How to Help

Now more than ever, we must each do our part to stay healthy and keep our families and neighbors safe. That starts with staying home to prevent spread. It also means finding ways to help so that we can all get through this stronger, together.

Ways you can help right now:

The best way to prevent spread is for non-essential New Yorkers to stay home: Governor Cuomo announced the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone.

  1. All non-essential businesses statewide are closed.
  2. Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time.
  3. Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced
  4. When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;
  5. Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;
  6. Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;
  7. Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;
  8. Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;
  9. Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and
  10. Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes

Retired Health Professionals: The state needs the help of qualified retired health professionals and related professionals to supplement our hospital capacity on a temporary basis to treat seriously ill coronavirus patients. [Visit Website]

Community space/ Hotels: NYC Share Your Space Survey https://www1.nyc.gov/site/em/ready/share-your-space-survey.page

Visit the Social Security COVID-19 web page at www.socialsecurity.gov/coronavirus/ for important information and updates.

Blood donations are needed: Blood centers have critically low supplies. You can help by donating blood. Find out if you are eligible and how to make a blood donation at:

  • New York Blood Center [Visit Website]
  • The Red Cross [Call 1-800-733-2767]

Community Relief groups are effective, local ways to answer urgent community needs from neighbors. Here is a list of some that are based or serve our District:

Local food pantries are facing higher demand than usual, and as a result, are struggling with empty shelves. You can find local pantries using the Feeding America Food Bank locator. [View Website]

The New York City Economic Development Corporation is accepting solicitations from businesses/vendors to procure critical supplies to respond to the Coronavirus. [View Form]

To donate supplies: Fill out this supply registration form from www.nyc.gov/covid-suppliers  [Visit Website]

To donate space: The NYC Share Your Space Survey is critical to helping the City prepare for emergencies and outreach to all of the City's communities. Organizations citywide are encouraged to participate. [View Survey]

  • Search healthcare and non-healthcare volunteer opportunities with Help Now NYC [Visit Website]
  • Search volunteer opportunities in the New York Cares database [Visit Website]