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COVID-19 Opportunities

Henry Street is on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our community’s most vulnerable residents—like seniors, homeless New Yorkers, low-income workers, immigrants (including those who are undocumented) and public housing residents—are at high-risk for being affected by COVID-19, and often have difficulties accessing resources as they become available. In response, we’ve launched two new initiatives designed to ensure that our community is able to weather this storm.


Make weekly wellness calls members of Henry Street’s senior programs.

While we’re all practicing social distancing, we want to make sure our seniors stay connected, and have access to everything they could need at Henry Street. Henry Street’s doors are always open, and we are still able to help seniors with services like meal and food delivery, mental health support, and connections to public benefits. These calls will be an essential lifeline to seniors in our community, and a source of human connection and friendship.

This volunteer job can be done from home, and we’ll provide you with a script, as well as other tools and resources.

Commitment: We are asking for volunteers to make about 5 to 10 calls per week, at about 10- to 15 minutes each.
Special Requirements: Access to a phone; multilingual (particularly Spanish and Chinese) volunteers a plus
Age Requirement: 18+


Senior Wellness Calls Volunteer Welcome Packet


Food insecurity has become a growing concern for our community. We are working with a local partner organization, Vision Urbana, to operate an emergency food pantry at Boys and Girls Republic (BGR), one of our youth program sites closed due to COVID-19. Located in the Lillian Wald Houses, BGR is uniquely positioned to serve a very high-need portion of the neighborhood’s north side. It’s acting as a pickup location and staging area to deliver emergency meals and pantry items to homebound residents. Additionally, we’ve opened two satellite locations—at Henry Street’s Senior Center and Youth Services building at 301 Henry Street—to act as distribution centers for the southern part of the neighborhood.

We’re looking for volunteers to support the Henry Street Settlement Food Access Initiative. Volunteers will help sort, pack, and deliver food across the Lower East Side.

Commitment: At least one shift from the below schedule:
Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at BGR, 888 East 6th Street, Manhattan
Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at 301 Henry Street, Manhattan
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at 334 Madison Street (lower level), Manhattan
Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at 334 Madison Street (lower level), Manhattan
Special Requirements: Must be able to lift 10 lbs. Multilingual is a plus; access to a car is a plus; must be able to be on your feet for a few hours at a time.
Age Requirement: 18-60*


Food Pantry Volunteer Welcome Packet

*per guidelines on who is at higher risk and should stay home.

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