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. (Updated Augsut 6, 2020)

 

COVID-19 NEWS

The Bronx Community Relief Effort is excited to announce the launch of a grant for nonprofit sustainability! Bronx Nonprofits supporting their communities in a variety of immediate ways through this current time of crisis can apply starting on August 3rd at thebronx.org! Mobile testing units are providing

Free COVID-19 tests in every borough this week! Find a location that's most convenient: at nyc.gov/covidtest

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) is a Federal program to provide food benefits to children who miss the opportunity to receive school meals due to pandemic-related school closures. These benefits will take the form of funds on electronic benefit transfer (EBT cards) which can be used in the same manner as SNAP (food stamp) cards. Benefits will automatically be issued to all eligible students, program enrollment is not required. See the link for program information and eligibility.

Beginning July 20, Phase FOUR of NY State's reopening plan will commence in New York City allowing educational facilities, outdoor arts and entertainment, media production, professional sports with no fans to reopen, in addition to Phase ONE, Phase TWO, Phase THREE business activities. Museums, malls, indoor dining, theaters, and gyms remain closed.

The Bronx and Queens are Crying Out for Help: Between the pandemic and police brutality, our constituents have reached a breaking point by New York State Assembly members Catalina Cruz and Michael Blake (June 9, 2020, New York Times)

A reminder that COVID-19 testing is open to all! Please find a testing site near you at www.nyc.gov/covidtest

Low-income New Yorkers will get discounts on their utility bills between June-October to protect New Yorkers from severe heat waves and economic insecurity due to COVID-19.

 

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

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!

NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H) is making hotel rooms available for New Yorkers who may need to self-isolate because they have COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms, but their homes do not allow for them to stay six feet away from others, or they live with someone who is vulnerable.

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.

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.

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. Callen-Lorde is experiencing changes in staffing due to COVID-19 and is no longer taking walk-ins, but they are conducting intake by phone and operating limited in-person hours. 

Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive. Need to talk? Call 877-565-8860, Trans Lifeline's peer support hotline is run by and for trans people; hotline open 7am-1am PST / 9am-3am CST / 10am-4am EST. 

 

INDIVIDUAL & SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES

DACA recipients in need of help renewing DACA applications should call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365. Assistance may be available with renewal fees, inquire within.

COVID-19 is a global pandemic virus currently prevalent throughout New York City. NYC United Against Coronavirus has developed a mutual aid resource list containing information and resources to help New Yorkers respond to the coronavirus.

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.

 

COVID-19 FUNDING FOR ARTISTS AND CULTURE WORKERS

NYFA COVID19 Resources (updated)

Arts Educator Emergency Relief Fund (new)

Artist Relief

Artists’ Fellowship (medical emergencies)

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

Governors Island Residency Initiative

Mayer Foundation Grant

Museum Workers Relief Fund

Rauschenberg Emergency Grant

Red Bull Arts - Micro Grant Program

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. Hurry, the census will cease collecting questionnaires on September 30 due to COVID-19; follow the prompts via this link to complete your questionnaire.

Vote now NYC! 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 

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.

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 that help pay people’s $1 bails in their spare time. 

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.

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 workshops, community wide events/programing, and a student staffed design studio, TBS uses art to transform social realities while celebrating Black people's history, beauty, and ingenuity. 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.

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.

Claudia Rankine, MacArthur Foundation Fellow and acclaimed author, presents an investigation of the historically unquestioned role that whiteness plays in race relations in this talk hosted by HowlRound Theater Commons.

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. See their website for more information.

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.

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. Through the Loveland Therapy Fund, barriers affecting access to mental health treatment are dismantled by providing financial assistance to Black women and girls seeking mental health support. 

The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) was created as a space for Black organizations across the country to debate and discuss the current political conditions, develop shared assessments of what political interventions were necessary in order to achieve key policy, cultural and political wins, convene organizational leadership in order to debate and co-create a shared movement wide strategy.

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. 

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. 

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

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture has developed a set of tools and resources to help address conversations about race as well as primers on how to be an effective ally against racism.

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

Organizers, BIPOC, and BIPOC small business owners are invited to fill out this form to be matched with a pro bono designer for any type of project. A master list of 600+ designers all with varying skills has been developed to match needs with resources. No project is too big or too small! 

The Artistic Freedom Initiative is offering free legal representation to immigrant artists who are arrested or detained while participating in the protests championing Black Lives Matter. AFI is leveraging its legal network in defense of at-risk artists who exercise their right to protest. To reach out, call AFI's office at (929) 294-9226. If you are an immigrant who is not an artist, and you have been arrested or detained during recent protests, Sethi & Mazaheri LLC is offering free legal representation as part of their pro bono partnership with AFI. They have locations in New York City, New Jersey, and the DC metro area, and may be reached here.

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