Be A Buddy Program

The Hunts Point – Longwood Be A Buddy (BaB) program is designed to prepare the community for future climate events through climate health education and community preparedness. The program aims to have local volunteers help those most at-risk residents and educate the community about climate preparedness.

In case of a climate-related emergency, local residents registered to the BaB network will be contacted and assisted by local volunteers from the community.This is an initiative led by THE POINT in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency “COOL NEIGHBORHOODS NYC” program, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Fund for Public Health NY (FDPNY).

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WHO SHOULD REGISTER

Who should register to have a BaB Volunteer reach out to them in case of a climate-related emergency?

  • Anyone who suffers from chronic medical conditions or is on critical life-saving equipment

  • Anyone who is considered elderly and living alone

  • Anyone who has a disability or other limitation

  • Households lacking adequate cooling and/or heating equipment- such as air conditioners

What are health-related risk related to climate change in our community?

  • Increase risk of cardiovascular and respiratory illness like heart disease and asthma.

  • Increase risk of mental-health related illness like stress, anxiety and depression

  • Increase exposure to extreme heat/cold and related illness like hypothermia and heat strokes.

  • Affect or Worsen existing chronic medical conditions

Hunts Point Recreation Center  765 Manida St. Bronx NY 10474 718-860-5544 Hours: Mon.-Fri 9AM-10PM Sat 9AM-5PM

Hunts Point Recreation Center
765 Manida St. Bronx NY 10474
718-860-5544
Hours: Mon.-Fri 9AM-10PM
Sat 9AM-5PM

IS 201  730 Bryant Ave. Bronx NY 10474 Hours: Operating after City announces

IS 201
730 Bryant Ave. Bronx NY 10474
Hours: Operating after City announces

HOW BAB CAN HELP/BENEFITS

  • Establish a network of local volunteers reaching out and helping local community members most at-risk to climate-related emergencies like heat waves, coastal storms or extreme cold.

  • Provide and guide at-risk community members to useful resources and services related to climate and community preparedness.

  • Better prepare the community for future climate events and emergencies through education and awareness

  • Creates local, social connections among community members

HOW TO GET INVOLVED?

  • Register to our network if you are an at-risk community member through our online or paper application.

  • Volunteer as a Be A Buddy to conduct outreach for the program

  • Share this flyer or information with another community member

  • Follow us on social media to stay informed and aware of climate-related event


For more info contact:
fortiz@thepoint.org 718-542-4139 X156