American Red Cross Gives Grant to Brooklyn Community Foundation for Superstorm Sandy Recovery Program

The American Red Cross has awarded a $1.25 million grant to the Brooklyn Community Foundation to support long term recovery services for people affected by Superstorm Sandy in the borough’s hardest hit neighborhoods.

Brooklyn Community Foundation (BCF) will use the grant to provide financial support and expertise to a network of “Community Collaboratives” involved in on-the-ground recovery and rebuilding assistance in Canarsie, Coney Island, Gerritsen Beach, Red Hook and Sheepshead Bay.

“When Sandy slammed Brooklyn’s shores—we acted quickly to create the Brooklyn Recovery Fund to provide a channel for local giving and to coordinate the response of our borough’s nonprofit community,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber. “Since then, we have worked continuously in close partnership with the local organizations leading relief and rebuilding in our coastal neighborhoods, awarding them over $2 million in grants and fostering collaboration at every level.

“Our work is far from over, which is why we are thrilled to now partner with the American Red Cross,” Gelber said. “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.”

The Brooklyn Recovery Fund is a joint effort among the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to create a pooled fund to provide support to Brooklyn’s nonprofit organizations working with the communities and individuals most affected by Superstorm Sandy.

“Bravo to the American Red Cross for its continued role in helping Brooklyn to bounce back from Hurricane Sandy,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. “By joining forces with the Brooklyn Recovery Fund—an organization I am proud to have helped establish along with the Brooklyn Community Foundation and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce—our borough is provided additional resources to aid the communities who most need them.”

“This generous grant will aid local organizations in affected neighborhoods like Canarsie, Coney Island, Gerritsen Beach, Red Hook and Sheepshead Bay as Brooklyn continues to rebuild, rebound and recover,” Markowitz added.

Josh Lockwood, regional CEO, American Red Cross in Greater New York, said recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy is a marathon not a sprint, and that it takes grants like the one to BCF to support the work of a broad coalition of nonprofits.

“Sandy is the largest U.S. operation by the Red Cross in more than five years, and thanks to the public’s generous support, the Red Cross has provided millions of meals, snacks and relief supplies, shelter and comfort to Sandy survivors,” Lockwood said. “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.”

Lockwood said that the Red Cross is committed that money donated for Sandy will be used to help the people affected by Sandy, and the organization is working to spend those donations quickly and wisely.

Donations to the American Red Cross after Superstorm Sandy have led to clear signs of progress and hope through New York and New Jersey seven months after the storm. As of May 2013, the American Red Cross has partnered with numerous organizations to support the recovery of individuals and families affected by Sandy, such as the National VOAD, Operation Hope, the Points of Light Foundation, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the Food Bank of NYC, the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, and the Brooklyn Community Foundation. The Sandy recovery efforts include housing assistance, case management, mental health services, volunteer coordination and food security. Additional community grants will be announced in the weeks ahead.

About the American Red Cross:
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About Brooklyn Community Foundation:
Brooklyn Community Foundation is dedicated to improving lives and strengthening communities through local giving, grantmaking, and community service. Established in 2009 as the first and only charitable foundation for New York City’s largest borough, with the support of generous donors Brooklyn Community Foundation provides critical grants to hundreds of nonprofits working locally in the areas of education and youth achievement, arts and culture, community development, human services, and the environment. Learn more at