The River is compiling a list of resources to help folks manage during the coronavirus pandemic. This page will be updated daily. The list is not comprehensive, but if you know anything you’d like us to include, please email us.
- The New York State Department of Health has a coronavirus page updated regularly with announcements, statistics, and resources for residents and businesses.
- The USDA has a rural resource guide to federal programs offering help to communities, businesses, and organizations impacted by the pandemic.
- The office of State Senator Jen Metzger, whose district covers much of the western Hudson Valley and the Catskills, has assembled an Information and Resource Guide to provide constituents with accurate, up-to-date information on the outbreak and actions being taken at state, federal, and local levels that are important for residents and businesses to know about.
- A Facebook group called the Hudson Valley Mutual Aid Network is offering resources and support to the Hudson Valley community. The organizers are compiling information in a spreadsheet that will be shared with all who express interest. Read more here.
- The New York Times has launched an information hub for questions about money during the pandemic. It offers financial strategies and information on government benefits and free services.
- Radio Kingston is raising money for a community fund, which will offer one-time financial assistance payments to residents within the City of Kingston’s School District. The fund will be facilitated by Family of Woodstock. Learn more and donate here.
- The journalist Jeff Jarvis has put together a Twitter list of more than 500 epidemiologists, virologists, physicians, researchers, and other disease experts. He wrote an explainer on the need for clear information on Medium.
- Ulster County has secured more than $2 million in funding toward Project Resilience, a food distribution effort to support residents and local businesses. The county is partnering with United Way and area organizations to mobilize food delivery, and their GoFundMe page aims to raise $5 million, roughly the cost of a week’s groceries for everyone in the county. For more information, or to request meal assistance, visit ulstercountyny.gov/projectresilience.
- United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region has several resources, including a fund to help families in crisis, a community resource page, and a Facebook Group for Dutchess and Orange County.
- Community leaders and the Dutchess County government have established the Dutchess Responds fund at Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley to provide critical needs such as food, medications, and household essentials to individuals experiencing hardships or quarantine restrictions as a result of the pandemic. You can contribute online by clicking here.
- UlsterCorps is compiling a list of volunteer needs from local agencies. Contact them to offer help or to announce a volunteer need: “Email email@example.com, call/text (845) 481-0331, or post directly to our Facebook group or page. If you would like to help out, please register for the specific opportunity or sign up for our Action Alerts, join our Facebook group, or text UlsterCorps to 22828 to get started.”
- Residents of Cornwall and Cornwall-on-Hudson have started a community bulletin board on Facebook to provide aid and updates.
- The MARK Project, a nonprofit serving eastern Delaware County and the Ulster County town of Shandaken, is building a locally focused list of resources and announcements.
- RUPCO has a page dedicated to community resources in Ulster County.
- We’re Still Open is a local resource for brick-and-mortar businesses in the Hudson Valley to let the community know that they are still open during the COVID-19 crisis.
- The Hudson Valley Current, a regional alternative currency, has launched a Digital Resilience Market for customers, allowing Currents members and the general public to purchase items of basic need from the comfort and safety of their homes.
- Data for Black Lives has assembled a spreadsheet of states that are publicly reporting COVID-19 cases by race.
- The Highlands Current has a list of nonprofits in the region addressing various needs, including animals, community, hunger, the arts, and COVID-19 mutual aid networks.
- Our sister publication, Chronogram, is using its events calendar as a dedicated space for tracking live-stream and other online events. If your organization is hosting a virtual event—whether informational, recreational, educational, or just pure entertainment—please enter it in this online calendar.
- HVNY has a map of Hudson Valley farms, farmers markets, and food pantries that are currently operating.
- The Kingston Emergency Food Collaborative, a partnership of community groups formed to provide meals to families once Kingston City schools were closed, launched a food security hotline in conjunction with the City of Kingston. Anyone in need of food within the Kingston City School District can call (888) 316-0879 at any time to be entered into a growing database to receive prepared food or grocery delivery. The hotline is staffed by English and Spanish speakers. Those interested in volunteering for the hotline and/or food delivery and preparation can sign up here.
- The Table at Woodstock is offering meal and grocery pickup for Onteora School District residents in front of the Woodstock Reform Church on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 4-6 pm (or until they run out). Seniors and individuals in self-quarantine qualify for meal delivery. Those in need can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or message through Facebook. Town of Woodstock residents are encouraged to register via the Town Supervisor’s Office for delivery, grocery boxes, and check-in calls. Volunteers and donations of funds or Hannaford gift cards are needed.
- The YMCA Farm Project in Kingston is providing Kingston City School District students with free breakfasts and lunches every day of the week. Pickups are between 11am and 1pm at JFK Elementary and Bailey Middle Schools.
- Cherries Ice Cream Bar & Grill is offering free kids’ meals to Rondout Valley children Monday through Friday from 11 am-3 pm. Order for pickup by calling (845) 706-2466 or through their website. Children need not be present. To donate to this cause, find Cherries on Venmo at @cherriesstoneridge; they are also accepting donations of juice boxes.
- The Hudson Youth Department is creating food packages to ensure children who depended on breakfast and lunch within the Hudson School District have access to nutritious meals while school is closed. The Friends of Hudson Youth Food Bank is currently accepting donations to ensure these costs remain covered. To donate or to receive services, email Peter Frank or call (917) 748-4662.
- The Kingston Food Co-op started a GoFundMe page so they could purchase food from local farms to provide Family of Woodstock and Kingston-based food pantry People’s Place with bagged lunches and hot meals. Their fundraising goal was reached in seven hours and has more-than doubled. Each additional dollar will go to organizations working to feed those in need.
- A coalition of Westchester chefs led by Eric Korn—owner of Good-Life Gourmet catering in Irvington—are organizing restaurants to join their cause of cooking one million gallons of soup for regional communities. Known as the Million Gallons operation, they’re raising money through GoFundMe and partnering with local food pantries to distribute fresh or frozen soup. Find updates on their website. Restaurants can register online to help.
- The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley is boosting its school BackPack Programs, filling lunch bags for vulnerable children and their families, as well as setting up distribution centers. Those in need of a local food pantry can access the Food Bank’s online Find Food feature. To contribute financial or volunteer support, visit their website or call (845) 534-5344.
- At 188 Liberty Street in Newburgh, LODGER is preparing and distributing 200 school-lunch-replacement meals for free Mondays through Wednesdays, from 10am to 1pm. Their staff are driving deliveries, and their efforts are being supported through donations from neighbors and local businesses.
- The Catskills food and drink site Sis Boom Yum is aggregating a list of restaurants, distilleries and bottle stores, farm stores and stands, and general stores in the Catskills that are offering takeout and delivery.
- Arkville’s community food pantry in the Delaware County town of Middletown has shifted to 100 percent home delivery with help from a crew of volunteers, and is open to all. To schedule a delivery, call (845) 586-2233.
- Serious Eats has put together a comprehensive guide answering food safety questions during the pandemic.
- Veritas Farms, a sustainable mixed vegetable and livestock farm that primarily distributes to retailers and restaurants, is shifting resources to home delivery. Orders are taken once per week, sourced from various partner farms, and delivered to porches, which payments processed online. The delivery zone is “at least Hudson to Beacon, and about the same size zone on the west side of the Hudson,” according to the farm. Those interested in pricing and ordering instructions can email email@example.com.
- The 607, a multi-farm cooperative that collectively offers seasonal produce shares in Delaware, Otsego, and Schoharie counties, has launched an online ordering portal for local farm goods. The 607 will make weekly home deliveries of products from more than two dozen local farms from April 1 through June 3, when the group’s produce share season begins.
Children and Education
- While most of the locations in the Mid-Hudson Library network are closed to support social distancing, the libraries offer a range of online resources from e-books and digital magazines to audiobooks, foreign language courses, and online classes in a wide rage of subjects from accounting to psychology to web development and even home-schooling.
- The COVID Childcare Co-op Calendar is a social tool that allows groups of parents and other caregivers to automatically generate a fairly distributed cooperative childcare schedule given each adult’s availability.
- The educational publisher Scholastic has created a learn-at-home site with daily projects to projects to keep kids reading and thinking.
- Spectrum is offering 60 days of free internet access to new customers in households with K-12 or college students, the Daily Freeman reports.
- freeCodeCamp has a directory of 450 Ivy League courses available for free online, across a wide range of disciplines.
- Group Health Solutions, a family-owned insurer in Hudson, has an explainer on the Family First Coronavirus Response Act, which was signed into law on March 18 and creates emergency paid sick leave and paid family leave in the case of school closures.
- The Omega Institute has made a wealth of family-minded material from its library available free online.
Small Businesses and Workers
- The Service Workers Mutual Aid Fund supports furloughed service industry employees who “need funds for food, medical bills, childcare, or any other financial stressor.” It was started in Ohio, but workers anywhere can apply for relief—and anyone can contribute.
- BEAHIVE, a coworking and community space in Beacon, has compiled a list of resources for freelancers and entrepreneurs, including taxes and insurance info.
- The New York Small Business Development Council has created a website designed to help businesses navigate the Economic Injury Disaster Loan process. It can be found here.
- The COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources website is just what it sounds like: An aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.
- Sweet Relief, which provides financial assistance to career musicians facing illness, disability, or age-related problems, has started a COVID-19 fund for those affected by the virus and fallout therefrom.
- Artsy.net put together a list of 10 university art classes you can take for free online.
- Arts Mid-Hudson is pulling together resources, including emergency funding, on its website.
- The Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts, administered by New York Foundation for the Arts, will distribute one-time grants of $2,000 to freelance, contract, or non-salaried archivists, art handlers, artist/photographer’s assistants, cataloguers, database specialists, digital assets specialists, image scanners/digitizers, and registrars. Applicants must show proof of residency in Connecticut, New Jersey, and/or New York from the last two years. The program will offer three rounds of applications: May 5-6, May 19-20, and June 2-3.
- Artist and psychoanalyst Gary Gissler and a small team of therapists and coaches are offering free virtual psychotherapy and coaching to artists, freelancers, and anyone else struggling with the pandemic. Those interested can learn more on Gissler’s Instagram.