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COVID-19 VT: Community Resources

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VWW has compiled a list of resources available for residents in Vermont during COVID-19, such as child care, food, unemployment assistance and more.

We will continue updating this list as more resources are identified. For 24/7 assistance in finding local services and support, please contact Vermont 2-1-1 via phone or online.

Updated: 10/1/2020

General Resources

Crowd-sourced, comprehensive list of community resources in Vermont, including regional resources, continuously being updated

Vermont How Can I Help #Prepare Facebook Group

COVID SUPPORT VT: Promoting Mental Health and Wellness for All

Child Care

Volunteer baby sitters in Chittenden County

COVID-19 Child Care Resources for Families


Hunger Free VT: How You and Your Neighbors Can Access Food

Special grocery shopping hours for seniors, at risk populations:

  • City Market: 7 – 8:00 am daily
  • Hannaford: 6 – 7:00 am on Tues, Wed, and Thursdays
  • Price Chopper/Market 32: 6 – 7:00 am daily
  • Shaws: 7 – 9 am on Tues, Thursdays

Loss of Income/Unemployment

Establishing an unemployment claim: If you are laid off from your employer and need to file for Unemployment Insurance benefits, or establish an unemployment claim

  • Establish your initial claim online: OR Establish your claim by calling: 1-877-214-3330 or 1-888-807-7072
  • Existing UI Claimants: If you have specific questions, please view the frequently asked questions or contact the Vermont Department of Labor Claimant Assistance line at 877-214-3332.
  • Register for the UI Newsletter to receive ongoing updates and notices.
  • Flow chart to help navigate paid leave/unemployment benefits
  • Vermont IS a state where you qualify for unemployment benefits when your hours are reduced.
  • If you have questions about Vermont-specific benefits or how to apply, contact VWW’s Program Manager for Employment and Career Services Paige Ruffner at

Vermont Economic Services is waiving in-person contact requirements for state government benefits programs. Apply online or by phone at 1-800-479-6151

North Country Federal Credit Union and Vermont Federal Credit Union are offering COVID-19 Financial Relief Programs for existing members.

Women’s Guide to Financial Independence

Financial Help for Women Suffering Abuse in Relationships


Comcast is offering free Internet services for low-income families in Burlington.

Map of public WiFi locations in Vermont, developed by Vermont Public Service Department

Internet Assistance for Low-Income Families

Internet Access for Low-Income Students

Health Insurance & Medicaid

If you want to talk about health insurance options or problems, please contact the Office of the Health Care Advocate (HCA). Call 1-800-917-7787 to speak with a health care advocate, or fill out a Help Request Form. The HCA is a free service for Vermonters.

You can apply for Medicaid at any time. Learn more on Vermont Legal Help’s Medicaid pages.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that immigrants can use health care to get treatment or preventative services for the COVID-19 coronavirus without having it held against them for public charge purposes.

Flu Vaccine Resource Guide


Green Mountain Transit is operating fare free bus service until further notice. Check here for continuous updates.


The Department of Children and Family’s Economic Services Division is extending housing supports for homeless individuals in Vermont who:

  • are over age 60, or
  • have underlying health conditions as identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For more information, contact the Benefits Service Center at 1-800-479-6151.


Seven Days: A Statewide Directory of Take-out Options during COVID-19

Burlington Business Operation Plans as of 4/6

Winooski Business Operation Plans as of 3/18

How to Help

Vermonters are coming together to support each other. Each link, compiled by the Peace & Justice Center, consists of a spreadsheet with multiple tabs for different categories of need (food, transportation, housing, emotional support, etc) and are specific to different regions of Vermont.

In addition to volunteering, Vermonters can also give back in the following ways:


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