COVID-19 has increased stress in all areas of individuals’ personal lives. The links below provide contact for legal assistance as well as for victims and those affected by sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse and neglect.
Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1-844-CO-4-Kids (1-844-264-5437)
Fort Carson 24/7 Victim Advocacy Hotline (Call or text): 719-243-7907
TESSA 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline: 719-633-3819
While many are staying home and providing their own child care, Colorado’s Office of Early Childhood provides resources to contact for emergency child care under a variety of circumstances.
Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative: Full tuition credit for all essential workers identified in Updated Public Health Order 20-24 issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
YMCA Critical Child Care: Critical child care services for first responders; scholarships available.
County/State/National Resource and Referral Sources
Army Community Service has compiled numerous links for El Paso County, Colorado and national updates specific to COVID-19, as well as standard links to veteran and family support, immigration and tax agencies.
Colorado Program Eligibility and Application Kit (PEAK): Public assistance programs, online applications and benefits management (SNAP, WIC, Medicaid, etc.)
COVID-19 Colorado State Resources: Nurse lines, public health orders, prevention testing info and telehealth.
COVID-19 El Paso County Public Health Community Resources: Local resources and referrals for food, housing, utilities, child care, unemployment, eviction protection, local and immediate volunteer needs, etc.
El Paso County Child Support Enforcement: Available to answer questions. May also call 719-457-6331.
Essential Baby Supplies: Essential baby supplies, including formula, diapers and baby wipes, are being distributed to local Family Resource Centers and food banks throughout Colorado.
IRS: Federal income tax return filing and payment relief for individuals and business owners, form numbers and tax scams/consumer reports.
Stay at Home CO: This page includes resources for basic needs of all Coloradans. Whether you are looking for help with rent control, understanding the stay at home order or health care coverage, you can begin here.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Appointments and rescheduling, asylum, extensions, oath ceremonies and special situations.
Volunteer Opportunities: The state of Colorado will waive the cost of two FEMA courses for interested volunteers. Accepting medical and non-medical volunteers.
From planning classes and activities at home to continuing adult education, mandatory stay at home orders have provided new opportunities and obligations. Whether you are helping your children, or looking to improve yourself, the links below will help you find resources to achieve your goals.
Audible Stories: Students from Pre-K to 12th grade can stream audio books for free in six different languages until schools reopen.
Adult Ivy League Courses: Free online courses in computer science, programming, business, social sciences, engineering, education, personal development and much more.
Army – MWR Library: Free online access to books, magazines, consumer reports, test prep, tutoring adult education and more! (Library card needed)
Khan Academy: Daily schedules for students ages 2-18 to keep them learning.
Military Child Coalition Parent to Parent Webinars: Topics include, academic planning, resiliency, organization for kids, special needs, growth mindset and anxiety management. (CEU’s available)
Museum of Modern Art: A series of five free courses with corresponding readings and exercises.
Onward to Opportunity: Free career training, entrepreneurship programs and certification prep for military veterans and their spouses.
Penn State Extension: Penn State Extension library of online courses offered at no cost through April. Penn State Extension offers more than 55 online courses that can help individuals, families and businesses. Some courses offer certificates, while others provide continuing education credits.
Pikes Peak Library District: Free online access to arts, learning resources, books, professional support and development and science resources. (No library card needed)
Rosetta Stone: Free access to materials for students for three months.
SAT & PSAT: College Board updates on dates of test administration.
Thrive Parenting Education Program: Programs for parents and caregivers to learn and practice effective strategies for raising healthy children from newborn to 18 years old.
TypeTastic!: Free typing instruction and activities for all ages.
Virtual 4-H Space Camp: Each Monday at 9 a.m. MDT we will be releasing a new experiment for the next 4 weeks. We will explore the wonders of Space through easy at home experiments and provide weekly short educational YouTube and experiment videos.
If you have an exceptional family member, there have been a number of agencies that have consolidated resources to help with decreased support or increased home responsibilities. Click the links to see what TRICARE, State Directors of Developmental Disabilities and Department of Education have to offer.
Department of Education: Frequently asked questions on providing services to children with disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak.
National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Resource List: National policy developments and initiatives affecting persons with developmental disabilities and the programs that serve them.
Tricare: Applied behavior analysis parent and caregiver guidance, durable medical equipment, home health care and more special services.
In order to help individuals overcome the financial impacts of COVID-19, ACS has put together some resources to connect people to new and existing services – from new critical hiring needs to now virtual career fairs. Utilize the links below to access some of these opportunities as well as current unemployment policy related to COVID-19.
Army Community Service Employment Readiness Program: Listings of critical hiring needs (Hot Jobs), workshops, resume assistance and telephone/virtual consultations.
CARES Act Unemployment Applications: (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), paying the additional $600 per week in unemployment benefits and launch other new points of access for unemployed workers to obtain information.
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment: COVID-19 unemployment resources for workers and employers.
Disabled American Veterans: Service-connected veterans that have lost employment as a direct result of the corona virus are eligible. This includes veterans that are self-employed as contractors or small business owners. Approved applicants will receive a $250 grant. DAV will provide a minimum of 2,500 grants that will be dispersed on a first come first serve basis.
OnwardCO: One-stop resource for the people of Colorado impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Pikes Peak Workforce Center: Career transitions, guidance, development, education and training. Hiring event and job fair information.
USAJOBS.gov: The Federal Government is hiring across a wide range of career fields to help respond to the COVID-19 national emergency. These mission-critical jobs will have a direct impact on the American people and the government's response to COVID-19.
Canceled events and activities, up-ended plans, and stay-at home mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic have made finding ways to stay entertained a challenge. Utilize the links to resources below to stay connected and stream available entertainment options to keep the whole family entertained at home.
Asmodee: Free print & play versions of popular family games.
AT&T and Charter: Free access to Showtime during COVID-19 outbreak.
Digital Escape Rooms: Check out our collection of Digital Escape Rooms created by librarians all around the world. These Digital Escape Room rooms are designed for children of different ages, or for families to work on together.
Netflix: Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows
NFL Game Pass: Free access until May 31.
Sling TV: Free access to local and cable network channels.
COVID-19 is not just a health pandemic but an economic one as well, placing an immense strain on businesses and families alike. In response, the United States government has implemented economic and tax relief packages to help businesses and individuals mitigate the financial impacts of this global pandemic. If you are experiencing financial hardship/strain due to COVID-19, use the links to resources below to stay informed on current policies and benefits.
CenturyLink: Late fees will be waived and service will not terminate residential or small business customer’s service for the next 60 days due to financial circumstances associated with COVID-19.
Colorado Springs Utilities: Will not disconnect water, sewer or natural gas services over the inability to pay bills during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact Colorado Springs Utilities customer service at 719-448-4800 or visit www.csu.org to make payments or request support.
Comcast: Will provide 60 days of free internet to new customers.
Consumer Finance Protection Bureau: Options for mortgage and rent relief, student loan repayment, credit card and auto loan payments, banks and credit unions, loss of income and debt collectors.
Economic Impact Payments: Stimulus updates for individuals and businesses.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer paid leave requirements.
Federal Communications Commission: List of companies and associations that will not terminate services, waive late fees and open Wi-Fi hotspots.
Fort Carson Army Emergency Relief: Services have moved to secure online submission. Accredited Financial Counselors are also available for consultations.
Operation Home Front: Critical financial assistance applications available. Also can be reached at 877-264-3968
Job disruptions, school closures and health impacts have many Americans turning to food banks and aid organizations across the country. No one should go hungry during this pandemic. If you are in need or would like to know more about helping out visit the resources below.
Army Emergency Relief Food Vouchers: Please call 719-526-4590 to make an appointment.
Department of Education Free Feeding Sites Map: Locations of free feeding sites for any student 18 or younger.
Food Distribution Locations: Text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877 to receive food distribution locations for ages 18 and younger.
Food Resource Hotline: 855-855-4626 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) The Food Resource Hotline keeps all information confidential and has bilingual staff ready to help Coloradans find food and nutrition resources in their community, as well as provide assistance for applying to federal nutrition programs such as SNAP.
Hunger Free Colorado Food Resources: Food banks and pantries, SNAP info, WIC remote enrollment, appointments and nutrition guidance. (English and Spanish)
WIC enrollment: 719-578-3199, Option 6
Army Travel Assistance Center (ATAC): The Army Travel Assistance Center (ATAC) is responsible for providing guidance, command and control, administrative and logistical emergency support for Soldiers in a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) status and family members traveling on official orders.
Human Resources Command (HRC) 24/7 Army Service Center: 1-800-582-5552
Medical & Physical Health
With all the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic to our daily lives, the maintenance of your health is critical. Access the Evans Army Community Hospital website for the most up-to-date information regarding updated COVID policy, appointments, pharmacy, etc. For the latest medical and health information on COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
EACH COVID-19 Nurse Hotline: 719-524-2684
EACH OB-GYN Hotline: 719-526-8279, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For assistance after hours and on weekends please call Labor and Delivery: 719-526-7092.
Evans Community Army Hospital: Learn what Evans is doing to provide care at Fort Carson.
Tricare: Testing, telemedicine and pharmacy updates.
YMCA 360: Free on-demand fitness classes.
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an uptake in the concern for mental health across all demographics. Fear and anxiety about the disease as well as the impact of social distancing can be overwhelming. Taking care of yourself, family and friends can help you cope with and address these concerns. Below are just a few of the resources available concerning staying mentally healthy during this pandemic. If you, or someone you know needs help, please call one of the 24/7 support lines below.
Alcohol Anonymous: Virtual meetings.
Colorado Crisis Services: Free confidential, professional, 24/7 support at 1-844-493-8255
Department of Veteran Affairs: Mental health COVID-19 resources.
Give an Hour: Staying mentally healthy during Coronavirus. Self-care for adults and children.
Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs): Telephonic and video non-medical counseling provided by embedded MFLCs.
Military OneSource: Free, non-medical counseling, 24/7 at 1-800-342-9647.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 24/7 free and confidential support at 1-800-273-8255
Our list is not indicative of the many COVID-19 relief resources available. Visit the resource guides listed below for more information about services available in the community.