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How Can I Help?
In these uncertain times, a lot of people are wondering what they can do to help out. Let’s start with something very simple:
• Check on your neighbors
Self-isolation can be very tough for people, especially if they live alone. Periodically check in with people in your neighborhood via phone, email, or text and see if they need anything. Sometimes it might be something as easy as needing someone to talk to. Sometimes it might involve something a little more difficult, such as shopping for groceries.
If it’s beyond your capability, and you are unable to help, please contact us and we’ll see if there’s something we can do on a case-by-case basis. We are currently building a list of volunteers. Speaking of which:
• Sign up to be a volunteer
For those of you who are interested in volunteering, we have setup an online form for people who are willing and able to assist with a variety of volunteer efforts such as food preparation, food, and supply deliveries, facilitating intake calls, and other needs as they arise.
To volunteer, please go to:
Volunteer Sign-up Form
• Support local businesses and non-profits
We have created a list of food establishments that offer delivery, takeout, and/or curbside pickup. I’m sure these businesses would appreciate your patronage and I’m sure you can use a break from cooking:
List of Local Food Establishments
You can also donate to the Northeastern Regional Food Bank, which provides food and supplies to local food pantries throughout our region:
Northeastern Regional Food Bank Donation Link
(Corrected information from yesterday’s email update: The correct phone number for the Hyde Park Food Pantry is (845) 233-4057. You can message the Hyde Park Food Pantry via Facebook)
• Donate Blood
With many blood drives across the country canceled because of the outbreak, the American Red Cross and America’s Blood Centers announced on Tuesday that the US is facing a “severe blood shortage”. The organizations encouraged anyone who is healthy and eligible to give blood or platelets, to make an appointment to donate through the Red Cross.
• Reach Out To Family & Friends
Everyone in the world is in the middle of this global pandemic. Staying connected with your family and friends will be crucial to helping everyone get through this outbreak.
Take care, be safe, and stay calm.