Books and Reading
BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) – is a web-based service that provides access to thousands of audio and braille books, magazines, and music scores available from National Library Service. The service is available to registered users of the braille and talking book program through their local braille and talking book library.
LibriVox – Free audiobooks read by volunteers from all over the world.
Open Culture – Find thousands of free online courses, audio books, textbooks, eBooks, language lessons, movies and more.
Project Gutenberg – Offers a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online.
Suffolk County Business Recovery Unit– One Stop for Business questions and resources related to impacts as a result of COVID 19.
Coronavirus Small Business Resource Hub-SCORE offers trusted business guidance and resources. Including webinars, online workshops, online mentoring and more.
Suffolk County Forward – Suffolk County has created a new website to help job seekers and employers.
Unemployment Insurance – NYS Department of Labor has updated the process to apply, The best way to file a new claim for unemployment insurance is through the improved online filing system. Unemployment insurance is also available to the self-employed. If you do not fill out the form completely, you should receive a call back within 72 hours. The site will shut down every night at 7 pm to process that day’s application and reset the the system.
Grab and Go Bags-The North Babylon School District offers this food program Monday-Friday 10 am-12 noon. The bags are breakfast, lunch and grocery bags. Anyone is welcome to come and receive a bag of groceries. Non-perishable food donations are always accepted. Grocery bags at the front of the high school and grab and go meal bags are offered at the west entrance on Phelps.
Caregiver Community Connection– The VA Caregiver Support Program is teaming up with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and Wounded Warrior Project on a new web-based series to empower and engage caregivers of Veterans of all eras nationwide.
Gift of Gab– This project connects social work students and those in need of social interaction. Weekly phone calls are set up for light conversations to keep people connected during these difficult times.they can also be reached by phone, (631) 346-6052 or email, email@example.com
Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation-Offers Virtual Yoga, Zumba, Caregiver seminars, Memory Cafe and a Broadway Sing-a-long. For more information call: (516) 586-1507 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
RSVP Telephone Reassurance-Program makes daily phone calls to seniors living in our community. If you know of someone, perhaps a loved one or neighbor who is living alone and could benefit from a daily phone call (especially in today’s environment) please call and leave a message for our Telephone Reassurance Coordinator, Maggie D’Amico, at 631-979-9490, ext. 21.
Health Insurance Information Counseling Assistance Program (HIICAP)-Answers phone calls from those who have questions regarding Medicare and related health insurance benefits. Please call our helpline at 631-979-9490, ext.18 and leave a message. Our counselors will return your calls promptly.
NYS of Health Marketplace-In response to the COVID-19, the Special Enrollment Period will now be made available for New Yorkers. Eligible individuals will be able to enroll in insurance coverage through NY State of Health through May 15. Navigators at the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island can help you enroll in a quality, affordable plan. Please call the HWCLI Healthcare Access Line at 516-505-4426 to schedule an over-the-phone appointment.
Medicaid Assistance-Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council continues to provide Medicaid enrollment assistance. We can be reached at 631-656-9783. As messages come in, staff working remotely will be assigned to callers to provide assistance. We are also here to answer any questions people may have regarding utilizing insurance, understanding their benefits, finding specialists, etc.
SNAP Assistance(Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
Health and Welfare Council of Long Island-The Health and Welfare Council of Long Island knows that food insecurity is a rapidly increasing emergent need during this time. You may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) which can help you cover food costs. Please call Carolina Flores Cruz at HWCLI at 631-697-1124 for more information.
Island Harvest-Provides free referrals and free assistance for SNAP over the phone, and you do not have to go to the Department of Social Services. Island Harvest can walk you through the online application by telephone or complete a short intake and submit the online application for you. Call 631-873-4775.
SNAP Online– Apply or re-certify for SNAP benefits.