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College of the Desert Community Resources

(Last Updated July 22, 2020)

In light of COVID-19, we want to provide our College of the Desert community with a variety community and Student Support Services to assist in this time of need.

Textbook Resources

eBook Access at No-Cost

Through RedShelf, the College bookstore is offering students access up to seven free eBooks from participating publishers. (Program applies to students at non-profit, semester-based schools, and access runs through May 25.) Details are available at RedShelf Responds site.

Free Shipping and Return Labels

For additional non-digital materials and other items, Follett has extended a free shipping offer, with no minimum purchase, to fulfill any academic or personal need that may arise.

For students’ rental returns, Follett is offering free shipping return labels and is also extending the non-return period without penalty to assist with increased returns by mail.
View the FAQ

Connectivity Resources

Charter Communications

Charter Communications announced on March 13 that for 60 days the company will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access to homes with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a subscription. Installation fees will also be waived for these households. Enroll by calling 844-488-8395. Charter will also continue Spectrum Internet Assist, a program offering low-cost broadband internet of 30 Mbps for low-income households without school-aged children.


Comcast, which owns Xfinity, will offer 60 days free and increased speeds for new families who join the Internet Essentials program, an internet access program for low income families that is normally $9.95 a month.


AT&T recently announced it would not cancel service and would waive late fees for any wireless, home phone, broadband residential or small business customer experiencing hardships because of the coronavirus pandemic and can't pay their bills. Qualifying low income households can apply for $10 a month internet access through the “Access from AT&T” program. Fixed Wireless Internet and Wireline customers can use unlimited internet data. AT&T will also keep public Wi-Fi hotspots open.

Additional Resources

View the College of the Desert Virtual Library and Student Resource Guide on Free or Low-Cost Internet Access

State Resources for Employees

Employment Development Division

The CA Employment Development Division provides a variety of support services to employees affected by COVID-19 in California. For the most up-to-date information, visit CA EDD’s resource page.

Labor and WorkForce Development Agency

View the summary of State benefits for impacted workers

Reduced Work Hours

If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, 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.

Partial claims are for employees whose employers want to keep them but have temporarily laid them off or reduced their hours. A partial Unemployment Insurance claim can be used for any claimant who works less than their normal full-time hours, and whose employers want to keep them.
For more information, visit Partial Claims.

Sick or Quarantined Workers

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.


If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments.

Health Care Coverage

Employers are required to maintain health care benefits if you take leave to care for yourself or your dependents under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or California Family Rights Act (CFRA). You should consult with your employer or union representative regarding health care coverage during a period of work reduction to see what additional benefits are available to you along with your existing coverage.

For those experiencing job loss, federal law generally requires employers to offer employees and their families temporary extension of health care coverage, also known as COBRA. You may consult with your employer regarding COBRA enrollment. Job loss may be a qualifying life event for enrollment in Covered California, which provides health care coverage to California residents at affordable and subsidized rates.

Bar Industry Professionals

USBG Foundation is a resource for the Bar Industry Community that provides the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (BEAP) grant to qualified applicants who are bartenders, bar backs and bar servers who are in need of financial assistance as a result of a catastrophic event or an emergency hardship. You do not need to be a USBG Member to apply for the grant. Get more information on this available grant.

Restaurant Workers

California Restaurant Association Foundation strives on empowering California's current and future restaurant workforce. Through their Restaurant Care Grant they provide California restaurant employees with financial assistance during an unanticipated hardship such as: accident, illness, injury, death of an immediate family member or natural disaster. Complete the grant application form online to apply for assistance.

Seeking Employment

For those seeking employment please learn more about current job opportunities and resources available from Riverside County Workforce Development.

Food Resources

Food Banks

FIND Food Bank’s Free Mobile Market community food distributions and FIND’s network of partner agency Food Pantries and community Feeding Sites will remain open.

You can reach FIND at 760-775-FOOD (3663) or visit their website for more information.

Food Pantries

There are several food panty distributions available in the Coachella Valley, for more information visit the link below.

Local School District Student Meal Information

CalFresh / Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAPS)

The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods in many markets and food stores. The CalFresh Program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs.

  • Apply online

  • Apply in person at your local Human Services Office, especially if you need benefits right away.

  • Request a CalFresh Application by calling (661) 631-6000 by phone.

Health Resources

Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

It is important to remember that you need to care for your own physical and mental health at times like this – and that support and resources are available if you feel a need for help or talk to someone. Riverside University Health System has put together a guide for maintaining mental health and well-being.

2-1-1 Riverside County

2-1-1 Riverside County has been selected by the County of Riverside as the designated information line for COVID-19 public inquiries. Operators are available any time to answer your questions and to provide the most up to date public health information available. Additionally, operators are able to help provide referrals to services such as food, shelter, and other health related requests.


  • Behavioral Health CARES Line: (800) 706-7500

  • Substance Use CARES Line: (800) 499-3008

  • 24/7 Mental Health Urgent Care: Palm Springs (442) 268-7000

Suicide Prevention Resources

Help is available 24/7 for students or others dealing with emotional distress. Resources include:

  • National Crisis Text Line

    • The Crisis Text Line offers free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

    • Phone: Text 741741

  • HELPLine

    • HELPLine is a free, confidential Crisis/Suicide Intervention service. Operated by highly trained volunteers, the line is open 24/7.

    • Phone: 951.686.HELP (4357)

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    • By calling 1.800.273.TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

    • Phone: 800.273.TALK (8255)

    • Spanish line: 888.628.9454

    • TTY: 800.799.4TTY (4889)

  • CA Youth Crisis Hotline

    • The California Youth Crisis Line (CYCL) operates 24/7 as the statewide emergency response system for youth (ages 12-24) and families in crisis.

    • Phone: 800.843.5200

Additional resources and assistance are available on the College’s Desert Community Resources page.

Helpful Smartphone Applications

Safety Plan

Having a plan in place that can help guide you through difficult moments can help you cope and keep you safe. Through this app, you can customize your own warning signs that a crisis may be developing; coping strategies for dealing with suicidal urges; places for distraction; friends and family members you can reach out to; professionals you can call; methods of making your environment safe; and you own important reasons for living.


Popular app for stress, anxiety, and depression. Use Sanvello to manage daily mental health with tools like mood and health tracking, mindfulness meditation, and cognitive behavior therapy.

Anxiety Coach

A self-help app that addresses fears and worries using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy strategies. The app walks you through making a list of feared activities and helps you master them, leading to less fear and worry. The app includes tools for a severity self-test, making a plan, anxiety tracking, and viewing your progress.


PsyberGuide is a non-profit project that aims to help people to use technology to live a mentally healthier life.

What’s Up?

A free app that uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy methods to help you cope with depression, anxiety, stress, and more. The app features a beautiful, modern design, simple headings and easy-to-follow methods to help you navigate to what helps you the most.


You define your network and your plan to stay safe. With MY3 you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are having thoughts of suicide.

DownDog for School

Due to the current outbreak, many people are avoiding gathering in large groups, including yoga studios and other fitness spaces. We believe that stressful times like these are precisely when people need wellness practices the most, and we are committed to doing our part to help out.


SAM will help you to understand what causes your anxiety, monitor your anxious thoughts and behaviors over time and manage your anxiety through self-help exercises and private reflection.

Additional COVID-19 Information

Other Resources

Coachella Valley Cool Center Locations

Riverside County health officials have opened a number of cooling centers across the Coachella Valley as a way to protect residents from excessive heat.

Stay cool at the following center locations:

  • Coachella Senior Center
    1540 7th St., Coachella 92236
    Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Phone Number: 760.398.0104

  • Coachella Valley Rescue Mission
    84110 Manila St., Indio 92201
    Hours of Operation: Mon-Sun, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Phone Number: 760.851.2160

  • Martha’s Village and Kitchen
    83791 Date Avenue, Indio 92201
    Hours of Operation: Mon-Sun, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Phone Number: 760.347.4741

  • Well in the Desert
    441 S. Calle Encilia, Palm Springs 92262
    Hours of Operation: Mon-Sun, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Phone Number: 760.656.8905

Extended Tax Deadline For CA Taxpayers Affected By The COVID-19

The Franchise Tax Board announced special tax relief for California taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Affected taxpayers are granted an extension to file 2019 California tax returns and make certain payments to June15, 2020, for ALL tax filings and payments made between March 15, 2020, through June 15, 2020.For more information, visit the Franchise Tax Board website.

Library Resources

College of the Desert’s Library offers a variety of online resources, including information related to:

  • Canvas and ConferZoom tutorials
  • Online learning tutorials
  • Free Microsoft and other important Apps
  • Off-campus access to library resources
  • Free and reduced textbook information and more

Visit the COD Virtual Library for more information.

College Student Travel Assistance

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

With colleges and universities announcing campus closures in response to coronavirus concerns, Enterprise wants to make it easier for students to get home to their families by reducing the age minimum and waiving the young renter fees for rentals through May 31, 2020.

  • Available to College Students 18 – 24 years of age
  • Valid for rentals of an economy through full size cars, minivans, small pick-up trucks and cargo vans
  • Official Student ID must be presented at the time of rental
  • Offer expires May 31, 2020


U-Haul will extend 30 days of free self-storage at U-Haul-owned and operated facilities to help college students impacted by unforeseen schedule changes at their universities.

The free month applies to new customers with college IDs and is a limited-time offer subject to availability.

Visit the U-Haul website to find the store nearest you.