COVID-19 Information

3/31/2020 9:24:04 AM

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Covid-19 Student Support Resources

When you hear about a disease outbreak like Coronavirus (COVID-19), it is normal to feel anxious or experience stress. These reactions can take a toll on you emotionally, physically and mentally. The College is working tirelessly to reduce our campus risk and continue to support student learning.

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Covid-19 resource  aid request form

Metropolitan Community College recognizes you may have incurred unexpected expenses due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your attendance at the College. Please use this form to request assistance.

If you need assistance completing this form, please call 531-622-2400 and ask for help with the COVID-19 Resource Aid Request Form. 

Upon receipt of the form, college staff will follow up with you regarding your specific needs and concerns. Due to the volume of submissions, we ask that you allow a minimum three business days for a response.

Completing these forms does not guarantee we will be able to provide you with additional financial aid or tuition adjustments, but will make every effort to assist you within institutional policies and federal guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional Resources

Resources for housing concerns or homelessness

The City of Omaha's civil rights law specifically prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, nation of origin, religion, disability, familial status, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or marital status. If you are facing a discriminatory housing situation, you can contact the City of Omaha's Human Rights and Relations Department:

Tips to ease anxiety and fear during this time

  • Help students get the facts and stay informed about the steps that MCC is taking by providing them with links to the College's coronavirus webpage and to reliable sources of information, such as the CDC's coronavirus website. Also, try to stick to one news source, and check only once a day.
  • Keep things in perspective. Reduce worry and concern by lessening the time spent watching or listening to media coverage. Remember to take a break from watching the news and focus on the things that are positive in your life and things you have control over.
  • Keep connected. Maintaining social networks can help maintain a sense of normalcy, and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress.

Students who are experiencing a high level of anxiety or stress can reach out to an advocacy counselor or their DSS counselor for support.

People who already are managing existing mental health conditions should prioritize self-care during difficult times and should contact their clinicians if they have questions or concerns. To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Text "START" to 741-741 to reach the Crisis Text Line.

We're all in this together and we hope this information can help cultivate perspective and curb anxiety.

Additional Community Resources can be found here.

We are an open access college that prepares individuals to attain their goals and contribute to the community. Our students sometimes face obstacles which hinder their success at MCC. Because your success is extremely important to us, we are here to help you access MCC and community resources so you can focus on your education and thrive.

Our Student Advocacy and Accountability team is here to assist students, address their concerns, navigate their challenges and get connected to helpful resources within the community.

If you are concerned about a MCC student who may be experiencing food, housing or funding insecurity, please let the Student Advocacy and Accountability Team know.
Faculty and staff can reach out on behalf of a student through Student Referral Form or by contacting an Advocacy counselor at their location.

Students can contact an Advocacy counselor for assistance. These services address immediate and emergency needs.

See Student Resource Guide for more information.

Resources for addressing food insecurity

Metropolitan Community College is proud to partner with Food Bank for the Heartland to provide a supplemental food source for MCC students. Through this partnership, pre-packaged boxes of non-perishable food items are available at no-cost to students. You can learn more about about the food program here. If there are any questions please don't hesitate to email ePantry@mccneb.edu.

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Here are some additional resources in the surrounding community that will assist you:

Heartland Food Bank

Heartland Food Bank is a non-profit organization that distributes food to 600 food pantries, schools and emergency shelters across Nebraska and Iowa. To see their food locations and monthly calendar, visit the Heartland Food Bank website.

SNAP

SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the food stamp program. This program helps eligible students across Nebraska and Iowa who may meet the requirements apply for this valuable nutrition assistance. SNAP gross income guidelines do not apply to anyone that is a senior. It is possible you may qualify regardless of your income level if you are currently enrolled as a student. To find out if you eligible, contact a SNAP coordinator at 1-855-444-5556 or visit the SNAP website. For tips on healthy eating on a budget, visit the USDA website.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children. WIC provides support services to pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age five. Applicants must meet income guidelines, live in the State of Nebraska and be individually determined to gross income requirements. Individuals who receive Aid to Dependent Children, Food Stamps and/or Medicaid are automatically eligible to receive WIC. Contact the Douglas/Sarpy County WIC office at 402-444-1770 or visit the WIC website for more information.

Together Inc.

Together is a homeless prevention organization, working to keep households in their homes, provide navigation services in rapid rehouse, financial, educational or employment assistance. If you are in a crisis and aren't sure where you will live tomorrow or next month, Together Inc. is available to assist you please contact the office at 402-345-8047 for requirements or visit Together Inc. website.

Resources for addressing homelessness

Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless is the Omaha metro area's only Collective Impact homeless services organization.

End Homelessness Today

Community resources to assist you in a variety of areas

  • Kim Foundation - provides education and resources related to mental illness and suicide prevention.
  • Education Quest - provides free college planning services, scholarship program and complete FAFSA applications.
  • Planned Parenthood - provides affordable healthcare and healthy sex education.
  • Heartland Family Services - therapeutic services for mental health and substance abuse issues.
  • Urban League - provides services for empowering youth, career support and finding affordable health services.
  • Friendship Program - offers adult day rehabilitation and community support services.
  • Center for Holistic Development - employment support services for adults with autism in the Omaha area.

Want to support efforts to address hunger of MCC students?

Our Get Help services address immediate and emergency needs. Donations can be made to the Student Food Insecurity Fund at Metropolitan Community College Foundation online donation page.