UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — An Upper East Side lawmaker is asking neighborhood residents to lend a helping hand to a local senior center that has its hands full aiding those who are most vulnerable to the serious effects of coronavirus.
Councilmember Ben Kallos asked healthy Upper East Siders to reach out to staff at the Isaacs Center — located on the campus of the New York City Housing Authority's Stanley Isaacs Houses on First Avenue and East 93rd Street — to volunteer at the center in a tweet sent Monday. The center is helping seniors deal with the coronavirus outbreak by delivering meals to seniors who ar being advised to stay in their homes to reduce contact with people who may be able to transmit the virus.
The Isaacs Center has suspended all of its services except for meal delivery and case management to reduce the potential for exposure for the seniors who rely on the center, according to a statement released by the center's executive director Gregory Morris.
"As our community works to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are faced with a number of complex problems – none greater than making sure that our elderly neighbors navigate the tremendous physical, social, and emotional challenges ahead," Morris said in a statement.
In addition to volunteering time, Upper East Siders can also donate to the center to help fund the center's Meals on Wheels program during the coronavirus outbreak. Anyone interested in volunteering is being asked to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org