COVID-19 Outside Resources

UCA’s website for campus updates concerning COVID-19:

These resources are outside of UCA and are local and/or national programs.

Follow this link, and complete the form to receive assistance with food, transportation, temporary housing, etc.

Follow this link, for the City of Conway’s Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program.

  • Steps:
    • Complete the application form.
    • Once the application is complete, submit to and you will be formally notified if your application is approved or denied.


  • Requirements:
    • Qualify as low income (at or below 80% of area median income)
    • Provide documentation of a hardship due to Covid-19 global pandemic. (Documents that can be used to illustrate hardship may include: a letter from employer stating reduced hours due to Covid-19, recent paycheck stubs that show reduced hours or rate of pay)
    • Must live within the City of Conway city limits.


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Employment Assistance:

How to file for unemployment:

  • Have your information ready to file
    • Useful items: Social Security Number, Alien Identification Number or registration information if you are not a US Citizen, home address and mailing address (if different), telephone number, email address, bank information (bank name, address, account number and routing number for direct deposit), last employer’s information (employer’s name, address and phone number), the reason for leaving/lay off, and the name and number of your labor union if you find work through a union
  • File online as soon as you can if possible
  • Apply even if you’re not sure you’re eligible
  • Be prepared to wait
  • If you’re denied, appeal




Websites for Food Assistance for students, families, and the community:


Local Food Banks/Meals:
The following locations are available during COVID-19 and can be subject to change.

Amazing Grace Cafe
1601 Prince Street, Conway, AR 72034
Food Pantry open Thursdays 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Meals are drive-thru only on the 2nd and 3rd Thursdays at 5:30 PM

Antioch Baptist Church
150 Amity Rd, Conway, AR 72034
Food Pantry open Thursdays 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM; 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
First come, first serve. They will be open until the food pantry is out of supplies if depleted before closing time.

Bethlehem House
930 Faulkner St, Conway, AR 72034
Breakfast meal available every day 6:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Dinner meal available every day 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Showers are available from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Central Baptist Church
3333 Dave Ward Dr, Conway, AR 72034
Food Pantry open 1st and 2nd Mondays from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Will need personal ID

Greater Pleasant Branch Baptist Church
601 Spruce St, Conway, AR 72032
Food Pantry open 1st Saturday of the month 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM; Tuesdays 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Food Pantry is drive-thru only.

Little Rock Compassion Centers
3618 West Roosevelt Rd, Little Rock, AR 72204
(501)296-9114; Fax: (501)664-6847
Tuesdays and Thursdays will have available food vouchers

Soul Food Cafe Mission
1717 South Donaghey, Conway, AR 72034
Food Boxes every Tuesday from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Please drive around the building for food boxes only. No one is to leave their car until time to pick up their food box. Handicapped and elderly community members can request assistance with their boxes into their car.

Nationwide Resources:
“Launched the COVID-19 Response Fund, a national food and fund-raising effort to support people facing hunger and the food banks who help them.”
“Our response includes training health teams worldwide on how to protect themselves and prevent further spread of the disease. We are also supplying the personal protective equipment and other supplies frontline health staff desperately need. In addition, we are protecting children and families that may be separated due to quarantine.”




The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s advice for the general public and college students:
  • Practice social distancing
  • Wash hands vigorously with soap
  • Minimize face-touching
  • Try alternatives to a handshake
  • Contact a health care provider if exhibiting symptoms such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.




COVID-19 Glossary:

fromKaiser Family Foundation

Community Transmission/Spread:   Infections identified in a given geographic area without a history of travel elsewhere and no connection to a known case.

COVID-19:   Coronavirus Disease. It is an infectious disease caused by a new virus. It causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. It is spread primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It can also be spread when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. {See above for prevention advice}

Drive through Testing:   Individuals remain in their vehicles, and medical staff in protective gear come to administer the swab test and the swabs are sent to a laboratory for testing.

Flattening the Curve:   Slowing a virus’ spread to reduce the peak numbers of cases and related demands on hospitals and infrastructure.

Isolation:   Separating sick people with a contagious disease from those who are not sick.

Pandemic:   An epidemic that has spread over several countries/continents, usually affecting a large number of people.

Quarantine:   Separating and restricting the movement of people exposed (or potentially exposed) to a contagious disease.

SARS-CoV-2:   The name of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease.

Social Distancing:   Measures taken to reduce person-to-person contact in a given community, with a goal to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease. Measures can include working from home, closing offices and schools, canceling events, and avoiding public transportation.

For more glossary terms, visit




Links to be informed about COVID-19:

Directed particularly toward UCA students, staff and faculty:

Directed particularly to Families/Children:
CDC’s advice on talking with childen

Overall Information concerning COVID-19:
What is coronavirus facts
Arkansas Department of Health’s COVID-19 guidance for self home quarantine
Arkansas Department of Health’s daily updates about COVID-19
Arkansas Department of Health’s COVID-19 resources




Things you can do while you are in quarantine or self-isolation:

from Psychology Today

  • Phone a friend or family member.
    • Text, FaceTime, Zoom, or just outright call someone that you haven’t spoken to in a while. Call that family member you’ve been meaning to call, but haven’t had the chance.
  • Work out at home.
    • Do pushups, watch YouTube workout videos, or go play basketball outside.
  • Read 5 books that you’ve intended to but just didn’t have time.
    • Start or continue your list of ‘Books to Read in 2020”.
  • Write. Or pick up an old or new hobby.
    • Become a blogger, organize all of your photos on your phone, and go outside and take some new photos.
  • Go outside and enjoy nature.
    • Walking outside in the sun can be a healthy way to not feel confined during the Coronavirus.
  • Cook.
    • Watch a great YouTube recipe to be proud of. Set up a FaceTime date with friends and all eat dinner together over Skype.
  • Get your taxes ready.
    • With no brunches to go to, games to watch, or really any public fun to be had, this is the perfect time to start wrapping up your taxes.
  • Give yourself evening plans.
    • Making any type of evening plans! Staff writer R. Eric Thomas says, “I’ll tell myself at 6:30 I get to watch a show I’ve been looking forward to or read a book, something to signal the work day is over.”




Useful Resources for Anxiety/Stress during COVID-19:

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

Things you can do to support yourself:

  • Know the facts.
  • Put the pandemic in perspective.
  • Identify the source(s) of your anxiety.
  • Refrain from shaming and blaming.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Don’t procrastinate about preparing for the worst.
  • Use social distancing, but connect by phone, text, email, etc.
  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid drugs and alcohol.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.

UCA’s Counseling Services’ website offers additional helpful information and resources.



UCA’s website for campus updates concerning COVID-19: