Weekly Resource Round-Up: July 5, 2022
This Week's Resources
Hudson Link Spring Benefit and Employer Toolkit
If you have resources to share with our network, please contact Tobi Mojeed-Balogun our Associate Director of Programs Support.
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
If you have any other resources, please feel free to share them with me so I can share them with everyone!
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.
Driscoll Food's Food Pantry Delivery Program
Speaking of Bulk Buy, if you have run out of Bulk Buy funds and are not yet due for more money, you can still access Driscoll Foods with the same discounted prices EC gets through Bulk Buy. This is a purchasing program with funds you control and write the checks for, not a grant. If interested, please contact me(Tobi) or Patrick for more information.
Chicken from Hemlock Hills
As many of you already know, due to an avian flu outbreak, prices of poultry have gone up. Our friends at Hemlock Hills however are inundated with chicken with healthy, Hudson Valley chickens at competitive prices. They have whole chickens, parts, and soup hens with the heads, necks, and feet attached. If you are interested contact Trisha Vasta over at Hemlock Hills at email@example.com or by calling 914-737-2810 x3. Don't forget to let 'em know EC sent yah!
The Church of the Epiphany Wednesday Night Dinner Program is in need of a new Cook
Our friends over at the Church of the Epiphany's Wednesday Night Dinner Program need a new cook for our Wednesday Night Dinner Program. They are seeking someone for 7-8 hours a week to cook the dinner and also handle the ordering of food through the various agencies, and coordinate deliveries with the church. They will send a full job description soon.The actual cooking happens Wednesday afternoon, so maybe another program's cook may want the additional hours, etc. They're open to all ideas! If you want more information, know any good candidates, or have any suggestions contact the Rev. Elise Hanley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St Ignatius of Antioch Soup Kitchen is in need of a Team Captain
Our friends over at St Ignatius of Antioch Soup Kitchen over in the Upper West Side, Manhattan is losing one of their long-time team captains for their Saturday evening meal prep to retirement and need help finding a replacement. If you want more information, know any good candidates, or have any suggestions let me know and I will pass it along to Nick Greendyk, their volunteer coordinator.
Hudson Link Spring Benefit & Employer Toolkit
Our friends at Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison held their virtual Spring Benefit last week and it was amazing! You can watch it on their website here and learn about all the amazing work they do.
Hudson Link 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 email@example.com.
Our friends over at Active Plus work with the community to create a culture of healthy and active living.They provide health and physical education for youth coming from vulnerable communities. Regarding their mission they have said: "This mission embodies our purpose, drives our everyday actions, and is at the core of who we are as an organization. We believe that, by exposing children and teens to new activities, mindsets, information, and behavior at a young age, we can change the course of the rest of their lives."
Visit their website at https://www.activeplus-nyc.org/ to learn more!
Sing For Hope - Young at Arts Programming
Our Friend Sharyn Pirtle over at Young at Arts shared with us some programming that might be of use to our community:
"The first free program that I'd like to share is on our Open Arts platform that can interactively reach students, the elderly or any other group suffering from pandemic isolation, with curated arts programming. We have 2 interactive "Careers in the Arts" series, coming up on Open Arts. The 2nd project is a 30 minute vaccine confidence musical, Don't Throw Away Your Shot that we had created, cast and filmed in New York and includes 20 or so Young at Arts performers. Like the Careers in the Arts, this program also includes a live talk back with the artists. The musical was underwritten through a grant from the CDC Foundation and we have the funding to present the performance 40 times, both virtually and in person throughout the NY area. To find out more about bringing the musical virtually to a school or other youth organization, visit the Sing for Hope website."
Art and Acceptance in the News!
Our friends at Art & Acceptance, a drop-in program for LGBTQ youth, at St. Luke in the Fields were recently highlighted on NY1 in celebration of Pride Month. Watch or read the feature 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:
A Panel Discussion on Regional Food Systems June 22, 3-4:30pm - Join NESAWG for a panel discussion where thought-and-practice-leaders from across the Northeast region share their perspectives and analyses of the issues affecting and solutions for northeast regional food systems. The panel will feature
Hudson Valley Food System: Place, Present, and Future June 27, 3pm-7pm ET, Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center - Join the Hudson Valley Food System Coalition as we engage in discussion to examine how cultivating a deep connection to our place can catalyze systemic change, as we work together to reflect on what these last few years have taught us about our strengths and the opportunities for a more resilient food system, and as we learn how to effectively ensure network equity and inclusion as we organize our work into the future. Following our program, we will enjoy a locally-sourced meal together.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.
Capacity.foundation -Find people with experience supporting grassroots organizing in NYC. Capacity.foundation is a project of The New York City Capacity Building Collaborative (NYC CBC). The collaborative consists of social justice foundations that collectively pool resources to build the capacity of grassroots community-based organizations. Looking for a resource to help with strategic planning, social media, graphic design, board training or a score of other topics? Here's a database that is capturing groups that have been helpful to nonprofit organizations in NYC.
The banks collapsed in 2008 – and our food system is about to do the same, George Monbiot, The Guardian, May 19 2022
City Looks To Ease Street Vending Regulations, Jaime DeJesus, Brooklyn Eagle, May 25 2022
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.
That's all for this week -- thanks for all you do!