COVID-19 Community Offers

Free Wifi Access for Students

Free WiFi access for students

The Cedar Grove Ruritan Club is opening up their clubhouse to the community so students without internet can do classwork during this crisis. The clubhouse has free Wi-Fi provided by Open BroadBand and is a safe, clean environment with bathrooms. There can only be 5 students and a parent at a time inside. Separated tables will be cleaned in between students. A parent must remain with student. There will be three, two-hour time slots per day available: 10am-12pm, 12pm-2pm and 2pm-4pm starting Monday, 3/23-3/27.

1- Have you, someone in your Household, Place of Business, or someone you have been in close or frequent contact with been diagnosed with COVID-19 or had any contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
2- In the last 14 days Have you, someone in your Household, Place of Business, or someone you have been in close or frequent contact with returned from, or made a travel connection through a CDC Level 3 or Level 2 country or State Department Level 3 or Level 4 country?
3- Do you currently have, or have you had within the last 24 hours, any cold or flu symptoms with a fever greater than 100.4 or acute respiratory distress (e.g., shortness of breath and coughing)

Message Robbie Liner at the Ruritan to schedule if answers are “no” to above questions

Utility Assistance

Spectrum Internet is offering free broadband and wifi access for 60 days (March 16- May 15) for families with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a spectrum plan. Call Spectrum at 1-844-488-8395

OWASA has temporarily suspended all disconnects for non-payment of bills.

Duke Energy will not disconnect any customer’s service for non-payment. The company will continue to read meters and send bills. Customers should pay what they can to avoid building up a large balance.

Major cellphone carriers, including T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint will keep users connected and waive late fees for 60 days.

Rental and Utility Assistance: Several organizations provide financial assistance to low-income households facing challenges paying rent, utilities, and other critical household expenses.

Inter-Faith Council: Schedule an appointment by calling 919-929-6380 x19 during the hours of 9am to 5pm

Orange County: Orange County provides emergency assistance to low-income residents of Orange County. For more information call 919-245-2490.

Town of Chapel Hill: The Town provides assistance with security deposits and utility connection fees for low-income residents who find housing in Chapel Hill. For more information, call 919-969-5079.

Senior Shopping Hours

The following stores are offering senior shopping hours early in the morning.

Target: Wednesday 7-8am

Harris Teeter: Monday & Thursday, 6-7am

Whole Foods: 7-8am Daily

Dollar General: 7-8am Daily

Fresh Market: 8-9am, Monday through Friday

Walmart: Tuesday 6-7am

Big Lots: 8-9am

Free Food to Pick Up (or small donation)

“I need someone to pick up several bags of shelf stable things. They range from soups to canned  veggies. I also have an abundance of frozen goods (all vegetarian). I am in Carrboro, so if someone could pick it up, I’d appreciate it.”

Curbside Takeout or Delivery

The founder of Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies has created a list of local restaurants offering delivery or curbside pickup for takeout.

Here to Help

Tandem Owners Emma and Younes Sabouh

“We are the owners of Tandem restaurant in Carrboro and want to reach out to our community. We have loved living in this community and Tandem has been a great way for us to give back for 4 years we want to continue this during this difficult time.  We would like to reach out to our beloved guests and community and let you know how we can help you.

We are happy to deliver groceries, medicines or any services to our elderly community who are not venturing out, we can drop them at your door. We are happy to provide some soup or something to eat if you don’t have that. We are happy to help in any way we can.

We are trying to support our team by donating the profits of the to-go operation we are currently running, if you want to help please order. If there is anything else we can do please reach out 919-641-4441 or

“I am a healthy 25-year-old in the MLK neighborhood. I would love to help in any way. I can run errands, get groceries, call and check up on people, or anything else that is needed. Please let me know if you or anyone you know needs help!” Contact Kim at

“Hey everyone! I’m a healthy 24 year old college graduate new to the MLK Park area. I can help with any errands, household chores, or child care. I have experience babysitting children ages 2 and up, and would be happy to provide references. I can also help with tutoring! I have experience helping students with pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry homework. I can also tutor English at all ages. Let me know if you have any questions!” Contact Ginny at

“Hi neighbors – I live in Carrboro and I’m happy to help with grocery store or pharmacy pick ups in the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area. Feel free to text me at 718-697-9189

Meal/Grocery Assistance

CHCCS Meal Pickup

“At this time CHCCS in partnership with many community members and the Child Nutrition Department will have meals available for pick up at 20 sites in and around Chapel Hill/Carrboro. We will have a drive through at Northside where we will be serving hot meals that the kids love Monday-Friday. Our remote sites will be serving fun lunches and all meals include a fun SNACK!

Request Food from TABLE

“TABLE’s goal is to support local children and their families and ensure they have access to fresh, nutritious food.” TABLE delivers healthy non-perishables and fresh produce to local kids on a weekly basis. Request food on their website, or for additional assistance, contact them at (919)636-4860 or

IFC Community Services

IFC Community Services, temporarily located at 100 W. Rosemary St., includes a Food Pantry, Emergency Financial Assistance, and a Community Kitchen.

Childcare services

“We understand that amidst so many unplanned school cancellations, here are more than likely times when families will need childcare and babysitting. We can definitely help out with this! Don’t hesitate to reach out!” Please text James Pierce at 919-360-3098

“My name is Kate Lea and I am a junior at Chapel Hill High School and live in Lake Hogan Farms.  I have a lot of experience babysitting young children and have a reliable car. Please let me know if I can be of help.”

“Hello, my name is Jules Woodward and I love interacting with and caring for children. I’m about to enter my 6th year of babysitting and my 1st year as a nanny. As an older sister, I have 2 younger siblings that I love to help out with whenever I can. I’m a freshman at ECU and I’m earning my BFA with a concentration in musical theater, and I’d love to sing songs and dance with your children. I love dogs, crafts, and playing outdoors. Many of my references will tell you that I’m reliable, responsible, on-time, and hardworking. By mid April, I will be first aid and CPR certified through the American Red Cross. I’m looking forward to connecting with you and your family!”

“I have provided childcare in Chapel Hill since 1989. My enrollment has dwindled and I risk eviction if I can fill my spots. If you are a health professional or essential employee I would be honored to help with your childcare needs.”

Neighborhood Corps to support at-risk neighbors

Beth is “hoping to connect neighbors who are part of the at-risk population for coronavirus with neighbors who may be able to provide support with grocery store runs, pharmacy pick-ups or just general check-ins. Hoping to make one-to-one connections for neighbors.”

If you “could use a little extra neighborly support” please contact Beth at and include your neighborhood & contact information.

Grocery/Pharmacy Delivery

Tarheel Town Pharmacy

“Hello Neighbors, we are offering FREE delivery on your prescriptions and other OTC items. We encourage you to avoid coming into the pharmacy, so that we all can collectively slow down the progress of this virus. If you have a need, please reach out to us at (919) 240-7827

“Hello folks, I am out of school and am more than happy to pick up groceries for anyone.”

James & his friends are home from college due to the outbreak and are offering a grocery pickup service starting at $15 per trip. Please text them at 919-360-3098


Virtual Tutoring

“Hi! If you need someone to supplement what you’re doing on your child’s homework I might be the person for you! I’m a PhD student with lots of experience teaching, comfortable tutoring Math 1-9th grade, Social Studies any level! Let me know if I can help.” Contact Erin at

Offering Home Enrichment and Support

“If you have high school or college students who would like to take this time at home to build skills and strategies, learn valuable time management and study skills, or gain support for or enrich their courses, please feel free to contact me. My specialty is in English and in full range college consulting, but I can easily refer you to some amazing specialists in many different subject areas. This is a great time to strengthen foundations and supplement learning.

I can meet with our students to meet many goals: English support, critical reading skills, writing improvement (literary, essay, narrative, informational, persuasive, research methods, etc.), high school to college Plans to increase college acceptances, Q/A sessions to answer questions about what colleges are looking for in their candidates, College Major Assessments, College Matching, Scholarship Searching, and more. In addition, I am available to review college bound tests and develop reports so students know what skills and strategies to improve and how to build that mastery. Stay safe and healthy, everyone!”

Please reach out to Patricia Lewis at