Our young people and our whole community are facing a lot of disruption right now. It’s important that our youth know they are cared for by many people! Social distancing can lead to social isolation. We want people to be safe AND feel connected with others so we’re encouraging matches to stay in touch.
Resources for our Youth & Families During Social Distancing!
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CONNECTING
Our young people and our whole community are facing a lot of disruption right now. It’s important that our youth know they are cared for by many people! Social distancing can lead to social isolation. We want people to be safe AND feel connected with others so we’re encouraging matches to stay in touch!
Community-Based, School-Based, and Workplace matches are encouraged to stay in contact via phone, text, video, or by sending notes and/or cards. This is an important time to stay in communication with people we care about! Please contact your Match Support Specialist for any questions or additional ideas/support.
- *School-Based and Workplace matches please contact your Match Support Specialist to initiate the required steps for contact with your Little & their Parent/Guardian.
ACTIVITIES LITTLES CAN DO AT HOME
- Read at least 30 minutes a day!
- Online Learning Platforms (Free/Low Cost Internet Resource Below if Needed)
- Drawing Activities
- Making Drawing Fun!
- Online Education Resources (Mostly free!)
- Engineering education specific ideas
- Giant List of activity ideas generated by lots of community members!
- Library Online Resources:
- Cedar Falls Public Library https://cedarfallslibrary.org/
- Charles City Public Library https://www.charles-city.lib.ia.us/
- Denver Public Library https://www.denver.lib.ia.us/
- Dike Public Library https://dikepubliclibrary.org/
- Evansdale Public Library https://www.evansdale.lib.ia.us/
- Grundy Center Public Library https://www.grundycenter.lib.ia.us/
- Hudson Public Library https://www.hudson.lib.ia.us/
- Independence Public Library http://www.independenceia.org/library
- New Hampton Public Library https://nhpl.weebly.com/
- Oelwein Public Library https://www.oelwein.lib.ia.us/
- Parkersburg Public Libraryhttps://www.parkersburgia.com/community-residential/public-library/
- Readlyn Community Library https://www.readlyn.lib.ia.us/
- Shell Rock (Benny Gambaiani) Public Library http://www.shellrocklibrary.org/
- Sumner Public Library https://www.sumner.lib.ia.us/
- Tripoli Public Library https://www.tripoli.lib.ia.us/
- Waterloo Public Library https://www.waterloopubliclibrary.org/
- Waverly Public Library http://www.waverlyia.com/public-library
- Easy Science Experiments using common household supplies
- 12 Famous Museums that offer virtual tours!
- Pacific Science Center – Curiosity at Home kit
- 101+ Ideas to keep Kids busy
FOOD RESOURCES WHILE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED
- To find additional food resources in your neighborhood go to: https://northeastiowafoodbank.org
- Each school district’s website will have additional resources, please visit your local school district website for more information.
FINANCIAL & OTHER RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
We’re asking Bigs not to do crowd-sourcing fundraising, like GoFundMe pages for specific families. Bigs, if there is a specific need for your Little’s family (like food, or other emergency needs) please take a look at this list and talk to your Match Support Specialist directly about needs and desires to help.
- Mediacom connect 2 Compete– FREE for two months if subscribed before May 15,2020, normally $9.95 for low income families
- United Way agencies across Iowa are proud to partner with the Iowa Department of Public Health and be the COVID-19 Hotline. Call 211 or visit https://www.211iowa.org/ for questions, concerns or more information about Coronavirus/COVID-19.
- Cedar Valley United
- Waverly Shell Rock United way
- All other counties please call 211 or visit https://www.211iowa.org/ for more resources including info on health insurance & medical expenses, internet, unemployment benefits & more.
SELF-CARE DURING STRESSFUL TIMES – for Littles AND adults!
- Exercise. Go for a walk outside – bundle up if you have to.
- Have a dance party with your family!
- Listen to music – or make music if that’s your jam.
- Color. Even adults can color.
- Call a friend and catch up!
- Get good rest! Keep a solid routine, even with school and work changes.
- Drink lots of water!
- If you feel worried or stressed, talk to someone about your
feelings. Don’t keep it bottled up.
- You can also write about your feelings! Or use art to express feelings too.
- United Healthcare has a free resource for
anyone needing emotional support due to COVID-19
- 1.866.342.6892 or visit www.liveandworkwell.com
INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19
- Center for Disease Control: click here
- Iowa Department of Public Health: click here
- Black Hawk County Department of Public Health: click here
- World Health Organization: click here
How do I talk to my Little and/or child about COVID-19?
- Tip Sheet from The Search Institute rooted in how to work through this time using a development relationship framework.
- National Association of School Psychologists:
- World Health Organization – helping kids cope with stress right now
- Safety – talk to your child/Little about being healthy, washing hands, etc.
- Education – How to talk to your child/Little about COVID-19: Article from Child Mind Institute, Article from CDC
- Be kind & be aware of bullying: Countering coronavirus Stigma and Racism: Tips for Parents
Littles & Bigs Connecting and Coping
- Call and talk to each other on the phone or text each other.
- Ask each other questions: https://www.familyfelicity.com/questions-to-ask-your-kids/
- Check up on how the day is going.
- Ask them to name 3 great things about themselves.
- Remind them you are there for them even though you cannot see each other in person.
- Play a board game together.
- Have a dance party.
- Create a song, sing a song, karaoke, make a playlist together.
- Exercise together:
- Create a project together.
- Read a book together.
- Watch a movie together.
- Cook/bake together.
- Write down things you are thankful for.
- Phone Apps (if applicable)
- Words with Friends
- Draw Something
- Powerboard Racing 3D
- Mini Golf Match-up
- Coping Skills
- Body Scan.
- Write a card.
- Text/call someone.
- Belly breathing.
- Take breaks from social media.
- Grounding exercise: notice what you can see, smell, taste, touch and hear.
- Read a book.
- Listen to a Podcast.
- Take a walk outside.
- Cuddle with a pet.
- Create a grateful list.
- Write a letter about loving yourself like you would to a friend.
- Write a story.
- Do a puzzle.
- Play board games.
- Take pictures.
- Unclutter a part of your home.
- Give yourself a hug, send love to another, then to yourself.
- Calm: https://www.calm.com/
- Headspace: https://www.headspace.com/
- Sitting Still Like a Frog:https://www.shambhala.com/sittingstilllikeafrog/
- Mindfulness for Kids: https://annakaharris.com/mindfulness-for-children/
- Book Resources
- Wilma Jean the Worry Machine
- Wemberley Worried
- When My Worries Get Too Big
- David and the Worry Beast
- Breathe Like a Bear
- Listening to My Body
- How Big are your Worries Little Bear
- The Worry Box
- The Invisible String
- I am Love: A Book of Compassion
- Offering hundreds of titles available for free during the
COVID-19 pandemic while schools are closed, anyone can listen to a vast
selection of its titles. Simply visit stories.audible.com from
any web browser to get started. No log-ins, credit card or passwords needed.
- Offering hundreds of titles available for free during the COVID-19 pandemic while schools are closed, anyone can listen to a vast selection of its titles. Simply visit stories.audible.com from any web browser to get started. No log-ins, credit card or passwords needed.
*Thank you to Big Sister and School Counselor, Ayla Larson, of BBBS of Central Iowa for assisting with compiling this list of ways for Littles and Bigs to connect and cope.*
**We’d like to also acknowledge BBBSNEIA staff for their contribution to this resource list.**
We are #BiggerTogether!!