This Week's Resources
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.
Walgreens COVID Index - there's concerns about the accuracy of some COVID trackers but Wallgreens released one based on their tests. Link here.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Part-time Teacher at St. Ann's Afterschool Program
Our friends at St. Ann's Church in Morrisania, the Bronx are looking for a teacher for their after school program. If you want more information, know any good candidates, or have any suggestions contact Wendy Canas at firstname.lastname@example.org. The job description can be found here.
Part-time Youth Advisor for Trinity Wall Street Youth Programs
Our friends over at Trinity Church Wall Street's Youth Programs are looking for a Youth Advisor to work part-time "[managing] logistics for a robust youth program focused on NYC Youth in the parish and wider neighborhood ranging in ages from 12 to 24. The Youth Advisor will monitor and supervise youth services and programs, including after school activities, retreats, exploratory trips, service learning, community development, leadership, athletics, and college readiness. In addition, they will be responsible for ensuring proper documentation, managing attendance, and maintaining safety standards." If you want more information or know any good candidates, or have any suggestions contact SK Doyle at SDoyle@trinitywallstreet.org. To apply, visit the job posting which is linked here.
Focus on Food Insecurity: SNAP Experiences and Under-Enrollment Among the 50 Plus - AARP
"With inflation and the higher costs of basic necessities like food, utilities, and housing, many US residents are being forced to make difficult financial trade-offs. This especially affects individuals with lower incomes, particularly older adults living on a tight budget and/or a low fixed income.
This survey explored the attitudes and experiences related to food security for older adults whose household income is below 225% of the federal poverty level (FPL). The main focus of the survey was knowledge of, attitude about, and experiences with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)." Read more here.
'A moral responsibility': What NYC's community aid groups need most to help migrants - Gothamist
"Tenants of the [Baruch] housing complex and others from around the city have donated items, ranging from clothes to backpacks and school supplies, which were distributed at the Port Authority and the shelters where most of the newly arrived migrants were being housed.
This was just one piece of a diverse, citywide network of grassroots organizations, immigrant rights groups, and faith-based institutions that have been providing an array of support to the more than 18,000 asylum seekers – many from Venezuela – who have arrived in New York City since this past spring.
Together, these groups offer legal assistance, MetroCards, food, clothes, hygiene products, prepaid cell phones and help accessing services such as health care and education. Some organizers are simultaneously advocating for better shelter conditions for new arrivals and more humane immigration policies.
They said they anticipated to continue providing assistance for months to come. Despite support from the New Yorkers who have been donating and volunteering so far, many have been stretched thin." 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:
Language Justice in the Hudson Valley - The Hudson Valley Farm Hub’s Language Justice Program has launched the Interpretation Equipment Library. Community organizations can now borrow equipment for simultaneous interpretation. Li Sierra who leads the Language Justice program shares the inspiration behind the library and how it works. They have also released an “Introductory Language Justice Guide."
Elias Foundation Activist Fellowship Program - The Activist Fellowship Program seeks to strengthen and build social justice movements by developing activists’ skills and capacities in the Hudson Valley. The Foundation hopes to identify and support the work of people from the grassroots (local movement building) and/or frontline communities. [The Foundation is] accepting new letters of intent (LOI) for our final cohort of fellows until November 30th. Learn more about the program here.
Voices from the White House Conference on Hunger and Nutrition, Lisa Held, Civil Eats, Sep 29 2022
The White House Conference: They Pulled It Off! Marion Nestle, Food Politics, Sep 29 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!