COVID-19 Help in Hernando County

Updated: Tuesday, April 7th 2:38 PM

The health and safety of our community is a priority of United Way of Hernando County. Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, now more than ever it is important that the information we share is correct, accurate, and appropriate. Please feel confident relying on and referencing the on-going information updated on this local resource page.

Please remember that decisions about community measures will be made by local and state officials based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of illness.

*As of 12:01 AM on Friday, April 3, 2020 a Stay At Home order has been issued by Governor Ron DeSantis for the entire state of Florida, limiting movement to only those essential services and activities. More information can be found HERE.*

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SOCIAL DISTANCING

"Flattening the Curve" = coming together as a community by staying apart. This will help slow the spread of the virus as well as prevent overwhelming our medical system and protect the elderly and the most vulnerable.

Many retail establishments that carry grocery items have implemented "Senior" hours to accomodate older adults and reduce risk of exposure to this vulnerable population.  Contact your preferred store or look on their Facebook or website to view hours. See Publix, Target, Walmart, etc.

*19* COVID-19 QUARANTINE BOREDOM-BUSTERS!


GIVE

With global attention on the COVID-19 outbreak, each day brings more uncertainty for individuals, families, and businesses within our Hernando community. Please consider contributing to United Way of Hernando County's Disaster Relief Fund during this difficult time.

All financial support directed to this fund will be used to provide relief for individuals and families' basic needs and ALICE households in Hernando County through United Way of Hernando County and Partner Agencies & programs. Funds will help provide flexible resources to identified unmet needs (immediate, mid-term, and long-term) for those impacted and most vulnerable.


HEALTH


EDUCATION

  • Hernando County Schools
    -Florida schools closed at least until (April 30th)
    -Beginning Friday March 27th, schools will begin distributing laptops to families in need. Due to demand, one laptop per family. Please visit the Hernando County Schools website for more information.
    -Distance/virtual learning begins Monday, March 30th for all Hernando County schools. Please contcat your child's teacher with any questions. www.hernandoschools.org/Page/5992
    -All Hernando children age 18 and under are eligible to receive free meals during these school closures. Child must be present to receive food. Visit HCSB website for schedule/drop off flyer.
  • Pasco Hernando State College: campus closed and using distance learning.
  • Students and Families in Transition (McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act): 
    -List of services provided for students experiencing homelessness.
    -Contact Shanika Figueroa Rodriguez at 352-797-7070 x 132 or by email at figueroa_s@hcsb.k12.fl.us.
  • As of (3/20), childcare facilities have not been ordered to close.
    -Check with your local daycare or childcare agency to ensure they are still in operation.
    -Boys & Girls Club Hernando:
         -As of (4/10), Westside location is closed.
         -Beginning April 1st, join "Hernando County Cyber Clubhouse" on Facebook for activity prompts for young children and virtual mentoring options.
    -Mid Florida Community Services Head Start/Early Head Start: all locations will be closed the week of March 23, 2020; however, staff will be in constant contact with the families served through the program to meet their needs.
    -YMCA Hernando County Branch: Childcare for essential workers is still in operation. Call 352-688-9622 for more information. For registration, visit www.ymcasuncoast.org/relief-care.
  • Updates on COVID-19 impact on Florida Schools
  • US Department of Education, COVID-19 Guidance
  • UF-IFAS Hernando Extension: Classes suspended until May 15th. All faculty working remotely. 4-H still active, but not meeting in person.
  • Activities for Children:
    -ABC Mouse is currently being offered for half-off normal price and a free 30 day trial
    -Scholastic.com offers free "Learn at Home" Programs for children affected by school closures
    -PBSKids.org/Games for fun, educational games that are colorful and interactive for children at home.
    -Visiting YouTube.com and searching for books read aloud by teachers, parents, authors, celebrities and more!
    -Do your receive United Way Dolly Parton Imagination Library books? Record your own storytime with your children and their favorite book(s) to share with friends and family! Tag UWHC on Facebook.

FINANCIAL STABILITY


BASIC NEEDS

  • United Way of Hernando County:
    "COMMUNITY PARTNER COVID-19 IMPACT SURVEY"
    -Responses from organizations, agencies, churches, programs, and health & human service groups will help us on a county-wide level to identify local unmet needs, gaps in services, potential solutions, room for improvement, and hopefully action items for us and our community leaders.
  • Fellowship Church:
    -Food pantry is still open as a drive-thru service
    -DONATIONS of canned goods accepted.
    -Livestreaming weekly church services on Facebook.
  • Jericho Road Ministries:
    -Currently not accepting night-by-night shelter stays. (3/23)
    -Food Barn open Tuesday and Friday from 9am-12pm as a drive-thru service.
    -DONATIONS of canned goods and cleaning products are currently accepted at all Thrift Store and Food Barn locations.
  • Mid Florida Community Services:
    -Congregate meal sites are closed until further notice. (3/20)
    -Meals on Wheels for HC seniors 60+ are still delivering. Interested individuals would have to contact 352-796-1426 to schedule an assessment. (3/20)
    -In-person program appointments have been suspended until further notice. (3/20)
  • St. Vincent de Paul:
    -
    The Kass Circle Thrift Store is currently closed.
    -Feeding Tampa Bay coordinating a food pick-up service, date and time TBD.
    -Food DONATIONS must be unopened and in original store packaging. Go to the right side of the building for drop off instructions.
  • Mid Florida Homeless Coalition: Additional guidance from the CDC for homeless shelters & service providers.
  • Duke Energy: has suspended power shut-offs due to non-payment. Individuals are still encouraged to pay bills on time. Fees will be waived for late-payments and returned checks, and for credit or debit card payments, for residential accounts. (as of 3/21)
  • Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperation (WREC): is not currently disconnecting customers for non-payments until April 15th. Offices are closed to the public until further notice. Fees for those customers who usually pay in person are being waived. (4/6)
  • TheBus- Hernando Transportation: Beginning 3/23, bus fare is suspended for 30 days. More information.
  • Community Legal Services of Mid Florida: assisting residents whith navigating renter rights following Governor DeSantis's Executive Order 20-94 on 4/2/2020, prohibiting evictions and foreclosures until 5/17/2020. Call Help Line at 1-800-405-1417 for more information.

OTHER RESOURCES


PARTNER AGENCY* AND PROGRAM UPDATES

  • 211 Hernando*: All staff working remotely, still taking calls. (3/30)
  • Ability Tree Florida*:
    -All programming suspended until April 15th (following Hernando Schools schedule). (3/30)
    -Collecting "Quarantine Care Packages" for clients. Also posting activities on their Facebook.
  • American Red Cross:
    -Still assisting victims of natural disasters (fires, etc).
    -Offices are closed to the public. Congregate shelters are closed. (3/30)
    -NOT going door-to-door asking for donations. If a person claiming they represent Red Cross come to your door, contact the local authorities.
  • The Arc Nature Coast*:
    -
    All Life Skills Developement day programs have been closed as of (3/20) until further notice.
  • Boy Scouts of America*:
    -All Scout Shop locations are closed until at least April 1st. As a result, field based staff are working remotely. Offices are closed to customers or guests.
    -Council and District Scouting operations are suspended until at least April 1st.
  • Boys and Girl's Club Hernando*:
    -As of (4/10), Westside location is closed.
  • Catholic Charities* (Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center)
    -Offices closed until forther notice. Providing health screenings over the phone (352) 686-9897 ext. 508
  • Dawn Center of Hernando*:
    -Vagina Monologues fundraiser postponed until further notice.
    -Shelter services still open.
    -24/7 Hotline: (352) 686-8430
    -DONATIONS of cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, non-perishable food items, diapers, and disinfecting spray currently accepted.
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services*:
    -Offices closed until March 31st, employees working from home.
    -Call 727-853-1010to leave a message for assistance. 
  • Early Learning Coalition*:
    -Summer Breakspot Locator ativated to find free meals for children under 18. Enter zipcode to find closest location to you: SummerBreakSpot.FreshFromFlorida.com.
    -Visit their Facebook page for tips and tricks to handwashing, age-appropriate ways to talk to children about the virus, activities for young children, and many more resources.
  • Jericho Road Ministries*:
    -Currently not accepting night-by-night shelter stays. (3/23)
    -Food Barn open Tuesday and Friday from 9am-12pm as a drive-thru service.
    -DONATIONS of canned goods and cleaning products are currently accepted at all Thrift Store and Food Barn locations.
    -Call (352) 573-8706 for more information.
  • Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind*
    -All office locations closed to the public until further notice. (3/23)
    -Many classes, services, & groups are being modified to continue serving by phone & online.
    -Call (352) 754-1132 for services.
  • Mid-Florida Community Services*:
    -Offices currently closed. (3/20)
    -Congregate meal sites currently closed. 
    -Meals on Wheels still in operation for ages 60+. Visit this site for qualifications and how to sign up.
    -Head Start/Early Head Start: all locations will be closed the week of March 23, 2020; however, staff will be in constant contact with the families served through the program to meet their needs.
  • Mid-Florida Homeless Coalition*:
    -Serving Citrus, Hernando, Lake, and Sumter counties.
    -As of (4/6), Outreach currently operational and reaching out to homeless population.
    -Call (352) 860-2308 for assistance or an assessment by phone. (4/6)
  • NAMI Hernando*:
    -Offices currently closed to the public.
    -Offering support over the phone at (352) 684-0004. Can also sign up for Wellness Care Call Checks by emailing namihernando@tampabay.rr.com.
    -Online support groups available using Zoom. Visit NAMI's Facebook for days and times.
  • People Helping People in Hernando County*:
    -All events postponed until further notice.
    -Help Center is closed to all visitors, including showers and laundry facility. (3/30)
    -Sunday Blessings are prepackaged and handed out in parking lot instead of as a served meal.
  • Salvation Army:
    -Social Services still open, 9am-1pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
    -Worship service is streaming only on Facebook.
    -Food pantry open Tuesday from 9am-12pm as a drive-thru service.
    -Clothing pantry currently closed.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society*:
    -Thrift stores currently closed.
    -All church services are being streamed online.
    -Feeding Tampa Bay coordinating a food pick-up service, date and time TBD.
    -Distributing food donations to individual conferences for their distribution (as of 4/4)
    -From 4/4-5/4, providing "emergency food intervention" to a predetermined selection of clients. 
  • Obria* (formerly A New Generation):
    -All parenting classes are now offered online.
    -Office open on a client case-by-case basis. (4/6) Call (352) 544-0911 for more information or to book an appointment.
    -Diapers and wipes available for those in need on Wednesdays from 11am-1pm.
         -Call (352) 544-0911 to coordinate a pick-up of diapers, wipes, or formula if you are in need. Walk-ins are NOT accepted.
         - DONATIONS of diapers and wipes are also accepted.
  • United Cerebral Palsy*:
  • Vincent House:
    -Currently closed.
    -Virtual Clubhouse via Facebook Group.
  • Youth and Family Alternatives*
  • The Y: All programs and activities are suspended until further notice.
    -Still providing childcare for essential workers (3/25). Call 352-688-9622 for more information. For registration, visit www.ymcasuncoast.org/relief-care.
    -Feeding America Mobile Food Pantry will still be at The Y on April 2nd 4:00pm-5:30pm and open to the community.