COVID-19 in Maine: An on-going list of resources to support our community

We're in a time filled with uncertainty and anxiety, but sticking together and supporting one another will help us get through this crisis. EqualityMaine is dedicated to providing statewide and community resources as they become available to help support all LGBTQ+ folks in Maine. 

Following guidance from the Maine CDC regarding COVID-19, we have closed our office until further notice to protect the safety of our team and our community. We will be working remotely moving forward, and you can still reach out to us for support if needed.

This is not an exhaustive list; if you have anything you'd wish for us to add please reach out to Rose at rhatem@equalitymaine.org at any time. 

For non-English COVID resources, please visit: https://www.njea.org/educator-compiles-resources-for-non-english-speakers-on-covid-19/

What is COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)?

COVID-19 is a virus that originated in December 2019 in mainland China. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

For more information on symptoms click here

Officials are asking for people to practice social distancing (if they're able) to help stop the spread of COVID19, more on the Dos and Don'ts of Social Distancing here.

Staying up to date on statewide, national, and international COVID-19 news:

How the virus is affecting LGBTQ+ folks differently:

Unemployment, Health Insurance Updates, Food Supplement, Cash Assistance:

General Resources for COVID-19 and Emergency Relief:

Organizations/Programs Providing Resources

How to get involved in the relief effort

Food Resources:

Foodpantries.org - a list of all food pantries statewide 

Stores holding designated shopping hours for 60+ and at risk folks (statewide)

  • Hannaford: Thursdays 6 AM - 7 AM
  • Shaw's: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 AM - 9 AM
  • Walgreens: Tuesdays 8 AM - 9 AM
  • Trader Joe's: Everyday between 9 AM - 10 AM a specific line will be created for seniors to have an expedited entrance to the store. They're only allowing 50 people in the store at a time so this means elders won't need to wait in that line to get their necessities.

If you're able to support local, we also found lists of restaurants still serving take-out/delivery in - 

Internet Access:

  • Comcast Home Essentials is a low-cost home internet package for individuals and households, is now available for free for the first two months.
  • Access from AT&T is a low-cost home internet package for qualifying individuals and households (no special for COVID-19 but still available at a low cost).
  • Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access will be available to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Currently, this promotion is scheduled to last for 60 days after March 16. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households

Statewide and City-specific Emergency Alerts to Sign Up For:

Mental Health Resources & Online Support Groups: 

Online Support Groups

Crisis & Support Hotlines

  • National SAGE Hotline - 877-360-LGBT (5428)
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (Nami Maine) Teen Support Text Line (Ages 14 - 20) - (207)-515-8398 (text) *please note this is not a crisis line, this line provides extra mental health support by offering a safe space to talk with other young people 
  • TransLifeline - (877) 565-8860
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline -  (800) 273-8255 or online chat available
  • Crisis Text Line - Text START to 741-741
  • The Trevor Project - (866) 488-7386

Articles 

Domestic Abuse Resources:

Why it's important to talk about the potentially dangerous effects of "shelter in place"

Family and Youth Resources:

Virtual fitness classes:

Have some fun while at home:

More Maine-based Resource Lists:

 

 

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