Community Support & Resources
Muhlenberg Township Neighbors and Government
Working Together to Help Each Other
We recognize that one community can’t do everything, but we must try our absolute best and have hope that this ends as soon as possible. It is a public health imperative that we stay home and follow the directives or our Local, State and Federal agencies. We are grateful to our police, first responders and delivery people who are out working to keep us safe. We are here to do what we can to help people who face food insecurity, domestic violence, and housing challenges. We will get through this and remember it as a time when we came together helped each other.
What is happening Muhlenberg?
Township Offices, library, parks, and playgrounds are closed until further notice. Township employees are on the job and will respond to phone calls and email queries. If you need to pay a Township bill, you can pay online at www.muhlenbergtwp.com and there is a secure lock/drop box located at the front of the Township building located at 210 George Street.
What is still open? (as of 4/7/2020)
Post Office (sending and receiving mail is considered “low risk”)
Essential municipal services (police, fire, trash)
Health Care Facilities
Food & Restaurants are still allowed to operate for pickup/takeout only. No dining in.
Berks County Covid-19 Support Page
https://www.co.berks.pa.us/Dept/DES/Pages/Corona-Virus.aspx Support via phone is also available by calling 610-320-6150 or emailing COVID@countyofberks.com
School, Health and Public Safety Information:
- Muhlenberg School District will be closed until April 13th, 2020. The district is distributing FREE bagged breakfasts and lunches to all children under 18 years old at Muhlenberg Elementary School. Distribution will be daily from 10AM to noon.
- Call 911 for emergency or non-emergency police/fire/ambulance needs or any questions: For Covid-19 specific Information, call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
- If you don’t have health insurance: Apply for Medical Assistance with the Berks County Assistance Office by phone: 866-215-3912
- If you are now unemployed as a result of the Coronavirus or have seen your hours reduced, you may be eligible for state unemployment benefits. https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/covid19.aspx or 888-313-7284
- If you don’t have Internet Service: Comcast Essentials is available for as little as $10 if you qualify. Call Comcast at 1-855-846-8376.
If you need food:
- Grocery stores have reserved the 1st hour of each day for elderly people to shop and more easily maintain social distancing.
- Helping Harvest Food Bank, 610-926-5802, Open Monday – Friday 8AM to 4:30PM,
117 Morgan Dr, Reading, PA 19608
- Berks Encore/Meals on Wheels, 610-374-3195
- SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), 866-215-3912
If you need counseling help or emotional support:
• Berks County Mental Health Services 610-478-3271, Family, group, psychiatric services, case management.
• Office of Aging and Adult Services, 610-478-6500
• Safe Berks, 844-789-SAFE (7233) Help for victims of domestic violence and other forms of abuse.
• Berks County Veteran Affairs, 610-378-5601
Ways to Help your Neighbors: Stay in touch with your neighbors by phone or through conversation outside at a safe distance (more than 6 feet). Direct neighbors in need of the resources listed here. Though we must be physically distant, we can remain socially connected as a community. It’s ok to deliver groceries to your neighbor’s porch.
Donate Food or Contribute: The Berks County Food Bank (Helping Harvest) always needs shelf-stable, healthy food items. And, funding currently is crucial.
Volunteer: The Berks County Food Bank (Helping Harvest) needs volunteers to pack bags and deliver them. To volunteer, apply here Helping Harvest Volunteers.
Donate Blood: Call the Red Cross Donation Center for the location of a local blood (800) 733-2767
Manage your Health: Use the time to improve your own health and immunity. Sleep, exercise, drink plenty of water, eat nutritious food and ask for help if you need it. 20 minutes of daily cardiovascular exercise can improve your lung and heart health. Walking, biking and running are easier now with less car traffic.
Complete Your Census Form: The 2020 United States Census is crucial for grants and financial assistance to our state and our local community. For example, emergency aid funding will be determined by population. The Census form was mailed to our homes between March 12th and 20th this year. You can answer the form online or call it into 844-330- 2020.
Remember to Vote on June 2: We strongly recommend everyone vote by mail this year. Let’s have high voter turnout in the primary election. If you are a voter that does not want to go to their respective polling location on the day of the primary you can request a mail-in ballot by going to Votespa.com or completing a paper application by calling the County Election Services Office at 610-478-6490.