information about our programs
Free Tax Program
- Tax filing and payment deadlines have been extended to July 15, 2020
- More information about our tax sites will be available when we reopen. Partner sites affected by the closure are Arm In Arm, Boys and Girls Club, Catholic Charities, Hamilton Public Library, Latin American Legal Defense Fund (LALDEF), Mercer County Community College and Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). Other services provided by our partners may not be affected by this. If you have a question about a particular service, please contact them directly.
- To stay informed about the latest tax information please click here
- To file a simple return for free, on your own and online please click here
Benefit Access Program
- We are still taking requests for Federal Resources (NJSNAP, healthcare, utilities assistance) please go to the self-referring tool by clicking here or to speak with a Benefit Enroller call 609-637-4917.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP
COVID-19 COMPASSION FUND
- Far too many of our families, friends, co-workers, and neighbors will be burdened by the financial wake of COVID-19. This health crisis is a new challenge for us, but the community spirit required in response is not. For more than 80 years, joined by our supporters, we have faced crisis head-on, doing whatever is required to comfort and care for those in need. Our COVID-19 Compassion Fund will support struggling families in Mercer County financially impacted by the health crisis. Donations will support relief programs, like food pantries and other services to help with basic needs. We will continue to work with our partners to identify resource and service gaps and plan for long-term recovery. Every gift makes a difference! Whether you make a personal or corporate gift, we thank you for being champions for the thousands of families and individuals in our community. Click here to learn more about the fund.
OPPORTUNITIES IN THE COMMUNITY
- Mercer Street Friends: Volunteers are needed at the food bank on Tuesday-Thursday 9-12 PM and 1-4 PM. For more information please contact Sherries Anderson at email@example.com or call 609-278-5546.
- Meals on Wheels: Volunteers are needed to deliver meals. For more information please call 609-695-3483.
- TDI Connect: To assist students who need to study remotely and currently have no access to a PC, TDI Connect is looking for laptop donations. Currently cannot accept MacBook donations. For more information please contact Ray Ingram at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-462-2933.
- Jersey Cares and South Jersey Volunteer Center: Volunteers can make fabric masks to help medical staff during COVID-19, in response to the mask shortage. Click here for more information.
- NJ 2-1-1: Remote volunteers are needed to take calls download information flyer here.
- Check if you have the right connection at home download testing flyer here.
- NJ VOAD: Visit their volunteer portal to view listed opportunities. Go here to learn more.
UWGMC'S BENEFIT ACCESS PROGRAM (ENROLLING CLIENTS VIRTUALLY)
Access Federal Resources (NJSNAP, healthcare, utilities assistance) in 4 easy steps:
- CLICK HERE TO CREATE A PROFILE
- Fill out the questions (include the most up to date contact information)
- Submit the profile
- The profile will be reviewed for elegibility by one of our Benefit Enrollers and they will contact you for more information
- You can also call 609-637-4917 to speak with one of our Benefit Enrollers
- NJ 2-1-1 is a free, multilingual and confidential community helpline available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The helpline is available state-wide and allows individuals to access information and referral services locally.
- For questions or concerns about COVID-19 and resources available call 2-1-1, text NJCOVID to 898-21 or go to https://www.nj211.org/
STATE OF NEW JERSEY ASSISTANCE INFORMATION
- State of NJ Division of Housing and Community Resources (housing, utility assistance, food access) please click here
FOOD PANTRY AND FREE MEAL LOCATIONS IN MERCER COUNTY
- Mercer County
- Food pantry and meal site locations click here for more information
- Food resources click here for more information
- Dial 2-1-1 or go to https://www.nj211.org/
- Children's Home Society: can meet with families over zoom or by phone. They are available to help connect clients with resources including unemployment applications, WIC initial certification, and other services. Contact Socorro 609-531-8502 or Evelyn 609-306-1301.
IRS Economic Payment: Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible.Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples. Parents also receive $500 for each qualifying child.
- America Saves has tips and resources on how you can financially navigate the crisis. Click here for America Saves information
FAMILYWIZE SAVings ON PRESCRIPTIONS
- We partner with FamilyWize to make prescriptions more affordable to the community. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that now more than ever it’s important for community members to adhere to their prescribed medications. Get the FamilyWize discount by providing your pharmacy with the below information when you get a script filled or refilled (click here for more information). Since registration is not required, there is no need to physically show a card.
- BIN: 610194
- Card ID: FW100
- Group ID: FW100
- PCN: FW
- As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, CVS and Walgreens (could be others too) are providing free delivery of prescription medications. Ask your pharmacy provider if they are offering this service.
FREE INTERNET ACCESS
- Comcast offers free internet to low-income households so that they can stay connected during the COVID-19 crisis. To qualify for Comcast’s Internet Essentials service, customers must be eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, or SSI. Applicants can get more information about the program by clicking here. You can also call (855) 846-8376 for English or (855) 765-6995 for Spanish.
For Parents and Children
- United Way Worldwide and Noggin: Nickelodeon’s interactive learning service for preschoolers, are joining forces to bring Noggin’s brain-boosting content to communities across the country in support of parents as they work to ensure that their young children continue learning during this period of preschool closures due to the pandemic. United Way Worldwide is offering to provide free access to Noggin content — including Paw Patrol, Dora the Explorer, Peppa Pig, Blues Clues and Rusty Rivets — for three months. No credit card is required to sign up. Create an account and access Noggin on your device of choice. Click here to enjoy a free subscription
- Kidsbridge: is excited to help parents quarantined at home with children and teachers who are working to educate their students remotely. KIDSBRIDGE@Home offers meaningful, one-on-one family-oriented activities that develop social-emotional skills. Click to access this free resource
Mental health resources
- Jewish Family and Children's Service of Mercer County
- Phone "Drop-In" Hours: During designated blocks each day, counselors are available for one-on-one support by phone. Call into 609-987-8100 and Dial 0 to be connected to an available counselor. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 10 AM - 12 PM OR Tuesdays & Thursdays 5 - 7 PM.
Individual Counseling: Accepting new clients for individual, on-going counseling. Medicaid, Medicare, uninsured individuals, and most private plans are accepted BUT all co-payments are waived during this crisis. Connect with an Intake Coordinator at 609-987-8100 Ext 102.
For more information click for the JFCS website.
Resources for nonprofits
- Role of the Board in Fundraising During a Crisis. View the video here.
- Webinar recording(s)
- Click here for Center for Nonprofits Information
Resources for small businesses
- Click here for Princeton Mercer Chamber of Commerce Information
- Click here for NJBIA (NJ Business & Industry Association) Information
- Click here for U.S. Chamber of Commerce Information
- Click here for Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ Information
- Click here for U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Information
- Click here for African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey Information
COVID-19 GENERAL INFORMATION
DO WE HAVE CASES OF COVID-19 IN MERCER COUNTY?
- Please visit the Mercer County website for COVID-19 updates click here.
- Please visit the State of NJ website for COVID-19 updates click here.
HOW CAN I PREVENT INFECTION?
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
WHAT CAN I DO IF I THINK I HAVE COVID-19?
WHERE CAN I GET TESTED IF I HAVE THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?
- Mercer County
- Testing center located in Lawrence at the Quaker Bridge Mall and open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The testing center is by appointment only for symptomatic Mercer County residents age 18 or older who have a prescription from their primary health care provider (PCP). If you are symptomatic for COVID-19 and want to be tested, contact your PCP.
- City of Trenton First Responders (firefighters, police and EMS) ONLY can get tested at the police impound lot on North Clinton Avenue (between Sheridan and Perrine avenues, across from the Capital City Farm, in East Trenton.)
- Other locations
WHERE CAN I FIND TRUSTED AND RELIABLE INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19?
- Click here for Mercer County NJ Information
- Click here for State of New Jersey Information
- Click here for NJ 2-1-1 Information
- Click here for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Information
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention factsheets on COVID-19 are available in various languages here: