Message from Police Officer Will Zieman:
We are proud to announce an upcoming collaboration with the Suffolk County Police Women’s Association. A county-wide food donation drive is being coordinated this week; flyer attachments have been included with this email. Each precinct has designated a location for food donation deliveries. In the 6th Precinct, Axis Church will be receiving donations to be distributed to families in need. Their Axis Café (address also on attached publications) is located at 2884 Route 112, Medford. Officers will be present during the drop off times this Friday, May 1 from 10am-1pm. We will assist with removing donations from your vehicle and maintain social distancing protocol. Please feel free to share the attached flyers with others.
Secondly, below you will see information shared from Deputy Police Commissioner Risco Mention-Lewis. She has provided important links pertaining to child care grants for essential workers. Please share this information with your fellow community members.
Kind Regards & Wishing each of you good health,
Police Officer Will Zieman #6256
6th Precinct Community Liaison Officer
The Governor announced that New York State will provide child care scholarships to all essential workers starting Monday, April 20. Essential workers include first responders such as health care providers, pharmaceutical staff, law enforcement, firefighters, food delivery workers, grocery store employees and others who are needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We previously worked to clarify that United Way and 211 employees working in response to the pandemic are, in fact, essential.
Child care costs will be covered with $30 million in federal CARES Act funding to essential staff whose income is less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level – or $78,600 for a family of four – and will be paid up to market rate for each region statewide.
Essential workers can use the funding to pay for their existing care arrangement. If an essential worker needs child care, they can contact their local child care resource and referral agency (https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/childcare/referralagencies.asp) (CCRR) to find openings. The New York State Office of Children and Family Services will administer the program.
Learn more or fill out an application here (https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/news/article.php?idx=2119) .
Like many of the other sources, funds are limited and will likely run out fast. Encourage your qualifying employees to apply!