Emotional Support

NY Project Hope

Emotional Support Helpline: 1-844-863-9314

Through an emotional support helpline, educational materials, and trusted referrals, NY Project Hope helps New Yorkers manage and cope with changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Talking to the Crisis Counselors is free, confidential, and anonymous.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

Available 24 hours in English and Spanish: 1-800-273-8255

The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Legal Assistance

New York Legal Assistance Group

Provides advice on unemployment, housing (eviction, rent arrears, foreclosures, mortgage relief), public benefits and special education services.

Call 929-356-9582 Monday–Friday, 7am–1pm. Leave a message, and they will get back to you within 48 hours or fill out an online form at the link above.

Food Insecurity

Invisible Hands Deliver
A non-profit organization that delivers groceries and other essential items to populations especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

Click here to find your neighborhood pantry or soup kitchen.

Community Fridges
If you are in NYC, this map can direct you to a community fridge near you.

How to Organize a Food Drive by The Food Bank of New York City

City Harvest
Volunteer with their mobile markets and warehouse.
Give to their annual food drive in partnership with The Daily News. Until Jan. 22, you can drop off nonperishables at any firehouse or police station.

New York Cares
Find a pantry or soup kitchen that needs volunteers.

Violence Prevention and Survivor Support

New York City Anti-Violence Project
Empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

Have you experienced or witnessed violence, or are you concerned about someone who has? Call the 24 Hour English/Spanish Hotline: 212-714-1141.

Safe Horizon
The nation's leading victim assistance organization, which provides compassionate and expert support for people who have experienced domestic and intimate partner violence, child physical and sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking, youth homelessness, violent crimes committed against a family member and within communities.

If you need immediate help from an advocate please call one of the 24-hour Hotlines (se habla español).

  • Domestic violence victims: 800-621-HOPE (4673)

  • Victims of crime and their families: 866-689-HELP (4357)
  • Rape & sexual assault victims: 212-227-3000
  • TDD machine for hearing impaired clients for all hotlines: 1-866-604-5350

Mutual Aid Funds

Colleagues: Cultural institution workers have been rallying to support one another, and we are indebted to the advice of the organizers of the following mutual aid funds. Learn about how to start your own mutual aid fund here.

Neighbors: Mutual Aid NYC is a resource for finding neighborhood mutual aid funds, and specific forms of aid.

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