Hello Neighbors,

Our lives have changed almost overnight because of the current health crisis caused by the Novel Coronavirus in New York City. helpNYC has been working to make sure our neighbors get the information they need to make this challenging time a little easier.

We have been working with food assistance providers to keep our website up-to-date with the most current operational changes for Food Banks and Community Kitchens. We also have been sourcing information to help those in need with other things as well.

These are challenging times, but we are New Yorkers can make sure we get through this together. When New York has been faced with a crisis we always come out on the other side stronger.

Please let us know if there is anything helpNYC can help you with. We are here to help and point you in the right direction.

Stay safe and healthy.

Best,

Joshua Parkin

Founder of helpNYC

New York City Information

COVID-19 Portal

City of New Yorkwww.nyc.gov/covidtest

The City of New York has setup a testing portal for those who would like to get tested for SARS-CoV-2 (novel coronavirus). SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19 a severe respiratory syndrome and infectious disease. Its symptoms include but are not limited to fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell.

Diagnostic Testing

City of New Yorkwww.nyc.gov/covidtest

The City of New York has setup a testing portal for those who would like to get tested for SARS-CoV-2 (novel coronavirus). SARS-CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19 a severe respiratory syndrome and infectious disease. Its symptoms include but are not limited to fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell.

Antibody Testing

City of New Yorkwww.nyc.gov/covidtest

The COVID-19 antibody test is a blood test to find antibodies — proteins in your blood that fight infections. The test is taken through your finger. A positive test for antibodies is not necessarily an indication of immunity.

State of New York Information

Novel Coronavirus Portal

Department of HealthState of New Yorkcoronavirus.health.ny.gov

Get the latest information from the State of New York about the Novel Coronavirus. Information also available about the New York PAUSE, New York FORWARD, Contact Tracing, and other programs managed by the State of New York during the health crisis.

Updates from helpNYC during the COVID-19 Crisis

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. 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. Continue Reading or Donate Now

helpNYC's COVID-19 ResponseTuesday, April 21, 2020 12:15p

While we have adjusted to this new normal for now, many New Yorkers are still struggling to meet their basic needs. Thousands of New Yorkers are depending on meals coming from one or more of the hundreds of Community Kitchens and Food Pantries across the five boroughs, and the need will grow further in the coming weeks. Continue Reading

helpNYC's COVID-19 ResponseWednesday, April 8, 2020 2:30p

Food assistance programs, social service agencies, and individuals have reached out to helpNYC asking for information about the Federal Stimulus Package's Direct Payments to individuals and families across America. Though our initiative cannot provide direct services around this topic, we have compiled information as of the publishing date of this article that is available on the internet to everyone. Read More.