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Northeastern’s Office of City and Community Engagement has compiled a list of resources for members of our campus and local communities to support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are resources from the government, private businesses, non-profits, as well as safety tips to help prevent the contraction and spread of coronavirus. While not an exhaustive list, it includes updates from city agencies, community partners, university departments, and more. We are also collaborating with campus partners to soon connect with our small business and nonprofit community to match them with additional Northeastern resources (coming soon!). We hope you stay healthy during these uncertain times. Last updated 4.7.20  

How you can contribute to COVID-19 efforts

  • Be sure to practice social distancing and avoid crowded places. Stay at home if possible.
  • Avoid shaking hands, follow other guidelines and wash hands often.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you start to feel sick, contact your doctor immediately or the Mayor of Boston’s Health Line. The number is 617-534-5050.

Government Information

  • Transportation: The MBTA is posting updates on its schedule and service changes due as the situation with COVID-19 in Massachusetts changes.
  • View ongoing and updated directives from both the Center for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).
  • You can sign up to receive text notifications about Massachusetts COVID-19 information by texting COVIDMA to 888-777. You may also text BOSCOVID to 99411 to receive text updates from the City of Boston. For other information, you may also call the hotline at 311.
  • Unemployment: If your employment has been affected by coronavirus, there are federal and state benefits that you can access. NPR posted an article that lists the possible aid for unemployment, inability to pay rent, and a loss of healthy insurance. Last week alone 3.3 million people applied for unemployment. Massachusetts COVID-19 unemployment information can be found here.

General Community Resources

  • is launching an initiative called Boston Helps, a place with links where one can request help, or offer it. The page also has links for ways that you can help contribute to efforts such as donations and more.
  • View City and Community Engagement’s most recent Volunteer Digest
  • Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston has created a landing page with legal information that will be updated regularly. It will be updated regularly in both Spanish and English.
  • A limited list of resources has been compiled by the Asian American Resource Workshop. The list includes resources for teachers/facilitators, mutual care/aid, and much more.
  • Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute has launched a free and accessible course dedicated to staying healthy during coronavirus.

Food Security & Health Resources

Financial Resources

  • The City of Boston recently published a Financial Relief Handbook for small business owners and individuals, including local, state, federal, and private resources and grant opportunities.
  • The Boston Foundation is managing a COVID-19 relief fund for nonprofit organizations.
  • The Seed grant program is available to all community groups (even if you have an active grant/application for another project) for urgent needs to offer community responses to COVID19
  • The Small Business Association (SBA) offers disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to businesses, nonprofits, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disaster
  • A daily updated list of resources for small businesses put together by The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
  • Philanthropy Massachusetts has put together an ongoing list of MA COVID-19 Relief Funds
  • The City of Boston’s Small Business Relief Fund will be accepting applications starting on April 6.
  • Any Boston-area based organization that is currently partnered with Northeastern students, faculty, and staff with CCE in the 2019-20 academic year and is experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus can apply for a grant here. The deadline to apply for these mini-grants is April 13, 2020.

Academic Resources

  • Northeastern’s Community-Engaged Teaching & Research team has compiled resources to support faculty transitioning their service-learning courses online.
  • Northeastern’s Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning through Research (CATLR) hosts many resources for faculty to support online instruction. They also offer workshops and one-on-one consulting for Northeastern faculty.
  • The MIT Media Lab created a document with resources to help with online teaching
  • Student resources developed by East Coast Asian American Student Union
At City and Community Engagement, we acknowledge this uncertain and strange time is difficult and challenging for a lot of people. As other opportunities become available, we will be updating this page on our website to include them. If you know of a resource that you believe should be on this page but is not, please email with information and the link to the online resource.
Please note that Northeastern University will not be a party to and shall not be held liable for any agreement or contract that may result from the use of these resources.