Giving and Receiving Help during the Pandemic

This crisis provides opportunities for both giving and receiving.  If you’re looking for ways to help locally or if you need help yourself, here are some opportunities:

United Parish Financial Relief. The United Parish Relief Fund has been created to help members and friends of our United Parish community who are in need of financial assistance due to COVID-19. We believe that similar to the Early Church, giving and receiving within the community is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit and a tenet of Christ’s work in the world: All the believers were one in heart and mind; they shared everything they had… God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them.-- Acts 4: 32-34 (NIV). We invite any in our United Parish community who, in this time of pandemic, need help with rent, food, or any other pressing financial burden to please contact Pastors Kent (kent@upbrookline.org) or Amy (amy@upbrookline.org) who will bring the request to the United Parish COVID-19 Relief Fund team. All requests and gifts will be held in the strictest confidence. All assistance is a gift joyously given; it is not taking away from other existing church monies and does not need to be repaid. Rather, it comes with our blessing. Please feel free to take us up on our offer.

Brookline Community Foundation Safety Net Fund. The BCF Safety Net Fund is the town-designated entity for helping those hard hit financially by this epidemic, in colloboration with The Brookline Center. If you need assistance, please call 617-277-8107 or email safetynet@brooklinecenter.org.
You can also donate here, or contact Interim CEO Frank Steinfield, fsteinfield@brooklinecommunity.org.

Brookline Mutual Aid. You can also participate in Brookline Mutual Aid. Read the TAB article here, and contact 617-651-1468 or MutualAidBrookline@gmail.com.

Brookline Food Pantry. If you need help with the food, you can visit one of BFP's three locations, click here. They also have a delivery service available. With need higher than ever, the Food Pantry welcomes any financial donations. Donate here, call 617-800-5339 or email brooklinefoodpantry@gmail.com. They are also taking donations of rice, cereal, mac and cheese, oatmeal, lentils, baby diapers, formula, and baby food. To ensure safe social distancing and to minimize community exposure, they are offering a "drive by or walk by" drop off of these kinds of donations at their 15 St. Paul Street location: Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm, Thursdays, 9am-11am, and Fridays, 9:30am-12pm  

Volunteering at the Brookline Food Pantry. BFP needs to expand their volunteer base to include people less at risk to COVID-19. If you fit this category, please contact United Parish member Chanin Kennedy, chanin@brooklinefoodpantry.org.

Donating Blood. There is a blood shortage. All who are healthy and eligible to donate can make an appointment to donate blood or platelets at the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham & Women’s Hospital. To schedule an appointment, call 617-632-3206 or email blooddonor@partners.org.

Making Protective Face Masks. Check out Masks for Massachusetts and check out The Boston Globe article here. For a video tutorial on making masks, click here. You can find a pattern with instructions here. Click here for another option for making face masks, and some important announcements before you begin. Here is updated information for donating masks to Massachusetts hospitals.

Make Sandwiches for common cathedral. You can help make sandwiches for our ministry partner, common cathedral which provides church community for low income and unhoused people. Sign up here, donate money here or contact them at 617-247-4927 or info@commoncathedral.org.

Virtual Walk for Hunger. Support Project Bread in this annual fundraiser. United Parish participates every year. Learn more.

Project Bread FoodSource Hotline. A resource for members of our community that may be experiencing food insecurity. The Hotline is free to call for any one who lives in MA and callers can apply for SNAP (food stamps) or be directed to emergency food assistance like a pantry or meal site and can be reached at 1-800-645-8333. Project Bread has also opened more than 1200 meal sites across the state where youths ages 0-18 can pick up breakfast or lunch. More information about the sites can be found at projectbread.org

 

Here are some resources for people who live in Boston or other places:

Resources for Families from The United Way.

Here are a few Boston funds that people can apply to directly: Boston Rental Relief Fund, Small Business Relief Fund, & Artist Relief Fund.

 

For updated information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus), you can visit these sites:

The Centers for Disease Control here.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts here.

Town of Brookline here.

Click here for an informative video from member, John Ayanian, Director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) at the University of Michigan.