Health, Food & Community Services for UMass Employees During COVID-19


Guidance for Staying Healthy, Getting Food (SNAP) & Unemployment Benefits, and Help for Families

UMass Faculty and Staff Assistance Program

Massachusetts Health Guidelines

Massachusetts Unemployment Information

How to Care for Someone With Coronavirus

SNAP Benefits

Help for families in Western Massachusetts
This is a particularly stressful time for many people in our region. Here are several local resources to help you or someone you know in Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin regions.

Look 4 Help

Western Mass Community Mutual Aid

Help for Union Workers and Laid-off Workers in Western Mass

Solidarity Streetheat Committee Resource Guide for Workers

Laid off? Find work as a contact tracer for COVID-19

Pioneer Valley Help for Older Family and Friends

Social isolation in place during this pandemic has disrupted our lives. We know that many of our older family and friends feel it worse. You may be having to care for an older person more than before in their home or yours. To help you, we have put together a list of local groups providing support for older family members and friends. These village groups in the Pioneer Valley offer rides to appointments and shopping, light household and technology help, friendly check-in calls and virtual social activities.

Please contact them if you need some help: 

Complete Your Census via Phone or Online

Call 844-330-2020 or online at You can bypass the input code by clicking “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.” Be sure to use your physical address. The Census is very important for Western Mass.

Great Free Movies, Theater, Museums, Books, Videos, and Other On/Offline Fun and Education

The Social Distancing Festival
This is a site for celebrating art from all over the world, showcasing amazing talent, and coming together as a community at a time when we need it more than ever. 

Virtual Culture From CNN:
“All the virtual concerts, plays, museums and other culture you can enjoy from home” 

Boston Public Library
If you don’t have a free e-card, this link tells you how to get access to lots of downloadable material

Greenfield Public Library
Download books, audiotapes, and more. You can also check UMass DuBois Library, other local libraries, and CWMars for access to local libraries
Hundreds of education and training videos that are free to UMass employees. Check this link from UMass Information Technology about accessing for free with your Boston Public Library eCard.

National Emergency Library
A collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.