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 3/27/2020 3:22 p.m.)
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.
State of Maryland information can be found at Maryland Unites
Translated COVID Information (10 languages)
By Executive Order of the Governor, all child care providers are to be closed by the end of the day on Friday, March 27. No-cost child care programs have been established by the State to serve only designated essential personnel. Visit the Maryland State Department of Education website for details.
The Montgomery County Food Council has a Food Assistance Resource Directory (available in English & Spanish) 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 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, Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. No appointment necessary. Click here for the list of locations.
Residents needing support enrolling in the SNAP (food stamp) program can contact Maryland Hunger Solutions at 1-866-821-5552.
Restaurant Pickup & Delivery
Click for a 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.
Senior Call Check Program
Maryland residents, who are 65 years of age or older, may enroll in automated check-in phone calls. Calls take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., as close as possible to the one-hour time block pre-selected by the participant. If the participant does not answer their first call, they will be tried two more times. If those 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 are setting aside special shopping hours for seniors, allowing them to shop in smaller groups. Click here for the complete list.
Bank on Gaithersburg and Financial Wellness Coalition Services.
- 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. Read the order.
- 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.
- 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 until further notice. Read the order.
- Mortgage & Rental Counseling for Landlords & Tenants: Available through Housing Initiative Partnership. Click here for details.
- For: Small businesses & nonprofits with <50 employees & <$5 million annual revenue
- Grants: Up to $10,000 (not to exceed 3 mos operating expenses)
- Eligible uses: Payroll, rent, mortgage, utility, similar expenses
- For: Small businesses w/<50 employees
- Loans: Up to $50,000 (not to exceed 3 mos operating expenses). 0% int. first 12 mos (payment deferred), 2% remaining 36 months.
- Eligible uses: Payroll, rent, mortgage, utility, similar expenses
- For: Businesses to help prevent/minimize unemployment
- Grants: Up to $50,000
- Funds for: Remote access equipment, cleaning & sanitation, training & professional development, involvement in Unemployment Insurance Work Sharing Program
- For: Small businesses and private nonprofits suffering substantial economic injury
- Loans: Capital loans up to $2 million. 3.75% interest for small businesses, 2.75% for qualifying nonprofits.
Additional Links for Businesses:
- Maryland COVID Info for Business
- Maryland Department of Commerce
- Existing Maryland Financing Programs
- Maryland Unemployment Office
- Interpretive Guidance from the Office of Legal Counsel
- Maryland Resource Requests for Supplies & Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Montgomery County Resources for Businesses
- Nonprofit Montgomery Resources
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
- If you are a medical student or have a medical background, consider volunteering for the Maryland Reserve Medical Corps.
- 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), 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.