This week across Brooklyn we’ve seen the true value of people power in times of need. Without electricity and basic resources, our waterfront communities have still managed to come together quickly and creatively to provide emergency response and organize local recovery efforts.
Thousands of you have volunteered your time outside your home neighborhoods, to make sure that your fellow Brooklynites—in Red Hook, Coney Island, and beyond—are being cared for. But we all know how much more there is to be done.
Hurricane Sandy revealed our vulnerabilities, but also our strengths.
Our coastal communities have been crippled. Businesses and homes have been destroyed. Isolated seniors are going days without medications. Public housing residents have endured unimaginable circumstances as they continue to wait for heat and light to return. The storm’s aftereffects are still being exposed.
Still, there is hope. This is a moment to look at our challenges and our strengths, and come together. So often we talk about the vast disparities between our communities; yet, the feeling is strong throughout our borough right now that we are one united community that will recover together.
Since we launched the Brooklyn Recovery Fund last week, donations have poured in. The Fund now tops $1 Million—which will be focused on relief as well as building back stronger.
The Fund has garnered support from a broad spectrum of local donors—including founding contributions from Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, and Forest City Ratner—as well as hundreds of individual donations via online and mobile giving.
Other notable contributions include a share of proceeds from Jerry Seinfeld’s three New York area performances; Junior’s restaurants, which will donate $5 from the sale of each pumpkin cheesecake at their New York locations through November; and the Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg, which will collect donations throughout the winter. Many more are listed here.
Today, we’re pleased to announce the first two Requests for Proposals from the fund, to focus on coordinating efforts in the hardest hit communities and providing support to individual organizations to cover emergency needs:
1.) Community Collaborative Grants, which will provide three initial grants of $100,000 to consortia of nonprofits working to improve community-wide coordination efforts, in Red Hook (CB 6); Coney Island/Brighton Beach/Sea Gate (CB 13), and Sheepshead Bay/Gerritsen Beach/Canarsie/Manhattan Beach (CBs 15 and 18).
2.) Emergency Fast-Track Grants, which will provide up to $10,000 to Brooklyn-serving nonprofits grappling with Sandy’s aftereffects.
Requests are due next Friday, November 16, and funding decisions will be made by the end of the month. Additional RFPs will be announced in the coming weeks to address emerging recovery and rebuilding needs.
Thank you for all that you’re doing for Brooklyn. Together, we will weather this storm.
If you haven’t, please consider a donation to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund at www.brooklynrecoveryfund.org or by texting BROOKLYN to 25383.
For more information on how you can help, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-246-6886.
Via our Do Good Right Here volunteer initiative and website, we're tracking volunteer and supply donation needs across Brooklyn in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Visit our blog at DoGoodRightHere.org for a thorough list of opportunities to volunteer. Email email@example.com if you are collecting donations or know of immediate volunteers needs.