Juggling work and family is even more challenging when you’re sheltering in place. Here are some free or low-cost resources – including from our own programs – to help families thrive.
Arts and Activities
Goddard Riverside Community Arts – We have online dance and music composition classes for all ages, plus live events! Take a ballet class, join us for Arts Potluck on May 1 or enjoy live music at our next Afro Roots Tuesday on May 12!
Lincoln Center at Home – The iconic performing arts center offers classes and performances online via this new portal.
New York Botanical Garden – The garden offers family-friendly activities to do at home, virtual walks through its flower displays, healthy recipes and more.
American Museum of Natural History – This Upper West Side stalwart hosts video tours, live trivia games, a weekly drawing contest for children and more on its website.
Children’s Museum of Manhattan – CMOM has tons of projects to do with kids at home.
New York Historical Society – Come here for online presentations about aspects of New York history.
NYC Government Covid-19 Food Assistance Resources – The city is distributing free meals at more than 400 locations.
Red Rabbit Grab and Go Meals – The school lunch provider is offering free meals in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn. It posts updates on its Instagram account.
World Central Kitchen – This nonprofit is providing grab-and-go meals in Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and New Jersey.
West Side Campaign Against Hunger – Our UWS neighbor runs a food pantry and other programs to prevent hunger.
Government and Legal Support
Goddard Riverside Resource Center – Our kind and experienced Resource Center staff connect you to services you need, including food stamps and other government benefits, legal assistance and health care.
Goddard Riverside Law Project – The Law Project provides free legal services on housing issues to qualifying renters as well support and advice on how to organize your building.
Housing Court Answers – Offers information on New York City Housing Court, emergency repairs, illegal lockouts and the eviction moratorium.
Right to Counsel NYC – This tenants rights coalition, of which Goddard is a member, has information on how to form a tenants association and what to do if you can’t pay your went, as well as opportunities to get involved with advocacy on rent & mortgage relief.
Legal Services NYC – Their multilingual resource hotline at (917) 661-4500 helps New Yorkers apply for public benefits like SNAP and Medicaid, as well as manage rent and utilities arrears.
Gale Brewer – The Manhattan Borough President has an exhaustive and constantly-updated list of COVID resources at the top of her website.