Our borough has been especially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the highest per-case fatality rate in NYC. As an institution that provides educational resources to thousands of people annually, the Bronx Museum is committed to helping our community during this uncertain time. Content in bold links to active resources; this page will be regularly updated. Please note that we do not accept unsolicted content to post on this page. (Updated August 3, 2021)
It has never been easier to get a COVID-19 vaccination in NYC. People 5 and older are eligible for the vaccine. Many vaccination sites in the city no longer require appointments. See a list of sites where you can get a walk-up vaccination today. To find a vaccination site near you, use the City's Vaccine Finder
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has developed an FAQ to commonly asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination. The CDC also has information for busting common myths about COVID-19 vaccines.
BRONX APARTMENT FIRE RESOURCES
Background on the Incident (From the Bronx Fire Relief Master List): On January 9th, 2022 a fire occurred at Twin Parks North West, located at 333 East 181st Street, Bronx, NY. The building has 120 units. Inspectors are working to ensure the building is safe and allow families to return to their homes, but a number of floors will likely have long term outages. Displaced families are presently in hotels, with Monroe College and the Gambian Youth Organization operating as central sites. Any collections will be brought to central sites but are spread throughout in order to be accessible for drop-offs. Any surplus items will go to families in need - no warehousing.
How to help:
For a comprehensive list of drop-off sites, volunteering opportunities, long-term housing donations, vigils, etc. please visit https://bit.ly/BXFIRE333. Some organizations that have been gathering donations are Mayor Adam's Bronx Fire Relief Fund, The Bronx Community Foundation, and The Gambian Youth Organization's Go Fund Me.
FOOD & MEAL RESOURCES
Free meals are being offered at select locations for all New Yorkers by the Department of Education, text ‘NYC FOOD’ or ‘NYC COMIDA’ to 877-877 to learn more.
Free groceries are available to all New Yorkers in five boroughs at the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) Nutrition Kitchens.
Don't hesitate to apply for the food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Catholic Charaties' food pantry locations are are open and providing “grab and go” bags for Bronx families. Pantries are located at Bronx Center 402 E 152 Street, between Melrose and 3rd Avenues and St. Augustine 1168 Franklin Ave between 167 and 168 St. Bronx. Check their webpage for hours of operation.
HEALTH & WELLNESS RESOURCES
The City of New York has expanded access to telemedicine. Any New Yorker with questions about COVID-19 can call a clinician from 9 AM to 9 PM free of charge so people can get answers, information, and peace of mind from an expert. Call 844-NYC-4NYC!
The City of New York has developed a webpage specifically for New Yorkers with Disabilities during COVID-19 with information on Food/Supply Delivery, Social Security/Medicaid Benefits, Home Healthcare Services and more.
Callen–Lorde Community Health Center provides sensitive, quality health care and related services for New York’s LGBTQ+ community. In-person services offered in Manhattan and The Bronx; medical services and intake, call 212-271-7200; prescriptions and pharmacy questions, call 877-436-4352.
According to the National Institutes of Health, the pandemic has had a significant impact on individuals struggling with additction and subtance abuse issues. Content listed on the OASAS site is made available to help individuals better understand addiction.
RACIAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE AID AND SUPPORT RESOURCES
In response to the rise in violence and hate crimes targeting Asian and Asian American New Yorkers, the City of New York has developed the Stop Asian Hate: A Toolkit for Addressing Anti-Asian Bias, Discrimination, and Hate. Resources for reporting hate and bias incidents are included.
#StopAsianHate is movement bringing awareness about hate and bias crimes targeting Asian community members. The information repository publishes a wide set of resources for eradicating anti-Asian xenophonia.
The AAPI Covid-19 Project is a collective research project examining the ongoing COVID-19 crisis as it shapes the lives of Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities works to build grassroots community power across diverse poor and working class Asian immigrant and refugee communities in New York City. Learn more about taking action against anti-Asian hate crimes.
The Bronx Defenders is a public defender nonprofit that is committed to transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the justice system. For people needing assistance with legal emergencies, call: 347-778-1266.
POTS is a Bronx-based 'one-stop shop' that annually helps more than 30,000 low-income people, including 9,000 children, move from crises to stability, and ultimately self-sufficiency. Donations received by POTS between now and June 30 support the POTS Emergency Response Appeal which enables POTS to counter the devastating effects of COVID-19 on our underserved neighbors in the Bronx by increasing the capacity of our programs and creating new services that address newly emerging problems. Consider making a donation.
Destination Tomorrow is a grassroots agency located in the South Bronx that provides services to and for the LGBTQ community – and the first national trans- and house ballroom led provider of culturally responsive services for marginalized communities. As an organization supporting Black and Brown TGNC people, Destination Tomorrow is establishing a COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, which will be used to address the emergency needs arising due to the global pandemic.
Black Lives Matter is a global organization whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. The Ways to Help directory offers Resources on Donating, Activism, and Supporting Black Lives Matter. In addition to Black Lives Matter, this guide introduces lesser known Black Lives Matter organizations and funds based in the US, UK, Nigeria, and South Africa.
Legal Aid NYC protects and defends the rights of everyday New Yorkers who need legal support, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or how they identify. Learn how to get help or take action.
NAACP is committed to securing the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. The NAACP launched #WeAreDoneDying in response to COVID-19 and George Floyd's death with a mission to expose the inequities embedded in American healthcare and criminal justice systems.
The NYCLU is the New York affiliate of the ACLU with a mission to defend and promote the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution, and the New York Constitution, including freedom of speech and religion, and the right to privacy, equality and due process of law for all New Yorkers.
RACIAL JUSTICE IN THE ARTS
A Safety Guide for Artists explores topics such as defining and understanding risk, preparing for threats, fortifying digital safety, documenting persecution, finding assistance, and recovering from trauma. Tips and strategies were drawn from testimonies of artists who have faced persecution.
Black Artists Today: A Case of Exclusion by Patricia Failing (ARTnews, March 1989)
Are Art Museums Racist? by Maurice Berger (Art in America, September 1990) Berger's landmark essay speaks out about racism in the art world and in museum curatorial practices.
How can we help students understand George Floyd’s death in the context of institutionalized racism? JSTOR has developed a syllabus of readings and videos to help educators and individuals understand the roots and calcification of systemic racism.