Cascade City-County Health Department: https://www.cchdmt.org/2020/02/coronavirus-covid-19-facts/
City of Great Falls: https://greatfallsmt.net/citymanager/covid-19-updates
Great Falls Public Schools COVID-19 Response: https://gfps.k12.mt.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/GFPS-Covid19-3-20-3.pdf
Local Resources from United Way and 2-1-1: Local help with childcare, food, energy assistance, unemployment assistance, and more is available. People can call the community help resource line 2-1-1 or search www.montana211.org [https://montana211.org/]to find resources that fit their needs. Calling the 2-1-1 line will help free medical and emergency responders to address immediate health needs.
Please call 2-1-1 for INFORMATION about local services. Please call 9-1-1 for EMERGENCIES.
Local Health Care Provider COVID-19 Helplines:
Great Falls Clinic: 406-454-7275
Montana Coronavirus Task Force: https://covid19.mt.gov/
Montana Department of Public Health: https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusmt
Montana COVID-19 GIS Story Map: https://montana.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=7c34f3412536439491adcc2103421d4b
Questions about the virus may be directed to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services at: firstname.lastname@example.org or their COVID19 information line at 1-888-333-0461.
NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU): https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6
Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Whitehouse COVID-19 Response: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf
National Library of Medicine: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/index.html#Novel_Coronavirus
National Institutes of Health: https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/
United Way of Cascade County coordinating community virus response & recovery
United Way of Cascade County is working with local government to coordinate nonprofit resources to streamline community efforts to help our neighbors and make resources easily accessible to individuals and families in need.
We will be regularly updating the community and our donors by email and hope that you share it with your friends, coworkers, neighbors and family who may need resources or are looking for a way to help.
We are currently focusing our efforts on three strategies:
COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund: United Way of Cascade County has created a COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery fund to support local organizations who are seeing an increased demand on their services. Demands for food, homeless supports and other resources are already stretching the abilities of local nonprofits to respond.
Our goal is to raise $50,000 this week. The United Way board unanimously voted to use $10,000 in emergency reserves to the fund, bringing our fundraising total to $13,300. 100% of donations will be allocated to supporting service organizations as they address ongoing and new needs within our community. United Way vows to be transparent with how these funds are used. Initial donations will focus on providing food, housing and energy assistance to families and helping the homeless in our community.
Click here to give online, or mail checks to United Way of Cascade County, PO Box 1343, Great Falls, MT, 59403.
2-1-1 Referrals and Updates: People in need of childcare, food, energy, housing assistance and more can dial 2-1-1 to ask questions and find updated resources that fit their needs. The website www.montana211.org includes statewide resources that can be searched by county. United Way also is reaching out to local nonprofits and updating our website with information on impacts and changes to the most relevant local services. Click here to go to that page.
Sharing volunteer and community needs: United Way and RSVP staff will regularly update our volunteer website with needs for volunteers, food and other donations. Many organizations like Meals on Wheels, St. Vincent de Paul and others rely heavily on senior volunteers. We are also recruiting volunteers to call seniors who may feel isolated.
Please regularly check, www.volunteergreatfalls.org to see updated ways to help our community.
We are also working to keep staff safe by encouraging them to work from home when possible. United Way of Cascade County is grateful to our partner organizations, staff and donors. We are committed to leading the effort to meet the needs of our local community.