Community Resources for COVID-19 Response
UPDATED May 18, 2020
Bethel Area Businesses and Citizens Pull Together to Help Their Neighbors
Free masks available at Bethel Family Health Center
Cloth masks are available for the public at the Bethel Family Health Center. The distribution bin is in the entryway. The masks were made by local volunteers. Each mask is 100% cotton and is packaged in an individual bag with a label indicating size and whether it has ties or elastic. This allows individuals to choose the design and size they need without touching the cloth directly.
The Bethel Food Pantry is located at the Nazarene Church, 16 Church Street, Bethel. (Park Street side entrance)
The food pantry will now expand its services to every Wednesday. Clients drive up, stay in their vehicle, and wait to be served. Pick-up times will be:
- First Wednesday of each month open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (April 1)
- Every other Wednesday open from 12:00-2:00 p.m. (March 25, April 8, and so on)
Need home delivery or have an emergency need? Food boxes can be put together in just a few hours. Contact the BANR (Bethel Area Neighborhood Response to Covid 19) for home delivery. Call BANR: 207-370-2520 Email BANR: firstname.lastname@example.org
The West Parish Congregational Church has emergency food boxes available for pick-up. These boxes provide a 3-day supply of food for an individual or family. Please call 824-2689 and leave a message and we will call back to arrange a pick-up or delivery time.
Meals at Schools (for students and adults)
Beginning March 18, meals will be distributed for students and adults in need on the following schedule:
Times: 10am 12 noon and 5-7 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
Locations: Crescent Park School, Woodstock Elementary, and Telstar Middle/High School, right inside the main entrances of each building.
Details: For students, Mondays & Wednesdays will be breakfast and lunch for two days each. Fridays will be breakfast and lunch for 3 days.
On Mondays and Wednesdays, Sunday River will provide meals for adults at the same time and locations.
On Fridays The Good Food Store provides meals for adults at the same time and locations through its Virtual Community Supper program. Dinners to go are also available at the store from 10am-8pm on Fridays. Details here.
On Mondays Sunday River Brewing Co. will provide meals for Sudbury Village and Bethel House elderly.
For other arrangements, contact Central Office at 824-2185.
Internet Service for Families with SAD 44 StudentsThe River Fund Maine will pay the internet access fees for the next three months (up to a total of $100 per household) for any family whose wage earner has been furloughed due to a COVID-19 business closure.The River Fund Maine believes that in these difficult and uncertain days, no family should be placed in the painful position of having to choose between educating their children and meeting their family’s basic needs.
News from Internet Service Providers
Many internet service providers and cell phone service providers are offering extended service, upgrades, or waived late fees during this crisis. See this link to see what yours may be offering. Always double-check with your service provider.
The West Bethel Motel has offered temporary shelter for those in need. Contact owner Mark Brown at 207-899-9001.
From the IRS - How to register for Economic Impact Payments if you don't usually file taxes
People who regularly file taxes will receive payments automatically. If you haven't filed a federal tax return in the past two years (due to income being too low, etc.) may also register to receive the payment. Click here for details.
Where to Make Donations
To make a donation to any of the community response systems: Make out a check to MSAD 44 and note that it is for BANR (Bethel Area Neighborhood Response). Send to MSAD 44, 1 Parkway, Suite 204, Bethel, ME 04217. The money will be distributed to the variety of requests that have come to the Bethel Area Neighborhood Response Team.
Bethel Area Neighborhood Response (BANR)
A local group, Bethel Area Neighborhood Response, has come together to coordinate who can help with those who need help. See below for how to get in touch.
General information is available by dialing 211
211 now available to answer general questions about COVID-19. This service is available by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailing email@example.com.