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Schuyler County Helping People to Find Food Banks - April 16, 2020
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier has created an online tool to help residents in need access food banks and pantries. Residents can also call 2-1-1 to find a food pantry or program near them. 

Wayne County CCE Providing Info on Food Assistance - April 15, 2020
For a list of Food Assistance Resources that are available during the Coronavirus pandemic please visit our website. Contact the office if you need additional information. 

County-wide "Drive Thru" Food Distribution - April 13, 2020
Canandaigua Churches in Action, the City of Geneva and Ontario County have partnered with Foodlink to provide a community-wide food distribution to supply households with a 25-lb box of emergency food in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. This event is open to Ontario County residents only and registration is required.

Livingston County Food Distribution Events - April 9, 2020
Two drive-thru food distribution events will be held April 15th and 18th in Livingston County to assist households in need of food support during this public health emergency. Registration is on a first come, first served basis for Livingston County residents only. Visit or call 585-243-7110 to register.

Erie County Task Force on Emergency Childcare for Essential Workers - April 8, 2020
Erie County shared a video on their Twitter with important information for essential workers regarding childcare. The video includes Spanish subtitles.​

Livingston County hosts youth-themed COVID-19 Q&A April 6, 2020
County Administrator Ian M. Coyle was joined by his son Christopher Coyle, a high school freshman, to answer COVID-19 questions from the county’s under-18 demographic. The video was broadcast on the County’s YouTube channel. Ian and Christopher discussed resident concerns and responded to COVID-19 questions live in this virtual session. 

Schoharie County ARC readjusts services to aid disabled through COVID-19 - April 6, 2020
“We have deployed all of our day staff that normally work during the day to the residential homes to help support the folks there,” explains Executive Director Terry Tetlak. ARC provides homes, food, medical needs, and job training to people with developmental disabilities. Tetlak says their staff are essential to give the around 100 people who live with them proper care during the COVID-19 crisis.
“People still need to have meals prepared or they need help preparing meals. In some instances, you have individuals who need assistance with getting dressed, with being fed, with showering, with toileting, so there’s no way to do that unless you have close proximity,” she explains to NEWS10’s Mikhaela Singleton.

STEM program manufactures masks, face shields to fight pandemic - April 5, 2020
Students and faculty from the Salamanca City School District are pooling their resources to create 3D-printed parts for reusable face masks to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. In New York State, the current epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak, doctors, nurses and first responders have reported dire shortages of protective gear.  

Livingston County offers online library services - April 4, 2020
“If you live in our service area and don't have a library card, you can now register for a digital card and borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines from our Overdrive collection. Visit

Philanthropy & government coalition forms fund for Oswego County COVID-19 support - April 3, 2020
 The Oswego County Community Foundation has established the Oswego County COVID-19 Fund. The fund will support nonprofit organizations working with communities that are impacted by economic consequences of the pandemic. 

Erie County DOH provides overdose resources - April 3, 2020
Erie County DOH: “We are continuing to see overdoses in our community. Call 716-858-7695 for a wall unit or Narcan boxes. We are asking motels, restaurants, grocery stores & food pantries to have #Narcan on site. We will provide it at no cost. Please help save a life.”  ​

Sheriff’s Office Looking to Assist Local Food Pantries by Collecting Non-perishables and pet food to aid those impacted by COVID-19 - April 2, 2020
While families are out of work, stores struggle to keep shelves stocked and the COVID-19 virus continues to affect our everyday life, the Sheriff’s Office has decided to offer assistance by collecting non-perishable food and pet food items to deliver and donate to local food banks/animal shelters for distribution​

Clinton County Health Department Promotes Emotional Support Help Lines - March 31, 2020
New Yorkers are encouraged to call the #COVID19 Emotional Support Hotline during this troubling time. #InThisTogether #StayInformed #MentalHealth #GetTheHelpYouNeed #Support

Nassau County Launches 'Letters To Our Heroes' Drive  - March 30, 2020
As a way to say 'thank you' for all of their hard work, Nassau County officials announced the launch of a "Letters To Our Heroes" drive for first responders and healthcare workers. "Our community has time and time again shown our ability to come together in times of crisis; this outbreak is no exception," said Nassau County Legislator John Ferretti. “I urge everyone to take just a few minutes to email or send a letter to be delivered to our community's heroes in the coming weeks."  
Putnam County Department Of Health Offers Emotional Support Amid Crisis - March 30, 2020
For individuals in crisis in Putnam County, the Crisis Hotline remains open 24-hours-a-day, 7 days each week and can be reached at 845-225-1222. To help those who don't have a regular therapist or mental health professional, the state has also set up a COVID Emotional Support Helpline (844-863-9314) with more than 10,000 volunteer therapists, all of whom are mental health professionals.

Tioga County shares uplifting message: ‘We will get through this together’ - March 30, 2020
In a statement issued Saturday, Legislative Chairwoman Marte Sauerbrey reminded residents of the resiliency of area communities, and to stay safe. “Folks from Tioga County are some of the most resilient people I have met,” Sauerbrey said. “The flood of 2011 was a challenge and today we are in the middle of another greater challenge. We know this is an unsettling time, but your elected leaders and Public Health officials are working around the clock to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and provide care to those in need.” 

Suffolk County launches free childcare for essential workers - March 27, 2020
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced on Friday the launch of the Suffolk Childcare Consortium, a free childcare program for first responders, medical professionals and essential workers. The new program will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Broome County Humane Society setting up ‘animal food bank' - March 26, 2020
The Broome County Humane Society is creating its own "animal food bank", which kicked off Thursday. Volunteers are collecting food and taking donations from the community. 

Outreach Efforts from Niagara County Sheriff - March 25, 2020
Acting Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti and Captain Jill Herrington continued the Sheriff's Office outreach efforts. They delivered sheets of pizza to healthcare professionals at Elderwood at Lockport and Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center. 

Help for Suffolk veterans during COVID-19 pandemic- March 24, 2020
During this time, Suffolk County wants to ensure veterans that services are still running. While the local VFW's are closed at this time, their commitment to helping veterans goes on. All veteran services are working remotely and can be contacted by phone or email.
County Agencies Establish COVID-19 Response Fund- March 24, 2020
With a goal of $1 million, local organizations have already raised $778,000 in an effort to support those impacted by the COVID-19 virus. Community leaders held a video conference Monday to announce and detail the purpose of the fund in response to the impact of the novel coronavirus on the surrounding community. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funding through the response fund.

Albany County creates mental health support line and video resources - March 24, 2020
Albany County is building a Mental Health Support Line (518-269-6634) and sharing videos on coping strategies while confined to your home. Video playlists include: Crafts & Reading, Exercise & Movement, Karate, Mental Health, and Domestic Violence Support.

VIDEO: County Executive shares song for friends, near and far- March 23, 2020
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz shared a video to encourage residents not to disconnect from each other while social distancing. “While we need to practice physical distancing from each other, that doesn't mean we have to disconnect from one another,” wrote Poloncarz. “So here is another song for my friends, near and far, from Buffalo's favorite band, the Goo Goo Dolls.”

Westchester County Department of Social Services implements coronavirus response - March 23, 2020
The Westchester County Department of Social Services (DSS) is developing and implementing safety measures and changing the way the Department provides services to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Westchester. As a precaution, in-person contact has been eliminated whenever possible, with DSS transitioning to offer assistance by way of telework options and phone to reduce the potential exposure of Westchester County's residents. Those in need of benefits can apply online through Applications can be either mailed or faxed to DSS. 

Albany County Executive encourages children to send e-cards to seniors - March 23, 2020
On Monday, County Executive Dan McCoy shared examples of the electronic cards (e-cards) children are sending to Shaker Place Rehabilitation & Nursing Center to put smiles on the faces of older residents there. Kids are encouraged to send their own e-cards, well wishes, and drawings to  

Oneida County Executive Encourages Community to Support Healthcare Workers and First Responders - March 23, 2020
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente continues to ask the community to leave a light on as a tribute to healthcare workers who are giving their all at this time of crisis. The County Executive wrote on Facebook,  “No one should feel alone during the #COVID19 pandemic. Together we will light the path to the other side of this crisis.”

Tompkins County DSS working to accommodate the homeless during virus outbreak - March 23, 2020
The Tompkins County Department of Social Services, along with St. John's Community Services, are working to accommodate the needs of homeless people in the community while also practicing the precautionary measures needed to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Those who typically stay at the homeless shelter are currently being housed in an alternate location. The Cold Blue population are being assisted at the homeless shelter while ensuring good social distancing practices are implemented. Additionally, outreach staff are visiting the homeless and providing information and education on COVID-19, as well as continuing to offer options for sheltering and other services. Tompkins County DSS will also continue to serve the community over phone.

Erie County waives face-to-face interview requirement for TANF - March 22, 2020
Erie County shared a video in which Commissioner Marie Cannon announced changes regarding the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (#TANF) Program. The face-to-face interview requirement has been waived. Residents can call 858-8000 for an application

Schenectady County partners with community groups to support families  - March 22, 2020
Schenectady County and The Schenectady Foundation are partnering with many other community partners to support area families. Currently, they are focused on feeding and supplying families affected by COVID-19 by delivering food and supplies to quarantined families and those in most need and providing support and guidance so families know where they can get help. 

Light A Light: County Executive's Tribute to Healthcare Workers - March 22, 2020
Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, at the conclusion of his daily health briefing on Sunday, made a special request of the community to light a light on porches across the county. He asked the gesture be made as a tribute to healthcare workers who are giving their all at this time of crisis.  

New York City creates citywide food bank - March 22, 2020
On Sunday, Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed concern about New Yorkers running out of the money they use to buy food. He announced that the City is building a citywide network to make sure food is available for those who cannot afford it. According to the Mayor, it will take a mobilization never seen before in New York City. 
NYC school Enrichment Centers for Children of First Responders and Other Key Personnel  - March 22, 2020
NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced that Enrichment Centers open today for children of first responders, health care providers, transit workers, and other key personnel. The centers are designed to be place where the children of these front-line workers can be safely cared for while their parents continue to serve the city in this time of need. Staffed by DOE employees and community-based organization partners, the centers will provide children with three daily hot meals, remote learning time with their teachers, activities like art, music, and physical education, and social and emotional support. 
Broome County shares messages from rehabilitation and nursing center - March 21, 2020
This weekend, Broome County shared messages from some of the residents at Willow Point Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. They encourage residents to visit Willow Point's Facebook page for more photos of how they are doing. Visitation is restricted due to COVID-19, so many of them have not been able to see their family members, but Broome County wants to let them know they are doing well. 

Monroe County Executive shares mental health resources - March 20, 2020
County Executive Bello: “While we're practicing social distancing to help #flattenthecurve, it's important to take care of our mental health too. Here are some resources that can help. We will get through this together.” 

Nassau County Still Helping The Most Vulnerable - March 20, 2020
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran explained to residents that nonprofits across the county are still providing meals, counseling and other services to those who need them. “This is a good opportunity to remind you that everyone could play a part in this,” Curran said. “This is a good time as any to remind everyone that kindness and reassurance is just as important right now as everything else going on.” 

CE Bellone Promotes Senior Shopping Hours in Suffolk County - March 20, 2020
County Executive Steve Bellone shares the Senior Shopping Hours for stores in Suffolk County. These special hours help to keep seniors – who are among the most vulnerable - safe. 

VetMart food pantry and counseling  - March 20, 2020
Nassau County's VetMart food pantry is open for veterans in need. VetMart served 9,500 veterans and their families in 2019, and now the County has a drive-up program to continue services in a safe way. If you can't pick up, their volunteers deliver. Counseling is another critical service offered to Nassau County Veterans. The Nassau County Veterans Services Agency will continue to offer this service over the phone at 516-572-6565. 

Single Community Fund Established for Pandemic Response  - March 20, 2020
The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties and United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area have launched a community-wide fund to support organizations responding to human services needs in Herkimer and Oneida counties resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic. 
The group announced is working together to attract resources and distribute them to nonprofit groups through a single community online effort at

Suffolk County Shares Information for FEMA Public Assistance Applicants - March 20, 2020
In the coming weeks, Suffolk County will apply for funds to help us address the growing needs of this pandemic. Funding will also be used to support the thousands of hours that our police, fire, rescue, medical community and others who are working in overtime to respond.  Suffolk County has established a COVID-19 Public Assistance webpage to provide the most up-to-date information. Any organization can also submit questions via electronic submission. 

Broome County to Offer Free Daycare to Children of Essential Employees - March 19, 2020
Broome County will provide free daycare at the Broome West Senior Center in Endwell. Staff from the office for aging will work with the children of Broome County employees from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Priority is being given to children of parents who are essential employees. The County is also offering its services to children of healthcare workers. 

Westchester County, schools to provide free child care for health care workers, first responders - March 19, 2020
The County will make free childcare available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the children of health care workers and first responders (ages 5 to 12). County residents who want to drop off their children will need to provide proof of employment, like a work ID, at drop-off. In addition, health care workers and first responders who live outside Westchester but work within the county can take advantage of the childcare program. 

New York City creates COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund - March 19, 2020
In the midst of difficult and uncertain times New Yorkers are stepping up. Many are seeking to connect and lend support to their neighbors by asking, “How can I help?”   In response, Mayor de Blasio has charged the Mayor’s Fund with activating the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to provide resources and support to health care workers and essential staff; local small businesses; displaced hourly workers, including immigrant workers; and families, youth, and vulnerable New Yorkers. 

Ulster County Launches ‘Project Resilient' to Aid those Impacted by COVID-19 - March 18, 2020
Ulster County Executive Patrick Ryan announced a new effort to assist those in need as a result of the coronavirus. Project Resilient includes a community fund within the United Way of Ulster County; an online portal for people in need to find help; and a robust food distribution network.