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Ann-Gel P
Throughout East Harlem
(East Harlem)
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Thankful for support!

the project


The East Harlem COAD is a neighborhood-based emergency management coordinating organization comprising residents, organizations, and businesses that work together to address the full disaster cycle. We are led by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff. The East Harlem COAD has dedicated themselves to making East Harlem a safer and more prepared community. 

East Harlem residents are concerned about balancing the challenges of COVID-19 isolation along with preparing for a second wave and  severe weather. The East Harlem COAD wants to improve awareness of emergency preparedness, both generally and COVID-specific, and provide our community with supplies to help them manage these challenges. The contents of the kits will vary based on community needs, but will include things to help East Harlem residents cope with harsh weather, hunger, cold/flu symptoms, and COVID. This could include (but is not limited to) things like flashlights and batteries, heat packs, portable cell chargers, pantry items, tissues, cold/flu medicine, masks, and hand sanitizer, as well as printed guides to prepare for various scenarios. 

the steps


Upon receipt of funds the EHCOAD can begin ordering essential items. Upon receipt of items, the EHCOAD and community member volunteers will assemble the kits in order to be ready for local distribution.



why we're doing it

In Mid-April, East Harlem topped Manhattan in reported COVID-19 cases. We were disappointed, but not surprised. East Harlem is a vibrant, diverse community of over 120,000 residents, but the effects of structural racism have long positioned us to bear the brunt of public health emergencies. The reality of these inequities is clearer now than ever.

East Harlem COAD member organizations are intimately familiar with the issues faced by the most vulnerable among us, and have demonstrated experience developing creative solutions. We are prepared to meet the unique needs of seniors, children, people who are undocumented, non-English speakers, low-income workers, and large or multiple families who share an apartment.


Disbursed budget (12.10.20):

At Home Kits by EHCOAD 2020                        
IOBY Fundraiser will help provide emergency preparedness At Home Kits and Kids Kits for East Harlem residents, help educate and promote preparedness
In order to fulfill our goal of distribution within our raised budget we have reduced Kits to 500 however to meet the needs of East Harlem we will continue to 
host pop ups in the community where we will distribute masks and hand sanitizer due to generous donations.
Supplies list for 500                        
Cooler bags    500 bags    $1,211                
Cold packs    500    $116                
Water/hydration    500    $300                
Lights- battery operated     500    $673                
Batteries        $200                
Kids activity packs (toys, crayons, coloring books)        $150                
Antibactierial/gloves/Child masks        
donated masks/sanitizer Mask Transit and City
Additional items: Snack-non perishable                        
Vitamin C packs        $243                
vitamin pops for kids        $60                
shipping        $170                
Follow up mini PPE Kits-Pop Ups for remainder of year and 2021
Emergency Preparedness Sheets/how tos and activity        donated    Cost: $250            
IOBY Fundraiser with matching funds        $2,984                
EHCOAD Responsible via Council member Diana Ayala donation
Total        $3,371                

TOTAL RAISED = $2,255.00 $2,255.00
ioby Platform Fee waived $35.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) waived $111.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $38.70 $37.65
TOTAL TO DISBURSE= $2,216.30 $2,071.35

Original budget:

Stay at Home Kits

Supplies list for 1,000        
Cooler bags    $2,421
Cold packs     $231
Fans               $1,000
Water/hydration     $300
Lights- battery operated      $1,000
Batteries          $400
Kids activity packs (toys, crayons, coloring books)    $300
Antibactierial/gloves/child masks      $1,022
Additional items: Snack-non perishable        
Vitamin C packs     $485
shipping            $300
Gift cards for online emergency preparedness prize 1 wave        $150
Secondary giftcard for Emergency Preparedness         $150
Emergency Preparedness Sheets/how-tos and activity        $250
IOBY Fundraiser        $8,000

ioby Platform Fee     waived
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%)    waived
"ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.) "    $247
TOTAL TO RAISE =    $8,247
Please note: ioby fees are estimated and will be calculated based on totals at the end of the campaign.    


Thankful for support!

Thanks to your support and our partnerships with Councilwoman Diana Ayala, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Mask Transit, LSA Family Health Service, and the Association to Benefit Children, we have been able to distribute emergency supplies to over 350 people in East Harlem. This included masks, hand sanitizer, information on emergency preparedness, cards and games to pass the time while staying home, and items to help manage the summer heat and prepare for a blackout. 


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Michele D.
  • Michelle Cruz
  • Rebecca R.
  • Stephanie
  • Nadia C.
  • Albert G.
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Anthony Brock
  • Santa
  • Herbert L.
  • Joey D.
  • Roman G.
  • Angela G.
  • Christin C.
  • Anonymous
  • Selina
  • A&E
  • R'el Rodriguez
  • Anonymous
  • Shawn