Maine and Community Resources

*Last updated April 28, 2020

Bowdoin College
Bowdoin Staff Assistance Fund/Paller Fund
Employees who are suffering extreme financial hardship may be eligible to apply for emergency funds (generally up to $800) from the Bowdoin Staff Assistance/Paller Funds. Employees may donate money to the Bowdoin Staff Assistance Fund via ongoing payroll deduction or single cash/check donation by completing the Bowdoin Staff Assistance Fund contribution form and submitting it to Human Resources.

Workplace Advisors are employees of the College who volunteer to help faculty and staff with issues arising at the workplace. Many employees are now facing numerous challenges as relates to working from home and all are dealing with the stress of trying to carry on in the face of great uncertainty. Please reach out to a Workplace Advisor if you feel in need of some support.

Bowdoin College Payroll - A Health Closure was declared starting on 3/18 at 5:00 p.m. 

The Children’s Center created a resources page for parents as well as a vimeo link for stories, songs, and verses that we sing with their children. While these will be most familiar to Children Center families, they can be one size fits all.

Bowdoin College Library COVID-19 Support and Services, including access to E-books and a Library Take Out Service.

The McKeen Center is supporting community organizations during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In true polar bear fashion, many members of the Bowdoin community have expressed interest in helping those most affected by this unprecedented crisis. As everyone grapples with keeping themselves and the communities safe, The McKeen Center is eager to support the organizations on the front lines working to meet the basic needs of vulnerable populations as well as those facing new hardships as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Associate Professor of Biology and Neuroscience Hadley Horch made this informative YouTube video to walk folks through a complex academic paper on the novel coronavirus outbreak, and Belinda Kong, our John F. and Dorothy H. Magee Associate Professor of Asian Studies and English, published this terrific piece on how the people in China have been coping. [As offered in the President’s March 20 e-mail to the College]

Local Community
Brunswick Downtown Association (BDA)
website with Business Updates, Offerings, and Closures. Susbribe to the BDA email blast to keep current

The Brunswick Town Council's emergency order that went into effect March 23, 2020 is available on the Town of Brunswick website.
Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. Subscribe to keep informed regarding the library news and resources for youth and teens, as well as information such as the annoucement that additional content is being added to the Maine State Library cloud library.

Neighbor to Neighbor Facebook Group: Neighbors helping Neighbors Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Harpswell, Topsham

Eating well is vital to your health and wellbeing. You can access fresh, local produce, meat, and bread safely. See Maine Farm Product and Pick-up Directory or the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association to learn where you can buy locally grown food and how farmers are handling food and sales in ways that minimize the risk of spreading the virus.

Accessing local food during COVID-19 - The Brunswick-Topsham Landtrust (BTLT) is dedicated to healthy food and healthy farmland in our community. Eating healthy to stay healthy is more important than ever. So is supporting our local farmers who are facing the same challenges as other small businesses across the globe. Find links to: current ways to access local food; how to access local seafood; Maine farm product and pick-up; links to all vendors at BTLT Saturday; and updates from the Brunswick Winter Market vendors facebook page. 

Dr. Rachel Kramer (Parent of Bowdoin/EOS Alum. Sasha Kramer) Links and activities for families during the COVID-19 Quarantine
Pay It Forward Maine asks individuals, businesses and organizations to continue supporting local businesses and their employees in our new world of closed storefronts and social distancing.

Maine Helps a new resource that helps those looking for ways to lend a hand and encourage more Maine people to target their skills, resources, and time in the most effective and safe ways to do the most good for the state.

Garden Ergonomics by Michael Halko - Mid-April is here and snow coats the ground. Many of us are itching to toil in the soil. The cold will keep us at bay for another week or two while the “spring peepers” call echoes at dusk. So, we have a brief reprieve to plan our work. We can reduce personal injury by applying ergonomic principles to our gardening activities.

Subscribe to news and updates. The Maine CDC hosts a live COVID-19 media brief at 11:15 AM EDT Monday-Friday. Receive current guidance from the Maine CDC Health Alert Network System. Also, the Maine Helps site which offers ways that Mainers can help Mainers.

2-1-1 Maine specialists are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to provide information and connect you or someone you know to local programs and services that can help if you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, or other essential services. Connect via phone, text, or email – it’s free and confidential. The 2-1-1 national organization web site also offers COVID-19 resources.

Catholic Charities Multilingual COVID-19 Fact Sheets
In an effort to keep our multi-cultural neighbors informed about COVID-19, please download and share these facts (PDF format), provided by the CDC, available in eighteen translations. Audio resources are also available.