Throughout the pandemic Alliance’s Community Health and Well-Being team have been out in the community to ensure that the needs of our citizens are still being met. We’ve partnered with numerous organizations to distribute food, supplies, children’s masks, and a COVID-19 coloring book.
“Joey the Kangaroo and Her Coping with COVID Plan” was created by Lindsey Atkins, LCSW at the UNC Child and Adolescent Outpatient Program. This coloring book is available in both English and Spanish. If you are interested in the coloring books for your organization, please let us know.
- Virtual trainings on a variety of topics are available for community members and providers.
- We hosted virtual resource fairs featuring information about Durham and Wake Networks of Care, our Independent Living Initiative, and resources and services available through county agencies. These fairs are archived for viewing here:
- We partnered with local food insecurity and homeless service organization to help ensure people in need in our communities could access food and critical supplies. This included using funds that had been planned for now canceled programs and events to contribute food, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, healthy snacks, books, diapers and formula, and art supplies and games to community partners who distribute them to those who need them.
- Alliance staff also distributed and shared with community partners educational flyers related to COVID19 and stress/anxiety.
- We printed 15,000 copies of the coloring book “Joey the Kangaroo and Her Coping with Covid Plan” for distribution by community partners to help kids understand COVID-19.
- We implemented a FEMA Crisis Counseling Program grant, which has allowed the state to extend the Hope4NC program to provide COVID-related emotional support and service connections to people who need them. Our participation includes helping to staff the Hope4NC helpline (1-855-587-3463) with four Alliance System of Care (SOC) coordinators.
- We are using funds that were meant for sponsorships at events to purchase cloth masks for children and distributing them to a variety of organizations in each county.