We are laser focused on the health and safety of the people here in Milwaukee. Our future depends on how we act today as we continue to fight back against the outbreak and spread of COVID-19.
That’s why our campaign is focusing more of its time and energy on working with community members to support those in need throughout these difficult times.
Now, if you are able, I ask the same of you today.
The following are a few resources where you, or folks who are in need, can turn to and find help:
Community Health and Safety Support
- For information on where to donate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the frontline workers as they continue to combat COVID-19 (i.e. masks, gowns, safety glasses, disinfectants, gloves and Welch Allen Thermometer Probe Covers).
- Sojourner Family Peace Center remains open and available for people dealing with domestic violence. Please visit their website or contact the agency to see where help is needed at this time.
- Contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1 (800) 985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for counseling and support for distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
- For Milwaukee’s homeless residents who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, we are partnering with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to provide housing at the empty Saint Francis de Sales Seminary.
- If you or a member of your household has received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or is of a high risk group, visit HealthWell Foundation Covid-19 Fund for assistance with costs associated with having food or medicine deliveries, transportation, and diagnostics associated with COVID-19.
- Safety Net Clinic Directory for a list of affordable or free clinics in Milwaukee County.
Screening and Testing
Because COVID-19 can spread quickly and impacts those with existing conditions harder, call your doctor or clinic instead of going in to be seen. If you or someone you know is having fever, dry cough, body aches, or shortness of breath, you can call or visit the website of a Milwaukee-area health system 24/7 to talk with a professional about your symptoms and get advice on care. Those resources are:
- Froedtert Hospital & Clinics:
Virtual visits are available for a $20 flat fee.
- Ascension WI (Columbia St. Mary’s, Wheaton Franciscan):
1 (833) 978-0649
Online visits are available for no more than a $20 copay.
- Advocate Aurora (St. Luke’s, Sinai):
1 (866) 443-2584
Online video visits ($49) or e-visits (correspondence with a provider, $35) are available 24/7. If your child is ill, contact their doctor or clinic with questions before taking them in to be seen.
- Children’s Hospital is offering online urgent care availability 24/7 for all Milwaukee kids for a $20 flat fee.
Food Resources for families, individuals, children and seniors
- Click here to view a map provided and maintained by Hunger Task Force that indicates where safe food resources are provided for Milwaukee’s individuals and families.
- Click here to view a map of 20 locations where Milwaukee Public Schools will be providing lunches Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- The Boys and Girls Club will be providing lunch and dinner for those under 18 at six locations. Locations and times can be found here.
- Contact The Tandem (located at 1848 W Fond Du Lac Ave) where they are committed to providing free community meals each day. No questions asked.
- Friedens Community Ministries has food pantry locations across the city and are available to help those in need or you can support their work.
Help for You and Your Neighbors
- Click here to learn about your eligibility for Unemployment benefits.
- To support service industry workers who are currently unemployed please visit Restaurant Workers of Madison and Milwaukee Fund.
- TipMKE: Support and tip restaurant workers during COVID-19
- Support members of our city’s creative entrepreneur community via the MKE Artist Relief Fund.
- Resources for Wisconsin nonprofits in need of funding assistance can be found here at Community Benefit Financial Company Benefit Fund.
- Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is leveraging the strong relationships the state’s community development financial institutions (CDFIs) have with their clients to quickly deploy $5 million in emergency capital: Small Business 20/20.
- Visit the Wisconsin Boys & Girls Clubs statewide COVID-19 relief fund to help with the purchasing of food, acquiring supplies, paying staff, and addressing needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Greater Milwaukee Foundation, in partnership with local philanthropists and funders, has created a fund to respond to the COVID-19 situation. You can support this fund here: MKE Responds Fund.
- To find out more about businesses that are deemed essential, you can visit the list provided by the State of Wisconsin: Essential Business Declaration.
- Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is a private non-profit corporation that serves Milwaukee businesses by providing low interest loans and other resources.
- Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) has moved all business and financial educational programming on-line and on-demand.
- gener8tor Emergency Response Program is hosting emergency one-week virtual programs for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. These programs will feature daily webinars designed to identify, understand and help small businesses secure resources to withstand the current crisis. One-on-one office hours will also be available. Businesses wishing to enroll should sign up on their website.
- Kiva has expanded lending terms and eligibility to help small businesses impacted by the pandemic. Downtown businesses in our communities that are women-, minority- and/or veteran-owned are also eligible for a 50% match from WEDC to expedite their loan.
- For an even more comprehensive list of services being provided to those in need, please visit 211 Wisconsin.
And if you know of additional resources that you would like us to help make folks aware of please feel free to reply to this email, we appreciate the help as this is an all hands on deck effort.
Milwaukee Safe, Milwaukee Strong.