Welcome to the Arts + Rec Virtual Community Center! This is your place for fun, educational resources to access during these turbulent times. Our goal is to continue to enrich your lives by sharing valuable content including essential services in Walnut Creek, indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family, senior resources, and much more. During this current shelter-in-place mandate, our Virtual Community Center will bring these programs and resources right to you and your family with the hope of making it easier for you to prioritize your health and well-being.

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 General Resources

            Relief Funds

            Food Banks

            Wellness

  First 5 California Resources for families

  Volunteer Opportunities

  Local Businesses open during COVID19

 Resources for Seniors

            General

             Neighbor Express Grocery Delivery

            Food Banks

            Transportation

            Activities

 Arts + Recreation Resources and Activities

Weekly Zoom Activities

Wellness

Art

Education

Movement & Exercise

         Sustainability Activities

 Arts + Recreation Resources and Activities for Families

            Helpful Articles

            Education

            Indoor Activities

            Movement & Exercise

 

Stay Informed

Visit the sites on our Coronavirus Update page for the latest information on COVID-19. 

General Resources:

EHSD, Contra Costa County Employment & Human Services is offering essential services during the COVID-19 Crisis. For the full list of services, please click here

Relief Funds:
COVID Emergency Relief Fund

 COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources  

Emergency Fund Resources for Freelance Artists 

COVID-19 Resources for Teaching Artists 

California for the Arts COVID-19 Resources
Creative Capital COVID-19 Resources 

National Endowment for the Arts COVID-19 Resources 

The Performing Arts Workers Relief Fund- For Bay Area Artists

Adobe Creative Cloud free for students


Ways to Help: 

Drop off protective Equipment and Supplies for Healthcare Providers

Adopt-a-Grandparent Virtually (This is a UK initiative but they are seeking English-speakers around the world.)

 

Donate to Make a Difference: 

Donate to the Performing Arts Workers Relief Fund for Bay Area Artists

 

Food Banks:

Monument Crisis Center will be distributing emergency 1 bag for each adult in need of emergency food for themselves and their families.

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
Adding additional food delivery via Mobile Pantry in alignment with school lunch distribution so families and other community members can get food too.

Food Bank of Alameda

 

Wellness: 

Tips on Working From Home  
Tips on Coping with Stress
Meditation for Stress and Relaxation
Free Meditation Class

First Five California Resources for Families

http://first5association.org/covid-19-information-and-resources/

 

Volunteer Opportunities:

Interested in volunteering to do grocery deliveries? Learn more here and sign up!

Californians for All matches people who sign up with volunteer opportunities in their areas https://www.californiavolunteers.ca.gov/get-involved/covid-19/signup/

 

Resources for Seniors:

Assistance League of Diablo Valley - TeleCare 
TeleCare provides a daily reassurance call to housebound people, for the health and welfare of the client, as well as for a friendly chat and exchange of ideas. Trained volunteers call clients Monday through Friday mornings, beginning at 9 am. Call (925)934-0901

Meals on Wheels Diablo Region (MOWDR) - Telephone Reassurance
A growing number of seniors are isolated and can't visit their friends and family as much as they used to, especially those who don't drive. If you or a family member would enjoy some company, sign up for the Telephone Reassurance Program. They match older adults with a volunteer who will call to provide contact and safety checks to support older individuals. Call (925) 937- 8311 or email info@mowdr.org. 

Institute on Aging - Friendship Line 
The Friendship Line can be a much-needed support service to aging adults at this time to those who need a connection or a listening ear. They provide calls in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Spanish. Friendship Line number is 800-971-0016. 

Friendship Line

The State of California has provided a Friendship line, to support seniors who feel lonely or isolated. I would recommend providing this number to the participants who want a frequent phone call, so that they have several organizations providing friendship to them during this time (and even after the SIP has lifted).

Here is their number: 1-888-670-1360

 

Neighbor Express Grocery Delivery for Seniors

Neighbor Express: walnutcreek.neighborexpress.org

Free Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer Connection for Grocery Delivery & Meal Drop Off

  • Seniors can visit this site to request a drop off or helping hand
  • For help filling out the forms, call 925-322-0264
  • Questions? Email volunteer@walnut-creek.org

Interested in volunteering to do deliveries? Learn more here and sign up!

 

Food Banks

Monument Crisis Center will be distributing emergency 1 bag for each adult in need of emergency food for themselves and their families.

Meals on Wheels Diablo Region
Still delivering meals to seniors at home
Cafes have been converted to home delivery
Friendly Visits converted to Friendly Calls

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano
Adding additional food delivery via Mobile Pantry in alignment with school lunch distribution so families and other community members can get food too.

Food Bank of Alameda

 

Transportation

Walnut Creek Recreation has extended transportation dispatching hours to Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. All transportation will be scheduled through Lyft by our dispatcher and we are allowing same day bookings (subject to availability). The dispatch phone number is (925) 256-3533. Visit the transportation website here.

 To be eligible to use the Transportation Program, you must be a Walnut Creek Seniors Club Member, over the age of 60 and rides are only with the city of Walnut Creek. All program guidelines still apply. The annual membership fee is $15, however, we are postponing processing payment for new memberships until City buildings re-open. To become a member call (925) 256-3533.

Activities

 Be Cool & Virtually Socialize! We are using Zoom, a free program, to bring you live classes, conversations and access to your favorite drop in programs. It's pretty easy to use however, if you have questions, call us! We can walk you through it. 925-943-5852. Download the app on your smartphone or visit the website to learn more. Do you want to be added to a weekly email that will announce our upcoming Zoom calls and meetings? Please click here.

 CC Cafe is offering free frozen meal pick up for seniors at various locations. Please consult this document for the most up-to-date information (March 31, 2020). For the full list of distribution sites, please click here.  

 Covia - Well Connected Program 

Available to any older older adults who are limiting their in-person interactions for safety reasons, but still want to be connected to others. Activities for older adults in Spanish and English are available from home via phone or computer. 

Free Online Games promoted by AARP


Silver Sneakers - Online Exercise Courses for Seniors

 

Arts + Recreation Resources and Activities:

Weekly Zoom Activities:

Zoom: Be Cool & Virtually Socialize!

We are using Zoom to bring you live classes, conversations, access to your favorite drop in programs. It's pretty easy to use however, if you have questions, call us! We can walk you through it. 925-943-5852. Download the app on your smartphone or visit the website.

Want to get invited to all our Zoom calls?

Sign up HERE! 

Zoom meetings are led by WCSC volunteers, city staff and partners including everything from fun and trivia to educational workshops, guided health activities and live conversations.

Wellness: 

Tips on Working From Home   Tips on Coping with Stress
Meditation for Stress and Relaxation Free Meditation Class

 

Art: 

12 Museums Offering Virtual Tours 
Artist Education Alliance of Bay Area  
Carson Ellis “Quarantine Art Club”
Virtual & Interactive Frida Kahlo Exhibition
Crafts from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Performance Streaming

Interview with Tom Donahue

Education: 

Yale University - The Science of Well-Being Course
The Great Courses- Steeply Discounted

Movement & Exercise: 

Virtual Yoga by Bluebird Sky
Yoga Classes on Zoom with Yoga Fusion

Sustainability Activities:

Households can participate in the Cleaner Contra Costa Challenge by using a free online platform to measure their carbon footprint and find easy actions to take at home to be more sustainable. Invite your friends and neighbors to create an online Team with you.

 

Arts + Recreation Resources and Activities for Families:

Helpful Articles

 Tips for Manage Stress of Social Distancing as a Family

Education: 

Kiwi Co’s At-Home Resources for Kids 
Rent an E-book from the Walnut Creek Library 
Virtual Learning Resources 
Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions
Cincinnati Zoo Livestream 
Duolingo - Free Language Classes 
Free Educational Programs
Scholastic Learn from Home: Pre-K to 9th Grade
Salt Tray Writing Activity for Preschoolers
Read-Along and Other Activities Lead by Children's Book Authors
Little Medical School free online classes

Indoor Activities: 

Easy, Indoor Games 
Virtual tours for 33 different national parks
Cooking Classes by Recreation instructor: Mehrnaz Abed

Movement & Exercise: 

Hip Hop Public Health
GoNoodle
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Physical Education Network
Funkmode
Alicia Dance Dragon Slayer 
Skyhawks Sports 

Super Soccer Stars free Live Stream Class

Kids for the Bay free activities

Skyhawks Sports

Kids Love Soccer