Personal protective equipment isn’t the only thing healthcare workers have been lacking during the pandemic. With schools out, essential workers are having trouble finding childcare. Pay cuts and empty store shelves mean groceries can be hard to come by. And long hours and the stresses of the job are wearing down mental health.
In time for National Nurses Week last week and International Nurses Day today, Work & Co created a new platform to help doctors, nurses, hospital technicians, EMTs, food service workers, janitors and other support staff at New York City hospitals locate the aid they need. Help Supply connects them with volunteers who locate groceries, childcare or mental health services.
The agency partnered with Adobe and Dropbox to develop the service and enlisted medical students to work on product strategy and community outreach. Mutual Aid NYC provides groceries and delivery, Workers Need Childcare connects people to childcare and the NYC COVID Care network connects them to mental health workers.
Grocery delivery is free and available in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and parts of Staten Island. Mental health services are free and available via telemedicine anywhere in the tri-state area, and childcare is heavily discounted. A week after launch, 18 hospitals had tapped the platform for help and the site had seen nearly 2500 visits.