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Community resources for families
During stressful times, it’s more important than ever to reach out for support. Below are resources that can help you and your family if you are in need of support.
If you need immediate assistance, contact IMPACT 2-1-1, and someone will be available 24/7 to help you.
You can reach them in three ways:
- Call 211 from your cell phone
- Text your zip code to 898-211
- Call 1-866-211-3380
Caring for yourself
Caring for yourself is important for your own physical and emotional health and for your family. A few self-care resources available to support are listed below.
Free virtual fitness programs
Below are examples of virtual fitness programs available. We are not endorsing a specific fitness program.
- Online Yoga Classes
- Gentle Yoga recordings can be found on YouTube, search Yoga with Adriene
- Signature Dance and Planet Fitness offer free videos and virtual classes to help relieve stress and stay active. Search for these businesses on Facebook or the Internet for details.
- Search the Internet for free online exercise classes for more virtual fitness programs.
- Headspace for free online or app guided meditation exercises for stress reduction.
Children and families
Below are resources for childcare, parenting, baby supplies, indoor/outdoor activities, and voter registration.
- Childcare Search- an Interactive Map throughout the State of WI, DCF recognized providers.
- Wisconsin Department of Children and Families childcare resources for healthcare providers, essential personnel, and families. (608-422-7000)
- LaCausa provides crisis nursery and respite care 24 hours a day/365 days a year for children ages birth to 12 years old, located at 522 W. Walker St., Milwaukee (414) 902-1620
- Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program serves children under the age of 3 with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. Milwaukee County Program Referral Line (414) 289-6799, 1220 W. Vliet Street Suite 300
- Department of Children and Families resources focused on Wisconsin children and youth (608) 422-7000
- The Parenting Network provides remote parenting support via phone, Skype, or Zoom (414) 671-0566
- Ayuda Mutua MKE provides home delivery of food and diapers for homebound individuals in 53204 and 53215 zip codes
- Birthright Milwaukee for needed baby items, (414) 672-5433
- The WIC Program aims to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk. The WIC program provides financial support for items such as milk and formula. State SNAP Information (800) 362-3002; State EBT Information (877) 415-5164
- Metcalf Park provides care packages for diapers and hygiene products, (414) 616-1688
- Action for Healthy Kids online resources for recreation and learning
- The American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation for recreation and exercise, (715) 634-5025
- 30 Days of Families Learning Together a guidebook to family literacy activities
- Safe and Sound is hosting youth discussion online every afternoon
Voting and identification resources
Below are resources for school meal programs, food pantries, meal services, meal delivery, and pet food.
School meal programs
- Food Banks & MPS Pick Up Locations in Milwaukee County
- MPS food and enrichment activities pickup, (414) 475-8370
- Meals 4 Kids when schools are closed in Milwaukee County, (800) 362-3002
- Grab n Go lunch for students in South Milwaukee, (414) 766-5000
- The WIC Program aims to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk, The WIC program provides financial support for items such as milk and formula. State SNAP Information (800) 362-3002; State EBT Information, (877) 415-5164
- Fondy Farmers Market connects Greater Milwaukee to local, fresh food – from farm to market to table – so that children learn better, adults live healthier, and communities celebrate cultural food traditions, 2200 W. Fond du lac Ave, Milwaukee, (414) 562-2282
- Pete's Fruit Market- a Milwaukee grocery store that is aimed at providing nutritious food options and health eating classes, 1400 S Union St., Milwaukee and 2323 N Doctor M.L.K. Jr Dr., Milwaukee, (414) 383-1300
- Tandem provides free community meals, (414) 885-1919
- Metcalfe Park Care Packages for Metcalfe Park neighborhood, (414) 616-1688
- Ayuda Mutua MKE provides home delivery of food and diapers for home bound individuals in 53204 and 53215 zip codes
- Food Pantry of Waukesha County free food for Waukesha residents
- FoodShare state supported food resource for unemployed
- Boys and Girls Club meal service and program activities
- Hunger Task Force free local food bank, (414) 777-0483
- Milwaukee County Department of Aging free or donated meals for seniors, (414) 289-6073 or (414) 379-3569
- Stockbox food source for individuals 60 and over with limited income, (414) 777-0483
- Forward Health – Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits and Snap eligible food items
Grocery delivery service
- ERAS grocery delivery in Milwaukee and Waukesha, (262) 539-3348
- Senior Center Lunches curbside or delivery for people 60 or older, (414) 289-6874
- Instacart grocery delivery and curbside pickup
- Wholefoods/Amazon Prime free grocery delivery with Amazon Prime membership
- Wisconsin Humane Society Food Pantry pet food for families in need, Milwaukee Campus (414) 264-6257, see website for other locations
Below are resources relating to Covid-19: medicine resources and delivery, mental health, Insurance, local Health Departments, and medical resources.
- Testing locations in Wisconsin
- Covid-19 Prevention, Wisconsin Department of Health Services information on how to prevent getting and spreading Covid-19
- Mask-up information on the importance of wearing a mask to protect you and others from spreading Covid-19, you can also request a mask
- Covid-19 information sheet provided by Children's Wisconsin | en Espanol
- Covid-19 information sheets provided by the Medical College of Wisconsin, available in multiple languages
Loss of health insurance
- Healthcare insurance options understand health insurance options, (414) 270-4677 or (608) 261-1455
- Children's Community Health Plan (CCHP) HMO that provides access high quality health care and services to members living in WI, Medicaid (800) 482-8010; Together with CCHP, (877) 900-2247
Medication and medication delivery
- Eli Lilly for individuals with commercial insurance or those without insurance to fill their monthly prescription of insulin for $35, (800) 545-5979
- Novo Nordisk for individuals that have lost their health insurance due to Covid-19, free insulin for 90 days, (800) 545-5979
- RxAssist for patient assistance programs to manage your medications
- NeedyMeds for help with the cost of medications, (800) 503-6897
- RxHope resources to help people obtain critical medications
- Hayat Pharmacy provides free home delivery for prescription medications in Milwaukee area
- CVS Pharmacy provides free home delivery of prescriptions during Covid-19 or contact your local pharmacist at CVS
- Walmart Pharmacy provides free home delivery of prescriptions during Covid-19 or contact your local pharmacist at Walmart
- Walgreens provides free home delivery of prescriptions during Covid-19 or contact your local pharmacist at Walgreens
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline confidential crisis counseling and support for emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters, multiple languages, (800) 985-5990
- Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Crisis Line confidential crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress, available 24 hours/7 days a week (414) 257-7222
- NAMI of Waukesha County for text support Waukesha County teens and young adults ages 13-25, M-F, 11 am – 3 pm; text (262) 993-6903
- Milwaukee Coalition for Children's Mental Health for resources focused on improving children's mental health, (414) 336-7971
- Mental and Behavioral Health services available through Children's Wisconsin, for more information or to schedule an appointment, please call our intake line at (414) 266-3339 or visit the website. The Mental and Behavioral Health team has been caring for children, youth, and their families via telehealth through this pandemic. We are slowly transitioning back to in-person appointments and are continuing to offer telehealth visits for both therapy and medication management to new and existing patients. We plan to continue to make telehealth available after the pandemic is over for families who prefer this method of care. These video appointments are available through our private and secure electronic parent portal called MyChart. Telehealth for mental and behavioral health services is a service covered by most insurance companies including Medicaid.
- Caregiver or community member seeking mental health care for yourself, call your insurance carrier to find out more about what is covered, or contact one of free resource available on the website if you are uninsured.
State, county, and local health
- Local Health Departments- find your local Health Department contact information
- Well Badger Resource Center health services referral for individuals, families and professionals; state-wide service, (800)642-7837
- Quit Smoking resources and hotline to quit smoking, (800) 784-8669
- American Cancer Society resources for cancer patients, their families and caregivers (800) 227-2345
- ForwardHealth provides a single point of access to many of the resources within Department of Health Services healthcare and nutritional assistance benefit programs
Below are resources for housing support, utilities, and housing supplies.
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for foreclosure and temporary hold or top of eviction Milwaukee Office , (414) 297-3214, 310 W. Wisconsin Ave, Ste. 950
- Community Advocates to help individuals and low income families with basic needs, (414) 449-4777
- Hebron Housing Services provides a safe shelter for those in crisis, located in Waukesha County, (262) 549-8722
- Impact 211 Homelessness- Coordinated Entry to Shelter provides emergency shelter and homeless services, 211 or (866) 211-3380
- Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program will provide up to $3,000 per household for rental payments and/or security deposits. Payments are made directly to the landlord, Milwaukee, Ozaukee & Washington Counties contact Social Development Commission at (414) 326-2888. See website for other counties.
- We Energies- energy and payment assistance, including payment plans, (800) 842-4565
- Regulated Utilities emergency orders
- Energy Assistance providing energy assistance, (414) 270-4653, emergency situation, call 211
- Affordable Rental Associates has multiple apartments available, (414) 643-5635
- Spectrum provides free or discounted internet to qualified households, (855) 243-8892
- Cell phone discounts are offered by various cell phone companies. Search here to see if your cell phone company has a discount available.
Below are resources related to employment. This includes unemployment, job assistance and small business resources.
- Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development full listing of employment and training services, including job centers, migrant seasonal work; youth apprentices, Milwaukee (414) 874-0318, state-wide contact numbers on website
- Job Centers of Wisconsin job listings and services, including resume writing and online workshops, (888) 258-9966
- Employ Milwaukee- job seeking programs for youth and adults, including job placement, apprenticeship and training, (414) 270-1700
- Unemployment benefits during COVID-19- Frequently asked questions for people filing for unemployment and employers, (608) 266-3131
- Apply for unemployment benefits, (608) 266-3131
- Unemployment Assistance Care Act- a program that provides payment to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits who are unable to work as a result of COVID-19 public health emergency, (608) 266-3131
- Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUCC) temporary emergency increase of $600 per week in unemployment benefits through the week of 7/25/20, (608) 266-3131
Small business resources
Learning at home
Below are resources to support home schooling, summer learning programs, live stream/virtual activities, age/grade level resources and GED preparation.
Home schooling/online resources
- Wide Open School learning from home resources
- MPS online learning resources and toolbox (414) 475-8393
- Homeschool 4 Me for 300,000 plus printable worksheets for all ages
- MPS Summer Academy for current 8th graders and high school students or; K-7th grade, 7/6/20 – 7/31/20, (414) 475-8027
Live stream/virtual activities
- The Milwaukee County Zoo posts live feeds/videos of animals, (414) 771-3040
- Discovery World live stream of aquarium, (414) 765-9966
- San Diego Zoo for virtual walking tours, games, and activities for all ages
- Travel to Paris to see works of art at The Louvre with a virtual field trip
Age/grade level activities
- Brainfuse free video tutoring lessons for all ages
- Yellowstone National Park tour, geography, and zoology for all ages
- MathScore basic math, algebra, and geometry for all ages
- Zearn educational interactive games for K-5
- PBS Kids learn math, geography, and other subjects through play for toddler-early elementary
- Suessville read, play games, and hangout with Dr. Seuss for toddler through elementary
- Starfall phonics and reading for toddler through elementary
- English and Spanish free printable reading and math activity packs for kindergarten, elementary, and middle school
- Breakout Education educational games K-12 grade
- Scholastic at Home projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing for kindergarten through elementary
- CommonLit reading passages, comprehension, and discussion questions for grades 3-12
- Switch Zoo play games and learn about animals for elementary grades
- Fun Brain math and reading games for elementary and middle school
- Vocabulary Lessons available in various languages to support vocabulary and grammar elementary and middle school
- Bunk History digital archives of history for elementary through high school
- Geometry help for middle and high school
- Chemistry high school chemistry topics
- ACT and SAT test preparation resources for high school students
GED resource guide
- YWCA Adult Education Program for services to support individuals in improving their academic skills, earn high school level credential and GED, (414) 374-1800
Below are resources in the Milwaukee area to help you manage your taxes, student loan forbearance, and COVID-19 relief payments.
- Milwaukee Enrollment Services (Miles) state of Wisconsin resources for food access, employment/training assistance, and childcare benefits.
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax filing date adjustments and economic impact payments, (800) 919-9835
- My Free Taxes- free service provided by United Way and H&R Block to get support filing taxes
- Coronavirus Student Loan Forbearance information on payment and interest waiver for federal student loans due to COVID-19, (800) 433-3243
Below are resources in the Milwaukee area that help you stay safe in your home and in your community. This includes domestic violence, gun safety, and human trafficking.
- Milwaukee Women's Center- domestic violence, addiction, mental health, housing and poverty support to women, men, and children, (414) 671-6140
- Sojourner Family Peace Center 24 hour domestic violence hotline and support services, including shelter, (414) 933-2722
- Umos Latina Resource Center provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, (414) 389-6500, emergency crisis (414) 389-6510
- Project Ujima services for youth and adult crime victims, includes hospital-based, home-based, and community-based services, (414) 453-1400
- Gun safety resources to keep your children safe
Below are resources in the Milwaukee area that help you get to where you need to be. This includes public transportation and ride services.
- Milwaukee County Transit System riding restrictions and social distancing, 24/7 automated information hotline, (414) 344-6711
- The Hop- free essential travel on streetcar route, updated schedule. Lost and found, (414) 286-6217
- Transit Plus transportation for people with a disability who cannot use the bus, (414) 344-6711
- Medicaid and Badger Care Non-emergency medical transportation rides for members to medical appointments, (866) 907-1493
- Check with your insurance carrier, many provide transportation for doctor appointments
Car buying programs