COVID-19 Community Resources

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This page is dedicated to the many resources available to the Mercer Island Community.



This page is dedicated to the many resources available to the Mercer Island Community.


  • How to Help

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    12 days ago

    Want to help but not sure how? Here are a few ways you can help your neighbors - nearby and within the region:

    Want to help but not sure how? Here are a few ways you can help your neighbors - nearby and within the region:

  • Art Contest

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    20 days ago

    Ready. Set. Go create!

    All Mercer Island children, youth, and young adults are invited to create a visual art piece to promote mental health awareness.

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the City's Healthy Youth Initiative and the Mercer Island High School Minds Matter Club have partnered to sponsor the 2020 "Be Kind to Your Mind" art contest.

    Share your artistic talents and be a part of inspiring members of the Mercer Island community to "be kind to your mind."

    All entries must include:

    1. "Be Kind to Your Mind" slogan
    2. Acknowledgement of Mental Health Awareness Month

    All forms...

    Ready. Set. Go create!

    All Mercer Island children, youth, and young adults are invited to create a visual art piece to promote mental health awareness.

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the City's Healthy Youth Initiative and the Mercer Island High School Minds Matter Club have partnered to sponsor the 2020 "Be Kind to Your Mind" art contest.

    Share your artistic talents and be a part of inspiring members of the Mercer Island community to "be kind to your mind."

    All entries must include:

    1. "Be Kind to Your Mind" slogan
    2. Acknowledgement of Mental Health Awareness Month

    All forms of visual art are accepted.

    Two winners will receive a $50 gift card to Island Books and their work will be featured in local publications. All participants will be entered to win a $25 gift card.

    Entry deadline is May 31. Submit your art to rachel.montgomery@mercergov.org

  • #OutThereForUs

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    22 days ago

    Essential workers have been out there for us, now it's our turn to thank them. Submit a message of thanks using #OutThereForUs

    We've also set up a section to share notes of thanks or good news stories for our local heroes. Say thanks today!

    Essential workers have been out there for us, now it's our turn to thank them. Submit a message of thanks using #OutThereForUs

    We've also set up a section to share notes of thanks or good news stories for our local heroes. Say thanks today!

  • Enjoying The Great Outdoors

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    26 days ago

    The rumors are true, meteorologists are predicting temperatures cresting 80 degrees this weekend!

    Mercer Island parks and trails are open for non-organized recreation, and so is the Luther Burbank dog park, and the P-Patch. Many Islanders are likely planning on also getting out on the water now that boating and fishing are allowed.

    Continue to practice physical distancing in parks, on trails, and while boating.

    Remember to keep your distance from others and avoid gatherings. All visitors are asked to “Keep it Moving” while using the parks/trails for walking, running, riding, and rolling. Users may also want to consider visiting...

    The rumors are true, meteorologists are predicting temperatures cresting 80 degrees this weekend!

    Mercer Island parks and trails are open for non-organized recreation, and so is the Luther Burbank dog park, and the P-Patch. Many Islanders are likely planning on also getting out on the water now that boating and fishing are allowed.

    Continue to practice physical distancing in parks, on trails, and while boating.

    Remember to keep your distance from others and avoid gatherings. All visitors are asked to “Keep it Moving” while using the parks/trails for walking, running, riding, and rolling. Users may also want to consider visiting early in the morning when parks are much less crowded.

    With our limited staffing, City parks won’t look as maintained as you may be used to. You can help by following “pack it in, pack it out” practices.

    Boating and fishing are now allowed.

    The MI Boat Launch is open! As you make your plans to get out on the water, please remember your water safety. Lake Washington is still COLD, and all swimmers and boaters should always wear a life jacket. (See below for more information.)

    Many State and County parks and trails are now open.

    Many State and King County parks and trails reopened this week. Here are a just few tips to help you and your family stay healthy while enjoying the outdoors:

    1. Plan ahead.
    2. Keep your distance.
      • Recreate with those in your household. Give others plenty of room, communicate who will step aside on the trail, and don’t forget that trail etiquette gives hikers coming uphill the right of way.
    3. Stay local.
      • Don’t stray too far from home when recreating and keep rural communities safe by minimizing stops and bringing all that you’ll need for your outing.
    4. Play it safe.
      • Keep your activities within your comfort and skill level to reduce the risk of injury and adding to the strain on our health care and emergency services.
    5. Leave no trace.
      • Take any garbage with you, including disposable face masks and gloves.

    Some of the ways we recreate have changed in the era of COVID-19, but don't worry - there are plenty of resources to help you navigate you favorite pastimes. Check out the links below to know what to do.

    Note: most large City Parks parking lots are still closed to discourage crowding.


  • Soil and Produce Delivered to Your Door

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    27 days ago

    Contactless delivery of bulk and bagged soil and organic produce delivered straight to your door.

    Cedar Grove (the City's organics recycling processor) and Sound Sustainable Farms (a Redmond farm utilizing compost generated from Mercer Island yard and food scrap collection) have teamed up to provide contactless delivery of bagged soil and produce.

    Contactless Soil Delivery

    Cedar Grove is offering contactless delivery of bulk and bagged soil. This enables residents of Mercer Island to get in their gardens safely while enjoying the significant mental and physical health benefits of gardening. To order your supplies, visit: https://cedar-grove.com/featured/contactless-product-delivery

    Contactless Organic Produce Delivered from...

    Contactless delivery of bulk and bagged soil and organic produce delivered straight to your door.

    Cedar Grove (the City's organics recycling processor) and Sound Sustainable Farms (a Redmond farm utilizing compost generated from Mercer Island yard and food scrap collection) have teamed up to provide contactless delivery of bagged soil and produce.

    Contactless Soil Delivery

    Cedar Grove is offering contactless delivery of bulk and bagged soil. This enables residents of Mercer Island to get in their gardens safely while enjoying the significant mental and physical health benefits of gardening. To order your supplies, visit: https://cedar-grove.com/featured/contactless-product-delivery

    Contactless Organic Produce Delivered from Sound Sustainable Farms to Your Door

    Sound Sustainable Farms is offering contactless home delivery of organic produce, grown in compost from the City of Mercer Island’s organics collection program to residents of Mercer Island. This program will also include some specialty food items from local restaurants including El Gaucho and others. This program will begin shortly with the bulk of the produce becoming available by early June. For more info and if people want to sign up to receive information when the program launches, they can visit: https://www.soundsfarms.com/contactlessdelivery


  • You Have A Mask But Are You Wearing It Properly?

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    27 days ago

    Getting a mask was half the battle, now we need to make sure we're wearing them properly.

    We've all seen it. Someone is out in public, they have their mask on, but not "on." The mask covers their mouth but not their nose, is pushed down under their chin, or has gapping issues (gaposis central)! Here are a few tips to help make sure we're all wearing our masks for the best possible protection.

    • Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
    • Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
    • Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
    • Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
    • To remove the mask: remove it from behind – do not touch the front of mask; discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

    Even with a mask, make sure to maintain a distance of 6-feet from others.

    Beginning May 18, King County residents are directed to wear face coverings in public when social distancing is not possible. For more information, click here.

    Getting a mask was half the battle, now we need to make sure we're wearing them properly.

    We've all seen it. Someone is out in public, they have their mask on, but not "on." The mask covers their mouth but not their nose, is pushed down under their chin, or has gapping issues (gaposis central)! Here are a few tips to help make sure we're all wearing our masks for the best possible protection.

    • Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
    • Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
    • Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
    • Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
    • To remove the mask: remove it from behind – do not touch the front of mask; discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

    Even with a mask, make sure to maintain a distance of 6-feet from others.

    Beginning May 18, King County residents are directed to wear face coverings in public when social distancing is not possible. For more information, click here.

  • Financial Assistance Programs

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    27 days ago

    There are a number of financial assistance programs to help Islanders navigate these challenging times.

    This page serves as a clearinghouse for the information we’ve collected on various financial assistance programs. If we’ve missed something, please let us know using the comments section below.



    Disaster Cash Assistance

    Utility Assistance

    Emergency Assistance including Rental Help

    Food Pantry

    City B&O Tax Deadline Extension

    Credit Score Protections

    Federal and County Tax Extensions

    Moratorium on Evictions

    There are a number of financial assistance programs to help Islanders navigate these challenging times.

    This page serves as a clearinghouse for the information we’ve collected on various financial assistance programs. If we’ve missed something, please let us know using the comments section below.



    Disaster Cash Assistance

    Utility Assistance

    Emergency Assistance including Rental Help

    Food Pantry

    City B&O Tax Deadline Extension

    Credit Score Protections

    Federal and County Tax Extensions

    Moratorium on Evictions

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  • Credit Score Protections During The Pandemic

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    28 days ago

    A new federal protection that applies to how insurance companies use a consumer’s credit history.

    The federal CARES Act amends the Fair Credit Reporting Act and protects consumers during the coronavirus pandemic from any negative credit reporting as long as their accounts were in good standing before the pandemic started.

    This protection also applies to how insurers use credit history to calculate how much consumers pay for auto and homeowners insurance.

    The CARES Act:

    • Prohibits a creditor from reporting an individual’s delinquent payments to a credit reporting agency if the individual was up-to-date on their payments before the pandemic started.
    • ...

    A new federal protection that applies to how insurance companies use a consumer’s credit history.

    The federal CARES Act amends the Fair Credit Reporting Act and protects consumers during the coronavirus pandemic from any negative credit reporting as long as their accounts were in good standing before the pandemic started.

    This protection also applies to how insurers use credit history to calculate how much consumers pay for auto and homeowners insurance.

    The CARES Act:

    • Prohibits a creditor from reporting an individual’s delinquent payments to a credit reporting agency if the individual was up-to-date on their payments before the pandemic started.
    • If asked, a creditor may also allow an individual to defer one or more payments, make a partial payment, or modify a loan or contract.

    The 120-day duration of the moratorium took effect March 27. It is likely to be extended until the federal administration declares an end to the current national emergency.

    “The initial focus of the act was on stimulus payments, but it’s also important to alert people to new protections regarding credit scoring,” said WA Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. “Millions of people have lost their jobs and are likely struggling to pay their bills during this pandemic. It’s critical that we do what we can to make sure they’re not further harmed during these financially devastating times.”

  • Register to Volunteer During Disasters and Significant Events

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    about 1 month ago

    Interested in volunteering during disasters and significant events like COVID-19?

    Register with the Washington State Emergency Registry of Volunteers (WAserv) to partner with public health and others who need assistance in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Interested in volunteering during disasters and significant events like COVID-19?

    Register with the Washington State Emergency Registry of Volunteers (WAserv) to partner with public health and others who need assistance in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Tech 101 Tutorial for Homebound Seniors

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    about 1 month ago

    Mercer Island High School Junior, Annika Bhananker developed a tutorial video, Tech 101 to help homebound seniors connect with loved ones while social distancing. Click here to view the video.

    The tutorial session helps isolated members of the Mercer Island community by providing tips and information on how to use technology to stay connected with family and friends while staying safe at home. The Tech 101 tutorial features a section on troubleshooting WiFi issues, how to use Zoom for video meetings, and more.

    If you have questions or need further assistance you can contact Annika at: basictechnologyhelp@gmail.com.

    Thank you...

    Mercer Island High School Junior, Annika Bhananker developed a tutorial video, Tech 101 to help homebound seniors connect with loved ones while social distancing. Click here to view the video.

    The tutorial session helps isolated members of the Mercer Island community by providing tips and information on how to use technology to stay connected with family and friends while staying safe at home. The Tech 101 tutorial features a section on troubleshooting WiFi issues, how to use Zoom for video meetings, and more.

    If you have questions or need further assistance you can contact Annika at: basictechnologyhelp@gmail.com.

    Thank you, Annika, for putting together this helpful tutorial!