UWS Locals Doing Good

  Last modified on May 6th, 2020

It’s been a tough few weeks (or however long it’s been … I’m losing track of time!). However, lots of local businesses and individuals have been making extraordinary efforts to make life on the Upper West Side and throughout NYC more livable – both for those at the highest level of risk, and for our frontline heroes working day and night to help them stay safe.

Here are some of the good deeds which deserve our recognition!

An Upper West Side mom created a volunteer sign-up sheet, which now has over 200 names!

Luca Di Pietro, the founder of Tarallucci e Vino on 83rd and Columbus Avenue, launched Feed The Frontlines to feed healthcare workers while keeping his employees working.

Several other UWS restaurants have partnered with the Jewish Food Society to deliver meals to healthcare workers.

Congregation Rodeph Sholom lent 3D printers to Skill Mill NYC, which in turn built and delivered face shields to the New Jewish Home.

Three Upper West Siders created a non-profit called Meals 4 Heroes to deliver healthy food to doctors and nurses while keeping restaurant workers employed.

An Upper West Sider initiated NYC’s #clapbecausewecare, which now takes place at 7pm every evening across NYC!

An Upper West Side couple launched a virtual babysitting service – hiring out of work Broadway performers to help out parents who are working from home. All proceeds are going to the performers.

Librarians from Columbia University joined forces with a 3D printing company to design and distribute face shields.

After a devastating fire at Fred’s Restaurant, Upper West Siders banded together to help the owners exceed their fundraising goal by a long shot! They were seeking $50,000 and have, at the time of writing, raised over $85,000.

A 17 year old Upper West Sider has launched an initiative to match high school students with at-home volunteer opportunities.

Another Upper West Side teen launched a free food delivery service for seniors.

An Upper West Sider who works in advertising launched an initiative to help essential workers pay for public transportation.

And, people are uniting to keep each other’s spirits up. They’ve sung together through courtyard windows and to their friends who’ve been in quarantine.

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