ACACIA NETWORK EVENTS & INITIATIVES
Join Us to Learn More about Acacia Programs!
Acacia Network is pleased to announce that we will be launching a series of Virtual Information Sessions next week, which will aim to educate our clients, staff, and the general public about our work and our services.

Our goal is to present Acacia Network as a one-stop-shop for individuals and families in our community, with the goal of increasing our enrollment and participation numbers. During these presentations, you will hear from our leaders across different Divisions and Departments, as they present an overview of their programs and initiatives to clients, staff, and other key stakeholders.

We hope you will join us on the following dates:


For more info, please contact Angel Santini at asantini@acacianetwork.org or 917-634-6963.
VIRTUAL WELLNESS SERIES
Workshops for Essential Workers and Seniors
Acacia Network, in partnership with our affiliate, the Institute for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly (IPRHE), invites you to participate in our Virtual Wellness Series for Seniors and Essential Workers, which features diverse workshops and events in areas such as physical fitness, relaxation, mindfulness, music and dance, census outreach, and voting information, among others.

These workshops aim to nurture the social-emotional well-being of seniors in our programs, as well as our frontline workers.

We hope you'll join us during one or more of the events listed below:

HEALTHY LIVING
Harvest Home Farmers' Markets
Acacia Network has partnered with Harvest Home to provide our communities with access to farm-fresh local produce and educational opportunities to achieve healthier lifestyles.

With markets in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens, Harvest Home is a New York City-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to local, farm-fresh produce in low-income neighborhoods. Founded in 1993, their markets create community gathering places that educate the public about health and nutrition, while supporting regional agriculture and providing job opportunities.

Please note: To ensure the safety of all clients and staff and to maintain clean market environments, all Farmers’ Markets are in strict compliance with health & hygiene guidelines currently in effect.

We encourage you to visit the Farmers' Markets and share with your families and friends!
ARTS & CULTURE
Tune into free weekly arts & culture programming provided by Loisaida Center, an affiliate of Acacia Network! Loisaida currently provides weekly programming Wednesdays at 7:00PM through their Loisaida TV YouTube Channel, among other special programs. CLICK HERE FOR THE LINE-UP!

Plus, keep an eye out for the launch of the LOISAIDATV 24/7 live stream, featuring programming in Spanish language, thanks to our partnership with the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña or ICP), the primary government agency in Puerto Rico in charge of establishing cultural public policies that further the study, preservation, promotion, and enrichment of arts & culture in Puerto Rico, as well as the Puerto Rico Musical Arts Corporation (Corporación de Artes Musicales, CAM), a Puerto Rican government entity that seeks to promote music and theater arts, encompassing the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra Corporation.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Reminder: Fill Out the 2020 Census!
Today is New York's Census Day of Action! Did you fill out the 2020 Census? If you haven’t yet done so, please take a few minutes to complete the Census today, or join us at our upcoming Census Information Session with Julio Rivera of the NALEO Educational Fund on Tuesday, September 1 at 11:00AM.

Remember: Your answers to the Census will help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding flow into your community each year, including schools, health clinics and other resources. It’s quick, easy, and completely confidential. 

Ways to respond:

Online:

By Phone: 
English: 844-330-2020
Spanish: 844-468-2020

By Postal Mail: 
Send in the pre-addressed paper questionnaire that you received in the mail
Register to Vote: Election Day is November 3, 2020
The General Election will take place this year on November 3, 2020, and it is of utmost importance that each one of us exercises our right to vote!

Please see below for New York Voter Registration Deadlines: 

Mail Registration
Applications must be postmarked no later than October 9, 2020 and received by a board of elections no later than October 14, 2020 to be eligible to vote in the General Election.

In-Person Registration
You may register at your local board of elections or any state agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout the year. To be eligible to vote in the General Election, your application must be received no later than October 9, 2020. If honorably discharged from the US Military or have become a naturalized US Citizen after October 9, 2020, you may register in person at the Board of Elections up until October 24, 2020.

Change of Address
Notices of change of address from registered voters received by October 14, 2020 by a county board of elections must be processed and entered in the records in time for the General Election. 

COVID-19 TESTING
Get Tested Today at One of our Sites in the Bronx or Brooklyn!
COVID-19 Testing at our Ramon Velez Health Center

In an effort to ensure widespread testing in our community, Acacia Network continues to offer COVID-19 testing to our clients, staff, and community members at our Ramon Velez Health Center, located at 754 E 151st St, The Bronx, NY 10455.

We are currently conducting COVID-19 nasal swab tests for those who suspect they might currently be infected with COVID-19, as well as COVID-19 antibody blood tests for those who suspect they might have had COVID-19 in the past.

COVID-19 testing is taking place Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00-4:00pm, by appointment only. Same-day appointments are available!

We accept most insurance plans, as well as Medicaid and Medicare. We also offer sliding scale and/or free testing for uninsured patients.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call: (347)352-2484 or (718)734-2539.
About Acacia Network
For over 50 years, Acacia Network and its affiliates have been committed to improving the quality-of-life and wellbeing of underserved Latino communities by providing access to integrated health and housing programs, and by reinvesting in communities through innovative programming, employment opportunities and affordable housing ownership, among other initiatives. Acacia Network’s offices are located in New York City, Buffalo, Albany, and Syracuse in New York State, as well as Florida, Maryland, Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia, Connecticut, and Puerto Rico. Acacia Network’s extensive array of community-based services are fully integrated, bilingual and culturally competent, while ensuring easy access and actively incorporating consumer and community level input. For more information, visit: www.acacianetwork.org