Need Help, Want to Help? Coronavirus COVID-19 Info and Resources For NY, CT, NJ

Hi, All ❤️ Here are some links that I pulled together that I thought folks might find useful. This is not a complete list and some links might not be relevant as time goes on. Please excuse any errors (I’ll try to go through and edit once I get the chance) and make sure you double-check the sites before you donate. – D

Here you’ll find info/resources for NY, CT, NJ on:

  • Coronavirus Updates/Info by State Government
  • Income Security Info
  • Public Assistance Information
  • More Information on Unemployment, Sick Leave, Eviction
  • Where to Get Food/Toilet Paper Assistance and Where To Donate
  • Where to Get Free Internet/ Learning Resources For Home Schooled Children
  • Where to Get Free Arts and Entertainment Online
  • How to Stay Calm/Connected
  • How to Help

One of the best ways to stay updated on coronavirus information, resources, and help is to check in with your state and local elected officials. Check out their websites, sign up for their newsletters, and/or follow them on social media.

Good summary of how to access services.

Posted by State Senator James Maroney on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Coronavirus Updates/Info by State Government

Income Security Info

Public Assistance Information

More Information on Unemployment, Sick Leave, Eviction

Where to Get Food/Toilet Paper Assistance and Where To Donate (If your children usually receive free meals from school please check your school districts for websites to learn how you can continue receiving their meals, you can also check your local elected officials for more info on this)

Learning Resources For Home Schooled Children

Free PDFs for Teachers and StudentsDear Friends,During this period of social distancing, we want to offer all…

Posted by Birds, LLC on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

 

  • Codeverse Virtual – Get a 50 min. online coding learning session for free. Includes 1×1 expert guidance, access to Codeverse’s coding platform from home, ability to text their completed game to family & friends – https://www.codeverse.com/virtual/

Free Arts and Entertainment (Be sure to check out your local arts organization‘s website and social media accounts, as well as your local libraries and entertainment venues):

Our website’s homepage has been redesigned to make it easy to navigate our online resources, but we’ll also be adding…

Posted by White Plains Public Library on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

How to Stay Calm

  • Managing Stress and Anxiety Over Coronavirus – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html
  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • YouTube has a wealth of free meditation and stretching videos, as well as lots of music and comedic content
  • Simple acts of self-care to deal with coronavirus anxieties – https://www.phillyvoice.com/self-care-simple-things-to-do-coronavirus-pandemic-anxiety/

How to Stay Connected

  • Local Facebook Groups – Search your zip code in Facebook and see if there are any local Facebook groups you can join to stay connected with your neighbors
  • Organizations and Social Groups – Check out the social media pages for organizations and social groups that you normally participate in or always wanted to. Lots of these groups are finding ways to connect online

Check out the Virtual Meetings that The LOFT is offering this week!! In times like this it’s important we stay connected…

Posted by The LOFT LGBT Community Center on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

 

How to Help

  • Support Local Businesses – Check out their websites to buy gift cards, tickets, and merch. Lots of restaurants are also offering curbside pick up and/or no contact deliveries through sites like UberEats and DoorDash.
  • Support Local Workers – There are going to be local workers who aren’t eligible for unemployment or other benefits. Lots of employers are trying to help the employees they had to let go of by setting up GoFundMe or other fundraisers. Check the websites of your favorite local haunts and if there is any way you can help.

Here’s one for the to help the staff of Polpettina in Eastchester/Larchmont:

Meatball Relief Fund organized by Kaity Hyland

Yesterday, with a very heavy heart, our ownership team was forced to close one of our two locations and lay off 90% of our staff due to the effects of this virus that is ravaging our industry, our community and the entire world.

  • Support Worker Organizations – Are you concerned about workers in a specific industry? Check to see if that industry has an organization that supporters workers. Some of them are creating relief funds like:

Domestic Workers Coronavirus Care Fund: https://domesticworkers.org/coronavirus-care-fund

Restaurant Workers COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fundhttps://secure.restaurantworkerscf.org/np/clients/restaurantworkerscf/donation.jsp?campaign=2&forwardedFromSecureDomain=1&test=true

  • Support Local Artists – Artists are people who enliven our spirits, especially during times like this. Many artists, such as musicians and comedians, aren’t able to perform and make a livelihood. These individuals might not be eligible for unemployment since they are self-employed. Check out their websites and social media pages, stream/watch/buy their content, join their Patreons, and support them in any other way you can.

Other Places/Local Employees To Donate To:

X20 Restaurant Employee Relief

Support The Capitol Theater Family

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