COVID-19 News and Resources
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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 with information for those in need. (Updated June 4, 2020)

 

COVID-19 NEWS

As New York state begins to re-open be sure to keep up with the Governor's plan.

New York City will continue distributing face coverings in parks, DOE Grab & Go meal sites, NYCHA buildings, some Mitchell-Lama buildings, grocery stores, and during social distancing enforcement.

The MTA has launched the Essential Connector program to ensure that essential workers can get to-and-from the places they need to be during the MTA's closure between 1am and 5am. Essential workers are eligible for one free trip in a for-hire vehicle per night where bus service is not available. Book a ride here or download the app for Apple and Android devices. to you.

 

FOOD & MEAL RESOURCES 

Free meals are being offered at select locations for all New Yorkers by Chefs for America and the Department of Education, text ‘NYC FOOD’ or ‘NYC COMIDA’ to 877-877 to learn more.

One week of free groceries are available to all New Yorkers in five boroughs at the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) Nutrition Kitchens. Visit Invisible Hands Deliver to have groceries delivered straight to you by volunteers from communities at the least risk for severe COVID-19 reactions.

Find a food bank through NYC FoodHelp or search Soup Kitchens and Food Pantries by Borough. Additionally, the New York Common Panty offers fresh, culturally relevant and nutritious food free through the Choice Pantry Program in the Bronx.

Don't hesitate to apply for the food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Search nycfoodpolicy.org and the Bronx Community Health Food Resource Guide for comprehensive food resource guides to your area. Each guide is updated once a week and includes free meal distribution sites, meals for seniors, meal delivery options, and more.  

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

Do you have COVID-19 symptoms, or have you come into close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19? The Mayor’s office has expanded testing for COVID-19, find a site near you.

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.

The current moment has underscored the importance of tending to one's mental health. New York State Emotional Health provides free mental health counseling. Call the hotline 1-844-863-9314 to schedule a free appointment. Additionally, this guide offers tips for how seniors can stay healthy and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of New York has created an mental health app library with free digital resources to help cope with COVID-19 focusing on anxiety, depression, loss of sleep, and self care, among others. 

If you are the victim of domestic or gender-based violence, seek help through NYC Hope or contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVIS to 22522. Domestic abuse does not discriminate based on age, this helpful resource has been developed with teens and young adults in mind

 

INDIVIDUAL & SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES

Donate to the Bronx Community Relief Effort, an initiative focused on meeting the most essential needs of the Bronx community by filling gaps unmet through public financing and broader grant programs.

Do you have student loan debt? Find some helpful tips for managing your loans.

Are you looking for the status of your COVID-19 Economic Impact Payment or need to enter your direct deposit information to receive your funds, visit the IRS website for more information.

To help students stay connected during emergencies, the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students. If you would like to request a device for a NYC student in your family, please visit the DOE.

If you're a small business owner in NYC affected by COVID-19, the New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting New York State small businesses, nonprofits and small landlords as they reopen after the COVID-19 outbreak and NYS on PAUSE. The NYFLF is specifically timed to support businesses and organizations as they proceed to reopen and have upfront expenses to comply with guidelines (e.g., inventory, marketing, refitting for new social distancing guidelines) under the New York Forward Plan.

For those of you who may need a break from cooking, the Bronx Tourism Council has compiled a list of Bronx eateries by neighborhood that are providing curbside pickup and/or delivery. 

 

COVID-19 SUPPORT FOR/FROM THE ARTS COMMUNITY

Visit the Bronx Museum's AIM Fellowship web page for an up-to-date summary of COVID-19 relief support resources for visual artists including legal and business assistance, and more.

While our physical exhibitions are closed to the public, the Bronx Museum is offering a series of digital educational initiatives to continue to engage with our community and provide opportunities for youth to connect with and express themselves through the arts. Please visit our Education page to explore our online The Bronx Museum at Home content. 

 

 

TAKE ACTION

Count Me In! Information collected by the US Census will determine New York City’s share of billions of dollars in federal funds for public education, affordable housing, and infrastructure — as well as the number of seats New Yorkers have in Congress. It's not too late to participate; follow the prompts via this link to complete your questionnaire.

Vote NYC! Under Governor Cuomo's executive orders, the Board of Elections is offering registered voters the opportunity to apply to vote by Absentee ballot for the June 23, 2020 elections due to the coronavirus. Apply for an absentee ballot here by June 16. If you have not yet registered to vote, be sure to register for the 2020 November election here

 

RACIAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIONS, AID AND SUPPORT RESOURCES 

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.

The Bronx Freedom Fund has reunited thousands of families separated by bail, while pioneering the revolving bail fund model as a tool in the fight against mass incarceration and the criminalization of race and poverty. Get involved by joining the Dollar Bail Brigade - a coalition of volunteers the Freedom Fund partners with that pay people’s one dollar bails in their spare time.

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.

Help heal families and communities affected by racial violence. Show support by signing petitions calling for justice in the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.

The Black School’s mission is to promote and extend the legacy of art in Black radical histories by providing innovative education alternatives centered in Black love. Through youth art workshops, community wide events/programing, and a student staffed art and design studio, TBS uses art to transform social realities while celebrating Black people's history and the beauty and ingenuity of ever-evolving Black culture. Donations supporting the Black School's mission are accpeted by cashapp and paypal.

Black Art Futures Fund (BAFF) is a collective of emerging philanthropists promoting the elevation and preservation of Black arts & culture. Through grant making, board-matching, and organization-to-donor cultivation, BAFF seeks to amplify and strengthen the future of Black art. Inquire about funding or make a donation.

The COVID-19 Protest Relief Fund is a fundraising campaign established to assist individuals who contract COVID-19 while protesting, and helps those who incur protest related injuries. Proceeds support: Testing in relation to COVID-19; Treatment/hospital bills related to COVID-19; Injuries obtained while protesting; and, Bail relief and/or court expenses for protestors. The fund is currently accepting donations; distrubtions to affected individuals will be made soon.

The Emergency Release Fund provides bail funds to assist trans individuals in attaining their freedom. In response to COVID-19, the fund has expanded their mission to raise and post bail for pretrial medically vulnerable individuals and anyone who identifies as LGBTQ. Learn about requesting bail funds or getting involved.

Know Your Rights Camp supports the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders. Check for information on upcoming camps near you.

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.

The Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls. Our resources and initiatives are collaborative, and they prioritize opportunity, access, validation, and healing. Through the Loveland Therapy Fund, barriers affecting access to treatment by members of diverse ethnic and racial groups are dismantled by providing financial assistance to Black women and girls seeking mental health support. 

BEAM Black Virtual Therapists Network is a collective of advocates, yoga teachers, artists, therapists, lawyers, religious leaders, teachers, psychologists and activists committed to the emotional/mental health and healing of Black communities. 

A number of resource lists have been developed to connect individuals to urgent civil rights support including pro-bono legal counsel, mutual aid, mental health initiatives, bail funds, and more: National Resource ListFundraising/Bail/Petition/Trans Resources; Mental Health Resources.

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 NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. 

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. 

The New York Public Library's Schomburg Center has curated a Black Liberation Reading List with titles devoted to the Black experience for children, YA, and adults.

Printers for #BlackLivesMatter is a directory of print studios offering free services for anti-racist protests.

Southern Poverty Law Center monitors hate groups and other extremists throughout the U.S. and exposes their activities to law enforcement agencies, the media and the public. 

Voices of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY) is a statewide grassroots membership organization that builds power among low-income people affected by HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, the drug war, homelessness, and mass incarceration in order to create healthy and just communities. These efforts are accomplished through community organizing, leadership development, public education, direct services, participatory research and direct action. Learn more about their work and how to get involved.

Volunteer through Words of Mouth. WOM is looking to connect volunteers from the art, design, and tech community to support the ongoing work of activists, lawyers, organizers, and protesters. If you are in need of volunteer support, email WoM directly; for those interested in volunteering, submit your information here.

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