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Community Resources

The Temecula team has compiled a list of community resources that are available to the members of our CSUSM community. The university has not inspected, approved or disapproved of the resources listed and therefore cannot be responsible for the resources and availability, or terms may have changed since posting.
Updated 4/13/20 2 p.m.
  • General resource information and hotlines

    211 Riverside County

    This resource and information hub connects people with community, health and disaster services. There are many resources available on their website or by call ing 2-1-1. The call is free, confidential, and available in over 200 languages.


  • COVID-19 testing

    Contact your local healthcare provider or the nearest Emergency Room.

    Feeling Sick 

    Are you experiencing flu-like symptoms?  Have you been exposed to COVID-19? 

    If you need first responder assistance - including police or fire, or plan to visit your doctor, urgent care or the hospital emergency room - please call ahead and tell them your symptoms so they can prepare.   

    Your doctor/medical provider will discuss with Public Health whether testing is necessary. 

    Below are drive-up COVID-19 testing sites (this information is subject to change). Drive-ups without appointments cannot be accommodated. You must have an appointment. 

    Lake Elsinore Diamond Stadium. Set up by Riverside County Public Health, in partnership with Verily. You must schedule an appointment beforehand.  

    Rancho Family Medical Group. Testing requires a video visit with one of their healthcare providers beforehand. Healthcare providers will triage patients, due to limited test kits. Call 951-676-4193 or visit Rancho Family Med to schedule a video visit. 

    Perris Fairgrounds for residents who want to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19). The site, located at 18700 Lake Perris Drive, will open Tuesday (April 14). Those who want to be tested can call 800-945-6171 for an appointment. Those who want to get tested must have symptoms and have an appointment before showing up at the fairgrounds. Drive-ups without appointments cannot be accommodated. 

  • Coping emotionally
  • County libraries

    Riverside County Library System is closed through April 30, 2020, you may keep checked out materials until they reopen.  

  • Local eateries open

    The Wildomar/Murrieta Chamber of Commerce updates their list of local eateries open: Local Eateries - Murrieta

    The Temecula Chamber of Commerce updates their list of local eateries open: Local Eateries - Temecula

  • Utility bills

    Southern California Edison and SoCal Gas are temporarily suspending service disconnections for nonpayment and waiving late fees for residential and business customers impacted by the COVID-19 Emergency. 

    Visit SoCal Edison  

    Visit SoCal Gas    

    Save on Energy is a non-profit (LLC) offering information on how to save on energy costs. 

  • Rent and mortgage assistance

    Housing Authority of the County of Riverside: The State has temporarily banned evictions through May 31st. Contact your landlord for assistance. 

    Housing FAQ from the State  

    Homeowners - Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, Citibank and JPMorgan Chase as well as 200 state-chartered banks and credit unions will allow affected homeowners in California to defer payments for at least three months. Late payments would not be reported to credit agencies. Contact your Mortgage Company for questions about eligibility and deferment. 

    Legal Aid Society: LASSD  

  • Wi-Fi and data plans


    Offering new customers who don’t have Spectrum internet two free months of internet and Wi-Fi to help households with students in K-12 and/or college with their remote education. (Spectrum COVID-19 Info) 

    AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon   

    See the following article with links to each company's response to COVID-19: COVID-19 cell phone providers  

  • Food

    ALL School Districts: Local Riverside County public schools will be providing free breakfast and lunch services to children under 18

    Individual School Districts: Grab-n-Go Meals for Kids Free Meals for Children 18 and Under During School Closures

     The CalFresh Program, formerly known as Food Stamps, 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 at many markets and food stores. The amount of the benefit is based on the size of your household, your income, and your housing expenses.  

    To see if you’re eligible, visit their website: My Benefits CalWIN or Get CalFresh 

    Need-Help-Paying-Bills website:  Food banks in Riverside County for Riverside County: 

    Food Security Support Guide: This website was launched to fight food insecurity and help connect people to hunger assistance resources. Food insecurity is at an all-time high in the United States. To address this need, Money Geek partnered with experts to discuss the impact hunger has on families and communities, and provide actionable resources for individuals to seek help. 

     Valley Resource Center: The Valley Resource Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to connecting the community to local, low-cost and free comprehensive resources through community organizational outreach and providing philanthropic programs to enrich the lives of veterans, seniors, and families in the community. Foodand Assistance 

    Riverside County Department of Public and Social Services:  Restaurant Senior Meals Program for people 60 years old or older. Restaurant meals program

    Other Food Assistance Neighborhood Distribution Programs 

    Please note that food resources are subject to availability:  Homeless Shelter Directory 

    Community Mission of Hope: 41760 Rider Way, Temecula. Food distribution Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Open to residents of Temecula. CMOH

    Circle of Care Ministry:  26090 Ynez Road, Temecula. Drive by situation Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Circle of Care Ministries

    Western Eagle Foundation: 40940 County Center Dr, Temecula Western Eagle

    Temecula-Murrieta Community Pantry:  Food Pantries: Temecula  

    Community Food Pantry of Murrieta: 39493 Los Alamos Rd., Suite A, Murrieta. Food distribution on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Food Pantry: Murrieta

    Open to residents of Murrieta, French Valley and Winchester: 

    Lake Elsinore Storm Stadium: Storm Baseball Meal Relief Program. Offer a specific meal that you heat in your own home. Pre-orders will be from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. the prior day. You will have the option to either pick up the meal at the Diamond Taproom or have it delivered to your home for a minimal charge. ($1.50 per delivery). Visit Diamond Tap Room to order 

    Menifee Valley Community Cupboard: 26944 Cherry Hills Blvd Sun City 
    Menifee Valley Community Cupboard  or call 951-301-4414 for assistance 

    Bread Basket Food Bank: 2385 S. San Jacinto Ave,  San Jacinto. Bread Basket Food Bank -  Hemet  

    Community Pantry:  521 N. San Jacinto St, Hemet, CA VP Cares

    Carol's Kitchen: San Gorgonio Pass, Banning, CA. Serving sack lunches at all locations.  Carols Kitchen  

    Food Now Inc: 14080 Palm Dr E, Desert Hot Springs, CA. Drive thru food distributions Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m to 12 p.m.  The Family Services of the Desert  

    ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) Relief Inland Empire:  3764 Ellis Street, Corona. Food Pantry Day -  every 4th Sunday of the Month.  ICNA Center Corona

    Second Harvest Food Bank Serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties:  Riverside, CA Feeding America 

     Local Senior-Only Shopping 

    • All Dollar General locations will open from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. for senior shoppers. 
    • All Target locations will open on Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for senior shoppers. 
    • All Northgate Market locations will open from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for seniors and shoppers with disabilities only. 
    • All Cardenas Markets locations will open on Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for seniors, caregivers, individuals with disabilities and first responders. 
    • All Ralphs locations will open from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. for seniors. 
    • All Vons and Albertsons locations will open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. for senior customers. 
    • All Stater Bros. locations will open at 7:45 a.m. for customers who are 65 and over. Please note that this is a 15-minute window before the normal hours of operation. 
    • All Baron’s Market locations will open between 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for customers who are 65 and over, individuals with disabilities and pregnant women. 
    • All Walmart locations will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for seniors who are 60 and over. This will start one hour before the store opens. 
    • All Costco locations will open from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for individuals who are 60 and over. 
  • Storage

    Ranch RV & Self Storage located at 36610 Briggs Rd.,Murrieta, CA. 92563 is offering the following for CSUSM College Students

    5 x 5, 5 x 10 or 10 x 10 storage units we can offer

    • 50% off 3 MONTHS RENT
    • Waive the $20 administration fee
    • Loan them a cylinder lock valued at $16.99

    Sizing and pricing can be viewed at: Ranch Self Storage or you can call 951.397.2001

    U-Haul announced that it 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 uhaul to find the store nearest you. Contact the store by phone or visit in person to take advantage of the offer.

  • Transportation

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car 

    Enterprise has lowered the age to rent a vehicle from 21 to 18 through the end of May at all locations and waived the young renter fee to help students in this time of need. To be eligible, students ages 18 to 24 are required to show both a valid driver’s license and an official student ID card. Enterprise

  • Financial and employment services

    Federal Stimulus Checks

    The stimulus checks that the government is granting to American families are hitting bank accounts. For those who are wondering what they might receive & when, the IRS has just launched a tool - Get My Payment. It's a website people can log into to see the status of their payment. 

    Get My Payment will show the projected date when a deposit has been scheduled, similar to the “Where’s My Refund tool” many taxpayers are already familiar with.

    Important to note that you should never have to leave the IRS site for this information; and, legitimate information will only be found on or through the IRS website. No third party sites.

    CA College Student Emergency Support Fund: Mission Asset Fund is offering eligible college students a one-time $500 grant.  Eligibility requirements:

    1. You must be enrolled full-time in a California College.
    2. You must have completed one full year of course work (24 semester hours).
    3. Be able to provide a transcript (unofficial is fine).
    4. Be able to provide either your Student Aid Report, showing that your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) is below $5,576.

    Click on this link to check eligibility and to apply for the grant - CA College Student Emergency Support Fund

    Unemployment and Worker Benefits: Employment Disability, Paid Family Leave Benefits (for those who are covered through deductions from their paychecks – noted as CASDI on paystubs) and Unemployment Insurance: 

    Relief Funds for Undocumented Workers in California Organization offering financial assistance to undocumented workers: 

    Riverside County Workforce Development Center: Visit their site to learn about available job-seeker services, unemployment, and other work resources

    Banks & Credit Cards

    If your bank or credit card company isn’t listed below, call the company and inquire about assistance.
  • Hotel discounts

    Marriott is offering rooms for $89 a night through April 30. Call Fairfield Inn & Suites in Carlsbad at 760-579-0155 or SpringHill Suites in Escondido at 442-286-8100 and mention Cal State San Marcos. 

  • Resources for parents

    Child Care 

    There are still childcare homes and facilities open with availability. Call the YMCA Child Care Referral Line at (800) 481-2151.


    Summit Church (next to the QUAD) is distributing diapers as well as food on Tuesdays from 11 am – 1 pm; Drive-thru only. 292 E. Barham Dr., #202, San Marcos. Diaper Bank Program


    Learning activities to support kids learning from home are available at Amazing Educational Resources.

    Online story times: Library Educational Resources 

    San Diego Zoo

    Providing webcams, activities for children, wildlife stories, science activities and blogs at San Diego Zoo. They are also offering online games, videos, activities at Kids - San Diego Zoo

  • COVID-19 Text Message Alert System

    Temecula residents can receive information about the novel coronavirus via text through the County COVID-19 public information text message alert system, which allows County health officials to send real-time information about COVID-19 in the region. To sign up to receive the messages, register: Temecula Alert System Sign Up