Staten Island COVID-19 – Resources and Information Network
For information about the volunteers on this project, see the very bottom of this document.
A group of volunteers is working on this project. You can reach us at SICOVID19@gmail.com.
We currently have a Facebook Group and welcome help from volunteers who could maintain Instagram.
A Facebook Page is imminent, and we will create a Twitter if there is a demand. If you have any questions or comments, any information or resources for this document, or would like to help with this effort, please email SICOVID19@gmail.com.
SI Community COVID-19 Services Map: SI Resource Map by Marilyn Zayfert
Borough President’s Office HelpLine 718-816-2000
NYC info: http://nyc.gov/coronavirus or text COVID to 692692
(En español, COVIDESP a 692692)
NY State info: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home
Project Hospitality Mobile Pantry Locations – Free Produce and Social Services Assistance M obile pantry and services
Need Assistance? Want to volunteer? Individuals who are elderly, sick, or in need of assistance may reach out to MAS Staten Island Center.
M Muslim American Society of SI
S submit mutual aid form
Or email: email@example.com phone: 718-667-1896
Staten Island COVID-19 Volunteers- Google Form
Volunteers to sew masks for Staten Island sign up form here
Note: desired design and materials being discussed with healthcare providers; volunteer sewists can sign up for when that info is ready
Fare It Forward – donating transit fare to SI now out of work. Note: all bus entry now from rear with no fare collection.
Immediate Needs / News
The City of New York is seeking New York State-certified healthcare workers to support healthcare facility needs.
|New York State-certified healthcare workers registration (in two parts)
|NYC official reg for Healthcare workers
Mask/Glove/ Supply Donation to front line medical personnel- Info
|Mask/Glove/ Supply Donation
|NYC-wide repository for masks/gloves
A S ALWAYS, IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE ARE EXPERIENCING A MEDICAL EMERGENCY, CALL 911.
Contact your doctor or healthcare provider as first step if feeling ill. If you do NOT have a regular healthcare provider and feel ill, you may call 311.
NYC health-specific site: NYC DoH COVID page from NYC Gov:
All New Yorkers should consider themselves potentially exposed to coronavirus. That means that everyone should stay home as much as possible, even if they do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
You should consult with your doctor if:
- Have fever, cough, shortness of breath or other cold or flu-like symptoms and do not feel better after three to four days
- Have mild symptoms and are an older adult or have any of the chronic health conditions listed above
- Use telephone, text, telemedicine or a patient portal to reach out rather than going to your doctor in
If you need help finding a healthcare provider, call 311. NYC Health guidance *NEW as of 3/22
Self-Monitoring and Getting Tested
While at home, all New Yorkers should monitor their health. Self-monitoring means you check yourself for fever and remain alert for COVID-19 symptoms — fever, cough, shortness of breath and sore throat.
If you think you have COVID-19 and your illness is mild, you do not need to see your health care provider and you will not be tested. Getting tested will not change what your provider will tell you to do to get better. They will tell you to stay home so you do not get others sick.
Unless you are hospitalized and a diagnosis will impact your care, you will not be tested. Limiting testing protects health care workers and saves essential medical supplies, such as masks and gloves, that are in short supply.
|Free COVID-19 specific training –
|C OVID guide for Service Providers, therapists, etc.
Mental Health Support
|Coping with Stress – NYC Well
|Free confidential mental health support svc https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/
|Conflict Management Team of NYCID
Can conduct phone & video mediation and conflict coaching
|Text RESOLVE to 51555,
or submit online form Submit contact info via contact form online
|Sobriety: Online AA meetings
|Online AA meetings and resources
|Understanding Coronavirus For Kids with Disabilities
|Supportive site to help explain to people with disabilities To aid in understanding what’s happening
|Resources for social workers for self care & how to support others
|Free self care and anxiety workbook
|Resources for direct support professionals –
|Meals on Wheels Staten Island
|Roseann Holt – volunteer coordinator 718-727-4435 https://www.mealsonwheelsofstatenisland.com
Emergency relief and grocery/meal funds to donate to or request from
Groceries and meals funds
|https://www.cityharvest.org firstname.lastname@example.org Staten Island rep
City Harvest can accept only batches of 3,000 lbs or more for pickup at this point. However, for smaller batches of prepared food or packaged food, either contact the pantries and soup kitchens near you or email email@example.com, who will connect you to a pantry or soup kitchen. For instructions and information on safe handling of donated food, see h ttps://www.cityharvest.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/FY20-City-Harvest-Donor-Packet-Updated.pdf
Project Hospitality will accept trays of pasta and community-serveable food in this time of need. Six trays are needed daily. To adopt one tray or more (can be picked up if you cannot deliver) call 718-448-1544 x134 or email SICOVID19@gmail.com
Food and Food Insecurity
From NYC gov: If you need emergency food assistance, call the Emergency Food Hotline at 866-888-8777 or 311 to find a local pantry or kitchen. There is no income limit for emergency food.
Food Pantries / Services
|SI Hunger Task Force – food pantries, etc.
|Food Bank for New York City
|Hunger Solutions NY – SNAP WIC
School Food / Child Wellness
|Free Grab-n-Go Meals for Students List of Schools to pickup
|Find the nearest DoE site providing free meals for student by texting 877-877 “food” or “comida”.
Adult or student can pick up breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m- 1:30 p.m.
|Text “food” to 877-877
(En esp, enviar “COMIDA” a 877-877)
|Food Research and Action Center
As of March 16, eviction proceedings and pending orders are suspended statewide until further notice. Housing court functions such as landlord lockouts, repair orders, and serious code violations will continue.
Anyone with knowledge of City marshals attempting to execute on warrants of eviction can report this activity by calling DOI’s Bureau of City Marshals at (212) 825-5953.
Metropolitan Council on Housing has a tenants’ rights hotline with new expanded hours.
They also seek volunteers to help by phone via this form: Met Council volunteer form
Further info, by NYC social workers: Resource doc by NYC LCSWs
|https://redcrossblood.org make an appointment
|New York Blood Center
Healthcare Provider Surge Staffing
|New York State-certified healthcare workers registration (in two parts)
|Healthcare Facilities Request Form for Surge Staffing
Childcare info in progress
If you are deemed an essential worker by NYC who must report to work, you may qualify to have your chil(dren) attend a Regional Enrichment Center, open 7:30am – 6:00pm Monday-Friday, starting on Monday, March 23rd.
Education info upcoming
College students offering FREE online tutoring to NYC students: tutoring request form
Couriers and Delivery info upcoming
Health and Fitness
Emotional wellness and activities
|Stay Connected to friends and family virtually
|LA Times article with connectivity advice
|Understanding Coronavirus For Kids with Disabilities
|Free full-screen playlist of 10 popular short films, featuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, For all our followers, participants, agency staff, parents… that are staying inside during this stressful time – I hope these unique films will be an enjoyable and meaningful distraction.
|Free 88 things to do at home – could make it a group challenge!
Online Fitness Classes
|Silver Sneakers – Online Fitness Classes
|SilverSneakersFacebook Live Stream: SilverSneakers Total-Body Conditioning
Arts & Entertainment Radio / Music Streaming
|Maker Park Radio – Staten Island
|Shakespeare from The Globe Theatre
|Globe Theatre Streaming
|Billboard List of Free Online Concerts
|Billboard Online Streams
|The Moth – Storytelling Podcasts
|NYPL New York Public Library from home – books/music/movies/ and more!
|NYPL remote resources
|WNYC – NPR
|Broadway Stars – Daily Concerts on Line
|Quarantine karaoke facebook group – SUPER INCLUSIVE!
Learn A New Skill
|How to Play Piano
Utilities info upcoming
Con Edison will not shut off service for nonpayment during this crisis.
Further info from Con Edison, including waiving late payment fees and suspending meter readings, can be found at Con Ed’s site re: COVID If you have an electrical emergency, call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633)
(Emergencies requiring FDNY or NYPD, call 911.)
Fundraisers & Cash Assistance
Advocacy and Organizing
*Until this section populated, go to Resource Guide prepared by NYC social workers, here: Resource doc by LCSWs here
Per NYC Gov, if you are being harassed due to your race, nation of origin or other identities, call 311 or file a complaint online. For more info about your rights to be free from discriminatory harassment,
Local Staten Island and NY Information
NYC/NY State Information
NY State and Governor Andrew Cuomo – https://health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/ NYC Department of Health – 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Gothamist – Daily Updates,
Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Institutions
New York Public Library – All New York Public Library locations will be closed to the public beginning on Saturday, March 14 through at least Tuesday, March 31
Brooklyn Public Library – Closed starting Monday March 16
Broadway – New York Is Shutting Down Broadway Shows And All Gatherings Over 500 People Brooklyn Museum – Closed starting Friday, March 13
Other Information and Resources
COVID-19 Mutual Aid
Article on COVID-19 mutual aid groups and how-to resources – IGD article
Ask a Scientist COVID-19 Questions, this is still in development so keep on checking back as it improves but it is live now – https://covid19.fas.org/l/en
Johns Hopkins University’s global tracking of SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 – https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6 The COVID Tracking Project compiled, comprehensive testing data – https://covidtracking.com/
COVID-19 in the US and Canada Tracking document, updated daily with local and regional and national data – https://coronavirus.1point3acres.com/en
New York Times Article on SARS-CoV-2 biology with illustrations – https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/03/11/science/how-coronavirus-hijacks-your-cells.html
Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center – https://www.newsguardtech.com/coronavirus-misinformation-tracking-center/
Who is this and who else is involved?
This group is a “Cooperative” and modeled from the mutual aid example, because it’s dependent upon the cooperation of everyday people, organizations, and elected officials. The most important partner here is YOU. We are regularly consulting with elected officials, existing organizations, and experts in their respective fields to provide and share only confirmed and vetted info and updates.
Your cooperation (reading forms and instructions), generosity of energy, talent, skills, and vision will be the most important determination of how well our Staten Island neighbors will fare during this emergency.
There is no plan to create or register an official organization out of this grassroots effort; the priority is exclusively on managing current and anticipated needs that may arise throughout this emergency.
There will be no exchange or request of funds at any time, although we may amplify “asks” from organizations on occasion.
Info about collaborators:
Cooperative organizations – and helpful individuals involved in those orgs, and independently helpful – include Marilyn Zayfert, creator of StatenIslandNYCLiving.com (updated regularly with COVID crisis info); Sarah Blas of Richmond Terrace Community Gardens and local wellness orgs; Gena Mimozo, Deputy Director of Staten Island Arts (the borough’s arts council) and member of SI Democratic Socialists of America; Diane Painter Velletri, Producer, Project Manager, Creative and Marketing Director; Volunteer with City Harvest, Citymeals on Wheels, Advisory Board member of West Side Campaign Against Hunger; member of Staten Island Women who March whose members are also contributing; NYCID (the NY Center for Interpersonal Development); the “SI contingent” of elected officials; Civic Associations across the Island; MAS Staten Island; and multiple nonprofits.
Group initiated by Natalie DeVito in cooperation and consultation with all the above, and inspired by Mutual Aid models across the country. Natalie is a disabled activist and advocate on Staten Island. She runs a Facebook group for Staten Islanders with food allergies and celiac disease, and one for fellow alumni of LaGuardia HS and its legacy schools. She volunteers and organizes with local groups centered on human rights and progressive causes, including Move Forward Staten Island, SIWwM, Fight Back Bay Ridge, and NYCID. She is married to Michael DeVito, Jr.