How to Help

We are currently facing one of the most difficult moments of our lifetimes, but it has been so inspiring to see communities band together and do what communities are meant to do – help and support each other in a time of crisis. 

The best thing all of us can do to help each other is to stay home to stop the spread, keeping ourselves, our families and our neighbors safe. However, if you are healthy and you want to volunteer, here are a few opportunities where you can provide support. 

Thank you for being part of the solution.

Ways you can help right now:

The best way to prevent spread is for non-essential New Yorkers to stay home: Governor Cuomo announced the "New York State on PAUSE" executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone. Our 'PAUSE' has been extended until May 28th. 

  1. All non-essential businesses statewide are closed.
  2. Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time.
  3. Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced.
  4. When in public, individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others and wear a mask covering their nose and mouth.
  5. Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet.
  6. Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people.
  7. Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders.
  8. Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit or phone call to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health.
  9. Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations.
  10. Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes.

Retired Health Professionals: The state needs the help of qualified retired health professionals and related professionals to supplement our hospital capacity on a temporary basis to treat seriously ill coronavirus patients. [Visit Website]

  • The Medical Reserve Corps for Albany, Greene, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties are looking for licensed medical professionals, including: Physicians/Physician’s Assistants, Nurses—NP, RN, LPN, Dentists, Pharmacists, Veterinarians, Paramedics, Mental Health Professionals, Respiratory Therapists, Epidemiologists, and Social Workers. Sign up through ServNY using the instructions below:
    • If you are NOT an HCS User then you must access the ServNY Volunteer System with a NY.gov user Account.
    • Click the button Log in to NY.gov
    • In the NY.gov ID Login Screen you can either: Sign in using your NY.gov user account or Sign up for an NY.gov User Account by clicking the button Don't Have an Account?
    • After logging into NY.Gov, at the bottom of the screen MYNy Dashboard click the button called Health Applications.
    • On the next screen, click the link ServNY to access the ServNY application.
    • Follow the steps and at the end click Register.
  • Ulster County is looking for qualified volunteer health professionals. [View Form]

Blood donations are needed: Blood centers have critically low supplies. You can help by donating blood. Find out if you are eligible and how to make a blood donation at:

The NYS Bar Association in partnership with the NYS Court System is looking for attorneys to help handle pro bono a surge in legal matters resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing economic fallout. If you’re able to help, sign up here.

The NYS Medical Reserve Corp is looking for community members without medical training to play a vital role as interpreters, administrative assistants, educators, inventory/supply, management, data entry, and other roles as identified. Sign up through ServNY using the instructions below:

    • If you are NOT an HCS User then you must login by either using your NY.gov user account or signing up for an NY.gov User Account by clicking the button Don't Have an Account?
    • After logging into NY.Gov, at the bottom of the screen MYNy Dashboard click the button called Health Applications.
    • On the next screen, click the link ServNY to access the ServNY application.
    • Follow the steps and at the end click Register.
Volunteer Opportunities by County:
Albany County

If you know of local resources, let us know at info@hincheyforny.com

Greene County

If you know of other local resources, let us know at info@hincheyforny.com

Montgomery County

If you know of other local resources, let us know at info@hincheyforny.com

  • Volunteer opportunities in Amsterdam via the Amsterdam NY Volunteer Connection - [Visit Facebook Page]
Schenectady County

If you know of other local resources, let us know at info@hincheyforny.com

  • Schenectady Rebuilding Families Fund (led by the Schenectady Foundation) is accepting donations to help provide groceries and other resources to neighbors who need it most. [Visit Website]
Ulster County

If you know of local resources that are not currently listed, let us know at info@hincheyforny.com

  • Project Resilience allows businesses to donate meals and individuals to volunteer to sign up for meal delivery to those who are struggling to access food. [Visit Website]
  • UlsterCorp Opportunities offers links to various local volunteer opportunities (including virtual and at-home ones) to help provide relief during Covid-19. [Visit Website] 
  • The Town of Hurley is looking for volunteers to grocery shop for 'at risk' Town residents. Please email Councilperson Melinda McKnight at mmcknight@townofhurley.org or by text message to 914-388-2532.
  • People’s Place - Donate dry goods or money so they may purchase nutritious groceries for distribution to community members or sign up to volunteer. [Visit Website]
  • Rise Up Kingston - A coalition of nonprofits is working to provide food to families in the Kingston City School District and residents of Kingston. This massive undertaking, now delivering 2000 meals each weekday plus groceries to 75 families daily, is a volunteer driven effort. There are numerous volunteer opportunities: packing and delivering meals and groceries, handling calls from people requesting food and scheduling food deliveries (training is provided), setting up and breaking down at the YMCA distribution site, contacting volunteers to schedule shifts, etc. [Volunteer Sign Up Form]
  • Kingston NY Mutual Aid - Join the Facebook group to offer support to community members (or, ask for support).
  • Radio Kingston Community Fund - Donate to the Radio Kingston Community Fund, established to provide one-time financial support to community members. Click for more info.

The NYS Economic Development Corporation is looking to purchase critical supplies to respond to the coronavirus. If you have available personal protective equipment (PPE), please fill out this form.

THANK YOU to all of the incredible and brave New Yorkers working while the rest of us stay home to stop the spread…All Healthcare Professionals, Construction Workers, Delivery Workers and Drivers, Farmers, First Responders, Fire Fighters, Food Industry Workers, Grocery Store and Retail Workers, Mechanics, Police Officers, Post Service Workers, Sanitation Workers, Teachers and Educators, Toll Collectors, Transportation Workers, Truck Drivers, Volunteers.

You are all heroes.

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