COVID-19 Information & Resources

Resources for older adults, people with disabilities, civic news, etc.

COVID-19 Information and Resources

*Updated 9/30/2020

What YOU can do:

Help support local businesses! At weareopendenver.com you can put in your location and see what’s open around you. Don’t forget to wear your mask wherever you go.

Help Slow the Spread

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • If you have symptoms (fever, cough, breathing challenges) or have had contact with someone who has tested positive, stay at home
  • If you need medical care, call your care provider before going in for the protocol to follow; in the case of an emergency where you must call 9-1-1, notify the operator of your symptoms
  • Practice social distancing
  • Remain at home as much as you can
  • Wear a mask when you DO have to go into public spaces
  • Stay 6 feet away from individuals who are not part of your immediate family/circle when you are out in public
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily

Volunteering

Help with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by Volunteering Remotely or On-Site with VolunteerMatch

This page features virtual and on-site volunteer opportunities to aid communities impacted by COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Thousands of volunteers like you are needed daily. Check back often to find ways you can help during these difficult times.

Did you know there are dozens of organizations who respond to disasters? Many of these organizations utilize volunteers. Click here for a list of organizations who respond in time of disaster.

COVID-19 Responding Organizations

Supply Donation Requests

“I Have a Dream Foundation” – Boulder – Masks, cleaning and disinfecting products. 5390 Manhattan Circle, Boulder, Colorado 80303.

A Precious Child – Broomfield – We have three Amazon Wishlists set up for people to shop. Emergency Hygiene Kit – CLICK HERE, Emergency Baby Essentials – CLICK HERE, Emergency Cleaning Kit – CLICK HERE.

Archway Housing – Lakewood – Meat products canned or fresh (weekly) if you can find a source, cleaning items and toiletry items, clothes for all genders and ages, games or cards for the community room, diapers, formula, or baby items, furniture like couches, beds, chairs and tables, home goods like plates, pots, pans, glasses, silverware. Contact: juliane@archwayhousing.org

Aurora Interfaith Community Services – Aurora – Non perishable food items, including soups, proteins, rice, pasta, fruits, vegetables and grains. Monetary donations in order to meet the current demand for food assistance.

Care and Share – Colorado Springs – Canned fruit, Canned vegetables, Soup, Canned meat/tuna, Peanut butter, Cereal/oatmeal. 2605 Preamble Point, Colorado Springs, CO 80915 Monday-Friday between 8AM-5PM.

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado – Castle Rock, Colorado Springs – Apples and oranges, individual salt and pepper packets, individual size bottles of water, non-Styrofoam plates, disposable gloves, disposable surgical masks, hand-made cloth masks/face covering, hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol, nitrile food service gloves in any size, plastic spoons, styrofoam coffee cups with lids, zip lock bags, liquid laundry detergent, baby wipes, baby food, Pull-Ups, formula. *NEW*

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless – Denver – Corona Virus (COVID-19) puts people experiencing homelessness especially at-risk. At Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, our staff are working diligently to provide services to our most vulnerable population during this crisis. We are in need of supplies for our staff, clients, and patients which can be purchased using our Amazon Wish List. Thank you for being a part of this effort! Shipping address: 730 21st Street Denver, CO 80205.

Covenant Cupboard – Greenwood Village – Canned protein (meats, nut butters), canned fruits or vegetables, soup and chili, pasta and rice, cereal and oatmeal, breakfast and nutrition bars, and dry beans, PLUS cleaning and disinfecting supplies. Food donations are accepted on Fridays from 8:30am-11:30am. Please contact us if a different time or pick-up is needed.

Harvest of Hope Pantry – Boulder – Ready-to-eat soup, healthy Snack Bars in family size boxes, disinfectant wipes. We accept donations Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm. Please ring the bell at the back of the door and we will bring your donations inside. 2960 Valmont Road, Boulder, CO 80301.

Jewish Family Service – Denver – Food Pantry donation list and info is here.

Ready to Work – Aurora – Donations for lunches or dinners, yard work, donation sorting outside of our building. Contact: bobbie@readytoworkco.org

SECORCares – Parker – We take food donations in the trailer in our parking lot Mon-Sat 9-1. List of food needed and monetary donations can be donated on our website.

Sun Valley Youth Center – Denver – Food, hygiene products, baby products, games/crafts, cleaning products, journals/pens, outside activities. Mail or drop them off Wednesdays at 2 or Saturdays at 10. If you are donating these items, please email d@sunvalleyouthcenter.org

South Routt Initiative – Oak Creek – WINTER GEAR DRIVE on Saturday, September 12th from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM. The DRIVE UP AND DROP OFF event will take place next to Town & Country Properties on Main Street in Oak Creek,Colorado. We are looking for the following items; Men’s,women’s, teens and children (all sizes) boots, snow pants, coats, hats and gloves, as well as scarves, blankets, shovels and ice melt/salt in the plastic shakers. All items should be either new or clean and in good condition. Contact: SouthRouttInitiative@gmail.com or call 970-846-0567. *NEW*

The Action Center – Lakewood – Non-perishable food donations. DONATION DOCK HOURS Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 8755 W 14th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80215.

The Delores Project – Non-perishable food donations. See the Amazon Wish List to purchase items and have them sent straight to our door! For questions about donations or to schedule delivery, contact: Stephanie Johnson-Wall, Volunteer Coordinator at sjohnson-wall@thedeloresproject.org or (303) 534-5411 ext. 110.

The Family Tree – Denver- Meals, food, Amazon Wish List, gift cards, fabric masks, and gowns. For new items, please drop-off your donation at Family Tree’s Administration Office at 3805 Marshall St. Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 Monday – Friday between 9:30am – 4:30pm. Amazon delivery is also a great choice. For any donation questions, please contact info@thefamilytree.org or (303) 422-2133.

The Gathering Place – Denver – View our most needed items on our Amazon Wish List and have them shipped directly to us. Thank you so much for choosing to support us during this difficult time.

If your organization has a need for specific supplies or is doing a donation drive, let us know at HelpCOQuestions@sparkthechangecolorado.org to be included in upcoming newsletters.

Older Adults & People with Disabilities:

Older Adults

Several retailers have specific hours for seniors and other at-risk populations. Check your local store for specific or updated hours.

• Target & CVS Pharmacies: The first hour of shopping each Tuesday & Wednesday will be open to higher risk guests, including older adults (65+), pregnant women, and those with underlying health concerns.

• Safeway/Albertsons: Two hours, from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m., every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings are reserved for high risk shoppers, including older adults, pregnant women, or those with compromised immune systems.

• Whole Foods: All Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. and Canada will let customers who are 60 and older shop one hour before opening to the public (7-8am) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

• Costco warehouses will open from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday – Friday for members ages 60+, and people with disabilities. Guests will not be admitted. The pharmacy will be open, but the Costco Food Court will be closed during these hours.

A full list of stores nationwide and their at risk shopping hours can be found here.

GoGoGrandparent – Get your food, groceries, and prescriptions delivered with GoGoGrandparent (you do not have to be a grandparent to use this service). Click on their website or call 855-464-6872 for more information

In search of a caregiver? Find one at care.com

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Telephone Buddies – A Telephone Buddy is a volunteer who calls an older adult to check on them, share stories, and make sure their needs are being met. Telephone Buddies share time and bring a sense of purpose. If you want a Telephone Buddy to call you or you want to become a Telephone Buddy, call 303-333-3482, or toll-free 1-855-293-6911 (Benefits Counseling) or 1-855-880-4777 (Spanish).

Guard your Medicare number and more – Scammers may use the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to steal your identity and commit Medicare fraud. In some cases, they might tell you they’ll send a Coronavirus test, masks, or other items in exchange for your Medicare Number or personal information. Don’t fall for it; it’s a scam. Learn more about fraud alerts compiled by AARP.

Help with Utility Bills – The legislature has appropriated $10 million to help individuals and families with higher costs of electricity and utility bills due to economic hardship caused by COVID-19.  This includes older adults in the SAFER AT HOME executive order by the Governor who experience higher electric bills from air conditioning. Pending final approval by the legislature and signing by the Governor, the money will be managed by Energy Outreach Colorado. More information on application assistance and eligibility details is available at 1-866-432-8435.

In addition, the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) has extended its benefits to August 1, 2020 (or until funds are expended).

What is LEAP?
LEAP, a federally funded program, provides heating assistance to individuals, families and older adults to help cover the cost of utility bills.

Who is Eligible?

  • A Colorado resident
  • Not claimed as a dependent on someone’s tax return
  • Are lawfully present in the United States
  • Pay home heating costs, either directly to a utility company or to a landlord as part of rent
  • Monthly gross income of: $2,371 (single) or $3,101 (couple)

How to Apply?

  1. Download application or call Senior Answers and Services at 303-333-3482 or toll-free 1-855-293-6911 (Benefits Counseling) or 1-855-880-4777 (Spanish).
  2. Complete application. You will need a Colorado driver’s license or ID card.
  3. Call 1-866-432-8435 to find the address of your county LEAP Office. Submit application by mail at your county Leap Office.

People with Disabilities:

Visit the CCDC website to find more COVID-19 resources for people with disabilities.

Use the links below as additional resources for information and assistance:

Effective Monday, May 4, Costco warehouses will open from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday – Friday for members ages 60+, and people with disabilities. Guests will not be admitted. The pharmacy will be open, but the Costco Food Court will be closed during these hours.

Apple Assistance – With the COVID-19 pandemic increasing reliance on technology, Apple says it is rolling out extra help for people with disabilities using its products for remote learning and other purposes. Learn more here.

Civic Information:

*Colorado People’s Action has compiled a list of COVID resources in an informative spreadsheet. The services are city, county and statewide and can be viewed here.

Testing 

Here is a tool showing a map of these community-based testing sites throughout the state.

It’s important to remember that these sites are not the only route to testing. The community-based testing sites are meant to fill in the gap for underserved communities outside the main metro regions.

The Pepsi Center is closing on Wednesday, Sept. 30. The city is moving toward community-based testing, to provide free, low-barrier testing to historically underserved communities and those most impacted by COVID-19. Before going to a community testing site, please check with your primary care doctor to determine the best option for you. Click here for more information from the City & County of Denver on testing sites.

Stay Active

It may be a challenge to keep your mind and body active during this unprecedented time. Though Denver Parks & Recreation’s rec centers are currently closed, DPR still wants to be a resource for your family’s recreational needs. Denver Parks and Recreation @ Home provides free online programming with diverse options for all ages and abilities to enjoy.

You can find fitness classes, games, art projects and more on DPR’s Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages, along with interactive Zoom classes.

How to join classes:

DPR’s full schedule of activities can be found online and on the Denver Parks and Recreation App (IOS Only). Double-check which day or week you’re viewing if current or upcoming schedules are not immediately visible.

Schools

In-person learning for Early Childhood Education (ECE) has started, and K-5 will be phasing in through Oct. 21. View the K-12 Family Guide, and enroll in your preferred learning option through Annual Family Update. New food sites and schedules have been added this school year. Read more here.

State Government

The legislature has appropriated $10 million to help individuals and families with higher costs of electricity and utility bills due to economic hardship caused by COVID-19. This includes older adults in the SAFER AT HOME executive order by the Governor who experience higher electric bills from air conditioning. Pending final approval by the legislature and signing by the Governor, the money will be managed by Energy Outreach Colorado. More information on application assistance and eligibility details is available at 1-866-432-8435.

Don’t be afraid to get in touch with your representatives! Find your local and state reps here.

Stay updated on COVID-19 issues from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

Local Government

TELEPHONE TOWN HALLS – A live conference call you can participate in from your own home!

County’s town hall meetings can be found here for Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, and Jefferson.

Regional Transportation District (RTD) town halls schedules can be found here.

You can sign up for town halls here for Northeast & Far Northeast, Central/East Central/Southeast

Reliable Sources of Information

It’s important to rely on reliable sources of information for accurate information about COVID-19. Below you can find information about specific cases in Colorado, and actions and announcements from Governor Polis:

• CDC web page: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov

• State public health web page: https://covid19.colorado.gov/

• Facebook (facebook.com/CDPHE) and Twitter (@CDPHE)

• CO HELP is Colorado’s novel coronavirus hotline:
– Call 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911
– Email COHELP@RMPDC.org