COVID Related Resources

Dear friends,
Below you will find a few resources that might be helpful during this difficult time. If you would like to suggest a resource, please send your suggestions using the form at:
Please note that these are suggested resources only and not an endorsement of any kind.

Below you will find:
Information on COVID
Food Delivery and related resources
Governmental Assistance
Voting and Legal Resources
Making Donations and Helping Others
Free Entertainment
more to come…

Information on Covid:

NYC COVID Information
Explanation fo what COVID is and direct resources available from the city.

What is Known about COVID
COVID Information – Part 2 (NEW)
COVID Information gathered by our member Muriel  Tillinghast.

Food Delivery and related resources:

DOE Free meals
Any New Yorker who wants one can get free meals at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city. Each person can get up to 3 meals each day.

Food Bank NYC
Operates food pantries and soup kitchens and directs you to SNAP enrollment sites.

Food resources for Park Slope and Carroll Gardens
Specific food delivery in the neighborhood, car services, elderly resources and large list of

Invisible Hands Delivery Service
Invisible Hands is powered by engaged, healthy volunteers who deliver groceries, medication, and other essential items to those who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. They are primarily focused on supporting the elderly, disabled, and immunocompromised.

Met Council
MET council’s community services are still operating during the pandemic: they have a confidential hotline for victims of domestic violence at (212) 453-9618, as well as a helpline for seniors needing free assistance with SNAP enrollment, emergency home repairs, or tax filings, accessible at (929) 292-9261.

NYC Food Delivery Assistance
If you cannot go out to get food, no one can bring you food, and you are not able to use private delivery options, New York City will deliver emergency meals to you.

Governmental Assistance:

Help Now NY
Assistance provided by NYC for Individuals and organizations.

NYC Council Resources 
Large list of local services, places to donate and volunteer groups.

SBA Coronavirus Small Business Resources
Guidance for small businesses and loan resources.

Voting and Legal Resources:

Getting an absentee ballot
Click above to visit and complete the application online Or, if you don’t have access to a computer, you can call the New York City Board of Elections and request your absentee ballot by phone (1-866-VOTE-NYC / 1-866-868-3692).Make sure to do it before June 16th.

Housing Court Answers
Here is up-to-date information about housing situations like illegal lockouts and emergency repairs during the COVID-19 crisis.

Making Donations and Helping Others:

Brooklyn Mark Makers
Make masks for healthcare workers and drop them off at drop off locations in Park Slope

Donate Plasma
Mt. Sinai 
and Columbia University are looking for people who have had and recovered from COVID-19 to donate their blood plasma to help current patients.

Meals for Methodist
Help feed healthcare workers while supporting local restaurants,

Operation Feed Brooklyn:
Currently, They are supporting NYP/Methodist, Maimonides, & SUNY Downstate Hospitals in Brooklyn, New York, with weekly meal deliveries of 200-400 meals, and the need is growing.

Free Entertainment:

Alvin Ailey
The legendary Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theater is offering a new program, Ailey All Access, where for a limited time, fans can stream full length videos of the Company performing on stage.

Baryshnikov Arts Center
Free streaming of experimental arts projects from BAC.

Great Performances
Enjoy our summer social distancing programming featuring Much Ado About Nothing, Rupert Goold’s Macbeth, and more.

Martha Matinees
On Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. Eastern, the Martha Graham Dance Company invites viewers to tune into its YouTube channel for screenings of all things Graham, including vintage clips of the modern dance matriarch herself.

MET Opera Free Streaming
Each stream becomes available at 7:30 p.m. EDT and remains accessible for on-demand viewing until 6:30 p.m. the following day.

NY Phil Plays On
A new portal for free digital content to provide comfort and connection to millions of classical music fans worldwide.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theater
There are lots of free and exciting ways to virtually-attend productions online and stay connected to Shakespeare’s Globe at this time when their buildings are temporarily closed.

Trisha Brown Dance Company
Though its 50th-anniversary season at the Joyce Theater was called off, this troupe is moving the celebration online, letting Brown’s ingenuity dance across our screens.


Pledge Dinner 2019

On Friday, November 1st, 2019,  our members and friends gathered for a celebration of friendship, art, and appreciation for our community. Below are a few pictures of the evening, which featured poetry read by Kim Brandon and Tasha Paley, a fun theatrical sketch written by Tom Castelnuovo and performed by Tom and our board of directors, delicious food, donated by the Damas Falafel House, owned by the Lahoumah family, from our Ethics for Children program, and several pieces of artwork , which were also donated for our auction. Warren Miner was the winner of one of our auctions ( the 50-50 auction) and kindly donated his prize to help with repairs to our building. Laura Duffy was honored for all of her contributions to our society and was recognized, joining Nancy Richardson and Rita Wison, as a BSEC Beacon.
It was a warm and fun evening surrounded by friends.









Books to Prisoners Program

Hello all,
I am delighted and proud to announce that The Brooklyn Society For Ethical Culture now has a Books to Prisoners program.  On Friday July 26th We mailed twelve cartons of books to the Montogmery State Prison in Mount Vernon, GA. I have spent the last year gathering these books from the neighborhood and used book stores and even Barnes & Noble when they had a sale on dictionaries. At an average of 20 books—hardcovers and paperbacks—per carton for a total of about 240 books. Mostly fiction.

To me this is at the heart of our Mission which I have always felt was grounded in education. I have a list of prison libraries that I am going to send to in the coming months. The biggest cost is the postage. This was about $20.00 per carton at the USPS. I have pledged $1,200.00 for the coming year to fund this program. After speaking to and emailing to the librarians at these prisons I can see there is great need. Prison libraries are underfunded if they are funded at all. Its donations or nothing.
I am happily and gratefully accepting donations of books and money for postage.
Some guidelines:

Nothing spiral bound, or containing nudity or instructions on making your own weapons etc. Nothing too worn or old or written in or on.
What is needed most: Dictionaries, thesauruses, mysteries and thrillers, science fiction. Anything by or about people of color. Spanish language.
At the moment we do not have a collection point at BSEC so you will have to contact me and bring the books to my house. Contact me at
PS another great organization I have worked with if you want to give books to individual prisoners who write for specific titles is: 

Vincent Downing

The Art of Dying with a monthly Death Discussion Group

What might we plan, hope, dream, imagine as we consider our mortality?

The Ethical Living Committee at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture is championing a series for shared discussion and contemplation on death and dying.
All topics welcome. There are no taboos.

Shatzi Weisberger and others will begin each evening with a facilitated activity. Each gathering will be followed by a Death Cafe for open and intimate conversations.
3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30pm

Click here to reserve your spot