Hello MAST parents and/or guardians! Please find updates via the Mayor’s Office regarding COVID-19 testing, receiving free masks, food delivery, financial aid for small business, and more. If you have any questions, please contact Asmahan Malow at email@example.com.
Important Community Testing Update:
The City of New York is working to expand testing for COVID-19 rapidly throughout the five boroughs. Community testing sites operated by NYC Health + Hospitals use self-collection of swabs to minimize contact between patients and health care workers. Self-swab testing for COVID-19 is safer, simpler and faster. Free and convenient walk-in testing is now available. No appointment is necessary. View more information on testing and find a location near you.
NYC is Distributing Free Masks
New York City will be distributing 7.5 million masks at locations across the city free of charge. This program will continue to grow and reach additional locations in the coming days. Visit nyc.gov/FaceCoverings for a map of locations.
NYC Taxi is hiring for delivery work
Through the TLC Driver Food Delivery program, TLC drivers will now be paid $53 per route, rather than hourly ($40 base pay + $13 for expenses), when delivering meals to New Yorkers in need. Drivers can use personal cars and complete multiple routes. This change helps drivers make more money. Sign up at nyc.gov/deliverytlc or share on Twitter in multiple languages.
Support for NYC Small Businesses Owners and Nonprofits:
The federal government has expanded its loan programs allowing small business owners and nonprofits to apply for up to $10 million through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Loans are available on a first-come, first-served basis. More information about the Paycheck Protection Program in multiple languages can be found here: bit.ly/PPPNYCinfo
Nonprofit Providers Needed for the GetFood Delivery Assistance Program
GetFood Delivery Assistance Program is seeking nonprofit providers to increase capacity.
- Meal Prep: organizations that have commercial kitchen capacity to prepare and package meals with a focus on culturally sensitive meals and ethnic foods.
- Distribution Staff: organizations with up to 300 nonprofit provider staff to manage distribution sites.
- Visit NYC.gov/Nonprofits for more information.
“We Speak, We LEAD”: Free Online Professional Development for Immigrant Women
We Speak NYC and New Women New Yorkers have teamed up to launch “We Speak, We LEAD,” a free online workforce development and professional English language learning program for immigrant women. This free series of 10 interactive job readiness workshops supports and prepares participants for entry into the NYC workforce or to pursue higher education, and helps them improve their professional English and gain confidence. Register now for the pilot program. An information session is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12 from 3-5 p.m., and the program runs from May 19 until June 23.