In a continuing effort to provide vital services amid the coronavirus crisis, a Queens nonprofit is asking the community for donations in order to provide vulnerable populations with food and mental health services.
Despite suspending in-person programs and services last week, Commonpoint Queens continued to provide groceries, meals and mental health counseling to those in need. On March 23, the organization also opened an emergency child care facility for medical professionals and first responders who are working tirelessly.
“In the past three days, we have distributed more than 500 emergency food packages to people in need, older adults and homebound seniors and the numbers continue to rise day by day,” Commonpoint Queens’ CEO Danielle Ellman said in a statement.
Ellman said throughout this process, the organization’s job placement assistance department was overwhelmed with calls and individuals were calling them for emergency cash assistance.
“At the same time, we are not able to collect payments we depend on to keep our lights on,” Ellman said.
The organization called on the community to make any financial donation they could, which would have an “immediate and substantial impact on Commonpoint Queens and our future supporting our community.”
Monetary donations would go toward services including grab-and-go and home-delivered meals, mental health counseling and application assistance with a coronavirus financial impact loan.