From the federal government to your local food bank, there are many resources to help families get through this challenging time.
Is there a centralized location where I can find local resources?
Graduate Tacoma and The Tacoma Urban League have partnered to build a directory of local resources, from drive-up school meal sites to basic needs relief to remote learning tools. Visit the Tacoma COVID-19 Resources site to search for Tacoma-area resources.
Where can I get the financial help I need for my family or my small business?
- Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department COVID-19 Financial Resources page
- Washington Employment Security Department page for workers & businesses affected by COVID-19 (includes a worker Q&A and an employer Q&A, with links)
- Coronavirus and Your Financial Health: Answers, tips and advice for staying financially well during the COVID-19 pandemic
- How to access free Comcast Xfinity WiFi
- Find Pierce Transit's WiFi Hotspots in Lakewood and Spanaway
- Apply for the Tacoma Public Utilities Emergency Assistance Program
- Apply for housing assitance through Pierce County if you need help maintaining your housing due to COVID-19. Must be a Pierce County resident living outside Tacoma and earn below 50% of the area median income (AMI). Apply by calling 253-841-8886 (ext. 800) or emailing COVID-RA@shareandcarehouse.org.
Where can I get help with food?
- Free meal distribution sites for school children
- Tacoma School District Meals on Bus Wheels
- Nourish Mobile Food Bank visits Parking Lot F, near Mildred Street, every Tuesday 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Nourish has many locations throughout the county. Find a location that works for you.
- TCC's Max and Margi Titan Food Pantry is located in Building 17. It's closed right now, along with the campus, but we're exploring ways to get food to students in the near future. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
- List of Tacoma and Pierce County Food Banks
- To access food and other resources, contact Pierce County 211 online or call 211.
- Apply for food benefits (SNAP)
Are the busses still running?
- Pierce Transit has cut back on its routes due to reduced ridership, but all busses that are still running are currently free of charge. Please use the back entrance to promote social distancing measures. Find Pierce Transit bus routes.
Where can I find information about schools and childcare?
- The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department COVID-19 Information for Schools and Childcare
How can I keep my kids learning while the schools are closed?
- Visit the Tacoma Public Schools online resources page
- Share tips with local parents on the 253 Parents Get Resourceful Facebook page
- Find online resources through the Tacoma Public Library system
- Get free sample schedules and online learning resources through Khan Academy
What if my home isn't a safe place for me or my kids?
- Contact the Pierce County YWCA if you need emergency shelter, advocacy and support.
How can I help my community?
- There is a great need for blood donations right now, but donations must be pre-scheduled. Schedule a blood donation.
- The Nourish Pierce County food truck that visits TCC on Tuesday nights relies on volunteers. Contact email@example.com to volunteer.
- The TCC Emergency Fund provides TCC students with short-term assistance when they encounter issues that might cause them to drop out of school. You can donate through the TCC Foundation.
How can I find mental health resources?
The Pacific Anxiety Group (PAG) is pleased to provide a free, online support group for anyone looking to connect and support one another as we navigate life in this new era of COVID-19.