RMM PROGRAM UPDATES

In light of the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, some RMM programs and services have been modified or suspended.  Please refer to this page for the most recent updates.


As of July 24, 2020:

  • TOILETRIES AND SNACK BAGS ARE BEING DISTRIBUTED WEEKDAYS - Individuals in need of toiletries and/or snack bags can stop by Metro Baptist Church (410 W. 40th Street) Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays between 10:00 and 2:00 pm, as supplies and staff are available. Please note that we are closed on Wednesdays. 
  • FOOD PANTRY IS "GRAB AND GO" ON SATURDAYS (10:00-11:30 AM) OR BY APPOINTMENT - Out of abundance of caution, RMM is suspending our "client choice" food distribution system for the time being and instead is distributing pre-bagged groceries to clients at the entrance of Metro Baptist Church on Saturdays without appointment or Tuesdays & Thursdays by appointment. NO REFERRALS NECESSARY. To make a weekday appointment and find pantries in your area via the Plentiful system, please text “FOOD” to “PANTRY” (726-879). And to ensure you are up to date on RMM's food distribution, email food@rmmnyc.org or call 212-594-4464. 
  • IN-PERSON CLUE CAMP HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR SUMMER 2020 - While in-person CLUE Camp has been cancelled this summer due to COVID-19, we are offering free virtual camp resources each week, which include videos, a packet of offline games and activities, and a Wednesday virtual zoom gathering. Email cluecamp@rmmnyc.org if you would like to receive these weekly emails with these resources. 
  • TEEN CENTER IS MEETING VIRTUALLY ONCE A WEEK - Virtual Summer teenCENTER will begin the week of July 6th. More details around a specific schedule and activities will be shared in the coming weeks. Please contact Meagan Smith with any questions or to be added to the email list.
  • ALL LIFE SKILLS EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMS ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED - this includes all in-person group and alumni meetings of Living Well and Homecoming, as well as monthly family shelter workshops. Living Well and Homecoming are meeting virtually with their alumni communities weekly, and wellness check-ins are being conducted over the phone frequently. Emergency support is being scheduled—including food, medical supplies and mental health support—and RMM is offering specific support to LSEP alumni. RMM is working closely with leadership at the family shelter to meet ongoing needs. To inquire how you can support our homeless community or for questions/updates, email Lesley-Ann Tommey.
  • PAGE TURNERS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED - Page Turners After School program has concluded for the 2020 school year. If your child can use remote academic support during the summer, please email pageturners@rmmnyc.org. We will begin offering some virtual youth programming opportunities during the week of July 6th. 
  • VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES ARE LIMITED - While we are grateful for the outpouring of support during this challenging time, we are committed to the safety of our community.  At present, we have cancelled all regularly scheduled volunteer teams and have only a limited number of individual volunteer opportunities.  If you would like to volunteer or know more about the opportunities, please email volunteer@rmmnyc.org.  Also, scroll down below to be informed of other ways you can help at this time.

RMM remains committed to supporting our wider NYC community during this difficult time and will adjust our programs and services as we are able and allowed. Check back regularly for updates, and do not hesitate to email rmm@rmmnyc.org with any questions, concerns or needs. Be safe and thank you!


SEE BELOW FOR ADDITIONAL WAYS TO SUPPORT RMM DURING THIS CHALLENGING TIME. THANK YOU!

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

RMM is an amazing community of people, and we are grateful for the countless people who have asked this question! While we currently aren't able to engage many on-site volunteers due to safety concerns and social distancing mandates, there are still many ways you can support our neighbors.  Here is how:

  • MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION. With needs shifting moment by moment, RMM is seeking to be ready to adapt our programs, services and support for those who are most vulnerable. Financial support is vital to ensuring we can meet those needs in a moment's notice.  Thank you!
  • SNACK BAGS & TOILETRIES. We continue to distribute over 100 emergency snack bags and toiletries each week.  We need your help to ensure we have enough supplies during this time.  We are asking people to send us snacks and toiletries (preferably travel size) to distribute to our community. An easy way is to send us supplies directly from our Amazon Wishlist.  Or you can purchase and assemble supplies at home then send our way.  Assembling snack and toiletry bags is a great activity for families and individuals while outside activities are limited!  Below are a list of items we can best use:

Items for toiletry kits:

Travel-size Shampoo

Travel-size Conditioner

Travel-size Soap

Travel-size Toothpaste

Toothbrush

Shaving cream

Deodorant

Wash Cloth

Razor

Feminine products

Hand sanitizer


Items for snack bags:

Granola bars

Nuts

Applesauce

Tuna packets

Chips

Cereal bars

Raisins

Chocolate milk

Juice

Water bottles



Please contact rmm@rmmnyc.org with any questions. Thank you for your support!