In response to vast devastation to Brooklyn caused by Hurricane Sandy, particularly in coastal communities like Red Hook, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Gerritsen Beach, Sea Gate, and Sheepshead Bay, the Brooklyn Community Foundation and the office of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, in partnership with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, have established the Brooklyn Recovery Fund , a local charitable fund that will provide relief to Brooklyn communities and organizations impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Brooklyn Community Foundation, Forest City Ratner Companies, the Brooklyn Nets, and Barclays Center have each pledged $100,000, for a total of $400,000 to create the Fund.
Brooklyn Community Foundation will administer the fund, which will respond to the immediate and long term impacts of this natural disaster and serve as a flexible source of grant funding to local nonprofit organizations as the rebuilding efforts in Brooklyn progress over the coming weeks and months.
Brooklynites are encouraged to give to the Fund at www.BrooklynRecoveryFund.org . 100% of every donation to the Fund will be used to support storm recovery efforts in Brooklyn.
“Some of the most devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy can be found in Brooklyn, but just as we have come together during times of crisis in the past, Brooklynites stand ready to open their hearts and wallets to help their friends and neighbors get back on their feet,” says Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. “As Brooklyn’s motto declares, ‘unity makes strength,’ and my office is proud to unite with the Brooklyn Community Foundation and its president Marilyn Gelber and chairman Alan Fishman, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and president & CEO Carlo Scissura, as well as all of our initial funding partners—including the Nets, Forest City Ratner, the Barclays Center, and Junior’s—in showing New York City and the rest of the world our ‘Brooklyn attitude’—and that when the chips are down, Brooklyn steps up.”
The Brooklyn Recovery Fund will provide direct support for needs identified by local Brooklyn nonprofit service providers, the small business community, and borough civic institutions.
In surveying nonprofits and businesses in the days following the storm, the Brooklyn Community Foundation, Borough President’s Office, and the Chamber of Commerce report overwhelming demand on neighborhood emergency food providers and community outreach organizations, as well as unprecedented damage to public parks throughout the borough, and severe structural damage to institutions and businesses based in waterfront neighborhoods. (Read their stories here ) Yet, in a display of true Brooklyn spirit, thousands of borough residents have come forward to volunteer in shelters, donate food, clothing and supplies, and take on urgent cleanup and repair needs.
Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber: “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. These nonprofit partners go beyond the call of duty during these times of crisis, and this Fund will not only