In this rapidly changing environment, our community is relying on each other more than ever. The resource list below has a focus on support and resources for pregnant and parenting people and birth workers.

With so many people struggling from the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are updating this list of resources regularly. If you don’t find what you need here, please call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 877-211-9274. You can also search their online database.

Please contact development@openarmsps.org if you have information or resources that you think would benefit our community.

This resource page is provided for informational purposes only. The links posted below will take the user to websites that are not affiliated with Open Arms. This does not indicate our endorsement of the ideas, issues, links, or commentary posted. Open Arms is not responsible for the content that appears on these outside links, nor do we warrant the accuracy of information set out in those destinations.

*To search for a specific type of resource, hold down Ctrl+f and a search bar will appear in the top right. Type in the keyword you are looking for and press enter. You can continue to press enter to scroll through all resources with that keyword. Towards the bottom of the page you will find general COVID-19 resources and information regarding testing. Testing locations and general COVID information can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this page. (Updated 10/19/2020)

Pregnant & Parenting People

25 Ways to Get Moving at Home – Infographic from the American Heart Association to help your family get up and moving.

211 – You can call 2-1-1 from any phone to be connected to a list of statewide resources for everything from food and diapers to energy and rental assistance. Search their online database here.

Badass Breastfeeding Podcast – Diane Cassidy, IBCLC and Abby Theuring discuss everyday issues surrounding breastfeeding and motherhood in ways everyone can relate to. Topics include increasing milk supplyracism in birth and breastfeeding with Kimberly Seals Allers, and how breastfeeding changes in a crisis.

Captain Corona – Share this illustrated story with kids of all ages.  This easy to understand cartoon describes COVID-19 and how it is transmitted. It also does a good job showing appreciation for “COVID Warriors.”

Child Care – Call Child Care Aware of WA Family Center if your child care facility closes or you are in need of childcare. 1-800-446-1114.

Child Trends – Resources for supporting children’s emotional well-being during the pandemic.

Coloring Book – Multilingual coloring book explaining coronavirus and offering a place for children to discuss feelings about how it is effecting their family.

Community Health Access Program – CHAP is a free and confidential telephone assistance program serving King County residents by connecting them to health insurance, health care services and other resources. Call us today for help at 1-800-756-5437 or email us at: chap@kingcounty.gov

Crisis Connections – Confidential peer support for those experiencing crisis, need resources, or are struggling with other challenges.

Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741741 to reach a crisis counselor, 24/7, for free, confidential support. Counselors are available to connect about anxiety related to COVID-19, isolation, students’ concerns about school, financial stress, etc.

DACA Scholarship Assistance – El Centro de la Raza will be administering DACA scholarship funds on a first-come first-serve basis until funds run out.

Developmental Disabilities Administration – Coronavirus Information for DDA clients and families.

Domestic Violence Resources – Staying home due to COVID-19 may be unsafe for people experiencing abuse. Please know that resources are available 24/7 and WSCADV and other domestic violence programs across our state are working tirelessly to help people plan for their safety. Get connected here.

DSHS – Find out if you are eligible for expanded food, cash and/or medical insurance.

DSHS Emergency Food Supplements – Recent emergency rule changes ensure that ALL current recipients of SNAP benefits will receive maximum benefit for household size in March and April.

If you ALREADY get Max amount, expect no changes. Otherwise, you should get additional food benefits added to card soon.

Emergency Childcare – City of Seattle – Essential workers who live or work in the City of Seattle can now access free emergency child care through a program to help parents who are working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response.

If you are an essential worker who lives or works in King County outside the City of Seattle, and you are interested in accessing free emergency child care, please call the Child Care Aware of Washington Family Center at 1-800-446-1114 and complete an intake with Family Center staff.  After intake, a resources specialist will work to match you with an eligible child care provider that meets your family needs.

Emergency Feeding Program – Provides pre-packaged food in bags for people experiencing food insecurity.

Emergency Food Resources Map – Seattle Human Resources Department developed a map that shows the locations of food banks, free meals, and student to-go meal pick-ups.

Emergency Housing Protections – Information on evictions and moratoriums listed by jurisdiction.

FEEST Free Groceries – Families with students at Chief Sealth, Evergreen, Rainier Beach, and Tyee High Schools can request FREE groceries delivered to their home.

Food Safety FAQ – CDC and USDA are not aware of any reports at this time of human illnesses that suggest COVID19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging. They created a list of FAQ.

Food Vouchers –  The City of Seattle is contributing $5 million to provide emergency food vouchers to approximately 6,250 families in need.

Free Meals for Children – All children ages 18 and under have access to two meals per day at no cost during the school closure. Times vary by location and district.

View a map of school meal sites by school district.

Bellevue School District
Federal Way Public Schools
Highline Public Schools
Kent School District
Lake Washington School District
Renton School District
Seattle Public Schools
Shoreline Public Schools
Tacoma Public Schools
Tukwila School District

Here is a statewide list by county.

Free Showers – Seattle Parks and Recreations’s free shower program for students and community members will remain open while parks
are closed.

Grocery Delivery The grassroots coalition Mutual Aid Solidarity Network is organizing grocery drop-offs at front doors. They are prioritizing “folks who are sick, disabled, quarantined without pay, elderly, undocumented, queer, Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color. Assistance is available in the following areas: Seattle, Tacoma, South King County & Eastside, Snohomish County, Skagit County

HealthWell Foundation COVID-19 Fund – Provides up to $250 in assistance with ancillary costs associated with COVID-19. Grants awarded through the fund will provide reimbursement assistance to at risk or quarantined individuals for delivered food, medication, telehealth copays, and transportation costs associated with COVID-19.

Helping Children Cope – Multicare describes signs to watch out for and ways to help children of different ages and developmental stages.

Hillman City Medical – Currently offering virtual appointments by phone or video conferencing.

Housing Resources – Solid Ground has information for those in need of housing resources and information.

Immigrant’s Rising Virtual Wellness Gatherings – Helping undocumented young people stay grounded and connected to one another.

Internet Essentials from Comcast – Low-cost internet ($9.95/month) available for low-income families and individuals living in the Comcast service area.  In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Comcast is offering 2 months free to new customers.

Job Resources – Essential businesses are hiring and many are looking to fill positions immediately.

Kahn Academy – Activities and lessons on various subjects for K-12 through early college, and test prep. Self-paced, interactive free content–exercises, videos and articles.

Kid’s Gardening – Gardening projects and fun activities that provide opportunities for families or informal groups to learn together, while encouraging love for nature and the environment.

Kinedu – Creative and age-appropriate activities that support baby’s development from pregnancy to 4 years old.

Lifeline Discount Smart Phones – A government benefit program that provides monthly telephone service discounts for eligible consumers living on low incomes.

Medical Transportation – Hopelink provides non-emergency medical transportation in King and Snohomish counties for medical services covered by Medicaid.

Money Related Information – Snowball Wealth created this “cheat sheet” describing money related changes occurring due to COVID-19.

Multigenerational Families – Generations Untied created this fact sheet for Grandfamilies and Multigenerational families to find resources and up-to-date information.

Musang Community Kitchen – Located in Beacon Hill: Prepares a limited quantity of hot food daily; the majority of meals are not hot, but made to be reheated at home.

National Center for Transgender Equality – Lists resources specifically for transgender people and their families.

National Domestic Violence Hotline – Highly trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with anyone in the US.

Online Educational Resources for Kids – Parent Map compiled a list of educational platforms offering courses from pre-K through college in both core and elective subjects, most of them free or temporarily free.

Parent’s Guide to Surviving COVID-19 – 8 Strategies to Keep Children Healthy and Happy.

PBS Kids – Videos and games for younger kids in preschool to 3rd grade.

Physical Activity Alliance – Check out this this list of free resources that make it possible for people of all ages to be active at home.

Pierce County Energy Assistance – The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) pays heating bills directly to utility companies for eligible applicants.

Pierce County Family Support Centers – Get the help and resources you need. Achieve your family goals. Each support center has unique services. We design each center to meet the needs of the community around it.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding – Frequently asked questions answered by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pregnancy and Childbirth During the Pandemic: 10 Things to Know – Public Health Insider, with the help of Best Starts for Kids’ Prenatal to Five partners, gathered the top 10 takeaways for expecting parents to know as they navigate pregnancy and childbirth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pregnancy and COVID-19 What You Should Know – Join UW Medicine doctors, midwives and researchers for a discussion about pregnancy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pregnant and Worried? – Yale Medicine Ob/Gyn specialists answer common questions about pregnancy and COVID-19.

Pregnant, Breastfeeding or Caring for Young Children – Information to protect yourself and others and reduce risks of COVID-19 exposure for to those that are pregnant, breastfeeding, or parenting.

Puget Sound Energy Assistance – Portal to improve access to funds available to low income customers.

Relief Fund for WA Undocumented Folks – Washington Dream Coalition, in partnership with Scholarship Junkies, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network are fundraising to provide emergency and preventative financial relief to undocumented individuals that are at financial risk. You can donate or apply on their website.

Rental Assistance Programs – List of programs for residents at risk of eviction or homelessness in Seattle and King County.

Renton Area Support Request – A community collaboration of Communities in Schools and Renton Innovation Zone Partnership. Assistance for families and students in Skyway-West Hill and all of City of Renton who have been affected by COVID-19.

Resources for Immigrants during COVID-19 – One America has compiled an extensive resource list in multiple languages.

Seattle Food Committee – Locate your nearest Seattle food bank.

Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs: COVID-19 Assistance and Public Charge FAQ for Immigrants – Information for immigrants who want to know more about how the issue of public charge might affect their ability to access healthcare and other services during this outbreak.

Seattle Utility Discount Program – The  Program (UDP) offers eligible customers a 60% discount on their Seattle City Light bill and a 50% discount on their Seattle Public Utilities bill. UDP is available for income-qualified residential households.

SODO Community Market – You can pick up pre-bagged produce, prepared foods, and shelf-stable groceries right at the door – no need to enter the grocery area. All are welcome and no ID is required.

Solid Ground – Are you having problems getting or keeping your cash, food, medical and/or child care benefits? Their attorneys provide legal help and information to single adults and families whose Washington state benefits have been reduced, terminated or denied.

Tacoma Utility Emergency Assistance – The program provides a utility credit of up to $250 for eligible single-family households, usable toward TPU bills.

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus – Child Mind Institute provides parenting guidance on talking to young and school-age children about coronavirus. Spanish version can be found here

Toddler Activities – Bright Horizons shares developmentally appropriate activities through virtual field trips, movement activities, and many others.

Unemployment – Learn more about unemployment and find out if you are eligible. You can also watch an introduction to unemployment webinar here.

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WA Recovery Helpline –  Professionally trained volunteers and staff are available to provide emotional support 24 hours a day, and other local treatment resources for substance abuse, problem gambling and mental health as well as to other community services.

Washington Healthcare Access Alliance – Lists free and charitable clinics in Washington state, organized by county.

Washington State Coronavirus Response – Daily statistics and government information.

Will Utilities be Shut Off During this Outbreak?– Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) , Seattle City Light (SCL), Snohomish Public Utilities, and Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will keep utility services on during the COVID-19 Civil Emergency in Seattle. Please contact your utility provider for more details.

YMCA 360 On-Demand Classes – Free to adults and children for a limited time.

Doulas & Birth Workers

American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists – Includes information about obstetric preparedness, an algorithm for managing pregnant patients with suspected or confirmed novel coronavirus, and FAQs for physicians.

Centers for Disease Control – Considerations for Inpatient Obstetric Healthcare – Description of prehospital and hospital considerations, mother/baby contact, and breastfeeding recommendations.

Community Food Delivery for Healthcare Workers –  These South Seattle restaurants: Musang, Soulful Dishes, and The Station are offering free food delivery and pick up for “health workers at the front lines of COVID-19 response.”

Federal Student Loan Relief – The federal government has waived two months of payments and interest for many student loan borrowers. You must contact your loan servicer to request a waiver and to make sure that your loan is eligible.

HealthWell Foundation COVID-19 Fund – Provides up to $250 in assistance with ancillary costs associated with COVID-19. Grants awarded through the fund will provide reimbursement assistance to at risk or quarantined individuals for delivered food, medication, telehealth copays, and transportation costs associated with COVID-19.

Hospital & Birth Centers COVID-19 Birth Support Policies – This is an open-source document. It is as up-to-date and accurate as possible but policies are regularly changing. Please be sure to still check with care providers and the birth center/hospital staff for their current policies.

Lifeline Discount Smart Phones – A government benefit program that provides monthly telephone service discounts for eligible consumers living on low incomes.

Pandemic Response Doula Training – This no cost comprehensive online training covers birth, lactation, and postpartum care during the pandemic. Taught by Camie Jae Goldhammer, MSW, LICSW, IBCLC, Jane E. Drichta, MS, CPM, PGDip (Tropical Nursing), and Kate Dewey, CD/CDT(BAI) this course is beneficial for anyone supporting pregnant and lactating parents.

Paid Family Medical Leave – Find out more information about the Paid Family Medical Leave program.

Perinatal Psychiatry Consultation Line for Providers – Any provider in WA  who cares for pregnant or postpartum patients can consult on any behavioral health-related questions for patients who are pregnant, in the first year postpartum, or who have pregnancy-related complications (e.g. pregnancy loss, infertility).

Request a Hot Spot or Cell Phone for At Need Clients – The Maternal Coalition has a limited number of T-Mobile Hot Spots and cell phones available. Please fill out the form for your clients.

Request a Laptop for Telehealth – The Health Care Authority (HCA) has a limited number of laptops available for providers who do not have the financial resources to offer telehealth services to Apple Health clients.

Request a Zoom License to Connect with Clients – The Health Care Authority (HCA) has purchased a limited number of licenses for Zoom, a video conferencing technology that helps health care providers continue seeing patients without a physical encounter.

Seattle Restaurants Offering Delivery and Takeout – The Stranger compiled this list which includes many that offer discounts and promotions. The full list of delivery options including those without specials can be found here.

Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine – Provides guidance for ultrasounds, webinars on preparing obstetrical units and COVID-19 in the ICU, and hosts a COVID-19 community with discussions and shared files related to pregnancy and the pandemic.

UW Medicine COVID-19 Resource Site – Public site for healthcare workers including screening and testing algorithms and policy statements.

Video Conferencing – Several video conferencing software companies have opened up free access to their premium features including Cisco Webex, Google Hangouts (for schools and businesses), and Zoom (for K-12 schools)

WA State Community Health Workers Association – COVID-19 Workforce Training Materials

Washington Heathplan Finder Special Enrollment Period – The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is offering an expanded enrollment period for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance. Many insurance providers are also offering grace periods on premiums.

Xfinity WiFi Free for Everyone – Xfinity WiFi hotspots are available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.

Webinars for Birth Workers

Black Mamas Matter Alliance is a Black women-led cross-sectoral alliance. They center Black mamas to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice. They have created an extensive list of no cost webinars including the ones below. View the full list of webinars and publications.

Health Inequities and COVID-19 – Learn from Drs. Sarahn Wheeler and Allison Bryant Mantha by watching the recorded webinar. The slide decks from this webinar are available: Dr. Wheeler’s slides and Dr. Bryant Mantha’s slides.

Pandemic Response Doula Training – This no cost comprehensive online training covers birth, lactation, and postpartum care during the pandemic. Taught by Camie Jae Goldhammer, MSW, LICSW, IBCLC, Jane E. Drichta, MS, CPM, PGDip (Tropical Nursing), and Kate Dewey, CD/CDT(BAI) this course is beneficial for anyone supporting pregnant and lactating parents.

Racism in Birth and Breastfeeding – Abby from the Bad Ass Breastfeeding Podcast interviews Kimberly Seals Allers.  Kimberly is instrumental in the field of maternal child health and breastfeeding within the Black community and among women of color. In her interview she describes the impact of the pandemic on women, birth and breastfeeding and how fear is being used as a tool, along with many other topics.

General COVID-19 Information

Public Health- Seattle & King County

Tacoma Pierce County Health Department

Snohomish Health District 

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be tested for COVID-19? To prevent COVID-19 from spreading to family, friends, and the community, Public Health – Seattle & King County recommends that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 be tested right away.

Information about Coronavirus Testing – The Center for Disease Control and Prevention describes the different types of tests available, who should be tested, and what the results mean.

Online Coronavirus Assessment Tool 

King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center

If you are a King County resident and have symptoms of COVID-19 or questions, you can call (206) 477-3977. This helpline is open from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. every day. The operators are able to connect with a third-party interpreter.

If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call the Washington State Department of Health: (800) 525-0127 ​​​​​​​and press #. This helpline is open from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. every day.

If you are having a medical emergency, call 9.1.1.

Seattle and King County recommends that anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or close contact with someone who has COVID-19 be tested right away. Testing as soon as possible after symptoms appear is important to prevent COVID-19 from spreading to family, friends, and the community.

  • Call your doctor to get a test.
  • If you don’t have a doctor, we can help you find a place to get tested. Call 206-477-3977 between 8 AM to 7 PM. Ask for an interpreter by saying the language needed when someone answers the call.

King County Public Health compiled a list of locations providing free COVID-19 testing – regardless of immigration or insurance status. They are open to anyone who cannot access a COVID-19 test through their regular healthcare provider. Most sites are non-profit Community Health Centers and language interpretation services are available at most locations at no cost

*Please note: When you arrive for testing, please remain at least 6 feet away from others. They will likely ask you to wear a mask while you are screened and awaiting testing.

Kroger Health’s Drive Thru COVID-19 Testing

Snohomish County Drive Thru Testing – You will be asked a series of questions regarding your symptoms, if you meet the testing criteria you will be scheduled for an appointment. Information regarding their criteria can be found here.

Testing for those experiencing homelessness – Locate site information, hours, and ways to be referred. Find out more about the homelessness response here.

Notify the King County Call Center at 800.525.0127 if there is concern about COVID-like-illness circulating in a shelter or other congregate housing facility. A disease investigator will follow up to gather more information, and Public Health will deploy a Mobile Assessment Team to do testing at the facility if advised.