Your Generosity in Action

November 30, 2012


Brooklyn Recovery Fund sends $500,000 to 30 neighborhood nonprofits

In the past two weeks, Brooklyn Community Foundation’s program team has been furiously reviewing requests from nonprofits working in communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy for support from the Brooklyn Recovery Fund. We’ve been overwhelmed by their efforts: innumerable hot meals served, literally tons of supplies distributed, daily volunteer-led clean ups, taking on repairs to damaged homes and businesses, organizing electricians to restore power, and so much more.

Things are still nowhere near normal in coastal Brooklyn—but your generosity is making a difference.   
We are pleased to inform you that the Brooklyn Recovery Fund has now distributed more than $500,000 to 30 nonprofit organizations via our Emergency Fast Track grants and Community-wide Collaborative grants.

View the complete list of Brooklyn Recovery Fund grants to see exactly how your donations are helping our neighbors in need.

Earlier today, we announced the $100,000 Community-wide Collaborative grants to both Red Hook and Coney Island, which are the centerpiece of our recovery efforts going forward.

These grants are designed to build and strengthen the coordinated response of nonprofit groups in these areas—of both humanitarian services and economic recovery activity— to increase the capacity of neighborhood networks’ relief efforts and to strengthen the area against future crises. Additional collaborative grants will also be targeted toward coordinated efforts in southeastern coastal Brooklyn.

“We are focusing on the power of community partnerships to build back our neighborhoods stronger and safer than before the storm.”
- Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber

In Coney Island, a legendary community of 100,000 year-round residents, 26% of whom are over 65 and 10% of whom live in public housing, $100,000 will go to the Coney Recovers Initiative, a coalition of community development and human service groups—including Astella Development Corporation, Alliance for Coney Island, Coney Island Hospital, and the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island.

With the funds, the team will set up office headquarters to organize rebuilding and immediate needs, create the Coney Corps to provide job opportunities and skills training for local residents to help in the rebuilding, and develop a long-term recovery plan that builds strength and resiliency in the community.

“In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the need for us to come together is greater than ever before…the Red Hook Coalition will ensure the continued vitality of this vibrant community.”
- Sr. Paulette LoMonaco, Executive Director, Good Shepherd Services

In Red Hook, a historic, physically isolated waterfront neighborhood with a burgeoning business community where 75% of residents live in the public housing, $100,000 will go to the Red Hook Coalition, led by Good Shepherd Services in partnership with Added Value, Red Hook Initiative, ReStore Red Hook, and the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation.

Funds will be used to allocate micro-grants to small businesses, provide immediate social services, and support emergency food needs of residents. Additionally, the grant will finance the hire of a coalition coordinator to be a liaison between the partners and with community and government agencies, and identify local employment needs to establish a job training program.

We’re encouraged by these efforts, and we believe – in the words of our Borough President Marty Markowitz – that they ensure “that Brooklyn can rebuild, rebound, and recover—and come back bigger and better than ever.”

Please continue to support Brooklyn’s coastal communities. Our neighbors need you.

Donate at or text BROOKLYN to 25383 to give $10

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