In an effort to help our communities during this time, we have created a resource page to serve as a place for island and coastal residents, parents, schools, businesses, and others to access tools that may be useful in addressing some of the key challenges they are facing. We will be updating and adding to this page frequently, so we invite you to keep checking back. If you are looking for help with navigating any of these resources, please reach out to us at info@islandinstitute.org.  

Guidance on Visiting the Maine Coast 

Looking to visit the coast of Maine this summer? Please consult the latest guidance from the State of Maine and Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. We also encourage you to review anyguidance provided by the community or communities you plan to visit. Below is a sampling of guidance to visitors being provided by island and coastal communities, current as of May 12, 2020. 

Community Leadership Resources

Virtual Meeting Tips

Maine islands have been leading the way in virtual convenings for more than a decade and have important insights to share in this time of moving to engaging online. Here are some tools we created to help island schools and other organizations work collaboratively in an online environment.

Internet Connectivity

Many internet service providers are providing assistance to students, educators, and others in their service areas to help support remote working during this time. To learn more, please visit the links below and contact the provider directly.

Distance Learning

Island Institute What Works Solutions Library

On Maine's islands, thoughtful integration of digital technologies into the traditional scheme of education is necessary to ensure students have the tools to thrive in a complex and rapidly changing technological society. And because island schools have very few students, using technology to encourage connections and shared learning between schools is vital.

Online learning resources for kids and adults

Resources for Small Businesses, Artists, and Nonprofits

Please see below for a few key resources to help businesses through this challenging time. For a detailed list of resources and information, including filing for unemployment, relief loans, guidelines for nonprofits, additional assistance for artists, and much more, visit our Small Business Resource Page here.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
General Business Resources
Webinars and Trainings
Resources for Artists and Arts-based Businesses
Resources for Fishermen and Farmers

To see a detailed list of resources for the aquaculture and fishing communities, visit our Aquaculture and Fishing Resource page here.

How to Support Local Small Businesses

Resources for Schools and Families

Resources and Social Services for Island and Coastal Communities

If you're looking for specific resources, or are interested in making a donation or offer to support to Maine’s island and coastal communities during this time, please visit our Social Services Resource List here for more information.

Tools for Municipalities

Online Tools for Meetings & Events

Getting connected online

Google Hangouts
  • Google is providing free access to their advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally through July 1, 2020. Features include: meetings for up to 250 participants per call, live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain, and the ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive. Learn more here.
GoToMeeting and LogMeIn
  • LogMeIn is providing critical front-line service providers and healthcare providers with free access. The solution, available for educational intuitions, nonprofit groups, and municipalities will provide access to various LogMeIn products for three months, through the availability of Emergency Remote Working kits.
Remotely
  • Zoho recently launched a full virtual collaboration platform named Remotely. The solution aims to help companies to continue operating as normal during the rise of the coronavirus epidemic. The platform will be available to use for free until July 1, 2020, at which point, Zoho will review the situation and deliver a potential extension. Learn more and sign up here.
Zoom

Zoom offers a free version that allows users to host up to 100 participants, access free 1-to-1 meetings, and create group meetings lasting up to 40 minutes. Learn more here.

Additional tools and resources

State of Maine COVID-19 Resources

Health and Safety

State, Federal, and Global Health Resources
Other Local Information Resources
Expensify.org Food Assistance Program

Expensify.org will temporarily redirect all of its charitable funds to Expensify.org/hunger and provide assistance to families in need receive assistance in purchasing essential goods during the COVID-19 outbreak. Every Expensify.org donation and Expensify Card purchase directly contributes to assisting families by matching SNAP grocery purchases. 

Make a donation, share this initiative in your communities, or learn more here.

Multilingual Resources

A Round-Up of Multilingual Resources on COVID-19—Switchboard

  • Fact sheets, posters, multimedia resources, and links to live updates in multiple languages about COVID-19

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