Resources During the COVID19 Restrictions
First Universalist Church of Southold’s
email corrections/additions to her at [email protected]
Like some help?
- Call our Minister Valerie Freseman at our office (631)-765-3494 or email her at [email protected] and she will return your call or help via email, connecting you to a buddy or a resource. Available for over the phone spiritual care.
- Contact any of the organizations followed by For Help: below.
- Randy Wade, our secretary, can get you an electronic copy of our directory if you can’t find your booklet or she can talk you through our new digital forms of communication like Zoom. Email her at [email protected].
- Lots of restaurants and even grocery stores are delivering. This facebook page has good tips for where to order: https://www.facebook.com/groups/146297636665755/
- The Greenport B.I.D. has a list of food & other resources on their Covid 19 page: https://www.greenportvillage.com/home/covid-19-greenport-bid-update/
- Farms such as Deep Roots, Sang Lee and 8 Hands are arranging outdoor no contact pick-up.
- Stop & Shop’s Pea Pod opens up its delivery window after midnight for a two-week into the future date. It opened after 1 AM the other night.
- Our Little Free Pantry, in Greenport’s parking lot behind the old Arcade, continues to appreciate your donated food more than ever and is free to all without question. https://www.facebook.com/whatonepersoncando/
- For those with money troubles, CAST offers free food and the Southold Town Senior Center serves all Southolders 60 and over, accepting small voluntary donations for meals.(see below)
Sunday services and gatherings are streaming on Facebook and ZOOM. Check our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/UUSouthold/ for updates. And check our Home page. Instead of passing the plate, we welcome checks to First Universalist Church of Southold, P.O. Box 221, Southold, NY 11971 and identify on the memo line if the monies should go towards your pledge/contribution for operations, to the Minister’s discretionary grants for those in need or for another specific purpose. To save trips to the post office, we are exploring an online way to contribute.
Feeling powerless? Take action! While you are home, here is a list of wonderful organizations that benefit our area both during this crisis and year-round.
The first Sunday “plate of the month” has traditionally been donated to a worthy cause. Instead we invite you to give freely to the charities of your choice. The following list has been prepared to make it easier to give but is by no means complete and does not include worthy national or NYC organizations.
NORTH FORK GIVING LIST
For Help: If you are trapped at home between Orient & Laurel, the mobile food van might be able to help. Call 631-477-1717, Monday 9-12, Tuesday 2-5 or Friday 9-12. Someone might pick up at other times.
“CAST helps struggling community members meet their basic needs in the areas of
nutrition, clothing, energy, employment, and education. We provide a
critical safety net for Southold Town residents from Laurel to Orient Point and
Fisher’s Island. CAST is committed to
moving vulnerable populations to self-sufficiency through outreach and
education.” To donate:https://castsoutholdtown.org/donate/ and a special fund for meals during this crisis:
Southold Senior Center
For Help: Taxpayer-funded variety of services for seniors that includes food and navigating bureaucracy. They provide 5 hot meals on weekdays to anyone 60 and older plus two frozen meals on weekends. Call 631-298-4460
Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency
For Help: Help with many types of needs if you were a veteran or related to one:
LI Sound Senior Care Programming
For Help: In you live in Greenport, outside of San Simeon or Peconic Landing, this new assistance is available: contact Bette Trojanowski 631-469-0183 [email protected] or Engmann, Erin at 631-379-3631 [email protected]
To Give: Long Island Sound Senior Care is the region’s newest Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC) program. Greenport qualifies as a Neighborhood NORC because of its high proportion of individuals over age 60 who have naturally aged in place.
Family Service League
For Help: But Only in Crisis: FSL’s DASH offers 24 Hour Crisis Care Family Service League considers the health and safety of its clients, staff, and our community members of utmost importance. Facing mental health or addiction issues can be overwhelming, especially combined with the additional stress and challenges our communities are facing due to the COVID-19 virus. FSL’s DASH Center is open 24 hours a day. This unique crisis care center is a beacon of hope for Suffolk County children and adults who are struggling to cope. DASH staff can help you and your loved ones begin a journey to better health. Call the 24 Hour Hotline today 631-952-3333 DASH Crisis Care Center located at 90 Adams Avenue, Hauppauge, NY
To Give: If you would like to make a monetary or in-kind donation to the FSL Food Pantry contact [email protected] or call 631-427-3700
Island Harvest Food Bank for Long Island
For Help: A map of food pantries. Enter your zip code. Several on the North Fork and many more in Riverhead. https://www.islandharvest.org/find-help/find-a-food-pantry/
East End Hospice 631-288-8400
To Give: By affirming life, hospice helps people conclude life with comfort and dignity, offers pain alleviation and symptom control in a familiar and caring environment. They are known for compassion and for the quality of care they provide. They are operating during this crisis.
Eastern Long Island Hospital Foundation
To Give: “All of the Foundation’s philanthropic efforts are independent of Stony Brook Medicine, and all funds raised by the Foundation remain local to benefit SBELIH in Greenport. SBELIH is one campus of the SBM system. All hospitals fundraise to enhance services, attract physicians and healthcare professionals, and to build infrastructure for current and future healthcare needs.”
A new page for giving meals to overworked staff has been created here:
Peconic Bay Medical Center, Northwell Health
People have started an effort to deliver lunch, dinner and cases of individual waters to the staff of 100 on duty at all times. Partial donations can be made through the Meal Train website at:
The hospital’s fundraising effort:
Support the Meal Train
Giving meals to a relative or friend
The Meal Train app makes it easy. They charge a fee. Make sure you select “contact-free delivery.”
To Give: Provides “safe, warm temporary shelter to homeless individuals from November through March and a very limited service through April, utilizing volunteer houses of worship and congregation volunteers. The host facilities and supporting organizations provide much more than a place to sleep and a nutritious meal. They provide support through embracing the values of human dignity, respect, service, compassion, teamwork, diversity and love.
“Recognizing the need for consistent support and services for the homeless and near homeless in the region, Maureen’s Haven opened a day center in Riverhead, the hub of the twin forks, to provide respite from the cold and year-round services for this vulnerable and growing population. The day center is the first of its kind in Suffolk County. A variety of programs are offered throughout the year. In addition to meeting their immediate needs, Maureen’s Haven strives to place individuals in supportive housing which provides consistent shelter and case management. Over the past three years, we have placed over 30 individuals in housing, provided counseling and assistance with job search and placement, and offered a continuum of care that has helped individuals in re-building their lives.”
East End Disability Associates
To Give: Has a commitment to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities on the East End of Long Island.
Little Flower Children & Family Services of New York
To Give: Providing programs and services to children, families and developmentally disabled adults in need across Long Island. Little Flower provides “safety and care for thousands of abused and neglected children and teens of all races and religions. We offer a multitude of high quality, innovative programs that serve the many needs of those in our care. Little Flower’s trained and experienced staff strive to provide love, stability, nurturing and the sense of family permanency that all children need.
We continue our commitment of providing quality services for adults with developmental disabilities by providing residential services, treating individuals with respect and dignity; we are proud to be one of the first agencies to offer responsive and compassionate alternatives to State-run institutions.”
2450 North Wading River Road, Wading River, NY 11792(631) 929-6200
East End Arts
To Give: East End Arts is a multi-award winning 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization serving the five East End towns of Long Island, NY since 1972. East End Arts is committed to building and enriching community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy and inspiration.”
Group for the East End
To Give: “Since 1972, Group for the East End has led the way in protecting and restoring the environment of eastern Long Island through education, conservation, and advocacy. We fight for the protection of our land, water, and wildlife, we inspire children to become stewards of the environment, and we engage the community to embrace a conservation ethic and take action.”
North Fork Environmental Council
To Give: “The NFEC’s mission lies at the heart of its grassroots foundation. It includes but is not limited to: Increasing public awareness of key issues; Educating the public and public officials about important environmental and quality of life issues; Being an objective voice of reason; Helping the public’s voice to be heard, and; Providing input on key public policies and legislation.”
Peconic Green Growth
To Give: “Peconic Green Growth (PGG) seeks to integrate the preservation and enhancement of natural resources, development of sustainable communities, and design of public space. By brokering a balance between the natural and built environment, PGG will foster both environmental sustainability and human activity in watershed communities. A multidisciplinary approach to public infrastructure and space, incorporating art and design, can provide public amenity, support livability, and maximize benefit of resources.”
Peconic Land Trust
To Give: “Since 1983, the Peconic Land Trust has worked diligently with landowners, communities, municipalities, and partner organizations to protect 13,000 acres of land, conserving more working farms on Long Island than any other private conservation organization, and securing millions of dollars from the public and private sector for land protection.” They manage Shellfisher Preserve down Main Bayview, Charnews Farm Educational Center at Youngs Avenue/Route 48 and others.
Rural Migrant Ministries
Standing with the disenfranchised, especially farmworkers and rural workers; Changing unjust systems and structures and implements its Mission through three program areas:
Through the Accompaniment Program, RMM accompanies rural workers – especially farmworkers – who seek to improve working and living conditions. For over twenty years RMM has coordinated the statewide Justice for Farmworkers Legislative Campaign seeking to ensure that the voice of the workers is heard at the policy-making tables that impact their lives. In 2019, Governor Cuomo signed the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act, removing the exclusion of farmworkers from New York State Labor Laws.
2. Popular Education: Experiential and Popular Education are key components of RMM’s efforts to strengthen rural leaders. RMM hosts the Liturgia Rural Worker Education Center in Wayne County, Spark Center in Sullivan County, and the Amandla Rural Worker Education Center in Riverhead, on the eastern end of Long Island.
3. Youth Empowerment: Since the 1980s, we have been firmly committed to empowering rural children to create opportunities for themselves while at the same time learning how to change their world. Our programs offer a variety of experiences that nurture awareness, creativity, problem-solving and leadership development. Our youth travel many miles from isolated communities in order to develop and lead their own out-of-school programs. In the process, they internalize the concepts of self-worth and hope.
Amandla Long Island Worker Education Center, 573 Roanoke Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11921 Phone: 631-381-0498
Works to support immigrant women on Long Island since 1993 by bringing together community members and advocates to speak out against injustice, provide access to opportunities and services, take a stand against domestic violence and other abuses, and push for social change. We work with individuals and in partnerships with other organizations (immigrant rights, civil rights, and domestic violence based). Provides legal assistance, leadership training and Girls A.C.T. for Youth.
The Butterfly Effect
To Give: The Butterfly Effect Project is a nonprofit, community-oriented organization started by Tijuana Fulford. It was Tijuana’s goal to start a totally free program that would empower young girls by giving them the tools to assist in achieving emotionally stable and self confident futures, in hopes of bringing forth a generation of women who are strong, independent and knowledgeable. The Butterfly Effect Project aspires to ensure that every girl enrolled in the program has a fair chance to broaden their horizons by eliminating obstacles such as mobility, cultural differences and finances.
Timothy Hill Ranch Riverhead
To Give: Providing a safe haven in New York for at-risk young people and helping them restore their lives through a holistic approach that focuses on mind, body, & soul.
OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
North Fork Civic Resilience provides tips. It is overseen by a collection of civic associations.