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Source: Bay Improvement Group

The one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy is nearly upon us and various Brooklyn-based groups and organizations are looking to remember the event with a candlelight vigil across the borough. Laura McKenna, the vice chair of the Brooklyn Long-Term Recovery Group and the acting executive director of the Bay Improvement Group, sent us the following message with the specifics and details of the event slated for Tuesday, October 29:

The Brooklyn Long-Term Recovery Group, with the support of the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and other organizations, invite all disaster survivors, first responders, recovery workers, and anyone else affected by Superstorm Sandy to participate on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 for “Light up the Shore,” a candle-lighting event along the Brooklyn shoreline to mark the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy and its impact on our borough.

Along with communities in Staten Island, Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx, we will assemble to remember our losses and honor how our communities came together to recover and rebuild. We can each stay with our community and still be united.

Here is a link to an interactive map of locations with a description of the event on top as well as other event details.  Locations are being added as the anniversary date approaches (in Gowanus, Coney Island, Seagate, and others, so far–we’re just waiting for the details).  Click the candles for info on the lead organization and contact person is at each location.

At all sites, survivors and organizers will begin to gather between 6:30 and 7pm.  Candles or other lights will be distributed and after a brief welcome, all lights will be lit at exactly 7:45pm, when Sandy made landfall.

The Sheepshead Bay site has already been chosen:  2801 Emmons Avenue, office of the Empower Sheepshead coalition of the Brooklyn Recovery Fund. 

In addition to marking the anniversary of the disaster, we hope to encourage people to sign up for a caseworker for help with unmet needs and also to sign up for Build It Back, the deadline for which is 10/31.  Mental health professionals from Project Hope and other social services organizations with expertise in disaster counseling will be at each site to offer support.

In addition to the Sheepshead Bay location, there will also be a Brighton Beach vigil at the Shorefront Y, 3300 Coney Island Avenue at the same time.

Thanks for the info, Laura. We hope that the event draws a lot of participants to continue the effort to help people rebuild and recover from the destructive events of Sandy.

For more information about the Empower Sheepshead coalition, call  (718) 648-7703 ext. 260.

If you are a business owner or homeowner still struggling to get back on your feet after Superstorm Sandy, there is help available to you to ease the recovery process.

Asian Americans for Equality and the Kings Bay YM-YWHA will present a “Post-Sandy Recovery Resource Seminar” for business and homeowners, April 18, 7:00 p.m. at the Kings Bay Y’s Sheepshead Bay location, 2801 Emmons Avenue.

The seminar — sponsored by the Brooklyn Community Foundation — will address such topics as emergency repair loans for homeowners, financial assistance for small businesses, rehab cost consultation and how to qualify for a post-Sandy recovery grant of up to $15,000.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

To learn more, call (718) 648-7703 extension 239 or email

The Brooklyn Community Foundation is now accepting applications from local residents looking for funding to rebuild and repair their homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

This latest effort by the BCF, known as the Community Grant Rebuilding Program, is focused on physically improving homes and buildings located in Brooklyn’s coastal communities. They are centering their efforts on mold removal, the replacement of heating and electrical systems and structural repairs for one to four family homes, non-profit facilities and buildings used by small businesses.

Here are the relevant details:

Priority will be given to proposals from community development and non-profit housing corporations and other qualified organizations with deep knowledge of and experience with mold removal, mold remediation, and housing and building repair/maintenance. We require partnerships between applicants and local service providers and organizations from each impacted community. Together the partnership should demonstrate an ability to provide an up to date community needs assessment about the status of building repair and a plan of action to help individuals, businesses, and institutions move from “rescue” to recovery and rebuilding.  In Red Hook and Coney Island, we will require that all grantees work in partnership with the collaboratives that have been funded through BRF’s first round of recovery grants and will provide you with the information necessary to connect to these organizations.
All funding requests are due no later than Monday, February 4, 2013. We will make every effort to have all funding decisions made by Monday, February 11, 2013.
Target Neighborhoods:
Brooklyn coastal communities that experienced severe storm damage: Red Hook, the Coney Island peninsula, Sheepshead Bay, Canarsie, and Gerritsen Beach.
Grant Amounts:
A limited number of grants are available, up to $200,000 per impacted community (Red Hook, the Coney Island peninsula, Sheepshead Bay, Canarsie, and Gerritsen Beach).
  • Community development and non-profit housing corporations and other qualified organizations who have established or can demonstrate an ability to establish close working relationships with local nonprofits serving communities or residents impacted by Super Storm Sandy.
Application Guidelines:
  • Provide brief mission statement and history of your organization.
  • What qualifications do you possess to address mold removal, mold remediation, and building repair/maintenance? How will you partner and coordinate with organizations physically located in the impacted community? If you already have an established relationship, who is your/are your partner(s) and what type of partnership currently exists?
  • What nonprofits, government entities, and/or community groups have you been working with to address recovery and rebuilding needs?
  • If you received prior funding from the BRF, how does this request complement your previous request?
  • How will you define and measure the success of this project?
  • Be sure that your application includes full contact information (address, telephone, email) for this request’s point person; also include the community where this work will take place.
  • Only ONE grantee per impacted community will be selected.
  • Please limit your request to no more than 3 pages; not including attachments.
  • Required Documents:
1.   Organization budget
2.   Project budget
3.   Most recent IRS 990 Form
4.   Most recent Financial Audit (note:  if your organization uses a fiscal sponsor, please provide its audit and 990)
5.   Board of Directors
Submit via email or fax requested narrative and attachments by Monday, February 4, 2013 to:
Toya Williford
Program Director
Brooklyn Community Foundation
45 Main Street, #409
Brooklyn, NY  11201
Fax:  718-722-5757
Any questions please contact Toya Williford at 718.722.5352 or

The Brooklyn Community Foundation is well on its way towards providing relief for those devastated by Hurricane Sandy, having raised over $1 million dollars in charitable contributions, and announcing its first requests for proposals from Brooklyn non-profits looking to use the funds to help in the rebuild effort.

The large sum of money raised, coming from large generous donations from Barclays, the Brooklyn Nets, Jerry Seinfeld, Junior’s restaurants, and many more, is ready to begin dispersing the cash via requests put in by local non-profits. The first RFP is for Community Collaborative Grants, which according to the BCF, “will provide three initial grants of $100,000 to consortia of nonprofits working to improve community-wide coordination efforts, in Red Hook (CB 6); Coney Island/Brighton Beach/Sea Gate (CB 13), and Sheepshead Bay/Gerritsen Beach/Canarsie/Manhattan Beach (CBs 15 and 18).” The second RFP is for Emergency Fast-Track Grants, which, “will provide up to $10,000 to Brooklyn-serving nonprofits grappling with Sandy’s aftereffects.”

The efforts of the Brooklyn Community Foundation are providing a vital infusion of cash to the local charities and non-profits that need them, and the deadline for all funding requests is this Friday, November 16, and all monies awarded will be paid out by Friday, November 30. If you want to put in your own request on behalf of your charitable non-profit organization, visit this site for more details. If you’d like to donate, or want more information, please visit the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s website.


It looks like Steve Barrison isn’t the only Sheepshead Bay resident vying for the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Do Gooders award. Manhattan Beach resident Sue Yellin got in touch to tell us about Pam Laskin and her work at the City College of New York’s Poetry Outreach Center .

As director of the program, Laskin helps place poetry mentors in many Brooklyn public schools. The goal is to encourage poetic activity in the lives of young people across the city, compensating for budget cuts that strip the art out of school curriculums. During the month of May, the center organizes The NYC Poetry Festival, a celebration of poetry, and all the public school children come to City College to read their poetry. Poems are collected and published in an annual anthology, Poetry in Performance. This is all free of charge to the schools.

A submitter to the Do Gooders award writes that you should vote for Laskin because of her “energetic and complete devotion to art and poetry in particular … Everyone has poetry in side [sic] them, and Pam helps them to see that gift!”

Vote for Pam Laskin here.

The Brooklyn Community Foundation launched online voting on Friday for its first ever Brooklyn Do Gooders award, and Steve Barrison is the only resident we know of to be nominated.

Here’s Barrison’s blurb:

Why you should vote for Steve Barrison

Steve Barrison is an advocate for many communities and businesses in NY City, but his passion is for the preservation and reasonable development for his home community of Sheepshead Bay. As President of BIG, Steve has organized the annual Sheeshead Bay Festival (BayFest) on Emmons Ave for the last 19 years. Additionally, Steve coordinates the maintainence of 3 sites in Sheepshead Bay, under the adopt a Highway program. He also organizes a toy drive for hospitalized children every year during the winter holidays. This has been his passion for over 25 years, and many times through his own out of pocket expense. On a final note, every year Steve organizes a dinner to recognize other community leaders such as politicians, firemen, policemen, and neighborhood merchants that have had a positive influence on the community.

Community Impact

Steve’s major issue is concerned with the over development of Sheepshead Bay. Mainly the out of character condos and retail buildings. He is also deeply concerned over the loss of municipal parking, on street parking, and the reduction of traffic lanes throughout the city. As well as defending small businesses such as the MOM & POP stores, he is a staunch opponent in the placement of Big Box retail chains, such as Walmart, in communities that would end up losing the small businesses and the jobs that go with them. Another concern is when local merchants want local government to do their bidding at the expense of community neighbors. Steve will be there to fight for the little people. And as mentioned, he does this not only in his neighborhood, but throughout the City. He recently went to bat for the small businesses that line the streets of Flushing Queens, near Citi Field. People that have run businesses for countless years that could lose everything to Big Name Corporate Developers.

You can vote for Steve Barrison by visiting the Do Gooder’s website.

Know someone who’s kickin’ butt for the community, using time, talent or charity? Let’s help get them paid.

The Brooklyn Community Foundation, a borough-wide charitable organization, is throwing the first-ever online Brooklyn Do Gooder Awards campaign to identify and honor local selfless heroes. But they need you to identify individuals who display an outstanding sense of giving back locally - nominate and vote for candidates online.

“The work of the Brooklyn Community Foundation is to encourage giving and service to our communities,” said Marilyn Gelber, the president of the Brooklyn Community Foundation. “Through this effort we hope to recognize those Brooklynites who are giving back everyday to make our borough stronger and kinder.”

The organization is looking for do-gooders in the following categories: Arts for All, Caring Neighbors, Community Development, Education and Youth Achievement and Green Communities. Each of the five winning Brooklyn Do Gooders will receive an award as well as $5,000 to be used as a reinvestment in a recognized charitable entity working in Brooklyn.

Online voting will help determine 20 Brooklyn Do Gooder finalists, after which a distinguished panel of judges will choose the winners.  Judges currently include WNYC’s Laura Walker, Freelancer Union’s Sara Horowitz, MoCADA’s Laurie Cumbo, award-winning author Peter Hedges and other local leaders.

Nominations are being collected through September 30. Online voting will be open from October 1 to October 15, 2010. The community celebration, “Brooklyn Does Good” takes place on November 3, 2010.