At the Women’s Resource Center, our utmost concern is the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, clients and community. News about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) increases daily. It is important to respond to our community’s needs, especially as those needs evolve or change during this time. Below we have provided a list of local resources that may be able to help.

The WRC Resource Report – a weekly report that highlight local and national resources during this time.

WRC Remote Programs & Services are available! More information here.

Please stay safe, and continue to follow best practices from the CDC.

News & Emergency Resources

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFRCA). This guidance provides fact sheets for both employers and employees as well as a Q&A regarding implementation.The guidance is available in three parts:

United Way FREE Hotline

2-1-1 is a FREE service provided by United Way that connects area residents to critical health and social service resources when they need help. From help with a household bill, food assistance, or counseling for suicide prevention, calling United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round. Instead of searching the phone book or internet when faced with a crisis, think of 2-1-1 as your first call for help.

People can reach 2-1-1:

By phone – Dial 211

By Email – uw211help@gmail.com

By Online Chat

By Text – Text zip code to 898-211

Season of Sharing Fund

Season of Sharing helps individuals and families on the verge of homelessness who reside in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. The funds may be used for rental assistance, utility bills, child care, transportation, food vouchers and other expenses associated with helping families get back on their feet.

Individuals seeking funds, must meet with a caseworker through a social service agency to apply for the funds.

Not sure which agency matches your needs? United Way 2-1-1 assists potential clients in finding an appropriate agency.

Financial Resources:

Economic Impact Payments – What you need to know

Apply for Reemployment Assistance online here

If you do not currently have access to a computer, or are having issues with the website you can now apply via paper by:

  • CareerSource locations across the state will be providing paper applications and assisting Floridians with submitting their Reemployment Assistance applications. Visit CareerSourceFlorida.com for information and center locations.
  • FedEx is offering free printing and mailing of Reemployment Assistance paper applications at over 100 storefronts across the state.
  • Applications can be downloaded at FloridaJobs.org/COVID-19. Once the application is complete, individuals should mail them to:
    • Florida Department of Economic Opportunity – P.O. Box 5350, Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350

Food Service Sites:

Mobile Pantries Available Times And Dates

  • Roy McBean Boys & Girls Club – 1790 21st St, Sarasota, March 25, 2020, 9:30 am to 10:30 am.
  • Food Pantry: Salvation Army is distributing food at their 1400 10th Street, Sarasota, location. Please call 954-Hope (4673) for an appointment. Open Monday thru Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 p.m
  • Feeding Site: Mental Health Community Centers, Inc. 240B South Tuttle Ave, Sarasota. 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Serving to go meals.
  • The Oasis Center (Samoset) is distributing food on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Restoration Church 3505 5th St. East, Bradenton, FL 34208 – 941-465-2961 distributes food on Tuesdays.
  • Salvation Army North Port (groceries)- 4940 Pan American Blvd, North Port | 7:30 am-3 pm
  • **South County Food Pantry (groceries)- 121 Warfield Ave, Venice |9 am-12 pm
  • Trinity United Methodist Church (groceries)- 4285 Wesley Ln, North Port | 9 am-1 pm
  • Salvation Army Venice (groceries)- 1051 Albee Farm Rd, Venice | 9 am-4:30 pm
  • Face of Hope (groceries)- 12765 S Tamiami Trl, North Port | 10 am-11 am
  • **Church of the Palms (groceries)- 3224 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota |10 am-1 pm
  • Trinity United Methodist Church (sack meal)- 304 W. Oak St, Arcadia | 11 am-12:30 pm
  • Desoto Food and Resource Center (groceries)- 1021 E. Oak St, Arcadia | 2 pm-6pm
  • **New Hope Community Church (groceries)- 5600 S Biscayne Dr, North Port | 3 pm-5 pm
  • **Booker Middle (produce)- 2250 Myrtle St, Sarasota | 4:30 pm-5:30 pm
  • Manatee Mobile Food Pantry – 3100 26th Street West, Bradenton, Florida 34205 – Thursdays | 4:00 pm-5 pm

Employment Resources

For Job-Seekers

Helpful Job Searching Tools

For Parents & Families

Educational Resources

Talking to Kids About COVID-19

Family Safety Guidelines and Resources

Resources for Children at Home

Self Care Resources

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