Brooklyn Community Foundation receives $1.25 million grant for continued Sandy cleanup
May 31, 2013
Hurricane Sandy ravaged many communities on the East Coast in October 2012. Multiple people died, while dozens of others were left homeless, their possessions destroyed. Businesses in areas up and down the Eastern Seaboard floundered. More than six months after the disaster, many places are just starting to pick back up again.
With this in mind, the American Red Cross recently gave a $1.25 million grant to the Brooklyn Community Foundation (BCF) to continue to help citizens recover from the storm. The five hardest hit neighborhoods of the NYC borough will likely be the primary recipients of the funds, such as Coney Island, Red Hook and Canarsie.
"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," noted BCF President Marilyn Gelber.
The nonprofit organization was formed in October 2009 to bring philanthropic interest to the borough. The effort was helmed originally by the Independence Community Foundation, which transferred its entire endowment to BCF, and each dollar was then funneled directly to local charities, a practice which continues today.
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