COVID-19 Community Resources
Donation Opportunities - Updated 3/26/20 2:00PM
Click one of the tabs below to see how you can help.
The Scott-Carver-Dakota CAP Agency is seeking donations of hand sanitizer, toilet paper, diapers, and wipes for the families in our community they serve. They are especially in need of hand sanitizer to provide to their volunteer drivers when delivering meals to seniors.
CAP is also asking for donations of emergency kits for local families in need. These bags would include the following items:
- Dish soap
- Toilet Paper
- Paper Towels
Other item suggestions: coloring books, puzzle books, puzzles, blank greeting cards/notecards, gift cards for grocery stores or pharmacies.
Donations can be dropped off at CAP Agency (712 Canterbury Rd South, Shakopee). The donation door is open Monday-Friday from 8 AM - 3:30 PM. Note: The Thrift Shop is currently closed, so they are not accepting Thrift Shop donations at this time. Visit the CAP Agency’s website here.
Donations of Personal Protective Equipment (e.g., masks, et cetera)
Scott County sincerely thanks everyone who has expressed their wish to donate PPE (personal protective equipment), and we’ll gratefully accept any unused, sealed donations. We have set up a secure drop box in the entry of the Law Enforcement Center (301 Fuller St S, Shakopee), right next to the “Take It To The Box” receptacle for these donations.
At this time, Scott County cannot accept unsealed, used, or hand-sewn donations, including handcrafted masks. However, Allina Health is accepting such donations.
Again, thank you all for your selfless and thoughtful contributions. With your help, we’ll get through this difficult time together.
Community Resources - Updated 3/26/20 1:50 PM
Our community is coming together to help Scott County residents in need. Select from one of the tabs below to find resources from state and local organizations, including links to important applications. If you are a community nonprofit, business, or faith-based organization wishing to offering community assistance, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Food Access
- Child Care
- Internet Access
- Economic Assistance
If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, you can apply for unemployment benefits.
- Apply for Unemployment in Minnesota
- MN Dept. of Employment and Economic Development:
- Veteran’s Services
- Please know that your Scott County Veteran Service Office is ready to help and respond to your needs via telephone – contact them at (952) 496-8176, Monday through Friday, any time between 8 AM and 4:30 PM, and they will do everything they can to make sure you get what you need. You were there for all of us in our time of need, and we’ll be here for you when you need us.
Food Access Resources
- CAP Agency - WIC: Scott & Carver CAP Agency WIC staff are taking calls, doing certification appointments over the phone, and issuing benefits as usual electronically.
- The food shelf continues to operate with a curbside model to administer boxes of food.
- For questions about WIC services, contact CAP Agency.
- To apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), use the MN DHS electronic application.
- Scott County COVID19 Food Resources
- Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency - Food Shelf
- Scott County Restaurant openings and services
- KSTP List of MN restaurants offering free lunches to children
- Belle Plaine Area Food Shelf
- Elko New Market Hope for the Community
- Peace Center Food Shelf of New Prague
- Scott County Schools Meal Plans
- COVID-19 Emergency food grants for schools and non-profits
Transportation - SmartLink/TransitLink
- Door to Door bus service is still operating. At this time, there is availability on the buses.
- We will also do pick-ups and deliveries of food and goods, if available. Visit the Smartlink/TransitLink page for more information about engaging this service.
- Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency: For those currently experiencing homelessness, or need to discuss resources to retain your current housing.
- Beacon Families Moving Forward: For families with children under 18 who need shelter immediately
- Youth Services Network: For transitional-aged adult (over 18) and youth-specific homeless-dedicated & housing resources.
Child Care Resources (Updated 3/27/20)
- List of childcare providers for emergency workers
- For best practices regarding COVID-19, see the Summary of COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care Settings from the MN Dept. of Health.
- Scott County HHS Guide: What You Need to Know
- Scott County Licensed Family Child Care Association
- Family Activity Ideas
- Sesame Street in Communities: Activities for children, as well as free professional development
- To apply for Child Care Assistance, use the MN DHS electronic application.
- Your company’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) may have other helpful resources.
- Until further notice, all Comcast Xfinity WiFi Public Hotspots are now open to everyone on the “xfinitywifi” network. Public hotspots can be found in small/medium businesses and outdoors in commercial areas. Visit the Xfinity Find-a-Hotspot home page to see a map of locations and learn more.
Cash and Emergency Assistance
- To apply for Cash or Emergency Assistance, use the electronic application from the MN Dept. of Human Services
List of local restaurants still operating and services offered.
Supporting Scott County Small Businesses