Without a doubt, New Yorkers know how to respond whenever there is a crisis. We understand each other and know when love, care, and support is needed and always find a way to band together. Over the past few weeks, New Yorkers have found ways to help one another, and we will continue to see more and more people finding ways to lend a helping hand.
Mutual Aid Groups or Networks are a voluntary reciprocal exchange of resources and services for mutual benefits. Mutual Aid is not a new concept — once a vital part of small communal societies, especially during agriculture ara and has extended way beyond. In response to COVID-19 Mutual, Aids Networks have been organized around the world, and New York City is no different. Many groups are coming together across neighborhoods and boroughs, responding to the needs of those who are vulnerable.
From google sheets to social media and everything in-between relief efforts are being coordinate — the goal is the same to serve as a central network for the community and to support others. It’s not just delivering groceries or raising funds — it’s about an entire support system lending a hand wherever one is needed.
Below is a list of Helpful Resources in addition to Mutual Aid Networks that can be used and passed along:
Abolition Action Grocery Fund: Grocery deliveries — Request help here
Action PAC C-19 Help Squad: Financial support and local assistance — Request help here
Corona Couriers: Grocery deliveries in every borough except Staten Island. Call, text or email (929) 320-0660 firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID Bailout NYC: Fundraiser to pay bail for New York City detainees.
Mutual Aid NYC: Directory of local mutual aid networks and resources.
NYC Black Folk Mutual Aid Fund: Financial support, quarantine supplies.
NYC Mutual Aid for COVID-19: Running errands, distributing masks and food, legal and financial assistance.
NYC United Against Coronavirus: Directory of local mutual aid networks and resources.
Service Workers Coalition: Email for help email@example.com
Key public health information
World Health Organization (en Español)
U.S. Centers for Disease Control (en Español)
Johns Hopkins University
New York State Department of Health
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Fund for Public Health NYC: Facts about COVID-19
Office of Brooklyn Borough President (en Español)
Office of the Bronx Borough President
Office of Manhattan Borough President
Office of Queens Borough President
Office of the Staten Island Borough President
Health and treatment tips
CDC: List of symptoms
CDC: Reducing Stigma
NIH: What Are Coronaviruses? How Do They Work?
NIH: Prevention and “Alternative Treatment” Myths Busted
NIH: Findings of the latest study
NIAID: Overview, latest news
NYC DOHMH Fact Sheet
Mayo Clinic: Symptoms and Causes
Harvard: How coronaviruses work, how to prevent and avoid, what to do when sick
NYC Small Business Services: Guidance and assistance for Businesses
NYC SBS: Preparedness, Response, Recovery
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
Federal Small Business Administration: Coronavirus Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Food & food insecurity
Food Bank NYC: Find the Help You Need
Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP)
NYC D-SNAP page
Soup Kitchens / Food Pantries by Borough
NYC Meal Hubs offering free meals for all New Yorkers
Invisible Hands: Safe, free deliveries for NYC’s most at-risk community members
Tenants Rights Hotline: 212-979-0611 (English and Spanish)
Other social services
Public Health Solutions: help enrolling in health care, food stamps (SNAP), and nutrition resources
• Comcast: offering Essentials internet service designed for low-income families free for 60 days for new qualifying customers. Visit https://www.internetessentials.com for more information. Call 1-855-8-INTERNET for set up.
• Spectrum: households with K-12 students can get free Spectrum WiFi for 60 days (including free installation for new customers). Call 1-844-488-8395 for set up.
On the go
• Comcast: Xfinity WiFi hotspots will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi.
• AT&T is providing free access to its public WiFi hotspots. Look for “att-wifi” or “attwifi” in the list of available wireless networks from your smartphone or laptop.
Mutual aid networks (more and updated info here)
- NYC Mutual Aid Group – Facebook
Resource for Women in abusive situations
Financial Guide for COVID-19
- All Brooklyn – Coronavirus Neighborhood Help Google Form
- All Brooklyn – service workers coalition groceries – Info, volunteer form
- #BrooklynShowsLove Mutual Aid Project: Food and supply kits — Request here
- Bed Stuy Strong – http://bit.ly/bedstuystrong (Slack), BedStuyStrong2020@gmail.com
- Bed-Stuy COVID19 Relief
- Boerum Hill/Downtown BK Neighborhood services and support – Survey sign up
- Brooklyn Mutual Aid Network (FAM) – Google Document, Tweet
- Brooklyn Neighbors Clinton Hill/Fort Greene: Grocery pick up/delivery, prescription pick up/delivery, dog walking, friendly phone conversation. Request Help by Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bushwick Mutual Aid – Coronavirus – Facebook Group
- Carroll Gardens Mutual Aid – Coronavirus – Facebook Group
- Central Brooklyn Mutual Aid – Google Form
- Crown Heights Mutual Aid – Facebook Group
- Ditmas Park/Flatbush/Prospect Park South Coronavirus Neighborhood Help – Google form
- Greenpoint Community Strong: — Email email@example.com
- Kensington Group for Mutual Aid (Coronavirus) – Facebook Group
- North Brooklyn Mutual Aid Sheet
- Prospect Lefferts Gardens – Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Neighbors Facebook Group – Google Spreadsheet for volunteers & at-risk people
- Prospect Hts (West) Neighborhood Support & Preparedness
- Red Hook Coronavirus Community Cooperative Committee – Google Form
- South Brooklyn Community – COVID-19 Neighborhood Volunteers – Google Spreadsheet — Request help here
- Williamsburg Mutual Aid
- City Councilmember Brad Lander – Do you want to find a way to help support neighbors? Share your ideas, and we’ll follow up with ways to organize together digitally.
Resources for dealing with isolation
Adjusting to Isolation
Wellness (Physical and Mental)
Domestic violence/interpersonal violence while social distancing
Online learning tips
Brooklyn Public Library Remote Resources
New York Public Library Remote Resources
NYC Department of Education “Learn at Home”
KQED At-Home Learning Resources
Common Sense Media: Free Online Activities
Anything you can add to this list is much appreciated — kindly send via email firstname.lastname@example.org
As Always, Sending Love — Stay Safe
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