SCHENECTADY COUNTY — Schenectady County and several local non-profit community organizations have founded a new coalition to help local residents deal with some of the non-medical aspects of the novel coronavirus crisis.
The Schenectady County COVID-19 Emergency Response Coalition has established a hotline for non-medical needs and questions. Residents who need help getting groceries or basic supplies can contact 518-621-3536.
The effort will be headquartered at the new Boys and Girls Club in Mont Pleasant, where representatives of the county Department of Social Services will also be available to help address shelter and other assistance needs. Other partners in the effort include the Schenectady Foundation, the City Mission, Bethesda House, Schenectady Community Action Program, Schenectady Community Ministries, Proctors, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and the Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority.
The coalition was formed because many calls about non-medical needs were coming to the county Public Health Services hotline. The goal is to ensure those who are quarantined or isolated, senior citizens and other at-risk individuals can get basic supplies needed to remain in their homes, including groceries and other essentials.
“Centrally coordinating our efforts is the most efficient way to provide necessary resources to the community, and frees up the public health hotline for those with medical questions,” said Anthony Jasenski, D-Rotterdam, chairman of the County Legislature. “Thank you to our community partners, including The Schenectady Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club, for once again stepping up to help our neighbors.”
The Schenectady Foundation has previously pledged $100,000 to relief efforts, and said it would match the first $25,000 in additional donations.