Updated April 22, 2020 at 8:50 a.m.
United Way of Norman COVID-19 Recovery Fund
Financial help is now available for people who are struggling to pay their rent and utility bills due to COVID-19. United Way of Norman is partnering with Food & Shelter to distribute funds collected through the United Way of Norman COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.
People applying for assistance will need to present a payroll stub dated before March 13, 2020 and fill out a short form to be eligible for funds. Payments from United Way of Norman’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery fund will be made directly to landlords and utility companies.
Food & Shelter will be doing screening and intake Monday through Friday from 1-4 pm. They will have three staff dedicated to this work during this time. Intake will be over the phone only. No walk-ins!
To apply for assistance, call Food & Shelter at 405.360.4954.
With so many businesses forced to close, many people could find themselves struggling to find food or pay bills. We have set up a fund to help them in the weeks ahead. If you would like to give, click the link below.
United Way of Norman
These are the changes in how United Way of Norman is doing business right now
- Staff working remotely until April 30. Physical office is closed.
- No in-person meetings
- Currently scheduled meetings moved online
- Activated special fundraising to respond to the pandemic in our community. Funds are distributed to Food & Shleter to administer.
- Meeting weekly with funded partners to address their needs
- Connecting volunteers to our funded partners that can use them safely
- Referring people who need immediate assistance to 2-1-1
- VITA sites closed
- Weekly meetings with Emergency Management
For the latest updates on COVID-19 from the Oklahoma State Department of Health click here
Use the tabs below to find more information on resources, the response of our community partners and more.
If you are in need of assistance, you can also contact 2-1-1. This information referral line has the latest information on the resources available in our community. You can also find information on the 2-1-1 website below.
Text your zip code to 898211
Online Chat: Click here for online chat with 2-1-1
Online Resource Guide: 211 Oklahoma
Click the link for the most up-to-date list of food pantries and their hours. Keep in mind, some of these locations may close due to the pandemic.
Food Pantries List
Need Someone to Talk To?
If you are feeling lonely and isolated, there are people available to talk with you.
Reachout Hotline | 1-800-522-9054
The Reachout Hotline is available 24/7. Anyone who is having a tough time with mental health issues that come from sadness and isolation can call.
The Virtue Center | 405-321-0022
Professionals at The Virtue Center are available Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to Noon.
The Salvation Army | 1-844-458-4673
The Salvation Army has implemented its Emotional and Spiritual care hotline. Available 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.
Transition House | 405-360-7926
Transition House offers support Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
We recommend that everyone follows health guidelines, practice social distancing and avoid close contact with others. If you are interested in volunteering, the current opportunities are listed below.
Meals on Wheels
Our volunteers are following the 6 feet apart rule, so deliveries are to the outside only. Anyone interested should contact Deana at 405-321-7272 or email@example.com or visit the MOW website at www.mealsonwheelsnorman.com We will need a copy of driver’s license and car insurance, if you have a current background check please bring a copy.
Need 2 to 4 volunteers daily for disinfecting shelter.
Many of our volunteers are older, and as a result of COVID-19, now reluctant to respond to volunteer opportunities. We are still responding to home fires daily and supporting our firefighters with canteening services when needed. These volunteers are often called upon and we can always use more.
Volunteer Interest Link
Click the link below to submit your information if you'd like to be contacted with other opportunities.
City of Norman
Norman Chamber of Commerce
Norman Community Relief
Norman Regional Health System
Norman Public Schools
University of Oklahoma
Starting Monday 23, 2020 ABLE will be closing the vocational side of our program. The residential program will continue to function in the same way it has been with extra precautions taken with sanitation, disinfecting, hygiene and social distancing measures. This plan will remain in place until the City of Norman lifts its restrictions. All administrative staff will continue to be available by email and for virtual meetings, however in person meetings at the office and visits to our houses by anyone other than staff will be suspended.
We are offering 7 home-delivered meals - shelf-stable and frozen to ANY senior in Cleveland County during this pandemic These meals will be delivered to their homes. We do not have drive-through any longer. We also have a food pantry for seniors in need. Seniors need to call first to gain access.
Among Friends Activity Center
The Center is closed until the shelter in place order is lifted. We are currently staying connected to our members virtually during this time.
Bethesda is currently providing treatment services via video conferencing and taking new clients. Please call 405-364-0333 or email our Clinical Director, Sandra Wellman, at Sandra@bethesdaOK.org for more information.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma in Norman is committed to keeping our families, Bigs, employees and supporters healthy and safe. We are currently taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19.
- BBBSOK staff members are working from their individual homes.
- Interviews for new Bigs and Littles will be conducted via videoconference. If someone prefers an in-person interview, we will schedule once safe to do so.
- Active matches of Bigs and Littles are not meeting in person, but are encouraged to connect through FaceTime, video chat, texts, emails, etc.
All BBBSOK agency events have been rescheduled for a later date.
The student center is closed to guests and most staff are working from home. Bridges is in need of shelf-stable food, hygiene products and laundry products. We are also working on a plan for students whose hours have been cut. You can call the Bridges office at 405-579-9280. We will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you informed of our hours as we make decisions.
Operations will continue as usual. Call (405) 523-3000 Monday mornings at 8am.
Sanctuary Women's Development Center - Norman
Hours of operation are 9am-3pm beginning March 26. Essential services for unsheltered, homeless women and women with children including showers, laundry and day shelter. Limited to 10 clients in the sanctuary at a time – clients are rotating to accommodate capacity.
Center for Children & Families Inc. (CCFI)
Due to the evolving COVID-19 health crisis, we have closed our doors to the public and are offering virtual services until further notice.
Current & Prospective Clients
Our staff are diligently working to provide virtual service options to avoid lapses in care, all while keeping health and safety our number one priority. The following precautions will take place until further notice:
- The Baby Pantry WILL REMAIN OPEN weekdays from 8:00-10:00 a.m. and 3:00-5:00 p.m. If you need diapers, please call 405-364-1420 so we can check our inventory and have your request ready when you arrive.
- Boys & Girls Club of Norman is closed for the remainder of this school year and updates will be sent through the Remind App
- Bringing Up Babies in-home visits will be held virtually via Zoom
- Children in the Middle and Divorce & Children classes will be held virtually via Zoom
- Counseling sessions will be held virtually via Zoom
- Parents Assistance will be using a digital curriculum and providing individual sessions via Zoom
For further details and instructions regarding specific services for both current and prospective clients, please visit www.ccfinorman.org
Food and Shelter
Food and Shelter is serving breakfast and lunch meals in to-go containers and distributing them outside near our pavilion. Breakfast is at 8am. Lunch starts at 11am.
Our pantry will open each day except Monday from 1 p.m to 3:30 p.m. and will distribute pre-packaged boxes of food. If you need food, please come. We know people will be forced to choose between paying bills and buying food. We have food for you.
For our friends who live on the streets, we are allowing people inside to shower and use the restroom. We have moved several dozen to motel rooms to help them shelter in place. Our office is open 8 am until noon only for our guests who are homeless to check their mail, access personal care items and request support.
Case managers are meeting with residents at the village and other housing programs face to face within a safe distance. We are working on a plan to be able to resume intake for our ESG program once new funds are available.
Full Circle Adult Day Center
We will be closed until further notice.
Kaleidoscope is meeting with its peer support groups virtually through Zoom, following its regular schedule (first and third Wednesday of each month). Continued contact with clients and their families is happening through phone calls, emails and postcards. New clients are being contacted by phone.
Legal Aid is accepting applications over the phone and on our websites, https://www.legalaidok.org/ and https://oklegalconnect.org/#/login. Our offices are not open for walk-in applications. We have shifted our focus during this time to assist people who have been affected by COVID-19. We are providing legal representation with unemployment benefits, debts that cannot be paid, problems with housing and domestic violence. We have a Healthcare Navigator that can assist applicants in finding health insurance through the ACA if they have recently lost their benefits or have another qualifying event.
In addition, Legal Aid continues to assist applicants in most civil law matters – family law, housing, employment, benefit, consumer, food and healthcare access, and disaster-related cases.
To apply, applicants can call our local office at 405-360-6631 and choose option 2, to speak with an operator. Applicants can also contact us through our statewide hotline number – 888-534-5243 or our statewide legal partnership website at https://oklegalconnect.org/#/login.
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- 17yrs old. Now, any student can have FREE access to positive content that will challenge them to grow in their personal development and leadership skills. Access this FREE content at loveworksleadership.org
Loveworks now has 5 NEW (free!) leadership resources available now:
- LINK with Loveworks during our live-streamed episodes every Monday at 4:00 pm and Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm. We'll interview a special guest each week who is a Dreamer and Doer (someone who dreams big...and then does it!), share inspiring news, and give you practical advice on how to pursue your big dream. Recommended for ages 11-17, great for any age accompanied with an adult. We'll be streaming on Facebook Live, Youtube Live and Instagram Live
- At Home Leadership is a way for students to discover their leadership qualities digitally while engaging the creative senses, teaching character and leadership lessons, and offering a way for kids to connect over meaningful conversation. Recommended for ages 11-17, great for any age accompanied with an adult.
- Dreamers and Doers Podcast- Each week, our podcast highlights a Dreamer and Doer, someone who dreams BIG and pursues their dream. In just 30 minutes, you'll feel inspired and encouraged to pursue your dreams!
- Raising Little Leaders- A time for little leaders from infant-10 years old, to experience an unforgettable story time, enjoy interactive activities, and to develop their leadership skills through meaningful lessons. This happens through combining live-streamed content and the digital learning platform. Next Story Time: April 25th, 2020 from 10:00 am-11:00 am
- Loveworks Leadership Blog- A weekly release that will share ways for you to grow in your leadership. Inspiring guest features and practical advice on personal growth to impact all facets of life, it's a worthwhile read!
Mary Abbott Children's House
Abbott House is open and responding to all referrals from LE and DHS for forensic interviews. Program staff has been modified to two employees (1 forensic interviewer and 1 advocate) who are doing two week shifts and then alternating with the other forensic interviewer and advocate. We have modified our interview times so that only one family is in the house at a time and are allowing an hour in between interviews to disinfect and clean.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels of Norman will continue to deliver meals Monday - Friday unless circumstances dictate otherwise.
Our clients are at the highest risk if exposed to COVID-19.
We are taking the following precautions for the safety of our clients and volunteers:
- Volunteers who have traveled or experienced any symptoms to remain at home.
- Volunteers will be given gloves to wear while delivering, should keep a 6-foot distance, and not have any type of contact with our clients.
- Volunteers will stay in their cars when picking up the meals. The staff will load the meals into each car to avoid group congregation.
- Shelf-stable meals are being sent out to clients along with their daily meal.
Parents Helping Parents
Norman Parents Helping Parents is continuing to serve families through our helpline (405-278-1221). Our Norman Chapter is also continuing to hold parent meetings in our online (Zoom) format. These occur twice a month, and we also share access to the Edmond Chapter's online meetings as well.
Due to the COVID-19 health crises and in compliance with the expectations of our state and local government, we have suspended our face to face services, however, we have continued to provide virtual sessions throughout the month of April. Due to the success of our web presence, we are in discussion of continuing to offer virtual sessions as a bonus session moving forward on a monthly basis. Once we are able to begin offering respite sessions, we will proceed with precautionary guidelines providing our caregivers with the appropriate personal protective equipment, limit our total number of session participants for the month of May and into June, and will practice sanitation procedures using appropriate and approved products for the safety of our program participants and our caregivers.
The Salvation Army
The Emergency Shelter is operating with a reduced number of beds to observe safe distancing. All other CDC guidelines are being followed. As of 04/02 we have moved to a safe shelter policy allowing guests on the bed list to stay 24/7 in shelter. We are encouraging them to observe the shelter in place unless they are leaving for work.
We have a partnership with Norman Regional Hospital to screen 2 x’s daily for symptoms and plan to isolate when recommended for testing. We continue to work with shelter guests toward permanent housing solutions where needed.
Community to go meal served each evening at 4:30pm from our parking lot. Food pantry open Tues and Thurs 1-3pm being served outdoors observing CDC guidelines.
Getting Ahead classes being supported via phone calls, emails and facebook page.
Utility assistance being managed through glass window in lobby one person at a time.
The Virtue Center
Due to the state of emergency due to the coronavirus crisis, The Virtue Center will be taking additional measures to ensure the health and safety of our employees, our clients and the public. These measures will take place at least through Wednesday, May 6 or until further notice and may be extended.
All services are being provided via telehealth and telephone for current and new clients. There will be no in-person services until further notice. While our building is not open to the public, our phones are answered during regular business hours 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to Noon on Friday. We are encouraging the public to utilize our number 405-321-0022 as a mental health helpline during our business hours if they are feeling overwhelmed by the crisis and need to talk.
Thunderbird Clubhouse is closed to members at this time, but staff are still working. We will be providing meal delivery, medication and grocery assistance, and taking care of housing needs for our members over the phone. We will also be providing conference calling so our members and staff can still be connected for unit meetings over the phone. We are still accepting referrals, but we will not be able to get people in for orientation until after we reopen.
We are moving from 5 to 2 staff Zoom meetings per week and beginning to expand the number of Zoom groups/activities being provided for Transitional Living and Community Outreach clients.
We’re doing Zoom Wellness gatherings every other Wednesday at noon. One is scheduled for this Wednesday.
We’re continuing to provide individual support and services to TLP and COP clients through phone and Zoom.
We are continuing to respond to inquiries and assistance calls.
We are screening at the entrance to the Health Center. Patients who are not symptomatic can be seen by our Providers. Anyone who cannot screen okay to enter is given a card to show them how to sign up for a virtual visit. They are then screened by a nurse and, when necessary, sent to an online wait room to telehealth.
We have also moved out OB providers to smaller sites so that the only patients entering those sites are pregnant women, to try and decrease exposure during pregnancy.
Our goals are to protect the health care workforce and protect the elderly and medically compromised.
We have also put a policy in place that no visitors are allowed in clinics or into buildings for any reason. Skype meetings are available. We are canceling any events or group meetings and shifting those to virtual meetings.
Women’s Resource Center
Crisis line is answered 24/7. We are isolating residents for 14 days prior to transitioning resident in with the rest of the residents. Arranging for individualized meals to reduce exposure. Staff are rotating so there is no more than 2 staff on shift at a time.
Rape Crisis Center
Staff are rotating so not more than one staff at a time on shift. Still responding to rape calls and domestic violence exams. Using a combination of tele health/doxy.me and in person for the exams. Advocates are providing follow up services by phone;
Staff are working a combination of remotely from home and some in-office hours. Rotating so there is not more than 2 in the office at a time. Groups have been suspended but the Advocates are working with clients to get their domestic violence education requirements covered. Counselors are working remotely. Advocates are assisting with protective orders over the phone but if the individual does not have a printer available to they can assist with printing out the documents.
Norman Investigation Center
Currently we do not have anyone in that office. The Advocates are handling those calls and services from the Satellite Office.
Working remotely. Staying connected to agencies, schools and assisting in getting out information. Still meeting with the Youth Advisory group.