COVID-19 LOCAL 764 UPDATE 3/24/20-VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITES
Posted on March 24, 2020
Local 764 Update: 3/23/2020
Because so many Local 764 members have requested information regarding volunteer opportunities, the information below is provided. These are volunteer opportunities only.
All members should consider their own and their family’s
safety when deciding on participating in any kind of volunteer opportunity.
Please do not feel pressure to leave your home, interact with other people,
participate in an activity or take any action against the advice of the New
York State Department of Health, the CDC and your own doctor. Volunteering is a
very personal choice and Local 764 provides this list as information only.
New York State Department Of Health Volunteer Opportunities:
Opportunities to help create needed supplies:
Urban Resource Institute is the largest domestic violence shelter network in the country, right here in our backyard. COVID-19 has affected this city in more ways than can be counted to ensure that the health and safety populations are intact. Urban Resource Institute has an immediate need of cloth masks for our staff and residents to keep them safe and healthy while continuing to provide shelter to some of New York’s most vulnerable populations.
Why cloth masks? A supply N95 masks from manufacturers in the Midwest will take a week or longer to arrive, and the need is immediate. They have asked for help from Local 764’s members with the creation of a minimum of 1,200 masks made out of 100% cotton using the pattern attached.
Selected Pattern: Urban Resource Institute will give you their selected pattern and directions.
Want to use your own supplies? No problem! You will need: needle and thread, cotton cloth, Elastic, cloth/fabric ties or new shoelaces (14 inches), pipe cleaners, coated paper clips or wire hangers(s), scissors.
Masks will be washed before use, keep all necessary COVID-19 precautions! Masks should be stored in an airtight clean container or ziplock bag once complete. From Urban Resource Institute: Feel free to write a personal uplifting note on your ziplock to inspire families in need.
Want to share how 764 is supporting URI on social media? Tag @URI_NYC with #764strong
Member Driven Outreach:
Member Shannon O’Hara is organizing efforts to create the necessary supplies that are being requested. Please let her know if you are available to be a part of these efforts by filling out the form below.
FROM SHANNON O’HARA:
We know there is a lot if information out there right now and no clear path. We are creating a production process that will make sure that we are all working efficiently, productively and with the best materials possible. We are also setting this up with our volunteers’ safety as the highest priority. Thank you for your service!
While many businesses have been forced to shutter,
Encore Community Services has remained open for take-out lunch and home
delivered meal service for seniors. Meals are delivered to homebound seniors up
and down the west side.
At this time Encore is in urgent need of Volunteers to do the following:
Help deliver and pack meals (Weekday mornings and afternoons)
Licensed drivers with vehicles (Weekday mornings)
Trained cooks and professional kitchen staff to help prepare meals (Weekday mornings)
In addition, we have started Telephone Wellness Check-ins and need volunteers to help make check-in phone calls to senior citizens. Calls can be made between the hours of 10:30am – 7:00pm, Monday through Friday. This task will require an initial orientation and follow-up trainings may be required.
Seniors who cannot shop are in need of: Toilet Paper and Paper Towels, Household Cleaning Supplies, Sanitizing Wipes, Antibacterial hand soap.
The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancelations. For information on how to donated please visit: https://www.redcrossblood.org . Their website also included information about safe donation during the coronavirus outbreak.
From the New York
Central Labor Council:
Our thanks to President Vincent Alvarez for his leadership in this time
Supplies: Some of you may have access to urgently needed supplies through your shops or employers and have asked for information on where these items can go. The following supplies have been identified as urgently needed by the City of New York: *** PLEASE NOTE this does NOT mean masks made from at home. For these please see the note about URI above ***
New York Interfaith Services (NYDIS): NYDIS is a faith-based federation of over 60 diverse
judicatories, disaster human services providers, and charitable organizations
who work in partnership to provide disaster readiness, response, and recovery
services to New York City.
Share Your Space:
Registering community spaces is another way you can help support
communities during this time. You also can direct others in your community to
register their spaces as well. To register your space visit
the Share Your Space Survey online.
AND KEEP THE PRESSURE ON OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS UP! IF YOU HAVE NOT SIGNED AND SHARED THE BELOW, PLEASE DO SO:
Governor Cuomo has ordered the requirement to
make mortgage payments for homeowners facing hardship waived for three months.
New York State has also suspend eviction proceedings and pending eviction
orders for at least 90 days.
Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Legislator
have passed similar legislation to suspend evictions and the residential
foreclosure process as well as prohibit rent increases during the statewide
public health emergency.
The Federal Housing Administration intends to
implement a moratorium on evictions and forclosures for single-family
homeowners with an FHA-insured mortgage for 60 days.
Some members have asked for recommendations on where they
can make a financial contribution. Local 764 recommends:
The Local 764 Wally Hall Fund. Please not that this contribution is NOT
tax-deductible. A contribution to the
Local 764 Wally Hall Fund ensures 100% of your contribution will go to aid a
Local 764 member in need.
The Actors Fund.
The Actors Fund is a 501(c) 3 organization that helps all people in
entertainment, and your contribution will be tax deductible. The Actors Fund Relief program is open to
Local 764 members, and the Local 764 Officers and office work closely with the
Actors Fund in providing aid to our members.
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