4/2/20 Remote meeting recap + local volunteer options

Thank you to Councilmembers Carlina Rivera and Mark Levine and GSD members who joined our virtual meeting last night. We had a frank conversation about this health crisis and the challenges to come. If you missed it, and are bored with Netflix, you can watch below:

At the end of the meeting we were able to talk about local volunteer opportunities and resources:

Local food delivery

To help deliver food to local seniors who are part of the United Jewish Council Lunch Club, call UJC at 212.673.9328.

In particular, UJC needs help delivering Passover meals today and Monday in the co-ops.

  • If you can help deliver to Seward, sign up here and meet at the Apple Bank on Grand Street at 11:55 am Friday. If you don’t have your own gloves, mask, or hand sanitizer you may pick up a set at the Seward Coop Management Office on Clinton Street.
  • If you can help deliver in East River, Hillman, or Amalgamated, walk into UJC Friday or Monday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to volunteer — 15 Willett Street, right next to Bialystoker Synagogue. Or you can email Lee Berman at lee@grandstreetdems.nyc.

You’ll be delivering a few heavy-ish bags, so it it may help to have a rolling cart.

Phone calls to homebound neighbors

If you don’t want to leave your apartment, Councilmember Carlina Rivera’s office has been organizing phone calls to neighbors who are home alone to make sure they are ok. Contact her office at district2@council.nyc.gov.

Rivera’s office has also been posting regular Covid-19 updates on her website. You can also sign up for email updates here.

Health study from Mount Sinai

You can also help collect data about the spread of Covid-19 by participating in a daily survey from Mount Sinai even if you feel completely healthy:

  • Text COVID to 64722.
  • Complete a survey of your symptoms.
  • You’ll receive a daily text to check on your symptoms.

The goal of this survey is to identify infection and transmission patterns specific to our New York City population. Data will be used to alert health care providers about growing clusters of outbreaks in specific communities across the five boroughs, which will enable healthcare professionals to better allocate resources.