About the CRD
Looking for information on local community services? The Community Resource Database of Long Island is a free, online directory of health, human service, and education agencies and programs on Long Island – services for children, teens, adults, families, and seniors in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. With detailed information on nearly 12,000 community resources, the
CRD provides instant, keyword access to essential information for Long Island individuals and organizations. The
CRD reaches people wherever computers linked to the Internet are available, wherever people can benefit from its use – in their homes, in their workplace, in community agencies, schools, and libraries. The
CRD is current, with information added and updated on a daily basis.
Health services * counseling & substance abuse services * support groups * child care and elder care * education and training programs * food and emergency services * parenting education * housing assistance * disability services * literacy and GED classes * family violence services * financial management assistance * hotlines * volunteer opportunities * houses of worship * schools * camps and youth services * libraries * chambers of commerce * civic and other community organizations.
Each entry contains detailed information, including:
- Agency - the official name of the organization
- Resource/Program - specific programs of each
- Address - including mailing, E-mail, and
- Telephone - includes telephone, fax, hotline,
and TTY numbers
- Days/Hours - office hours or hours of
- Purpose - description of services
- Eligibility - to whom the services are
provided, necessary documentation, special requirements,
any limitations to clients served, fees or forms of
- Languages spoken
- Handicapped accessibility
- Personnel - usually the agency or program
- Multiple index terms - using the Infoline
Taxonomy of Human Services
- Date of entry/update - currency of information
The Community Resource Database was initiated in 1989 by a consortium of public and private community agencies in Suffolk County, developing gradually from a small database focused on families and children to an extensive database which includes a full range of community services. Middle Country Public Library in Centereach (NY) has provided the leadership for this initiative and has served as its Central Manager since its inception. A Business Plan, completed in 1997 and funded by a group of private foundations, supported the CRD’s regional expansion to include both Suffolk and Nassau County information. Continued expansion and financial sustainability of the CRD is accomplished through a combination of government funding, United Way and library support, and sponsorship revenues.
The mission of the Community Resource Database of Long Island is to provide current comprehensive online information about the human services and resources available in the Long Island area.
The information contained in the CRD is intended for general information purposes only. CRD does not evaluate, recommend or endorse organizations included in the database. Inclusion in the CRD should in no way be construed to constitute an endorsement of an organization or its service, nor should exclusion be construed to constitute disapproval.
CRD provides all relevant information about an organization and its services based on information provided by the organization. Every effort has been made to ensure the data contained in the CRD is as accurate as possible. Records are updated annually and it is the responsibility of the listed organizations to report corrections and changes in the interim. CRD assumes no responsibility for omissions or errors and reserves the right to edit information to meet the format and standards of the database.
CRD may include information on organizations which provide services or advocate on issues which may be considered controversial in nature. Whenever possible, the CRD includes organizations which represent a variety of points of view in order to provide users with the widest possible range of services.
CRD reserves the right to refuse or discontinue organizations’ listings for any reason including, but not limited to, violation of the law, defrauding the public, engaging in fraudulent or questionable fundraising/administrative practices or the lodging of serious complaints against them with any regulatory body. Inclusion appeals may be directed to the CRD Steering Committee.
In no event will the CRD be held liable for any consequential, incidental, indirect or special damages resulting directly or indirectly from the user’s employment of the system. The user agrees to defend, indemnify and hold CRD and the information providers harmless from and against any claims, damages, losses, liabilities, costs and expenses resulting, directly or indirectly, from use of the system.
Note: Evidence of tax-exempt status with the IRS may be requested prior to inclusion.
Included in the CRD are the following:
For-profit organizations are considered on an individual basis. Inclusion is based on uniqueness of service, lack of comparable or sufficient services available through the public sector or not-for-profit agencies or groups, and degree of need for the service.
- Organizations which provide services in health, welfare, support, recreation, education or advocacy and are not-for-profit corporations with Internal Revenue Service 501 (c)(3) status or other IRS recognized tax exempt entities.
- Government agencies (federal, state, county and local) which provide services in the areas of health, welfare, recreation, or education. No attempt will be made to list all governmental agencies or departments.
- Organizations (such as churches, civic groups, and libraries ) which offer services to the community.
- Self-help support groups.
- Elected representatives (federal, state, county, local).
- Not-for-profit environmental, cultural, and recreational organizations.
- Organizations outside of our geographic parameters which provide a service not available locally. These may include
toll-free helplines if they offer some sort of health or human service assistance.
- Professional associations and organizations (especially those organizations in the health and human service field that provide referrals to individual practitioners).
Examples of services that may exist in the for-profit sector but which are included in the CRD are:
* Family day care and group licensed family day care are not included. For information and guidance in the location and selection of child care services, including home-based child care, contact the Child Care Councils in Nassau or Suffolk.
- home health agencies
- skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes)
- assisted housing
- adult homes
- private schools, nursery schools
- child care centers*
- utility-provided consumer services