In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Rep. Max Rose is helping connect his constituents with organizations in the New York City metro area that need help.
Rose tweeted out how people who feel healthy can donate their time, money or other services.
“I’m continuing to get tons of emails from folks asking how they can help with this crisis. Here’s some areas where the city needs all of our help, and links for you to sign up” Rose wrote in his first tweet.
He noted that there are opportunities to volunteer in the area by delivering foods, making supplies and even sharing space.
Rose included a link to the City of New York where licensed taxi drivers can sign up to volunteer their time by delivering necessities, which he noted could include delivering things like groceries to older individuals. He said drivers will receive $15 per hour worked and money for gas and tolls.
Another way locals can help in the epidemic, according to Rose, is by using local businesses to make necessary COVID-19 response supplies like gowns, masks and face shields among other medical equipment. Businesses that can make food for delivery are also considered necessary and are encouraged to volunteer.
Rose also highlighted a need for extra space as hospitals become more crowded. He included a link to a City of New York survey that allows individuals to offer up real estate that might not be known to officials. Spaces that meet the criteria could be used to increase hospital capacity as the city continues to grapple with the high number of sick.
Finally, another way that individuals can help in the fight against COVID-19 is by allowing retired licensed doctors, nurses and other medical personnel to volunteer.
“About 2,100 retired or non-practicing healthcare professionals have signed up to the City’s medical reserve. If you’re a licensed healthcare professional and willing to help, you can volunteer here,” Rose tweeted.
Rose has posted frequent updates on his work on Twitter throughout the pandemic.
“I just want to express our incredible support and solidarity for our men and women in uniform. All our doctors, all our nurses, sanitation workers, bus drivers, everybody who is out on the front lines still making sure that we are kept safe, our hospitals are up and running and we’re fighting this pandemic,” he said in a video he tweeted earlier this week. “We’re going to be with you every step of the way until we overcome this, not as Democrats, not as Republicans, but as Americans.