Information and Resources for Our Community

This page is intended to deliver useful information and relevant community resources to benefit the neighborhoods we serve.

NEWEST ADDITIONS
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The next WFF Transform Westside Summit will be Friday, November 6th, 7:15 – 9:00 a.m., streamed live via WFF’s social channels. Click here to register.

Click here to view the October 16th Summit Bulletin (PDF).

Community Resources

FAMILIES FIRST is offering telehealth virtual counseling services through secure video or telephone. They offer counseling services to those with and without insurance. A sliding scale is available to individuals who might need financial assistance. Families First’s counselors are professional clinicians who offer non-judgmental mental health care. To request a counseling appointment or get more information click here, call 404-853-2844, or email counseling@familiesfirst.org.

FIRST STEP STAFFING is hiring across the metro areas for a broad range of jobs! Apply in person at 236 Auburn Avenue, Suite 203. Hourly rates vary from $9.25-$15/hr.

Call 404.577.3395 or click here for more information.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL RESOURCES:

  • Meals for APS Students

Starting August 24 – the first day of school – APS meals will only be distributed to APS students. All APS families must pre-order meals for each week through the MySchoolBucks online pre-order system. Those orders must be placed no later than one week before distribution. For example, for the five-day meal bag on Monday, September 7, your order must be placed no later than Monday, August 31. Once in the pre-order system, you can select whether you will pick up the meals at one of the 12 school distribution sites listed above or if your meals should be delivered via one of the middle school bus routes identified. All Washington Cluster schools are participating in a School Lunch and Breakfast program that provides ALL students in those schools with free breakfast and lunch.

  • Computers and WiFi for Students

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has partnered with Comcast to launch the Get Our Kids Connected campaign to support thousands of students attending APS who do not have an internet connection and/or appropriate equipment in their home.  This creates a significant disadvantage to academic progress for our children.

Eligible students will receive 12 months of free high-speed internet and/or a free laptop that they can keep forever. If you know an APS student who needs internet service or a laptop, please complete an intake form at https://tinyurl.com/GOKCform. Eligible families will be contacted directly with next steps. To learn more, please email  getourkidsconnected@apsk12.org or call 404 802 KIDS (5437).

  • School Supplies

Atlanta Public Schools has partnered with The Empty Stocking Fund to provide backpacks containing essential school supplies.  If you are in need of school supplies to get the school year started, please visit https://www.emptystockingfund.org/aps-backpack-request-2020/

FAMILIES FIRST is offering telehealth virtual counseling services through secure video or telephone. They offer counseling services to those with and without insurance. A sliding scale is available to individuals who might need financial assistance. Families First’s counselors are professional clinicians who offer non-judgmental mental health care. To request a counseling appointment or get more information click here, call 404-853-2844, or email counseling@familiesfirst.org.

CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) is providing FREE COVID-19 testing for anyone experiencing symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath; those who think they may be infected, essential workers, and those who think they have been exposed to someone who has been infected. TO GET AN APPOINTMENT: Please register at https://atlanta.curativeinc.com/welcome to get an appointment time. Testing is confidential - no ID is required. Get more testing information at https://www.fultoncountyga.gov/covid-19/covid-testing-sites

Do you need a doctor or have other health related questions and live on the Westside? Text WestsideHealth to 51555 to connect to a provider by phone for free.

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public, especially grocery stores and pharmacies. Click here for more information from the CDC about facial coverings and how to make your own at home.

Fulton County Board of Health has created an information hotline to answer general questions about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and provide information on how to get tested. Call 404-613-8150 between the hours of 9AM and 5PM to get your questions answered.

The Georgia Department of Public Health has opened a COVID-19 hotline. Call (844) 442-2681. Information from the Department of Public Health here.

Good Samaritan Health Center has a helpline designed to provide health assistance and information (in English and Spanish). Call 404-523-6571 Monday through Thursday, 8AM-4PM, and Friday and Saturday 8AM-noon. Click here to learn about what services Good Samaritan offers patients.

The Family Health Centers of Georgia (FHCGA) has opened a Coronavirus Patient Info Line to offer information and pre-screen residents for COVID-19 testing. Call 1-800-935-6721 to be pre-screened. If you meet testing criteria, you will be scheduled at FHCGA’s drive-through testing location. Full details here. To ask questions and for general information, you can also email coronavirusinfo@fhcga.org.

Mercy Care is screening patients for COVID-19 symptoms at their Mercy Care at City of Refuge location. They are also now offering behavioral health appointments via phone or virtual visit. Click here for details. Check Mercy Care’s COVID-19 update page for updates.

Grady Health System clinics are currently open and treating patients in the safest way possible – by telephone, by virtual visit, or in-person, if clinically necessary.

If you or your client are experiencing any symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, new cough, new muscle aches, new diarrhea, or new shortness of breath), PLEASE DO NOT COME INTO THE OFFICE! Instead, please call your clinic during normal office hours or 404-616-1000 to advise on next steps to receive care.

If you fill your prescriptions at the Grady Pharmacy, you can enroll in free prescription delivery by mail. Call 404-616-6218 M - F from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email rxmailorder@gmh.edu. If you do not have your provider’s voicemail number, please call (404) 616-7777.

Details on Grady’s revised visitation policy here. 

Frequently asked questions and general COVID-19 information from Grady here.

If you are experiencing increased anxiety and mental distress, Mental Health America of Georgia provides phone numbers for immediate response as well as webinars, online peer support, and other resources for Georgians of all ages.

Westside Empowerment Center at 810 Joseph E. Boone remains open at this time as a critical resource especially to be a listening ear, connect people on health needs and access additional help.  Call 404-481-5790.  Westside Empowerment Center can register you for telehealth resources (connect with a doctor by video or phone).  If you have critical family needs—the Westside Empowerment Center will work with you to help you navigate services and help to the best of their ability. The Center is also offering free wellness and self-care advice via phone to help individuals manage stress and anxiety during this time. Call 470-426-4559 to speak to Ms. Daeisha Fowler.

YMCA of Metro Atlanta has made health and fitness videos for a range of ages and interests available here. Keep moving for better health and less stress!

Atlanta Community Food Bank has launched a “Text for Help ” platform to assist children, families and seniors who need access to food. Text “FINDFOOD” for responses in English or “COMIDA” for responses in Spanish to 888-976-2232 to get locations near you. Standard carrier message and data rates may apply, based on your cell phone carrier. For help with the system, please text HELP to 888-976-2232.

The At-Promise Center is distributing food to residents Monday-Friday from 11AM-2PM at the Center (740 Cameron Madison Alexander Blvd NW, at the corner of Cameron Alexander and Griffin). The Center is located at 740 Cameron Madison Alexander Blvd NW, at the corner of Cameron Alexander and Griffin.

The At-Promise Center in English Avenue is also coordinating food deliveries for seniors over 60. For information, call: 470-346-2693.

Westside Future Fund is delivering groceries to Westside families in need every Thursday.  To get your family on the list, send an email to volunteer@westsidefuturefund.org.

Meals on Wheels Atlanta provides meal delivery to elderly citizens in Atlanta. Call the main phone line at (404) 351-3889.

Every Body Eats Together is partnering with local farms and local chefs to prepare hot meals and bring nutrient-dense food to the Ashview Heights community every week on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 12PM - 3PM. If you’re a local resident and need food delivered to you (with an emphasis on seniors), call (678) 962-7660 or email EverybodyEatsTogether@gmail.com.

Wholesome Wave Georgia is offering free assistance in applying for Food Stamps/SNAP benefits. Click HERE to sign up for an enrollment session with Wholesome Wave or call 678-631-7101 M - F from 9 am until 5 pm.

The Lee Initiative is offering a Restaurant Workers Relief Program. To-go meals are available at relief centers across Atlanta for any restaurant worker who has been laid off or has had a significant reduction in hours and/or pay. Meals are offered on a first come first serve basis.

I’m A Father F1rst and Atlanta Public Schools have partnered to provide “Meals of Love”, fresh cooked meals (lunch and dinner) for students on the Westside attending APS schools. To get your family on the list please call (404) 279-2237 or email info@imafatherf1rst.com.

Antioch Urban Ministries is distributing funds from Fulton County COVID19 Relief to assist Fulton County residents with mortgage, rent, and utilities. If you are a Fulton County resident in need of assistance, please visit www.antiochurban.org or call 404-524-9775 to complete the application and begin the process.

CHRIS180: If you are experiencing a housing crisis such as homelessness, eviction, need for rental assistance, or need move-in cost assistance, call CHRIS180’s office of Outreach and Community Housing at 470-451-7598.

Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation continues to assist Westside residents with eviction and landlord/tenant issues through their Standing With our Neighbors program. For assistance, call Westside Staff Attorney, Darrius Woods at 404-576-7332 or email: dwoods@avlf.org.

AT&T is committed to keeping Americans connected by waiving late fees and keeping public hotspots free until June 30th, 2020. Read more about AT&T’s COVID-19 response here. Tips for avoiding COVID-19 related scams

Atlanta Public Schools has compiled resources for accessing the internet; several internet providers have special offers at this time. Read more here.

Utility Assistance: Low income, elderly, and disabled Georgians can now get assistance with cooling their homes starting April 1st via LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program). Fulton County residents, click here to view eligibility guidelines and to apply over the phone.

PET OWNERS: The Atlanta Humane Society is offering free pet food, low-cost injury and illness veterinary care, free virtual behavior and veterinary assistance, and more during this time. To learn more, call their Pet Hotline at 404.875.5331 or visit their website at https://atlantahumane.org/covid-19-resources.

Lyft, in collaboration with United Way of Greater Atlanta, is offering free rides for families. Contact United Way’s 211 (details below) to receive a one-time round trip via Lyft to a doctor’s office, food pantry, or other essential errands.

United Way of Greater Atlanta’s 2-1-1 Contact Center provides information and referrals to essential health and human services. Call 2-1-1 for assistance. NOTE: The United Way advises, due to extremely heavy call volumes, that you access 2-1-1 online or by texting “211od” to 898-211.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL RESOURCES:

Meals for APS Students

Starting August 24 – the first day of school – APS meals will only be distributed to APS students. All APS families must pre-order meals for each week through the MySchoolBucks online pre-order system. Those orders must be placed no later than one week before distribution. For example, for the five-day meal bag on Monday, September 7, your order must be placed no later than Monday, August 31. Once in the pre-order system, you can select whether you will pick up the meals at one of the 12 school distribution sites listed above or if your meals should be delivered via one of the middle school bus routes identified. All Washington Cluster schools are participating in a School Lunch and Breakfast program that provides ALL students in those schools with free breakfast and lunch.

Computers and WiFi for Students

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has partnered with Comcast to launch the Get Our Kids Connected campaign to support thousands of students attending APS who do not have an internet connection and/or appropriate equipment in their home.  This creates a significant disadvantage to academic progress for our children.

Eligible students will receive 12 months of free high-speed internet and/or a free laptop that they can keep forever. If you know an APS student who needs internet service or a laptop, please complete an intake form at https://tinyurl.com/GOKCform. Eligible families will be contacted directly with next steps. To learn more, please email  getourkidsconnected@apsk12.org or call 404 802 KIDS (5437).

School Supplies

Atlanta Public Schools has partnered with The Empty Stocking Fund to provide backpacks containing essential school supplies.  If you are in need of school supplies to get the school year started, please visit https://www.emptystockingfund.org/aps-backpack-request-2020/

Atlanta Public Schools Coronavirus Updates + Alerts

While at Home has compiled tips and resources to help children thrive in spite of the circumstances.

Khan Academy Daily schedules to keep children ages 3-18 learning during school closures.

FIRST STEP STAFFING is hiring across the metro areas for a broad range of jobs! Apply in person at 236 Auburn Avenue, Suite 203. Hourly rates vary from $9.25-$15/hr.

Call 404.577.3395 or click here for more information.

Goodwill of North Georgia continues to operate our workforce development job training programs and connect individuals with employers who are hiring. Call 1-844-344-WORK to speak directly to Goodwill’s Career Services staff. Click here for information on how to connect online.

The Georgia Department of Labor is providing online access to unemployment and reemployment services. Click here to file unemployment and other claims.

On the Rise Financial Center has coaches available to answer questions related to: how to file for unemployment and what to expect; how to appeal if declined; how to make sure you get your one-time direct cash payment from the federal government, and more. Call 404-228-1569 ext 100. Click here for useful tips and information.

Westside Works continues to focus on creating employment opportunities and job training for residents of the Westside. Click here to view more information about training programs, offered in the following areas: Childhood Development Associate (CDA), Construction, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Education, Culinary, and Information Technology. For more information and to enroll, call 404-458-6413 x121 or email info@westsideworks.org.

The Workforce Innovation Hub at City of Refuge continues to offer workforce training opportunities. Click here to view more information about training programs, offered in the following areas: Auto Technicians, Culinary Arts, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and Security. For more information and to enroll, contact Workforce Innovation Hub Director, Dominick Preyer at applicant@cityofrefugeatl.org or visit us at www.cityofrefugeatl.org.

The Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund: Verizon has pledged to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund is offering grants to business owners facing financial hardship, particularly focusing on business owners of color, women, and other marginalized groups. $10,000 grants will be offered to those who qualify. To fill out an application, visit their website. Grant Information + FAQ

Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative has launched a Small Business Relief Fund and has compiled a resource list to assist with relief and recovery for Atlanta business owners. See links below:

Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund
Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative resource list
COVID-19 response

Invest Atlanta has established a Business Continuity Loan Fund (BCLF) for Atlanta businesses affected by COVID-19. Email bclf@investatlanta.com with questions. Invest Atlanta has created a COVID-19 Resources page with a number of resources and links to useful information for business owners and entrepreneurs.

The Russell Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is supporting Westside entrepreneurs and small business owners through its Stakeholder Support Portal. The Center is offering 1:1 small business counseling, assistance with SBA, ACE, and Invest Atlanta applications, and more. Email all questions and requests for support to: stakeholderservices@rcie.org

The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation, in collaboration with GlobalGiving, is making 1,000 grants of $5,000 each to female entrepreneurs in the U.S. via the Red Backpack Fund. Applications will open again on May 4, June 1, July 6, and August 3. Sign up here to get an email notification when the application re-opens.

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest disaster loans to help businesses recover.

Facebook for Business is offering a number of resources for small businesses here, including cash grants and ad credits through its Facebook for Small Business Grants Program.

Georgia Social Impact has compiled resources supporting small businesses and nonprofits. Click here to view the list aimed at private, public, and non-profit sectors.

VOLUNTEER: Help Atlanta Public Schools deliver food to Washington Cluster families. Click here to learn more and sign up.

DONATE: Mayor Bottoms has launched the #ATLSTRONG Fund Giving Campaign in partnership with the United Way of Greater Atlanta to provide immediate support to City of Atlanta residents, prioritizing food security, homelessness, small business assistance, and emergency financial assistance.

Donate here. All donations are tax deductible.

DONATE: Simpson Street Church of Christ is accepting food donations to support lunchtime meal service for Westside youth while schools are closed.

Items needed include chips, fruit, snack bars, juice boxes, bread, cheese, sandwich meats, peanut butter, jelly and paper lunch bags.

Donations accepted at: Simpson St. Church, 810 Joseph E Boone Blvd NW on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am – noon.  Contact Greg Crawford at 404-234-9749.

DONATE OR VOLUNTEER: Every Body Eats Together is partnering with local chefs and local farms to prepare hot meals and bring nutrient-dense food to the Ashview Heights community. If you’d like to donate or volunteer, call (678) 962-7660 or email EverybodyEatsTogether@gmail.com

Items Needed: canned fruits and vegetables, boxed pasta, shelf-stable juices, canned soups, hand sanitizer, cleaning & toiletry items

Collection and Distribution Site: 1083 Westview Drive Southwest, Atlanta, GA

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