Community and Social Service Resources
Potentially Helpful Numbers:
- The Parental Stress Line (“parents helping parents”) available 24/7 in all languages:
- SafeLink – Massachusetts statewide domestic violence support and resources 24/7 helpline: 877-785-2020
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- The Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
- Mental Health and Addiction Help
The COA will be continuing to take incoming calls (978 318 3020) and respond to e-mail throughout the crisis during our normal business hours.
Social service staff remains available to help folks cope emotionally and also to help link them to resources if they have no other way to obtain needed medications or groceries.
As of this week the COA is not providing transportation or equipment loans and the building remains closed.
Grocery Store Special Hours and Grocery Locations
Please see our Local Essential Services page for information on food, pharmacies, and more.
Please click here to view a press release from the Concord Police Department regarding online mental health and substance misuse support services.
CCHS Food Drive and Pick-up Services
It has been the schools’ pleasure to provide food to those who need it during these difficult times. They continue to provide bagged breakfasts and lunches centrally for the community at our Concord-Carlisle High School for PICK-UP ONLY. This is in service to the community and open to anyone who is need during this closure from 8:30-11 a.m. each weekday morning They are not able to accept food donations but fiscal donations are welcome. An electronic link is now available on the food service web site at: https://www.concordps.org/food-and-nutrition-services/. Please answer this survey so we know how many meals to prepare. We can deliver on a limited basis. Please note, this survey is ANONYMOUS.
With schools and many businesses now closed, we’re experiencing an unprecedented number of people using our treasured conservation lands, parks, and recreational areas. We understand the solace that people find being outdoors, and want to encourage your safe and responsible use of our community’s properties.
We ask your help to maintain the safety of our visitors and stewardship of our conservation lands and parks. Please, if a parking area for one property is full, choose another place or time to visit. If you bring your dog, bring your baggies and carry any waste out. And remember that your dog should also be physically distancing from other trail users.
We have temporarily suspended distribution of trail guides at trail heads, in an effort to minimize transmission of the virus. Trail guides can be viewed online at concordma.gov, under the Natural Resources Division webpage. All playscapes are closed until further notice.
Thank you for helping to steward our community space and keeping each other safe.
Parks and Playgrounds
In the ongoing efforts to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Concord’s playgrounds and play structures will be closed until further notice. Athletic fields are closed to group gatherings and sporting activities/events. Town parks will remain open and residents are encouraged to continue using public, open spaces with their facilities while practicing the CDC guidelines for social distancing and hygiene. All sport courts and playscapes within the parks and playgrounds remain closed.
Playgrounds Closed in Town Include:
- Rideout Playscape & Swings, Lawsbrook Rd.
- Rideout Ninja Fitness Equip., Lawsbrook Rd.
- Emerson Playground & Swings, Stow St.
- The Playscape at Ripley, Merriam Rd.
- Concord Integrated Preschool Playground, Merriam Rd.
- Alcott Elementary School Playground, Laurel St.
- Thoreau Elementary School Playground, Prairie St.
- Willard Elementary School Playground, Powder Mill Rd.
- Harvey Wheeler Playground, Church St.
Natural Resources and Conservation Land
While we are all physically distancing to prevent the spread of coronavirus, we will have more time for each other and the outdoors. Getting outside can help boost you and your family’s resilience, too. Remember also that wildlife always need distancing from humans in order to carry out their normal life functions.
Our town conservation areas are currently open to provide much needed solace. We need you to help make sure that all visitors can experience a sense of calm and stress relief. And since the health, safety, and well-being of our visitors is our top priority, we have placed restrictions on the use of town conservation lands, based upon Governor Baker’s Emergency Order and the Department of Health’s and CDC’s guidance. You can view them here.
Resources for Coronavirus Support
- The CDC has a page on mental health and coping during COVID-19:
- A tip sheet from SAMHSA: Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: TIPS FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING, QUARANTINE, AND ISOLATION DURING AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE OUTBREAK:
- Governor Baker issued an emergency directive requiring all health insurers to provide access to medically covered services via telehealth, including audio only. https://www.mass.gov/doc/march-15-2020-telehealth-order/download
- A psychologist currently in isolation due to the Coronavirus urges men to focus on what they can control during the current pandemic. Mary McNaughton-Cassill, PhD writes in Men’s Health that while we can’t control the world around us, we can control our responses.
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
- CNN Health: How to keep coronavirus fears from affecting your mental health
- Riverside Trauma Center’s Nanci Ginty Butler, LICSW, on How to Manage Fear of the Coronavirus
Community and Non-Profit Resources
Open Table: https://www.opentable.org/covid-19/
During this crisis, Open Table will be implementing “drive-thru” pantry service. Guests arriving by other means of transportation (walking, biking, etc) will, of course, also be served. Guests should keep their regular appointments during these times.
Our pantry will be open during regular operating hours (we will be open rain or shine!):
- Tuesday 1:00-6:30 pm
- Thursday 3:00-6:30 pm
Acton Food Pantry
- The Acton Food Pantry, which also serves Concord residents, will exceptionally be open this week Wednesday March 25 (10am-7pm) and Thursday March 26 (9:30-11:30am) (they’re typically closed the week of the 4th Wednesday of the month). They are now also providing limited home delivery for those in need of food who can’t come to the food pantry because of COVID-19 and really don’t have a neighbor or friend who can come for them.
- Household Goods remains closed through April 5.
Agency/ Public Entity
Food Pantry - Acton
What services / products do you offer at the moment?
free 4-days worth of food (canned goods, staples, meat, eggs, dairy products, bread, and fresh fruit and vegetables, baby food, formula, and diapers and other basic household goods - if available)
What is the Status of your Agency ?
Open but with updated hours / offering / clients / drop off locations/transportation...
What is your geographic reach at the moment ?
Acton , Boxborough, Concord, Carlisle, Littleton, Maynard, Stow and Westford.
Who do you serve at the moment?
anybody in need
What are your opening days and times at the moment?
- Wednesdays 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
What is the address of pickup locations?
235 Summer Road, Building #1, Lower Level in the Boxborough Business Park, Boxborough, MA, 01719
Process for transportation/home deliveryIf you provide transportation/home delivery and clients need it, how should they request it?
If you can’t come and really don’t have a neighbor or friend who can come for you, we have limited home delivery. Call the pantry for more info.
Should clients be aware of other adjustments / other info?
Clients will not enter the pantry. Clients will be given a shopping list, and our volunteers will shop and pack bags inside the pantry. Clients will pick up their bags outside.
Concord Community Chest: https://www.cccommunitychest.org/covid-19-crisis-resources/
In the link above is a list provided by Concord Community Chest of services and resources that local organizations are providing during this COVID 19 crisis. We will update these resources as more information becomes available. Please check back for current information.