India Home is dedicated to the well-being of our neighbors through community outreach and education.
When the pandemic hit in 2020, India Home began our COVID-19 relief programs immediately to serve our clients. We also built upon our community outreach experience to engage in activities directly connected with preventing the surge of the coronavirus, and inform our neighbors about CDC guidelines and the importance of maintaining them. In that vein, India Home partnered with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and NYC Health and Hospital to become a “Test & Trace” partner. Through our COVID-19 outreach, our dedicated community outreach staff work tirelessly to deliver public health safety information and provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to community members, and especially marginalized communities of color in Queens. Our community education staff come from diverse backgrounds and professional specialties, and have proficiency in multiple languages which have allowed them to connect with diverse groups of people in New York City. We have started our community outreach throughout New York City since August 2020 and reached out to more than 250 locations, including house of worships, food pantries, community fairs, and local events. We partner with the Queens Borough Test & Trace Corps, and engage in “Get Tested Tuesday” and “Day of Action” events on a regular basis through which we collaborate with partner CBO’s and together have an increased collective reach. As of August 2021, we have distributed over 313,000 face masks, 3,000 bottles of hand sanitizers, and over 10,000 pieces of literature to the communities in Queens and other boroughs. We are dedicated to informing people about the importance of vaccination, and continuously debunk any myth or misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines. With the motto of “Unity is Strength”, we have collaborated with more than 100 community-based organizations to inform, resource and educate our community members, older adults, health care professionals, and many others. The efforts of our community outreach team has helped in increasing the Queens vaccination rate. Our team continues to pivot their outreach to provide resources to zip codes of high priority such as those with low vaccination rates.
Our team is also engaged in informing community members about other relevant issues. One such issue is the Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) system which is essential for New Yorkers to practice their voting rights, as the City implemented the RCV system at the Democratic Primary Election on June, 2021 for the first time in history. Our team has also helped community members get connected to resources regarding Hurricane Ida relief.