Community resources to help navigate through times of COVID19.

Our community is pulling together resources to assist individuals and businesses in preparing for COVID19. 

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Latest News and Resources

Youth Advisory Board In Action

YAB in Action! Our Youth Advisory Board is out spreading good in our community. Thank you so much YAB for reaching out and volunteering in the community. They have been mowing lawns for people who are in need.  YAB also creatd this video to share some Good News in the...

Farmers Market Opening

The Be Well Collaboration is promoting the opening of the Kearney Area Farmers Market. May 23, they will be opening using recommend COVID-19 guidelines for safety. Please see following guidelines to be aware of while shopping. We also have a shopping list to plan...

HealthyMINDS Virtual Gathering Recap

HealthyMINDS Virtual Gathering Recap

The HealthyMINDS Collaborative hosted a Virtual Community Gathering on May 16 it featured community experts in various fields who talked about sustaining healthy relationships during this time of Covid-19. Watch a replay of the video here:...

Physical Wellness

The City of Kearney has created a direct email address for all inquiries related to COVID-19, Email: a website for city updates: Click Here for Website

State Resources

State Hotline for COVID-19 Information: (402) 552-6645
8AM – 8PM CST – 7 Days a Week

Nebraska Health and Human Services: Find health directives and info for Nebraskans:

Statewide COVID-19 Resources: Ne Children and Families Foundation


Health Care Resources

  • CHI Coronavirus online resource/hotline:
  • Kearney Regional
  • NE Children’s Physicians Clinic – Kearney
    • Address: 211 W 33rd Street, Kearney, NE 68845
    • Phone: 308-234-5613
  • NE Total Care (managed care contractor for Medicaid), community and medical resource for their clients. Contact for information on rewards or benefits
  • Wellcare Nebraska (managed care contractor for Medicaid), community and medical resource for their clients. Contact for information on rewards or benefits

Mental Wellness

We know that recent events has created an unease about the future. Click the following link to find local resources: Click here

For Parents 

Education Resources

Social Emotional Learning Resources

During these stressful times for students, families, and educators Second Step has put together a list of resources you can use to help young people learn the social-emotional skills they need to get through these challenging events: Click Here to view resource list

How to Support Your Child Through COVID-19

Free Audible For Kids

Audible by Amazon is offering kid stories for FREE to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet for as long as schools are closed:

Free Internet Access

Different internet providers have offered free internet at homes who have school aged children. Click here to find info

Virtual Museum Tours

12 famous museums are offering virtual tours for free:

Kearney Public School Family Resoures

Free Education Websites for Kids Pre K – 6 grade

PBS Kids
Make Me Genius
The Magic School Bus
Cool Math   
Highlights Kids
National Geographic Kids
The Kidz Page
Fun Brain
NGAkids Art Zone
BBC History for Kids
Storyline Online
Fuel the Brain
Mr. Nussbaum
The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids
Turtle Diary
e-Learning for Kids
Sesame Street
Fun Fonix
NASA Kid’s Club
Crypto Club
Earthquakes for Kids
Smithsonian Learning Lab
Study Jams
Grid Club
Steve Spangler Science
Mission US
The Happy Scientist
Khan Academy
Magic Tree House
Science Bob
Cells Alive
Kids Reads
Google Earth


Thank you for wanting to volunteer in the community. We are asking people to register with their church volunteer coordinator to volunteer for the elderly. Check to see if they are participating in the zoom volunteer coordinator calls, every Monday at 10am. If they are not, and you would like additional information, contact Denise,

Helping Hands: Faith in Action
Collaborative of faith volunteers coming together to bring hope to homebound.
Persons of faith communities are encouraged to enroll to be a volunteer at  Volunteers will be connected to a homebound individual or family to serve for more than one encounter.  A volunteer may be physically distant but socially engaged with homebound person(s) during this time of COVID19 Direct Health Measures.Through the assistance of South Central Area Agency on Aging and faith communities of Buffalo County  this program will be anchored to support home bound needs. Donations to support the costs of individual homebound needs are being accepted at Buffalo County Community Partners, PO Box 1466, Kearney, NE 68848.  Write ‘helping hands’ in the memo to ensure funds will be directed for homebound needs, like groceries, personal hygiene supplies or other basic needs.  Donations are also accepted at   This collaborative will work with existing community programs to ensure services are not duplicated and donations to Helping Hands will be used when no other funding in the community is available to support a homebound person’s needs. Homebound residents who are needing meals, groceries or other basic supplies delivered to your front door, call Erin at (308) 234-1851 to be connected with a Helping Hand volunteer.  
New Life Church Door Delivery 
Mon-Thurs 8:30 – 12:30pm
People can call the church office or complete the form at
Call: 308-234-1881 for more information on this volunteer opportunity. 

Financial Supports


Short Term Unemployment Fact Sheets

     Worker Fact Sheet 12-18-19 STC

     Employer Fact Sheet STC (1) (1)

Food. Transportation. Housing


Emergency Food Assistance Program for people with Cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis: Team Rubicon — Emergency Food Assistance Program

Local Grocery Store Shopping Hours

List of Buffalo County grocery stores with special COVID19 hours. 

Local Food Pantry List 

Pantry List 5.19.20

If you have any pantry updates please contact:

Local Restaurants Selling Extra Food 

Restaurants Selling Food

Local Food Updates:

Community Action Partnership of Mid Nebraska has created a list of local organizations, what they are providing, and who to contact. Visit their site for the full list:


The Buffalo County Emergency Housing Task Force was formed to pull together a housing resource website to assist residents in learning about shelters and housing assistance programs in our community. They are meeting weekly to discuss housing priorities in order to identify unmet needs among shelters and housing assistance programs. Those interested in joining the Buffalo County Emergency Housing Task Force can contact Denise Zwiener, at for information on the next meeting.

Your community is working together to offer tools to rebuild a housing foundation for those displaced due to COVID19 which brings us challenges and will take partnerships across the community.

At the state level;

  • Governor Ricketts has shared the state will provide lodging for health care workers, first responders, correctional officers and others on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic who don’t want to go home and risk exposing their families or picking up the virus from the community.  People interested in the option should contact their employer or call 833-220-0018. The phone line will be staffed 24 hours a day.
  • As part of an agreement between the University of Nebraska system and State of Nebraska, two UNK residence halls are prepared as potential care sites for individuals in quarantine, isolation or recovering from COVID-19. The Nebraska National Guard, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, area hospitals and others are utilizing these alternative care sites during the coronavirus pandemic. DHHS will determine who receives care at the alternative care sites. Individuals should apply online at Additional inquiries can be directed to DHHS at 1-833-220-0018. The state does not intend to use UNK housing for emergency responders or health care personnel.

At the county level;

  • The Kearney Housing Agency launched a housing resource website to assist residents in learning about housing programs in our community.  To access this information log on at  Resources are also available in Spanish.  An on-line form is available to assist the task force in better understanding the housing needs of our community, and offer their knowledge of resources.  To access the form visit the bottom of the page in the above link.
  • Persons who are homeless after hours and weekends are to contact law enforcement at (308) 237-2104 to determine if they would be qualify for one night of lodging supported by vouchers from the Salvation Army. A wonderful partnership between law enforcement and the Salvation Army and SAFE Center.
  • Buffalo County Emergency Shelters
    • Crossroads Shelter: 1404 E 39th Street Kearney, NE 68847, (308)236-5688
    • SAFE Center: (for individuals of domestic violence or sexual assault), 620 E 25th St, #14 Kearney, NE 68847, (308)237-2599
  • Other Temporary Housing Assistance Programs: It is important that you call ahead to learn about these different housing programs. Presenting information to these organizations on the conversation between you and your landlord will be very helpful in understanding your long-term housing plan.

Some churches in the community are able to assist and work very closely with the above-mentioned housing assistance programs.