

Applications are reviewed by a committee of San Antonio Area Foundation.

Approval or denial notification will be sent to the grant applicant within ten business days of submission. If awarded an operational grant, the funds will be made available electronically to the nonprofit.

Each organization may submit only one application at a time. Applications must be submitted electronically. Any application sent to an individual staff member of the Area Foundation cannot be accepted. We will not accept emails, faxes or hard copies. When you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated response stating the Area Foundation has received your application. If you do not receive an automated response after submitting, please contact Gavin Nichols at gnichols@saafdn.org or 210.242.4720.

For more information, click here or contact: Gavin Nichols | gnichols@saafdn.org | 210.242.4720