We all need to do our part to keep our community safe from the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Here’s a list of resources for businesses, residents, kids and parents. We have included many fun ideas to keep kids and adults entertained while practicing safe social distancing.
If you have suggested links to add please email us at c19@Vecinosdesouthpasadena.org
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Ways to be helpful
Help for Small Businesses
Parenting in the time of Corona
General Voter Info
Grants & Aid to Families & Workers
Distance (Home) Learning
Food, Groceries and Recipes
Learn, Visit, or Try Something New
Medical, Housing & City Services
Ways to Help
- You can volunteer to grocery shop for someone in a high risk group (compromised immunity, senior citizen, single parent with children under 10, etc). They have also formed a FB Group.
- Here are some past Vecinos sponsors who are open (or open for take-out) support them by buying gift cards, or ordering take-out:
- Ace Hardware of South Pasadena
- Berry Opera
- Cookies & Cream
- Green Street Restaurant
- Heirloom Bakery & Cafe
- Jones Coffee Roasters
- Gus’s BBQ
- La Fiesta Grande
- Los Gringos Locos (La Canada)
- Mamma’s Brick Oven Pizza & Pasta
- My Taco (York, just past the S.Pas / LA border)
- Senor Fish South Pasadena
- Spitz – Eagle Rock
- Starbucks (in the Ace Hardware shopping square)
- Tomato Pie Pizza Joint
- Trader Joe’s-S. Pasadena,CA
- Urbano Mexican Kitchen (next to Vons, across from Huntington Hospital)
- Islands Restaurant Pasadena
- Yuca’s (Fair Oaks & Glenarm)
- Donate to places people hit hard by Covid19:
- Donate to Project 100: 100 Million to 100 Thousand Families. While COVID-19 has been tough on everyone, it has been particularly disastrous for SNAP recipients, many of whom were already barely making ends meet. 86% of Propel Fresh EBT app users who work have lost significant income in the last few weeks.
- Donate to the Restaurant Strong Fund to help restaurant workers impacted by the Covid-19 closures. They plan to support restaurant workers by providing as many $1,000 grants to eligible grantees as possible.
- Donate to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, where:
- 50% FOR DIRECT RELIEF TO INDIVIDUAL RESTAURANT WORKERS
- 25% FOR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS SERVING RESTAURANT WORKERS IN CRISIS
- 25% FOR ZERO-INTEREST LOANS FOR RESTAURANTS TO GET BACK UP AND RUNNING
- Donate to the LA Regional Food Bank, they are working to meet the needs of those impacted by the Coronavirus, as well as individuals who typically need assistance.
- Consider finally giving businesses you like a positive review on your favorite review website, here are some review websites to consider: Yelp, Google, FourSquare, TripAdvisor, Facebook.
- Do you have fruit trees that need picking? PACTL (The Pasadena/Altadena Coalition of Transformative Leaders) staff and volunteers would love to come and pick that fruit for the families they serve (including nearly 200 meals for children every morning). Contact them to set up a time
- Local places to donate food, kitchen staples, household items and other things:
- Holy Family Catholic church is accepting dry goods for their food pantry, “Giving Bank”. M-F 9- 3 p.m. Or in the bins in the vestibule at the Fremont entrance of the Church. (no clothing, furniture, etc.)
- Door of Hope (houses homeless families)
- Elizabeth House (houses pregnant women)
- Pasadena Union Station (feeds homeless)
Grants, Loans and Resources for Small Businesses
- No luck getting your SBA Loans with the large banks? Try PayPal.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
- Paycheck Protection Program: This loan program provides loan forgiveness for retaining employees by temporarily expanding the traditional SBA 7(a) loan program
- EIDL Loan Advance: This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.
- SBA Express Bridge Loans: Enables small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 quickly.
- SBA Debt Relief: The SBA is providing a financial reprieve to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund “Thanks to a $2.5 million investment from Verizon, we are offering grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available.” Second round of applications open mid-April.
- “10 ways to support struggling local businesses during the pandemic,” Market Watch 3/21/20
- The County of Los Angeles has approved $500,000 in grants. The grants will awarded on a first come-first serve basis. The applications will be accepted starting, Wednesday, April 8.
- Not since 2012 has Google Shopping let any business owner that sells products online list their inventory for FREE, but they’re doing it now. The company says it will now let anyone who operates a website or manages a store on a marketplace platform list without paying a listing fee.
Grants and Aid to Families and Workers
- Starting 5/12/21 Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic who need assistance paying their broadband bills will be able to apply for a $50 a month subsidy from the government. It’s available to low-income individuals who are at the poverty line or 135 percent above it, those who qualify for free and reduced school lunches, or people who’ve experienced substantial loss of income since Feb. 29, 2020.
- Restaurant workers can get info on applying for a direct financial help here, provided by Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation a 501(c)(3).
- Affected workers can also apply for a $1,000 grant to Restaurant Strong Fund.
- Unemployment insurance has been temporarily expanded to cover workers whose industries are facing financial hardship. If someone you know is completely or partially unemployed, here is how to apply. Do not hesitate to call (310) 903-6354 or email Andrew@KathrynBarger.com for assistance or clarification on any programs.
- Many don’t know that workers 55 and older can access 401(k) funds without penalty if they are laid off, fired or quit. Per Investopedia The Age 55 Rule: “If you become unemployed in the calendar year when you turn 55 (or after that), you can access the funds without having to pay the 10% penalty. No need to wait until age 59½. In fact, if you have a 401(k) at another employer you left long ago, you can access those funds as well.
- Have corona related expenses, have a 401k? Per the Montley Fool “if you’re facing significant economic hardship and can’t afford to pay your bills, you may choose to tap your retirement fund. Typically, when you withdraw your savings from your 401(k) or traditional IRA before age 59 1/2, you will have to pay a 10% penalty on the amount you withdraw. However, you can now withdraw up to $100,000 from your retirement account without paying the 10% penalty.”
- Need to buy a mask? There’s great guide on where to purchase on Clark.com
- SoCal California Gas has suspended service disconnections until further notice. This means no customer will have their natural gas turned off due to non-payment. Additionally, your household income has recently changed, you may now qualify for 20% off your natural gas bill with CARE.
- SCE Edison is suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and only continuing critical work needed to protect public safety and reduce the risk of wildfires. Additionally, the offer these resources:
- Spectrum: “In an effort to ensure Americans have necessary access to online resources, qualifying households with students or teachers can get 60 days of free access with a Spectrum Internet account. Available for households with teachers or students from kindergarten to college (Limited to new accounts who do not already have a Spectrum Internet subscription Free installation options available In addition, Spectrum WiFi hotspots will be open for public use.) Call 1-844-579-3743 to enroll.
Medical, Housing and City Services
- Combating domestic violence, resource list with hotlines.
- Medicare has temporarily expanded its coverage of telehealth services to respond to the current Public Health Emergency.
- Blue Shield California is waiving applicable costs for screening and doctor-recommended testing for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including copays, coinsurance, and deductibles. They will not require your doctor to obtain prior authorization for COVID-19 screening and testing.
- City Services:
- What’s Open and What’s Closed – UPDATED MARCH 31
- S.P.P.D. asks that we complete a crime reports online, if the crime is NOT an emergency, occurred within South Pasadena City limits, there are NO known suspects and it did NOT occur on a state freeway. Online reports receive the same investigation as any report filed in person with a police officer. If the crime requires further investigation, an officer will contact you.
Parenting in the time of Corona
- Reinventing graduation: 3 ways to honor milestones in the midst of pandemic.
- Have a child with a birthday coming up? Here are some creative ways to celebrate!
- “How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus” New York Times March 17, 2020
- Coronavirus: How To Talk To Your Kids About The Disease, Huffpost 3/4/20
- “My Child’s School Zoom Meetings Are a Disaster” Slate
- Preparing Your Home and Family for COVID-19, cdc.gov
- “Remote learning during coronavirus: How to make your home into a workable school” USA Today 3/31/20
- Family routines: how and why they work
- “When you’re on lockdown together and things run off the rails, it’s time for a family meeting.” New York Times, April 9, 2020
- SPUSD Distance Learning Resources Page
- Teacher’s resources for traditional teachers, but she has some cool tech apps recommendations worth checking out.
- Example daily schedules by grade.
- Khan Academy math and more.
- TumbleMath Animated, talkng, picture books that connect literacy and math with in depth lesson plans with fun activities that lets kids go at their own pace. Use your South Pasadena library card to access.
- Kuta, traditional and free math worksheets.
- Mathigon.org, opposite of worksheets, beautiful and relational math per CommonSense.org: “Mathigon functions much the same as a classic math textbook in the content it covers, but it presents the materials in a new, engaging, and exciting way for students. “
- iPractice Math (TK-12) Free worksheets and online math help by level and topic.
- School Yourself (7th-12th) Free online lectures and explanations for Algebra I-Calculus.
- Math Planet (7-12) Completely Free Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry Courses. Also has
- ACT and SAT courses. Does not contain practice problems.
- Algebra2Go (7-12) Full Courses in Pre-Algebra through Calculus 2 with practice problems and videos.(Put on by Saddleback Community College)
- Math is Fun (TK-12) Free math resource for all levels, through Calculus.
- Free Math Help (7-12) Math Help for Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus
- Virtual field trips to amazing museums via Google Arts and Culture
- Wide Open School is a free and curated collection of online learning experiences and activities for kids organized by grade and subject.
- More virtual field trips list.
- Latinx Rights in 1960s California two lessons for upper grades.
- Facing History social science with an emphasis on social justice “We help students learn about hatred and bigotry so they can stop them from happening in the future.”
- Mystery Science science lessons “To help educators during this time of coronavirus, we have pulled our most popular science lessons and are offering them for anyone to use for free. No account or login is needed.”
- Free dolphin study guides, power points and activity sheets
- SEPUP, Science Education for Public Understanding
- Population Education, with lessons in Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies
- Positive Physics free for now
- EverFi STEM offering 20 free courses for now.
- Spanish children’s stories
- JPL offers a list of activities to consider space and space travel.
- Art, art at home, art contests, museums and more, this list has it all.
- Watch the first nationally distributed children’s series in the U.S. to feature an Alaska Native lead character! Molly of Denali is a feisty and resourceful 10-year- Alaska Native girl who, along with her dog Suki and her friends Tooey and Trini have daily adventures in Alaska, from fishing to building snow forts to delivering a camera to friends on a volcano via dog sled. (free, youtube, or PBSKids)
- Use this list to watch some quality YouTube for kids.
- Daily videos from Marbles Kids Museum with “daily doses of play in a new digital way! For D-I-Y creative play and playful parenting tips”
- A teacher has put together this library of race and BLM-related books, read aloud on youtube (some are even in Spanish).
- Join icon Julie Andrews for story time! Julie and her daughter, invite you into their library to read their favorite children’s books. Every story comes to life with sound, music and activities. Authors, kids and other special guests chime in, too! It’s a show that will inspire lively conversations and a lifelong love of reading. First episode will drop 4/19.
- Amazon is offering free audio book streaming for kids. “Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.”
- Use your South Pasadena library card to access e-books and e-audiobooks from TumbleBooks, and TeenBookCloud (Username: tumble2020; email email@example.com for the pw)
- Already an Amazon Prime member? Use it to read books on Prime for kids.
- Join the South Pasadena Public Library Reading Challenges (4/6-5/31), available for babies – adults!
- Have a celebrity read a a children’s book to your kids on Storyline Online, or search #savewithstories, or even have an astronaut read aloud on Story Time from Space.
- Go on a bear “hunt”. Many families in South Pasadena have made a teddy-bear “hunt”. Take yourself and kids and see how many teddy bears you can find!
- Go in search of a GeoCache
- Go on an outdoor scavenger hunt for these items.
- Play with a Frisbee, catch a baseball, throw a football with your household members (only).
- Draw and play hop-scotch on the sidewalk with the added benefit of entertainment as passersby play too.
- If you and your kids are not familiar with the podcast Wow in the World, all we can say is you’ll thank us later. It’s all about science and told in a very entertainint and engaging way, hosted by Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz and has the Looney Tunes quality where it’s even entertaining to adults.
- Find the hidden pictures, silly jokes and more at Highlights Kids.
- Karaoke with your friends with this mobile app, or simply embarrass yourself in front of your kids with some youtube karaoke.
- Free family-friendly, print-at-home version of Cards Against Humanity.
- Play “restaurant” with the kids. Either mom and dad can be the restaurateurs, like these folk or, for families with older kids, maybe let the kids design a menu, take orders, prep one of these simple dishes and voilà, dinner is served! (recipe ideas)
- Build a Rube Goldberg machine.
- Build with Legos with these free step-by-step instructions.
With physical distancing being the standard for now and no end in sight, we want to make sure you have these useful links handy.
- Click here for a list of qualifications to vote.
- Register to vote. In California, the deadline to register to vote for any election is 15 days before Election Day, so please register early! Or, if you’re 16 or 17 years old, you can PRE-register to vote now.
- Check your voter registration status.
- Vote in person at ANY polling place, or vote by mail, or register to permanently vote by mail.
- SymphonyCast, is a two-hour weekly radio program featuring a full-length concert by a major symphony. Material is drawn from Europe’s premier symphony orchestras, along with U.S. orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra
- Live or other Calendared Events:
- Daily: Go to a virtual concert.
- 4/17 – 4/19: Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber is calling all musical lovers! Starting Friday April 10, he’ll be releasing a full-length, smash-hit musical once a week for you to watch for free! It will be available for 48 hours, so you can tune in whenever you like over the weekend! First up, it’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, this weeks it’s Phantom of the Opera!
- 4/10: Join Hamilton cast members for a #HamAtHome singalong of the entire Original Broadway Cast Album on Friday, April 10th. Get those vocal cords warmed up – downbeat’s at 8 PM sharp. 🎤 The sing-along will be streamed live on YouTube here
- Stream some of these quality Latinx flix: The Latino List on HBO/Amazon, Inocente or Humano both on iTunes.
- Films for Action covers an impressive collection of documentaries, short films, and videos that can be watched for free.
- Use your library card to stream up to 5 films per month on Kanopy. They have a collection of 30,000 titles including independent, foreign language, classic, documentary, and educational films. Old library cards starting with the PSPA prefix will not work, email to update to the newer library card.
- Stream the Ann Arbor Film Festival films for free.
- Watch 15 Broadway Plays and Musicals from home.
- Curiosity Stream is offering $12.99 / year memberships for a limited time. They offer short 20 minute documentaries in a wide range of subjects.
- Listening: You can can stream any of the podcasts below on any web browser, but we highly recommend (free) Pocket Cast app for your phone for greater playback control (like skip forward and skip back, or save your place if you don’t finish in one listening, or play at 1.5 times speed) and to “subscribe” to future episodes:
- From The Daily Podcast: “The story of what happened when federal agents showed up in a small town that had overwhelmingly voted for President Trump, and his campaign rhetoric became a reality.”
- Another very interesting episode from The Daily where a writer shares her story as an Asian-American dealing with personal hostile verbal attack from a stranger.
- Our favorite podcast of all time has to be 99% Invisible. Matt from BelloCollective describes their two-part episode Church Sanctuary this way “The episodes explore the efforts of [the Presbyterian] church and of the Immigration and Naturalization Service to shut down their work to protect refugees. If you’ve ever struggled to explain or understand the concept of a “sanctuary city” or you’re just interested in the history of the movement, this worth a listen.”
- Also from 99% Invisible, learn about the Olympic Mexican Miracle
- The grand-daddy of radio storytelling though is This American Life. In January 2018, they did an episode touching on immigration and the Mexican border in this episode: I Thought It Would Be Easier. But that wasn’t the first time they touched on the subject, in October of 2000 they did an show on a “1996 immigration law that the Immigration Service itself says is unfair. Most of the law’s original sponsors in Congress now say they went too far, and that they were too harsh when they passed the law. And yet most of the law’s key provisions still stand unchanged.”
- Listen to Devan Sandiford’s seven minute story on The Moth talking to his son about living in America with brown skin.
- Newer to the podcasting scene is Gimlet Media. In their show Science vs. They explored immigration questions like are immigrants taking American jobs? Are Immigrants driving down wages? Are immigrants taking more from the government than they give? Do immigrants dive up the crime rate?
- Finally, take a deep dive into this fourteen-part audio documentary series from Scene on Radio where they explore these questions: Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?
- Join us for our Virtual Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour.
- Join us for a our Virtual Vecinos Book Club! Hosted by our very own Adrian Acevedo.
- Host a Netflix watching party.
- Host a Zoom, Skpe, or Google Hangouts happy hour with friends. Play Charades, Scattegories or Pictionay use a timer on a phone and this awesome word generator from The Game Gal. For Scattegories, if you don’t have the alphabet die (for the remote person), you can use this online version.
- Speaking of zoom, you can add your own creative background, follow the directions on Zoom for “virtual background”.
- Audit courses for free at Coursera, an online platform offering massive open online courses (MOOCs) by universities and other organizations.
- The Great Courses offers college-level courses it produces. They’re offering reduced prices, or you can access some courses via Kanopy (see Kanopy above)
- Master Class has lots to offer from “the best in the word” and right now they are offering two memberships for the price of one.
- Learn Java Script on Khan Academy, or coding for kids on code.org or visual programming on scratch.com
- Learn to play the drums like Phil Collins. No drums? No problem!
- Learn a second language without Duolingo, with one of these 10 alternatives.
- Learn to draw with daily lessons from children’s book author Mo Willems, or just watch Bob Ross do it!
- 8 Ivy League Colleges are collectively offering 450 courses for free!
- Finally, learn to solve the darn Rubik’s Cube!
- Visit museums like Museo Frida Kahlo and others from your computer.
- Visit a national park on Google Earth.
- Can’t get enough? Here’s a list of over two dozen places to visit virtually, recommended by some amigos.
- Get together with a friend over this mobile app for a karaoke duet.
- Visit outer space, thanks to NASA making their media library accessible and free.
- Do you like optical illusions? Take a look at some of these fun optical “tricks” from the The Illusions Index website.
- Workout at home with Blender Fitness it offers over 500 workout videos for every fitness level by length, difficulty, type, muscles used, etc.
- Make some music with this free synth app.
- Get that guitar outta your closet, Fender is offering three free months of virtual lessons.
- Not sure what craft you’d like to take up? Take a quiz and find out.
- Try a virtual workout class, Peloton is offering 90 days for free.
- Plant a new garden, but first read these tips for success.
- Here are the basics steps to salsa dancing.
Food, Groceries and Recipes
- Bob’s Big Boy In Burbank Brings Back Car Hop Service!
- First of all, feeling guilty about stress-baking? Well don’t!
- 15 Essential Tamales in Los Angeles, Explore the tamales of Latin America by Bill Esparza 12/9/19 (call ahead and maker sure they’re open for takeout).
- Don’t go to the store for just a single item, rather for a week or two of shopping. Missing an Ingredient? Here’s What You Can Use Instead from the New York Times.
- Grocery Shopping Places:
- Looking to score some flour, yeast, sugar, butter, eggs, milk, bread, garlic, humus, brie, bacon, cookies, paper towels, toilet paper or latex gloves super locally and super quickly? Head to The Munch Company Sandwich shop on Mission St.! Yup, they have all that as well as the usual. Order online or by phone. Mama’s Brick Oven is also selling bags of bread and AP flour as well as yeast, they also have beer to go (32oz for $14 with a FREE Mamma’s growler)!
- A Guide to LA Restaurant Wholesalers Now Selling to the Public Big cuts of beef, boxes of produce, and even fresh seafood directly from restaurant purveyors!
- Are you a senior, a single parent with kids under age 10, have special needs, or other circumstances that make it particularly more dangerous for you go to out at all? A group of local South Pasadena volunteers will happily grocery shop for you.
- Fresco Community Market is offering email (or phone) ordering with parking-lot direct-to-your-trunk-delivery of groceries for seniors daily from 6 a.m. – 12 p.m. Just send them your shopping list (and your phone no, so they can call you when it’s ready) and they’ll call you when your order is ready.
- If you just need milk or small “convenience items,” don’t forget all those small mom-n-pop drive-up stores, like Alta Dena Dairy on Washington in Altadena, but there are others.
- Want to know if your Trader Joe’s is open or closed for cleaning check HERE.
- Our own farmers’ market remains open produce and take out for prepared foods, but if you can’t wait until Thursday for your veggies, visit this site for a list of other nearby farmers’ markets.
- Groceries for seniors and those in need:
- Grocery Shopping General Articles:
- The New Rules of Grocery Shopping Under Quarantine, Sunset Magazine March 31, 2020
- How to Safely Grocery Shop During Coronavirus
- 30 Easy Recipes Your Kids Can Make All By Themselves
- Margaritas recipe.
- Cosmic Cosmopolitans, bottoms up!
- You finally have time to make those caramelized onions you always wanted to
- Cook those beans in your pantry!
- Make some awesome bread in your Dutch oven, it’s easier than you think and tasty too!
- Here is the ultimate resource for bakers from King Arthur Flour. Here a master baker shows how to make “just bread” Or, dig your bread machine out and give it another try with this recipe.
- Dig out that tortilla press out of the closet and make some homemade, vegan, gluten-free, corn tortillas
- “Famous” foods, recipe holders share the love:
- Chipotle shares their guac recipe.
- Disney is sharing their churro recipe! You can download it here, or watch the video here. They’re also sharing their Pineapple Dole Whip, we have it for you here.
- Double-Tree has released their chocolate-chip cookie recipe.
- Ikea shares their recipe for their meatballs and gravy!
- In order to support our families in need, as well as all children from our SPUSD community, SPUSD will continue to provide breakfast and lunch free of charge beginning Monday, April 6, 2020. However, please note:
- “Closed Enrollment” meal service site, means families must attend SPUSD to be eligible, eligibility may be confirmed with student I.D. number, for example.
- SPUSD children must be present in order for meals to be provided.
- All meal components offered must be taken.
- Meals must be consumed off school premises.
- Families choosing the drive-through service must remain in the vehicle.
- From the Guardian, a great article on “The Meditations, by a Roman emperor who died in a plague named after him, has much to say about how to face fear, pain, anxiety and loss
- L.A. County Resources:
- Useful Apps (most available in Spanish as well as English):
- Headspace: Access guided meditations and mindfulness activities
- Happify: Play games to reduce stress, overcome negative thoughts, and build resilience
- MindShift: Access resources to help manage anxiety
- Calm: Pick your goals to get started: better sleep, increase happiness, increase gratitude, reduce stress, or learn to meditate
- Useful Podcast episodes:
- While social distancing is the responsible thing to do to slow the spread of disease, it also heightens the emotional challenges we face during these scary and uncertain times. Listen to this special episode of Choiceology’s where they “look to the science of happiness to see how we might mitigate the adverse impacts to our mental health and well-being—and maybe even cultivate good new habits that can help us when the crisis is over.”
- The Savvy Psychologist has an episode on how Sleep Hygiene Doesn’t Cure Insomnia -Do This Instead (which is EXCELLENT). Now they’ve done a specific episode on the How to Sleep During the Quarantine.