COVID-19 Creates Hardships, How To Ask, How To Help
UPDATE: Needs will be posted below as they come in.
ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Springfield Baptist Church and Smokey Barn News are teaming up to create a temporary COVID-19 assistance alliance designed to connect people with needs to people with resources that are willing to help.
Other than the burden and complexities created by isolation, COVID-19 sheltering has had several other side effects. Many families have lost their income and are being forced to make some difficult financial decisions.
In some cases, the pandemic has created unique problems that are placing an even greater financial burden on families. A Springfield mother that had been living without a washer and dryer found that using a laundromat or washing clothes at a friend’s house was suddenly no longer practical in the Coronavirus landscape. Operating on a very limited budget, she put out a FB post asking if anyone had any used machines that they were willing to donate or sell at a cheap price. On Saturday, two brand new machines were delivered to her home, free of charge.
“Thanks to kind and generous people, I was blessed with the most awesome gift! A new washer and dryer! You really don’t know how good it was to wash and dry clothes in my home! And you really don’t know how much you take for granted things like just having clean clothes. This is truly a blessing!” Springfield mother.
The free washer and dryer came as a result of the Springfield Baptist Church and Smokey Barn News collaboration. It has become apparent that COVID-19 has created a unique situation for families, some that have never had to reach out for help before.
If you have found yourself in a predicament and need assistance, here’s how it will work. If you have a need and wish that your name not be made public, simply send an email to CovidHardships@gmail.com with your need. Tell us what the need is and a little about your circumstances. Smokey Barn News will publish your need and wait for a response from someone in the community that has the desire and resources to fill the need. Your name will never be made public. The transfer of needed items will be done in a safe and secure environment at Springfield Baptist Church or if need be the church will facilitate having the items delivered to your home.
If you are OK with your name being public, simply post your need in comments below this article or under the FaceBook posting of this story. In this case, people with needs can reach out to you directly.
If you have the resources and would like to help……
If you would like to donate directly to someone that has posted their need publically, please email CovidHardships@gmail.com to facilitate the transfer for the safety of both parties. A drop-off and pick-up can be done at Springfield Baptist Church in Springfield. MAP
What kind of needs can I request? Anything. Food, repairs, equipment.
Do I have to live in Robertson County? No.
Is there a fee or charge of any kind to receive items? No.
How do I qualify? If you have a need, then you qualify, just tell us your situation and your need in an email to CovidHardships@gmail.com .
*The success of this program will be contingent on finding people with the resources and desire to help.
If you have any questions, feel free to email: CovidHardships@gmail.com and a member of our team will respond as soon as possible.
Online Donations: If you would like to help those with financial or food needs, you can donate online at Springfield Baptist Church –> Click Here
• Needed – I am a burn survivor and have been homeless since soon after being released from burn unit I heard about your help via email thru Centerstone. List: a place to live, dove exfoliating soap, lotion for sensitive skin, new glasses and socks. Anything would be appreciated. Thank you and have a blessed day
(UPDATED) FOOD, LOCAL Family/Community Resources
District and Family Resources
Financial Aid Available for Certain Families That Lost Employment Due to COVID-19 Click Here
FOR FOOD EMERGENCIES:
The Family Resource/Parent Center will be open to provide assistance to families in need.
El Centro de Recursos para Familias/Padres estará abierto para brindar asistencia a las familias necesitadas.
700 Bransford Drive, Springfield
Opened for emergency food needs – please email or call for assistance prior to arrival. email@example.com or Lisa Cobb
at 615-289-6945 or 615-382-3609.
Family Resource & Parent Center
Bransford Elementary School
Extended/Emergency hours through the closure:
Monday – 9:00 to 1:00
Tuesday – 2:30 to 6:30
Wednesday – 9:00 to 1:00
Thursday – 9:00 to 1:00
Horas de Operación
Food & Nutrition Department – Click Here
Departamento de Alimentación y Nutrición
Centers for Disease Control – Click Here
Middle TN 2‐1‐1 – Click Here
Operated by United Way, Nashville
United Ministries Food Bank of Robertson County
808 South Main Street, Springfield
Offers USDA food boxes once monthly, with an option to return once during the month for food from community donations. Please call ahead. Volunteers staff this service so hours vary.
Ofrece cajas de alimentos del USDA una vez al mes, con la opción de regresar una vez durante el mes por alimentos provenientes de donaciones de la comunidad. Por favor llame con anticipación. Los voluntarios contratan este servicio por lo que los horarios varían.
HOPE Food Bank
212 Portland Road, White House
Offers a food pantry among other resources. Please call ahead.
Hours of operation: Tuesday‐Friday 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ofrece una despensa de alimentos entre otros recursos. Por favor llame con anticipación.
Horario de atención: Martes a Viernes de 9:30 a.m. a 3:00 p.m.
810 South Main Street, Springfield
Offers financial assistance to those in need.
Tuesday ‐ Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Please call ahead. Resources are limited.
Ofrece asistencia financiera a los necesitados
Martes a Sábado de 9:00 a.m. a 2:00 p.m.
Por favor llame con anticipación. Los recursos son limitados.
Mid‐Cumberland Community Action Agency
505 Hill Street, Springfield
Offers financial assistance & commodities boxes during scheduled times. Call ahead.
Ofrece asistencia financiera y cajas de productos durante los horarios programados.
Llamar con anticipación.
Blessing Box, Springfield First United Methodist Church
511 South Oak Street, Springfield (across the street from main entrance)
Help yourself. No staff monitors the box. Items are made available by community and church members.
(al otro lado de la calle desde la entrada principal)
Ayudar a sí mismo. Ningún personal vigila la caja. Los miembros de la comunidad y la iglesia ponen a disposición los artículos.
619 Central Avenue, Springfield
Meals provided Monday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Carryout meals only.
Comidas proporcionadas de Lunes a Sábado de 10:00 a.m. a 11:00 a.m. Solo comidas para llevar.
The Pantry at East Robertson High School
158 Kilgore Trace, Cross Plains
If you are in need, please email Mary Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org
Si usted está en necesidad, envíe un correo electrónico a María Cook a email@example.com
Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Care & Share Closet
7109 TN‐25, Cross Plains
Open for meal pick up on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00‐2:00.
Delivery is available on Thursdays.
Please call the helpline at the number above for additional assistance.
Abierto para recoger comida los Lunes y Miércoles de 10: 00‐2: 00.
La entrega está disponible los Jueves.
Llame a la línea de ayuda al número anterior para obtener asistencia adicional.
Patriot Pantry at White House Heritage High School
Hours of operation
Monday 10AM – 2PM
Tuesday through Friday 3PM – 6PM
Horas de operación
Lunes 10AM ‐ 2PM
Martes ‐ Viernes 9PM ‐ 1PM
Curbside pick-up for food boxes.
Habrá recogidas de comida y cajas de comida a la orilla de la banqueta.
Legal Aid Society to Offer Free Legal Advice by Telephone
in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Tennessee’s largest nonprofit law firm, announced that it will be offering free legal advice over the phone in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Middle Tennessee residents facing a civil legal issue, such as questions about housing and renters’ rights, bankruptcy, medical bills, debt collection, domestic violence, applying for SNAP benefits and applying for unemployment benefits can call a dedicated phone number during any of the following times:
Saturday, March 28, 2020, 8:30–11 a.m. (call 615-780-7131)
Wednesday, April 1, 2020, 4–6 p.m. (call 1-800-238-1443)
Thursday, April 2, 2020, 4–6 p.m. (call 1-800-238-1443)
Thursday, April 9, 2020, 3–4:30 p.m. (call 1-800-238-1443)
Saturday, April 11, 2020, 8:30–11 a.m. (call 1-800-238-1443)
Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 4:30–6:30 p.m. (call 1-800-238-1443)
Saturday, April 18, 2020, 8:30–11 a.m. (call 1-800-238-1443)
Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 4–6 p.m. (call 1-800-238-1443)
Thursday, April 23, 2020, 3–4:30 p.m. (call 1-800-238-1443)
Saturday, April 25, 2020, 8:30–11 a.m. (call 1-800-238-1443)
Monday, April 27, 2020, 4–6:30 p.m. (call 1-800-238-1443)
Additional times will be open to veterans only, through a partnership with Operation Stand Down, on April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Call 1-800-238-1443.)
After a short eligibility screening, callers will receive a call from a volunteer attorney within 30 minutes who will be able to offer assistance for their specific questions.
For more information, call Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands at 615-244-6610 or visit www.las.org.
For more resources, click HERE