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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources: Assistance for Residents and Families

Find the latest information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) from government and scientific authorities.

211 CNY

211 CNY brings together organizations in the community to better serve the residents of five counties: Onondaga, Oswego, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence.  Users can find resources for services to help with basic needs such as food, shelter, employment, and healthcare.

Go to to search for the help you need.  You can also dial 211 on the telephone and speak with a referral specialist 24/7.  If you can't get through be dialing 211, you can use the alternative toll free number 1-844-445-1922.

211 CNY will also do well-checks over the phone upon your request.

North Country Prenatal Perinatal Council

If you've been laid off and need health insurance, contact the NCPPC Insurance Navigator by phone.  They're here to help.

United Way of NNY Crisis Fund

The United Way of Northern New York’s Crisis Fund will go to support critical work pertaining to the populations it serves because they are those most vulnerable to economic downturns and health crises. The fund will address current community impact concerns including:

- Shortage of supplies to meet basic health and safety needs (paper goods, hand sanitizer, cleaning products, diapers, baby formula and healthy foods);

- Extended closures of school, childcare and after school programs, impacting children’s access to breakfast and lunch programs and parents’ ability to work; and

- Immediate economic impact for many workers, particularly in the service, retail and travel industries

Contact the United Way of Northern New York at 315-788-5631 for more information.

Mental Health First Aid

If you’re feeling stressed or nervous during these days of COVID-19, you’re not alone. Uncertainty and the sense of not being safe — not to mention physical distancing, round-the-clock news and empty grocery shelves — are stressful. What you’re feeling is common around the world.
We know you’re looking for ways to take care of yourself and #BeTheDifference. We’ve compiled these tips from the Mental Health First Aid curriculum to help you care for your own and your loved ones’ mental health.
If you or someone you care about feels overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety, or like you want to harm yourself or others call 911.
You can also contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text MHFA to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor.
For more information and resources from MHFA during this difficult time, read these new resources on our blog:
For more information on COVID-19, please visit these resources:

NNY Community Foundation

The Northern New York Community Foundation has allocated funds to help public service organizations continue to provide services to the community during this time of need. Nonprofit organizations serving residents in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties that wish to apply for funding from the Community Support Fund should contact Kraig Everard, Community Foundation director of stewardship and programs, at 315-782-7110, or