Dear Neighbor,

As you know, it is a unique time in New York City. For those of us that can, we are staying at home and doing all of our daily activities as best we can. Some of our neighbors have lost their employment and this is a new experience for them. Some of our neighbors are having a challenging time with emerging mental health concerns from this isolation. Some of our neighbors are experiencing food insecurity for the first time in their lives.

This is where helpNYC is making a difference in the lives of New Yorkers.

From the beginning of helpNYC, I have always kept the person that doesn’t know how to ask for help in mind by providing verified information on low-barrier programs and services in New York City. When someone is accustomed to a lifestyle and it suddenly changes, asking and finding help can be a challenging undertaking. It is important now, more than ever, to make sure that our work continues by helping our neighbors in need.

Today is #GivingTuesdayNOW, a global call to action for people to donate, volunteer, or inspire others to do so. Around the world community initiatives and organizations like helpNYC are asking individuals to donate money or goods, and to volunteer in their communities.

Through the generosity of our past donors we have been able to provide up-to-date information and connect people experiencing hardship during the COVID19 Crisis in New York City. I’m asking you to join them in helping us reach our #GivingTuesdayNOW goal of raising $1,500 by making your donation* today.

Achieving our #GivingTuesdayNOW fundraising goal will allow us to:

Continue the helpNYC COVID-19 Response:

  • Maintaining daily contact with food assistance programs across all five boroughs to make sure we list their current hours of operation and program details on our website at
  • Continue establishing the Food Assistance Collective of New York program that is bringing together New York City food assistance programs. This Collective is the first of its kind in New York City to help struggling food assistance programs communicate with each other to allow open, unguarded discussion about their struggles and successes.
  • Building new partnerships with New York Cares, Manhattan Together, Hunger Free America, Idealist, and Citibike to help food assistance programs that are struggling to stay open continue to serve New Yorkers in need.
  • Providing technical assistance and advocacy when programs have had challenging situations and needed information to continue their work.

As well as, continue our 2020 Organizational Goals:

  • Maintain our current program, and allow us to expand the website by listing more low-barrier programs across more points of service that serve our neighbors in need.
  • Formalizing helpNYC’s work by incorporating in New York State and receiving our tax-exempt status.
  • Apply for program development grants and appeal to private foundations for their grants and technical support.
  • Increasing our administrative capacity and building an outstanding Board of Directors and an Advisory Board of established professionals and leaders experienced in serving New Yorkers.
  • Explore our aspirations of opening a peer run mental health recovery respite center; provide Mental Health First Aid training to organizations and companies; and explore other opportunities to help New Yorkers.

I know money is tight right now and these are challenging times. I can assure you that your generosity and my appeal for your support is not taken lightly. Donations* of $10, $25, $75, $150 are very important to help us achieve our #GivingTuesdayNOW goal of $1,500. Click here to make your donation* now.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at any time.

I wish you health and happiness during these unprecedented times.



Joshua Parkin

Founder of helpNYC

* Please note donations to helpNYC at this time are not tax deductible as defined by the United States Internal Revenue Service. This is why your generous donation is important to help us formalize our cause into a tax-exempt organization so future contributions will be tax deductible.