December 3, 2009, Brooklyn, NY—The Brooklyn Community Foundation—the first and only charitable organization of its kind in Brooklyn—has launched its first holiday fundraising initiative, the “Caring Neighbors Campaign for Kids.” The appeal, which encourages donors large and small to contribute, will provide nearly 650 homeless children with a “Caring Neighbors Kit” filled with educational books, toys and other resources. Thanks to an anonymous donation, gifts up to $250 will be matched dollar for dollar.
December 30, 2009
“There are over 6,000 homeless children in Brooklyn and thousands more city-wide. While our efforts will not “solve” all of the issues related to homelessness, we believe that helping raise the spirits of families undergoing extreme stress can make a big difference,” said Marilyn Gelber, president of the Brooklyn Community Foundation. “Particularly in the holiday season, we want to bring some joy, hope, and help to homeless children who have been uprooted. We also hope to encourage people to Do Good Right Here, in Brooklyn,” she said.
The Caring Neighbors Kits will be assembled by a group of volunteers and distributed by campaign-partner, CAMBA, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit agency that provides services that connect people with opportunities to enhance their quality of life. Other partners include: Enchanted Lion Books, Heart of Brooklyn, Heights Kids, The JAR Group, and PowerHouse Books.
Donations to the Brooklyn Challenge will be distributed through the Foundation’s “Caring Neighbors” Fund which supports organizations serving Brooklyn’s most vulnerable. Brooklyn Community Foundation will run campaigns throughout the year to support each of its field of interests: Arts for All, Education and Youth Achievement, Community Development, Caring Neighbors and Green Communities—all to support its mission to improve the lives of people in Brooklyn.
ABOUT THE BROOKLYN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The Brooklyn Community Foundation is a registered 501c (3) dedicated to improving the lives of people in Brooklyn through grantmaking and by encouraging local giving and community service. The first and only one of its kind in Brooklyn, the Foundation was founded in 2009 to support the borough’s most effective nonprofits in five Fields of Interest: Community Development, Education and Youth achievement, Caring Neighbors, Art for All, and Green Communities. More information can be found at: www.brooklyncommunityfoundation.org.