Miscellaneous Resources

Listed below are links to community resources that may help during the COVID-19 outbreak. The list is updated as frequently as possible, but some information may have changed more quickly than we can make the revisions. If you know of any community resources not included in this list, please email mbauer@captaincares.org.

Please note CAPTAIN CHS is not providing endorsements for the private resources listed, but list those in an effort to connect community members with as many sources of support as possible.

Resource List

  • You can complete your Census online without a face-to-face interview. Visit the site to see how.

  • New York Driver's Licenses, Non-Driver ID Cards, and Vehicle Registrations that expire during the shut-down are automatically extended through April 19th

  • Visit for a listing of food pantries and other locations where individuals and families can access emergency food. Updated 3/25/20.

  • Please visit for the Food Pantries of the Capital Region's resource guide with listings of services including community meals, clothing, and housing assistance.

  • A list of ways to save on utilities cost while the stay-at-home order is in place. Provided by National Grid.

  • An AMAZING list of New York State's best online events, virtual tours, and livecams from I LOVE NY.

  • The Pet Food Pantry at the Menands Animal Care Center is available. If you are in need of pet food, you may stop by the shelter between the hours of 10 am and 5 pm. A staff member will meet you at the door. If possible, please reach out to customercare@mohawkhumane.org in advance to let them know what you need. For those who are ill or in self-isolation and live in Albany, Rensselaer or Saratoga County, they are able to drop off food at your door. Please call 518-434-8128, ext. 227 or email ngaganon@mohawkhumane.org to make arrangements.

  • At 5pm every Friday, Saratogians are invited to step outside their homes, roll down their windows and clap, honk or cheer for our first responders - for two minutes we will turn our appreciation into a celebration. This will also serve as a comforting reminder that we are all still here - you may not be seeing each other downtown, at school or at work, but our community is here, united and strong. Thanks to the City of Saratoga Springs.

  • The way tolls are collected on the New York State Thruway is changing because of coronavirus concerns. Starting Sunday morning, anyone paying with cash at a toll plaza will instead be sent a bill in the mail.

  • The Times Union is offering free online coverage of Coronavirus. There is no paywall.

  • CNet gives advice on how to properly clean one of your most used devices - your phone.