Ways to Get Involved & Stay Informed
- Read Governor Cuomo's full plan for re-opening here.
- New Yorkers can pick up three free to-go meals: Monday-Friday at any of the Meal Hubs across the city. No ID is required, and there are food options. See more information on Meal Hubs and find a location here.
- Read COVID-19 developments here.
- May is Mental Health Awareness Month. For free emotional support, consultations and referrals to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314. For free meditation and mindfulness exercises, visit headspace.com/ny.
- If you haven’t filled out your Census yet you can fill out the form you have received in the mail, do it online at https://my2020census.gov, or over the phone by calling 844-330-2020.
- Sign Up to Get out the Count from Home - Join your NOCCs (Neighborhood Organizing Census Committee): Sign up here to volunteer with your Neighborhood Organizing Census Committee (NOCC). You’ll have the opportunity to canvass, phonebank, and text with your community to ensure that everyone is counted.
- Who We Are: Visualizing NYC by the Numbers: To mark the 2020 census, artists and designers demonstrate the power of numbers in helping us understand New York and New Yorkers. Explore the exhibition online.
- Donations of Blood are needed - find a location near you:
- Job Opportunities For Contact Tracing: NY State is working on a contact tracing initiative, which will be a crucial part of efforts to stamp out COVID-19. Contact tracing is a public health project where a team of professionals trace the contacts of anyone who tests positive for COVID-19. In doing so, they can determine who has been infected and who might be at high risk in the coming days. They are going to need an army of contact tracers to get this virus under control, and City and State government are already staffing up:
To apply for a job with New York State:
- Click this link to apply for a Contact Tracer job
- Click this link to apply for a Team Supervisor job
- Click this link to apply for a Community Support Specialist job
- Email covid-19jobs@FPHNYC.org for more information
- Downtown Women For Change: They created a great online calendar of ways to help: Calendar: May 2020.
- GVCC and Restaurants Team Up to Provide Meals for NYPD: The Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with local restaurants to provide meals for the first responders of the NYPD. For more information about their fundraising efforts, click here.
- Distributing Face Masks in District 3: As part of the ongoing efforts to make sure everyone stays safe and protected, Corey Johnson’s office is distributing cloth and paper face masks to the community. Please contact his office at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on mask distribution. Additionally, the City is holding mask distribution events across the City. Click here for a list of distribution locations.
How to Complete New York’s Health Care Proxy Form: You don’t need an attorney to draft and execute a health care proxy if you live in New York State. Just go to www.health.ny.gov, download the form and read the instructions. If you are stuck or confused, email District Leader Sylvia E. Di Pietro at email@example.com
- #BikeMatch: Whether you have a bike or need a bike, fill out this form, and you will be matched.
School buildings must be safe before they reopen: With lives in the balance, we believe that public school educators in NYC should not return to school buildings unless there are protocols and procedures in place to ensure the safety and health of the staff and students. Please sign and share this petition.
- Food Bank of NY: The Food Bank of NY has partnered with community hubs to provide individuals with drive-thru pantry bag pick-ups, senior only distribution hours, and home deliveries. Additionally, they have organized pop-up food distributions citywide. Click here to access the Food Bank of NY’s map of soup kitchens and food pantries across NYC.
Safe Horizon: If you are a survivor of domestic violence and would like to access a shelter, please call the Domestic Violence Hotline at: 1-800-621-HOPE (4673). “Our confidential domestic violence shelters provide healing environments for families and individuals leaving a dangerous situation. These shelters give survivors of abuse and their children the space to heal.” Read more about Safe Horizon here.
- Pet Hotline Information and Update: The City has partnered with the ASPCA and the Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC), to establish a Pet Hotline. You can call the Pet Hotline from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, 7 days a week at 1-877-204-8821.
- Kate Spade New York Foundation and Crisis Text Line: Will provide a 24/7 emotional support service to frontline health care workers. You can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access these emotional support services.
- Council Hearings: The NYC Council has been working remotely. There will be legislative and budget hearings over the next few weeks. Click here for a full list of hearings and check the hearing calendar on the Council website for upcoming meetings.
- Vote Blue 2020: If you have some money but not the time, please consider donating to Vote Blue. There is no minimum donation, even $1 would be good! They are still looking for at least 51 contributions in order to become a multi-candidate PAC. You can donate here: https://votebluenyc.org/donate.
Expand Voting Access During COVID-19: “Congress must address COVID-19's impact on the 2020 elections by passing a relief package that requires states to provide no-excuse absentee voting and expanded early voting. As we all fight to contain COVID-19, our democracy must be fully functioning – that means safeguarding our right to vote. No one must be forced to choose between their health and participating in our democracy.” Via the ACLU, send your message here.
Mental Health and Addiction-
- NYS Mental Health Hotline: 1-844-863-9314
- ThriveNYC: 1-888-NYC-Well; online resource guide
- WELL Seniors: 1-212-AGING-NYC
- Veterans: 1-800-273-8255
- Alcoholics Anonymous: Virtual AA Meetings
- Narcotics Anonymous: Virtual NA Meetings
- The Samaritans of New York: To receive a Mental Health Wellness Support call, dial (212) 673-3661 and leave a message with how to reach you so Samaritans can call you back the following day at your convenience.
- NYC Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-621-HOPE
- NYS Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-942-6906
- Her Justice Legal Help Line: Call 1-718-562-8181 on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to speak with a legal representative.
NYC Department of Education Resources:
- The NYC Department of Education has a hub on its website for remote learning information and resources. Check it out >>
- New York City has opened Regional Enrichment Centers for children of frontline workers who must still be able to attend work in-person. The children will be provided with three hot meals; remote learning time with their teachers; and art, music, and physical education activities; along with emotional and social supports. Click here for more information and to see if your child is eligible to enroll >>
- Click here to access NYC Department of Education Supplemental Remote Learning Resources for Early Childhood Learning
- Click here to access NYC Department of Education Supplemental Remote Learning Resources for Discover From Home enrichment resources
- Click here to access NYC Department of Education Supplemental Remote Learning Resources for different academic subjects
- For updates from NYC in English, text ’COVID’ to 692-692.
- For updates from NYC in Spanish, text ‘COVIDESP’ to 692-692.
Temporary Hotel Rooms for COVID-19 Patients and Family-
- NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H) are making hotel rooms available for New Yorkers who may need to self-isolate because they have COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, but their homes do not allow for them to stay six feet away from others, or they live with someone who is vulnerable. View more information here.
Telemedicine for Vulnerable New Yorkers:
- NYC has set up a free Phone-A-Clinician and Tele-Visits to ensure the hardest hit communities have more options when it comes to health care. Call 844-NYC-4NYC for COVID-19 related medical concerns.