RESOURCES, MUTUAL AID NETWORKS, AND ADVOCACY
As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, we are here to provide support, resources, information and mutual aid to all of our members. While what we are facing is unprecedented, so is our solidarity and commitment to supporting one another.
One of our strengths as a union is our ability to stand together, whether that means advocating for free, on-demand COVID testing, improved summer job security or a rent moratorium. You can read about these efforts, and access mutual aid networks, information on mental health, student resources and more below. You can also check out our summary of what Columbia has committed to regarding our working conditions during COVID, and what has not yet been clearly addressed. Go here for the latest on healthcare resources and information from Columbia, national and state info specific to NYC, and mental health support.
Please click on a link below to be directed to the relevant section. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or want to talk to someone about additional support, please email us anytime at email@example.com.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have circulated a survey to learn how people are being affected and what issues to prioritize. We have launched petitions and held virtual Day of Actions to demonstrate our support for state-wide rent suspension and to ensure university housing is included in measures that are moving in Albany.
Click on the links below to learn more, and reach out anytime to get involved.
Columbia Petitions and Surveys:
Networks have been set up across Columbia to provide assistance to those who need it. Please visit the links below both the volunteer, and to access support.
- COVID-19 Resources for Students
- Intercollege Mutual Aid Network
- List: Coronavirus & Campus Activism
- Student Mutual Aid Facebook Group
- University Responses and Community Organizing in Response to COVID-19
- The Food Pantry at Columbia – Tuesdays & Fridays, 3-6 PM in JJ’s Place (lower level of John Jay Hall)
These are trying times, and there is no shame in reaching out for help. Use the links below to access the care you need or to volunteer.
- Mental Health Hotline/Chat- Info
- Mental Health Chat For Undocumented People- Instagram Live Chat
- Trans Lifeline- Info, Donate
- Free, remote peer counseling – Open to anyone in emotional or psychiatric distress. Text (929) 277-8291 to schedule a phone or zoom session. Donate @LouisFelix on venmo.
- Mental Health for Front Line Workers/COVID Workers – info, offer support/volunteer
Many nonprofits and elected officials are establishing mutual aid networks to support New Yorkers in need. You can also access resources on housing, utilities, wifi, health needs, and food and grocery pantries.
- NYC United Against Coronavirus
- NYC Mutual Aid Network – Google document and Formalized Volunteer Webform
- NYC Mutual Aid Volunteers List:
- This is a place to offer support for other New Yorkers in and beyond your neighborhood. Go to #3 to set up a neighborhood-specific pod, or find one that exists.
- Requests for Support (NYC Mutual Aid Intake Form)
- This is a place to ask for what you need, and share some ideas for what we can do to support you and your community. There is no ask that is too big, though we may not be able to match everything asked.
- New York Cares COVID-19 relief volunteering – Volunteer Form
- The End Is Queer: NYC Mutual Aid – Facebook Group / Discord (discord preferred) – City wide queer centered mutual aid
- Resources for undocumented New Yorkers from New York State Youth Leadership Council – Google Document.
- Mutual Aid Neighborhood Coordination Spreadsheet
- Bed Stuy Strong – http://bit.ly/bedstuystrong (Slack)
- Bushwick Mutual Aid – Coronavirus – Facebook Group
Carroll Gardens Mutual Aid – Coronavirus – Facebook Group
- Central Brooklyn Mutual Aid – Google Form
- City Councilmember Brad Lander – Do you want to find a way to help support neighbors? Share your ideas and we’ll follow up with ways to organize together digitally.
- Ditmas Park/Flatbush/Prospect Park South Coronavirus Neighborhood Help – Google form
- Harlem United Against Coronavirus – Facebook Group
Heights and Hills – Volunteer to support home-bound seniors – Google Form, Tweet, Website
- Invisible Hands Deliver (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Jersey City, and Astoria!) – Website, Tweet
- Kensington, Brooklyn, Group for Mutual Aid (Coronavirus) – Facebook Group
North Brooklyn Mutual Aid Sheet
- Red Hook Coronavirus Community Cooperative Committee – Google Form
- Flatbush Mutual Aid
- South Brooklyn Community – COVID-19 Neighborhood Volunteers – Google Spreadsheet
- All Brooklyn – Coronavirus Neighborhood Help Google Form
- UWS: Stephen Wise Towers & NYCHA organizing – email
Food, groceries and meals (to donate or request from):
- The Food Pantry at Columbia – Tuesdays & Fridays, 3-6 PM in JJ’s Place (lower level of John Jay Hall)
- Abolition Action Grocery Fund – Donate via Paypal, Info via Tweet, [not taking any new requests: request form]
- Black Folks COVID-19 Fund for funds and supplies from BYP 100 – donate viaPayPal, request form
- Black Trans Solidarity Fund for groceries from TheOkraProject – donate via Paypal, request form
- Club A Kitchen nonperishables and supplies – donate, distribution every Saturday at intersection of Myrtle and Broadway
- NYC Shut it Down Food Delivery – Providing free home cooked meals and groceries to black & brown folks in BK, BX, Queens, Harlem. Donate on Venmo: @nycshutitdow, [not taking any new requests: request form]
- Food Bank 4 NYC – Needs Volunteers & $$$
- Service Workers Coalition NY – Needs Volunteers & $$$
- NYC Shut it Down Feed the People @nycshutitdown on all platforms
- Longstanding NYC abolitionist group serving hot food on the third Saturday of every month at Hunts Point Plaza and Bruckner Blvd in the Bronx at 5 p.m. and the last Monday of every month at 116th and Lexington in Manhattan at 7 p.m. Also sometimes has hygiene supplies and clothing.
- Food Not Bombs Manhattan – Website
- Serves hot food in the southwest area of Tompkins Square Park every Sunday from 4-6 p.m.
- Food Not Bombs Bed-Stuy – Website
- Passes out groceries at Marcy and Lafayette in Bed-Stuy every Saturday at 3 p.m.
- Club A @club_a_nyc on IG
- Serves hot food and passes out harm reduction supplies at 354 Stockton St. Brooklyn Saturdays approximately from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Grocery and supply delivery; delivery is free by Invisible Hands Delivery – Website, Tweet
- Grocery delivery service (free) by Sylvia Rivera Food Pantry – Info
- Food Bank NYC – Find the help that you need
- Food Help NYC – Map
- Soup Kitchen and Food Pantries – search by borough
- NYC public school students may pick up free grab-and-go breakfast and lunch from 7:30am-1:30pm outside the main entrance to every school building. Students may go to their regular school or the one closest to them.
- To find out whether you qualify for SNAP (food stamps) – Info
- Free Baby Formula – WIC members can have baby formula delivered FREE to all New York City boroughs. Dial 718-405-9111
- Free Veggies for Restaurant Workers – Local Roots CSA is giving away free vegetables to restaurant workers that are without work and money right now: firstname.lastname@example.org
As of Monday March 16, eviction proceedings and pending orders will be suspended statewide until further notice. Housing court functions such as landlord lockouts, repair orders, and serious code violations will continue.
As of Thursday March 19, New York has implemented a 90-day foreclosure moratorium and mortgage relief period for owners who can demonstrate they are not able to make timely payments due to the impact of the virus.
- Tenants Rights Hotline by Met Council – 212-979-0611 (ingles y espanol) or more info
- Report attempted evictions – Anyone with knowledge of City marshals attempting to execute on warrants of eviction can report this activity by calling DOI’s Bureau of City Marshals at (212) 825-5953.
- Support for eviction prevention: Bronx Works, Catholic Charities (helps regardless of denomination), Coalition for the Homeless
- NYC DSA Tenant Organizing Manual
- It’s Going Down Podcast Episode on Rent Strikes and Tenant Organizing
As of Friday March 13, New York utilities have volunteered to suspend utility shut-offs for power, heat and water for all customers.
Free WiFi at home:
- Comcast – offering Essentials internet service designed for low-income families free for 60 days for new qualifying customers. Visit https://www.internetessentials.com/ for more information. Call 1-855-8-INTERNET for set up.
- Spectrum – households with K-12 students can get free Spectrum Wifi for 60 days (including free installation for new customers). Call 1-844-488-8395 for set up.
Wifi via smartphone:
- Metro PCS, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Comcast are all lifting their unlimited data caps for cell phone subscribers for at least 60 days. Contact your cell phone provider for more information.
- MetroPCS will allow you to add a free 10GB of mobile hotspot per month by adding an add on service available in the MyMetro app, MyAccount or by calling Care at 611.
- T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile are providing customers an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot/tethering service for the next 60 days coming soon.
- Call 311 with any medical questions.
- To find out whether you can qualify for Medicaid or other free and low cost health insurance.
- Information for medical professionals (very detailed): org.
Navigating and setting up mutual aid networks can be a challenge. Below you’ll find guides from nonprofits and elected officials on where to start.
Health & Safety Practices
- Safe Practices for COVID-19/Coronavirus Mutual Aid Projects
- Safety Practices for Mutual Aid, Food Supply & Distribution During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Things to do to stay healthy and entertained while sheltering in place:
- Down Dog app is free until April 1st – if student, can extend through July 1st
- Yoga for Beginners app (same makers as Down Dog) free until April 1st – if student, can extend through July 1st
- Yoga with Adriene on Youtube – always free online
- CorePower Yoga Class Pack – free online classes during this time
- YogaWorks – free online classes during this time
- Touchstone Fitness: Free online yoga through FB Live, varying schedule – check the website
- Lululemon – some free online videos
More (HIIT, dance, barre, circuits, more):
- Barry’s Bootcamp – free on Instagram Live at 6AM, 9AM, and 12PM PDT (9AM, 12PM, 3PM EDT). Workouts are saved on the IGTV if you miss it
- Rumble Boxing – free on Instagram Live at 9AM EST. Workouts saved on IGTV
- Planet Fitness free live workout sessions – during this time
- Les Mills Free Workouts – during this time
- HIIT app, Barre app, 7 Minute app (same makers as Down Dog) free until April 1st- if student, can extend through July 1st
- Pamela Reif on Youtube – always free
- Chloe Ting 2 Week Shred – always free
- Blogilates at home pilates – always free
- Popsugar Fitness – always free
- Fullstop Dance – 12PM stretch and dance videos live on Instagram
- Support dancers by venmoing @fullstopdance
- Headspace is offering free meditations on their website and on their app
- The East Bay Meditation Center
- Free 5-day online Buddhist wisdom summit with Thich Nhat Hanh (March 25-29)
- File your taxes online:
- Credit Karma
- With the IRS
- Coursera offers classes in a variety of subject areas. Free to students (not gen public)
- Free courses online for adults: https://www.classcentral.com/collection/ivy-league-moocs
- Free classes in variety of subjects: Khan Academy – https://www.khanacademy.org/
- Help solve the COVID-19 crisis by interacting with the 3-D compositions of protein structures. It’s part game, part science. You don’t actually have to be a scientist – https://fold.it/ (it’s a computer game)
- Video Chat with friends while playing games through the Bunch app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=live.bunch.group.video.chat.party.games&hl=en_US
Books / Reading
Opportunities to give and volunteer in New York City.
Numerous resources are coming on line to support those who are being asked to teach from home.
- Humanizing Online Teaching – Drs. Mary Raygoza, Raina León, and Aaminah Norris, Saint Mary’s College of California
- The Hope Center – Beyond the Food Pantry Supporting #RealCollege Students During COVID19
- Remote Teaching Resources for Business Continuity – DePaul University
- Resources for online meetings, classes, and events – Facilitators for Pandemic Response group
- Moving Production Courses Online
- How to Transition to Online Teaching During these Difficult Times – CUNY
- Shifting Film, Media, Screenwriting & Production Online for COVID-19 (Facebook Group)
- Teaching in the Time of Corona: Resources (Facebook Group)
- Demands from Grassroots Organizers Concerning COVID-19 – Kelly Hayes, Transformative Spaces
- How is COVID-19 and school closures impacting Title IX cases – Know Your IX
- COVID-19 Legal Resources – Brumley Law Firm
- CivicTechHub – International list of hackathons and civic tech communities trying to find solutions against COVID-19
- COVID-19 Slack / Discord / Telegram workspaces (+ hackathons): International list