NYJL Updates During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Last updated April 2, 2020

During this time of crisis, the health and safety of the staff, members, and partners of the NYJL community are our highest priorities. Although we are making adjustments in real time as the COVID-19 situation evolves, we remain steadfast in our commitment to women and children in New York City, community partners, and our strong, passionate women volunteers.

We continue to monitor and follow the public health recommendations of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the directives of local and federal government officials.

Please check this web page, or NYJL’s InstagramFacebook, or Twitter for the latest updates.

NYJL Events and Meetings

Through April, all in-person events are cancelled, postponed, or moving online to a video platform.  

  • Fundraising events: Please visit our Events page for more information on the status of each fundraising event.
  • New membership orientations: We will continue to host new membership orientations through Zoom. Please check our new membership information page for upcoming dates.

Community Programs

Scheduled volunteer activities for our community programs have been suspended, but there are several ways we can continue to serve our community. We understand that volunteering your time is a deeply personal choice, but for those who wish to stay engaged in community response, here are some opportunities: 

Critical Supply Donations to Partners

With the city practicing social distancing, many of our partners need activities and supplies to help clients, particularly children who are homeless and confined to temporary living spaces, through this difficult time. If you would like to support our partners, here are several community partners’ lists of supplies needed. You may purchase and send items directly to the following organizations:

  • Win – Needs activities for children living in homeless shelters.
  • Isaacs Center – Needs school supplies for students.
  • The New Jewish Home – Needs activities for senior residents.
  • Covenant House – Needs snacks and activities for youth in the crisis shelter.
  • Department of Homeless Services – Needs toys and activities for children in shelter. Stay tuned for updates on this opportunity.
  • SCAN-Harbor – Accepting food donations (both non-perishable and perishable). Stay tuned for updates on this opportunity.

Live Volunteer Opportunities

The primary area of critical need is meal and pantry item distribution. Several of our partners are still providing grab-and-go meals, or meal services, for their clients. Volunteers are needed to help package and serve meals; partners are following safety guidelines for volunteers. The NYJL recommends that volunteers carefully review New York Cares’ guidelines for safe volunteering. If you would like to participate, please follow these guidelines for your own safety and that of community members.

  • Urban Outreach Center (UOC) – Pack and distribute grab-and-go meals.
  • Isaacs Center – Help with plating and packaging meals and Meals on Wheels delivery.
  • Crossroads – Prepare and serve meals, and help with cleanup and food pantry distributions.

For more information and to find out how to sign up for these volunteer shifts, please refer to this document

Virtual volunteer opportunities 

Our community partner SCAN-Harbor is looking for help updating their website and YouTube channel with virtual activities for the youth. Anyone with knowledge of using WordPress and managing YouTube who would like to donate her skills should contact community@nyjl.org.  

Advocacy opportunity

The NYJL signed on to a letter, organized by Advocates for Children, urging the NYC Department of Education (DOE) to open Regional Enrollment Centers (RECs) to the 114,000 students facing housing instability, so they may have access to reliable technology for remote learning and the space to focus on their lessons, with the help of a volunteer DOE educator. Currently, the RECs provide safe spaces for remote education and childcare for children of first responders, health care workers, key transit employees, and grocery store and pharmacy workers. Read more on the issue here https://nyti.ms/2UCG7Bw.

NYJL has posted several messages on Twitter in support of this sign-on letter. Please consider retweeting NYJl.

Complete the 2020 Census!

The 2020 Census takes less than 10 minutes, but its impact will last 10 years! The federal government uses the census to determine NYC’s fair share of billions of dollars in federal funds for public education, affordable housing, infrastructure and much more. The Census also informs how many seats NY gets in the House of Representatives. 

Please contact community@nyjl.org and let us know if there are any organizations seeking volunteers for small group activities, virtual support, and/or supplies.

Together, we will get through this!

Strengthening the families of the greater New York area.

The New York Junior League is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

We believe that all women, children, and families should have equal opportunity, the resources to unlock their potential, and the structures to support them.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion at the New York Junior League.

We welcome all women who value our mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations, and communities.

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