NYJL Updates During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Please check this page often for more updates. Last updated May 6, 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 May, 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.

How the NYJL continues to serve the community and partners on the front lines

Despite pausing our regular community committee work, the NYJL continues to stay in regular contact with partners, city agencies, and elected officials regarding live and remote needs. NYJL’s community committees recently provided critical, immediately needed supplies to partners, including:

  • Gloves and masks for Urban Outreach food pantry.
  • Masks and basic cell phones to the youth of Avenues for Justice courtesy of the Steps to Success committee.
  • The Rights of Passage committee donated critical supplies to their partner Covenant House, including basic clothing, toiletries, and linens for the youth in the crisis shelter.
  • CHEF donated nearly 100 healthy, individually packaged snacks to Covenant House.
  • Senior Friends continue to write cards to the residents and staff at The New Jewish Home. If you would like to participate, contact community@nyjl.org.

Community support and volunteer opportunities

NYJL-sanctioned and direct community programs opportunities remain suspended, but there are several ways you can continue to serve our community. If you choose to volunteer in-person outside of the NYJL, please observe NYC’s recommended safety guidelines as well as CDC guidelines on physical distancing.

Thank you to the many NYJL volunteers who have participated in supporting our partners! 

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.

Help feed our heroes 

Our Crisis Intervention partner, NY Presbyterian, and others could use your support feeding frontline workers treating patients with COVID-19. Donate meals via our friends at Butterfield Market’s Feed Our Heroes fund, The Pixie and the Scout gift certificates for health heroes, or send pizzas via our Savor the Spring & PIP restaurant partner, Sauce.

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!