Community Services Amid COVID-19

Apr 21, 2020

Bee Creative Toys and Beehive Quilt Shop of Wellington is currently recruiting sewists to produce fabric facial masks for area healthcare workers. Details by calling or going online at beehivequiltshop.com.

Botanica is using the live tulip cam, virtual garden tours, story time, and social media challenges to share the Spring blooms beyond their gates during the Coronavirus forced closure. https://botanica.org/

Exploration Place offers educational digital programs. Find STEM activities or dive deep with extended science demos, lessons and live shows plus weekly STEM Challenges. More on Facebook, YouTube and Tik Tok. https://exploration.org/programs/stay-at-home-stem/

Humankind Ministries is holding the “Speak Out/Sleep Out: Virtual Edition,” June 6, 2020, as an act of awareness and support for the homeless in these difficult times. Information is at humankindwichita.org.

Kansas Aging and Disability Resource Call Center. This statewide resource is available to help professionals and their clients or caregivers who have questions or need information. Call Center Specialists can provide information on long term care options, community resource, information about public benefits, choosing a nursing home, supportive services, transportation and a myriad of other programs and services. Our knowledgeable call center specialists are available by phone and you will get a live person to talk to every time. The call center specialists can provide you the information you need or connect you with a local contact to assist you further. This call center specializes in Aging and Disability resources as well as community services and supports. The call center is open Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm at 855-200-2372.

Skaer Veterinary Clinic reminds people that there’s no evidence that companion animals are easily infected with Covid-19 nor are they carriers. Hand washing and social distancing from all family members – including pets – is recommended for people experiencing symptoms.

Wichita Family Crisis Center. Domestic violence increases at times of elevated stress. Staying safe at home isn’t always possible.The Wichita Family Crisis Center offers help for victims of domestic abuse. Information is at wichitafamilycrisiscenter.org. Wichita Public Library is offering a wide range of resources including e-books and e-audiobooks. Cardholders can browse the entire collection on the Books-And-More link at wichitalibrary.org. WSU's Perpectives on the Pandemic series. Making sense of the issues surrounding the coronavirus can be challenging. Faculty experts in the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wichita State University are helping clear the confusion. Presentations in the Perspectives on the Pandemic series, with one talk held each week, will feature a statistician, historian, public policy expert and chemist. Each event will be delivered via Zoom and hosted by Andrew Hippisley, dean and professor of linguistics. The following events will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, April 15-May 6. Call the Fairmount College Dean’s Office at (316) 978-6659 for the password. Click on the talk title for more information about the lecture and the presenter. 

  • April 15 “Modeling the spread of the Coronavirus,” by Adam Jaeger, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics - Zoom Meeting ID: 946 577 627  
  • April 22 “A history of pandemics,” by George Dehner, associate professor of history - Zoom Meeting ID: 529 143 580 
  • April 29 “COVID-19 and the impact on local public health practice and policy,” Panel discussion led by Melissa Walker, associate professor of public affairs - Zoom Meeting ID: 404 843 017 
  • May 6 “In search of a COVID-19 vaccine and therapeutics,” by Bill Groutas, WSU Foundation           Distinguished Professor of Chemistry - Zoom Meeting ID: 796 333 682 
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