COVID-19 Information Hub
On June 8, 2020, Governor Janet Mills issued a multilayered plan, called Keep Maine Healthy, that aims to protect the health of Maine people and visitors while allowing the opportunity for people to visit Maine and support Maine small businesses during the summer months.
The plan rests on three cornerstones: 1) Either quarantining for 14 days or having visitors certify that they have received a recent negative COVID-19 test to stay in lodging establishments, such as hotels, or be arriving from specific states, as an alternative to quarantine; 2) increasing symptom checks at places where visitors tend to go; and 3) supporting community promotion of COVID-19 prevention best practices and public health education.
If you need support from the Community Development Corporation, please call us at 207-372-2193 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Executive Orders
All current State of Maine Executive Orders for residents and visitors can be found at:
If you need food, prescriptions or other essentials, please check our flyer for updated options to reduce your contact with other residents during quarantine
For information about symptoms, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you are sick, consult the US CDC website:
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately
- Dial 911
- Community Paramedic (Amy Drinkwater) 207-975-6053
- Maine Statewide Crisis Hotline 1-888-568-1112
Testing for COVID-19
Both Penbay and Miles hospitals have set up testing clinics that are open daily. Both hospitals require patients with primary physicians to call their primary physician first. Patients without a primary care physician can call directly to be screened by a nurse. Please note that test kits are limited, and many non-severe cases will not be tested.
8 Wellness Ave., Rockland
Dorothy White Building in the ER parking lot
35 Miles Avenue., Damariscotta
Preventing the Spread
What you can do to help prevent the spread, including wearing a mask as per Governor Mills’ Executive Order:
The US Centers for Disease Control recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Here are some tips on safe and proper mask use.
If you are the caretaker for a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, follow these detailed guidelines.
If you have been exposed to someone who had or develops COVID-19 symptoms, you and your household should self-quarantine for 14 days
Individual Financial Assistance/Unemployment
NOTE: Self-employed individuals, including 1099 workers, farmers and fishermen, can now file for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. See below.
NOTE: As of 5/26, processing times for Unemployment will rise as the Maine Dept. of Labor attempts to deal with a large rise in fraudulent claims: https://www.penbaypilot.com/article/dept-labor-reinstating-normal-processing-time-initial-unemployment-claims-briefly-pau/134453
File a claim here: https://reemployme.maine.gov or call 1 (800) 593-7660 Monday-Friday, with hours now extended to 8AM-3:00PM.
Benefits, rules, and payment expectations are changing daily. For the latest on them: https://www.maine.gov/unemployment/
NOTE: Starting Monday, April 6, Maine people seeking to file for unemployment by calling the 800 number with last names beginning with A-H should call on Monday; I-Q on Tuesday; R-Z on Wednesday.
For more information for COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits: https://www.maine.gov/labor/docs/2020/covid19/covidfaqandui.pdf
Unemployment for the Self-Employed (Pandemic Unemployment Assistance)
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) provides unemployment coverage for the self-employed and others not normally covered by state unemployment insurance. There are a wide number workers not traditionally covered by unemployment who are now eligible. PUA was created through the federal CARES Act and provides up to 39 weeks of benefits through December 26, 2020.
Applications for unemployment benefits for the self-employed in Maine may be filed beginning at 8:00 AM on May 1.
Tips for initial application and weekly filing can be found here:
Paid Sick Leave
You may be eligible for paid sick leave if you are affected by COVID-19.
- Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate of pay where the employee is unable to work because the employee is quarantined (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), and/or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis; or
- Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay because the employee is unable to work because of a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order or advice of a health care provider), or to care for a child (under 18 years of age) whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19, and/or the employee is experiencing a substantially similar condition as specified by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Secretaries of the Treasury and Labor; and
- Up to an additional 10 weeks of paid expanded family and medical leave at two-thirds the employee’s regular rate of pay where an employee, who has been employed for at least 30 calendar days, is unable to work due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.
Economic Impact Payment
U.S. residents will receive the Economic Impact Payment of $1,200 for individual or head of household filers, and $2,400 for married filing jointly if they are not a dependent of another taxpayer and have a work eligible Social Security number with adjusted gross income up to:
- $75,000 for individuals
- $112,500 for head of household filers and
- $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns
Taxpayers will receive a reduced payment if their AGI is between:
- $75,000 and $99,000 if their filing status was single or married filing separately
- 112,500 and $136,500 for head of household
- $150,000 and $198,000 if their filing status was married filing jointly
If you are a non-filer of taxes, you are still eligible:
What if I lost my insurance or don’t have any?
You may be eligible for free or low-cost insurance through MaineCare or the Marketplace. You may also be eligible for other programs that can help with the costs of COVID-19 testing and other medical care you may need. More information here:
Maine and the Federal Government have moved Tax Day to July 15, 2020, this year.
The MaineHousing COVID-19 Rent Relief Program is for renters who cannot afford to pay their rent due to circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic. The program is designed to provide a one time payment of up to $500, until the federal relief funds get to the individuals who need them.
More on the program including eligibility:
Governor Mills signed an Executive Order on April 16 that, when taken in combination with a March 18 order issued by the Maine Court System, will prevent the immediate eviction of tenants other than those who engage in dangerous or unlawful conduct for the duration of the state of emergency. The Governor also strengthened the penalties for landlords who may try to evict tenants by unlawful means, and she extended the timeframe for the eviction process in the event that the Courts reopen before the Governor’s state of emergency is terminated.
Mortgage & Debt Relief
If you can pay your mortgage, pay your mortgage. Don’t call your mortgage servicer if you aren’t facing an immediate issue. Mortgage servicers are getting a lot of calls and need to first help those who won’t be able to pay their mortgage. Check their website first for possible options.
If you can’t pay your mortgage, or can only pay a portion, contact your mortgage servicer immediately. You may need to stay on the phone for a while before the servicer is able to take your call. Loan servicers are also impacted by the pandemic, so may be working with staffing and technology limitations. Please be sure to read this blog carefully so you are prepared for this conversation.
Student Debt Relief:
Student loan borrowers now have more benefits to consider when planning for the potential financial impact from coronavirus. A new federal law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, provides automatic suspension of principal and interest payments on federally-held student loans through September 30, 2020.
Bangor Savings is offering a Specific Unsecured Loan to all qualified borrowers to ease the financial burdens created by COVID-19. Click here to apply online.
Key Bank is providing Temporary Assistance Loans. Starting at 1% APR, our shorter term, no collateral loans are easy to apply for and quickly funded—you could have your money as soon as the same day.1 Available to existing clients only. To learn more and apply, sign on to online and mobile banking.
Maine People’s Alliance Covid-19 Community Assistance Fund: https://mainerstogether.com/
Bartender Emergency Relief Foundation: https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap
Southern Maine Democratic Socialists of America COVID-19 Mutual Aid Response: http://southernmainedsa.org/covid/. Offering direct financial help for immediate needs (less than $100). Make a request, someone will chat with you about your situation, and case-by-case they do payouts on Fridays, or sooner in special circumstances.
Maine AFL-CIO: (207) 622-9675. Will help with questions about accessing unemployment insurance if you are unable to reach the Maine Department of Labor. https://maineaflcio.org/
Food/Child Care/Healthcare and other Emergency Assistance
All St. George residents in need of food assistance are welcome to sign up for our Community Cupboard:
The Community Development Corporation also has an Emergency Fund available for residents.
- Assistance may be requested to fund an emergency situation, but all payments will be made directly to the vendor/service provider.
- The program starts January 1 and concludes when the program budget is reached.
- Assistance is issued by appointment only and an application must be completed. Applications are then reviewed for approval.
- The assistance amount is limited to $250 per household per program year.
- To apply make an appointment by calling 207-372-2193 or emailing email@example.com
Maine has a variety of programs available to qualified needy families. For more on the range of programs:
Small Business Assistance
Paycheck Protection Program
NOTE: As of Monday April 27 the Paycheck Protection Program is again open and applications can be taken through your bank.
If you need help getting started with this program, contact Rob Kelley at the Community Development Corporation for assistance: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) authorizes up to $349 (and now an additional $310) billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. The loans will be administered through your local bank. Here’s a good overview.
The loan amounts will be forgiven as long as:
- The loan proceeds are used to cover payroll costs, and most mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs over the 8 week period after the loan is made; and
- Employee and compensation levels are maintained. Payroll costs are capped at $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee. Due to likely high subscription, it is anticipated that not more than 25% of the forgiven amount may be for non-payroll costs. Loan payments will be deferred for 6 months.
When can I apply?
- As of today, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing SBA lenders.
- Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing SBA lenders, with their application amount being calculated through their 2019 Schedule C. Here is an overview of the process.
- Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans as soon as they are approved and enrolled in the program.
Where can I apply?
You can apply through any existing SBA lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Note that as of May 1, 2020 the SBA will begin accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis only, in order to provide unprecedented relief to U.S. agricultural businesses. The application is available at: www.SBA.gov/Disaster.
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan provides vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by COVID-19.
The Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance funds will be made available within days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.
To apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan and loan advance, click here.
MaineStream Finance Business Booster Loan
MaineStream Finance is offering a Business Booster Loan of
- Loan up to $10,000 to cover up to two months of working capital/operating expenses.
- 2-year term
- Initial few months of payments may be covered by SBA
- Other flexible payment arrangements available
- Fast turn-around, less than 2 weeks/10-business days
Your current lender may have COVID-19 specific programs including debt deferral, SBA-backed emergency loans, and other programs. Check with them directly.
And for more Federal loan options:
Additional Medical/Support Resources
PenBay suspending non-urgent visits: Maine Health has suspended all non-urgent procedures and office appointments. Visitor Policy: Pen Bay Medical Center is limiting hospital visitation, and all visitors will be screened with a set of health questions upon entrance; for full details: https://mainehealth.org/pen-bay-medical-center/patients-visitors/visiting
Maine Family Planning: (207) 922-3222. Financially accessible, non-judgemental reproductive health care. People also sometimes use Maine Family Planning as primary care providers. Maine Family Planning is seeing patients by appointment, providing services and support, but no walk-in appointments or online bookings are being offered currently. They are offering some online telehealth services, will attempt to refill any prescriptions, and are “committed to providing you with excellent, reliable sexual and reproductive health care while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in our communities. We are doing all we can to meet patient needs at this time.” Call (207) 922-3222 to see how they can help you and to make an appointment. https://mainefamilyplanning.org/our-services/covid19/
Knox County Health Clinic: (207) 301-6996 email@example.com https://www.knoxclinic.org/
Medical Program: We have switched to a phone and telehealth model until May 1st – Patients may call the medical clinic at 301-6991 to leave messages regarding appointments, medication refills or other health concerns, including flu-like symptoms. Wednesday evening in-person medical clinics have been canceled through May 1st. Dental Program: Our hygienist offices are closed for the time being. Health and Wellness Program: All group support sessions have been canceled. Limited telephone support may be available for current clinic patients. Prescription Assistance: This program will continue as before, minimizing face-to-face contact, and limiting medication pick-up to specific times.
Free Testing Costs: A law passed by the federal government makes COVID-19 testing free for all, regardless of insurance status. However, a shortage of testing kits persists. Additionally, Governor Mills had previously made an “insurance emergency order” and the state has committed to cover COVID-19 testing for those with Mainecare. However, the cost of treatment is still not necessarily covered by all insurance plans. If you are concerned about treatment costs, speak with the Knox County Health Clinic, or inquire about a waiver at Pen Bay Medical Center.
Domestic and Sexual Violence Support
New Hope for Women: Domestic violence helpline remains open 24/7: 1 (800) 522-3304. New Hope for Women offers non-judgemental advocacy, support as well as legal assistance for those who are victims/survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. www.newhopeforwomen.org/ “To all of the victim-survivors that will likely be disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic: We see you. You Matter. We are here for you.”
Statewide Domestic Violence Helpline: 1 (866) 834-4357; www.mcedv.org. Information, crisis counseling, emotional support and advocacy.
Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine: 24/7 Helpline: 1 (800) 871-7741; texting M-F 8AM-5PM; https://www.sassmm.org/
Alcoholics Anonymous meetings by phone: 2PM daily; 425-436-6360; access code: 422932#
Narcotics Anonymous meetings online: https://virtual-na.org/meetings/
Narcotics Anonymous: 1 (800) 974-0062; www.namaine.org.
Naloxone from Maine Access Points: (207) 319-8823. For naloxone (Narcan), reach out via text or phone: “We are doing brief video chat or phone training and will mail you a kit to any location in Maine. Sending much love and care.”
Rockland Recovery Dharma: Meetings online for the time being. Wednesdays and Sundays 6-7:30PM. To connect via zoom: https://zoom.us/j/592507685; Meeting ID: 592 507 685; the call-in number, if you need to connect by phone is +1 (929) 205 6099.
Statewide Al-Anon: 1-800-498-1844; www.maineafg.org. Help for families and friends of people struggling with alcoholism.
Maine Statewide Crisis Hotline 24/7: 1 (888) 568-1112. For immediate crisis-oriented help.
Speak to a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in St. George for FREE. Call 207-372-2193 to schedule an appointment.
Sadly, there has been a rise in online and phone scams related to COVID-19 and the Coronavirus.
General COVID-19 Scam Awareness
- Hang up on robocalls. Don’t press any numbers. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from scam Coronavirus treatments to work-at-home schemes. The recording might say that pressing a number will let you speak to a live operator or remove you from their call list, but it might lead to more robocalls, instead.
- Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. Scammers are trying to get you to buy products that aren’t proven to treat or prevent the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores. At this time, there also are no FDA-authorized home test kits for the Coronavirus. Visit the FDA to learn more.
- Fact-check information. Scammers, and sometimes well-meaning people, share information that hasn’t been verified. Before you pass on any messages, contact trusted sources. Visit What the U.S. Government is Doing for links to federal, state and local government agencies.
- Know who you’re buying from. Online sellers may claim to have in-demand products, like cleaning, household, and health and medical supplies when, in fact, they don’t.
- Don’t respond to texts and emails about checks from the government. The details are still being worked out. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer.
- Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device.
- Watch for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.
Food Access and Assistance
St George Municipal School Unit is Providing Meals for all children under 18 in the school district: Breakfast and lunch – for all children under 18 in St. George. Seven days’ worth of bagged meals will be provided. Children do not have to be enrolled in school to receive food, nor do they have to qualify for free or reduced-price lunch to participate. The food is delivered by the school’s bus every morning. To register visit: https://foodorder.stgeorgemsu.org/
St. George Community Cupboard is providing food and hygiene items to any resident of St. George. Complete the online order form to receive a food box any week or call 207-372-2193. www.stgeorgecommunity.org/cupboardorder/
Schooner Bay Taxi (594-5000), Joe’s Taxi (975-3560), and Craft Delivery Service in Camden (542-0360) deliver for quite a few businesses.
The Tenants Harbor and Port Clyde General Stores are doing curbside pickup, and Bill and Gayle Steward have offered to do home delivery daily from the Tenants Harbor General Store from 2-4 PM. Call Gayle 207-390-1830 or Bill 207-390-1443, let them know you are placing an order, give them your address then call the General Store 207-372-6311 and place an order, paying with a credit or debit card.
Neighbor to Neighbor (691-7069) will pick up groceries and medications for those unable to afford a paid delivery service, are unable to do it for themselves or who are quarantining due to COVID-19.
Meals on Wheels
Spectrum Generations, the organization who runs MidCoast Meals on Wheels has changed their qualification criteria. Now, anyone over the age of 60 who is practicing social distancing in Brunswick, Harpswell or Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Somerset and Waldo counties, can receive free meals through the service.
Each Meals on Wheels recipient receives two food deliveries per week, which include two or three frozen meals, fruit, bread, juice or milk and a snack or treat. The meals are designed to be healthy and low in sodium.
To get started contact a Nutrition Coordinator at: 207.790.6021
SNAP/TANF and Other Benefits
Note that SNAP/TANF/General Assistance rules and benefits have been expanded in Maine.
Maine has a variety of programs available to qualified needy families. For more on the range of programs:
Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry (AIO): (207) 596-1043; firstname.lastname@example.org 70 Thomaston St., Rockland. Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM; Wednesday 5:00 – 6:30 PM. One visit per month. Pre-packed bags of non-perishable food, according to family size. Stay in your vehicle, food will be brought to you. In the parking lot, a volunteer will ask for your name, town of residence, and family size. Please show ID. Clients will be given a number, asked to stay in the vehicle, and line up to receive bags of food. Clients will be served in their vehicles when their number is called. Toilet paper, toothpaste, and soap from One Less Worry will be included.
WIC (Midcoast Maine Community Action): Appointments over the phone, checks will be mailed. Make sure they have an up-to-date phone number for you. Call or text: (207) 319-04757 or e-mail email@example.com. 7 Union St., Rockland. https://midcoastmainecommunityaction.org/
Thomaston Food Pantry (Serves all of Knox County): 246 Main St, 2nd floor, (207) 354-6004. www.thomastonfoodpantry.org; Tues and Thurs 9-11 AM
Rockland Salvation Army: (207) 594-5326; 27 Payne Avenue, Rockland. The inside of the building will be closed. USDA Food Boxes available Tuesday and Thursday 10 AM-1 PM (Ring doorbell); Fresh rescue room items pre-bagged W-F 10-1, Saturday 10-12; All other social services by appointment. Call Captains Shannon or Keith Davis to schedule: (603) 974- 3872; (603) 974-3873.
Saint Bernard’s Bagged lunches, M-F 11:30 AM-12 PM, 150 Broadway Ave., Rockland (207) 594-5204
Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen: Weekend bagged lunches to go; Saturday 12:30; Sunday 1:00; 11 White Street, Rockland (207) 594-8232
Meals on Wheels for Seniors 60+ MCH Rockland Kitchen Manager (207) 594-2740
Stores Offering Shopping Hours for Seniors 60+, People with Disabilities, Immunocompromised, Pregnant and other potentially vulnerable people: Camden and Rockland Hannaford: Tuesday-Thursday, 6-7 AM. Stores close at 9 PM. Shaw’s: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 AM. The store now closes at 8 PM. Walmart: Tuesdays, 6-7 AM. The store now closes at 8:30 PM.
Maine Farm Directory of Direct Food Pickup and Delivery: Many farms across Maine have added alternative ways customers can obtain farm products to accommodate for social distancing: https://extension.umaine.edu/agriculture/farm-product-and-pickup-directory/?fbclid=IwAR0cquBAWtWENm—aI1MbYiP-6MOmqU_QkTv7yZQfwIjmTku3fy-DiLjtg
Maine’s Working Waterfront-Seafood Connect: “In the midst of everything happening in the world, the fishing community has been hit hard. With seafood distributors and restaurants closing their doors, we connect you with the fresh seafood you’re looking for at an “off the boat” price. You need food- We need to unload traps-Let’s connect.” Oysters, lobsters, crabs, etc. Mostly in Rockland, Thomaston, Belfast. https://www.facebook.com/Maines-Working-Waterfront-Seafood-Connect-109503980681535/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARBRJcyUAhDFeM3CAdqrRZnewqZW4fyBM3EU0us-jiX1V9ep5ArlDqBiMVyOgQcsP8rjFlNxNPjpBdV4
St. George Businesses offering takeout and curbside include: The Black Harpoon, Port Clyde; Ancho Honey, Tenants Harbor; The Sugar Tree, Tenants Harbor; Both General Stores; Hedgerow
Working list of Rockland-area restaurants, café, and bars offering take-out and delivery: https://www.penbaypilot.com/article/working-list-all-midcoast-bars-restaurants-and-delivery-services-offering-food-alcoho/131938
St George Neighbor to Neighbor: Neighbor to Neighbor has suspended services at this time. If you need something picked up or delivered, please call their dispatcher at 207-691-7069.
Concord Coachlines: Bus service is suspended for “the foreseeable future” in Searsport, Belfast, Lincolnville, Camden/Rockport, Rockland, Waldoboro, Damariscotta, Wiscasset, Bath, and Brunswick. No bus service to New York City. Service continues through Portland but has reduced trips to Boston. https://concordcoachlines.com/
DASH Bus, Midcoast Public Transportation: (800) 439-7865;
Due to the current COVID-19 crisis Waldo Community Action Partners will modify the DASH city bus routes and schedules in both Belfast and Rockland temporarily to better serve community members in need during this time.
Beginning on Wednesday April 1 and lasting until April 29th, or further notice, the service will not be traveling a set route and time schedule as usual. Instead the service will be responding to individuals needing to get to essential services such as shopping in town.
The service will be available for in town trips in Rockland and Belfast on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. All trips will be scheduled on a first come basis according to demand and available resources. To reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission this temporary service will be without charge to passengers.
To schedule a pickup or for more information please call customer service at 207 338 4769, Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 4:00pm.
If you are struggling with housing issues, Maine Equal Justice has a comprehensive guide of available options:
Knox County Homeless Coalition: Rockport Campus: (207) 593-8151
The Landing Place: (207) 466-9285. Reach out by phone first rather than physically dropping in. Many life-saving support services will be available to those who need it by contacting a Case Manager via phone. Hospitality House Family Shelter has suspended visitation both to the shelter and the Welcome Center until further notice. Participants of the shelter may only leave for essential needs such as employment. The Landing Place Drop-In Center is closed. Call The Landing Place staff for virtual support. Online donations are encouraged, but clothing, furniture, and household items are not accepted until further notice. Needs for food or goods should be put in a request through a case manager by phone. Van transportation is suspended. Every effort will be made to accommodate emergency and employment transportation needs through other means. www.homehelphope.org
As of 6/3/2020 the Knox County Courthouse has reopened, between 8:00AM and 4:00 PM, with restrictions on who can enter.
FAQ about the many COVID-19 court changes in Maine from Pine Tree Legal Assistance.
Maine residents who have legal questions about how they are being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic can get free answers from the website, maine.freelegalanswers.org, staffed by the Volunteer Lawyers Project
Maine Equal Justice: 1 (866) 626-7059. Nonprofit civil legal aid and economic justice organization working to increase economic security, opportunity, and equity for people in Maine. https://maineequaljustice.org/people/covid-19-resources/
Pine Tree Legal Assistance: (207) 622-4731; call-in hours for the office that serves Knox County are Mondays 12 PM-2:30 PM, Tuesdays 9 AM-11:30 AM, and Thursdays 9 AM-11:30 AM. https://ptla.org/ Pine Tree Legal Assistance provides free civil legal assistance “in cases where it can make a difference in one’s ability to meet one’s basic human needs or in enforcing one’s basic human rights, including access to housing, food, income, safety, education, and healthcare.”
Community & Social Media Resources
Our community maintains a no-graphics information site with local updates as an alternative to the local Facebook page:
Coping During Quarantine: “Our hope is that we can use this group to share tips, tricks, and activities that can help to manage feelings of stress and anxiety and promote self-care.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/916013965524956/
Midcoast Care Collective. Mobilizing collective response to needs in the Midcoast Community. Ask for help, offer help. Crowdsourcing needs for food and resources, virtual educational resources, opportunities for online social connection, mental/physical/emotional/spiritual health support, and updated information on various community organizations. https://www.facebook.com/groups/517135442496135/
Midcoast Maine Helpers. Crowdsourcing for local needs and support, such as childcare, food, toilet paper, diapers, mental health, rides, money, etc. https://www.facebook.com/groups/631981134013798/
Maine Coronavirus Community Assistance. Community aid related to the Coronavirus response. https://www.facebook.com/groups/mainecoronaviruscommunityassistance/
Suddenly Homeschooling Support Group. For families with children, homeschoolers, and educators affected by the COVID-19 virus school closures. https://www.facebook.com/groups/224050045444679/
How you can help
Many of us are looking for ways to feel useful in our community. Here are some you can do now:
- Donate: The Community Cupboard is looking for cash and food donations to help support our neighbors in need. You can donate online or by check. We are also accepting food donations left safely outside our facility in the donation box.
- Support a local business: Consider safely spending in your community, including ordering food for pickup from local restaurants and buying from local providers, many of whom advertise on the community Facebook page.
- Thank a teacher: Our St. George School has adapted incredibly well to this difficult challenge, working to keep students safe and engaged. Our teachers and staff are always in need of kind words from the community.
- Grow a row: If you are planning a vegetable garden this year, you could grow a row for the Community Cupboard. For more information, call our offices at 372-2193.
- Support a neighbor: Call on a neighbor to chat.
- Help with deliveries: Our Community Cupboard is on safe, drop off delivery only service now. If you’d like to help call 372.2193.
- The State of Maine has a resource list for additional ways you can help: MaineHelps.com