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Safer At Home And Chill

Posted March 30, 2020 by Amanda Liaw

One thing we're really thankful for during this time is the truly wide variety of content that's available online to keep our spirits up and our minds open. We've put together 8 of our top picks that we're excited to share!

  • Marvel's Hero Project, a Disney+ original series that reveals the positive change several young, real life heroes are making in their own communities.
  • Film Independent's Spirit Awards Shorts Program, a weekly curated list of short films by independent filmmakers
  • She Did That, a feature-length documentary on Netflix about black female entrepreneurs.
  • East Los High, a Hulu original series about a group of teens who are navigating their final years at a fictional high school in East Los Angeles.
  • Gentefied, a Netflix series that follows Mexican-American cousins as they try to save their grandfather's taco shop while gentrification shakes up their LA neighborhood.
  • The Farewell, a film celebrating family that's based on an actual lie, following a Chinese-American woman played by Awkwafina.
  • Los Angeles Plays Itself, a documentary that explores the tangled relationship between movies and Los Angeles as seen through these movies. It's available to stream for free on Kanopy, which is accessible with a Los Angeles Public Library card.
  • The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez, a Netflix series reporting on the case of Gabriel Fernandez and how it exposes the failures of multiple Los Angeles County departments.

Stay Engaged While Staying Safer At Home

Posted March 30, 2020 by Amanda Liaw

Looking for ways to stay engaged while self-isolating? Check out some of the resources we've come across that can help you live, learn, play, connect, and create from the great indoors.


  • AltaSea's Project Blue features content and education resources around the emerging blue economy, healing our oceans, and saving our planet.
  • TreePeople has educational activities about important environmental topics.
  • Camp Kindness Counts provides teachers and parents with free guide books that foster strong, compassionate character and awareness in children.
  • HERE is a free app that combines meditation practice with interactive exercises.
  • Respectful Ways is offering teachers and parents free access for up to 3 modules in their social-emotional learning curriculum.
  • NHMLA's Connects page invite you to explore natural and cultural wonders from their exhibits to your own backyard.


  • Los Angeles Public Library has tons of free online learning tools that you can access instantly with either a library card or e-card, including language learning with Mango Languages, courses ranging from grant writing to team management fundamentals with Lynda, and more.
  • California Science Center's Stuck at Home Science is featuring science activities for families using common household supplies.
  • LAUSD has partnered with PBS SoCal and KCET to offer free daytime educational programming for students in Pre-K through 12th grade.
  • Scholastic offers free online day-by-day projects for students in Pre-K through 9th grade.
  • Academy 4SC hosts free videos and content on psychology, philosophy, and economics.
  • American Panorama is an historical atlas of the United States that combines research with innovative mapping techniques.
  • American Archive of Public Broadcasting provides access to significant historical content created by public media, with suggested topics to start ranging from biography and consumer affairs to travel and parenting.
  • Audible has a large variety of free audiobooks.
  • Abdo Digital Bookshelf has free ebooks for children of all ages.
  • Petersen Automotive Museum offers free live stream and video activities in addition to coloring and building activities that include building your own race car and more.
  • Khan Academy provides students aged 2-18 with free remote learning resources in subjects such as math, science and engineering, arts and humanities, computing, and more.
  • KQED Learn is a free platform for middle and high schoolers to build media literacy and critical thinking skills.
  • These free Carmen Sandiego educational resources for kids include exercises that build self- and social-awareness, activities such as creating animal trading cards and writing an opera, and more.
  • Storyline Online hosts free videos of actors reading children's books.
  • The Huntington Garden released The Collections, a podcast hosted by Huntington President Karen R. Lawrence.



  • Civics 101 is a podcast refresher course on the basics of American democracy.
  • The Metropolitan Opera is offering free nightly opera streams.
  • World101 provides modules to understand the issues, forces, and actors that shape the world.
  • Google Arts & Culture offers free virtual tours of museums and cultural institutions.
  • Louvre Museum is offering free online tours of the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries.
  • Berliner Philharmoniker is offering their Digital Concert Hall for free to everyone who signs up before March 31.


For more context about what is open and what is closed at this time, browse this list.

For more resources in response to COVID-19, check out our article compiling all the local resources we're aware of.

If you know of other resources, please submit them through this form.

Food and Nutrition Resources in Los Angeles

Posted March 30, 2020 by Team LA2050

General Resources:

  • LA County's "Let's Feed LA" portal connects those in need of food to those who can help.
  • For the closest food pantry/bank to you, visit Los Angeles Food Bank Pantry Locator
  • Community Services Unlimited is assisting people in applying for Calfresh (aka food stamps) by phone. If you or anyone you know is recently unemployed, experiencing shortened hours, is a student, or experiencing other issues that impact your ability to buy food, call to make an appointment at (213) 746-1216 or email [email protected]
  • Every Table is offering free delivery and food distribution for seniors who need food brought to their homes, students, and food distribution centers. If you need 10-10,000 meals, reach out to Everytable at (323) 458-6487. For more info, click here!
  • Hollywood Food Coalition is providing nightly, packaged takeaway meals. Location: 5939 Hollywood Blvd, LA CA 90028. Phone number: (323) 462-2032. Hours: Monday through Sunday 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm.
  • Expensify is offering reimbursements for up to $50 in groceries for families enrolled in SNAP
  • WIC clinics under South Los Angeles Health Projects will remain open and will be remotely issuing participants food benefits onto their WIC cards to avoid families from going out given our COVID19 pandemic. For those families that have not yet gotten the new WIC card and wish to locate the nearest WIC clinic to them, please visit: http://www.slahp.org/wic-centers-by-city/
  • Check out this list of restaurants that are offering markets to buy groceries at this time.

Children and Youth Specific (0-17):

  • The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks offers FREE lunches to kids and teens ages 1 through 18* at over 100 parks starting June 10, 2019 - August 9, 2019. https://www.laparks.org/foodprogram
  • Los Angeles Food Banks will be offering Grab and Go Meals for Summer Lunch 2020 at a total of 22 locations. Starting Monday, June 1 through August 20, all children are welcomed to participate in Grab and Go breakfast and lunch. Please click the link to see locations: https://www.lafoodbank.org/programs/children/summer-lunch/
  • Starting June 16 – August 7*, customers ages 18 and younger can visit one of 24 participating libraries and pick up a free nutritious meal. Lunches are available for pickup Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 1 pm, while supplies last. (*No lunch is available on July 3.)
  • Dashboard of LA County student meal distribution centers

Adults 65+:

Click here to return to the full directory of Los Angeles area COVID-19 resources, services, and opportunities to make a difference.

Employment and Financial Resources

Posted March 29, 2020 by Team LA2050

  • Use the IRS "Get My Payment" Portal to check on the status of your Economic Impact Payment
  • California's Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a variety of support services to individuals affected by COVID-19 in California.
  • BENEFITS FOR WORKERS IMPACTED BY COVID-19 and also check out the EDD's Frequently Asked Questions
  • Paid Family Leave: Paid family leave is available for those who stay home because they need to take care of someone who has contracted the virus (Covid19) or who has been quarantined (must be certified by a medical professional). Learn how to file a Paid Family Leave Claim HERE.
  • Disability Benefits/Paid Sick Leave: If you're unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. How to file a disability claim.
  • Unemployment Benefits: If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, or you have to miss work to care for your family, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week. How to file an unemployment claim.
  • Directly from the Employment Development Department: “Employers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return."
  • CalEITC4Me has resources for low-income Californians filing tax returns
  • For questions, employers may call the EDD Taxpayer Assistance Center.
    • Toll-free from the U.S. or Canada: 1-888-745-3886
    • Hearing impaired (TTY): 1-800-547-9565
    • Outside the U.S. or Canada: 1-916-464-3502
  • Resources Based on Type of Employment

Click here to return to the full directory of Los Angeles area COVID-19 resources, services, and opportunities to make a difference.

LA Area COVID-19 Resources and Responses

Posted March 28, 2020 by Team LA2050

The following is a directory of local resources to assist Angelenos during the COVID-19 crisis. If you know of others, please submit them through this form.

Note: LA2050 is not coordinating the efforts on these lists. We are compiling and amplifying the resources sent to us. Please confirm with organizations that the resources or services are active.


COVID-19 Funds for Donation

Local Volunteer Needs

Opportunities for Philanthropic Funders


Resources for Local Businesses

Food and Nutrition Resources

Education Resources

Technology Resources

Employment and Financial Resources

Housing and Utility Resources

Mental and Physical Health Resources


Ways to Stay Engaged While Staying Safer at Home


Los Angeles County Resources

Los Angeles City Information and Resources

Updated Los Angeles COVID-19 Orders

USC Price Center for Social Innovation COVID-19 Data Map for Los Angeles County

Mental and Physical Health Resources

Posted March 28, 2020 by Team LA2050

Click here to return to the full directory of Los Angeles area COVID-19 resources, services, and opportunities to make a difference.

Educational Resources and Services for Students

Posted March 28, 2020 by Team LA2050

  • Child360's Home Grown program tapped into the great minds of child development experts to help parents take everyday moments and turn them into creative ways to support children's development. Join them for Motivation Monday, Talk Tuesday, Wiggle Wednesday, Thinking Thursday, and Feeling Friday!
  • Free Los Angeles Public Library resources for students of all ages, including home tutoring, encyclopedia access, STEM content, college admissions test prep, and more!
  • Up2US Sports At Home portal of free resources, videos and virtual training opportunities to help coaches keep their teams physically, socially, and emotionally healthy during this time of social distancing and isolation.
  • The Online Physical Education Network, the nation's largest public-service organization serving physical educators, coaches and activity leaders, is available to help coaches and students deal with extended school closings.
  • Spectrum Broadband: Free access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. (For more information, click here!)
  • Charter Comcast: Free Internet Service for Households with Children - To enroll: 844.488.8395
  • Free Zoom (platform for virtual meetings) for all K-12 students and staff to facilitate remote/virtual learning
  • Google Meet (Free)
  • The team from the musical Hamilton has released EduHam at Home, where students study primary source documents from the Founding Era, learn how Lin-Manuel Miranda used such documents to create the musical Hamilton, and finally create their own original performance pieces based on the same material.
  • PBS: Starting Monday, March 16, students in Pre-K through 12th grade will have the opportunity to access free, educational PBS daytime programming designated for each grade level weekdays (For more information, click here!)
  • Bob Baker Marionette Theater's "At Home Happiness" Activity Portal
  • Learning Resources: Free online resources for learning – this includes a whole host of free online/web based learning resources for all ages and subjects: http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/
  • MIND Research Institute is offering no cost access to a free math instructional program for students in grades K-8 (For more information, click here!)
  • Scholastic offers free, online learning experiences for kids of all ages (For more information, click here!)
  • "For anyone in these areas who have kids at home from school, watching other kids or knows of someone who can use free brand new books for their kids during this time, we will be giving away books to anyone who asks (while our supply lasts) We are happy to either do a "no contact" delivery or pick up. We have books from board books to high school levels. If you are interested please email [email protected] Supplies are limited but we will do everything we can to fulfill your request.
  • CTE Online offers thousands of free lesson plans aligned to CTE, Common Core, and NGSS.
  • EdSpace is a social learning network for the world of education.
  • The Petersen Automotive Museum is offering free educational activities and livestreams.
  • Edge Factor is a platform to learn new skills and uncover opportunities.
  • UC/Scout A-G approved HS courses
  • Khan Academy
  • Kahoot: Free distance learning
  • Adobe Creative Cloud

Click here to return to the full directory of Los Angeles area COVID-19 resources, services, and opportunities to make a difference.

Housing and Utility Resources

Posted March 27, 2020 by Team LA2050


  • The Los Angeles Emergency Rental Assistance Subsidy Program will provide a temporary rent subsidy for tenants who live in the City of LA and are unable to pay rent due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible tenants are those whose household income is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income ($83,500 for a family of 4). Check https://hcidla.lacity.org for more info and to monitor the application window, expected to open in July.
  • For help writing a letter that notifies your landlord (1) that you are struggling financially and (2) that the federal stimulus likely does not allow them to evict you use this website.
  • The Los Angeles Tenants Union is providing support around evictions. Find your local union at: https://latenantsunion.org/en/locals/
  • If you are or know of a foster youth that is staying at a college dorm room that is going to be closed due to the coronavirus, please email [email protected] and they will provide or help you find housing during this transition.
  • LOW-INCOME INDIVIDUALS/INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS AND FAMILY: St. Francis Center provides meal services, clothing closets, showers/bathroom services, and rental and utility assistance programs (over the phone) for homeless and low-income individuals in Los Angeles. ( For more information, click here!)


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