If a Tree Falls

September 2, 2011

Felled Tree in Prospect Park         


Join Us in Helping Prospect Park Recover from Hurricane Irene

The Brooklyn Community Foundation's Green Communities Fund takes on everyday challenges and responds to emergency needs
Last week, as Brooklyn saw its first earthquake and hurricane in decades, we were reminded of how well our community comes together in times of uncertainty, and the benefits of being prepared for whatever Mother Nature sends our way.

We’ve witnessed so many acts of good, from neighbors checking on neighbors throughout the storm, to large donations of unused food to city food banks and pantries, to volunteers coming out en masse to help repair the damage to homes, gardens and parks.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s beloved backyard, reported that more than 100 trees were uprooted from Hurricane Irene, and 50 more were severely damaged—the latest losses in a difficult year for the park.

"This past year it's been ice storms, snowstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes," Luis Lemus, the park's head arborist told the Daily News. "It's just storm after storm after storm has been devastating the trees."

That’s why, through our Green Communities Fund, we’re supporting efforts to keep the park strong and beautiful, in the aftermath of the hurricane and well into the future.


We’re matching donations dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000 to the Prospect Park Alliance’s Walk-a-thon on Sunday, September 18th, which will fund cleanup and repairs throughout the park. We encourage you to participate at www.prospectpark.org/walkathon.

Or simply make a donation to our Green Communities Fund, so that we have even more resources to give back to Brooklyn’s parks, gardens and open spaces everday and in emergencies.


Spend the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 with Brooklyn Community Foundation

Join us for a discussion with acclaimed author Julie Salamon as we talk about
“Doing Good in a Post 9/11 World,” followed by a reading by poet Dave Johnson on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

Sunday, September 11, 2011
Brooklyn Historical Society, 2pm