Detailed Resource List
- Students need to be completing the Self-Assessment Form every day, even if not on campus.
- COVID-19 testing and telehealth appointments are available to students at both our Metro Health Campus Clinic & at the GVSU Family Health Center in Grand Rapids.
- All University plans, policies and information will be listed on the Lakers Together Fall 2020 website.
- Information about Isolating On Campus.
- GVSU COVID-19 Data Dashboard
- NOVID App - allows users to make proactive decisions based on their risk of infection.
- Locate the COVID-19 testing site nearest you using this GPS locator.
- Low income students and returning Veterans can apply for a recycled laptop through the GVSU Laptop Recycling Project.
- Students can use the Grand Valley's WiFi network, by parking in pay-to park spaces in the Eberhard Center lot or the RV: Lot B Parking Area.
- Students can use the State of Michigan public hotspot map to locate public hotspots available throughout the state.
- Companies like McDonald's and Starbucks and Public Libraries have free Wi-Fi for anyone within range of most of their buildings.
- Students and Military Veterans can apply for a free laptop through this non-profit company: Computers with Causes.
- United Way is an organization that connect you to a wealth or resources included help finding local organizations that may be able to help meet a student's technology needs. Get assistance here.
- Students can apply with this non-profit that works to refurbish PCs to in turn provide them to those in need. It is a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher. This means that the computers it donates come with licensed copies of Windows 10. In order to be eligible to receive a PC from the organization, you’ll need to meet certain requirements. Apply for a PC here.
- Students can apply for a discounted laptop, priced at $120, through the Contact Computer Technology Assistance Corps.
- Students can use the website Notebooks for Students to look up laptops that are listed at discounted prices.
- Special Circumstances & Financial Hardship Requests can be submitted to the GVSU Financial Aid Office by visiting the Financial Aid website.
- If you lost your job due to COVID you may be eligible for unemployment insurance. You can research the requirements and file a claim if you think you are eligible with your state’s Department of Labor. If approved, you may receive a temporary wage replacement that is less than what you would normally be paid. The CARES Act allowed for people who were not traditionally available for unemployment to meet some of the requirements. The Century Foundation provides a great explanation of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program here.
- If you had a state work-study position on campus, talk to your supervisor about your ability to continue to work and get paid, even though you cannot work on campus (some colleges are paying students to work remotely). If your work study position is federally funded, not state, the Federal Government authorized schools to continue paying these funds during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Cash Assistance for Students with Children
- If you are able, you may want to seek new job opportunities: Grocery stores and other essential services are in need of new employees and continue to hire. Check your city or town’s website for information and look for “Mutual Aid” groups in your area.
- If you are having trouble paying your credit card bill, utility bill, or other bills, call your creditors (anyone to whom you owe money) and the companies that send you bills to get your payments stopped or reduced. Be sure to clearly state upfront that your income has been reduced because of COVID-19. That is the information they need to adjust your payments.
- If you owe money on federal student loans:
- Stay informed. The federal stimulus package expanded protection to federal student loan borrowers and those who have defaulted on loans. The CARES Act suspends interest accrual and payments on federal student loans from April 1 through September 30, 2020. Nonpayment during this time will not affect public service loan forgiveness and other forgiveness or loan rehabilitation programs. Credit reporting, wage garnishment and tax refund seizures will be halted during this forbearance period as well.
- If you have educational loans from a private lender or institution you should review their website to identify what relief they may be offering during this time.
- If you need assistance appealing for financial aid, SwiftStudents offers free template letters to help you appeal your financial aid package
Student Food Needs:
- Replenish, the campus food resource is now open. Due to COVID-19 students will need to wear masks inside, show proof of self-assessment, hands must be sanitized prior to entry, only one guest at a time, and bring a school ID
- Laker Meal Share Program
- Love Inc, Allendale Food Pantry Program
- St. Luke's Food Pantry Has groceries and also operates a monthly pantry. It is best to call ahead at, 616-895-2247, as things can change with little to no notice.
- Ottawa County Mobile Food Pantry & List of Ottawa County Food Distribution Sites
- West Michigan Mobile Food Pantry Schedule
- MI Bridge Temporary Food Assistance for eligible low-income individuals and families. And a map of West Michigan farmers markets that accept Bridge Cards.
- Other way Ministries - On same street as Pew Campus - Downtown
- The Women, Infants, Children Program (WIC) – provides free food, nutrition counseling, and health screening services for pregnant women, women who have just had a baby, and children up to age five. You do not need to be receiving government assistance to qualify.
- Shipt Food Delivery Passes- Shipt is a grocery delivery service that can provide contactless delivery of groceries from the Standale Meijer. They are now offering single delivery passes if students don't want to sign up for their subscription service.
Student Transportation Needs:
- Up To Date Bus Rout Schedule - Check as times and routes changing daily.
- Michigan 211 Transportation Assistance
- Students can also contact the GVSU Financial Aid Office about emergency fund options for transportation purposes.
Student Housing Needs:
- Students who lack stable, safe housing while attending GVSU should contact Financial Aid or the GVSU Housing Office.
- Grand Rapids Emergency Housing Resources
- Aunt Bertha is social care network where you can search for local housing resources by zipcode.
Mental Health & COVID-19:
- GVSU Counseling Center
- Teletherapy: Short-term teletherapy services are available to currently enrolled students. To schedule an appointment, call (616) 331-3266.
- Phone consultations are available for students who want to discuss services or need assistance finding a community provider. Please call (616) 331-3266.
- Crisis Phone Consultation: Emergency phone consultations during office hours are available for all enrolled students. For after-hours crisis consultations, visit the emergency site to utilize off-campus and national resources.
- Referrals to off-campus counselor, pscyhatrists and treatment programs.
- COVID & Mental Health Support: https://www.gvsu.edu/counsel/covid-19-and-mental-health-285.htm
- Students in Isolation due to COVID-19 can welcome to join a support group specific to those in Isolation. Just call (616) 331-3266 to sign up.
- COVID-19 and Substance Abuse
- National Alliance on Mental Illness Resource Packet.
- Community Mental Health of Ottawa County (CMHOC) is a provider of behavioral health services and is continuing to serve people at this time.
- CDC Stress and Coping Resources
- Self-Help Applications for your phone.
Resources for Students with Children:
- GVSU Student Parent online support group: https://www.facebook.com/GrandValleyStudentParentGroup
- GVSU Pregnant or Parenting Student supports: https://www.gvsu.edu/cwge/pregnant-or-parenting-college-students-17.htm
- Essential Workforce: Connections to Childcare - Flyer I Website. Call/Text 1-844-233-2244 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Grand Rapids Area Mutual Aid Network - Resources to help support families that are looking for childcare and make sure the safety of children is the only priority.
- Additionally, people can connect with DHHS: Find Child Care & Preschool Online resources for kids/families.
- Learn more about helping children cope with COVID-19 crisis
- Grab and Go Meal Sites for kids under 18 8 in Kent County: https://www.hwmuw.org/meal-sites.
- The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71547_4910_6329---,00.html
- Student Health Insurance
- Campus Health Center https://www.gvsu.edu/campushealth/ (Provides COVID Testing)
- GVSU Family Health Center (Provides COVID Testing)
- Local Urgent Cares: Metro Health Allendale, Michigan Urgent Care Center, Spectrum Health Alpine, Spectrum Health West Pavilion.
- Students should know that many are eligible for Medicaid, they can get coverage to get screened and treated.
- For students who are not eligible for Medicaid or who are undocumented, they can go to a health center and access care site with sliding scale fees.
- Find a COVID Test Site Near You: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus
- Local Pharmacies include Family Fare and Walgreens in Allendale.
- Aunt Bertha: Search for free or reduced cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more.
- United Way West Michigan: https://www.hwmuw.org/
- Support Local While At A Distance: Resources for local business/innovative idea sharing amid COVID-19
- For those who may be worried about quarantining in a home where they do not feel safe, help is available from GVSU Victim Advocate and the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7/365 at @ndvh by chat or by calling their hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
- Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990.
- Local Laundry Services for those in Isolation due to COVID - Plantenga's Cleaners