Arlington's COVID-19 Fund was established by the Town of Arlington and the Arlington Health and Human Services Charitable Corporation to provide emergency assistance for individuals and families in Arlington experiencing financial hardship as a result of the pandemic.
Members of the Arlington community are encouraged to donate whatever they can to the fund. Donations will help Arlington residents in need:
- remain in their homes with rent/mortgage payments and assistance with utilities
- keep their kids connected to school lessons and families in contact through internet connectivity
- pay for health care and medications
- fund child care while essential workers continue to keep the community running
-support to small businesses and those that work in town
The Town of Arlington through the Department of Health and Human Services is collecting the following items:
face shield masks
Unopened boxes with unused supplies are preferred, however opened boxes with unused supplies are also accepted at this time. Handmade masks will be redistributed to vulnerable residents in Arlington.
To make a donation, please fill out the Supply and Equipment Donation Details Form to let us know what materials you have to donate, quantity, and brand. The Department will contact you within a week to schedule a pick up day and time. The collections will be facilitated by Arlington's Health Department, with assistance from Arlington Police and Arlington Fire departments. These items will be allocated to hospitals, clinics, and first responders that are on the front lines treating COVID-19 patients. We truly thank you for assisting at this time.
To sign up, select COVID-19 Response Team and/or Metro East MRC by clicking the orange plus sign under “Add Organizations” in the application and select the teams you would like to volunteer for. Please note that Metro East MRC is part of Region 4B - Greater Boston.
Questions about the Metro East MRC can be directed to Mia Nardini at MetroEastMRC@town.arlington.ma.us.
There is a severe blood shortage due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Red Cross is coordinating blood drives in the area and has a list of upcoming local drives. Appointments are required. Schedule online or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
The Red Cross urges eligible and healthy donors to make an appointment to give soon, but asks that anyone who has traveled to China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea to postpone their donation for 28 days. If you have been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, please postpone your donation. Other eligibility requirements can be found here.
Community Building Opportunities
The U.S. Census is a count of every person living in the United States that happens once every 10 years. The Census is used to determine how to allocate more than $675 billion dollars for healthcare services, hospitals, schools, housing, emergency preparedness, and more - all things that are critical to everyday life and during emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. The Census is also used to determine political representation at the federal, state, and local level. You can complete the U.S. Census safely from your home online or by phone in 13 languages. Census guides and videos are available in 59 other languages.
Each household should complete one Census form that includes all people living in that household, including any family members, roommates, children, and anyone staying with you even temporarily. Immigrants must also complete the Census, regardless of their immigration status.
Your Census information is confidential and protected by law. It is illegal for the U.S. Census Bureau to share your information with anyone including your landlord, the police, courts, ICE, DHS, IRS, or the FBI.
Continue to support Arlington restaurants by ordering takeout or delivery. The Town maintains a list of restaurants and stores open for online shopping, delivery or takeout. If you are able, don’t forget to tip generously.
Buy a gift card to a business you frequent often or shop online if available.
If you can, keep paying for services, like haircuts, gym classes, music lessons, cleaning services, etc., that you would otherwise be using.
Leave a positive comment or review on a favorite local business’s social media accounts. A little positive support can go a long way.
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