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COVID-19 and Community and Faith-Based Organizations Resources for Operating in a COVID-19 Environment
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September 22, 2020

Topic Collection: COVID-19 and Community and Faith-Based Organizations Resources for Operating in a COVID-19 Environment

This collection provides resources related to ways community and faith-based organizations (CBO) across the country are operating in the COVID-19 environment.

Please refer to CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 webpage for the most up-to-date resources for Community and Faith-Based Organizations.

If you are a CBO and have COVID-19 plans, tools, or templates to share with your peers, please visit the ASPR TRACIE Information Exchange COVID-19 Information Sharing Page (registration required) and place your resources under the COVID-19 Response Assistance Field Team Observations Topic.

NOTE: inclusion of any reference in this document does not constitute an endorsement, acknowledgment, or suggestion that the reference is the only or best example for that topic. References are included as examples that were provided as suggestions at the time the document was developed.

All guidance posted is accessible to the public, and non-federal resources are noted with an asterisk (*). Linking to a non-federal website does not constitute an endorsement by the U.S. government, or any of its employees, of the information and/or products presented on that site. 

This page includes general coronavirus safety tips and information sheets available in a variety of languages, as well as information specific to family caregivers, immigrants, coping with stress, and a number of other topic areas. Additionally, this site has information regarding COVID-19 and blood donation
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Arkansas Department of Health. (2020). Guidance for Homeless Shelters and Services *.
This webpage guidance assists homeless shelters and entities that serve the homeless. The Arkansas Department of Health endorses this guidance, which was extracted from the CDC website and intended to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
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Boys and Girls Clubs of America. (2020). BGCA Response to COVID-19 *.
Boys and Girls Clubs of America is a nationwide organization with local chapters that look to give youth an opportunity to discover great futures. This link provides COVID-19 general resources regarding COVID-19 and resources specific to your location geared towards parents, teens, educators, alums, and supporters.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). COVID-19 Resources to Support People Experiencing Homelessness.
This page provides links to resources regarding guidance to plan, prepare, and respond to COVID-19 among people experiencing homelessness.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). COVID-19: Toolkit for Community and Faith-Based Organizations.
This page provides guidance and tools to help community and faith-based organizations make decisions, communicate with their communities, and protect their employees, volunteers, and members.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Health Equity Considerations and Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups.
This page includes links to CDC’s Introduction to COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities and COVID-19 Response Health Equity Strategy: Accelerating Progress Towards Reducing COVID-19 Disparities and Achieving Health Equity.
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Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. (2020). COVID-19 *.
This webpage includes information on how the Food Bank is operating during the pandemic, including how to host virtual food drives, health and safety procedures, and volunteer protocols, including instructions and sample waiver form. The information for partner agencies webpage (https://www.centralpafoodbank.org/covid19-agencies/) includes inventory updates, delivery protocols, and updates on state and federal feeding programs.
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Cherrydale Baptist Church. (2020). COVID-19 Information Page *.
This page provides guidance on in-person service, virtual service, church and community support, prayer points, and additional resources for faith leaders, congregants, and worshippers.
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This page provides guidance on control measures for mitigating spread of COVID-19, planning for your unique situation, approach to mitigate airborne transmission amongst your congregation, modified church activities, small group gatherings, and a step-by-step approach to in-person ministry.
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Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. (2020). COVID-19 Preparedness *.
This webpage describes planning and building strategies for the long-lasting impact of COVID-19 on food distribution. It also includes specific COVID-19 related precautions the Food Bank is undertaking.
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This website provides COVID-19 guidance for behavioral health and homelessness care providers. This includes telehealth, implementing infection control, and serving individuals at risk or suspected of having COVID-19.
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This document is a step-by-step faith-based planning manual which includes components such as planning, opening, operating, and mitigation strategies.
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This webpage provide information on how the Food Bank is operating during the pandemic, including its mobile pantry food program, “Grab-and-Go” meals for students, and other ways it is partnering with local agencies to better distribute food to the community. The Coronavirus Update page (https://www.lafoodbank.org/coronavirus/) has more information.
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Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness. (2020). Coronavirus (COVID-19). Resources for Homeless Assistance Providers *.
This website provides homeless assistance providers with links to multiple COVID-19 resources including webinars and toolkits.
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National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. (2020). NAACP Coronavirus Resources *.
This NAACP website contains a variety of resources specific to Coronavirus and the African-American communities, including resources related to advocacy, economic/affordability, employment, health, small business, military, student education.
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National Head Start Association. (2020). NHSA Coronavirus *.
Head Start is the national commitment to give every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, an opportunity to succeed in school and in life. This page includes a compilation of resources on the best practices to keep families and children healthy and safe. The reopening playbook (https://www.nhsa.org/files/reopening_playbook.pdf ) can help individuals leading efforts to reopen Head Start and Early Head Start centers following COVID-19 closures.
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National Health Care for the Homeless Council. (2020). COVID-19 and People Experiencing Homelessness: Resources and Guidance.
This web page provides links to multiple resources specifically geared towards individuals experiencing homelessness and COVID-19.
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National Health Care for the Homeless Council. (2020). Medical Respite Care and Alternate Care Sites. (Added 5/15/2020.)
This issue brief outlines considerations for communities providing respite care to people experiencing homelessness to promote infection prevention or offer a safe place while waiting for COVID-19 test results or recovering from illness. The document includes links to guides, protocols, and handbooks used in some communities.
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National Network to End Domestic Violence. (2020). COVID-19: Coalition Guidance for Programs *.
This guidance document contains information for coalitions to use in providing technical assistance to local member programs. It includes guidance on confidentiality, precautionary measure, and provision of alternative services.
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This webpage contains a compilation of select resources that can offer helpful guidance for domestic violence programs in preparing for and responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
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New York Annual Conference. (2020). COVID-19 Guidelines for Church Reopening *.
This page contains guidelines for reopening, sequence of reopening phases/steps, pastoral ministry, worksheets for protocol planning and reopening teams, mitigation strategies, contactless communion, virtual services.
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This document includes a checklist for homeless shelters to consider when planning for and responding to the COVID-19 outbreak in homeless shelters.
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Rutgers University New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. (2020). Maintaining COVID-19 Safety Practices: Guidance for Food Pantries *.
This cooperative extension factsheet/webpage contains suggestions about how to maintain services while keeping volunteers and clients safe. The suggestions are based on CDC recommendations, current protocols that are working well at pantries around the country, and the current scientific understanding of COVID-19 prevention.
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This document offers guidance to those experiencing homelessness and the providers that serve them. It includes infection prevention information, identifies staff and resident education needs, lists necessary supplies, provides cleaning instructions, and identifies ways to reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 cases.
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Seattle & King County Public Health. (2020). Healthcare for the Homeless Network (HCHN) COVID-19 Resources *.
This web page provides resources to support those experiencing homelessness, including guidance for homeless service providers, frequently asked questions, cleaning and disinfection information, planning guidance, hand washing posters, and street outreach guidelines.
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Second Harvest Foodbank of North Central Ohio. (2020). COVID-19 Information & Recommendations *.
This webpage provides guidance to food pantries and other organizations on how to serve community members in need of food assistance while protecting staff and volunteers. It includes food pantry and hot meal recommendations as well as food safety practices.
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State of California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. (2020). Interim Guidance for Homeless Assistance Providers on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) *.
This memo sent to homeless assistance providers emphasizes steps to take to prevent disease spread among clients and staff. It also provides an overview of “Project Roomkey,” the state’s collaborative effort to ensure access to shelter and medical care for people experiencing homelessness who test positive for COVID-19, have been exposed, or are asymptomatic but at high risk of severe illness.
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This toolkit was created by the Minnesota Department of Health in partnership with Minnesota shelter, drop-in center, and outreach providers to serve as a resource for responding to COVID-19 over time. This toolkit is intended to help organizations: (1) Prevent the spread of COVID-19; (2) Plan for COVID-19 cases on-site; (3) Respond during an outbreak at your facility; (4) Adapt services during demobilization periods (e.g., when there is less community spread).
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The League of United Latin American Citizens. (2020). LULAC COVID19 Resources *.
This website contains a number of Coronavirus resources specific to the Latino community.
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2020). Considering Faith, Community, and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Crisis.
This document includes resources for faith- and community-based leaders as they serve people experiencing fear and anxiety associated with COVID-19.
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2020). COVID-19 State-by State Reopening Guidance *.
This document includes a table that provides state guidance, as available, for the operation of faith-based organizations in the context of COVID-19.
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The document provides a list of recommended preventative practices and responses to common questions from faith-based and community leaders.
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This interim guidance document was developed to support response planning by homeless service providers, including overnight emergency shelters, day shelters, and meal service providers.
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Unitarian Universalist Association. (2020). Outdoor Gatherings *.
This page provides guidance on worship service outdoor gatherings during COVID-19. It includes consideration social distancing, mask use, inclusive and accessible spaces, and neighbors.
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United Way. (2020). United Way of the Ozarks *.
There are nearly 1,800 United Ways around the world, many with COVID resources specific to the local area. This site provides an example of a local United Way’s COVID resources. Find a local location near you at United Way (https://www.unitedway.org/local/united-states *).
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This guide assists local governments in planning to establish care locations for persons with COVID-19 who do not need to be hospitalized or have been released from the hospital while they recover and those who have been exposed and need a place to be quarantined away from others.
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Western North Dakota Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church. (2020). Coronavirus Resources for Congregations *.
This page provides guidance on in person gatherings, communion, congregations coping, and additional helpful resources.
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This page provides guidance and tools on reopening church with a step-by-step faith-based planning manual, webinars, mental health handbook, checklists for church members, spiritual first aid, children and family resources, and tip sheets.
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