Coronavirus Preparedness

How to help seniors right now

In these times seniors need to be self-isolating and that means that even the most independent of them need our help. Below are some suggestions of how you can do so.

City Services

The city's Department of Aging funds nearly 250 senior centers and other affiliated sites, far more than we can list here. Look here for the one nearest to you:

Given that these spaces entail congregation of high risk people, many of them have already closed or intend to do so but the services they provide remain important. Expect a lot of flux in what's needed. The first best thing to do is fill out a volunteer form here and say that you're available to do what' needed. Then you can let experts direct you to the most necessary task.

Food Delivery

Bringing a nutritious meal to a homebound older adult is a great way to help and a particularly essential one right now. One of the best places to do so is at Goddard Riverside (263 West 86th Street at West End Avenue in the basement of the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew). Volunteers should arrive at the program between 9:30 and 10 am and ask for Karlene Clarke, the director. More details at: 

Another great option is City Meals on Wheels (355 Lexington Avenue between 40th & 41st Streets), which delivers meals and has several other outstanding programs.

The volunteer applications can be found here:

For general information, go here:


Honestly, we thought this post would be longer. Given that, we're going to have to do some work on our own to help out. And asembl is there to do it. If you or a loved one need help, post what you need to asembl (get at: and our community will do its best to get it done. You can also email us at [email protected] and we'll do the same.