Brooklyn Recovery Fund: Where the Money’s Gone


    The Brooklyn Recovery Fund launched on Oct. 29, a few days after Hurricane Sandy, and has since raised over $1.5 million. Two $100,000 grants went to community groups in Red Hook and Coney Island. posted a comprehensive, up-to-date list of many more nonprofits that benefitted from the overwhelming donations of Brooklynites. Here are a few:

      • $10,000 to the Dumbo Improvement District for assisting the Rebuild Dumbo Fund in supporting local businesses and galleries hurt by the storm.
      • $10,000 to the Shorefront Jewish Community Council for extra case management services and meals for local senior citizens in Brighton Beach.
      • $10,000 to the Jewish Community Council of Canarsie for local emergency food needs and additional mental health services.
      • $10,000 to the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger for additional food stamp enrollment; the campaign mobilizes a free food mobile van to Coney Island.
      • $50,000 for Gerritsen Beach Cares to hire electricians to restore electricity to homes of vulnerable populations, notably seniors and families with young children.
      • $10,000 to East Williamsburg Valley Industrial Development Corp for business owners in proximity to flooding near Newtown Creek.
      • $10,000 to Added Value for a pop-up farmers market to bring badly need fresh fruit and vegetables to damaged communities.
      • $10,000 to Mercy Home, to replace destroyed equipment and food at this Red Hook group home for developmentally disabled adults.
      • $10,000 to Brooklyn Community Services for mental health services, family counseling, cash assistance and emergency supply distribution in three Coney Island highrises for low-income seniors.
      • $5,000 to Park Slope’s Old First Reformed Church for the congregation’s volunteer food prep and delivery to local disaster areas.

    See the full list here.

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