We spoke with social change strategist Dave Algoso about what inspired him and his wife, Annie Coombs, to give to the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, and why they decided to become monthly donors to the Fund.
What drew you to support the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund?
Supporting the Response Fund is a way to help our neighbors whose lives and livelihoods have been devastated by COVID-19 and its health and economic impacts. For folks like myself, with the class privilege and professional flexibility to work from home, the pandemic has been a scary time but it’s marked largely by inconvenience. In all likelihood, my family and I will be fine. The same isn’t true for others across the borough.
So I contribute through the Brooklyn Community Foundation, in addition to directly supporting groups I know, because the foundation is connected to organizations grounded in the communities hardest hit by COVID-19.
Why did you decide to give regularly to the Fund?
I’m giving a monthly contribution because I know that the pandemic’s impacts weren’t limited to the peak we saw in March and April: the city will need years to recover and rebuild, hopefully better than before, and it will need strong communities and organizations throughout the borough to make that happen.