March Newsletter: AG Partnership Awards $2.2M for Treatment and Harm Reduction, Celebrating Our Leaders + More from Your Community Foundation

March 29, 2022

New York AG Partnership Awards $2.2M for Treatment, Harm Reduction Programs

Pictured above from left: New York State Attorney General Leticia James, After Hours Project Executive Director Fernando Soto, our President and CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey, The Family Center Executive Director Ivy Gamble-Cobb, and our VP of Programs and Partnerships Marcella Tillett

Together with the Office of the New York State Attorney General Leticia James, we are pleased to announce the 10 community-based organizations receiving $2.2 million in grants from our new Wellness and Recovery Fund for substance treatment programs, harm reduction services, and policy change. 

We established the Fund last year with assets seized by the Office of the Attorney General from a Medicaid fraud scheme that exploited some of New York’s most vulnerable residents. An advisory council of eight Brooklyn residents, who are personally impacted by substance misuse and/or have worked with impacted communities, reviewed grant applications and selected the organizations to receive funding. 

“We are grateful for Attorney General James’ leadership in reclaiming these funds for the benefit of Brooklyn’s communities, her belief in our community-led grantmaking approach, and her commitment to helping New Yorkers overcome the devastating and far-reaching impacts of addiction.”

- Foundation President and CEO
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey

As part of this announcement, we also released our Wellness and Recovery Fund Insights Report, which details what we learned from conversations with over 100 Brooklynites living with addiction and navigating sobriety, family members and loved ones of people who use drugs, clinical support staff, medical professionals, and more. Their feedback informed our investments in dignity-centered treatment, hard reduction, and systems change. 

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Wellness and Recovery Fund in the News:

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Saluting Our Exceptional Leaders


Help us congratulate our Board and staff members who have recently been recognized for their outstanding work in the field of philanthropy and beyond (pictured above, from left):

Supporter Spotlight

In our latest Supporter Spotlight, we spoke with monthly sustainer Mordecai (Mordy) Walfish about his commitment to supporting local, community-led work in the borough, and how his connection with Brooklyn Community Foundation has impacted his giving and community engagement. 

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