Editor’s note: As your local newspaper, we want to help connect people with resources during this time of closures and cancellations. Because of the volume of canceled events and closed facilities, we are replacing our community calendar for the time being with information on helpful community efforts. If you know of a resource we should share about, or a need we should look into, please email [email protected] or join our Facebook group, “Idaho Press Community Group: COVID-19 Resources.”
Grab-and-go’ meals: Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County are opening up grab-and-go meal sites. Breakfast and lunch will be available to any child ages 1-18 each day while supplies last. No application is needed. Pickup is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. weekdays at Riverfront Park in Garden City, E. 42nd St.; Meridian Elementary School, 1035 NW First St.; Boys & Girls Clubs of Nampa, 316 Stampede Drive.
Boise resolutions: Boise City Council adopted a resolution that establishes new leave policies related to the pandemic for city employees, keeps at least two city-operated day care centers open, blocks evictions for anyone in city rental properties and waives rent for the month of April. The resolution also mandates that the city will not cut off sewer service to anyone during the coming months, which mirrors similar decisions from Idaho Power and SUEZ to not cut off access to electricity or water to anyone based on ability to pay. Public hearings with significant local interest, like the current proposed luxury housing development near Boise State University that would demolish the affordable Ridenbaugh Apartment complex, will be postponed until gatherings are allowed.
City of Nampa utilities: No accounts will be shut off due to lack of payment for the foreseeable future. Payment plans can be arranged for customers financially impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. In-person payments will not be processed, however billing staff will process payments via website, phone 208-468-5711 or drive-thru drop box located outside utility billing. Questions can be emailed to [email protected].
Idaho Power will temporarily suspend disconnections for homes and small businesses facing hardship during the pandemic. Customer service can be contacted at 208-388-2323 or 1-800-488-6151.
West Valley Humane Society in Canyon County is reaching out to the public with concerns about how the COVID-19 outbreak will impact animal welfare and people’s ability to adopt a pet or afford their pet’s needs. The shelter is accepting donations at westvalleyhumanesociety.org/COVID.
Idaho Humane Society has launched a Stray Pets online portal that shows animals brought in from the public and humane society officers. These animals are being housed at the Idaho Humane Society.
Meridian Canine Rescue has launched new online training, behavioral support and education resources, and is making available care packages for dogs, such as Boredom Buster and Sleepy Time Kits.
The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health is donating an initial $100,000 to the COVID-19 Response Fund for Idaho, a new charitable fund that will provide support for low-income, vulnerable Idahoans, and affected families. Donations to the fund can be made online at www.idahocf.org/covid19.