The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and following the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Red Cross created health and safety information in various languages to promote safety in communities in Massachusetts.
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The Red Cross Disaster Mental Health program will offer several interactive Webinar presentations to help small business owners and their employees. The presentation is titled “Coping and Self-Care During Stressful Times” and will be led by Red Cross volunteers who are certified mental health practitioners.
This presentation will help participants identify the signs of stress they may experience during the pandemic and other difficult situations and identify coping strategies that may help them to deal with stress. It also introduces the concept of self-care and provides several ideas for caring for oneself during the pandemic.
Everyone knows the Red Cross helps people during emergencies. But you may not know that it’s also part of our mission to help you help yourself! Becoming “Red Cross Ready” for an emergency means following our simple steps in advance to ensure you can weather a crisis safely and comfortably. Being prepared may not prevent a disaster, but it will give you confidence to meet the challenge.
The course is designed to help anyone impacted by COVID-19 to build resilience and lend support to others during and after this time. Topics, developed with the expertise of the Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and the Canadian Red Cross, include recognizing stress as well as caring for yourself while supporting your family and coworkers.
Red Cross Food Pantry
The American Red Cross of Massachusetts operates a food pantry in Boston and a Mobile Market program for eligible families and individuals to alleviate food insecurity and enable thousands of families in need of access to nutritious food.
The American Red Cross Food Pantry continues to operate and provide expanded food distribution services under new safety measures during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. These safety measures include temperatures screenings for volunteers, wearing of face masks, and social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus during pantry operations.
The Boston Food Pantry is located at 1033 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. Hours of operation are every Wednesday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. There is drive-up service available, entering Proctor Street at its western entrance.
About our Small Business Strong Partnership
The American Red Cross of Massachusetts is proud to be a Small Business Strong partner, helping area small business navigate the unforeseen impacts of the economic downturn created by COVID-19.
The Red Cross mission of alleviating suffering in times of crisis makes our workforce a valuable tool to help small business cope and recover during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Red Cross has a brought together a variety of resources to help residents stay safe and healthy during this crisis. Be Red Cross Ready fact sheets teach how to keep your family safe and stop the spread of the virus, while our free mental health first aid class teaches coping skills during these difficult times, and our Boston-based Food Pantry is available to those who find themselves food insecure during the public health emergency.
With more than 100 years of experience working in Massachusetts communities, Red Cross staff and volunteers are making information and services available to small business owners and their employees.