We Are United in this Fight: 1000 Donors. $2.7 Million Raised. 100+ Grants.
So much about life in Brooklyn’s communities has changed over the past 7 weeks, starting with the incredible isolation we’re all facing. Yet, while we wrestle with the countless impacts this crisis is having on our communities, we know that Brooklyn has never been more united:
The 7 o’clock cheers. The rainbows in windows. The many mutual aid networks that have emerged to care for vulnerable neighbors. And of course the outpouring of donations for vital frontline organizations and workers.
Nearly 1,000 donors have supported our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, raising $2.7 million and counting.
This generosity enables us to continue significant weekly infusions of financial aid to our hardest hit communities: this week’s 21 new grants bring our Immediate Response grantmaking to $1.1 million.
While we have been able to address some of the most urgent needs, we have so much more work ahead of us. Please give today—100% of your donations goes directly to our neighbors in need.
Our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund focuses on the unjust impact of this crisis on communities of color. Grants are targeting under resourced grassroots organizations that have limited or no access to traditional streams of support. For them, our Fund is a vital lifeline.
Among the new organizations receiving funding are:
- Caribbean Women's Health Association for immediate financial support for vulnerable pregnant or postpartum clients in Flatbush, East Flatbush, Brownsville, and East New York.
- Hebrew Educational Society of Brooklyn for emergency food, grab and go meals, and personal protective equipment for vulnerable residents in Canarsie and the Flatlands, neighborhoods with some of the highest rates of COVID-19 cases in the city.
- Laundry Workers Center for immediate relief for essential laundromat workers from virus exposure and employer exploitation, including advocating for mandatory paid sick days, up-to-date health and workers’ rights information, and direct financial aid.
- Mexican Coalition for culturally appropriate food and preventative health information to non-English and non-Spanish speaking indigenous K'iche’ living in Borough Park, Bensonhurst, and Sunset Park.
Want to learn more? Stream our latest webinar featuring Kavita Mehra, Executive Director of Sakhi for South Asian Women, discussing the growing impact of the public health crisis on survivors of domestic violence and how your support is mitigating the impact of COVID-19 across our borough.
Don't miss our next conversation with local experts discussing the impact of COVID-19 on low-wage workers on Thursday, May 7th.