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Weekly Resource Round-Up: August 30, 2022

This Week's Resources


If you have resources to share with our network, please contact Tobi Mojeed-Balogun our Associate Director of Programs Support.


2022 Basic Human Needs Application!


We are thrilled to announce that we will be opening the application for our Basic Human Needs Grant on September 2nd at 9 am. We will have our last informational meeting on September 8th with more information about the application. To learn about EC's grants (including BHN), see here. Please contact me (Tobi) for more information about the information sessions and if you have any other questions or concerns.


2022-2023 Frances Perkins Fellows Need Placements


As the 2022-23 academic year begins, so does this year of our Frances Perkins Fellowship. We have been able place our MSW student interns all over the Diocese but we still have a few fellows who are based in NYC who need a placement. If you are an NYC-based program that could use social work, please contact Karen Schrage, our Associate Director of Programs for the Frances Perkins fellowship at kschrage@dioceseny.org


NYS COVID Mandate Updates


A lot of the news around mandates and restrictions have been a little confusing so I will list some resources below that might help.

  • PIX11 COVID Updates - kind of NYC-centric but state information is sometimes included. Link here.

  • NYS Department of Health COVID website - It's a one stop shop with an info summary at the top. Link here.

  • Federal COVID website - covid.gov - it's pretty bare bones but you can search your county and get COVID level

  • NYS Vaccine Website - Immunocompromised and high-risk folks are eligible for more boosters. Check here to see the requirements.

  • Antiviral treatments are accessible to eligible people who are COVID-positive. Visit this link to learn more about eligibility and how to get access to antivirals like Paxlovid


If you have any other resources, please feel free to share them with me so I can share them with everyone!


Monkeypox Virus Information


As monkeypox continues to grab headlines, I have included some resources I found that might be helpful.

  • NYC Department of Health Monkeypox Webpage - lots of information and resources about the virus with pictures of the rash included. Find the link here.

  • NYC Monkeypox vaccine Scheduling Website - Link Here

  • Article on Monkeypox by Documented - "As monkeypox cases in New York City continue to rise, New Yorkers have inquired about this type of orthopoxvirus and how to get the vaccine. Here is what you need to know." (article will be updated as new info comes) - Read more here.


Food Access Program Check-In


Here's a quick 12 minute video with Patrick giving important information for our food access programs




2022 Bulk Buy Application!


We are thrilled to announce that we will begin accepting proposals for our 2022 Bulk Buy Program! Bulk Buy allows us to aggregate food purchasing across the Diocese and means free high-quality food for EC programs. You can find our brief application form HERE! Please contact me (Tobi) with any questions or concerns.


Hudson Link Employer Toolkit


Our friends at Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison put together an employer toolkit for hiring formerly incarcerated people. Thank you to Sean Pica, Eldredge Blalock, Elisabeth Santiago, and the rest of the team at Hudson Link for this important resource. The toolkit can be found here. If you have any questions about hiring formerly incarcerated people, please contact Elisabeth Santiago from Hudson Link's Alumni Services at esantiago@hudsonlink.org.


Love God, Love Neighbor: Advocacy in Action


"Love God, Love Neighbor: Advocacy in Action is a virtual advocacy training on Sept. 21, 2022, offered by The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations (OGR) and Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM). This training is designed for those interested in gaining advocacy skills and messaging tools in the immigration space. At the end of the training, we hope all participants will take the opportunity to directly advocate to members of Congress and their staff about protections for refugees, asylum seekers, and all migrants seeking a better life." Register here.


NYHealth Survey of Food and Health


"Across New York State, food insecurity—the lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life—is prevalent, persistent, and costly.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 1 in 10 New Yorkers—nearly 2 million people—were food insecure. Food insecurity jeopardizes health. Evidence proves that individuals with uncertain access to food have lower diet quality, higher rates of diet-related disease, and higher health care costs.

This NYHealth survey dives deep into the lived experiences of New Yorkers who are food insecure and contrasts them with the food-secure population. The report details the results of a 1,507-person statewide survey. The results are clear: food insecurity is strongly associated with worse health." Read more here.


Community Food Funders Newslink


Community Food Funders has opened up their newsletter to a wider audience (so not just food funders). "Each month, CFF compiles a newsletter with news, articles, reports, and events for those in our region interested in an equitable and sustainable food system." Highlights on this month's newsletter include:


  • 2022 NYS Funders Conference - September 14 Rochester, NY - A signature of NY Funders Alliance is the presentation of high-quality programming, connection opportunities, and networking forums. We are thrilled to announce the 2022 NYS Funders Conference will be held in-person, and we hope you will plan to join us! The event will include thoughtful plenary presentations, engaging breakout sessions, and new networking opportunities for grantmakers from across New York State. Each element of the conference will create space for funders to learn together and share best practices to advance effective philanthropy in our state.

  • 2022 NASDA Annual Meeting - September 26 - 29 Saratoga Springs, NY - NASDA President and New York Commissioner of Agriculture Richard A. Ball invites you to attend the 2022 NASDA Annual Meeting, September 26 through September 29, in beautiful Saratoga Springs, New York. NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S. territories. NASDA grows and enhances American agriculture through policy, partnerships and public engagement.

  • North Star Fund Giving Project (Info Session) - Do you want to learn more about exciting grassroots-led organizing in New York City and the Hudson Valley? Better yet, do you want to do something to directly support this work and strengthen your own leadership in the process? At North Star Fund, we believe in our collective power to transform New York by supporting grassroots organizing led by impacted communities. Our Giving Projects bring together New Yorkers from a wide range of backgrounds to share stories and develop a common analysis of how systemic oppression impacts our lives and intentions. Come to an info session on August 24 (TOMORROW) to learn more.

  • Participatory Grantmaking: How We Failed, and What We’re Learning, Shaena Johnson and Marni Rosen, The Kataly Foundation, Jul 21 2022

  • plus loads more!

I will continue to include highlights from each month's newsletter on our weekly resource round-ups but if you would like to subscribe yourself, the link is here. The link to last month's newsletter is here and their archive is here.


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That's all for this week -- thanks for all you do!


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