Finding Assistance during the COVID-19 Crisis
During the COVID-19 crisis, there is a variety of support for people in need across New York City:
- Free meals are available at locations in the Bronx and Queens starting August 3. For times and locations, please visit our Compassion Meals program page.
- Free meals are available to any New Yorker at 400 public schools throughout the city. Visit the NYC Department of Education page for more information.
- HELP NOW NYC is an online resource for individuals and organizations on a wide range of services including employment resources, health and medical assistance, food assistance, financial assistance, rent arrears, and public assistance.
- Coalition for the Homeless has created a borough-specific resource guide on where to find emergency shelter, food, and other services.
- NYC Well has resources related to mental health and coping during the COVID-19 crisis.
- The NYC Burial Assistance Program has been setup to honor the need for low-income New Yorkers to have access to a dignified funeral in this time of crisis.
- ACCESS NYC has compiled a list of soup kitchens and emergency food locations across the city. Please call ahead to verify the location is open and operating at stated hours.
- ACCESS NYC's COVID-19 resource page includes additional information about food, housing, unemployment insurance, health insurance, testing sites, and more and is updated daily at 5pm.
If you feel called to assist others right now, there are many efforts across the city where you can help those in need:
- COVID Courage is looking for volunteers to make, prepare, and deliver free cloth face masks to high risk communities in New York City. Wearing a face mask is our new normal, so let’s bring out our sewing machines and make sure everyone in our community has one. COVID Courage will provide free patterns, fabric, and, with at least 10 volunteers, an online mask-making class. To join Trinity and serve with COVID Courage, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Food Bank is looking for volunteers at their warehouse in the Bronx and their feeding program in Harlem.
- Invisible Hands Deliver is a grassroots organization helping those who need groceries and prescriptions.
- Mutual Aid Societies across the five boroughs are hyper-local volunteer organizations creating ways for neighbors to help neighbors.
- The Red Cross has announced a critical need for blood donations.
- New York Cares is offering ways to volunteer at organizations across the city in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- City Council Speaker Corey Johnson's office wants to develop a list of volunteers who are willing to be called on short notice to deliver food or medicine to seniors in the lower Manhattan areas. If you are interested, please email David Ward at email@example.com for more information.
Stay informed about local COVID-19 information by following recommendations and updates from these trusted resources:
- The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is offering Resources for Community- and Faith-Based Leaders.
- NYC Health compiled this Recent Guidance and Tools for individuals, businesses, and providers.
- NYS Department of Health created their Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page with the latest updates on the PAUSE order and other recommendations.
Trinity's pastoral care team offers these tips for taking care of yourself during difficult times: