To keep our supporters informed on the critical work of our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, we launched a webinar series in Spring 2020 covering the scope and impact of the Fund across the borough. Watch webinars on the first phase of the Fund below.
Looking for the Spark Change for Justice Webinar Series (conversations taking place September-December 2020)? Click here.
March 26: Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund Overview
In this conversation between our President and CEO Cecilia Clarke and VP of Programs and Partnerships Marcella Tillett, they explain the approach of our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, what we’re learning, and how the generosity of our donors is literally saving lives. WATCH HERE
April 9: Effects of the COVID-19 Crisis on Undocumented Communities
Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke, Program Officer Sabrina Hargrave, and Lorena Kourousias, Executive Director of Mixteca Organization discuss the latest on the Fund and the impact of this crisis on undocumented immigrants. WATCH HERE
April 23: COVID-19 and the Deepening Crisis of Domestic Violence
Survivors of domestic violence and intimate partner violence are extremely vulnerable at this time, both those who are sheltering in place with their abusers and those who are now in emergency shelters. COVID-19 will intensify the needs of survivors, especially within communities of color. In this conversation between our President and CEO Cecilia Clarke, Program Officer Amy Chou Sheikh, and Executive Director of Sakhi for South Asian Women, Kavita Mehra, they discuss our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund and the implications of the public health crisis on domestic violence. WATCH HERE
May 7: Labor and COVID-19: Impact on Low-wage Workers
While New Yorkers are urged to practice social distancing in accordance with shelter-in-place orders, low-wage workers—many of whom are essential workers and people of color—simply do not have that option. Low-wage workers may experience food insecurity, loss of wages, and limited access to healthcare, paid sick leave, and public benefits—further complicating a precarious financial situation. From home healthcare workers to street vendors, janitors to workers in the food service, low-wage workers across sectors are facing extreme economic vulnerability and exposure to infection, making them especially susceptible to the short- and long-term impacts of the ongoing public health crisis. In this conversation with Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke, VP of Programs and Partnerships Marcella Tillett, and Mohamed Attia, Director of the Street Vendor Project, they discuss the latest on our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund and the impact of this crisis on low-wage workers. WATCH HERE
May 21: The Impact of COVID-19 on Black Communities
In this conversation, Heather McGhee, author of the forthcoming book The Sum of Us, and Lurie Daniel-Favors, Interim Executive Director and General Counsel at the Center for Law and Social Justice discuss the impact of COVID19 on communities of color, especially the Black community, and how the Foundation prioritizes communities of color in all of its grantmaking. WATCH HERE
June 4: Effects of COVID-19 on Older Adults
Brooklyn has the largest population of older adults of any county in New York state—13.5 percent of the borough’s population—and more than one in five live below the poverty line. In this conversation, Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke, Program Officer Sabrina Hargrave, and Allison Nickerson, Executive Director of Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund grantee LiveOn NY discuss the latest on our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, and the impact of this crisis on older adults. WATCH HERE