- Blood Drives
- Child Care
- Food Banks
- Free Resources
- Mental Health
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center needs donations. Every donation can help save as many as three lives. For more information, please visit giveblood.org.
The Woodlands Neighborhood Donor Center
- 3091 College Park Drive, Suite 130, The Woodlands, TX 77384
- Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed on Sundays.
- Schedule an appointment
- Learn how to prepare for your donation
Find a Local Blood Drive Near You
Search for a mobile blood drive, open to the public, taking place over the next 18 days by using the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center interactive map.
Help for Businesses and Workers
Business Assistance Resources Available
The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce lists a variety of resources available to local businesses affected by the pandemic, including CARES Act Funding Options. Read the complete details.
Beware of Stimulus Check Scams
As you may know, the government is preparing to distribute stimulus checks to help provide relief to households due to the COVID-19 crises. Scammers use public health emergencies as opportunities for new fraud schemes. In fact, The Federal Trade Commission has already received complaints about stimulus checks scams. Learn how to protect yourself from these scams.
When available, childcare information will be updated here.
Food Banks—How You Can Help
Interfaith of The Woodlands
- Visit their website: https://woodlandsinterfaith.org/
- Ongoing needs: Canned or powdered milk, Canned vegetables, Canned fruit and fruit juices, Oatmeal and cereal, Canned meats, Rice, beans, and pasta, Pasta sauce, Toilet paper, Personal hygiene items, Household cleaning products.
- Donate | Volunteer
- Visit their website: https://mcfoodbank.org/
- Donate to the Virtual Food Drive
- Learn how to help through donating, volunteering and hosting a food drive.
Meals on Wheels
Community Assistance Center Serving Montgomery County
St. Anthony’s Bread Food Pantry
- Ongoing needs: Dried beans, pasta, jelly, canned tuna/chicken, can soup, powdered milk, and Hamburger Helper/skillet meals.
- Visit their website: https://ap.church/ministries/outreach/
- Donate | Volunteer
- Please call 832-482-4210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
St. Vincent De Paul
- For questions about St. Vincent DePaul’s outreach, please call 281-466-1920.
Staying Safe While Grocery Shopping
Whether you are grocery shopping for your family in person or utilizing curbside pick-up/delivery options, there are still important safety practices that can help to limit your risk of exposure to COVID-19.
- Follow federal guidelines regarding social distancing and prevention. Maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and other shoppers/grocery store employees. Pay particular attention when standing in line and continue to observe the 6-foot rule at all times.
- Disinfect high-touch surfaces such as grocery carts handles, credit/debit cards with a disinfectant wipe. The EPA has created a list of known disinfectants that are effective against COVID-19 on surfaces.
- Go to the store during off-peak hours when the store is less crowded.
- Discard any disposable grocery bags upon unpacking your groceries and disinfect counters and surfaces where bags may have been placed for unpacking.
- Always wash your hands after handling food packaging and before eating.
Please keep in mind, the FDA has stated that there is no evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted via food. It is a respiratory-borne virus and therefore the risk of contracting it through food or food packaging is extremely low. The main risk to an individual is thought to be from exposure to another person with COVID-19, who is symptomatic or asymptomatic, and touching one’s face or mouth after coming into contact with an infected surface.
Veterans Hospital Rides
Meals on Wheels Montgomery County is now providing a new transportation program for disabled and senior Veterans in our community. Free rides will be available to the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Hospital. For residents in need of a ride, please contact Sherry at Meals on Wheels Transportation at 936-756-5855. Turnaround time is approximately one (1) week to get a client on the program.
FEMA Assistance After Winter Storm
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has resources available to help with recovery efforts following the winter storm.
If you sustained damage from snow and ice during the winter storms and you have insurance, contact your insurance company and then FEMA. Your insurance claim information is needed to determine eligibility for federal assistance.
Learn what steps to take before applying for assistance.
If you are uninsured, the fastest and easiest way to apply for assistance is online at DisasterAssistance.gov. You can apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week, no waiting or delays.
Note: FEMA cannot reimburse you for food lost due to a power failure. However, voluntary organizations in your community may be able to help. You can also call 211 for assistance.
Texans Recovering Together Offers Free COVID-19 Outreach
The purpose of the Texans Recovering Together program is to assist those who have been affected by COVID-19. If you or your family have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are here to help. Find more information about Texans Recovering Together.
United Way Offers Free Resources to Help the Community
United Way of Greater Houston Montgomery County Center will limit hours of operation to Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to provide resources to the community. Tele-assistance services are available by calling 281-292-4155.
United Way is also offering the following programs to help the community:
- Free tax preparation for persons at or below $58,000 income
- COVID-19 Lost Loved One Bereavement Fund
- MET - Service Members, Veterans & Families program
United Way Helpline and COVID-19 Recovery Fund
United Way of Greater Houston’s 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE is our community’s go-to resource in times of disaster and every day. The 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE is available 24/7 to connect people with food, childcare, transportation, and other critical information and resources. If you or someone you know needs help, dial 211.
United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation have launched the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund to serve our region’s most vulnerable neighbors impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and donate to the fund at greaterhoustonrecovery.org.
Hotels Open in The Woodlands
Many of The Woodlands hotel properties are open and ready to welcome you to their location. Below is a list of all open hotels in The Woodlands at this time. Be sure to stay up to date by viewing Visit The Woodlands.
Your Guide to Masks
CDC recommends that unvaccinated people wear masks in public settings, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people.
- As of July 27, 2021, the CDC has revised its guidance for vaccinated individuals, encouraging them to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
- Effective February 2, 2021, masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
- Learn how to select and properly wear your face mask.
- Learn how to improve your mask protection.
- Learn how to store and wash your reusable face masks.
- Learn how to make masks from the CDC.
- Watch a video on making your own face covering from the former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams.
COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has launched a statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or other emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This resource offers support for all Texans and can be reached any time day or night at 833-986-1919.
The line is operated by the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, and offers trauma-informed support and psychological first aid to those experiencing mental health symptoms related to COVID-19. Counseling services are confidential and free of charge. More information on mental health resources and your local mental health authority can be found on HHSC’s website.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has launched a Virtual Family Assistance Center (VFAC) to support families struggling with loss and grief due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Red Cross is here to provide compassion and support to families as they grieve. To help, the Red Cross has set up a virtual team of specially trained mental health, spiritual care and health services volunteers. All Family Assistance Center support will be provided virtually and is completely confidential and free.
Please visit www.redcross.org/vfac to access a support hub with special virtual programs, information, referrals and services to support families in need. The hub will also connect people to other community resources provided by partners. People without internet access can call 833-492-0094 for help.
Mosaics of Mercy
Mosaics of Mercy is a non-profit that serves as a hub for resources for mental well-being. The organization stays current on the available mental health resources for our community, including the status of treatment programs, counselors seeing clients through telehealth, and virtual support groups.
More information can be found at www.mosaicsofmercy.com. Help is available Monday - Friday from 9 am - 5 pm at 346-703-0051 for personal assistance navigating resources. View current resources. New episodes of the Hope Pieced Together podcast are released weekly, interviewing local professionals on topics related to mental well-being for this period.
Mosaics of Mercy has released a podcast on suicide, Tackling Suicide: A Professional Perspective with Whitcomb Terpening, that covers how warning signs might be different right now due to COVID-19 and what to look for, how to open up the conversation with someone, virtual training, what to do if someone shares they are suicidal, resources available now, walking through the grief of suicide and much more. The podcast is hosted by Whitcomb Terpening, LCSW. She is a counselor in the area that has one of the only practices in the US that specializes in suicide. She was recently written up in a USA Today article and she is part of the leadership of the local Suicide Prevention Task Force.
Talking to Teens about Depression and Suicide
Information provided by the Behavioral Health & Suicide Prevention Task Force.
- Tessa Stuckey, M.A., LPC, Woodlands Family Institute, https://www.wfipc.com/our-therapists/tessa-stuckey. Tessa’s book is titled "For the Sake of Our Youth" https://www.tessastuckey.com/order-book
- Dave Waxler, M.A., LPC, New Clarity Counseling, http://newclaritycounseling.com. Dave’s book is titled "Clear & Present: A Practical Guide to Authenticity" https://clearandpresent.net.
- A weekly Facebook Live event is available virtually: www.facebook.com/CassidyJoinedforHope
Resource for First Responders
Information provided by the Behavioral Health & Suicide Prevention Task Force.
Cypress Creek Hospital Honor Strong Program (Acute Inpatient Program)
Direct line: 281-995-1475
Carlesha Maddox, Community Liaison: 916-949-8839
Nonprofits—How You Can Help
Children’s Safe Harbor
With the stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19, it has become one of the most dangerous times for children at risk for potential abuse given the financial and emotional stress that families are going through. Isolation is a huge risk. Children’s Safe Harbor serves children who have been sexually assaulted, severely physically abused, sexually trafficked or exploited or traumatized and advocates for their justice and healing. The organization is in need of gift cards, tutors and food to give to the families they serve. Please visit their website for more information: www.ChildrensSafeHarbor.org.
Community Assistance Center
The Montgomery County Community Assistance Center (CAC) is seeking help through monetary and in-kind donations and through volunteers. Visit their website for more information: https://cac-mctx.org/.
Interfaith of The Woodlands
Monetary donations can be made to fund specific and essential foods, toiletries, paper goods, food and financial assistance for families and Seniors.
Interfaith is actively accepting food donations for its Food Pantry and programs including Nutrition Every Weekend, Seniors Eating Well, On The Go Market Days and Veggie Village. Visit their website for more information: https://woodlandsinterfaith.org/.
Dining in The Woodlands
Many restaurants in The Woodlands are open for business and offering dine-in, carryout, curbside pick-up, and even delivery! In some cases, reservations are required so we recommend calling ahead. To verify details for a restaurant, please use the amenities search filter in the guide linked below.
To learn more, please view Visit The Woodlands restaurant guide.
View Visit The Woodlands shopping guide for all of your retail destinations in The Woodlands.
Market Street is committed to providing a safe environment for the health and safety of all guests, employees and tenants. In an effort to support Montgomery County's public health emergency, Market Street is cancelling all community and public events until further notice. Please call individual stores and restaurants for specific hours.
Visit their website for more information: https://shopatmarketstreet.com/.
The Woodlands Mall
Visit their website for the list of currently open stores, safety measures and curbside pickup options.
What You Need to Know for Running Errands
Running errands includes: Grocery Shopping, Deliveries and Takeout, Banking, Getting Gas and more. Follow these steps from the CDC to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.
Local School Districts
- District COVID Testing Site: Free for district employees and current MISD students.
- COVID-19 Health Guidance
- Return to Excellence: Reopening 2020 includes COVID-19 Reporting Form, Superintendent Message, FAQs, Learning Options, Bell Schedules, Health and Safety Protocols, Prevention, Mitigation, Response and Other Resources.
- Parent Student Handbook
- COVID-19 Dashboard
- Updated Mask/Face-covering Information
The John Cooper School
- COVID-19 Update includes: COVID-19 Positive Cases, Health and Safety Protocols, FAQs and more.
The Woodlands Christian Academy
Testing Site Locations for COVID-19
Curative Testing at the Township
The Woodlands Township is a host location for COVID-19 testing provided by Curative, Inc. Testing takes place seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Bear Branch Recreation Center, 5310 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381
- Sterling Ridge Park and Ride, 8001 McBeth Way, The Woodlands, TX 77382 (Through August 2021)
- The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77389 (Through August 2021)
The test is a painless oral-fluid swab, an alternative method to nasopharyngeal or brain swabs in testing for COVID-19. The entire Curative test is performed without having to come into close contact with others. Curative representatives wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and The Woodlands Township asks that participants wear a mask while at the testing location.
Test results are provided within 24-48 hours of when received by the lab, via text or email depending on the user’s choice. The sample collection process can be viewed here. For assistance with lab results, please email email@example.com.
Need more information? Read the COVID-19 Testing Frequently Asked Questions.
Testing Locations and Information
Hotlines for health questions and COVID-19
- Montgomery County: 936-523-5040
- Harris County: 713-634-1110
- Statewide Mental Health Support Line: 833-986-1919
Texans can also register online at GetTheVaccine.dshs.texas.gov. You will be notified by email or text when and where to get the vaccine. If there's not an available clinic near you, you will be directed to other locations to get your vaccine. The Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler helps Texans get scheduled for a COVID-19 vaccine at clinics hosted by participating Texas public health entities.
Individual hospitals, physicians’ offices and pharmacies may also have vaccines available to eligible populations. Please check their websites for additional information.
County Vaccine Hotlines for Seniors
Montgomery County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
- Call center hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Montgomery County residents, 65 years and older, can call 936-523-3916 during these hours to be assisted.
Harris County HCP4 Encore Department
- HCP4 Encore staff is available as a resource to offer more information on the vaccination registration process from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 713-274-4050.
COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects
Side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine are normal signs your body is building protection. Learn more from the CDC: What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine.
COVID-19 Texas Vaccination Data Dashboard
View the Texas Department of State Health Services COVID-19 dashboard.