Find information on a range of community resources – food assistance, bill paying help, other free or reduced cost programs – at www.findhelp.org
Governor Allocates Funding to Summer Academic Enrichment Program
The Governor has set aside $625,000 from the state’s federal COVID relief funds for the Office of Higher Education’s (OHE) Summer Academic Enrichment Program. The program provides stipends to cover all or a portion of the direct cost for students in grades 3-11 to attend eligible summer academic enrichment programs in summer 2021.
Stipends are available for Minnesota residents who are eligible for free or reduced priced lunch. Students apply directly with the eligible programs and the stipend will be processed and administered by the program.
Check out the list of eligible programs and get more information at http://mn.gov/governor/news/index.jsp?id=1055-482506. The stipend will cover the cost of the summer program up to a maximum amount of $1,000 and students may only receive one stipend per summer.
“Stu211” Connects Students & Families to Resources
The Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, Minnesota Department of Education, and the Greater Twin Cities United Way have collaborated to create the “Stu211” push text messaging campaign to connect students and families to academic, career, health, food and housing resources in their communities. The goal of this campaign is to increase access to wrap around services by providing weekly information on relevant health, food, housing, and student supports for Minnesota students and their families.
For more information, please visit this https://www.211unitedway.org/2021/01/25/wrap-around-minnesota To opt-in to receive text messages, Text STU211 to 898-211.
Looking for Summer Activities and Resources?
Wayzata Public Schools staff have assembled a list of opportunities ranging from summer camps to Community Education classes.
To learn more, connect with Jodi Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wayzata Public Schools Culinary Updates and Summer Food Support
• WPS has made changes to their meal payment system. For Details visit https://www.wayzataschools.org/cf_enotify/view.cfm?n=4273
• For Summer Food Support WPS is partnering with “Free Meals For Kids”. Please download the Free Meals for Kids app for more information.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
The State of Minnesota has announced the launch of the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector, which is a tool that helps Minnesotans find out when, where and how to get their COVID-19 vaccine. This system is a proactive way for all Minnesotans to indicate their interest in receiving a vaccine so that when they become eligible, they can be alerted and connected to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment.
As of March 30, all Minnesotans 12 years of age and older are now eligible to receive a vaccine.
Go to mn.gov/vaccineconnector to sign up.
COVID-19 Hotline for Refugees and Immigrants
The Department of Human Services Resettlement Programs Office has a new hotline that will help refugees and immigrants with any concerns they have related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Refugees and immigrants can call the hotline, 651-318-0989, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for information on:
The hotline has staff that can speak Amharic, Anuak, Arabic, French, Hindi, Karen, Lingala, Luganda, Mashi, Oromo, Somali, Spanish and Swahili. Language line help is available for any other language.
Other helpful resources for COVID-19
State-sponsored free COVID-19 testing sites
The Minnesota Cold Weather Rule protects eligible residential energy customers from service disconnection from October 15 through April 15. Protection from the Cold Weather Rules has expired for the year. If you are struggling with utility bills now, the resources below might be helpful.
Information on the Cold Weather Rule and bill paying assistance from the MN Public Utilities Commission: https://mn.gov/puc/consumers/help/shut-off-protection
Information from the Citizen’s Utility Board (CUB): https://cubminnesota.org/shutoff
An update on Energy Assistance from CUB
To apply for Energy Assistance in Hennepin County:
If you have experienced hardship due to the pandemic and need assistance to pay your rent or utility bills, you may be eligible for COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance. Apply here: https://www.renthelpmn.org
Meals to go!
LSS Meals to Go is a convenient and affordable frozen meal delivery service that is available throughout Minnesota. Payments can be made by check, credit card or through the Alternative Care Program, Elderly Waiver or SNAP. The Community Access for Disability Inclusion Waiver will soon also cover the cost. Learn more information and view menus.
EBT and SNAP Updates
Online EBT now available for SNAP recipients through Amazon and Walmart
Minnesota has been approved by FNS for online EBT purchasing use for SNAP. (Cash assistance cannot be used online at this time.) Participants will need to pay for delivery fees and taxes (if applicable) with another payment source (credit card or debit card, PayPal). For more information about these services visit these websites:
Additional Food Resources
Metrolink has implemented a service increase from the previous reduced level. These changes include many redesigned fixed routes. They are also now offering weekend dial-a-ride service. Learn more.
Plymouth Metrolink and Dial-A-Ride services offers translation services. The app that is being used to schedule rides currently offers English and Spanish settings with more languages to come. For more information on these services contact Nur Kasin (email@example.com or 763-509-5013.
Support for Afterschool Programs Through Tax Credits
Whether it’s music lessons, robotics camp, tutoring, driver’s education or more, Minnesota Afterschool Advance helps students and their families fund their afterschool goals through the Minnesota K-12 Education Tax Credit. Learn more.
The Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis ParentChild+ program is a free home visiting program for families that promotes creative ways to learn through play, enhances parenting skills and helps children prepare for school. Learn more.
Early Learning Support
If so, the Wayzata Early Learning School’s (WELS) Outreach Team would like to connect with you! WELS offers a variety of early learning opportunities for children ages birth to five including preschool, parent and child classes, early childhood screening, intervention programs, and much more! We offer both in-person and virtual classes. Our Outreach Team can assist you with class registration, scholarship information, get you connected with community resources, and/or answer questions about our programs and school district. Call us to learn more about our free family activity classes!
WPS Food Support for Students
Wayzata Public School’s (WPS) Culinary Express has made changes to food meal distribution. Only Wayzata Public School Distance Choice families are eligible. Please visit the Culinary Express page for updated information.
For Summer Food Support WPS is partnering with “Free Meals For Kids”. Please download the Free Meals for Kids app for more information.
If your hours or rate of pay have been substantially reduced, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits (UI). All workers affected by COVID-19 should apply. The UI Program will review your application and determine your eligibility for benefits.
Two ways to apply for Unemployment Benefits:
NOTE: If you need to apply for unemployment benefits for the first time, please refer to the schedule below to learn when you are scheduled to apply. You will only be allowed to apply on your assigned day (or on Thursday/Friday if you missed that day).
Questions? Visit the COVID-19 and Unemployment Insurance Benefits page.
For up-to-date information on eviction moratoriums please visit the HOME Line website.
Tenant Resource Center
A tenant resource center is available on the first floor of Urban League Twin Cities at 2100 Plymouth Avenue N, Minneapolis. The center is a collaborative set of resources that are co-located to prevent eviction and housing displacement for people in our community. Resources include emergency assistance, legal help, mediation, and workforce. The Tenant Resource Center website provides additional information on hours of operation, services and workshop dates.
Housing Search Support
Are you interested in locating affordable housing? Do you have questions on the requirements when applying for housing? Would you like to know more about your rights as a tenant?
HousingLink is a great online resource to answer all of these questions and more. Click here for more information on affordable housing resources and information for renters, landlords, researchers and policy makers.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Read the CDC’s recommendations for steps you can take, how to cope with stress, and more during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minnesota’s Board on Aging
Helping Minnesota’s Older Adults during COVID-19. View their website.
Senior Community Services
Information on senior outreach, caregiver support and changes to services due to COVID-19 on their website.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels continues to deliver nutritious meals to individuals throughout the Twin Cities. Sign up online or call (612) 623-3363.
Elder Friends Phone Companions
A program matching socially isolated adults with a friendly phone companion. Phone companions must complete a background check. Visit this website if you would like to receive calls or volunteer to make calls.
YMCA Health and Fitness Videos – Active Older Adult
On-demand videos showing follow-along home workouts. Minimal equipment needed – grab a chair and get started here.
Interfaith Outreach Partners with Mental Health providers
Interfaith Outreach partners with three different mental health providers that can provide telehealth services at no cost to you. We partner with Metro Behavioral Health, Relate Counseling Center, and Washburn Center for Children. Services are available to children and adults who are looking for support related to managing stress and emotional and behavioral challenges. Services can be provided in English or Somali
For more information on our partners and to connect with a counselor click here
Crisis Text Line
24/7 emergency service. Text ‘MN to 741741’ if you or someone you know is experiencing a psychiatric or mental health crisis. Visit the Crisis Text Line website for more information.
Are you needing support and someone to talk to? Professionally trained Certified Peer Specialists, with first-hand experience living with mental health conditions will answer your calls. Call 651-288-0400. Text “Support” to 85511 or visit visit the Minnesota Warmline website.
The Walk-in Counseling Center
Services have transitioned from face-to-face walk-in counseling to virtual counseling sessions. To get started by phone or computer, please follow the instructions on the Walk-in Counseling Center website.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
A 24/7 lifeline providing support when in distress. You may receive prevention and crisis resources for yourself, loved ones, and for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255.
Hennepin County’s Mental Health Services
County Crisis Contacts
A directory of mental health crisis phone numbers for adults and children organized by county
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Visit NAMI’s Minnesota office Mental Health Support And COVID-19 webpage.