A Note from Phil: Trinity’s Response to COVID-19 Crisis

The Rev. Phillip A. Jackson

Update: On June 15, we extended Trinity's closure to at least September 8. Read the update.

Dear members of the Trinity congregation and staff,

In these difficult times, I’m happy to be able to share some good news about how Trinity is responding to the COVID-19 crisis and helping our neighbors in this time of great need.

Earlier today, we announced that Trinity is providing $2.425 million in grants and loans to New York City nonprofits to help support the most vulnerable during this crisis. The funds consist of $425,000 to 17 of our current grantees, as well as $2 million that will be administered as loans by the Nonprofit Finance Fund as part of the NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund. You can read the full details of the grantees and funding here.

In line with Trinity’s commitment to our neighborhood, and our initiatives around racial justice and housing and homelessness, the grants and loans will go to support those who are homeless and those who are involved in the criminal justice system, who will suffer disproportionately in this crisis. The funds also will help groups that provide direct services — needs as basic as food and cleaning supplies, as well as digital access for caseworkers and homeless schoolchildren.

I want to thank the entire Grants and Mission Investing team for expediting the review process for these grants and for working with our Vestry to make these emergency funds available. This is exactly the kind of work that Trinity is uniquely positioned and called to do, and I’m so grateful for the time and energy that went into these efforts.

We’ve also been working to support the evolving needs in our neighborhood. In the past weeks, the Trinity Commons team has continued to provide brown bag lunches and gift cards to local grocery stores, distributing them with the help of the Security staff who are present at Trinity Church. We have also been arranging food shipments to several partner organizations to help low-income families and seniors.

We also have other efforts under way to support local healthcare workers and the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force. I hope to be able to share more details on these initiatives soon.

Of course, all of this comes in addition to our daily work of holding one another together in community — through emails and phone calls to check in on one another, to our worship services, to prayers for our city and the world.

I’m blessed to be a part of the good work that is being done by everyone in the Trinity family.



The Rev. Phillip A. Jackson
Priest-in-charge and Vicar