Free Tax Prep Services for New Yorkers
March 17, 2021 update: The IRS deadline to file 2020 tax returns has been extended to May 17, 2021. The IRS will be providing formal guidance in the coming days.
If you earned $68,000 or less in 2020, you can file for free— including from home — with the help of an IRS certified VITA/TCE volunteer preparer. Preparers can help you file your taxes safely now, and transmit the returns to the IRS.
Learn more at nyc.gov/taxprep
; or call 311
and ask for tax preparation assistance. Services available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, and Russian. Additional languages available through phone interpretation.
For hard copies of IRS tax forms (libraries and post offices are generally not carrying them this year), download them at www.irs.gov
. You can also call 1-800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676) to have forms and other publications mailed to you. Orders are usually received within 10 days.Additional Tax Season Resources:
Rebuilding Mental Health: International Day of Happiness
Join Samaritans of New York’s Suicide Prevention Center for a special webinar this Friday, March 19, at 1 pm
. Many New Yorkers have found themselves plagued with anxiety, self-doubt and fears about the future at some point during the pandemic. This webinar examines approaches that can help us to open our minds, challenge our preconceptions, and break some of the unhelpful habits we may have developed over the past year of isolation and social paralysis. Register here
.Gun Buy-Back Event: March 27th
The NYPD encourages any New Yorker in possession of a firearm to turn it in, no questions asked. Their annual gun buy-back event is Saturday, March 27th
, from 10am to 4pm. Location:
Convent Avenue Baptist Church, 420 W. 145th Street. Learn more here
.Healthy Home Workshops
The NYC Dept of Health offers monthly workshops for parents, seniors, and other interested residents on topics related to maintaining a healthy and safe home. Workshops also offered in Spanish, Bengali, Russian, and other languages. Topics include:
- Preventing Lead Poisoning
- Cleaning Safely in the Home
- Getting Rid of Mold
- Controlling Roaches and Mice Safely
- Installing Safe Window Guards
Registration is required to join by WebEx. See all of the workshops and register here
.Health Coverage: NYS Enrollment Period Extended to May 15th
If you have lost your health insurance or have not had coverage, go to https://nystateofhealth.ny.gov/
for a comprehensive list of affordable options — including subsidized individual health plans and Medicaid. New York State’s current open enrollment period has been extended until May 15th, 2021
. New Yorkers can enroll in Medicaid all year long.Center for Independence of the Disabled, NY (CIDNY)
is a “Navigator” agency for NYS of Health enrollments, and works with all New Yorkers to help them find affordable health insurance. Services are free and confidential. Contact CIDNY at (917) 810-2566 or by clicking here
Early detection of breast cancer is proven to save lives
. No-cost mammograms are available now via the American-Italian Cancer Foundation. No co-pays required and deductibles are waived. Uninsured patients are welcome.
For more information and to make an appointment, call 1-877-628-9090
. Click here to learn more
Free Vision Screenings: University Eye Center
- Women age 40 – 79
- Currently living in New York City
- No Mammogram in the past 12 months
Free screenings are available Monday, April 5th,
from 2pm to 4pm.
Screenings are by appointment only. All ages welcome. Infants under 18 months can have a complete eye exam done for free instead of a screening.
- Phone (212) 938-4001, Monday – Friday (9am – 5pm) and Saturday (8:30am – 4:30pm)
- Location: University Eye Center, SUNY College of Optometry, 33 W. 42nd Street
Mental Health Support
As we all know, this is a profoundly stressful time. If your symptoms of stress become overwhelming, please reach out for support and help. One option is NYC Well, the City’s confidential helpline for mental health and substance misuse services. Trained counselors can provide you with support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in over 200 languages. Click here
; call: 1-888-NYC-Well (1-888-692-9355); or text: “Well” to 65173.Support For City Employees
If managing your stress is beginning to feel like a full-time job, consider reaching out to the NYC Employee Assistance Program
. All EAP services are available Monday through Friday, 8am – 9pm. Contact the EAP by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or leave a message at (212) 306-7660.
Programs & Events of Interest
See some of the Women’s History Month events in our district by clicking here.
For local and citywide environmental news and events
, sign up for newsletters from UWS Recycling
, which come out 6 times/year. Read the March/April Eco Letter here
Immersion Program for Girls Interested in Coding
Virtual History Tours of the Upper West Side
Current 9th -11th grade girls and non-binary students are invited to apply to Girls Who Code’s
FREE 2-week Virtual Summer Immersion Program!
Students from underrepresented groups in tech, including Black, Latinx, and low-income backgrounds, are strongly encouraged to apply early.
Applications accepted until March 19th.
- Join a sisterhood of supportive peers and make lifelong friendships!
- Meet women in tech from top corporations like Disney, AT&T, Twitter & more.
- Participate for free! Plus, Girls Who Code will provide need-based tech support for those who qualify.
To learn more, join a webinar
and read this info sheet
and FAQ page
Sponsored by the Broadway Mall Association, licensed NYC tour guide Hank Orenstein will conduct another virtual tour of the UWS, this time focusing on West 95th-109th Streets, between Riverside Drive and Central Park West. Tour date: Saturday, March 20, from 3:00pm-4:30pm
Tour “stops” include: the homes of George Gershwin and Humphrey Bogart, and a house where Duke Ellington composed songs; a memorial to local residents Ida and Isidor Straus, who died on the Titanic; the Manhattan Avenue Historic District; a church with beautiful Tiffany windows; a rare free standing mansion on Riverside Drive; and more. Email email@example.com
to RSVP. A Zoom link will be sent to those who RSVP the morning of the tour. Cycling: How Women Make It WorkBike New York’s
Spoke Series are free virtual events designed to bring bike lovers, street users, and change makers together for conversations that inform and inspire.
Join Bike New York for their latest event this Monday, March 22, at 6:30pm
featuring: Angela Azzolino, Executive Director, Get Women Cycling; Lisa Gillespie, SHERO, Black Girls Do Bike; and Caroline Samponaro, Head of Micromobility & Transit Public Policy, Lyft. Register here
.On-line Forum: Hate Crimes & Human Rights
Community Board 7’s Health & Human Services Committee will host a forum on hate crimes and human rights next Tuesday, March 23rd at 7pm,
in collaboration with the Hate Crimes Unit of the Manhattan DA’s Office, the NYPD Hate Crimes Unit, the Mayor’s Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes, and the NYC Commission on Human Rights. Learn more here
. Register here
In Case You Missed It: NYC Youth & Community Development Town Hall Series
The Youth Town Hall Series, led-by-youth-for-youth, streamed live on YouTube last month. You can watch it now
and hear youth moderators and youth panelists discuss Pathways to Economic Equality and how this issue impacts all our lives.
We’re Here to Help
My office assists people with housing issues, seniors, the disabled, the recently un (or under) employed, the food insecure, and all those suffering the many consequences of this pandemic, to help in any way we can. We also provide on-going advocacy with our public schools and other public services.
Please call (212) 873-0282, leave a message and we will call you back as soon as possible; email firstname.lastname@example.org
; or check our website, HelenRosenthal.com
. We update it on a regular basis with information about public benefits, non-profit resources, and health facts Upper West Siders need to get through this crisis.
P.S. Please forward this newsletter to anyone you think might be interested, or have them subscribe to my e-blasts here
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