Support AMPHS on the Frontlines this Giving Tuesday!
This winter, as COVID-19 cases surge, South Brooklyn’s immigrant families need our assistance more than ever! For the past three months, AMPHS has had its boots on the ground working to ensure that our community has the food, PPE, and public health information needed to stay safe this winter during the second wave of the virus. With the cold weather upon us many in Sunset Park are struggling with food insecurity on top of the risk of getting sick. They are forced to choose between paying their rent, putting food on the table and their health. AMPHS is here to help every step of the way so that our community members don't have to make those challenging decisions.
* Since May, we have distributed nearly $150,000 in cash assistance to 200+ families.
* Every week, we publish COVID-19 education materials and workshops and distribute 1,500 pounds of food and thousands of pieces of PPE to over 100 families in need, totaling over 400,000 lbs of food distributed in the past 6 months.
* When flu season hit, we were out in the community offering over 400 free flu shots to keep our families protected.
* Every day, we are field calls, connect community members to care, and offer free mental health services for over 500 families to date.
Yet, there is so much more to be done. We need your help. Many of the people we serve still cannot afford basic goods or items for household safety. Contribute to our Direct Relief Fund to help us grow our impact and work to ensure that healthcare is not a privilege, but a human right!
We need your help to assist another 1,000 of the 2,000 in our existing network as well as respond to requests for help from at least another 500 people who come to us for the first time.
Here’s how we can respond, with your help through AMPHS’ COVID-19 Response Fund:
1. Provide our families with weekly groceries, PPE and other food access resources.
2. Provide needy families with $400-1,000 of cash assistance to pay for rent, diapers, medicine and other basic necessities plus a care package of printed COVID-19 resources. Thanks to the NY Immigration Coalition, Mayor’s Office, Robin Hood Foundation and our amazing donors, we have already distributed $150,000 in cash grants to distribute to 250 of our neediest clients.
3. Connect individuals to our AMPHS’ Virtual Community Health Center, which includes: mental health programs, including access to a therapist; assistance for healthcare access, unemployment applications, food, and other community programs and through AMPHS’ weekly newsletters and Facebook Live sessions.
4. Provide face masks and information to protect essential workers at the frontlines. To date, we have canvassed 700+ businesses in Sunset Park with posters and over 60,000 pieces of PPE.
5. Expand and train our expanding team of Community Health Workers to contact 1,000+ residents to assess their wellbeing and needs, through the support of our Board.
6. Follow up to assure families actually connect with services and serve as an ongoing source of support and social contact.
The COVID-19 Response Fund is a natural extension of the work AMPHS has been doing for over ten years in Sunset Park. Our triple aim is to remove barriers to health and wellness for underserved immigrants; to connect the loose ends separating primary care to social assistance, and to deliver care with dignity and empathy to marginalized New Yorkers. Working at the community level to assure better public health, AMPHS’ participatory methods empower individuals and communities to forge their own local and culturally-sensitive pathways for health and wellness.