Four Crucial Resources for Single Parents During the Coronavirus

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| 7 min read Financial Assistance

The coronavirus crisis hasn’t been easy for anyone, but if you’re a single parent, this time is more challenging than ever. Navigating a volatile job market and learning how to homeschool your children are just a few of the hardships facing single parents during this unprecedented time. To help, we’ve put together a list of resources for single parents during the coronavirus—it includes everything from free online games for your kids to ways you can find financial help during coronavirus to pay your bills.  

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Ways for single parents to get help during the coronavirus

The coronavirus has been a challenging time for people all over the world. Thankfully, as things get harder, people are showing compassion and empathy toward others more than ever. Rest assured, if you’re a single parent and you need help, there are people and programs ready to help you. 

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1. Crowdfund to help cover any financial burdens you are facing

Crowdfunding is one of the quickest ways to get the financial help that you may need. Additionally, with government support systems and grants taking weeks or even months to pay out, crowdfunding can be an incredible alternative to find funding. So, what is crowdfunding exactly? It’s the act of reaching out to friends, family, and even strangers, to ask them for their support. With millions of people in need of support right now, you’re not alone in asking your social network for a little assistance. 

If you decide to start fundraising for coronavirus, be as honest and transparent as possible about how the coronavirus is affecting you as a single parent. Whether you’ve lost your job and you’re having trouble paying for groceries, or you need help buying school supplies to start homeschooling your child, your needs are worthy of other people’s help. If you want to check out some fundraisers before you get started, browse through these fundraisers for families affected by the coronavirus.

2. Find a relief fund that fits your need

If you’re a single parent who is having trouble making ends meet financially, there are many relief funds and grant programs that can help you. While most relief funds are set up to support small businesses and nonprofits, there are many that support individuals, as well. Depending on your specific need, there is certainly a relief fund to assist you.

3. Check out these free online options for entertainment during coronavirus

With kids out of school, many single parents are navigating the challenges of learning how to homeschool their children. We know it can be tough to pick up teaching, or to know exactly where to begin. To help out, we put together a few resources to make sure you have all the tools you need to keep your kids entertained while you and your family self-isolate. 

Bring the classroom to your living room with these resources

  • While schools are closed, Audible is offering free streaming for children’s stories to make sure children have access to educational resources or the opportunity to escape into a good book. 
  • Lakeshore Learning has a whole section dedicated to free resources such as lesson plans, worksheets, and craft ideas to encourage a learning environment at home during the coronavirus.
  • In light of COVID-19, Khan Academy is offering free educational resources for parents to encourage remote learning while schools are closed. 
  • The National Geographic Kids Science Lab offers some very interesting and fun science experiments for you and your family to try at home. 

Watch a wildlife cam 

  • The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers live cams that you can watch. A few options are available for viewing, but the penguin cam tends to be a big hit.
  • Explore.org offers a multitude of cams to choose from—everything from bald eagles to the Channel Islands kelp forest is available for free viewing. 
  • The San Diego Zoo might be closed, but the animals aren’t fazed. Pop into a live cam and watch some of your favorite animals relax. 

Play a game to keep boredom at bay

  • The free 3D gaming platform, Roblox has been a popular place for children to hang out during the coronavirus quarantine. Learn more about how Roblox keeps their platform safe and family friendly in their message to parents
  • If you have younger kids at home, PBS Kids offers all kinds of free games to choose from on their website. Your child will surely be entertained for a few hours working through all the different options PBS offers. 

Stay healthy and active with your child

  • FitOn is a completely free fitness app designed around at-home workouts. Grab your kids, pick a workout, and get started on some fun family fitness. 
  • Nike Training Club is offering their premium subscription for free while the coronavirus crisis is affecting the world. These workouts tend to be a bit more advanced, but you can always adapt any workout to the needs of you and your family.
  • Corepower Yoga is offering a free week of virtual yoga classes. This is a great option if you need a few minutes to decompress—or, if your kiddo is up for the challenge, have them join.

Fundraisers started for single parents during the COVID-19 crisis

Shasta started a fundraiser when she and her children all tested positive for COVID-19

The reality is that there will be many single parents with coronavirus in the coming months. Shasta started this fundraiser for herself and her two children, who all tested positive for COVID-19, as she is no longer able to work to cover everyday expenses.  

People looking to help single moms during coronavirus have donated to Leslie’s fundraiser

Leslie Warner’s cleaning business slowed to a halt when the coronavirus outbreak hit. Her family’s only source of income completely disappeared. Leslie started a GoFundMe and has raised over £800 so she can continue putting food on the table for her two children.

A fundraiser was started for Ryan Loche’s children after he passed away due to coronavirus

When single father, Ryan Loche, passed away due to complications with coronavirus, a fundraiser was started to help financially support his children. If you’re debating whether or not to start a fundraiser, know that there are people looking to help single dads during coronavirus and families affected by COVID-19. 

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We’re stronger together: Reach out to your support system

Asking your community to help you through the coronavirus is easier than ever with free fundraising through GoFundMe. If you’re feeling unsure or overwhelmed, keep in mind that the whole world is going through change right now—people may show up to support you in surprising ways. When you’re ready to get started, create your fundraiser, tell your story, and share it with your network. Together, we’ll all help each other through the coronavirus crisis. 

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