Giving Thanks

November 16, 2012

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Giving Thanks

The deadline for nonprofit organizations to apply to the first RFP for the Brooklyn Recovery Fund has been extended to Monday, November 19th at 10AM. Details here.

As we near Thanksgiving, it’s clear that many Brooklyn families will not be celebrating the holiday as they might have imagined. From Gerritsen Beach to Red Hook, communities across Coastal Brooklyn are still reeling from the after effects of Hurricane Sandy; heat, gas, and power remain out for many and for those who’ve been staying in shelters or with friends, it is uncertain when they’ll be able to return home, if at all.

Nevertheless, there’s much to be thankful for this week.

For the volunteers who day after day continue to prepare hot meals, go door to door to check on seniors, and deliver supplies well past the boundaries of their own neighborhoods.

For the public servants who are working tirelessly, in often dangerous conditions, to get the city safe, clean, and back on its feet.

For the grassroots organizations that have provided nonstop services and gone above and beyond their chartered missions to ensure their clients and neighbors are cared for.

And for the thousands who have given to relief efforts, to meet the needs not covered by government’s emergency response and to provide the foundation for rebuilding work.

In just two weeks, donors have contributed nearly $1.4 million to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund—support which is at this very moment being utilized to take on immediate needs. 

Last week, we announced our initial areas of funding: the first addresses urgent needs of nonprofit organizations damaged in the storm or serving communities impacted by the storm. The second brings nonprofits in these communities together, to coordinate response and provide comprehensive resources.

As we respond to requests, we know that the needs will grow over the coming weeks and months.

We thank you for your continued support of Brooklyn Recovery Fund. We’re overwhelmed by the generosity of individuals, businesses, and foundations that are making this work possible.  We cannot name everyone in this update, but here are a few:

Ariel Property Advisors, which matched $6,000 in donations from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s real estate mixer last Thursday; a group of downtown bars and restaurants, which organized a fundraiser at The Wren on Monday night that raised $7,000; Ramen Lab, which raised over $3,000 at last weekend’s Smorgasburg; Ample Hills Creamery in Prospect Heights, which gave $1,000; Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene, which donated $2,000; members of Congregation Mt Sinai in Brooklyn Heights, who gave $2,350 in last week’s collection.

Additional donations have come through our friends at the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, CAMBA, and CrossFit South Brooklyn.

Here are a few more ongoing ways you can help:

  • JoMart Chocolates is donating $1 from the sale of every chocolate bar to recovery efforts through Christmas
  • This Saturday, stop by Smorgasburg in Williamsburg to enter the Brooklyn Kitchen’s Sandy Relief Raffle. That night, head to the Bell House in Gowanus and Party Like It’s 1999—every donation will get your favorite 90s song played

See a Google Map of even more ways to help across the borough. Thank you again for helping your neighbors in this time of need. 


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by texting BROOKLYN to 25383.




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