As the impacts—both emerging and still uncertain—of the novel coronavirus mount across our communities, we have launched the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund to provide immediate and longer-term resources to vulnerable residents across our borough. We ask that you join us and make a donation today.
We recognize that as the coronavirus pandemic continues to intensify locally, it will have vastly disproportionate health, economic, and social impacts on communities of color—especially older adults, people with compromised immune systems, low-wage workers, and people who are unhoused.
Through consultation with our community partners, we have gathered information about how to most effectively provide immediate support across Brooklyn, with the understanding that the impacts of COVID-19 will be long-lasting and recovery for many will be a difficult process.
As a first step, we are issuing grants to front-line service and advocacy organizations throughout Brooklyn that provide lifelines for vulnerable populations, meal delivery and daily living needs for homebound neighbors, support for low-wage workers who may experience food insecurity, loss of wages, and limited access to healthcare and paid sick leave, as well as other emerging needs. [Nonprofits, learn more about how to apply here.]
We are grateful to our Board of Directors for committing quickly and contributing generously so that we can act. We hope that you, too, will consider making a donation today—or pledge a monthly recurring donation—to help our neighbors in need. 100% of your donation will go directly to vulnerable communities.
Thank you for all that you are doing for Brooklyn during this time.
For our nonprofit partners, we have added a resources page on our site, which we will continue to update with additional resources and information.
Additionally, the Foundation’s staff will be working remotely for the foreseeable future. Please use email only to reach our staff members during this time.
By Cecilia Clarke, President & CEO