Helpful resources for students
We understand this is a difficult time within our community. To help alleviate concerns, we have compiled a list of local and national resources.
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- Adobe – Education Discounts
- Montgomery County Library and Information Network Consortium (MCLINC) – An integrated online library system for the benefit of the residents of Montgomery County.
- Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library – Virtual resources, includig eBooks and magazines are available.
- Find Free Food Near You – Philabundance
- MontCo Anti-Hunger Network
- Mitzvah Food Program
- Manna on Main Street
- Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard
- Bethlehem Baptist Church
- Martha’s Choice Marketplace, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia – Norristown
- Salvation Army
- Patrician Society – Norristown
- Shepard’s Shelf Emergency Food Pantry – Harleysville
- Chelten Baptist Church Food Pantry – Dresher
- The Daily Bread Community Food Pantry – Collegeville
- Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities
- The Open Door Ministry – Royersford
- The Open Link – Pennsburg
- Cecil and Grace Bean's Soup Kitchen – Norristown
- Local school districts offering meals to students. We recommend contacting your district directly for the most up-to-date information.
- Weavers Way Co-Op – Ambler
Internet and Technology Resources
The College is making every effort to assist students with their technology needs. Should you need assistance, please complete the form below.
Inform Montco of a Technology Need
Several communications companies are granting temporary free Interent access to assist students and families throughout our community. Please see the resources below for possible solutions.
- Xfinity Hotspots – Xfinity Wifi Hotspots will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet customers. Once at a hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.
- Internet Essentials
- AT&T WiFi Hotspots – If you reside near a local business using AT&T, you may have access to free AT&T WiFi hotspots.
- Access from AT&T – Offering two months of free service to new Access customers who order by April 30, 2020. $5/mo or $10/mo thereafter, depending on your speed.
Turn your smartphone into a WiFi Hotspot
If you have an existing mobile phone plan, you may be able to turn your phone into a mobile hotspot to thereby provide WiFi to a laptop. Due to the coronavirus, many phone carriers have removed typical data caps that typically make this option less appealing. Below are some helpful resources:
Montco's IT Help Desk
In need of support? The IT Help Desk is available 24/7/365. You can email email@example.com, call us at 215-641-6495 or chat online with live support.
Mental Health Resources
- TimelyCare - Offers 24/7 virtual care from anywhere at no cost to you! As a student, you now have access to counselors, doctors, nurse practitioners, and more to address concerns that can be safely diagnosed and treated remotely.
- Montgomery County Mental and Behavioral Health – available Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Call 610-278-3642
- Montgomery County Adult Mental Health Services Guide – open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 855-634-HOPE. A Peer Support Talk Line is open from 1-9 p.m. at 855-715-TALK or by texting 267-225-PSTL
- National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) PA Montgomery County – NAMI is now offering Virtual Support Groups: Recovery Support, Family Support and NAMIWellness Chats for anyone.
- Montgomery County Community Connections – a 'Navicate' can point you in the right direction, and even refer you to a variety of resources based on need
- Central Behavioral Health
- Penn Foundation – Located in Sellersville, the Penn Foundation offers a variety of programs and services ranging from crisis services to yoga classes
- Creative Health Services, Inc – offices in Pottstown and surrounding areas, providing outpatient support
- Merakey – formerly NHS Human Services, offers behavioral health services in Lansdale
- Victim Services Center of Montgomery County – 24-hour hotline available - 1-888-521-0983
- Find a Mental Health Practitioner
- The Resiliency Center – The Resiliency Center of Greater Philadelphia is home to multiple independent practitioners who work mindfully to promote holistic wellness.
National Support & Hotlines
- ULifeline – an online resource for college mental health
- Jed Foundation (JED) – aims to protect emotional health and prevent suicide
- Half of Us – video resources and personal stories on mental health and substance abuse
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Get help by contacting the Lifeline crisis chat online, calling 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), or texting TALK to 741741
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – A free, confidential national helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
- Open Counseling – Free telephone counseling hotlins in the U.S.
- Crisis Text Line – a free, 24/7, confidential text message service for people in crisis. Text HOME to 741741 in the United States.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline – get help without saying a word. Online chat is availalbe 24/7/365 or you can call 1-800-799-7233
- Trans Lifeline – Trans Lifeline connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive. Call 877-565-8860.
- The Trevor Project – providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth. Call 1-866-488-7386, text START to 678678 or chat online 24/7.
- Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline – offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. Call 1-800-422-4453.
- National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) – contact the Helpline for support, resources and treatment options for yourself or a loved one. Call 1-800-931-2237 or text NEDA to 741741.
- National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline – call 800-656-4673 to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.
- Aunt Bertha The Social Care Network
- 211 SEPA
- PA Unemployment Compensation
- Tower Health Urgent Care (THUC) – offers physical exams and immunizations for approximately $60. Health insurance will not cover these items at THUC. Please check with THUC for up-to-date information and locations.
- Find COVID-19 Vaccines