Doing Good: Weekly Updates from the Brooklyn Community Foundation
Before Superstorm Sandy surged into Brooklyn’s coastal communities, 2012 had already proven a transformative year for the Brooklyn Community Foundation.
Whether you’re looking for that special gift before the last day of Hanukkah or in time for Christmas delivery, we’ve got a novel solution to your holiday giving dilemmas—the gift of Brooklyn.
Each Brooklyn Recovery Fund grant represents a different story of perseverance through the storm and its aftermath.
Things are still nowhere near normal in coastal Brooklyn—but your generosity is making a difference.
As the holiday season kicks off here in Brooklyn, we encourage you to think "local" and invest in our communities.
As we near Thanksgiving, it’s clear that many Brooklyn families will not be celebrating the holiday as they might have imagined. From Gerritsen Beach to Red Hook, communities across Coastal Brooklyn are still reeling from the after effects of Hurricane Sandy; heat, gas, and power remain out for many and for those who’ve been staying in shelters or with friends, it is uncertain when they’ll be able to return home, if at all. Nevertheless, there’s much to be thankful for this week.
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.
The outpouring of concern from our communities in the wake of this monstrous storm confirmed the need for us to establish a locally focused fund to provide Brooklynites with a way to ensure that their charitable giving can benefit the tireless organizations and agencies that serve our neighbors each day.
There’s a new resource to help you get a deeper view into the civic life of our great borough and its diverse neighborhoods.
Last year, friends and family members of a remarkable young Brooklynite turned to the Foundation for help in setting up a fund to honor her life. Before her tragic passing at age 22, Hope Reichbach had been a vibrant presence in local politics and advocacy here in her native Brooklyn. Her loved ones knew that the best way to keep her spirit alive would be by encourage the work of other young people who wanted to give back to their communities.
On Saturday, October 20th, 150 brawny Brooklynites will form 30 teams to compete for the top spot in CrossFit South Brooklyn’s annual Fight Gone Bad. They might seem crazy—but they’re committed to pushing themselves to their physical limits to raise funds that back essential nonprofit work right here in their home communities.
Brooklyn is one of the world’s great artistic communities. Every year, more and more people in the arts are migrating here and making it their home. But for generations, Brooklyn has also produced great artists—young people with big talent and big dreams who got their start in our borough.
Things are getting pretty pricey in Brooklyn. From rising rent to restaurant bills, we all feel the pinch. No neighborhood is feeling it more than Bed-Stuy. Which is why we’re partnering with the Coalition for the Improvement of Bed-Stuy to present the Bedford Stuyvesant Food and Family Day, on Saturday, October 13th at Restoration Plaza.
While the Brownsville story most often heard over the past few months has been about tragic gun violence—particularly among youth—the other side of the story, less frequently told, is of a community fighting back and seeking change. And we’re on their side.
Here are a few more of our favorite “only in Brooklyn” summer moments, from Brooklyn Community Foundation grantees.
With the start of the first day of school comes the sad realization that another fantastic summer in Brooklyn has come to a close. We’re saying goodbye (for now) to afternoons at the Red Hook Pool, movie nights under the Brooklyn Bridge, Celebrate Brooklyn shows in Prospect Park, and the non-stop action on the Coney Island Boardwalk.
Hear that? Across our borough, listen closely and you’ll detect the faint sounds of pencils sharpening, backpacks zipping, and notebook paper rustling. Which can only mean… It’s back to school time!
Last August on a rooftop in Southside Williamsburg, alongside community leaders armed with paint rollers, we launched our most ambitious effort yet toward making Brooklyn a model of urban environmental sustainability.
Summer in Brooklyn is when our borough truly comes to life. Neighbors convene on stoops over a shared pitcher of lemonade; kids in a kaleidoscope of colored t-shirts ride the subway to summer camp; parks are packed with runners, readers, and picnickers from dawn ‘til dusk—our communities’ spirit thrives in the warmer months. It’s also during these months that Brooklynites get together to give our neighborhoods a boost, be it with a fresh coat of paint or a new community garden.
Leadership and courage are not just reserved for Olympians. Here in Brooklyn, through our Education & Youth Achievement Fund, donors are backing programs that focus on building these qualities among all of our youth, especially those who face challenges greater than a 200m backstroke, four rounds of boxing, or scoring a perfect ten.