Schenectady County COVID-19 Emergency Response Coalition Launched
Schenectady County COVID-19 Emergency Response Coalition Launched to Meet Needs of Community During Coronavirus Pandemic
Schenectady County announced the creation of the Schenectady County COVID-19 Emergency Response Coalition. The County is partnering with The Schenectady Foundation, The Boys and Girls Club, and other local organizations to address the basic needs of the community during the coronavirus epidemic. The Coalition will operate a hotline out of the new Boys and Girls Clubhouse in Mont Pleasant.
Schenectady County Public Health Services’ (SCPHS) COVID-19 hotline is available to residents with medical-related questions and NYS has a Coronavirus Hotline for general questions. Some residents began calling SCPHS’s hotline with non-medical questions, and the Coalition was created to help address those issues; and ensure those who are quarantined or isolated, seniors, and other at-risk individuals get the basic supplies they need while they remain at home. The main focus of the Coalition is delivering groceries and other essentials during this difficult time, while also identifying services offered by partner organizations for those with additional needs.
Schenectady County residents in need of supplies should call (518) 621-3536. Staff will work with callers to identify their needs, including any dietary or allergy restrictions, and set up a drop-off time. Representatives from the County Department of Social Services will also be on hand to assist with shelter, temporary assistance programs and Medicaid issues. Staff will also have information about resources available to address other identified needs.
“Centrally coordinating our efforts is the most efficient way to provide necessary resources to the community, and frees up the public health hotline for those with medical questions,” said Anthony Jasenski, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature. “Thank you to our community partners, especially The Schenectady Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club, for once again stepping up to help our neighbors.”
“Schenectady’s non-profits are once again showing how well we pull together as a team to serve the community we love. We’ve done this before in 2011 after Irene and Lee, and in 2015 after the Jay Street Fire,” said Robert Carreau, Executive Director of The Schenectady Foundation. “We’ve made an initial commitment of $100,000 toward relief efforts through our Rebuilding Families Fund. We’ll match the first $25,000 in donations, as well.”
"The Boys & Girls Club is proud to be part of this amazing coalition of non-profit organizations, Schenectady County departments and The Schenectady Foundation that truly care about one outcome- helping our community's families through this crisis," said Shane Bargy, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady. "The new Adeline Wright Graham Boys & Girls Club was designed to be technologically advanced and large enough to be responsive to the community in many ways. We are thrilled it was recently completed and ready to serve so many who are badly in need of assistance at this time.”
For a full list of participating partners, and the resources they can provide, visit: www.schenectadycounty.com/covid19help.
How You Can Help
The Schenectady Foundation has set up the Schenectady Rebuilding Families Fund and is accepting donations at www.schenectadyfoundation.org. Funds will help the Coalition provide groceries and other resources to our neighbors who need it the most.
Schenectady County Response Coalition Partners
“Our community has a great history of coming together in crisis,” said Michael Saccocio, Executive Director of the City Mission of Schenectady. “City Mission is honored to serve with a great team at a crucial time for all of us. We will do everything we can to help.”
“We are resolute in our collaboration with Schenectady County and area providers on this major effort to continue to provide food to those in need,” said Kim Sheppard, Executive Director of the Bethesda House. “Now is the time when community resource providers step up and work together to serve Schenectady County’s vulnerable population. We are thankful to be a part of this initiative.”
“SCAP is proud to be a partner of the Schenectady County COVID-19 Response Coalition,” said Debra Schimpf, Chief Executive Officer of Schenectady Community Action Program. “The Community Resource Network (CRN) remains fully engaged and continues to play a leading role in assisting the most vulnerable people in our community, those experiencing poverty and homelessness, access essential resources to fulfill their basic needs. We are thankful to the Schenectady Foundation for creating this coalition and look forward to working with the other partners to navigate through this challenging time.”
“We are pleased we were able to provide a truckload of food to help Schenectady County meet the needs of people impacted by COVID-19,” said Mark Quandt, Executive Director of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. “They have a very coordinated distribution system in place and made it easy to provide this service. We are here to assist if and when they determine additional food is needed. We take this obligation very seriously every day, and especially during disasters.”
For important information and the latest updates, follow @SchenectadyCounty on Facebook, @SchdyCountyNY on Twitter, and visit the SCPHS website: www.schenectadycounty.com/publichealth.
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