For guidance and assistance with any social service needs or opportunities, reach out to the BPJCC Social Service guidance counselor experts at 718.972.6600 ext. 4615/4610
and extension 4611 for seniors.
FREE COVID-19 Testing Sites
The FDA has approved New York State to authorize the state's 28 public and private labs to begin manual, semi-automated and automated testing for COVID-19. Testing is free to all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider or by calling the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
Interested in checking for eligibility for being tested for COVID-19?
Enter your address and find the closest locations providing coronavirus testing.
COVID-19 Regionial Monitoring Dashboard
Track how close the ten NY regions are to meeting the seven criteria necessary for taking the first steps to opening up.
Free Face Coverings
Get a free face covering at NYC Parks. Click below to find the closest distribution location, date, & time.
Free iPads for Select Nonpublic School Students
New York City Department of Education (DOE) announced that students in nonpublic schools who receive special education and related services from the City will be eligible to apply for the free iPad distribution program. A parent or school leader can apply to this program with the student ID number found on the student’s IESP.
At&T Waiving Overage Charges
AT&T pledges that through June 30, 2020, they won’t terminate service and will waive late payment fees of any wireless, home phone, or broadband residential or small business customer due to an inability to pay their bill as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Additionally, they are waiving domestic wireless plan overage charges for data, voice, or text for residential or small business wireless customers incurred because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic.
For more information, click below.
COVID-19 testing sites Opened citywide, prioritizing those most at risk
Call 1-888-ONEMED1 or click below & use code NYCCARE30.
$1,000 Grant For unemployed restaurant staffers
To qualify for the grant, an individual needs to have worked at a restaurant, bar, or cafe, been a full-time employee and employed for three months or longer at the same location.
NEW! Uber Discount for Seniors
Stop & Shop has teamed up with Uber to offer 50% off one round trip ride to and from any of its stores per week. Seniors can receive 50% off the round trip Uber ride during the store's special senior hours from 6 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Auto Insurance Credit
GEICO is providing a 15 percent credit to auto and motorcycle customers as their policy comes up for renewal between April 8 and Oct 7. Customers do not need to take any action to receive this credit.
As previously announced, GEICO is pausing cancellations of coverage due to non-payment and policy expiration through at least April 30, 2020. Beyond that, GEICO remains committed to offering maximum flexibility to policyholders who need special payment options.
Virtual & Online LEarning Resources
NYC Parks@Home: You can enjoy NYC parks from home! While you're socially distancing and/or staying home, join us in the parks — online. Join us for live park tours, meditation, fitness, art classes, fun activities for kids, and more!
Click the link below for more information and the schedule of events.
Growing Up NYC Virtual Events: Keep your kids engaged and active while at home with many different virtual events and activities. This includes virtual museum exploration, NEw York Hall of Science online resources, virtual YMCA workouts, NYPD Youth Center virtual activities, free online tutoring with Brainfuse, SAT, GED, and other practice test resources, and more!
Click the link below.
Right at School @ Home: to support students and parents during this strange new time, Right @ School has developed a new parent website called Right at School @ Home. It has fun and easy educational activities, as well as stories from families across the country. Activities and posts are added each week, and interested parents can sign up for the Friday newsletter for more information.
Click the link below.
No Cost Access to ST Math: MIND Research Institute is offering no-cost access to ST Math for families, schools, and districts. The offer is available for grades K through 8.
Click the link below for more information.
eSpark Learning is offering free accounts (no credit cards or commitments!) to support ongoing student learning at home. eSpark differentiates K-5 reading and math with activities kids love, and is a great way for students to be challenged at a level that's right for them! Parents can sign up free using the link below.
Free Internet at Home
Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
Xfinity WiFi: Until further notice, all Xfinity WiFi Public Hotspots are now open to everyone on the “xfinitywifi” SSID. Public hotspots can be found in small/medium businesses and outdoors in commercial areas. Non-Xfinity subscribers need to accept Terms and Conditions to access the network and repeat when requested to continue to receive free unlimited access.
To find a WiFi Public HotSpot and learn more, click the link below.
NEW! COVID-19 Consumer Warnings and Safety Tips
The FCC website provides warnings and information on the recent increase in hoax text message campaigns and scam robocalls offering free home testing kits, promoting bogus cures, selling health insurance, and preying on virus-related fears.
For more information and to learn the recommended safety tips, click the link below.
Cell phone and Landline Assistance
Verizon Wireless – will waive mobile-data overage fees through June 30, 2020, to help customers deal with the coronavirus pandemic, but the fees will not be waived automatically. Instead, users have to contact the carriers' customer service and say they're experiencing pandemic-related financial hardship to get the fees dropped.
When a Verizon customer is experiencing hardships because of COVID-19, Verizon will waive late fees and [data-cap] overage charges through June 30, 2020, for customers who let them know they are unable to pay as a result of economic hardship due to the pandemic,and will not terminate service to those customers. If our customers are experiencing hardship, they should call customer service team to discuss their situation and available options.
AT&T - will waive mobile-data overage fees to help customers deal with the coronavirus pandemic, but the fees will not be waived automatically. Instead, users have to contact the carriers' customer service and say they're experiencing pandemic-related financial hardship to get the fees dropped. No proof is required.
Customers experiencing hardship can go online to att.com to chat with a rep to request relief. The fee waivers will be available through May 13.
AT&T is automatically halting all disconnections and waiving data overage caps on home Internet for all customers for those same 60 days - March 13 to May 13.
Mobile is providing customers unlimited data during the pandemic without requiring them to contact customer service.
Sprint is providing customers unlimited data during the pandemic without requiring them to contact customer service.
T-Mobile announced on March 13 that it is upgrading all customers on limited plans to unlimited smartphone data (excluding roaming) for 60 days.
Sprint announced on March 13 that it is upgrading all customers on limited plans to unlimited smartphone data (excluding roaming) for 60 days.