PSAs — Ways You Can Get Involved (updated 12/22/21)

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Essex County Holiday Benefit Drive

Essex County is seeking donations of food, coats and toys for their Holiday Benefit Drive, now through December 31st. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. is asking residents to donate non-perishable food items, gently used winter coats and unwrapped new toys in exchange for free admission to Essex County Turtle Back Zoo. Non-perishable food items will be collected by the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Winter coats will be collected by Catholic Charities. Toys will be donated to the Essex County Sheriff’s Toy Drive, the Essex County Correctional Facility Toy Drive, and local shelters. More info is at https://villagegreennj.com/tag/essex-county-food-and-coat-drive (New 12/10/21-ends 12/31/21)

The Children’s Hospital of New Jersey Virtual Toy Drive

Hundreds of children will spend the holiday season in hospitals this year but having a special gift can offer a sense of comfort during a difficult time. The Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, through RJWBarnabas Health, is hosting a Virtual Toy Drive this year. Donations from generous community members help the Child Life team purchase developmentally appropriate toys for patients. Please note that due to COVID-19, the drive has gone fully virtual this year. More info about Children’s Hospital of New Jersey’s Toy Drive is at https://tinyurl.com/h2wy3vey (New 12/10/21)

Project Self-Sufficiency’s Holiday Toy Drive

Project Self-Sufficiency’s Holiday Toy Drive is in full swing. Their Season of Hope Holiday Toy Drive collects new, unwrapped toys for children and teens in Sussex, Warren and North Morris Counties in New Jersey. To be on the receiving end, you must register. More information about donating toys, or the funds to purchase toys, is available at https://www.projectselfsufficiency.org/holiday-toy-drive-sussex-warren-nj (New 12/10/21– ends 12/24/21)

The Child Center of New York Holiday Toy Drive

Make this holiday season bright for NYC families! The Child Center of New York serves thousands of children and families facing extremely challenging circumstances. Many families count on us to help make the holidays bright. One-hundred percent of donations made toward the Child Center of New York’s Holiday Toy Drive are used towards purchasing gifts for children locally. More info is at https://childcenterny.org/toys (New 12/10/21– ends 12/24/21)

The New York Cares Coat Drive

New York Cares supports community needs with the spirit of giving through their annual Coat and Holiday Drives. The New York Cares Coat Drive runs through the end of December. People can give the gift of warmth to thousands of New Yorkers who are desperately in need during the winter season. Companies are invited to collect and sort coats, which are distributed to recent immigrants, seniors on fixed incomes and homeless men, women, children and infants. They also help fulfill the wishes of low-income children, teens, families and seniors who may not otherwise receive a holiday gift by participating in New York Cares Winter Wishes program. More info is at https://www.newyorkcares.org/holiday-program (New 12/10/21– ends 12/31/21)

Eva’s Village

Paterson-based Eva’s Village strives to break the cycle of poverty and addiction through an interconnected community of recovery and support services. Since 1990, Eva’s Village has grown grown from a simple soup kitchen into one of the most comprehensive providers of treatment, recovery, and support in New Jersey. Their services include food through a community kitchen, emergency overnight shelters, addiction and mental health treatment, childcare, job training, medical and dental care, and housing. More info is at https://www.evasvillage.org (New 12/10/21)

FEMA Hurricane Ida Disaster Assistance

If your home was damaged by Hurricane Ida, the deadline to file a FEMA claim has been extended. New York residents have until January 4th and New Jersey residents have until January 5th to file. To get started, you first need to file a claim with your insurance provider. Then apply for FEMA disaster assistance. FEMA funds may be used to cover the cost of temporary housing while your property is being repaired or rebuilt. Funds may also be used to repair or replace heating, air conditioning units, damaged vehicles, medical and dental expenses due to the disaster. More info is at https://www.disasterassistance.gov/, or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-FEMA. That’s 800-621-3362. (updated / ends 1/5/222)

New Jersey Covid Vaccine info

The New Jersey Covid-19 Information Hub gathers all the info you need on where, how, and when you can get vaccinated, and on safety around others. Everyone 12 or older who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. They also offer info on current travel restrictions, limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings and on free public COVID-19 testing or treatment. Vaccines are available to all New Jerseyans, regardless of immigration or insurance status. More information from The New Jersey Covid-19 Information Hub is available at covid19.NJ.gov. (updated 7/25/21)

New Jersey Covid Testing info

Now that the Delta Variant has become the dominant Covid-19 strain, new, free pop-up testing sites are now available in several New Jersey hotspot areas. It’s especially important to get tested if you’ve been exposed to someone who’d tested positive and haven’t been vaccinated, or if you’re experiencing Covid-19 symptoms despite being vaccinated. It’s quick and easy. You don’t need insurance. Do your part to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community by getting tested for COVID-19. For more info in New Jersey, dial 2-1-1, or visit covid19.nj.gov /pages/testing. (updated 7/25/21)

The Vaccine Finder

With the highly contagious Delta Variant becoming widespread, it’s especially important to get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible in NYC. The Vaccine Finder is a one-stop site for New Yorkers to find the nearest COVID-19 vaccination location. Homebound and other eligible New Yorkers, such as those age 75 and up and those with a disability, can call 877-VAX-4-NYC (877-829-4692) to be contacted by the City for this service. Know that fully vaccinated people can more safely gather with friends and enjoy other benefits of vaccination. More info is at Vaccine Finder vaccinefinder.nyc.gov, or call 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). (updated 7/25/21)

Sanitation Foundation

Did you know that 68% of all food discarded in New York City is still edible? The Sanitation Foundation, the NYC Department of Sanitation’s non-profit partner, brings together the community to create a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable New York City. During the 2021 NYC Food Waste Fair, the Sanitation Foundation launched a free innovative digital tool to help residents and businesses identify the companies or organizations that can help them fight food waste at home and at work. More info to helping end food waste in New York City is at: https://www.sanitationfoundation.org/toolkit (updated 7/25/21)

School the World

School the World fights extreme poverty in areas of Guatemala, Honduras and Panama through the power of education. In poverty-stricken communities with little to no access to education School the World works to build schools, playgrounds, stock classrooms, educate students and empower parents to be their child’s first educators. This a community-driven nonprofit also offers Domestic opportunities for students, families and companies to create change. More info is at https://schooltheworld.org/ (New 11/3/21)

New York Covid-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

New Yorkers facing evictions and experiencing financial hardship through no fault of their own may be eligible for relief. The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program, or ERAP, will provide significant economic relief to help low and moderate-income households at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability by providing rental arrears, temporary rental assistance and utility arrears assistance. You can apply for the ERAP online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More info is at: otda.ny.gov/programs/Emergency-Rental-Assistance/) (updated 7/25/21)

New Jersey Department of Health

The New Jersey Department of Health’s six megasites for the COVID-19 vaccine are now accepting walk-in appointments. Everyone 12 or older who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine at any of New Jersey’s six megasites. The specific locations of the six state mega vaccination sites are: Atlantic City Convention Center; Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford; in Burlington County at Moorestown Mall; Rowan College of South Jersey in Sewell; New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison; and Rockaway Townsquare Mall in Morris County. The New Jersey Department of Health has more info at https://www.nj.gov/health (Updated 5/13/21)

Housing Justice for All

The Housing Justice for All campaign, run by the Upstate Downstate Housing Alliance, is founded on the belief that housing is a human right. New York had a housing crisis before the COVID-19 pandemic. 92,000 New Yorkers sleep in shelters each night, and millions more are living one paycheck away from an eviction. Housing Justice for All works toward developing statewide legislation of housing policies that serve people, not real estate. More information is available at www.housingjusticeforall.org. (added 4/14)


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Animal Aid / Rescue PSAs

Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is on the ground in New York City, helping to save the lives of homeless pets and supporting efforts to make New York a no-kill state permanently, and aim for the initiative nationally by 2025. Best Friends operates the nation’s largest sanctuary for homeless animals; provides adoption, spay/neuter, and educational programs. While The Best Friends Lifesaving Center in New York City is closed during the pandemic, adoptions are still taking place remotely through an online application and video-conference meet-and-greets. Information on adoptions, fostering animals and volunteering is at ny.bestfriends.org/.

Flatbush Cats

With thousands of cats on the streets in Brooklyn, what can a few people do? The organization, Flatbush Cats, focuses on reducing the outdoor cat population in Brooklyn. Flatbush Cats offers TNR (trap-neuter-return) training, mentoring and assistance, a cat rescue and adoptions. They feel the best way to help reduce the outdoor cat population is by focusing their limited resources on a small, targeted area in Flatbush, allowing them to maximize impact. More information is available at flatbushcats.org. (New 2/18/21)

New Jersey residents may be eligible to have your pet spayed or neutered at a discounted price at participating veterinary hospitals. The sSpay fee is $20 if you adopted your pet from an eligible licensed NJ shelter, a municipal, county, or regional pound or a non-profit NJ animal adoption referral agency. The fee is just $10 if you are on Food Stamps, Medicaid, SSI or other public assistance. More info is available at https://www.nj.gov/health/vph/pop-control/ (current 7/25/21)

Pets Are Wonderful Support, or PAWS

Pets Are Wonderful Support, or PAWS, NY helps New York City’s most vulnerable residents remain with their pets, delivering critical programs and services through a community of partners and volunteers. PAWS’ programs help keep pets in their homes while protecting and promoting the human-animal bond that is so physically and psychologically valuable. Pets provide us with companionship, unconditional love, and they combat loneliness. Help protect this relationship each and every day for those facing challenges from advancing age, disability, or illness. PAWS’ motto: helping people by helping pets. More info is at pawsny.org.

St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center

Since 1939, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center has been dedicated to helping pets and their loving guardians persevere through challenging life conditions. St. Hubert’s animal shelters in Madison, North Branch and the Noah’s Ark Campus in Ledgewood, NJ all welcome animals directly from guardians, rescues, overcrowded New Jersey shelters, disaster situations, and more. Additionally, They offer adoptions, a pet food pantry, low-cost vet care/clinics, spay/neutering for community cats and other services. St. Hubert’s goal is to help keep pets and their families together. More info at sthuberts.org/)


ART &MUSIC PSAs

Arts For Art

NYC-based Arts for Arts, or AFA, is dedicated to the exceptional creativity that originated in the African American multi-arts jazz culture that utilizes improvisation to express a larger, more positive dream of inclusion and freedom. They serve a diverse community of artists and audiences in music, dance, poetry and visual arts. Founded in 1996, AFA is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of FreeJazz — an African American indigenous art form in which improvisation is principle. AFA’s twice-weekly On_Line Salon series features live streaming performances and conversations, providing much needed paid performance opportunities for artists and inspiration to all of us. More info is at https://www.artsforart.org (updated 2/19/20)

Jazz Foundation of America

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jazz Foundation of America has been helping hundreds of jazz and blues musicians, who live precariously even in good economic times, by providing compassionate counsel and direct financial support. The Jazz Foundation of America’s COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund helps musicians and their families with basic living expenses and more during this indefinite period of financial free fall. More information is on their website, jazzfoundation.org/covid19fund

Jazz Generation

Jazz Generation is a jazz education and performance initiative, creating opportunities for children and adults through complementary programs. Jazz Generation’s Keyed Up! program partners venues spanning from Jersey City, NJ to Sag Harbor, Long Island to keep hundreds of musicians working and hungry jazz listeners happy with live performances. Through Jazz Generation’s youth programs, young musicians are provided with the skills required to grow as collaborators and performers, and to introduce younger audiences to the joys of live jazz. More info is at: jazzgeneration.org.

MusiCares

The Recording Academy and its charitable foundation MusiCares’ mission is to support the music community in times of need. With that mission at heart, they realize many in the industry are still struggling and basic needs such as food, toiletries, and prescriptions can be difficult to afford during these challenging times. MusiCares helps keep the music community alive and thriving, giving it as much as it gives us. For more information, visit www.grammy.com/musicares

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

Each year, the New York Foundation for the Arts, or NYFA, provides over $3 million in cash grants to individuals pursuing artistic excellence in all forms. The organization realizes that the arts have been the hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis. To help offset this, NYFA’s services offer organizations, artists, creatives, students, and arts administrators online opportunities to receive practical and actionable career advice from industry professionals and specialized NYFA staff. Info on applying for grants and on making contributions is available at nyfa.org. (added 4/14)

The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA)

The National Independent Venue Association, or NIVA, thanks those across the country who sent 2.1 million emails to their elected officials expressing their support for the Save Our Stages Act. The Act was passed by Congress as a part of the Covid-19 relief bill. Since it could take many weeks, even months for the funding to flow, the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund continues to raise money to assist the venues at greatest risk of permanently going under as we wait for the grants to be issued. To find out more, visit www.nivassoc.org. (revised 1/6/21)

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet, often while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. They provide relief in the form of financial assistance to many musicians who would otherwise be in terrible predicaments. More information is on their website, www.sweetrelief.org


Community Aid PSAs

African Services

Harlem-based African Services gives a helping hand to newcomers from across the African Diaspora. Founded in 1981 by Ethiopian refugees, this multiservice human rights agency assists immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers. African Services offers broad support services for African immigrants coming to the US including Free healthcare and testing for HIV/STD/TB/Hepatitis B and C, diabetes and blood pressure. They also offer legal services, plus immigration, housing and food pantry assistance. More info is available at www.africanservices.org, or call 212-222-3882.

The Alzheimer’s Association

No one should face Alzheimer’s alone. The Alzheimer’s Association has been working to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Whether you provide daily care, participate in decision-making or simply care about someone with the disease, help and support are available. Since 1980, The Alzheimer’s Association has been uniting caregivers and providing support to those facing he disease. For more info on the support The Alzheimer’s Association offers, visit https://www.alz.org, or call 24/7 toll free: 800-272-3900. (added 5/13/21)

Business Pandemic Recovery Initiative

If you run a small business in New York that’s had trouble keeping going over the past year, the state’s Business Pandemic Recovery Initiative may help. This New York State program helps small businesses rebuild, renew and reimagine through $800 million in state funding set aside for small businesses. A statewide network of centers is staffed by people who can walk you through how to apply. Find out more about New York State’s Business Pandemic Recovery Initiative at (https://esd.ny.gov/business-pandemic-recovery-initiative) (5/28/21)

Mental Health for All

In New York City, mental health care and support are not privileges reserved for those who can afford it. It is a human right for all. Mental Health for All is a central hub where every New Yorker can connect to care and find mental health resources for themselves and their loved ones, no matter the age, ZIP code, ethnicity, or gender. Mental Health for All offers resources for crisis, trauma and grief support, substance abuse services, and care for serious mental illness. More info is available at https://mentalhealthforall.nyc.gov/ (10/16/21 Evergreen)

NY FRONTLINE

New York Health care workers feeling overwhelmed can text NYFRONTLINE to 741-741 to access 24/7 emotional support services. Also, any New Yorker can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling. More info is coronavirus.health.ny.gov. (added 4/14)

Essex ResourceNet

Essex ResourceNet provides a wide range of information about support, resources, and services for families in Essex County, New Jersey. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and feel you need help, Essex ResourceNet offers a list of hotlines where you can vent, discuss depression, or report abuse, all anonymous. More info is at http://www.essexresourcenet.org. (added 12/31/20)

Hoboken Family Alliance

Hoboken Family Alliance, or HFA, is a 100% volunteer-driven organization and one Hoboken’s oldest non-profits. HFA spurs community spirit and change for the better – across civic, social, and educational opportunities for all families while bringing families together in the community. Many Hudson County people are in need of some extra care, attention, support or resources, including seniors, children of all ages and the homeless. More info on the Hoboken Family Alliance and volunteering is available at http://hobokenfamily.com. (updated 12/31/20)

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

If you or someone you know is feeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed or powerless, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free and confidential support help 24/7 for people in distress. They offer prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. Anyone could be struggling with suicide, something we can all help prevent. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, or just need someone to talk to confidentially, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org (updated 4/14/21)

New York’s Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (ODPV)

If you are unsafe at home, New York’s Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, or OPDV is here to help. You can reach out to an OPDV advocate any time, day or night. TEXT us at 844.997.2121 or CALL us at 800.942.6906. Chat, text and calls are secure and private. More info is at https://opdv.ny.gov/ (updated 2/18/21)

School the World

School the World fights extreme poverty in areas of Guatemala, Honduras and Panama through the power of education. In poverty-stricken communities with little to no access to education School the World works to build schools, playgrounds, stock classrooms, educate students and empower parents to be their child’s first educators. This a community-driven nonprofit also offers Domestic opportunities for students, families and companies to create change. More info is at https://schooltheworld.org/ (New 11/3/21)

Strengthen Our Sisters

Strengthen Our Sisters, a shelter and support program for homeless, battered women and their dependent children, helps address the increasing need for safe housing in the Passaic County region. Based in Wanaque, NJ, the mission of Strengthen Our Sisters or SOS, is to help shelter residents break the cycles of abuse, poverty, and violence that brought them to their doors. Food, shelter, clothing, legal, and supportive services, as well as child care, and job training are provided for SOS clients. More info is at www.strengthenoursisters.org and their 24/7 emergency line is 973-831-6156. (added 4/14/21)

Street Corner Resources

Street Corner Resources, or SCR, was born out of a concern over gun violence and gang activity amongst Harlem’s youth. Since 2005, SCR has been providing Harlem youths with resources to help them develop holistically and serve as a positive alternative against the ongoing trend towards violence in urban neighborhoods. Street Corner Resources seeks to create a more peaceful community by providing teenagers and young adults greater access to real employment, education, training and other resources to assist them as they strive for success. They also have a very active street presence and installed the “I AM PEACE” Music Studio located within a Harlem High School. Info on sponsoring, volunteering, advising and donating is available at: scrnyc1.org/) (new 5/28/21)

The United Tastes of America

When refugees are resettled in the United States, they often encounter language, cultural and economic barriers that segregate them and deprive them from fully belonging. The United Tastes of America, a New Jersey-based organization, is dedicated to changing the perception of refugees. They help accelerate refugees’ integration and build participation in this journey from local communities. The organization’s talented female cooks utilize deep skills to meet new friends and to help families acclimate to their new homes. The mission of The Unites Tastes of America is to integrate refugees and asylum seekers through food, social enterprise and community connections. More info is at https://www.theunitedtastesofamerica.org/ (Current 10/6/21)


COVID / Seasonal Flu PSAs

Covid-19 Information for the Uninsured

Did you know that if you are an uninsured patient with COVID-19, your bills will be covered? Most major health systems participate in a program through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to cover bills from uninsured patients with COVID-19, as set up through the CARES Act. Also, The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) is a federal law that requires anyone coming to an emergency department to be stabilized and treated, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. For billing and cost-sharing information for patients with or without insurance seeking COVID-19 testing and/or treatments visit https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/cares-act-provider-relief-fund/index.html (current 2/19/21)

Get Covered New Jersey

If you have trouble affording health coverage, check Get Covered New Jersey, the state’s official online health insurance marketplace. More people now qualify for financial help through Get Covered New Jersey as a result of Federal and State COVID-19 Relief Aid. Based on your income, you may qualify for free or low-cost coverage with NJ FamilyCare, the state’s publicly funded health insurance program. You only need to fill out one application on Get Covered New Jersey to learn about the financial help you can get. More info is at www.nj.gov/getcoverednj (Current 10/6/21)

New Jersey Covid 19 Information Fund

The New Jersey Covid-19 Information Hub gathers all the info you need on where, how, and when you can get vaccinated, and on safety around others. Everyone 12 or older who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. They also offer info on current travel restrictions, limits for indoor and outdoor gatherings and on free public COVID-19 testing or treatment. Vaccines are available to all New Jerseyans, regardless of immigration or insurance status. More information from The New Jersey Covid-19 Information Hub is available at https://covid19.nj.gov.

New Jersey Covid 19 Testing

Now that the Delta Variant has become the dominant Covid-19 strain, new, free pop-up testing sites are now available in several New Jersey hotspot areas. It’s especially important to get tested if you’ve been exposed to someone who’d tested positive and haven’t been vaccinated, or if you’re experiencing Covid-19 symptoms despite being vaccinated. It’s quick and easy. You don’t need insurance. Do your part to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community by getting tested for COVID-19. For more info in New Jersey, dial 2-1-1, or visit https://covid19.nj.gov/pages/testing. (updated 7/25/21)

The Vaccine Finder

It has never been easier to get a COVID-19 vaccination in NYC. People 12 and older are eligible for the vaccine. With the highly contagious Delta Variant becoming widespread, it’s especially important to get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible in NYC. The Vaccine Finder is a one-stop site for New Yorkers to find the nearest COVID-19 vaccination location. Homebound and other eligible New Yorkers, such as those age 75 and up and those with a disability, can call 877-VAX-4-NYC (877-829-4692) to be contacted by the City for this service. Know that fully vaccinated people can more safely gather with friends and enjoy other benefits of vaccination. vaccinefinder.nyc.gov (updated 7/25/21)


DISASTER RELIEF PSAs

Business Pandemic Recovery Initiative

If you run a small business in New York that’s had trouble keeping going over the past year, the state’s Business Pandemic Recovery Initiative may help. This New York State program helps small businesses rebuild, renew and reimagine through $800 million in state funding set aside for small businesses. A statewide network of centers is staffed by people who can walk you through how to apply. Find out more about New York State’s Business Pandemic Recovery Initiative at https://esd.ny.gov/business-pandemic-recovery-initiative (new 5/28/21)

Direct Relief

Direct Relief’s mission is to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay. Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, Direct Relief has been working in overdrive to get protective gear and critical care medications to as many health workers as possible, as quickly as possible, with emergency deliveries leaving daily for medical facilities across the U.S. With cities as well as rural areas now experiencing the brunt of the pandemic, they’re committed to responding as needed as the winter months progress. More information is available at www.directrelief.org/.

SBP

Disaster recovery from a disaster is a complicated and stressful process for survivors, and S-B-P is available to help. S-B-P rebuilds homes far below market rate, and carries out construction projects with much lower subsidies than traditional affordable housing models. Originally called the St. Bernard Project, the relief organization was founded in response to the unbearably slow rebuilding progress that followed Hurricane Katrina. S-B-P helps shrink the time between disaster and recovery. More information is available at sbpusa.org/.


FOOD ASSISTANCE PSAs

Brooklyn Shows Love Mutual Aid Project

The Equality for Flatbush and Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network have committed to feeding Brooklynites and providing other forms of material aid until May 2021, and maybe even longer, depending on the circumstances. As of May 2020, the group has doubled its food distribution work, and has committed to providing two large bags of non-perishable food and COVID-19 household supplies to more than 400 households. If you would like to help the “Brooklyn Shows Love Mutual Aid Project” expand their capacity, please sign up to volunteer: bit.ly/bkshowslovevolunteer

City Harvest

Due to the devastating fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, City Harvest’s commitment to one meal, one day, one New Yorker at a time is more important than ever. Since 1982, City Harvest helped start the food rescue movement by finding ways to get New York City’s abundance of excess food to residents struggling to feed themselves and their families. They list free food distribution sites, including soup kitchens, food pantries, mobile markets, schools, restaurants and City Harvest Emergency Food Distribution Sites. If you live in New York City and are in need of food, visit cityharvest.org/.

Community Food Bank of New Jersey

400,000 children in New Jersey don’t have enough eat, especially now that school is out, and their physical development and mental well being can suffer. The Community Food Bank of New Jersey, or CFBNY, fights hunger and poverty in New Jersey by assisting those in need and seeking long-term solutions. If you live in New Jersey and need help finding a local food pantry, or if you would like to offer help, visit the Community Food Bank of New Jersey’s website at cfbnj.org. (7/25/21)

Feeding America

Hunger in America is increasing as Covid rates climb, and Feeding America is working harder than ever to get nourishing food from farmers, manufacturers, and retailers to people in need. Feeding America connects people to food banks across the United States, and welcomes even small donations that can go far. More information is available at feedingamerica.org/.

FoodBank NYC

Food donations are vital to FoodBank NYC’s ability to enable soup kitchens and pantries to serve our most vulnerable. Whether you plan to make a difference solo or as a member of a team, there’s a New Yorker who needs you, and many ways for you to serve. Food Bank is taking proactive steps to safely continue providing food and other resources for New Yorkers in need, including those who may be quarantined or suffering from the economic downturn of the pandemic. They also need volunteers to help with their efforts. More info on helping and getting help is on their website: www.foodbanknyc.org.

Human Needs Food Pantry

Since 1982, the Human Needs Food Pantry has provided food, clothing, and other services to people in need who live in Montclair and neighboring communities in Essex County. Human Needs Food Pantry helps families and singles who are elderly, disabled, home-bound, unemployed, or underemployed (working poor). They are currently collecting NEW school supplies to distribute to our clients’ children in August. They also accept non-perishable food, baby and personal care items, and welcome monetary donations. More info is available at http://www.humanneedsfoodpantry.org/ (updated 7/25)

The Lemontree Foods Helpline

Despite thousands of food resources to help New Yorkers, three out four people still don’t receive help. The Lemontree Foods Helpline can connect those who suffer from food insecurity to their nearest free food pantries and soup kitchens, and helps people apply for SNAP Benefits. They also connect volunteers with nonprofits helping their communities to ensure that no New Yorker goes hungry. The Lemontree Foods hotline is 844-995-0989 and more info is at www.foodhelpline.org/ (added 4/14)

Meeting Essential Needs with Digninty (MEND NJ)

Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity, also known as MEND, has been providing food to needy individuals and families in Essex County since 1980. Their hunger relief network, the largest in Essex County, supports a network of 20 member food pantries. MEND works to alleviate hunger by providing fresh and healthy food, funds, volunteers, and a collaborative forum for its member pantries, so that they may make a greater impact on the communities they serve. To find list or pantries and hours open, or to volunteer, more info mendnj.org/

Nourish NJ

Nourish NJ offers food, housing, medical, social and educational services 365 days a year in a warm, safe and caring environment, free of charge, no questions asked. Despite the pandemic, it hasn’t impeded their ability to get food into the hands of those who need it most. Nourish NJ is still distributing takeaway meals and bags of groceries, seven days a week, at 36 South Street in Morristown, NJ. For more information on their services, visit nourishnj.org/.

NYC-based Why Hunger

NYC-based Why Hunger was created through the fundamental belief that access to nutritious food is a human right, and that hunger is a solvable problem in a world of abundance. Through a simple commitment 40 years ago between the late musician Harry Chapin and DJ Bill Ayres, and supported by Yoko Ono, Why Hunger has been supporting social movements and grassroots innovations to change the systems, policies and institutions that perpetuate hunger and poverty in our world. More info is on their website: whyhunger.org.

Sanitation Foundation

Did you know that 68% of all food discarded in New York City is still edible? The Sanitation Foundation, the NYC Department of Sanitation’s non-profit partner, brings together the community to create a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable New York City. During the 2021 NYC Food Waste Fair, the Sanitation Foundation launched a free innovative digital tool to help residents and businesses identify the companies or organizations that can help them fight food waste at home and at work. More info to helping end food waste in New York City is at: https://www.sanitationfoundation.org/toolkit (updated 7/25/21)

WhyHunger

NYC-based WhyHunger was created through the fundamental belief that access to nutritious food is a human right, and that hunger is a solvable problem in a world of abundance. Through a simple commitment 40 years ago between the late musician Harry Chapin and DJ Bill Ayres, and supported by Yoko Ono, WhyHunger has been supporting social movements and grassroots innovations to change the systems, policies and institutions that perpetuate hunger and poverty in our world. The WhyHunger Hotline, 1(800) 5-HUNGRY, refers people in need across the U.S. to food pantries, soup kitchens, nutritional support services and more. Further info is on their website: https://whyhunger.org. (updated 12/5/21)

The West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH)

The West Side Campaign Against Hunger, or WSCAH, serves 22,000 hungry New Yorkers every year, distributes 1.6 million pounds of healthy food, and connects people to essential benefits for themselves and their families. During this time of crisis, with the closure of many businesses, the amount of New Yorkers who need access to healthy food and supportive services for their families has increased exponentially. WSCAH recognizes that food insecurity is a multifaceted issue and there are many other factors that might contribute to why one is food insecure. For more information is on their website: https://www.wscah.org.

World Central Kitchen (WCK)

World Central Kitchen, or WCK, is working across America to safely distribute fresh meals in communities that need support – for children and families to pick up and take home, as well as delivery to seniors who cannot venture outside. Traditional safety nets like school feeding programs, city services, and food banks are struggling to meet basic needs. With the help of hundreds of restaurants and kitchens, World Central Kitchen works to make a meaningful impact in the fight to keep everyone fed, and to support the distressed restaurant industry. More information is available at wck.org.


HOUSING ASSISTANCE PSAs

The New York State Emergency Rental Assistant (ERAP)

New Yorkers facing evictions and experiencing financial hardship through no fault of their own may be eligible for relief. The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program, or ERAP, will provide significant economic relief to help low and moderate-income households at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability by providing rental arrears, temporary rental assistance and utility arrears assistance. You can apply for the ERAP online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More info is at: otda.ny.gov/programs/Emergency-Rental-Assistance/) (updated 7/25/21)

Housing Justice for All

The Housing Justice for All campaign, run by the Upstate Downstate Housing Alliance, is founded on the belief that housing is a human right. New York had a housing crisis before the COVID-19 pandemic. 92,000 New Yorkers sleep in shelters each night, and millions more are living one paycheck away from an eviction. Housing Justice for All works toward developing statewide legislation of housing policies that serve people, not real estate. More information is available at housingjusticeforall.org/. (updated 4/14/21)

The NYC Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants (MOPT)

The NYC Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants, or MOPT, tries to help people maintain stable housing. If you are facing eviction, the New York City Tenant Resource Portal offers the resources you need in one place. Completing a Hardship Declaration form online may prevent your eviction through May 1, 2021. The form is available in English and Spanish. This eviction prevention tool helps renters navigate public and private resources that can stabilize their housing situation. For more information, visit www1.nyc.gov/content/tenantresourceportal/pages/ or call 3-1-1 in NYC. (updated 4/14)

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services, or NNJLS, provides free civil legal help to low income residents of Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic Counties in New Jersey. The NNJLS works to ensure that no one should be denied a meaningful opportunity to have their day in court simply because they cannot afford a lawyer. They work to ensure clients don’t lose their housing due to eviction or foreclosure; that they are not harassed by debt collectors or victimized by unfair business practices; that families have fair custody and support arrangements in the event of separation or divorce; and that they can receive the public benefits and other income support to meet daily needs. More information is available at NorthEastNJLegalServices.org. (still current 12/6/20)


LGBTQ PSAs

PFLAG NYC

PFLAG NYC is the founding chapter of the nation’s foremost family-based organization committed to the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In 1973 the organization was launched in New York City by mothers and fathers who stood up for the rights of their gay children. PFLAG NYC provides services to New York City families, schools, corporations, and the larger community in order to increase understanding and acceptance of LGBT people. For more info, visit PFlagNYC.org.

Trans Justice Funding Project

Since 2012, the Trans Justice Funding Project has been a community-led funding initiative to support grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people. The TJFP focuses the leadership of trans people by organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, trans misogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other related oppression. For more information, visit their website, transjusticefundingproject.org.


MUSICIAN AID PSAs

The Recording Academy / MusiCares

The Recording Academy and its charitable foundation MusiCares have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund to help peers in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. While the Recording Academy is best known for the GRAMMY Awards, they serve the music community year round by providing emergency aid through MusiCares, and through the advocacy work they do to protect musicians’ rights. For more information, visit Grammy.com/MusiCares. (updated 2/18/21)

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund offers financial help to career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet, often while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Over 65% of professional musicians do not have health insurance. Due to the enormous medical and financial burden that COVID-19 is having on the music community, Sweet Relief is helping provide assistance where it’s needed most. Grants will go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work. More information is on their website, sweetrelief.org. (updated 2/18/21)

The Jazz Foundation of America

The Jazz Foundation of America believes no musician should struggle with hunger or homelessness. The JFA has been helping hundreds of jazz and blues musicians, who live precariously even in good economic times, by providing compassionate counsel and direct financial support. The JFA assists with rents and mortgages, provides a pro bono network of physicians and specialists for uninsured musicians, and established a COVID19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund to help musicians and their families with basic living expenses. More info is at https://jazzfoundation.org/ (updated 2/18/21)


PUBLIC LIBRARY PSAs

Newark Public Library

The Newark Public Library is available 24/7/365, offering a robust selection of core and specialized services to patrons through their web, social media and digital platforms, which are all available FREE with a NPL library card. In addition to their extensive collection of books and films, The Newark Public Library offers many online videos, including streamed arts events, author readings, bedtime stories for children and American Sign Language classes. More information is available at npl.org.

New York Public Library

The New York Public Library has reopened for grab-and-go services. 30 branch locations have opened for contactless checkout of books, which can be reserved online as part of their gradual reopening. The New York Public Library also offers downloads of e-books, audio-books, films, databases, and their extensive Digital Collections. They offer three safe, socially distant ways for patrons to check out their holds and other materials. Patrons must check out items before leaving branches, using either the staff-assisted process or express self-checkout stations, or the new NYPL app. More information is available at npl.org.


RACIAL JUSTICE PSAs

Black Lives Matter

Founded in 2013 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer was acquitted, Black Lives Matter is a global organization whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities. Black Lives Matter centers on helping those who have been marginalized within Black liberation movements, working to affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. They are working toward a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise. More information is on their website, https://blacklivesmatter.com/

Campaign Zero

Campaign Zero aims to reduce the number of people killed by police every year in America, to bring down the current rate of over 1000 per year to zero. Campaign Zero is calling on local, state, and federal lawmakers to take immediate action to adopt data-driven policy solutions to end the violence and to hold police accountable. More info is on their website, www.joincampaignzero.org

The Center for Policing Equity

The Center for Policing Equity is a team of research scientists, race and equity experts, data virtuosos, and community trainers who all partner with police departments, to diagnose the roots of disparate policing in order to eliminate the problem. For information about their research, visit their website at policingequity.org.

Color of Change

Color of Change designs powerful campaigns working to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back. Access the tools and resources that you need to lead change campaigns in your community on the issues that matter most to you. Campaigns must revolve around issues impacting Black people and strive to strengthen Black political power. More information available here Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization, helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. Color of Change helps move corporate and governmental decision-makers to create a more human, less hostile world for Black people in America. More information is available on their website, colorofchange.org.

Communities Against Police Brutality

Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB), is a Minnesota Twin-Cities based organization that was created to deal with police brutality on an ongoing basis. CUAPB operates a crisis hotline to report abuse, to receive legal, medical, and psychological resource referrals, and to engage in political action against police brutality. More information is available at cuapb.org.

The Equal Justice Initiative

The Equal Justice Initiative, or EJI, strives to challenge racial and economic injustice. EJI provides legal representation to prisoners possibly wrongly convicted, and protects basic human rights for the most vulnerable Americans, which includes children prosecuted as adults, the mentally ill, and the poor. More information on The Equal Justice Initiative’s work to promote criminal justice reform is available at eji.org.

Literacy for Incarcerated Teens

Literacy for Incarcerated Teens, or LIT, works to end illiteracy among New York’s incarcerated young people by inspiring them to read. LIT works to support the libraries in New York’s juvenile detention centers and provide reading materials, literacy programs for those incarcerated in New York’s juvenile facilities. More information is available at literacyforincarceratedteens.org.

Live Free USA

Livefreeusa works to address gun violence and mass incarceration. They’ve also started a Masks for the People campaign to transform their national network of community organizers to distribute masks and sanitizer to essential workers in the most marginalized black communities across the country. For more info, go to their website at livefreeusa.org.

The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL)

The Movement for Black Lives, or M4BL, is an ecosystem of individuals and organizations creating a shared vision and policy agenda to win rights, recognition, and resources for Black people. Formed in 2014, M4BL was created as a space for Black organizations across the country to debate and discuss the current political conditions; to develop shared assessments of what political interventions were necessary in order to achieve key policy, cultural and political wins; and to convene organizational leadership in order to debate and co-create a shared movement wide strategy. M4BL’s fundamental idea is that we can achieve more together than we can separately. More info is on their website: https://m4bl.org

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Over the past 75 years, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund has been fighting for racial justice in America. The LDF defends the gains and protections won over those many years of struggling for civil rights. They also work to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.

Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and to achieve racial justice for a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. For more information, visit their website, NAACPLDF.org.


VOTING RIGHTS PSAs

Brennan Center

Help stop the spread of digital disinformation about elections. The Brennan Center for Justice is a nonpartisan law and policy institute, striving to uphold the values of democracy. The Brennan Center for Justice stands for equal justice and the rule of law, also recognizing that the spread of the coronavirus has exposed core weaknesses in American government. They are working to craft and advance reforms that will make American democracy work for all. More information is on their website, brennancenter.org. (Added 9/15/20)

Fair Fight

Voter suppression of voters of color and young voters is a scourge our country faces in states across the nation. Fair Fight promotes fair elections around the country, encourages voter participation in elections, and educates voters about elections and their voting rights. By raising public awareness, Fair Fight advocates for election reform at all levels, and engages in other voter education programs and communications. Fair Fight Action has mounted significant programs to combat voter suppression in Georgia and nationally. For more information, visit their website, fairfight.com.

Rock the Vote

Rock the Vote is dedicated to building the political power of young people. Young voters are new voters and face unique obstacles, including voter suppression, that result in turnout that is historically 20 to 30 points below older voters. For 30 years, Rock the Vote has revolutionized the way we use pop culture, music, art, and technology to engage young people in politics and build our collective power. Information on voter registration deadlines in your state can be found at RockTheVote.org.

The National Vote at Home Institute

The National Vote at Home Institute is dedicated to ensuring the security of our elections and putting voters’ needs first. Vote at home is a growing trend across red, blue and purple states because it is a time-tested and proven way to bolster the security of elections, improve voter engagement, and reduce election-related costs. For more information, please visit their website at vote at voteathome.org.

Vote.Org

One of the most important things you can do, if you’re in the good old US of A, is to make sure that you are registered to vote. How can you check? It’s easy: Go to this website: Vote.org and spend 30 seconds entering your name, address and date of birth, and you’ll find out instantly if your voter registration is current. If you’re not registered, the site will give you instructions to register.