Time Warner Cable Presents Gift to Brooklyn Community Foundation to Boost Services for Seniors

This morning at the New York Memory Center in Park Slope, Time Warner Cable’s Regional Vice President of Government Relations Rory Whelan presented Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber with a check for $10,000 directed toward the charitable organization’s Caring Neighbors Fund. The gift, made possible through the encouragement of New York State Assemblyman Jim Brennan, will bolster programs for Brooklyn’s growing senior population that address concerns such as social isolation, deteriorating health, and safe, stable home environments.

Above: Time Warner Cable Regional Vice President of Government Relations Rory Whelan, Assemblyman Jim Brennan, Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, NY Memory Center Executive Director Christopher Nadeau, and Selfhelp Community Services Managing Director Tova Klein.

The New York Memory Center and Selfhelp Community Services will each receive an additional $5,000 in funding from the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Caring Neighbors Fund this year due to Time Warner Cable’s contribution.

The New York Memory Center, an agency that provides services to help older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to maintain and/or improve their level of functioning: “We are most grateful to receive this dedicated funding as it will allow us to enhance our operations through a new computer software program that will house most of our services within one system,” said Executive Director Christopher Nadeau. “Planning and implementation will take hours instead of days, and allow us to integrate the full scope of our services as part of a comprehensive care plan.”

Selfhelp Community Services, Inc, an organization dedicated to enabling the elderly and other at-risk populations to live in their own homes, independently and with dignity: “We are grateful to the Brooklyn Community Foundation for extending its financial support for our Chore Services for Brooklyn Elderly program based in Kensington,” said CEO Stuart C. Kaplan. “Helping frail low-income seniors does more than ease their worries about maintaining their home. The program is a lifeline, allowing at-risk older adults to age in place with dignity and independence. In the first year of operation, Selfhelp used the funding to provide more than 60 seniors with essential household chore services.”

This morning’s event kicked off the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s season of giving efforts, to encourage more Brooklynites to give in their communities this holiday.

“Brooklyn is a wonderful place to call home but for too many of our older residents the rising costs of health care, housing, food and other basic necessities of life make it difficult to enjoy the benefits of our wonderful community,” said Marilyn Gelber, President of the Brooklyn Community Foundation. “We are fortunate to have an excellent network of service providers to seniors but their resources have been eroded by public sector cutbacks, the weakened economy, and an ever growing demand for services. The Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Caring Neighbors Fund is a way for the entire community—from individual Brooklynites to large companies like Time Warner—to pool private resources to help sustain essential services for Brooklyn’s most vulnerable residents. We thank Time Warner Cable for their gift and welcome others to add their support this holiday season.”

“Time Warner Cable is proud to work with the Brooklyn Community Foundation to provide much needed aid to nonprofit organizations that serve senior citizens in Brooklyn,” said Rory Whelan, Regional Vice President of Government Relations, Time Warner Cable. “Many of our employees and customers call Brooklyn home. So we are pleased to offer assistance to programs that address the concerns of our growing elderly population including health care and its affordability, and safe, stable home environments.”

“I commend Time Warner Cable, and the Brooklyn Community Foundation, for coming together to enhance the quality of life for Brooklyn seniors,” added New York State Assemblyman Jim Brennan, who represents the 44th District in Brooklyn.

About the Brooklyn Community Foundation: Improving the lives of people in Brooklyn and strengthening communities through local giving, grantmaking and community service. The Brooklyn Community Foundation was founded in 2009 to support the borough's most effective nonprofits in five Field of Interest Funds: Arts for All, Caring Neighbors, Community Development, Education and Youth Achievement, and Green Communities. Thanks to legacy operating support from Independence Bank, 100% of all tax-deductible donations to the Foundation go directly back to the community. For more information, visit www.brooklyncommunityfoundation.org.

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