Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass COVID-19 Updates

Stay tuned for updates on committee meetings, orientations, Match events, fundraisers, and events in the months of March, April, and beyond. We have also included a list of resources for families and individuals in Fayette, Montgomery, Madison and Boyle Counties below. 

Bowl for Kids' Sake

We've made the difficult decision to cancel all previously postponed in-person Bowl for Kids’ Sake events for 2020, which includes the remainder of our Fayette County public events, as well as events for The Brokerage - Real Estate AdvisorsLeadership Lexington, Montgomery County, and Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass. However, we’d still love to celebrate with all of our teams and are planning a virtual event on Facebook and YouTube for May 17th! Since we’re over $25,000 away from reaching our goal, we hope bowlers with canceled events will consider re-joining us as we attempt to raise $115,000 to defend the potential of youth in Central Kentucky.

DONATE AND FEED A FAMILY IN NEED: Thanks to a generous matching gift challenge by Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe, your donation can have an even bigger impact when we need it most. For every $50 raised through Bowl for Kids’ Sake from now through May 28th, Taziki’s will donate 5 meals to families in our program (up to $10,000/1,000 meals)! Visit www.bbbs-bluegrass.org/bfks to donate.

Office Hours

We are following the Governor's recommendation and asking all of our employees to work from home, when possible. Therefore, our office will not have regular open hours until further notice. Each of our staff will have access to email and will continue to provide support to our matches during this time. With that being said, our office phone line will be transferred to a staff member's phone during regular office hours. Certainly feel free to call us at 859-231-8181 if you need anything at all. 

Match Outings

Due to the recent suggested change to school systems, which asks for schools to close for the remainder of the school year, we have decided that all in-person match activities should be suspended until further notice. We hope that you'll be creative in keeping in touch, with many of you already beginning that process, by talking over the phone, playing video games together, and FaceTiming. Reach out to your Case Manager if you’d like to discuss your particular situation or to discuss creative ideas for continuing to build your match relationship without seeing each other in-person.


NATIONAL COVID-19 UPDATES

Click here to view the latest information regarding COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The tax filing deadline has moved to July 15. Click here for more information.


KENTUCKY RESOURCES AND UPDATES

COVID-19 UPDATES

Click here to view the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s website communicating the latest information about COVID-19. A hotline has also been setup at (800) 722-5725.

ELECTION UPDATE

The Commonwealth of Kentucky's Primary elections have been postponed to until June 23. Click here to read more.

INTERNET ACCESS

  • Charter/Spectrum - Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.In addition, Charter will not terminate service to any current residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic and will waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Comcast - In addition, Comcast is also offering two free months of Internet service to low-income households. The deadline to apply to that program is April 30, and you can find more information on that here.

UTILITIES

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has ordered all utilities under its jurisdiction to suspend disconnections for non-payment, as well as late payment fees. Click here to learn more.

Prior to the announcement, independent efforts were also taken by Kentucky Utilities, Atmos Energy, Columbia Gas, Kentucky American Water, and others, to ensure utilities are not cut off and customers are not penalized for late payments during this time.

CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE FUND

Led by a partnership between United Way of the Bluegrass and Blue Grass Community Foundation, the Coronavirus Response Fund will provide flexible resources to organizations in our joint service region working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic consequences of this outbreak. To learn more or donate, visit https://www.bgcf.org/coronavirus.


FAYETTE COUNTY RESOURCES AND UPDATES

COVID-19 UPDATES

Click here to view Lexington’s website for COVID-19 updates.

FAYETTE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

The Fayette County Health Department website can be viewed here, and their Facebook page can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/LFCHD/.

FAYETTE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS RESOURCES

  • FCPS Learning Unplugged - To access Fayette County Public School’s full Learning Unplugged packet and other FCPS resources, visit fcps.net/covid19.

  • Medical Care - Bluegrass HealthFirst Clinics at FCPS schools will remain open to provide medical care for children and families. Click here for a list of clinics and to call to schedule an appointment.

  • Mental Health - District Mental Health Professionals will be on call to help students and families. To access this service call 859-381-4100.

  • FRYSC - Family Resource and Youth Service Centers will be available by phone to support families with essential needs. Click here for a list of FRYSCs.

FOOD ASSISTANCE

  • FCPS Feeding Sites - Children can receive free food at Lexington schools courtesy of Fayette County Public Schools. Click here for more information.

  • God’s Pantry Assistance - God’s Pantry has set up a website with information about COVID-19 assistance. Click here to view. Information can also be found on God Pantry’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/godspantryfoodbank.

  • Restaurant Worker's Relief Program - The LEE Initiative, short for Let's Empower Employment, is expanding its reach to Lexington. The initiative will set up in Great Bagel & Bakery on Boston Road (3650 Boston Road, Suite 108, Lexington), Thursday, March 26. With the help of Makers Mark, The LEE Initiative is offering help to anyone in need of food and/or supplies. Each night, hundreds of to-go dinners will be packed and offered to recently unemployed restaurant workers. The dinners are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. They are limited to one per person, unless there is an emergency situation. Pick-up time is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. nightly. In order to receive a meal, or other supplies, you must show proper ID and have identifying paperwork to prove recent employment at a restaurant. Click here to read more.

  • Humana Basic Needs Program - If a Humana member is food insecure, they can request a meal kit delivery for a member in need. The Basic Needs Team will quickly match the request to a resource and fulfill the request. Meal referrals can be submitted to Kelli Soard at [email protected] and must include the following: Member Name; Address; Phone Number; Member Number; Member Date of Birth; Which Plan (Medicare, Commerical, Medicaid); Dietary Restrictions; Can they store freezer meals or are shelf-stable meals needed?

ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE

  • Families First - If you know someone who needs access to formula, diapers or other basic needs for their family, Families First might be able to help. Call the Family Care Center (859-288-4040) and leave a message detailing your name and phone number. Someone will return your call within 24 hours and schedule a curbside pickup time at our distribution location (Family Care Center, 1135 Harry Sykes Way). Please note: You must first call and receive a confirmation prior to visiting the distribution location. They are unable to provide items to those dropping by the distribution location.

  • Operation: Compassion - Fayette County Sheriff’s Office has started Operation: Compassion for those who need medications, groceries or essential supplies picked up. They will provide welfare checks for loved ones who may be shut-in. For assistance, call (859) 252-1771.

  • Mutual Aid - A Mutual Aid Assistance form has been created to connect those who either need or are able to provide assistance. Click here to complete the form.


MONTGOMERY COUNTY RESOURCES AND UPDATES

COUNTY WEBSITE

https://montgomerycounty.ky.gov/

MONTGOMERY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Click here for updates from the Montgomery County Health Department. Their Facebook page can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/MontgomeryCountyHealth/.

MT. STERLING ADVOCATE

The Mt. Sterling Advocate has been posting updates on closings and delays in the county via their Facebook page and website.

FOOD ASSISTANCE

  • Montgomery County Public Schools – A complete list of feeding sites can be viewed here.

  • Sterling Community Food Coalition – The coalition will resume service on March 19. Updates can be found via their Facebook page.


MADISON COUNTY RESOURCES AND UPDATES

COUNTY WEBSITE

https://www.madisoncountyky.us/

MADISON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Click here to view the Madison County Health Department’s website or click here for their Facebook page.

THE RICHMOND REGISTER

The Richmond Register has been posting regular updates concerning COVID-19 on their website and Facebook page.

FOOD ASSISTANCE

Madison County Schools, Berea Kids Eat and Berea Community Schools have teamed up to make sure children ages 18 and younger will stay fed during the break for COVID-19. Click here to learn more.


BOYLE COUNTY RESOURCES AND UPDATES

COUNTY WEBSITE

http://boyleky.com/

BOYLE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Information on Boyle County Health Department’s response to COVID-19 can be found here. Updates have also been posted to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/healthyBoyleCo.

THE ADVOCATE MESSENGER

The Advocate Messenger has been posting regular updates concerning COVID-19 on their website and Facebook page.

FOOD ASSISTANCE

If you are in need of food support during the school cancellation due to COVID-19, you can complete the survey found here.


VIRTUAL RESOURCES

  • 10 Percent Happier - In times like these, we need practical, actionable ways of coping with stress, fear, and anxiety. The meditations, podcasts, blog posts, and talks on the page found here can help you build resilience and find some calm amidst the chaos.

  • ABCmouse - ABCmouse.com is offering their lessons in different subjects like math, science and art for free thanks to UNICEF. All you have to do is go to ABCmouse.com/redeem and type in the code "AOFLUNICEF".

  • Scholastic - Scholastic Learn at Home is also offering their lessons for free. You can choose activities within from grade levels between PreK and 6+. These include e-books kids can read along with, and educational videos under their "Watch and learn Library.”

  • Google Museum Tours - Google is offering free virtual tours of more than 1,200 museums across the globe through their Arts and Culture

  • Khan Academy – The Khan Academy is a free resource with a library of standards-aligned lessons covering kindergarten through early college math, grammar, science, history, AP® courses, SAT® preparation, and more. They have created additional resources in response to COVID-19. Learn more and sign up at https://www.khanacademy.org/.

  • Prodigy Math Games – Prodigy Math Games is a free engaging, curriculum-aligned math platform loved by over 50 million students, teachers and admins. Sign up at https://www.prodigygame.com/.

  • Other Online Resources - Click here for a list of Virtual Field Trips, Learning Resources, Video Content, Activities, and Online Reading Resources, courtesy of the Gateway Regional Arts Center.