COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a serious public health crisis. New York City has become the epicenter of the outbreak and state wide lockdowns have created tremendous uncertainty. Thousands of people in New York’s 5th Congressional district are struggling now, more than ever. With shelter in place orders, many small businesses have been forced to shutdown and lay off staff. Understandably, containing this virus means a serious change in lifestyle for all New Yorkers, my community included. Yet, as these changes become a reality, so many are left without a job, or a way to survive a prolonged economic shutdown.

The Federal Government is offering a stimulus package that include Billions of dollars to small businesses and the promise of ‘stimulus’ checks. This is not enough. It is not enough to help millions survive without a job or access to essential resources. It is not enough to support a family. It is not enough for the already struggling people of Southeast Queens and Nassau County.

Our leaders in Congress have failed us. That is why our campaign is stepping up to help.

Community Aid Program

We are collecting toiletries, non-perishables, hygiene products, water, gloves, hand soap, and hand sanitizer to be distributed to vulnerable folks in our community.

How we are collecting Supplies:

We have set up secure drop locations around the district, where well resourced individuals can drop off or ship supplies to. 

The drop locations are: 

72-03 166th St. Fresh Meadows, NY 11365

113-12 202nd St. St. Albans, NY 11412

109-52 160th St. Jamaica, NY 11433

86-72 Range St Queens Village, NY 11427

41 Franklin Ave Lynbrook, NY 11563

22 Van Buren Ave, Floral Park, NY 11001

8668 Midland Parkway Jamaica NY, 11432

*Note: Social distancing and limiting mobility is critical at this moment. That is why we suggest shipping supplies to one of these addresses instead of physically dropping them off. Only engage in physical drops if you live near one of the locations and have the ability to safely do so.

Here are some online retailers that you can purchase supplies from for shipment:

Walmart

Target

Distributing supplies:

The items collected will be distributed each Monday between the hours of 12 pm-3 pm to vulnerable people in our community. Items will be collected and distributed safely by staff with every precaution in mind.

If you are interested in contributing goods, you can do so by: safely dropping off goods to any of the above addresses, securely shipping goods to one of the above addresses or contributing to our campaign through Actblue.

All of the contributions we receive for the remainder of March will go towards our Community Aid Program. Every dollar helps us gets essential supplies to people who are struggling to survive.

If you are in need of any goods, please fill out this form or contact our campaign at info@shan2020.com. We are here to help.

In addition to the work we are doing with the resources and reach of the campaign, we are working with local mutual aid groups to help our communities get through this crisis.

Please help out today. Even if it’s just a couple of rolls of toilet paper or some canned food, it can make all the difference. 

Phone Banking:

To ensure that we are able to best connect with our constituents, we are hosting two phone banks a week entirely devoted to our Community Care Outreach program. If you are not comfortable making calls, we will also be doing text banks.

These phone/text banks are so important! They allow us to converse with our communities without knocking doors.

Together, we will get through this!