Personal COVID-19 Resources

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Welcome to our personal resource page for the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, you will find links and resources to information that explain answers to your questions in ways that are more understandable than government-mandated releases, and also including some government web pages.

We have searched the web for our favorite resources for you, but we are not perfect! If you have any other resources you would like us to include, please leave us a note in the "Comments/Feedback" section at the end of this page!

COVID-19 Testing

Are you showing symptoms for the virus and need to be tested? Do you/have you come in contact with someone that has it? Do you feel you are generally exposed to it and feel uneasy?

Well, Valparaiso is finally able to provide free tests to those of you who apply to these many scenarios!

Symptoms: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Testing Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html

Porter County's Information Page: https://www.porterco.org/1614/COVID-19-Testing-Information

!! If you are wanting to be tested, it is required that you fill out the form provided and find out if it is applicable for you to go: https://lhi.care/covidtesting

Unemployment

Comprehensive Step by Step for Filing: applying-for-state-unemployment-benefits (Page 10 for Indiana)

Link to filing: https://www.in.gov/dwd/2362.htm

Link to Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 Unemployment: https://www.in.gov/dwd/3704.htm

Bonus $600 a week explanation: https://www.debevoise.com/insights/publications/2020/04/dept-labor-issues-guidance-for-600-unemployment (this link explains the taxable nature of the $600 and in general what to expect on the topic)

Simple breakdown of the bonus $600 plus state-by-state breakdown of unemployment benefits: https://thecollegeinvestor.com/33398/unemployment-benefits/

Filing Taxes

Information on when the new deadlines are: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/whats-hot

Schools

General COVID-19 impacts at VCS: https://www.valpo.k12.in.us/apps/pages/COVID-19

VCS e-learning information: https://www.valpo.k12.in.us/apps/pages/eLearn

Free meals for kids through VCS: https://www.valpo.k12.in.us/apps/pages/meals

East Porter County Schools COVID-19 general impact: https://4.files.edl.io/6e62/04/15/20/200303-1db6ec83-581d-48e6-98af-f5b084702b69.pdf

East Porter County meals for kids: Contact your principal for this service. Must be a student at the school.

Voting

You may not be thinking about voting during this time, but now is the best time to exercise your right to vote and let your voice be heard!

The primaries for Indiana have been pushed back to June 2nd, and the registration deadline was pushed to May 4th:

https://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/03/20/indiana-primary-moved-june-2-because-coronavirus/2883367001/

(this has a great breakdown of everything you need to know) https://www.rockthevote.org/how-to-vote/election-dates-deadlines/indiana/

Register to request absentee ballots for the primary (deadline is May 21st): https://indianavoters.in.gov/

Rules for Absentee Ballot voting in Indiana: https://www.vote.org/absentee-voting-rules/#indiana

How to vote by mail: https://indianapublicmedia.org/news/heres-how-to-make-sure-youre-ready-to-vote-in-indianas-primary-election.php

So far, we are still on for Election Day on November 3rd. Make sure you are registered to vote by October 5th to participate!

Shopping Hours

A list of senior hours at the big-name stores: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/a31785542/stores-with-senior-hours/

Strack and Van Til Stores: Store Hours: 6am – 11pm; Senior Shopping Hour: Monday – Friday from  6am – 7am

Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/store/1479/valparaiso-in/details

Target: https://www.target.com/sl/valparaiso/1286

Aldi: Store Hours: 9AM-7PM every day

Town and Country: https://town-country-market.com/locations/valparaiso/

Meijer: https://www.meijer.com/shop/en/store/297/

Dollar General (make sure your zip code is correct): https://www.dollargeneral.com/store-locator.html

Walgreens (make sure your zip code is correct): https://www.walgreens.com/storelocator/find.jsp

CVS (make sure your zip code is correct): https://www.cvs.com/store-locator/landing?cid=ps_cor&gclid=Cj0KCQjws_r0BRCwARIsAMxfDRjOUOg_0e1Pobw88N6dyX3gWLy_CIoH4Q7tHNlk8Iwr3c7rCYHIAooaAiqWEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Food Pantries/Giveaways:

Immanuel Lutheran Food Pantry
1700 Monticello Park Dr, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Tuesday & Thursday, 1:00-3:00 pm
Serving residents of Center and Washington Townships
You may come once every 4 weeks.
Bring photo ID showing name and current address (or some other form of address verification)
Questions? Call 219-462-8207, ext. 226.

Christian Food Pantry
7 Chicago St, Valparaiso, IN 46383
(in the Asbury Centre building, on the corner of Franklin and Erie)
Monday & Wednesday, 10:00-noon
You may come once every 2 weeks.
Bring photo ID showing name and current address (or some other form of address verification)
Questions? Call 219-465-0207.

Hilltop Food Pantry
606 Union St, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Thursday, 9:00-11:30 am
You may come once a week until the COVID-19 crisis is over. After that, you may come once a month.
Bring photo ID showing name and current address (or some other form of address verification)
Questions? Call 219-477-4222, ext. 251.

Dry Goods Pantry at Valparaiso Nazarene Church
2702 E. Glendale Blvd, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Tuesday & Thursday, 1:00-3:00 pm
Providing non-food items
You must get a voucher from one of the food pantries first.
You may come once a month. Use entrance 4.
Questions? Call 219-462-2751.

Porter County Aging and Community Services (PCACS)

Delivering food boxes to anyone in need on Tuesdays & Thursdays

Anyone who needs a box can call the PCACS and just request one and they will deliver!

Eggs, milk, bread, & $30 worth of shelf stable food.

219-464-9736. Ext. 1

 

Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana

Healthy meal delivery throughout Lake, Porter, Newton, Jasper, and Starke counties

Register for meals and begin receiving within 24 to 48 hours

Call 219-756-3663 or visit www.mownwi.org

Delivery Apps/Services That Are Hiring:

Looking to pick up a few extra bucks? Become a delivery driver through these apps and work safely on your own time!

Instacart: Click Here to Learn About Being a Shopper

UberEats: Click Here to Learn About Being a Driver

Shipt: Click Here to Learn About Being a Shopper

Grubhub: Click Here to Learn About Being a Driver

DoorDash: Click Here to Learn About Being a Driver