COVID-19

During the COVID-19 crisis, LLAMA will be dedicated to helping local Lowell residents stay up to date with local news, and make sure everyone has the resources they need to get through the crisis.

A COVID-19 Fact Sheet is available in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Urdu, Bangla, Filipino, Vietnamese, Bahasa Indonesia, Farsi, Sindhi, Telugu, and Hindi.

Donate to support our efforts.

Mutual Aid

LLAMA is working to match people who offer resources with those who need it in the community.

Here are some things that our own members are able to offer:

  • Delivering food and supplies to those who cannot leave the house

  • Individual childcare

  • Housing for students at closed schools

  • Immigrant and refugee support

Community Resources

Beyond individual requests, LLAMA is working to form groups to address larger scale issues and needs, including creating online social and educational resources in the community, reaching out to different communities in the city of Lowell, and start legislative/advocacy efforts in our community and state.

Along with our own efforts, we’re compiling a list of other local resources around our community.

Are we missing an offer from your business, organization or non-profit? Email us at [email protected].

Mill City Grows - fresh produce

Mill City Grows is committed to the health and wellness of our community through providing locally sourced produce in this time of uncertainty. They are now accepting online orders from the public, and prioritizing orders from those in need due to limited supply. This system was developed with safety in mind, and takes all possible precautions to protect staff and customers.

See the linked order form for additional details.

Mill City Grows Mobile Market orders

Lowell General Hospital is Accepting Donations

We have received several offers to donate needed medical supplies as we plan for a potential surge of patients. Supplies most needed at hospitals across the country include personal protective equipment, primarily N95 masks, protective gowns, procedure and surgical masks, and hand sanitizer.

While we are unable to receive outside meal and beverage deliveries at the hospital locations due to visitor restrictions and the need to reduce volume into our locations at this time to decrease the spread of the virus, we encourage those restaurants and other businesses that are interested in supporting our employees and providers to consider providing free or discounted purchases options. Some are now offering free meals or coffee to our hospital staff if they show their hospital ID badge at the time of pick up. Others are providing gift cards or discounts that we have been able to distribute to our staff for use at local establishments.

If you are interested in supporting Lowell General Hospital in either of these ways, please email [email protected] and a member of our team will follow up as soon as possible.

Lowell Public Schools expand lunch sites

Lunch will now be provided at a total of 9 sites around lowell during weekdays.

All students ages 2-18 are eligible for the lunch program.

Students don’t have to be present to pick up a meal, a parent or neighbor can pick up the student’s lunch.

The times and locations are subject to change, so please check the Lowell Public Schools website or Facebook/Twitter pages for any updates.

Unemployment Pay for COVID-19

The Department of Unemployment Assistance has released additional information about collecting unemployment for workers affected by COVID-19.

EOLWD and DUA also filed emergency regulations that allow people impacted by COVID-19 to collect unemployment benefits if their workplace is shut down and expects to reopen. This applies to all employees (full and part time) who are impacted by such shutdowns. Claimants are urged to file unemployment claims online.

The following conditions apply to temporary shutdowns:
- Workers must remain in contact with their employers during the shutdown.
- Workers must be available for any work their employer may have for them that they are able to do.
- An employer may request to extend the period of the covered shutdown to 8 weeks, and workers will remain eligible for the longer period under the same conditions described above.
- If necessary, DUA may extend these time periods for workers and employers.

Employers who have been paying into the system for themselves (are receiving a W-2) are able to apply as well.

Online Parent Support Groups and Stress Line

Support Groups

Parents Helping Parents has announced additional online parent support groups this week:

  • Wednesday 3/18 at 10:00 AM & 3:30 PM

  • Thursday 3/19 at 8:30 AM & 6:00 PM

See the Parents Helping Parents website for information on how to connect via Zoom.

Parental Stress Line

The current national health emergency is causing many parents anxiety.

  • How do I protect my children?

  • What do I tell them?

  • Or simply, how do I keep them busy when there is no school?

Parental stress line counselors are still there to listen to your concerns and problem-solve with you.
24-7, free and confidential.

CALL: 800-632-8188

City of Lowell Activates Emergency Operation Center

The City of Lowell has activated its Emergency Operation Center (EOC), which will serve to assist Lowell residents in situations related to coronavirus and to provide immediate responses to inquiries related to the situation.

Call 978-674-4052 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.

Division of Housing Stability Update

From an official at the Division of Housing Stability:

  • Families who need to apply for EA Shelter should call remote line 1-866-584-0653. Do not go to local DHS/DTA offices - they will be closed to visitors.

  • Shelter families should reach out to their case manager if they need assistance with food, cleaning supplies, or other means of mitigating the spread of COVID-19

  • DHCD emailed out a notice to shelter families today regarding how best to prepare themselves.

Lowell Humane Society - Pet food for families experiencing financial hardship

The Lowell Humane Society is a location for free pet food for families experiencing financial difficulties.

Donations: Pet food (canned and dry food, sealed in original packaging) is needed more than ever as we support our community, many who may find purchasing pet food outside their means in this difficult time. You can find these items on our wishlist and have them shipped right to our door. We are temporarily NOT accepting gently used supplies/softgoods (blankets, towels, toys, etc). While we appreciate your support, we are unable to accept these items.

Pet Food Pantry: If your family is experiencing financial hardship and needs pet food, please call the shelter to schedule a time to pick up pet food.