This week the New York City Health Department published data showing that black, Hispanic, and non-Asian people of color in the city are two-to-three times more likely to die from COVID-19.
To support those most severely impacted by the pandemic in upper Manhattan, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, the NAACP and Columbia University have joined forces to launch the Support Harlem Now Community Relief Fund, which will work with organizations, institutions, and individuals across the city to support and co-sponsor a variety of initiatives, including:
- A daily food program for needy families and the homeless
- Support for Harlem Hospital and Senior Citizens Programs
- Tablets and computers for school children currently unable to participate in virtual classes
- Tablets for patients isolated in hospitals to allow for communication with their family members who are unable to visit them
- The coordination of support services for small businesses and not-for-profit organizations impacted by the pandemic
- A weekly series of radio programs with information related to the pandemic provided by The Chamber and a network of health, education, business, technology, religious, cultural, and civic leaders
- Clothing donations for the homeless.
To support these initiatives and more, visit the Harlem Community Relief Fund’s Go Fund Me page.