Community support and well-being
The people and communities in King County, in the midst of bearing so much, have also been lifting each other up. We’re sharing these guidance and resiliency resources to help lessen the community impacts of COVID-19.
Below you’ll find everything from wellness resources and small business guides to opportunities to donate and volunteer.
This can be a challenging time for individuals and communities. Feeling different feelings including stress, worry, fear, and grief are all normal. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. If you are interested in learning more or in need of immediate support, here are a few resources and organizations to consider.
- Crisis Connections provides many resources and support for anxiety, loneliness, recovery, and more. Language interpretation in more than 155 languages is available. Call 866-427-4747 or text HOME to 741741 for support.
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline provides trained counselors and support for stress, anxiety and more. Support available 24/7, 365 days a year. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUS to 66746. Spanish-speakers can call the hotline and press "2" for bilingual support. Interpreters are available for 100 other languages.
- The Boys Town National Hotline is a free resource and counseling service that assists youth and parents 24/7, year round, nationwide. Spanish-speaking counselors and translation services for more than 100 languages also are available 24 hours a day. Call 1-800-448-3000, text VOICE to 20121, or email email@example.com to connect.
- King County's Department of Community and Human Services provides publicly funded mental health and substance use services to low-income people in need.
- Additional resources and mental health resources can be found on Washington State Coronavirus resources website.
If you or someone you know needs assistance applying for unemployment, finding food assistance, childcare or other community support, here are a few resources to consider:
- The NAMI Helpline connect callers to the support and resources that they need.
- The Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health guide from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration includes tips for taking care of your mental health during social distancing, isolation, or quarantine.
- This Coping with Stress guide from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention includes more information about recognizing and coping with stress, taking care of yourself and your community.
- Download this Community Mental Health Resource Guide for more resources.
- How to care for yourself and others if you get sick
- Prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the household
- Staying connected while at home
- Staying active and healthy while at home
- Living in a multigenerational household
- More resources
- Consult with your doctor on the phone if you are sick
CARES Act Food Security Assistance Program Grant Awardees
Public Health – Seattle & King County received $4.83 million through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) to support food security efforts in King County in response to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is intended to support Black and Indigenous communities, Communities of Color, low-income communities, Immigrant and Refugee Communities, and communities that have been unable to access other forms of government aid due to structural or institutional barriers, including fear of deportation or those experiencing gender-based violence in King County (outside of Seattle). Learn more about the grant awardees and their work.
- Emergency food access resources
Information about food access programs and services to help support King County residents during this difficult time.
- Map displaying locations of free public food resources in King County, updated weekly by Public Health - Seattle & King County and City of Seattle including "Grab and Go" student meal sites in King County.
All children up to 18 years of age are eligible to receive a free packed breakfast/lunch meal at the sites listed. Children do not need to be enrolled in that school district to receive meals, but they do need to be present. Meals are "grab and go"—Students will not stay onsite to eat.
King County is here to provide support and resources for survivors of domestic violence and their families. To get help, or support someone in need, review the resources below.
Community presentation requests
It is crucial that we all stay informed on the latest information regarding COVID-19. The Speaker's Bureau provides presentations with the latest information, resources, and guidance's for COVID-19 to the community.
Learn more about how we can work with you to provide your organization with a presentation about COVID-19 and any relevant topics that your community is looking for.
Donate or volunteer
The King County Regional Donations Connector is available online to link up individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and others who have resources with those who need them during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Donations Connector will help make sure services, supplies, and funding reach health care providers, first responders and social service entities working on the front lines. Find ways to offer help and request help.
Contact/Where to get more information from King County
- Medical questions related to COVID-19?
Contact the call center between 8 AM to 7 PM PST at 206-477-3977
- Non-medical questions about COVID-19 including compliance and business related issues?
- Contact the King County COVID-19 Business and Community Information Line (Monday - Friday) 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM at 206-296-1608, or submit a written inquiry or report online.
- For employee health, contact tracing, or testing questions, please call the COVID-19 call center at 206-477-3977.
- General questions about COVID-19 in Washington State
Contact the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call center at 800-525-0127
Link/share our site at www.kingcounty.gov/covid/support