COVID-19 Resources & Information

THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED AS INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE

Childcare/Family Resources

Childcare for Toddlers and Infants
Call Childcare Connections: 845-331-7080

Emergency Childcare Service for Essential Workers
Effective Monday, March 23rd, beginning at 8 am, the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County will provide childcare for first responders, emergency personnel and essential workers who do not have the option to work from home.

Childcare Locations

Ellenville Elementary School – 28 Maple Avenue, Ellenville

Marbletown Elementary School – 12 Pine Bush Road, Stone Ridge

New Paltz (Lenape Elementary School) – 1 Eugene L Brown Drive, New Paltz

Kingston YMCA – 507 Broadway, Kingston (Pine Grove Entrance)

Hours: 8 am – 4 pm
Please pack a lunch plus two snacks and coat for outdoors.
Registration is required and offered online or call 845-338-3810 x112 or email janderson@ymcaulster.org

Discussing COVID-19 with Children
UNICEF: https://rb.gy/wnfhkp
National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019.
Fact Sheet for Preschoolers through 18 years. https://rb.gy/jgz21j

Free Internet Access for Households with School-Aged Children
Spectrum will provide free internet access to students who currently don’t use its service. The company will install broadband and WiFi in new student households free of charge and provide access for 60 days. Contact Spectrum at 1-833-267-6094.

Kingston Emergency Diaper and Formula Drive
If you are a Kingston resident in need diapers and formula, or other non-food essentials. Complete este formulario si necesita artículos esenciales como pañales y fórmula (no comestibles). Haremos todo lo posible para ayudarse. Please complete this form: https://bit.ly/KNYNEED

Food Support

Family of Woodstock Prepared, Microwave-Ready Meals
Available for pick-up and delivery on weekdays for lunch and dinner. Call or text the Family of Woodstock 24/7 hotline for information about delivery and where to pick-up: 845-679-2485.

People’s Place
For those in need of food support on the weekdays, People’s Place is offering the following services:

The Community Cafe will be open from 8:30 am to 1 pm offering take out Continental breakfast and sandwiches for lunch.

The Food Pantry will operate in a modified version at regular hours (10 am to 1 pm Monday through Friday and Wednesday evening from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm)

The Bag Student Hunger Program which offers breakfast, lunch and snack items for school age children will begin on Monday, March 16 and run until school resumes. Distribution will follow the food pantry hours.

For more info. please call 845-338-4030 or visit the People’s Place Facebook Page

Project Resilience
provides meals from local restaurants to families in need. Complete online form:
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or call the County’s COVID 19 Hotline at 845-443-8888.

Contact your local school district which is expected to distribute breakfast and lunch for students on the free and reduced lunch program.

Salvation Army
Offering prepared lunch, pre-bagged groceries to anyone in need
M-F, 12   location: 35 Cedar St, Kingston (845) 331-1803 you do not need to call ahead.

Ulster Emergency Food Sources
A resource list of food pantry sources and school meals for delivery.

Mental Health/Health

Mental Health Hotline
Over 6000 mental health professionals have volunteered their time to provide free emotional support, consultation and referral to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314

Mental Health America
To aid individuals and communities during this time, MHA has compiled a range of resources and information.
Click to see resources page

New York State Department of Health
n response to the COVID-19 situation, the New York State Department of Health has announced a special enrollment period for those still in need of health insurance. PLEASE PROVIDE A PHONE NUMBER OR WEBSITE, and more info if it is available.  Delete the MVP sales pitch (I would assume that other health insurance carriers are taking similar action): MVP is here to help! Our team members are available and able to enroll individuals in the coverage they need by phone. Coverage will begin as early as April 1. For details on MVP plan options, visit www.mvphealthcare.com. How can we help you and your clients during this difficult time? I can be reached at 845-401-2222. A phone consultation can also be scheduled with an MVP team member by calling 1-800-TALK-MVP.

Funds/Financial Support

Bartender Emergency Assistance Fund
Bartenders employed for not less than one year prior on a regular full- or part-time basis may apply for emergency funding through USBG National Charity Foundation.

COVID-19 Ancillary Fund
The HealthWell Foundation is offering assistance through their COVID-19 Ancillary Fund.

If you or family member has a positive diagnosis, are a member of a high risk group, live where the virus is prevalent, have had a physician or health care provider recommend quarantine, or fall within 500% of the Federal Poverty Level, you qualify.

This fund will cover delivered food or medications, diagnostics, telehealth and transportation costs. Due to limited staffing, they are only using the hotline at this time at 800-675-8416.

Creative Freelancers Support
Freelancecoop.org is offering creative freelancers that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 virus the opportunity to apply for a grant through their fund. Freelancers can apply here:
https://freelancecoop.org/emergencyfund/.

Paid Family and/or Sick Leave
You may be eligible for additional leave under NYS Paid Family Leave and disability benefits.  Click: https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/COVID19

Radio Kingston Community Fund
Radio Kingston’s Community Fund is offering increased capacity to support Kingstonians during this time of great disruption. Residents within the Kingston City School District who are in need of financial assistance will be able to receive one-time financial support through the Community Fund, which is administered by Family of Woodstock, Inc. Apply via online form. 

SNAP Benefits Match
Expensify.org is an organization that will match up to $50 in Snap Benefits by issuing a card through their account. A receipt showing your SNAP purchase and an application are required. Apply here.

Unemployment Benefits
Apply on line via State Department of Labor
Or contact the Ulster County Office of Employment and Training or call phone 845-340-3168.

United Way Emergency & Homelessness Prevention Fund
This fund drive will help the hourly, low-wage workers in our community who have been laid off, fired, or given reduced hours as a result of COVID-19. We do not make cash payments, but pay vendors (i.e. utility company, landlord, insurance company, phone company, etc.). A $750 cap applies. Call 845-331-4199 for information.

Relief Programs

Central Hudson
Central Hudson is temporarily suspending service disconnections to lessen any hardship the COVID-19 pandemic may have on customers.

Federal Taxes
Filing deadline and payment due date have been extended to July 15, 2020.

Federal Pay-out
On March 27, Congress passed a bill that will provide $1200 to every adult who filed a tax return in 2019 or 2018, and/or any adult who currently receives payments from the Social Security Administration (SS, SSI, or SSDI).  In addition, a household will receive $500 for any child under the age of 16 who is claimed as a dependent. These payments will automatically be received via check or direct deposit, if bank information is on file with either the IRS or the SSA. These payments are estimated to be received by mid to late April, 2020.

If you have not yet filed a federal tax return, and earned less than $69,000, you should file as soon as possible on-line at https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free.  For any questions you may have, contact the IRS Taxpayer Advocate at 1-877-777-4778 or visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus.

Rental Assistance
Per Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order:
No evictions or foreclosures for at least 90 days. Courts are not accepting eviction or foreclosure filings until further notice.

Small Business Loans
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Click for more info

Tips for Managing Stress

During this anxious time of dealing with isolation and concern due to COVID-19, this resource from the Institute for Disaster Mental Health has suggestions that can help you better deal with the isolation and uncertainty of the current situation.

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Ulster County COVID-19 Hotline

Staffed 24/7 for answers to questions on issues related to the coronavirus.
Ulster County Hotline:
845-443-8888
NYS Hotline: 888-364-3065

Additional HOTLINE support:
Family of Woodstock crisis phone line: 845-338-2370 (24 hr.)
New York State Crisis text line: Text 741-741 (24 hr.)
Textmebacorg: Text and Chat line: 845-679-2485
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273- 8255 (24 hr.)

Ulster County COVID-19 Mobile Testing Site

The collection site is ONLY for pre-screened people who meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • You called your doctor’s office and had a consultation
  • Based on your symptoms and other information you provided, your doctor determined that you meet criteria for COVID-19 testing, and ordered a test for you
  • You have a scheduled appointment at the collection site

Hours: Monday – Saturday 8:30AM – 3:30PM
Address: 300 Enterprise Dr. Kingston, NY 12401 [map/directions]
Schedule an appointment (If you have an order for a COVID-19 test): (845) 443-8888

For more information on Ulster County’s Mobile Testing Site

General Resources

Companies Hiring in and around Kingston/Ulster County

 

Cornell SC Johnson School of Business Connected Conversations
A series of events hosted by The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business discussing how to keep employees engaged, digital currencies in uncertain times, and embracing the uncertainty of the future. Attending the Zoom conversations is free of charge.

FindHelp.org
If you or someone you know needs help paying for food, paying bills, etc. due to the COVID-19 pandemic, go to http://FindHelp.org. It lists free and reduced-cost services in every city in America and highlights hundreds of programs.

LGBTQ Resources
As LGBTQ+ health and community centers are shutting down nationwide, these virtual resource kits, phone hotlines, live streams, and webinars are vital for getting information and support.

Resources for Working Remotely
Zufall Communications has compiled a list of tools and resources to assist companies with rapidly enabling their employees to work from home.

Senior Shopping Hours
List of grocery stores that offer dedicated senior shopping hours. Some stores also offer shopping hours for vulnerable populations in general – including pregnant mothers and immune compromised. Will update as information becomes available. Click Here.

Shared Work Program
(speak to your employer about this option)
Half unemployment benefits and reduced work hours

Resources for Trans People
It is important for trans people to be prepared for obstacles if an outbreak happens in their communities. NCTE urges everyone to put together a plan of action that not only takes into account basic health needs, but also your specific needs as a trans person.

Ulster Small Business United
Facebook group promoting ALL of the members of the Small Business community in the Ulster County Region. A way to support local businesses who are modifying the way they operate and instituting digital options through this time.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Resiliency