We hear you, we are here for you, and we must all continue to support each other as best we can. On this page, you can find information and resources on COVID-19 for educators, parents and students to stay safe. You can also view more information featured in our special bulletins:
- Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the BTUHWF Fund Office and Eyecare Centers are currently closed. Please call 617-446-3511 with any Fund related questions or requests. Please call 781-308-1481 in case of any Eye Care emergencies; for all non emergency Eye Care Center questions and concerns please call 617-288-5540 to leave a message, calls will be returned weekly. Please visit this link: https://ecommerce.issisystems.com/isite340/eremit.dll/34001/cm.asp?name=home
- Click here to view all volunteer opportunities during COVID-19.
- Please call “211” to file for unemployment
- Basic Resources for Families During Coronavirus
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BTU Volunteer Corps
The Boston Teachers Union has offered help on thinking through ways to make sure our most vulnerable students and families have access to food, services, support and child care, and are working in coalition with others to do this. Many of our members have asked how they can support families who may need help during this difficult time. If you are interested in joining our BTU Volunteer Corps, please fill out this form.
Volunteer needs may include providing childcare to the families of first responders, home care workers, and others; delivering meals to senior residents; small group tutoring or chaperoning and other such public service functions that will be needed in the days and weeks ahead.
Common Good Platform During COVID-19 Crisis
The Boston Teachers Union joins with unions, community organizations and elected officials across our country who are calling for the enactment of Common Good demands during this public health crisis. We are grateful that in Boston and in the state of MA schools have closed and there are some important provisions that have been made to ensure the health and wellbeing of students, families, and workers in the Commonwealth, including free meals being provided to BPS students. There is an urgent need for more action to be taken, including:
- The state must provide immediate relief for impacted communities and immediate unemployment benefits for workers who cannot do their jobs as a result of the Coronavirus.
- The state must implement additional paid sick days for all workers in Boston and throughout Massachusetts, including those not covered by existing FMLA laws.
- There must be immediate and urgent action taken at all levels of government to provide free and widely available COVID-19 testing and treatment for all residents.
Community Needs and Resources
Here is a list of resources you can refer to during the pandemic.
- View services for Boston residents affected by COVID-19.
- Project Bread is advocating for and supporting expansion of federal nutrition programs, including SNAP (food stamps) and a school meal model that would allow families to pick up lunches and take them home. Their Food Source Hotline (1-800-645-8333). They can provide information in 160 different languages, and will remain open through any quarantines, and their child nutrition outreach team is available to support schools in figuring out models to feed kids, should their schools close. Please call them directly as needed.
- Please find here questions and answers about Unemployment Insurance (UI)
- Request weekly unemployment benefits
- City of Boston information on COVID19
- BPS information and resources for COVID19
- Full List of Meal Sites The City of Boston, in partnership with Project Bread, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and other community organizations, will provide free meals to all youth and teens at various locations and times across the City.
- Families facing displacement can reach out to City Life/Vida Urbana for support
- Information on free and affordable internet access
- Statewide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures fact sheet
- Online Musicians, Storytellers, and Magic Tricks for Kids
- The Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund has started to distribute funds to undocumented Asians in Massachusetts, and is asking for help to spread the word. Please reach out to the undocumented Asian families in your lives and encourage them to apply! Also, please forward to your networks as appropriate.