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Jersey City Covid-19 Update 3/25


Councilman James Solomon sent out by email the below listing last night and said “this is a living document that we’ll update with new projects – so please share widely! Know of another way JC can help support each other through COVID-19?”

Maintained & Regularly Updated by
COUNCILPERSON JAMES SOLOMON & TEAM

Know of another way JC can help? Tell us at:
jsolomon@jcnj.org

(201) 547-5315

The following list of resources can be found HERE:

DONATE BLOOD

The American Red Cross faces a severe, nationwide blood shortage due to the cancellation of blood drives. Make an appointment to donate safely here or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

DONATE FUNDS

AngelaCARES has distributed over 150 bags of “grab and go” groceries to low-income seniors as they self-isolate, and continues to fundraise to do another round. Donate here.

Community FoodBank of New Jersey is the state’s largest anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization, and partners with volunteers and food banks across New Jersey and Jersey City.

Family Promise of Hudson County: Interfaith family homeless shelter in Hudson County that is re-housing families in individual homes so they can self-isolate safely.

Haven Adolescent Respite Center: Continuing to support youth and families through one-on-one and group online counselling, crisis intervention, tutoring, and connecting families in need to internet access. Donate through their website. If you are a young person, age 12-21, who is stressed out by the Corona Virus or just staying home with your family, email Amy Albert at aalbert@havenrespite.org. If you are a parent or guardian who is stressed out about home schooling, the financial impact of the virus on you and your family, or the impact of staying at home with your adolescent child, email Amy Albert at aalbert@havenrespite.org.

Hudson County Hunger Project is a group of dedicated community members, restaurant owners, students, and a virtual volunteer team in the NJ/NY area, coordinating free boxed meal deliveries to JC’s most vulnerable groups. Partnering with local eateries, drivers, and the Hudson County Health Department, meals are created to order.

St. Lucy’s Homeless Shelter is a 24/7 emergency shelter facility for homeless men and women that connects clients to health, unemployment, job training and job search. addiction treatment, and other resources, as well as conducting outreach services for unsheltered people who are homeless. To help them collect resources to protect staff and clients from the high risk of COVID-19, designate your donation to “St. Lucy’s”.

Temple Beth-El has created an Amazon Wishlist to help stock their food bank.

Welcome Home is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) that helps refugees and asylees who have resettled in Jersey City. You can donate here to help their ongoing tutoring, job support, food & supply runs, child enrichment, and myriad other forms of support continue during the COVID-19 crisis. They’ve also set up an Amazon Wishlist to provide Chromebooks to families without devices to continue their childrens’ education during this time.

York Street Project’s homeless shelter for women and children is in particularly urgent need of funding to be used for supplies to fight COVID-19.

DONATE SUPPLIES

Hudson CASA provides centralized, focused access to homeless services for individuals and families throughout Hudson County. Email Joanne Smith at volunteer.gsecdc@gmail.com for instructions on how to safely drop off these priority wishlist items for people in Jersey City who are homeless: disinfectant wipes; hand sanitizer; toilet paper; paper towels; hand soap; disinfecting cleaners; bleach; gloves (nitrile or vinyl); pre-packaged snacks; prepared, individually-wrapped sandwiches; individual-sized juices/waters.

Jersey City Medical Center is requesting liquid soap; bleach; Purell (foaming is best, but will also take clear); Personal Protective Gear (Surgical or N95 Masks), and lunch/dinner deliveries for 24/7 staff. To donate, do not drop by in person — please call Sharon Ambis at 551-229-3506 or sharon.ambis@rwjbh.org.

SUPPORT JC SHOPS & WORKERS

Gift Cards and Home Delivery Services are available from many beloved Jersey City small businesses who have been forced to close their doors temporarily – buy a card now to use later, or order food or goods sent to your front door!

Restaurant & Hospitality Worker Fundraisers in Jersey City (external list maintained by Jersey City UpFront) support the tipped staff laid off from many of Jersey City’s restaurants.

DONATE TIME & SKILLS

Bergen Mask Task Force helps volunteers with sewing skills make surgical masks for non-critical use at Holy Name Medical Center, preserving N95 masks for COVID-19 patients. They offer online tutorials on how to sew the masks; a volunteer will do a non-contact pickup from your home to distribute to hospital workers.

Invisible Hands is a group of engaged volunteers from communities at the least risk for severe COVID-19 reactions working to bring groceries and supplies via non-contact delivery to those in high-risk demographics in both NYC and JC neighborhoods. You can sign up or donate remotely via their linked website.


Welcome Home is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) that helps refugees and asylees who have resettled in Jersey City. They are setting up virtual language-skills and other distance tutoring opportunities; to find out how you can volunteer, email hello@welcomehomerefugees.org.

SUPPORT NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

AmeriCares is providing training and personal protective equipment for health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America are providing groceries to families of its participating children as well as digital academic support.

The CDC Foundation is raising emergency response funds to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s fight against COVID-19.

CERF+ runs a safety net fund for visual artists impacted by COVID-19.

Feeding America supports local food banks across the United States.

The National Domestic Workers Alliance has created a coronavirus care fund for domestic workers whose jobs or health has been impacted by the outbreak.

One Fair Wage is providing cash assistance to restaurant workers, car service drivers, delivery workers, personal service workers, and more who are impacted.The Restaurant Worker’s Community Foundation has built a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund offering emergency assistance to restaurant industry workers who have lost work due to closures.

 

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Jersey City Covid-19 Update 3/24


City Council Meetings

In an effort to adhere to social distancing protocols and best practices imposed by City and State authorities, the City of Jersey City has canceled all public meetings and closed non-essential services as of March 16, 2020 until further notice.  As a result, the council caucus and council meeting will be held virtually as a video conference with public access until further notice.

The city is utilizing, Microsoft Teams, an electronic platform that allows 10,000 people to view the remote meeting as attendees, with anyone from the Jersey City team present as a meeting participant.  The platform also allows for standard public comment through a chat function and also through an integrated real-time call in system. The email JCVCM@jcnj.org  has been set up for community members to send their name and phone number in advance to be considered for public speaking.  City officials will then call them to participate in public comment.

The council meeting scheduled for tomorrow, March 25 at 6 p.m. can be watched HERE.

Schools

The Jersey City Public Schools have extended the closure of schools due to the Covid-19 emergency through spring break and are now tentatively scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 20.

Let’s Eat Jersey City

The city is creating a directory of restaurants and foods shop open across the city.  This listing will help get the word out for food providers still open for business and which food providers deliver or provide take out.

Restaurants and food shops can sign up HERE.

The city has set up an emergency coronavirus page with the latest updates here – https://www.jerseycitynj.gov/CityHall/health/coronavirus.

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