Community Connections

Burlington-Edison School District Coronavirus COVID-19 Information Page is a good place to look for updates.  Their Food Services page is an incredible resource for student food service information.  Starting in September, the B-E School District has developed a multi-day food kit for students.    Follow the school district on their Facebook page for updates also.
Burlington-Edison School District Emergency Update Phone Lines :
English: 360-542-3595
Spanish: 360-542-3596
Mixteco: 360-542-3597

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resources page has great information for small businesses trying to access the Families First Coronavirus Response Act sick, medical, and family leave and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security  (CARES) Act programs.  They have also included a list of services that are available in the Burlington area, where you can access Wi-Fi, public restrooms, parks, golf courses, and restaurants providing take out.   

City of Burlington Police Department Community Newsletter

Farming During COVID-19 Direct marketing farms have questions about how to keep customers and workers safe.  This video offers quick and relevant guidance with specific tips for adapting safety procedures for u-pick farm, farms stands, and farm-direct deliveries. The Spanish version is here.

FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
Congress has tasked the FCC with developing a new $3.2 billion program to help U.S. households that are struggling to pay for internet service during the pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for those on Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute between $10 and $50 toward the purchase price. Program eligibility details and participating providers will be announced in the coming weeks. Learn more.

Community Action of Skagit County updates their page daily with service updates for the community.  Look here for information on take-out lunch service, energy assistance, and housing and homelessness services.

Community Action has put together an incredible Spreadsheet with resources for the Latinx Community (including undocumented individuals) if you are an immigrant or have immigrant family members.  They have also provided this useful information on the City of Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refug ee Affairs partnering with El Comite and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Including: FAQs for immigrants who want to know more about how the issue of public charge might affect their ability to access healthcare and other services during this COVID-19 outbreak.

Community Action is bringing back their Free Virtual 10 week Citizen Class in February! Students will get help filling out the US citizen application, study for the interview questions, and practice the reading and writing requirements.  Students need to have a language proficiency of a level 4 or higher.  For more information or to register call (360) 853-6456.  The deadline to register is February 10th.

Financial Resources for Washington State Residents The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by the Coronavirus.

Skagit County Commissioners kick start Mortgage Assistance Program: The Skagit County Board of Commissioners released application materials for a new mortgage assistance program to assist low-income homeowners impacted by the COVID-19 economic downturn. The application information is available at www.skagitcounty.net/Departments/Health. Applications must be hand delivered or mail to Skagit Public Health at:
Skagit County Public Health
700 South Second, Rm. 301
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Running Start Pilot Scholarship Program Students can receive funding for their fees if they enroll over their eligibility. They may also receive a $10 bookstore voucher for every eligible credit they are enrolled in. The funding is available for Winter Quarter and potentially Spring, if any funds remain.
The funding is first-come, first-served and students must qualify in the following ways:
1.      Qualify for the low-income waiver at SVC and be coded as such in our system (requires proper signatures regarding   Free/Reduced Meals on the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form or an eligibility letter from the school district)
2.      Be enrolled in at least one Running Start course for the quarter they are applying for
3.      Have a college GPA of 2.0 (or have not yet established a college GPA)

Looking for Wi-Fi Access? Below is a map of community services (in red) that are making their Wi-Fi available to everyone for free and of Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots (in yellow) that are available for free right now.

Local area Wi-Fi Hotspots are available at the Burlington Public Library, City Hall, Parks and Rec, Visitor Information Center, the Police Department, the Fire Department, and Haggen Food and Pharmacy.  For a map of Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots, enter your location here.

Fill out the Application for Express Printing for important paper work that needs to be printed. If you are trying to get back to work and need your resume printed, you are trying to get your unemployment benefits, or need immigration paper work printed out, upload your files and we call you when your prints are available for pickup.

Scanning Documents: if you need documents scanned so that they can be emailed while the library is closed, many smart phones can act as scanners. The New York Times has a great article explaining it here.  Most Android phones will ask if you want to scan a document, just by opening the camera app.  Lay your document on a flat surface and a "Tap to Scan" box will pop up on the screen.  The Google Drive app on an Android phone will also allow you to scan documents.  Click the (+) button and a menu with the scan option will pop up.  For Apple users, EvernoteCamScanner, and TurboScan have free apps that will allow you to scan your documents into pdf format.  There are both free and premium versions available for these three apps.  

Free and Low Cost Internet Programs Available to Help Make Internet Service More Affordable. 

Northwest Educational Service District Health Information

OnwardWa Matches individuals that have lost their jobs as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to desperately needed help. Our intelligent matching system will pair you with job listings and resources that align with your needs.

Skagit County Health Information

Skagit Food Distribution Center continues to be an important link to make sure enough nutritious food is available for everyone in Skagit County. The centralized distribution hub receives food shipments from large-scale emergency food providers such as Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest and local farmers, and coordinates efforts to bring more nutritious food into the county for the 15 food banks and meal programs that feed hungry families.

Taxes: for those in need of their tax refund during this time, Free File is available through IRS.gov and the deadline has been extended to June 15th.  Anyone making less than $69,000 a year can use Free File to do their taxes online for free.  The IRS is also providing information about the Economic Impact Payments on their Coronavirus Tax Relief Page.

If you have not filed your taxes in the last two years or do not have a bank account number on file to get a direct deposit from the IRS, Non-Filers can now enter your information on this Free File portal set up by the IRS.  The link will first take you to the IRS website with a button mid-page that will take you to the secure Free Portal form to create an account.  

Sea Mar Community Resource Navigator can help families get signed up for health insurance and find food assistance.

Washington State COVID-19 Response is where all state agencies provide their information and emergency actions. Start here for links to the State Department of Health, resources for individuals and families, travelers and commuters, the latest information on unemployment benefits for business and workers and small business support from the Department of Employment Security, local health departments, and for childcare, K-12, and higher education.   

Washington 2-11 connects you to community resources statewide. Dial 2-1-1 or visit wa211.org.

Washington State Library’s COVID-19 Resource Guide has collocated resources on the Washington State COVID-19 Response, free online learning resources, and even cleaning guides.  Their guide is incredibly helpful and filled with some really fun activities for students learning at home.

Washington State Department of Health

WIC of Mt. Vernon  The Official WIC program is available to low to moderate income pregnant women, recently delivered women, breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk. Fathers can also bring their children to apply for WIC. You may apply for WIC if you are working or unemployed. Check the Income Guidelines Table to see if you are eligible for WIC.