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A Message from Big Brothers Big Sisters Regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

In light of the mandated Stay at Home Order issued by Governor Ivey, Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama with support from CDC and Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama Board guidance, we have determined that our staff will work remotely until further notice. Your safety is important to us so we are currently taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) into our community.  

 

BBBS recommends that all match parties and match outings are to be suspended until further notice.  Reach out to Match Specialist or contact Danielle McInerney, (CEO) at 205-826-1610 or Zelda Lavender, (VP of Programs) at 205-765-8545 if you would like to discuss your particular situation or to discuss creative ideas for continuing to build your match relationship without seeing each other in person during this time.  Also, we have listed some creative ideas to stay connected below.  At minimum, we ask all Bigs, Parents/Caregivers, and Littles to do the following:

 

  • Review and follow the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations, (CDC) for preventing the spread of illness.

  • VERY IMPORTANT: UPDATE the BBBS office NOW with your current contact information: phone, address, email, and other important contact information.

  • We ask that you do not meet until further notice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

  • Communicate with each other at least weekly by talking to each other by phone, email, texting etc. during this time. You should not be meeting in person.  This is the so important to keep everyone safe.  Let’s Help Keep Each Other SAFE!    

  • Follow- us on Facebook ,Twitter, and Instagram: @bbbswestal.org for messaging.

 

Thank you, as always, for being part of of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. 

We are here for you and we will get through this together.

 

 

 

 

 

If you are in need of help please contact the

resources listed below:

 

Good Samaritan Clinic
3880 Watermelon Rd., Suite A
Northport, AL 35473
(205) 343-2212
www.gscclinic.org

211/Information and Referral Services
P. O. Box 2291, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403
211 or (866) 869-4921 or (205) 345-6640
https://uwwa.org/2-1-1/

Tuscaloosa’s One Place
810 27th Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

(205) 462-1000
www.tuscaloosaoneplace.org

 

Temporary Emergency Services
1705 15th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 758-5535
www.temporaryemergencyservice.org

Family Counseling Services
2020 Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 752-2504
www.counselingservice.org

Maude Whatley Health Center

2731 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

(205) 758-6647

www.whatleyhealth.org

Tuscaloosa County Health Department

2350 Hargrove Rd E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405

(205) 562-6900

www.alabamapublichealth.gov

United Way of West Alabama Partner Agencies Resource Guide

The Alabama Department of Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Facebook page and Twitter site have updated resources and information on a regular basis. 

 

Alabama Department of Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention  COVID-19 RESOURCES 

The Children’s Trust Fund Alliance: Resource Guide.

 

The Alabama's Parenting Assistance Line (PAL) line is operational and many of you have 211 access which is also a great resource for families. 

Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce Resources

Employment Opportunities:

Help wanted: These 11 employers are going on hiring sprees because of coronaviruss

Need Internet Access?

Programs like the ones below offering free installation and free-for-two-months Internet:

 

Comcast Internet Essentials

 

To sign up, applicants can simply visit https://www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

 

AT&T Access

 

Families should visit https://www.att.com/shop/internet/access/#!/ to complete the application. The page is available in Spanish here: https://www.att.com/es-us/shop/internet/access/#!/

For Homework Help: https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=http%3a%2f%2fhomeworkalabama.org%2f&c=E,1,-EQhxUPwdsHcbj5LjtaZsPdihqoiEEVXw9k8TMlCZDjWzWFTkp74_0jogmOsCxqRg3AyocTCZ1JW1CCRNvVuUT2Ta97w_OcDqE9wpAifTAPH826w0Iuq-go,&typo=1

Area Resources and Other Helpful Information 

Curb Side Grab & Go

Breakfast and Lunch

 

Tuscaloosa City Schools Locations

Service Times: 11 am to 1 pm, Monday - Friday

  • The Alberta School of Performing Arts

  • Central High

  • Woodland Forrest Elementary

  • Northridge Middle

  • Skyland Elementary

  • Westlawn Middle 

Mobile Sites
Service Times: 11 am to 1 pm, Monday - Friday

  • Buddy's Food Mart - Rice Mine Road

  • Hay Court Apartments

  • Rosedale Apartments

  • Southview Elementary

 

Tuscaloosa County School System Locations
Service Times: 11 am to 1 pm, Monday - Friday

  • Vance Elementary

  • Brookwood Elementary

  • Holt High

  • Maxwell Elementary

  • Taylorville Primary

  • Sipsey Valley Middle

  • Northside High

  • Flatwoods Elementary

  • Faucett-Vestavia Elementary

  • Crestmont Elementary

 

Nutrition Ignition Mobile Sites
Monday - Friday

  • 9:45 to 10:10 am - Green Village Community

  • 10:40 to 11 am - Valley Hill

  • 11:20 to 11:50 am - Crescent East

  • 12:35 to 12:55 pm - Brown House

  • 1:05 to 1:25 pm - Knoll Circle

  • 2 to 2:20 pm - Chestnut Trace

BBBS Toolkit & Resources

for Parents and Bigs

Click Here to Download a Printable Version

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amidst so much turmoil and disruption, one thing is clear: Our Little Brothers and Sisters needs us now more than ever. Not being able to see your Little face-to-face will present some new challenges to your relationship, but following the tips below will help you navigate through these difficulties while continuing to help your Little reach their highest potential.

  • Rely on regular phone calls and text messages, or video chats via FaceTime or WhatsApp to stay connected with your Little.  Use this resource or this resource for great conversation starters for kids and check out this resource or this resource to get chatting with teens! 

  • Messenger Kids (from Facebook) is a great way to safely connect with your Little via a social media platform, while keeping their parent looped in. Here's more on how it works

  • Snail mail - still a thing!  Write letters to your Little (become pen pals!), send postcards, a homemade card, pass along some print-at-home games (like these puzzles or these coloring pages), or send them a homemade craft (like these bracelets, or one of these quick/easy kids crafts

  • STAY CONSISTENT! However you choose to connect, your consistency is more important to your Little now more than ever.  Find days, times, and methods that work best for both of you, create a plan, set a schedule, and stick to it!  This will make it easier on you both, while giving you each something to look forward to and depend on.  

  • ASK QUESTIONS! It's no surprise that everyone's day-to-day schedule is experiencing incredible upheaval.  Reaching out and chatting with your Little and their parent/guardian about when is best to reach out, what days and time are easiest, and how you can help are questions that will be enormously helpful for you (and your Little!) in staying connected. 

Ideas for Activities:

 

With school's closed across the area, we know many Bigs and Parents will be focused on helping stem the tide of learning loss while their Littles are spending time at home.  Check out the resources below to help your Little stay sharp and continue to focus on their academics from home. 

  • Khan Academy offers a FREE library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP, SAT, and more. They are also offering daily learning schedules for kids throughout the crisis. 

  • Common Sense has a bunch of great (and free!) education websites and apps that kids can access (with parent permission!) to help stem the tide of learning loss.  Check them out here for more info and find what resource might be best for your Little! 

  • Check out Class Central for a free list of online classes that range from computer science and business, to arts/deigns and engineering. This is best for middle/high-school age Littles. 

    • Feeling ambitious and want to turn this into a Match Activity? Take the class alongside your Little! 

  • Is your Little interested in coding? Scratch was designed for children ages 8-16 and uses easy-to-use programming language to let kids build almost anything they can dream. There are no obscure lines of code here. Instead, arrange and snap together Scratch blocks as if they are virtual Legos!

    • Want to turn this into a Match Activity? Use Scratch right alongside your Little and venture through their online lessons together! 

  • Has there ever been a better time for podcastsCheck out this website to access funny, smart, and scientific podcasts that keep kids engaged.  

    • Want to turn this into a Match Activity?  Pick a podcast you both enjoy and listen along together! Then, after each episode, connect and discuss using slightly revised, book-club style questions

  • Do you have a teenager interested in public health or psychology?  Here is a laundry list of resources that they can explore! 

    • Want to turn this into a Match Activity?  Pick a resource and explore it together.  Or, have your Little review a specific resource they might be excited about and teach you about what they learned! 

  • Looking for a virtual lesson your Little (and your!) might find interesting?  Check out the TakeLessons YouTube channel for lessons on singing, learning Spanish, learning sign language, playing piano, and much more!

    • Want to turn this into a Match Activity? Take the lesson right alongside your Little and learn together! 

  • Looking for online lessons that mirror what your Little might be missing in school?  PBS SoCal has prepared broadcast programming and online lessons that adhere to California's K12 state curriculum, which - though definitely not Connecticut - still might be helpful, informative, and fun! 

    • Want to turn this into a Match Activity? Take the lesson right alongside your Little and learn together! 

  • Our friends at Scholastic offer day-by-day projects to keep kids in grades K-9 reading, thinking, and growing. These are updated each day and present four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!

  • Is your Little interested in writing?  BoomWriter inspires children to write and develop important literacy skills, and our parent app will keep you ‘In the loop’ with your child’s progress.

  • Can't find something you like on the list above?  Check out this website for a full list of educational companies offering free subscriptions

We know many of our parents will be feeling the stress of supporting and providing for their children over the weeks and months to come.  We wanted to be sure every Big had specific resources that might be helpful to pass along to parents who may turn to you for support:

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