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COVID-19 Resources


RENT/MORTGAGE/UTILITY ASSISTANCE

Macon County

  • Decatur Township: 217-429-5284, decaturiltownship.com/covid-19-relief/
    • Rent
    • Utilities
    • Medicine
  • Dove Financial Assistance (DFA): 217-433-7435, email: dfa@doveinc.org, fax: 217-423-5025, inside Northeast Community Fund 839 N. Martin Luther King Jr Dr.
  • Decatur-Macon County Opportunities Corporation (DMCOC): 217-428-0155
    • Rent
    • Utilities

Moultrie County

  • C.E.F.S.: 217-728-7721
  • Dove Financial Assistance: 217-433-7435, email: dfa@doveinc.org - inside the Sullivan United Methodist Church 216 W. Jefferson
    • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 9-11am
      • Utilities
      • Medicine

 Shelby County

  •  C.E.F.S.: 217-774-4541
  • Dove Financial Assistance: 217-433-7435, email: dfa@doveinc.org, fax: 217-423-5025, inside Shelbyville Salvation Army Building 1410 W. Main Street
    • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 1-3pm
    • Utilities
    • Medicine

Piatt County

  • Piatt County Services for Seniors: 217-762-7575 x2
  • Community Action Partnership - Central IL (CAPCIL): 217-732-2159
    • Rent
    • Utilities
  • Dove Financial Assistance - 217-433-7435, email: dfa@doveinc.org - Dove Piatt Office 100 W. Washington, Suite 102, Monticello
    • Mondays 1-3pm
      • Rent
      • Utilities
      • Medicine

DeWitt County

  • Dove Financial Assistance: 217-433-7435, email: dfa@doveinc.org - Dove Clinton Office, 803 W. Leander
    • 2nd and 4th Tuesdays 8:30-11:30am
      • Utilities
      • Medicine
      • Financial emergencies (gas cards, vehicle registration, etc.)
  • Ameren "Warm Neighbors, Cool Friends" program: email - shartman@doveinc.org, fax: 217-423-5025
    • Utility assistance
  • Neighborhood Care Center (serving DeWitt Co. + Maroa): 217-935-6844, email: carecenter.cjr@gmail.com
  • Clintonia Township: 217-935-2506 x 101 (serving Clintonia Township residents) www.clintoniatownship.com/page3 
    • Rent
    • Utilities
  • Community Action Partnership - Central IL (CAPCIL): 217-732-2159
    • Rent
    • Utilities

 

Crossing Healthcare

Are you newly out of work and without health insurance because of COVID-19?
Crossing Healthcare is here to help! Call 217-877-9117, or follow this link: http://www.crossinghealthcare.org/new-patient-registration

Unemployment Insurance

File for unemployment insurance if you are out of work. The IL Department of Employment Security (IDES) has enacted emergency rules to make it easier to access unemployment insurance. Learn more here.

Call 211 for help

United Way's 211 is a free and confidential service available in Macon, DeWitt, Moultrie, Piatt, & Shelby counties. 211 representatives will connect you with agencies in your area that can assist with food, utility & rent assistance, counseling, and much more. Simply dial 211, or if that does not work, use the toll-free number: 888-865-9903

Who I Mask For?

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There is increasing evidence that the Black community and other minority groups are at increased risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19. For instance, African Americans make up 18% of the Macon County population, yet account for 34% of COVID-19 cases.

In addition, African Americans are more likely to be adversely affected by the virus due to pre-existing conditions such as hypertension, diabetes and high blood pressure. Also, people from some racial and ethnic minority groups are disproportionately represented in essential work settings such as healthcare facilities, factories, grocery stores, and public transportation. Some people who work in these settings have more chances to be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.

Protect yourself, your family and your community.  Wear a mask when in public, indoors and when not able to socially distance from others.  For more information, visit the CDC.gov

Free Face Masks

Free face masks are available to the public at these Catholic Charities locations:

  • 239 W. Prairie - available during food pantry hours (Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 9-11am)
  • 247 W. Prairie - inside lobby area
  • 2725 N. Water - inside Resale store

Domestic Violence 24-hour hotlines

Macon County - 217.423.2238
DeWitt County - 217.935.6072
Moultrie County - 217.728.9334
Shelby County - 217.774.4888
Piatt County - 217.762.2122

Mental Health Resources

  • Heritage Behavioral Health is providing crisis support to anyone experiencing increased anxiety and/or depression and anyone needing any additional support. Support is available 24 hours a day, seven days per week by calling (217) 362-6262.
  • Central Illinois residents experiencing stress and anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic or other issues in their lives can call a free, emotional-support hotline operated by Memorial Behavioral Health. The hotline, (217) 588-5509, operated by trained mental-health professionals, will operate from 8am-8pm, seven days a week, for the foreseeable future.
  • The Salvation Army Central Territory has launched an Emotional & Spiritual Care Hotline during COVID-19. Call 1-877-220-4195 from 8 am to 8 pm Central Time 7 days a week. Trained employees & volunteers available to talk, listen, comfort, and pray for individuals, families and situations.
  • Veterans experiencing mental stress/anxiety can call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255; have confidential chat at VeteransCrisisLine.net; or text to 838255.

FOOD PANTRIES/SOUP KITCHEN

Macon County

  • Northeast Community Fund
    • Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri 9am-2pm
    • Drive-thru
  • Catholic Charities
    • Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 9-11am
  • Good Samaritan Inn
    • Every day 11am-1pm
  • New Vision Church Community Services, 217-423-7333
    • Mondays 5-7pm
    • Drive-thru

 Moultrie County

  • C.E.F.S.: 217-728-7721
    • Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

Piatt County

  • Monticello Christian Church: 217-762-2221
    • Tues, 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Community Action Partnership - Central IL: 217-762-2421
    • Mondays 1-3pm
    • Wednesdays (temporarily) 1-3pm

 

DeWitt County

  • Dove: 217-935-6072
    • Thursdays, 10am-2pm
  • Neighborhood Care Center, Neighborhood Market
    • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1PM-3PM via drive-thru
    • 1st/3rd Tuesdays, 4:30PM-6PM via drive-thru
  • Clinton First Church of the Nazarene: 217-935-9516
    • every 4th Wednesday, 5:30-7pm
  • Community Action Partnership - Central IL (office at 45 Cedar Square next to Dollar Tree)
    • Tuesdays, 2-4pm
  • Neighborhood Care Center, FEED Ministry
    • This is a frozen meal program intended to resource others to help others. This is not a resource for someone seeking food themselves, it is for residents wanting to help someone else. We don't deliver FEED meals.
    • Call 217-935-6844 to coordinate pick-up or email carecenter.cjr@gmail.com

Shelby County

  • 1st United Methodist Church of Shelbyville, 217-774-4131
    • Mondays & Thursdays, 10am-noon

FREE FOOD FOR KIDS

Decatur Public Schools is offering Grab-n-Go meals for families on Tuesdays and Fridays. Families will get three days' worth of meals on Tuesday and two days' worth of meals on Friday. This includes both breakfast and lunch.

Tuesday & Friday 8-10am
Eisenhower High School, MacArthur High School, Stephen Decatur Middle School, Hope Academy

Tuesday & Friday 10:30am-12:00pm
French STEM Academy, Muffley Elementary, Parsons Elementary, South Shores Elementary

Food Finder Map

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Baby Diapers and Formula

Baby TALK (217-475-2234) can provide baby diapers, wipes, and formula for anyone in need in the community.  To keep everyone safe, Baby TALK typically arranges for families to pick up items between their facility's double doors.

Free Financial Coaching

The TS Institute is offering free financial coaching to anyone who would like to use the service.  The Institute is waiving their normal 4-week money management class prerequisite during the COVID-19 crisis.  They can help with budgeting, credit issues, taxes, and any other financial questions.

Call 217-935-7464 to set up a free appointment.

FamilyWize Prescription Discount

Get discounts on your family's prescription medications. FamilyWize and United Way partnered up for this free prescription discount program. The discount program is accepted at pharmacies nationwide. Just look up your prescription(s) and see what kind of savings you can get!

If you prefer to call instead of visiting a pharmacy, use the following prescription discount card information:

BIN: 610194
Card ID: FW200
Group ID: FW200
PCN: FW

Get help filing your taxes

If you haven't filed your taxes yet and need assistance, free help is available. Go to MyFreeTaxes.com to get help filing a simple tax return.

Free transportation

Decatur City Manager Scot Wrighton announced the Decatur Public Transit System has suspended fare collection during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please be aware of social distancing guidelines for public transport. Click here to see bus routes and schedules.

Utility shutoffs/contact creditors

Utility companies have suspended shutoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Evictions have also been suspended during this time. And Fannie Mae, HUD, and more are suspending all foreclosures and evictions.

Ameren Illinois is temporarily forgiving late fees, suspending disconnects for non-payment, and offering specialized payment arrangements. Learn more here.

You should also consider contacting your creditors during this time of emergency. Your credit card issuer, auto loan provider, or mortgage company may have payment options available right now.

Resources for businesses

The Economic Development Corporation of Decatur & Macon County (EDC) has created a list of COVID-19 resources for businesses.  The webpage is updated regularly.  Check out this link.

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