In the face of this global health crisis, Educational Alliance has found thoughtful and creative ways to provide critical services and a sense of connection to our fellow New Yorkers even in an era of social distancing. Long before city and state officials enacted the drastic measures we see today, we were planning for the inevitable. We knew that many of the people we serve daily were particularly vulnerable to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and wasted no time taking preventative steps to keep our community centers safe. As soon as it was clear that the outbreak had reached our city, our team sprang into action.

  • In the first two weeks of the outbreak, we prepared and distributed over 5,000 take-home meals to older adults and students in our early childhood programs, and our senior centers are now official distribution sites for DFTA’s meal program.
  • We are conducting thousands of outreach calls to make sure older adults are safe while isolated at home.
  • Our early childhood classrooms moved to virtual programming for nearly 750 students—with hundreds of morning meetings, singalongs, and art classes happening via Zoom—and we are connecting families to free physical and online educational resources.
  • Social workers continue to do daily outreach via telephone to hundreds of older adults and students in our after school programs.
  • We moved our SAT Prep programs online so that the 85 teens in our program don’t have to defer their dreams of college.
  • The Manny Cantor Center‘s art school and fitness center are live-streaming dozens of classes to members and we have created a “Virtual 14th Street Y” to keep members connected to each other and to the programs they love.
  • The 24-hour, in-patient services at our addiction recovery center have gone uninterrupted and our innovative peer navigators have made hundreds of community outreach calls.
  • Our employment services program is connecting those facing unemployment to dozens of resources and work opportunities.
  • We are providing cash relief to single parents, people who have lost loved ones to COVID-19, and workers in cash-based industries who are now unemployed.
  • We have also conducted community surveys to determine areas of greatest need and have posted a resource page to our website.

Now we need your help. Please make a donation to our COVID-19 Response Fund to ensure we can continue to provide New Yorkers with the critical services and programs that they need.


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