Brooklyn Community Foundation and Mayor's Office of NYC Service Host NEW Panel Series Featuring Exceptional Brooklyn Nonprofits

--AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers to Learn about Brooklyn’s Needs and Opportunities in New Educational Series—

Successful school models, greenway advocacy and anti-hunger initiatives are among the topics to be covered in the “Urban Affairs Series,” a new panel series hosted by the Brooklyn Community Foundation and the Mayor’s office of NYC Service. Nearly 200 NYC Civic Corps, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers, will be invited to the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s headquarters in DUMBO to learn from Brooklyn-based nonprofit leaders in the Foundation’s five field of Interest areas: Art for All, Caring Neighbors, Community Development, Education and Youth Achievement, and Green Communities. Both the Brooklyn Community Foundation and NYC Service share a common interest in promoting community service.

“We hope to showcase some of the incredible work being done by the nonprofit community in Brooklyn and to encourage the public to join these efforts by volunteering their time and service to these effective community organizations and important causes. We are pleased to partner with the Mayor’s office of NYC Service in this important initiative,” said Marilyn Gelber, President Brooklyn Community Foundation.


The Brooklyn Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in Brooklyn through grantmaking and by encouraging local giving and community service. The first and only one of its kind in Brooklyn, the Foundation was founded in 2009 to support the borough’s most effective nonprofits through five Fields of Interest: Community Development, Education and Youth Achievement, Caring Neighbors, Arts for All, and Green Communities. Since 1998, operating as the Independence Community Foundation, the Foundation distributed more than $70 million in grants throughout New York Metro area, more than half of which  were in Brooklyn. More information can be found at: