BSC Member Resources Newsletter, April 23rd

Included in this week's newsletter:

  • Guidelines, Updates, and Important News Regarding COVID-19
  • Health and Financial Resources and Aid
  • Encouraging News
  • Jobs and Scholarships

Guidelines, Updates, and Important News Regarding COVID-19

Face coverings now required for customers and workers in essential businesses

  • This mandate becomes mandatory at 8am on Wednesday, April 22nd
  • Everyone must cover their face when out in public such as visiting an essential business, seeking healthcare, or while using shared transportation, including buses, BART, taxis, rideshare, or paratransit.
  • This is not a substitute for staying home, staying 6 feet apart, and washing your hands regularly
  • Step-by-step instructions for sew and no-sew masks
  • Video demonstration: make a no-sew a mask from a t-shirt
  • Check your email for a BSC Member Updates that address how the mask requirement applies more specifically to BSC units.

The Shelter in Place order remains in place through May 3rd


Financial Resources

Emergency Loans for UC Berkeley Students

Emergency Loans for Undocumented UC Berkeley Students

Cal COLA Mutual Aid Fund

  • for people in the East Bay community who could use help buying essentials. They recommend you consult other resources first as their waitlist is growing

Economic impact payments (IRS)


  • $200 in cash assistance to help buy necessities
  • If you’re a student, parent of a student, or graduate, you are encouraged to apply

Health Resources

Healthcare Options for Those Without Insurance:

  • Lifelong Medical Care
    • 2001 Dwight Way #1388, Berkeley CA, 94704
    • Call (510) 981-4100 prior to making an appointment to determine your eligibility. This line can also provide you with more information about your eligibility to be tested for Covid-19 once you are a Lifelong Medical patient.
    • Lifelong Medical operates multiple clinics with different names in the area but only Urgent Care is open for the time being.

Basic Needs Relief:

Berkeley Mutual Aid Network -- material support for those at a high risk for COVID-19

East Bay Mutual Aid intake form

East Bay Disabled Folks COVID19 Support Request Form

Bay Area Senior/Disability/Worker Mutual Aid Form

Berkeley Food Pantry at 1600 Sacramento St; call 510-525-2280 for hours or information on how to apply for food, groceries, and other aid.

UC Berkeley Basic Needs Center master document with the following resources:

If you’re not in need but feel like you can contribute:

Cal COLA Mutual Aid Volunteering

Cal COLA Mutual Aid Fund Donations

Local Resources & Info:

City of Berkeley “Shelter-in-Place” Order

COVID-19 Bay Area Community Resources + Up-to-Date Health Information

Reliable Health News on COVID-19:

CDC Coronavirus Health Information and Updates

San Francisco Chronicle Coronavirus Live Tracker

Resources for your mental health and anxiety related to COVID-19

UC Berkeley Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is Open!

Counselors are available to support students and to consult with faculty and staff concerned about students. There are no fees for students, regardless of insurance plan.

  • Hours are Mon- Friday 10am – 4pm
  • All visits with counselors are by phone or video
  • Students who need support should call 510-642-9494 to schedule a phone appointment
  • For urgent concerns, please call 510-642-9494 and ask to speak with an available counselor that day (although the Tang center is not open for drop-ins, counselors are available by phone to assess urgent needs and provide crisis intervention
  • For after-hours support, please call (855) 817-5667
  • Coming soon: Additional workshops and groups through Zoom and virtual Let's Talk

Please visit their website for more information about CAPS, as well as for status of satellite offices and other updates.

Read this article for tips on taking care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty.

Support over the Phone

Crisis Support Services of Alameda County offers:

  • 24/7 support at 1-800-309-2131
  • A free Text Line Program available 4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. 7 days a week. Text SHARE to 20121. Standard text message rates apply.

You do not have to be experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings to call or text. More info at

The California Peer-Run Warm Line is available to provide emotional support 24/7 at 855-845-7415

The SF Suicide Prevention Crisis Line is available 24/7 at 415-781-0500

Encouraging News

The Emergency Response Team is sending you valuable information and action items in regards to the COVID-19 situation. Here's some content to inspire hope while you ride out this shelter-in-place order.

UC Berkeley’s Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI) is now testing patient samples from the Berkeley community, including undergraduate students, first responders, and vulnerable people without insurance or permanent housing at their pop-up lab. Read more here.

Local Stories that Aren't Grim

Internships, Jobs, and Scholarships

Census Jobs Earning $25/hr

An accurate Census count means:

  • Lunches for kids
  • Access to affordable housing
  • Funding for health centers
  • Fair political representation

The results of the 2020 Census help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are spent locally for schools, hospitals, roads, and more. So it's important that everyone, especially under-resourced individuals, is counted!

The Census Bureau is hiring now for part time enumerator positions that start in March 2020. It's crucial that community members who are trusted messengers - like you! - join the hired Census staff so that our communities are counted.

Apply Here

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About the Newsletter

This biweekly Member Resources Newsletter is a platform for members of the BSC and the local community to share events, resources, and opportunities with other BSC members. Let's keep the newsletter cooperative! Share your ideas about how to make the newsletter better. Suggest themes and content, and send in your announcements and photos that you want publicized. Reach out to me, Elizabeth, the Member Resources Assistant, at

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