Phased Re-Opening Is Beginning In Both TN and VA!
Both Governor Lee (TN) and Governor Northam (VA) have declared phased reopening of the state and they are asking people to continue to physical distance and wear masks when in public (see TN Pledge here) (see Forward Virginia here).
While every effort is being made to keep this page updated as quickly as possible, closings and schedule changes are happening rapidly. Please call the location before traveling for assistance. Be sure to refresh your browser to ensure the most updated information.
Health Related Information
Ballad Health Remote Testing Sites: Please call 833-822-5523 to be screened if you are concerned you may be ill with COVID-19. This Ballad Health Nurse Connect line is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Local Information and Resources
Downtown Bristol has free wi-fi hotspots. You may need to sign in, but there is no charge.
Charging station at First Baptist Church near food pantry open 24/7
City of Bristol VA Information: Community preparedness page
- City of Bristol VA Transit Changes as of 03/30
United Way of Bristol TN/VA: Limited assistance may be available
BTES: Temporarily suspended service disconnections
AEP: Temporarily suspending service disconnections
Haven of Rest Thrift Store open for vouchers only M-W from 1p-3p
Bristol Faith in Action by appointment only
Hot showers are available Tues and Thurs from 1p - 4p at Haven of Rest (shower trailer site) and Anchor Baptist Church (single showers)
As of 04/06/20, food pickup for Washington Lee Elementary has been moved to the front entrance of VA High School.
Haven of Rest Meals: Regular schedule. Please call before traveling: (423) 968-2011
Sharing Christ Ministries: Take-away meal available starting at 4pm on Saturday 03/19
Salvation Army: Regular schedule. Please call before traveling: (423) 764-6156
Feeding Southwest Virginia: Hot meals Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 10am-1pm - take away only. Abingdon location.
DAV Chapter 39 Food Pantry: 630 Carden Hollow Rd., Bristol, TN - Open 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 6pm
House of Prayer Worship Center: Food pantry 3rd Thursday from 5pm-6:30pm, drive through only, requires photo ID and proof of income.
Bristol Emergency Food Pantry: Open daily from 1pm until 4pm on first-come, first serve basis.
Rockhold United Methodist Church 3rd Saturdays starting at 9:30am
First Trinity Pentecostal Church 3rd Saturdays starting at 9:00am
Little Free Pantries/Blessing Boxes
Covenant Fellowship Church "The Little Free Pantry" at the following locations:
2004 Lee Hwy, Bristol, VA.
103 Memorial Drive. Bristol Tn
2004 Lee Highway. Bristol Va
807 Park Street Bristol, Va
Highland View Elementary School
1405 Eads Avenue. Bristol, Va.
First Baptist Church "Blessings Box" located at 1 Virginia St., Bristol VA
Hiltons Missionary Baptist Church located at 135 Cul-de-sac Dr., Gate City, VA
Addilynn United Methodist Church, 3225 Avoca Rd, Bristol, TN (on the front, right side of the building)
Community Center of Abingdon: Drive through food pickup on Fri., 05/15/20 11am until gone. 300 Senior Drive, Abingdon, VA
Pet Food Donation Sites
Appalachian: Mission Pawsible Providing 2 weeks of pet food on a case-by-case basis for those impacted by COVID-19
Good Samaritan Ministries, Johnson City, TN (423) 928-0288. Please call before traveling.
Information and Assistance for Individuals
We will update this as we become aware of additional resources. Please note that temporary suspension of disconnection does not mean the amount due will be forgiven. That bill will come due at some point in the future.
VA Unemployment website: Virginia Employment Commission is waiving the waiting week requirements for all new initial claims with an effective date of 3-16-2020 and beyond due to the Coronavirus outbreak in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, VEC will be waiving the work search requirements for all claimants starting with the week ending 3-21-2020.
Online Addiction Recovery Options: Includes daily online meetings, message board, and 24/7 live chat.
Contact 211 of Northeast TN can be reached by dialing 2-1-1
Professional Beauty Association relief fund (Nationwide)
Information for Small Businesses and NonProfits
If you are a non-profit and are in immediate need of volunteers to continue essential service provision: Email here
Faith Community Information
Volunteer Protocol Questions for Health Screenings from Feeding SWVA
Websites to Keep the Littles (and Bigs) Happy
For Young Children
NatGeo for Kids: Kids learn about geography and fascinating animals.
Into the Book: Through playing games, kids can practice reading strategies.
For Older Kids
Hackety Hack: For kids 13+ and perfect for budding programmers
Take A Tour Without Leaving Home
Social Distancing Festival Live streamed concerts, arts, and events
Metropolitan Opera Free Streaming: Free streaming of operas
Parenting Support Resources
La Leche League of the Mountain Empire Facebook (includes weekday evening online meetups)
Cherished Mom (includes online support group)
Bristol Family Resource Center: Free, one-on-one parenting sessions by appointment. Call (276) 645-3765 or FamResCenter@outlook.om
Wrinkles Doesn't Like Social Distancing; And I Don't Blame Him video book to help children understand social distancing
With all the hustle and hurry, don't forget to take time for yourself.
Planet Fitness: Free online workouts on their Facebook page
Fitness Blender: Free workout videos
Down Dog App Yoga: Free yoga workouts until May 1
Text less, call more! Hearing the sound of your friends, family, and co-workers can ease anxiety.
Clean up and Organize A la Marie Kondo...does it spark joy?
Take a Walk (but maintain 6 feet of distance from others)
Read A Book: The Bristol library is closed, but they have a great e-book selection!
When It's Too Much Toolkit from ACEs Connection
How You Can Help
The best way to help is to stay home, stay 6 feet away from others, and wash your hands with soap often!
However, here are some other ways to help in our community.
To Give To Those In Need in Our Community - Regional United Ways COVID-19 Relief Fund
Blood Donations Needed!
Appalachian Sustainable Development supporting local farmers
United Company Soup Kitchen needs volunteers to prepare meals for next day. No direct-client contact. Call United Way of Bristol 423-968-4912
Public Events Calendar
Every effort is being made to update our calendar to reflect changes and cancellations. Please call or email event coordinators to verify information before traveling.
U.S. Map of COVID-19 Cases
This map is best viewed in Chrome browser.
We are starting to see an increase in misinformation. Never give your personal information out to someone who calls or emails.
Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.
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