Community Resources

Below is a list of resources and information available to provide aide during COVID-19.



Have a Question? Call the Novel Coronavirus Hotline 24/7 at 1-888-364-3065

Local Updates:

  • SUFFOLK COUNTY: Text COVIDSUFFOLK to 67283 for Updates
  • NASSAU COUNTY: Text COVID19NC to 888777 for Updates

CDC Updates

▶ CHARITY AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • With the spread of COVID-19, cancer patients are more vulnerable than ever. American Cancer Society needs your support to keep vital patient and caregiver resources available during this difficult time. Because cancer doesn’t stop. So neither do we. CLICK HERE to find out how you can help
  • Birthday Wishes of Long Island CakeWalk Virtual Walk 2020
  • Bohlsen Restaurant Group Community Relief Fund- The BRG Community Relief Fund consists of a “Buddy Box” program, managed and created by our current staff, of weekly staples sent to our furloughed workers and a “Feeding Hero’s” program that feeds local critical care workers during this time. We are honored to be able to provide a giveback gateway for those that need it.
  • The Developmental Disabilites Institue or DDI, has started a campaign called "Operation Superheroes" in an effort to generate donations to secure critical supplies and funding needed to ensure that DDI's vital team members on the front lines have all the provisions they need to support them in their care and keep themselves healthy and safe from the virus. Learn more and make a donation here.
  • The Society of St Vincent de Paul has been helping people cope with the effects of poverty on Long Island for over 70 years. Each year we help thousands of our neighbors. The financial impact of the COVID 19 epidemic will be staggering. If you are able to help or if you find yourself in need of help, please visit their website
  • Donate to support Long Island Hospitality workers impacted by COVID-19
  • Crew members are the backbone of the live music industry. Live shows would not be possible without these incredible people behind the scenes of each and every concert. Live Nation is extending a helping hand to those workers who need it the most by creating the Crew Nation Fund. Live Nation will match all donations dollar for dollar, up to $10 million. Visit livenation.com/crewnation to donate or buy merch to support the cause now.
  • NYS How You Can Help
  • The New York Blood Center is in desperate need of blood donors as coronavirus concerns have slowed down appointments. There are six centers in Nassau and Suffolk and each has safety protocols in place. Healthy individuals who have not been exposed to coronavirus are encouraged to donate. If you are unsure if you can donate, ask the experts at 800-688-0900 or visit their website.
  • Long Island Community Hospital
  • Nurses House has been helping nurses since 1924 and in 2019 they earned $350,000 from generous donors. But as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the country, they have been overwhelmed with applications from health care workers who have become compromised by COVID-19. With estimates predicting that nearly half of America’s 4 million nurses were projected to be exposed to or contract coronavirus over the next year, Nurses House’s funds from last year will quickly disappear. Nurses need our help now more than ever. The Nurses House Covid-19 fund helps nurses affected with Coronavirus so they are not financially burdened during their recovery. Visit HelpNurses.org to donate.
  • Nassau County Medical Supply Drive - Nassau County is accepting donations of medical supplies for local first responders and healthcare workers that are facing shortages. Requested supplies are listed here.
  • Family & Children’s Association COVID-19 Client Assistance Program - Donate Here
  • Suffolk County United Veterans' provides free meals to homeless Vets. During this time, they urgently need your financial help to keep the meals coming. Visit FeedTheVets.scuv.org or call 631-672-9613.
  • Paws of War, Long Island’s charity providing service dogs for Long Island Veterans & First Responders is experiencing a surge in requests from our front line heroes, many who are being called back to battle the Corona Virus, and are dealing with depression, PTSD and physical ailments. Their critical mission is in jeopardy as most of their corporate donations & events have been canceled and their operating reserves are running out. Please help them with a donation of any size so they can continue to serve the heroes that have sacrificed so much and continue to fight for our safety. Please visit: PawsofWar.org

  • The Nassau County SPCA announced the launch of the Nassau County COVID-19 Hotline, which will serve as an information, planning, referral service coordination hub for residents who need support for their pets during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Pet Hotline can be reached directly at 516-843-7722, 24hrs 7 days a week.
  • Considering pet adoption? Now would be a good time - help your local shelter by adopting a pet today, or if you are able, make a donation. Learn more at arfhamptons.org.
  • During this time, people are unable to visit The Shabby Tabby to meet with or adopt these homeless cats. Visit TheShabbyTabbyLI.com to find out how you can support and donate.
  • Almost Home Long Island has closed their doors for walk-ins but you can still look for their adoptable pets or donate here.
  • Bideawee has suspended all non-monetary donations. If you would like to support their efforts during this time, you can donate here.
  • Bobbi and the Strays locations are temporarily closed and have temporarily changed their adoption process. If you are interested in adopting, email adopt@bobbicares.org to request an Adoption Application. Go here for more info.
  • Islip Animal Shelter COVID-19 Policy
  • Kent Animal Shelter Calverton is seeking donations
  • Last Hope Animal Rescue asks for any donations of necessary supplies to be sent directly from Amazon, Walmart, etc. Find more info and their updated adoption policies here.
  • Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center is currently closed to the public and is in need of towels, blankets and new or gently used dog toys. You can drop these items off at the gate or purchase items from their Amazon Wishlist.
  • Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter is looking for fosters/adopters for medium to large mixed breed dogs. Visit BrookhavenNY.gov/AnimalShelter to learn more and download an application.

▶ CHILDCARE

  • The NYS Office of Family Services are accepting surveys to potentially assist in finding child care providers. Find out more here.

▶ EMERGENCY RELIEF

  • IRS Economic Impact Payments
  • NYS Unemployment Assistance
  • FEMA Public Assistance
  • CERF+ - This organization has an emergency relief grant available to artists working in the creation of original objects through the skillful manipulation of materials. Some of the artists include woodworkers, fiber artists, metalsmiths, glass artist, potters, and furniture makers. For more information and to apply, visit here.
  • USAA will return $520 million to policyholders. Every member with an auto insurance policy in effect as of March 31 will receive a 20% credit on two months of premiums. Members will automatically receive a credit applied to their bill. No action required.
  • Geico is offering $2.5 billion in credits to auto insurance customers. For auto and motorcycle customers whose policy comes up for renewal between April 8-Oct 7, they will receive a 15% credit. No action required.
  • Allstate will return $600 million in auto premiums to customers. Customers will receive 15% of their monthly premiums in April and May.

▶ EMPLOYMENT

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▶ FOOD SERVICES

▶ HEALTH

    Jones Beach and Stony Brook - Must make an appointment first! For appointments and questions for Nassau and Suffolk counties call the New York State Department of Health Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
  • West End Jones Beach 7am-7pm
  • Stony Brook University 7am-7pm. Map to testing site
  • The following are COVID-19 Molecular Testing sites, with results in less than 15 minutes. Testing is done first come, first serve and limited to 100 tests per day. More info here.

  • Farmingdale: 1037 Fulton St, Farmingdale, NY 11735
  • East Meadow: 2310 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554
  • West Islip: 125 Sunrise Highway, West Islip, NY 11795

  • Response Crisis Hotline Available 24/7. If you are in crisis, in need of support or resources, or if you are feeling suicidal, we are here. Our crisis counselors are as close as your phone, your computer or your mobile device. You are not alone! Call Now (631) 751-7500
  • The American Red Cross is opening a virtual Family Assistance Center to provide comfort and support, information and referrals for New York State families that have lost loved ones to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. The virtual Family Assistance Center will link families to crisis counselors who will provide emotional and spiritual support, as well as information and referrals to help them navigate the challenging process they might be facing as a result of their loved one's death. Fill out an online intake form in English or Spanish.Those without online capabilities may call 585-957-8187, and a volunteer will assist them with the initial intake process.
  • A mental health hotline is available to New Yorkers who need it. Over 6,000 mental health professionals have volunteered their time to help with New York's Coronavirus response. For free emotional support, consultation and referral to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314.
  • Association for Mental Health and Wellness
  • The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reminds you to care for your mental health in the face of uncertainty. You can reach the crisis text line by texting TALK to 741741 or call The National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-TALK.
  • Health Central Depression Hub

  • If you need help, contact the Safe Center 24/7 at 516-542-0404 or the NY Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline at 800-942-6906. If you are in any personal crisis, you can also call the Long Island Crisis Center 24/7 hotline at 516-679-1111.
     
  • Long Island Against Domestic Violence knows all too well that home is not always a safe place. If you need support, access to their services, or help to plan for your safety contact 631-666-8833 or visit liadv.org.

  • Pharmacies will now offer free home delivery to New Yorkers. All NYS major pharmacy chains, pharmacies have agreed to offer free home delivery to help reduce long lines for prescriptions at their facilities.

  • What cancer patients, their families, and caregivers need to know about the coronavirus. If you’re having trouble finding the information you need about cancer, coronavirus and COVID-19, the illness caused by the current strain of coronavirus, American Cancer Society is here to help with current and reliable information. American Cancer Society volunteers and experts are available via live chat or our 24-hour helpline at 800-227-2345 or visit Cancer.org for resources

▶ HOMELESS ASSISTANCE

▶ UTILITIES

  • PSEG Long Island is temporarily suspending service shut-offs. More info here.

▶ SERVICES

  • Forrester Maher Funeral Home in Ronkonkoma is waiving all memorial service fees to help ease the burden during these difficult times. Contact them at 631-732-7832.
  • Branch Funeral Homes of Smithtown and Miller Place offer free live web casting of funeral services. More info here.

▶ RELIGIOUS SERVICES

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