At the Brooklyn Community Foundation, we believe Brooklyn's strength is in its people. So we asked a few of our neighbors to share what they're thankful for in their communities and what they hope for in the coming year. This holiday season, we hope you will continue to partner with us so that we can help strengthen Brooklyn's communities together in the coming year.
Programs Manager, Community Planning and Health
In many ways, Brooklyn Community Foundation has helped us create the foundation for a safer, healthier, more prosperous Brownsville. For years, the Foundation has worked with us to strengthen our work in building the capacity of residents through our Community Planning Partner Program. This year, they've allowed us to deepen our efforts around health by inviting us to be a part of the Healthy Communities initiative, where we participate in a true learning exchange with other public housing communities in Red Hook and Fort Greene.
I am thankful for the multiple bright spots, inspirations, and iterations of hope I have seen in the past year here in Brownsville, from bike lanes designed by community members, to murals painted by youth, which honor the memory and example of our late founding director Greg Jackson.
Brownsville residents know what the neighborhood needs, and I hope that the entire community will participate in our Community Planning Process next year. Everything from reduced speed limits to community hubs, from resident-led entrepreneur markets to community gardens—these are the things that residents have been demanding. 2014 is the year to make it happen!
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