COVID-19 Resources


Handwritten yard sign reading "This is hard AND YOU CAN DO IT!" Seen along Sixth Street. Photo by I. Ceylan.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues and much of our daily life is impacted. EENA has compiled a list of resources and links to make sure everyone in the neighborhood stays informed, safe and well. This list is focused on resources in and around Emerson East. If you have ideas for additions or corrections, leave a comment below or email

Official Information

Mask Requirement

  • As of July 13, wearing a mask is are required indoors in Dane County under many circumstances. In Madison, passengers are required to wear a face covering when on the bus. If you are in a public indoor area and not wearing a mask you could be fined up to $376. More information from Public Health and Metro Transit.
  • Are you still looking for locally-made masks? Here is a list of places you can purchase them from.
  • If you can’t afford to purchase a mask, have special requirements, or are a business that wants to buy in bulk, Dane Country Mask Makers might be able to help. You can also get free masks on the bus or from Metro Transit.

Free Food

  • Bashford Food Pantry (329 North Street)
  • MMSD Summer Food Program provides free, nutritious meals during summer vacation (find more information online using the summer meals map, call 2-1-1, or text ‘food’ to 877-877)
  • Fritz Food Pantry (Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa Street)

Food Delivery and Local Food

Other Services

Opportunities to Give Back 

There are people in our community who are suffering but there are also people who are ready to help. Below are some of the organizations that need support right now.

EENA virtual April 2021 Meeting

Greetings Emerson East:
EENA is assembling a virtual meeting for Wednesday, April 21st at 7:00 pm.  Notice the late start time due to the Galway development meeting occurring from 6-7 that night! All are welcome to participate, as always.  
Here is the agenda:

Here is the link:

Donations needed for Eken Park’s nature play area.

Recently the City of Madison started the process to replace the playground equipment at Eken Park. The Parks Division held two meetings to discuss the playground improvements. The idea for a natural play area in addition to the playground equipment the city is providing was widely supported and so Friends of Eken Park Playground have been busy soliciting for donations. They are almost at their $8,000 goal but the April 15th deadline for fundraising is fast approaching.

To find out more about the proposed nature play area and to donate go to 
To find out more about the city plans for the park and the discussions at public meetings go to

Image from the Parks website