Resource Guide: How students can get the help they need during a pandemic

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As students begin their online coursework, The Signal has combined resources for students offered by Georgia State, the state of Georgia and national services.

Georgia State: 

1. Internet | Online Classes | Strategies for Sucess Online

Georgia State offers WebEx seminars to help students navigate their online coursework for the remainder of the semester. 

2. Internet | Online Classes | Five-Step Strategy

Offering a step-by-step guide on how to kickstart the online remainder of the semester, the Five-Step Strategy preps students to make sure they are ahead of the game.

3. Internet | Online Classes | Broadband Services

Georgia State provides a list of free or low-cost internet services to provide quality online access.

State of Georgia:

1. Hotline | Georgia Department of Public Health | COVID-19 symptoms and hotline

The GDPH offers an emergency hotline (844-442-2681) and a general information factsheet.

2. Food | Giving Kitchen | Provides emergency food services 

Giving Kitchen provides financial assistance to food service workers. Stability Network resources are also offered for food service workers.

3. Unemployment Services | Georgia Department of Labor

The Labor Department has announced new information for filing for unemployment, mandatory filing by employers for partial claims, and reemployment services. Work requirements to file unemployment claims starting March 14 have been waived in Georgia due to the state of emergency. The new policy also requires Georgia employers to file partial unemployment claims if they reduce hours which should allow workers to receive any unemployment benefits they may be entitled to in an expedited manner. 

4. Funds | United Way Community Relief Fund | Financial services for low-income families 

The United Way will help low-income families and families affected by job loss and quarantine with bills, rent, and food. You can call 1-866-211-9966 and provide your zip code. A list of local agencies can provide assistance. 

5. Food and Household | North Gwinnett Co-Op | Food and other household items 

The North Gwinnett Co-Op is a nonprofit community organization that is currently helping low-income families get the resources they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are actively looking for donations. A list of current needs here

6. Household | Gwinnett Cares | (Gwinnett County only)

Gwinnett Cares and Gwinnett’s Cooperative Food Ministries offer support to families each week. Simply put your Gwinnett zip code and get a list of nearby co-ops. Please note, ID will be required to receive assistance.


1. General Information | Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 

SAMHSA offers a variety of tips and information in taking care of your behavioral health during social distancing, quarantine life and isolation from infectious diseases

2. Donation | Red Cross

There is a blood shortage. Please consider donating blood by visiting the website or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

Donating blood is a safe process. People should not be concerned about giving or receiving blood during this time. More healthy donors are needed to prevent a blood supply shortage. Please maintain scheduled blood drives, which allows donors to give blood.” – Red Cross

3. Funds | March of Dimes | Mom and Baby COVID-19 Intervention and Support Fund 

The nation’s leading organization providing health to moms and babies has organized an intervention and support fund. The fund supports research on COVID-19, advocacy in government for better vaccines and therapeutics and education for countermeasures.