Above: American Red Cross Greater New York CEO Josh Lockwood announces grants to Brooklyn Recovery Fund Wednesday at Borough Hall (Image credit Chi Kong Liu)
From the steps of Borough Hall on Wednesday, we announced critical new support for the Brooklyn Recovery Fund. Starting this summer, an additional $1.25 million dollars from the American Red Cross will boost the work of the local nonprofits leading long-term recovery in our coastal communities after Superstorm Sandy.
The grant will support the ongoing coordinated response of our Community Collaboratives—coalitions of neighborhood-based organizations focused on relief and rebuilding in Canarsie, Coney Island, Gerritsen Beach, Red Hook, and Sheepshead Bay. The grant will build upon the Fund’s previous awards of over $2.3 million to more than 50 nonprofit organizations in Brooklyn, made possible by the generous donations of thousands of individuals, businesses and foundations since November.
“Our work is far from over, which is why we are thrilled to now partner with the American Red Cross,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber. “This important grant will sustain our efforts through the year, to ensure that Brooklyn’s families are able to not only see their neighborhoods restored, but that they come back stronger and more resilient for the future.”
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Foundation President Marilyn Gelber,
and American Red Cross Greater New York CEO Josh Lockwood (Image credit Chi Kong Liu)
“Sandy is the largest U.S. operation by the Red Cross in more than five years,” added American Red Cross, Greater New York Region CEO Josh Lockwood. “We are in the long-term recovery phase of our operation and collaborations with organizations like the Brooklyn Community Foundation are vital in helping people recover and rebuild their lives.”
Next month, the Foundation will host roundtable meetings with Community Collaborative members—which include Gerritsen Beach Cares, the Kings Bay Y, Good Shepherd Services, Alliance for Coney Island, and Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush—to gather input on current needs and resources of community residents to develop a strategic plan for distributing the new funds.
The Recovery Continues
As our response to Sandy advances, we want to share with you the stories of our neighbors touched by the generosity of donors to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund. For this new video, we visited Red Hook, Canarsie, Coney Island, Gerritsen Beach, and Sheepshead Bay to interview storm victims and learn how their lives have changed in the months since Sandy. While each story is unique, the importance of the community’s support through this time of crisis is shared by all.
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