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Dear Members of our Upper West Side Community:

CB7 In-Person Meetings are Cancelled 
We at Community Board 7 have taken actions in accordance with the advice of experts to try to balance our completing the essential work on our plates while protecting the public and each other from unnecessary risks of the transmission of the virus.

To that end, all in-person CB7 public meetings have been cancelled, and where possible will be conducted remotely.

The CB7 District Office Staff Will Be Working Remotely Until Further Notice
In keeping with the latest recommendations, the CB7 District Office Staff will work remotely, and the Office will be closed until further notice.

The Staff will have remote access to the computer server and databases maintained by the Office during this period, and should be able to continue their work.

Responding to emails, the processing of applications and all of the other work of the District Office and the Board will continue via remote access, and should encounter minimal disruption.  If you encounter significant problems with connectivity or responses, please let the Chair of the Board know via email at markdillercb7@gmail.com

Telephone calls to the District Office will go to voicemail, which will be checked at least once per hour during normal business hours, and the Staff will respond or refer the calls after retrieving them from the voicemail system.


Message From the Chair
Dear Upper West Side Community Members
:

This email will provide a first group of possible answers to the question often asked in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis:

How Can We Help?

The organizations included in this email have shared ways in which they welcome in-kind support, volunteers, donations and other ways to be of service to our vulnerable neighbors on the Upper West Side.

Community Board 7 does not intend to prefer any one organization over another, and any organization serving our Upper West Side Community is welcome to share its calls for support and volunteers to be included in our next “How Can We Help?” email in the coming weeks.

This email includes calls for support from:

  • The West Side Federation of Senior and Supportive Housing
  • Goddard-Riverside Community Center
  • The West Side Campaign Against Hunger

Finally, the only way we will be ready for the next crisis is if our Census numbers reflect the reality in our District. So PLEASE complete the Census – the sooner the better! 

Information to follow.

Hoping you all stay safe and healthy -
Mark Diller
Chair – Community Board 7/Manhattan



WEST SIDE FEDERATION OF SENIOR
AND SUPPORTIVE HOUSING

CALL FOR SUPPORT!


For the past 40 years, the West Side Federation for Senior & Supportive Housing, Inc (WSFSSH) has provided affordable housing and supportive services to older persons and persons with special needs. Currently, we serve over 2,200 physically and mentally frail individuals, primarily frail elderly, living in 28 buildings across the Upper West Side, Harlem, the South Bronx, Chelsea. For more information, please see our website: https://wsfssh.org/buildings/our-buildings
At this time, the majority of our residents are isolated in their apartments or units because it is unsafe for them to go out or they are physically unable to do so. Many of our residents live alone and are unable to go out to secure necessary food, medication and supplies. Our front line staff is working tirelessly to support our residents, they are also in need of support.
We are therefore reaching out to our friends and neighbors who might be able to offer any support during this difficult time. Our goal is to provide food (non-perishable) and essential personal hygiene items for our seniors in isolation as well as necessary supplies for both staff and residents.

To minimize risk and to maximize public health, volunteers will not have face-to-face contact with our residents.

Opportunities for contributing and volunteering for WSFSSH’s Call for Support can be found here:

Thank you. Your assistance will certainly make a difference.
Read an update from our Executive Director:
https://goddard.org/RodLetter

Stay up to date with how Goddard Riverside is responding to COVID-19: 
https://goddard.org/coronavirus

Interested in getting involved?
Make a contribution: https://goddard.org/COVIDgiving


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Home Delivered Meals
Description: Our home delivered meals program is seeking volunteers to help deliver meals around the Upper West Side to homebound individuals.
When: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 9:30am
Where: 263 West 86th Street
Requirement: You can volunteer alone or with family. Arrive promptly for orientation and delivery instructions.

Contact: Henry Foster at HFoster@goddard.org

Phelps House
Description: Phelps House, one of our older adult residents, is seeking volunteers who speak Russian or Spanish to call and chat with seniors.
When: Monday - Friday
Where: Your home
Requirement: Must be able to speak Russian or Spanish

Older Adults
Description: Send a handwritten card or a note to older adults
When: Any day
Where: Your home
Requirement: Send your card or note to:
Goddard Riverside
Attn: Older Adult Project 593 Columbus Avenue New York, NY 10024
 
Call a Neighbor
Some of Goddard's older adult residents are interested in friendly calls from their neighbors. We are trying to assess interest from both volunteers and our residents in matching a community member up with one of our residents. If you are potentially interested in having a regular, ongoing, weekly chat with a neighbor, please contact volunteers@goddard.org.

Stay in touch with Goddard, sign up for our
e-newsletter at https://goddard.org
This year the West Side Campaign Against Hunger is seeking your help to #FillOurPantryShelves in the form of a Virtual Food Drive to help WSCAH meet the increased demand for healthy food and feed more New Yorkers in need. Click here to donate: https://tinyurl.com/wscahvirtualfooddrive
The drive launches on April 23, for one week and will support 1 month of food purchases.

What is a virtual food drive?
This unique platform allows donors to directly purchase healthy food items that WSCAH needs like a bag of rice or canned proteins for our customers.

What is our goal?
Our goal is to #FillOurPantryShelves with an extra 50,000 lbs of food to help our communities who need access to healthy food, including those who are newly facing food insecurity as a result of COVID-19, now more than ever.

How can you support?
Help amplify our message to your networks and follow our calendar and tools provided in this document. We have examples and ideas you can use for every day of this campaign. Support us today and be a part of shaping the solutions to make sure our city and all its people are healthy, safe, and food secure.
How You Can Help Us
#FillOurPantryShelves Each Day

April 23: Today is our kickoff! Please send an email to your network (attached), and post the video on your social media networks. Challenge your friends to forward/repost the video.

April 24: Choose a picture + sample language to post about our Virtual Food Drive on Facebook and ask 10 friends to repost. Feel free to customize!

April 25: Post a picture that shows WSCAH staff hard at work and our Virtual Food Drive campaign picture on Instagram and ask 10 people to regram.

April 26: Post to Next Door! Ask 3 friends to join and post as well.

April 27: Share a personal story you have about WSCAH, or why this drive is important to you, on your favorite channel (Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Snapchat, email, text, phone a friend). Make sure to use our links + hashtags as appropriate.

April 28: Send another all network email, encouraging people to donate and share the message forward.

April 29: Post about our Virtual Food Drive on Instagram. Use a personal photo if you can or one of ours.

April 30: Help us finish strong! Send a final boost to your community through a post on Facebook.
Facebook (@WSCAH)

1. Help WSCAH fill their pantry shelves to help feed our hungry neighbors, friends, and families. From April 23-30, you can purchase foods via their #FillOurPantryShelves Virtual Food Drive that will get delivered straight to their pantry and safely distributed to New Yorkers who need it. Click here to donate: https://tinyurl.com/wscahvirtualfooddrive

2.This year the West Side Campaign Against Hunger is seeking your help to #FillOurPantryShelves in the form of a Virtual Food Drive to help WSCAH meet the increased demand for healthy food and feed more New Yorkers in need. Click here to donate: https://tinyurl.com/wscahvirtualfooddrive
The drive launches on April 23, for one week and will support 1 month of food purchases.

What is a virtual food drive?
This unique platform allows donors to directly purchase healthy food items that WSCAH needs like a bag of rice or canned proteins for our customers.

What is our goal?
Our goal is to #FillOurPantryShelves with an extra 50,000 lbs of food to help our communities who need access to healthy food, including those who are newly facing food insecurity as a result of COVID-19, now more than ever.

How can you support?
Help amplify our message to your networks and follow our calendar and tools provided in this document. We have examples and ideas you can use for every day of this campaign. Support us today and be a part of shaping the solutions to make sure our city and all its people are healthy, safe, and food secure.
 New Yorkers NEED our help - contribute to WSCAH’s #FillOurPantryShelves Virtual Food Drive. By purchasing a bag of rice or a few cans of beans, you can help us reach our goal of stocking our shelves with 50,000 lbs of healthy food by April 30. Click here: https://tinyurl.com/wscahvirtualfooddrive
Instagram (@wscah_)

1.     Support @wscah_ #FillOurPantryShelves Virtual Food Drive and help deliver 50,000 pounds of food to New York families in need. The drive is open until 4/30. Click here: https://tinyurl.com/wscahvirtualfooddrive

2. Help @wscah_ ensure all New Yorkers have access to healthy food! Join their #FillOurPantryShelves Virtual Food Drive and purchase foods to help reach their goal of 50,000 lbs of food delivered safely to those who need it. Click here: https://tinyurl.com/wscahvirtualfooddrive 
Next Door

Instructions: Go to Next-door.com or download the app. Next Door is an online community, geographically tied to where you live.

Post: Help your fellow New Yorkers in need by contributing to West Side Campaign Against Hunger’s #FillOurPantryShelves Virtual Food Drive. By purchasing a bag of rice or a few cans of beans, you can help us reach our goal of stocking our shelves with 50,000 lbs of healthy food by April 30. Find out how here: https://tinyurl.com/wscahvirtualfooddrive 



Welcome to the MCB7 website.
We are glad you chose to visit our webpages
and learn about our work.

The purpose of Manhattan Community Board 7 is to ensure that city services are accessible and responsive to residents, organizations, businesses, and institutions of Manhattan's Upper West Side. By hosting regular meetings open to the public, CB7 acts as a conduit for communicating events, addressing local concerns, and processing municipal applications of various sorts.

CB7 also plays an important advisory role in planning, land use, zoning, and the City budget. Our boundaries are from West 59th Street to 110th Street, and from Central Park to the Hudson River, with points of interests such as the American Museum of Natural History and Rose Center, Lincoln Center, Bloomingdale Historic District, Mahattan Valley, Columbus Circle, and Central Park.

Please consider joining our email list for updates on matters of interest to our Upper West Side community and issues to be addressed at upcoming CB7 meetings.  You can sign up for our email list by clicking here. Other than in emergencies, we aim to send no more than one email message per week, so we will endeavor not to flood your inbox.

You can also learn more about upcoming events involving CB7 by using the “Calendar of Events” button under the “Meetings” tab on the CB7 home page, which will direct you to the schedule of Committee and full Board meetings and hearings each month, with links to the respective agendas.

Please feel welcome to contact us with questions or concerns relating to our work.

Sincerely yours,

Mark Diller
Chair
markdillercb7@gmail.com

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