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.
COVID VACCINATION REGISTRATION
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:
- 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.
The Birth Injury Justice Center is dedicated to supporting anyone who has been affected by birth injuries, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, and other developmental disabilities. While most of the coverage surrounding COVID-19 is about its effect on the elderly, parents should also be worried about the potential risk it may pose to infants. The CDC has reported that 33 children aged four and younger in the U.S. have died of the coronavirus, with other children becoming very sick. Although these cases are extremely rare and most children and babies do not show any symptoms of the coronavirus, it is important to realize that children are not immune to the virus.
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