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How To Help

Many of our neighbors and community members have reached out and asked how they can help out while social distancing at home, so we’ve pulled together some resources for how New Yorker’s can contribute to flighting COVID-19. 

  • Food Pantries are starting to run low, and it is anticipated that many may reach critically low levels without additional public support. If you can, consider donating to The Food Bank for New York City, where $1 donated supports five meals. 

 

  • CityMeals on Wheels provides meals to the elderly and homebound across New York City. Since the COVID-19 crisis, CityMeals has delivered over 200,000 emergency meals to older New Yorkers in need and is preparing 250,00 additional emergency meals. You can donate to CityMeals on Wheels here. CityMeals also offers volunteer opportunities, if you’re able to make meal deliveries or want to assist the organization in other ways please see their volunteer form here

 

  • A new organization called Invisible Hands has been created here in New York City with a mission to support vulnerable and homebound New Yorkers who cannot go out to shop or run errands. If you’re able and fit the volunteer criteria (no symptoms, have been practicing social distancing) please consider signing up to support your neighbors and community. This work is flexible and on an as-needed basis.

 

  • We are all thankful for the hard work our emergency service personnel are doing night and day to keep our communities safe and to take care of those who are sick. Here on the West Side of Manhattan those great emergency responders often come from FDNY EMS Station 7. Friends of FDNY EMS Station 7 has started a GoFundMe page to support the hardworking emergency service staff and to ensure the station receives high-quality meals from local restaurants. 

 

  • Many of the restaurants within the Meatpacking District have set up GoFundMe pages to support their service staff, many of whom have been laid-off due to the sudden closure of our neighborhood restaurants. If you have a favorite bartender or server in the neighborhood please consider donating to their restaurants GoFundMe page.

See below for a list of all the staff support pages created for local Meatpacking District businesses:

 

  • alice + olivia has mobilized its design teams, production teams, and factories to create and distribute protective masks to hospitals and communities in need. This week, the first round of 5,000 masks will be distributed to Lincoln Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, Safe Horizon – a center in New York City for victims of abuse and Vincere Cancer Center in Arizona. Made from jersey material for reuse, washability, and comfort, the masks are available for pre-order and retail for $10. For every mask sold, alice + olivia will donate one to the medical community and beyond.