Berkeley City College understands that students are currently facing struggles due to the COVID-19. We have compiled a list of resources that is available to all students.
For updates and to obtain information about COVID-19, please visit the California Department of Public Health website at cdph.ca.gov/covid19.
- VitalSource – list of publishers offering free textbooks
- Z Library – offers free e-textbooks and e-books
- UHaul Storage for College Students – UHaul is extending college students 30 days of free self-storage at U-Haul-owned and -operated facilities. Note: Students should create an account at Collegeboxes.com to initiate an order.
- PG&E Payment Moratorium – the company is placing a moratorium on service disconnections for non-payment. Note: contact (415) 973-5930 for questions
- Hand Washing Pit Stops – this map was developed by the SF Department of Homelessness to displays Pit Stops and Hand Washing Stations to support hand hygiene and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Pit Stops include toilets, sinks, needle disposal, and dog waste stations.
- Free Childcare & HW help in SF – the San Francisco Public Library is opening libraries and indoor recreation facilities as emergency care facilities for children of parents on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak and low-income families. Academic support is available.
- Alameda County Community Food Bank – the food bank is committed to helping anyone in need of food to access food distributions, groceries, etc. during the shelter in place. Note: an application process is required.
- Food Pantry Search Tool – FoodNow.net is a food search tool that helps families in need find local food pantries in Alameda.
- Nourish Wellness – offers a list of food banks and pantries with contact info.
- OUSD – the Oakland school district offers a list of free meals available during school closures.
- AUSD – the Alameda school district also offers free meals during school closures to families in need.
- BUSD – the Berkeley school district is offering meals, resources, and advice to the community affected by school closures.
- WCCUSD – the West Contra Costa school district has a list of meal distribution places available to the community.
- SFUSD – the San Francisco school district has a list of locations where minors can receive free meals during school closures
- Advice Nurse Lines:
- Contra Costa Health Plan: 1-877-661-6230 (select Option 1)
- Anthem Blue Cross: 1-800-224-0336
- Kaiser Permanente: 1-866-454-8855
- Alameda Alliance for Health: 1-888-433-1876 (select Option 2)
- COVID-19 Hotline: 415-473-7191
- Free Medication Delivery – CVS
- Immigrants Rising – virtual wellness gatherings hosting psychologists, coaches, and traditional healers.
- Smart Recovery – free online forums for community support.
- Women for Sobriety – support group for women struggling with substance abuse.
- Define American – Define American’s 19 Ways to Stay Positive and Engaged During a Pandemic
- Lifering – support group for individuals struggling with substance abuse.
- Soberistas – provides a platform with a worldwide community to help individuals struggling with substance abuse.
- Miracles in Progress Online – they offer multiple programs and forums for people struggling with issues such as family issues, substance abuse, relationships, and more.
- Harm Reduction for Alcohol – HAMS is a peer-led and free-of-charge support and informational group for anyone who wants to change their drinking habits for the better.
- Linked – offers support to families of those seeking recovery from substance misuse. This app provides multiple resources such as meetings, educational content, and more.
- AA Online Intergroup – is a fellowship of people who share their experience and who support each other to recover from alcoholism.
- Marijuana Anonymous – a support group that helps individuals struggling with marijuana addiction.
- Other available apps:
- AT&T Oakland Promise Emergency Support Application Spring 2020 The AT&T is offering scholarships to eligible students for the spring 2020 semester. AT&T scholarships are to assist students with the cost of their books, classes, housing, tools and supplies needed to further their education.
$34,000 in Emergency Support is Available
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Spring 2020 semester, students must;
- be enrolled full-time in a Peralta College (Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College);
- have completed a Student Educational Plan with a counselor; and
- reside in Alameda County
- have achieved a cumulative 2.5 GPA
- have demonstrated financial need
- Comcast/Xfinity – Comcast is offering free access to the Internet for 60 days.
- Charter Communications – is also offering free Internet access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students.
- Adobe Products – Adobe is offering free access to their products for students and other customers until May.
- AT&T Low Cost Wifi Access – AT&T is providing free to low cost Internet access.
- AC Transit – free of charge until further notice
Undocumented Student Resources
- Immigrants Rising – Tangible Support For Undocumented Communities During COVID-19
- California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance – COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Californians
- UndocuScholars – nationwide resources for undocumented people.
- Also visit their website at www.undocuscholars.com
- Relief Funds For Undocumented Workers in California
- Healthline – 15 Foods That Boost the Immune System
If you need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to connect with us.