A joint effort of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the Fund will provide support to Brooklyn’s nonprofit organizations working with the communities and individuals most affected by Hurricane Sandy.
In our conversations with local nonprofits, we heard about overwhelming demand on neighborhood emergency food providers and community outreach organizations, as well as unprecedented damage to public parks throughout the borough, and severe structural damage to institutions and businesses based in waterfront neighborhoods.
Yet, in a display of true Brooklyn spirit, thousands of borough residents have come forward to volunteer in shelters, donate food, clothing and supplies, and take on urgent cleanup and repair needs.
The outpouring of concern from our communities in the wake of this monstrous storm confirmed the need for us to establish a locally focused fund to provide Brooklynites with a way to ensure that their charitable giving can benefit the tireless organizations and agencies that serve our neighbors each day. These nonprofit partners go beyond the call of duty during these times of crisis, and this Fund will not only cover the costs of keeping services going 24/7, but will help rebuild organizations nearly wiped out by Sandy.
The Fund is launching with $400,000 already raised - from Brooklyn Community Foundation's endowment and the generous and swift support of Forest City Ratner Companies, the Brooklyn Nets, and Barclays Center, which have each contributed $100,000.
Brooklyn Community Foundation will administer the fund, which will respond to the immediate, mid- and long-term impacts of this natural disaster, serving as a flexible source of financial support to organizations as the rebuilding efforts in Brooklyn progress over the coming weeks and months.
Additionally, through our Do Good Right Here volunteer initiative, we've gathered an extensive list of local volunteer opportunities and ways to donate food and clothing.
Please share this message with your friends and loved ones who care about our communities.
For more information on how you can help, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-246-6886.
Give at the Flea & Smorg!
Our friends at the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg will be collecting donations for the Brooklyn Recovery Fund this weekend. Visit their markets in Williamsburg, Fort Greene and DUMBO to make a contribution. Visit http://www.brooklynflea.com for times and locations.
Reminder: Election Night in Brooklyn Join Brooklyn Community Foundation to watch the returns at Sheep Station in Park Slope (149 Fourth Ave). We'll be raising funds for the Brooklyn Recovery Fund. RSVP to email@example.com or on our Facebook event page.