Getting the Job Done
How Our Community Development Fund Helps Out-of-Work Brooklynites Find a Path to a Better Future
“The HOPE Program is responsible for connecting hundreds of unemployed individuals to careers each year. We are so grateful for the partnership and support of Brooklyn Community Foundation,” says HOPE Executive Director Jennifer Mitchell. “In addition to financial support, the Community Foundation has encouraged us to think in new and creative ways, provided essential input, and helped us to share our mission across the borough.”
“Sobriety brought me clarity, but it also made me doubt my skills and self-worth. I worked with HOPE’s counselors to re-gain confidence in myself and my work. Because of them, I succeeded in my internship and I now have a paid job.” – Hope Graduate
HOPE is just one example of the life-changing work our Community Development Fund grantee partners are doing throughout our neighborhoods to build the foundation for a Brooklyn economy that is flourishing and rich with opportunity for all of our residents.
Save the date! Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber will give the keynote speech at the Hope Program’s annual Achievement Ceremony on June 5th. Details.
Calling All Nonprofits: Brooklyn's Volunteers Need You!
The Brooklyn Community Foundation will officially launch a new Brooklyn-centric volunteer initiative the first week of June at www.DoGoodRightHere.org (explore the beta site until then). We're matching Brooklynites with volunteer opportunities at innovative nonprofits across our 70 neighborhoods. At this time, we're asking all nonprofits and community associations with volunteer needs to register on the site and post opportunities. To get started, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brooklyn Food Conference
Join us and approximately 5,000 other Brooklynites next Saturday, May 12 at Brooklyn Tech High School in Fort Greene, for a free all-day conference on our local food system, led by the Brooklyn Food Coalition. The event will feature keynotes from notable food activists, workshops, panel discussions, food demos, family programming, art and much more. Learn more at http://bkfoodconference.org.
Support Brooklyn's Historic Sites
Partners in Preservation, a joint effort of American Express and the National Trust for Historic Places, is holding a public vote of 40 NYC historic places competing for grant funds--including Weeksville Heritage Center and the Brooklyn Public Library Main Branch (currently in 1st place!). This weekend, see the sites for yourself at Open Houses across the city, or watch videos of their stories produced by our Arts for All Fund grantee Reel Works here. Vote each day for your pick until May 21st. Details at partnersinpreservation.com.
“I Love My Park Day” with Governor Cuomo in Williamsburg
This Saturday, May 5 at 12pm at the East River State Park, Governor Cuomo and volunteers will participate in clean-up, beautification and stewardship--one of dozens of events at more than 35 parks and historic sites statewide. To register, visit: http://www.nysparks.com.
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