We spoke with social change strategist Dave Algoso and architect Annie Coombs about what inspired them 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 ourselves, 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, our family will be fine. The same isn’t true for others across the borough.
So we contribute through the Brooklyn Community Foundation, in addition to directly supporting groups we 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?
We're giving a monthly contribution because we know that the pandemic’s impacts weren’t limited to the peak we saw in 2020: 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.
Image courtesy of Dave Algoso.