New York City is reopening. Organizations may start or expand operations.
The health and safety of volunteers is a priority. All volunteers and organizations accepting volunteers must follow current public health guidelines. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit NYC.gov/coronavirus.
If any of the following conditions apply to you, stay home and do not sign up to volunteer:
There is still community transmission of COVID-19. If you are not vaccinated against COVID-19 and are 65 years of age or older or have an underlying health condition that increases your risk of severe COVID-19 illness and decide to volunteer, make sure you wear a face covering and practice physical distancing at all times. Also consider volunteering in well-ventilated, non-crowded places, or ideally outdoors, to further reduce your risk of COVID-19 exposure. For a full list of conditions that increase risk for severe COVID-19, visit the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene's COVID-19 Prevention and Care webpage.
If you feel sick or recently tested positive for COVID-19, do not volunteer outside the home, even if you have been vaccinated.
If you are not vaccinated against COVID-19, wear a face covering and maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others at all times while volunteering. If you have been vaccinated, follow the rules of the organization you are volunteering with regarding face coverings and physical distancing. Even if not required, it is recommended that New Yorkers wear a face covering when indoors.
Also, practice healthy hand hygiene, including washing hands often with soap and water and using hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Hand hygiene is good public health practice whether or not you have been vaccinated.
Human services nonprofit organizations deliver vital services to New York City's communities, including the city's most vulnerable populations. Their partnership with the City of New York is essential, especially during this challenging time of COVID-19. Guidance and answers to questions about nonprofit operations, business continuity and programming during these critical days are available on the City of New York's online resource for nonprofit organizations.
COVID-19 has dramatically changed our lives. All New Yorkers deserve to celebrate, honor, and memorialize their loved ones. Get funeral & burial guidance from the City of New York.
Visit NYC.gov/nonprofits to learn about funding opportunities through the City of New York.
FEMA helps state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and certain types of private nonprofit organizations respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies. Learn more
Businesses and nonprofit organizations with 500 or fewer employees are eligible for 2-year loans at 1% interest that does not have to be paid back.
The loan is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.
SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
Ask your business's bank if they offer the federal SBA Paycheck Protection Program:
Last updated: June 11, 2021