UPDATED: March 16, 2020
In times of uncertainty, Educational Alliance has always strived to be a source of optimism and stability. As New York responds to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in our area, we will continue to do everything we can to keep our community healthy and safe while honoring our commitment to help New Yorkers when they need it most.
Over the past several weeks, the leadership of Educational Alliance has been in regular contact with city, state, and federal agencies and officials and has taken thoughtful preventative measures to protect the health and safety of everyone in our community. In recent days, we made difficult decisions to suspend or limit programming at our community centers. We did so out of an abundance of caution and to support the City’s efforts to encourage social distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19. As these efforts intensify, Educational Alliance has decided to take the following actions:
- Effective March 13, 2020, at 6:00 pm the 14th Street Y will be closed until further notice. All programming is suspended.
- Effective March 13, 2020, at 6:00 pm, the Manny Cantor Center will suspend all programs except social work services for older adults, provision of meals for older adults, and provision of meals for families in the early childhood program. The Manny Cantor Fitness Center, Educational Alliance Art School, early childhood classrooms, and all other programs are closed until further notice.
- Effective March 13, 2020, our early childhood programs at Department of Education (DOE) sites and the Lilian Wald Houses are suspended until further notice.
- All meals provided by the agency will be offered as a take-home option. There are no seated, congregate meals available at any Educational Alliance site until further notice.
- Group programming for older adults at the Sirovich Center for Balanced Living, Project ORE, and Co-op Village NORC is suspended until further notice. One-on-one counseling and home visits for older adults will continue and boxed meals will be provided in place of seated meals.
- Effective March 16, 2020, all after school programs in Educational Alliance Community Schools are suspended while New York City public schools remain closed.
Programming at the Center for Recovery and Wellness (CRW) will continue uninterrupted. Educational Alliance’s administrative staff will work remotely until further notice.
In the days ahead, our incredible staff will announce ways they intend to create virtual community center programming for our 14Y and MCC members. During this time of social distancing Educational Alliance will continue to provide as many opportunities as possible for New Yorkers to find connection. In the face of this major public health crisis, however, we must follow the guidance of city, state, and federal agencies and act in the best interest of limiting the spread of the virus. We do not take these decisions lightly and express our deep concern for the thousands of our fellow New Yorkers who rely on Educational Alliance for critical social services every day.
Thank you for being a treasured friend of Educational Alliance. In these extraordinary times, we will rely more than ever on the generosity of supporters like you to ensure we can continue to help the most vulnerable New Yorkers during these extremely challenging times. If you are able to make a special gift to support our efforts, please visit us online at www.edalliance.org/donate.
In the meantime, we hope you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe.
Alan van Capelle
President and CEO