Community Development Fund
Across Brooklyn, high school seniors are readying for an occasion that we hope they remember with a sense of pride for the rest of their lives: Commencement. It’s a day to reflect on the achievements of the past while kicking off the start of a new, exciting chapter.
We’re supporting two substantial initiatives to bring Brooklynites together, through affordable housing and block beautification.
For the third installment of our month of spreading #BrooklynLove (yes we even created a Twitter hashtag), we are highlighting the local organizations dedicated to the health and wellness of our neighbors and our neighborhoods.
Love Lane in Brooklyn Heights (image courtesy of loop_oh/Flickr)
Brooklyn Community Foundation Announces $2.3 Million in Grants to Address Social and Economic Challenges in New York City’s Biggest Borough
The Brooklyn Community Foundation, the first and only philanthropy solely dedicated to New York City’s most populous borough, has announced the recipients of its competitive grantmaking for 2012, totaling $2,299,600 for 138 highly effective community-based programs and services.
This week we’re hearing a lot about heroes returning home to Brooklyn—Barbra Streisand will perform her first-ever concert in the borough a week before Jimmy Kimmel hosts a week of late night talk at BAM Harvey in October. But some of our heroes never left Brooklyn, dedicating their personal and professional lives to doing good right here. Like Greg Jackson.
As protestors and historians alike marked International Workers Day on May 1, here in Brooklyn the gap continues to grow between our residents who are finding entrepreneurial opportunity and new industries in our neighborhoods, and those who, without reliable employment and the resources to invest in new skills and education, continue to sink deeper and deeper into poverty.
Habitat for Humanity Joins City Partners to Celebrate the Opening of New Affordable Condominiums in Brooklyn
NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) Commissioner Mathew M. Wambua, NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) Commissioner and CEO Darryl C. Towns, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz join Habitat for Humanity New York City, Amalgamated Bank and partners to announce the opening of St. John’s Residences Condominiums.
We’re proud to say that Brooklyn is New York City’s community gardening capital—over 50% of the City’s gardeners plant their seeds here, and there are 46 gardens in Bed-Stuy alone. Yet of the five boroughs, Brooklyn has the second least amount of parkland per person, so it’s no wonder that resourceful Brooklynites have taken on greening public spaces themselves to provide more places to grow, learn, and enjoy in our neighborhoods.