As the situation continues to evolve during the pandemic, we will communicate both resources for those in need & opportunities for those who would like to help. We recognize that this list is not all encompassing; we will add to it as we learn more.
(Updated 6/4/2020 1 p.m.)
City of Gaithersburg
Mapping Dashboard of City of Gaithersburg COVID-19 Information
Contact the Gaithersburg Community Services Division at email@example.com.
For the most up-to-date information on the pandemic in Montgomery County, visit the Montgomery County COVID-19 page or call the hotline at 240-777-1755.
Montgomery County COVID-19 Testing Information
Montgomery County testing hotline for those without a primary care provider: 240-777-1755.
- infoMontgomery Searchable Community Resource Guide
- Montgomery County Resources – Constituent Guide
- Connections to resources in multiple languages through the Gilchrist Center:
240-777-4940, Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Maryland Department of Health Testing Dashboard
Maryland Primary Election to be held June 2. Ballots automatically mailed to eligible voters in mid-May. Vote by mail May 21 – June 2.
Filing for Unemployment Insurance in Maryland.
Existing weekly claim filings only: Sunday & Monday.
New & existing claims: Tuesday – Saturday.
System down 1 – 3 a.m. daily.
Individual Income Tax Filing Deadline Extended to July 15
- WorkSource Montgomery
- Career Catchers – Openings & Online Classes
- The Census Bureau is hiring. Census employees in Montgomery County can make $29.50 per hour. Apply online here. If you previously applied, check the status of your application at 240-382-6277.
- Maryland Department of Labor upcoming recruitments and job fairs.
The no-cost child care benefit established by the State to serve designated essential personnel during the Governor’s Stay at Home Order will expire on June 7. Visit the Maryland State Department of Education website for childcare details.
Gaithersburg CARES Hub – providing food & health items for Gaithersburg area households with members recovering from COVID-19
Montgomery County Food Resources – Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
The Montgomery County Food Council has a Food Assistance Resource Directory (available in English & Español) that includes information on the location, hours, and eligibility guidelines for 100+ sites in Montgomery County where residents can access food & benefits application assistance. Food pantries, including Manna Food Center, GaithersburgHELP, and Women Who Care Ministries remain open, but note that most have new procedures in place.
Free Meals for Youth
Grab-and-go meals for children up to age 18. New schedule as of April 20: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Closed Thursday. Two meals distributed on Wednesdays. No appointments are necessary. Click here for the list of locations.
Gaithersburg Area Food Mapping Application
Residents seeking to enroll in the SNAP (food stamp) program can apply online or contact Maryland Hunger Solutions toll free at 1-866-821-5552. Maximum benefits available in April & May. FAQs in English & en Español.
SNAP enrollment assistance through Catholic Charities in English & en Español.
Meals for those Experiencing Homelessness
Epworth United Methodist Church provides free brown bag lunches, Monday through Friday, 12:30 to 1 p.m.
Restaurant Pickup & Delivery
List of local restaurants open for pickup or delivery as maintained by Visit Montgomery and the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce: Chamber Member Restaurant Directory, Gaithersburg Restaurant Directory, Germantown Restaurant Directory.
Interactive map for restaurant pickup & delivery.
Interactive map connecting to Maryland farmers & seafood companies doing direct sales to consumers.
"Stay Home, Eat Well, Keep Moving" resource flyers from University of Maryland Extension Service
Resources for pet food through House with a Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary.
Maryland Caregiver Services Corps
The Caregiver Services Corps quickly deploys volunteers and other resources to the homes of seniors who need urgent assistance with everyday tasks when their typical caregiver becomes unable to help them due to COVID-19 exposure, illness, or other challenges. Call 2-1-1 in Maryland to be connected.
Senior Call Check Program
Maryland residents who are 65 years of age or older may enroll in an automated check-in phone call program. If repeated calls go unanswered, additional calls will be made to notify an alternative person who is selected by the participant during program enrollment. Click here for more information or to enroll.
Special Shopping Hours for Seniors
Several grocery stores in Montgomery County have set aside special shopping hours for seniors, allowing them to shop in smaller groups. Click here for the complete list.
Call-n-Ride participants can take advantage of new taxi delivery service for essential goods from grocery stores, food banks & restaurants.
- Gaithersburg CARES Hub – providing food and health items for Gaithersburg area households with members recovering from COVID-19
- Primary Care Coalition clinic sites for uninsured & underinsured County residents
- Extension of Enrollment Period for Maryland Health Connection Health Insurance
- 24 HOUR Crisis Center 240-777-4000
- 24 HOUR Homeless Information Line 240-907-2688
- Every Mind Counseling Call / text: 301-738-2255
- Services for Veterans & Active Duty Military through EveryMind’s Serving Together Project
- Mental Health Resources Available from MCPS
- Child Welfare Services 240-777-3500
- Adult Protective Services 240-777-3000
- Human Trafficking Resources
- Maryland Department of Health Mental Health Resources – Coping with Stress & Anxiety
- Montgomery County Department of Health & Human Services Emergency Services
- National Alliance on Mental Illness – COVID-19 Resources
- Red Cross free training class: Mental Health First Aid for COVID-19
- IRS Economic Impact Payments Center (English & en Español)
- Information on Economic Impact Payments via prepaid debit cards
- Economic Impact Payments for SSI recipients, non-filers
- Economic Impact Payments for American experiencing homelessness
- Questions about Social Security benefits
- Consumer Issues Summary from Maryland Legal Aid
- Bank on Gaithersburg and Financial Wellness Coalition Services.
- Opening an Online Bank Account through Bank On (English & en Español)
- Free financial education through CASH Campaign of Maryland & the Maryland Cash Academy
- IRS, banking & credit report information through Cities for Financial Empowerment
- Financial resources for people with disabilities and other with chronic health conditions, through the National Disability Institute.
- Eligibility changes to Lifeline, an FCC program providing telephone & broadband discounts to low income consumers.
- Find low-cost internet & affordable computers at the EveryoneOn website.
- Applications accepted June 1 – 5 for COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program for qualified households in Montgomery County. English & Español.
- Applications being accepted for COVID-19 Rent Relief Program for qualified households in Montgomery County (separate program from Rental Assistance Program).
- Housing resources during the emergency available to homeowners, renters and landlords through the Montgomery County Department of Housing & Community Affairs
- Utility Shutoffs: An emergency order from Governor Hogan prohibits electric, gas, water, sewage, phone, cable TV, and internet service provider companies from shutting off any residential customer’s service, or charging any residential late fees through July 1. Read the order.
- Pepco extends pandemic customer bill & service support programs until at least July 1.
- Evictions: A Governor’s emergency order prohibits Maryland courts from ordering the eviction of any tenant who can show that their failure to pay rent was the result of COVID-19—for example, because of lost or reduced unemployment, or needing to care for a school-aged child—or because they are diagnosed with, or under investigation for, COVID-19. Read the order. This order will expire on July 25.
- Foreclosures & Evictions: In compliance with the Governor’s emergency order, the Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals has issued an Administrative Order staying the enforcement of all foreclosure and eviction orders and newly filed foreclosure and eviction cases. The filing ban will be lifted on July 25. View the revised order here.
- Mortgage & Housing Assistance during the emergency from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
- The State of Maryland provides direct check payment of up to $1,000/year to renters who meet certain eligibility requirements. Tax Credit filing deadline is September 1, 2020.
- Mortgage & Rental Counseling for Homeowners & Tenants: Available through Housing Initiative Partnership. Click here for details.
- Resources for Renters En Español
- Housing Issues Summary from Maryland Legal Aid
- Information for Landlords & Tenants during the COVID-19 Health Crisis
- Maryland Business Relief Wizard – Federal and State Programs
- Paycheck Protection loan program for small businesses through SBA
- Mont. Co. Financial Stabilization Program for Microenterprises (5 or fewer employees) – applications accepted June 10 – 16
- Nonprofit Montgomery - resources & grant programs for nonprofits
- Maryland Department of Commerce has a special web page set up for businesses, with sections that address employer and worker assistance, financial assistance & taxes, licensing & permitting, and enforcement of executive orders.
- The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation has a list of resources for businesses.
- Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act
- Resources for Local Food System Businesses & Organizations
- Montgomery County COVID-19 Food Access Grants
- Emergency Grants for Arts Organizations & Independent Artists
- Montgomery County Competitively Priced PPE Resources for Small Businesses
- Free online training for use of PPE, Food Handling, Crisis Communication and more
- Contact OSHA to report emergencies, unsafe working conditions, safety & health violations, file a complaint, or ask safety & health questions: 800-321-6742 (OSHA)
- Temporarily closed businesses in Maryland urged to use Business TeleFile to report zero taxes due.
- Time requirements suspended for the Montgomery County 2020 business personal property (BPP) tax.
- Phase I Restaurant Reopening Checklist for Montgomery County.
Most transportation systems have curtailed their service. Click on the links below for information. Note that all passengers using Maryland public transit are required to wear cloth face coverings.
- RideOn Bus (English & Spanish) – Service expanded to “Essential Plus” routes as of June 7, 2020
- WMATA Metro bus & rail (English & Spanish) – Face covering required as of May 18, 2020
- MARC Rail
- Amtrak requires face masks for all passengers as of May 11, 2020.
- Free 30-day membership plus reduced per trip fees for Capital Bikeshare & E-scooters – Extended until June 30
United Way COVID-19 Community Fund
Donate, or call 1-866-211-9966 and provide your zip code for a list of local assistance agencies.
How You Can Help
Explore opportunities at MontgomeryServes
- Food & health items needed for delivery kits to Gaithersburg area households with members recovering from COVID-19.
- Volunteers are needed for the Maryland Caregiver Services Corps, a program that deploys volunteers and other resources to the homes of seniors who need urgent assistance with everyday tasks when their typical caregiver becomes unable to help them due to COVID-19 exposure, illness, or other challenges. Volunteer through the Maryland Reserve Medical Corps website (no medical experience necessary).
- Volunteers needed for Teens Helping Seniors contactless grocery delivery service.
- Support healthcare workers at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital & local restaurants by purchasing meals to be delivered to the hospital. Learn more here.
- Real Food for Kids: Chefs Feeding Families is seeking volunteers for various shifts to help provide grab-and-go meals to families at Silver Diner – Rio. This is a low-risk, low-exposure opportunity for those 18 & older. Sign up here.
- The Primary Care Coalition is seeking PPE supplies & hand sanitizer. They also need home blood pressure monitors, body weight scales, thermometers & pulsometers to assist with telemedical visit coordination.
- If you are a medical student or have a medical background, consider volunteering for the Maryland Reserve Medical Corps.
- Women Who Care Ministries has an urgent need for licensed drivers 18+ to distribute food to school distributions sites on Fridays. Call Zoie at 301-828-6850. Drivers are also needed for Meals on Wheels.
- Food is one of the most critical needs. Trucks & drivers are needed, as are cash, food donations & volunteers to support local food banks. Needs are especially high at GaithersburgHELP, the St. Martin’s Food Pantry (301-990-7373), Women Who Care Ministries, and Manna Food Center. Visit MontgomeryServes and the Montgomery County Food Council for a full list of needs.
- Volunteer your time. Here’s some guidance on how to be a good “non-clinical” volunteer.
- Donate blood. Supplies are critically low due to the cancellation of blood drives. Click to schedule an appointment to donate.
- Donate money or supplies to food banks, shelters and other service organizations (call ahead or search online for what’s needed and how to donate). Volunteer & donation needs are being posted at MontgomeryServes.
- Call neighbors, especially those who are limiting their interaction. Offer to pick up groceries or other supplies.
- Buy from local businesses whenever possible.
- Order delivery or carryout from local restaurants.
- There are currently 1,400 residents at Asbury Methodist Village, and because their age group is vulnerable, they’re not allowed any visitors. They’d love to hear from you. Feel free to email a special message to AMVSuggestionBox@asbury.org. Staff can print and distribute your message to bring a little joy to someone’s day.
- Sharing Smiles, an initiative of Empowering the Ages, connects adults to youth. You can find pen pals, write joint stories, create poetry, share artwork, inspire with motivational quotes, and creatively share your individual strengths. Groups and individuals can sign up here.