New community group kicks off Brooklyn Do Gooders Awards contest

The Brooklyn Community Foundation today announced an online Brooklyn Do Gooder Awards campaign to identify and honor local selfless individuals who embody the highest values of community giving and service.

The campaign invites Brooklyn residents to identify their fellow Brooklynites who display an outstanding sense of giving back locally —with time, talent or charity -- and to nominate and to vote for them online at The campaign will conclude at the Foundation's first anniversary celebration November 3 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Palm House, where the winners will be honored.

"The work of the Brooklyn Community Foundation is to encourage giving and service to our communities," said Marilyn Gelber, President of the Brooklyn Community Foundation. "Through this effort we hope to recognize those Brooklynites who are giving back everyday to make our borough stronger and kinder."

Nominees should be affiliated in one of the Foundation's five areas of interest (Arts for All, Caring Neighbors, Community Development, Education and Youth Achievement and Green Communities) and must demonstrate a commitment to Brooklyn.

Each of the five winners will receive an award and $5,000 to be used as a reinvestment in a nonprofit group working in Brooklyn.