UWM is here to help. We’ve gathered resources and information that may be helpful to you during this unprecedented time of transition.
Financial Assistance During COVID-19
- Have a student of qualifying age at your service address with remote education needs
- Have not subscribed to our internet services within the past 30 days
Call 1-855-243-8892 to sign up for this offer.
Students may apply for an Emergency Grant to help cover expenses related to an unforeseen emergency, including students who endure financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For existing UWCU members who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, we are offering a low-rate personal loan to help with budgeting concerns. Loan funds can be used for purposes such as to supplement income loss, pay bills and cover expenses related to COVID-19.
- Loan amounts vary, up to $2,500 for qualified borrowers
- Available for all credit tiers
- No application fee, monthly service fees or prepayment penalties
- No payments and no interest for the first 90 days.
Resources for Parents
Connect with Children From Home
- 15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch On Stage From Home
- Coronavirus: Vietnam’s handwashing song
- 12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours
- Digital Safaris
- Virtual Concerts
- Boredom-busting resources
- Non-screen activities
- Tumble Science Podcast for Kids
Talking with Your Children About COVID-19
During a time of crisis, it is also important that we help our students navigate through all the anxiety and emotions that may arise. Below is a list of reminders when talking with your children and a few resources for managing the stress during this time.
- Remain calm and reassuring.
Remember that children will react to both what you say and how you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others.
- Make yourself available to listen and to talk.
Make time to talk. Be sure children know they can come to you when they have questions.
- Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma.
Remember that viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity. Avoid making assumptions about who might have COVID-19.
- Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online.
Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on one topic can lead to anxiety.
- Provide information that is honest and accurate.
Give children information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child. Talk to children about how some stories on COVID-19 on the Internet and social media may be based on rumors and inaccurate information.
- Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.
- Remind children to stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing or sick.
- Remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the trash.
- Discuss any new actions that may be taken at school to help protect children and school staff. (e.g., increased handwashing, cancellation of events or activities)
- Get children into a handwashing habit.
- Teach them to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- If soap and water are not available, teach them to use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol. Supervise young children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent swallowing alcohol, especially in schools and childcare facilities.
Additional Resources for Talking with Students About COVID-19 & Stress Management
- Coronavirus Comic Strip
- Coronavirus Brainpop
- Five Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About COVID-19
- Talking to Your Children About COVID-19
- Talking with Children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children
- Meditation Apps for Children
- Movement Apps, Games, & Websites
Resources for single mothers https://www.hopenetworkinc.org/
“To support women preparing to give birth during this uncertain time, we have made our online Becoming Mama™ birth class completely free. To sign up for our free online class, please enter your info in the form via the link, and we’ll email you access to the class. If you know of any other soon-to-be mamas who would benefit from this free offer, please share and encourage them to sign up here as well. Mama, this is tough. But you are tougher. We’ve got you. And you’ve got this. XO, @Diana Spalding + hashtag#TeamMotherly” https://www.mother.ly/shop/in-response-to-covid-19-were-making-the-becoming-mama-tm-birth-class-free
Online Resources for Maintaining Mental Health/Well-Being
- Steve Fund: This is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of college/university students of color. Below is their response to providing tips and resources:
- Browse their website with webinars and videos about how families can support students through the college process as well as their Peer to Peer Self-Care Tips.
- Crisis Services via Steve Fund: Are you a young person of color? Feeling down, stressed or overwhelmed? Text STEVE to 741741 and a live, trained Crisis Counselor will receive the text and respond to you quickly to provide support. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.
FORGE and Zao MKE Church have partnered to create a community response, specifically focused on trans+/non-binary community members.
- The direct link for people to request support: https://forge.tips/39TJWbY
- The direct link for people to volunteer to support: https://forge.tips/3aTsoMY
- National Center for Transgender Equality: Has created a web page and how trans people and their families can stay safe during this public health threat.
- National LBGT Cancer Network: Has created a web page with resources and information about what LGBT communities need to know about COVID-19.
- Diverse and Resilient: During this time of social distancing, we understand that “home” is not safe for many LGBTQ+ people experiencing violence and rejection.
Text or call 414-856-5428 to connect with an advocate who can provide emotional support, help plan ways to stay physically or emotionally safer in your environment, and connect you to other resources. Our advocates support all ages of folks in the queer, trans, intersex, and asexual community. Please note that this number is not a 24-hour hotline. If you leave a message, an advocate will respond to you as soon as they can. We also have virtual community conversations and healing techniques posted on our Facebook page: Diverse & Resilient https://www.facebook.com/dresilient/
- GI Bill Help
- Milwaukee Vet Center
- Veterans Crisis Line
- Milwaukee VA Medical Center
- Milwaukee VA Regional Office
- If you’ve lost your healthcare coverage: FamilyWize, a discount prescription drug card that is free to use (you do have to pay the discounted price of your prescription) https://www.unitedwaygmwc.org/Get-Help/FamilyWize
Resources for Sexual and Domestic Violence
Self-Care for Survivors
- 7 Ways Survivors of Sexual Violence Can Practice Self-Care When Retraumatized During Tragedy from NSVRC
- Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): Manage Anxiety & Stress from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Support, Self-Care and Resiliency video series from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, SisterSong, the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights, and the Womxn Project
- We Have to Take Care of Each Other: Mutual Aid for COVID-19 and Beyond from Autostraddle
- Coronavirus Sanity Guide from Ten-Percent Happier
- 10 Ways to Ease Your Coronavirus Anxiety from The New York Times
- Survivor Check-In Call from It’s On Us and End Rape on Campus
- Information on COVID-19 for Survivors, Communities, and DV/SA Programs from Futures Without Violence
- Resources on the Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the National Network to End Domestic Violence
If you are in need of immediate support, please contact one of the 24/7 national hotlines below:
- RAINN – National Sexual Assault Hotline 800-656-HOPE (4673)
- Trevor Project – National Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ Youth 866-488-7386
- Trans Lifeline – Transgender Suicide/Crisis Hotline US: 877-565-8860/Canada: 877-330-6366
Note that this is not a complete list, and circumstances have been changing rapidly so some of the listed sites may have closed their doors by the time you read this. Please call before visiting a site.
Trusted sources of accurate, up-to-date information on coronavirus
- Centers for Disease Control https://cdc.gov
- American Public Health Association http://apha.org
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network http://ntcsn.org
- World Health Organization https://www.who.int
- For UWM updates on the COVID-19 pandemic uwm.edu/coronavirus
For those who do not have health insurance, people can still be tested by calling Froedtert Hospital COVID-19 hotline at (414) 805-2000.