COVID-19 and its devastating impact have unmasked what many have always known. Racism exists. Inequality exists. An economy that was seemingly flourishing for all was only flourishing for some.
HERE to HERE is committed to The Bronx and listening to members and leaders in The Bronx and NYC community to understand where the needs are greatest. Through our conversations, we know that health, financial security, and well-being are paramount. Read more about how we’re standing with our partners.
Throughout the Spring and Summer of 2020 we focused on supporting:
The Bronx Community
The nation, and especially The Bronx, is being hit hard by COVID-19. In response to the pandemic, HERE to HERE joined a broad coalition of Bronx community leaders, including government officials, nonprofits, residents, and small businesses, to help launch The Bronx Community Relief Effort.
The Bronx Community Relief Effort invests directly in The Bronx and elevates the voices of local leaders. Through coordinated efforts, the community is now receiving more food, income, and educational and technological resources. We still have a long way to go, and no one can solve the complex needs of the community alone.
Based on HERE to HERE’s work in The Bronx and our partnerships, The James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation made $3 million in grants to support the launch of The Bronx Community Relief Effort and its initial investments in Food Security; Education, Technology, and Connectivity; Non-profit support; and Microgrants:
- HERE to HERE, on behalf of The Bronx Community Relief Effort, worked with World Central Kitchen (WCK), local distributors, and Bronx restaurants to immediately increase preparation and distribution of daily fresh meals.
- In partnership with Bronx PIC employers, we also developed RAP4Bronx (Relief Access Program for The Bronx). RAP4Bronx collects and donates meals, food, and essential supplies to help frontline workers, families, seniors, and vulnerable residents in The Bronx.
- The team that led HERE to HERE’s food insecurity work on behalf of The Bronx Community Relief Effort transitioned in August to lead The Thinkubator.
Education, Technology, and Connectivity
- HERE to HERE purchased 600 Chromebooks and hotspots for our network high schools, with financial support from The James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation through The Bronx Community Relief Effort and operational support from DreamYard, to help meet the technology gap as students turned to online learning.
- The technology also allowed more students to take part in high-quality virtual internships, in coordination with network schools and a number of high performing community-based, youth development organizations who designed opportunities based on HERE to HERE’s key distinguishers.
- To quickly and effectively get funds to people who needed it most once Covid hit, HERE to HERE, in partnership with CUNY, The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, The Bronx Community Relief Effort, and the Dimon Foundation, launched the Chancellor’s Emergency Relief Fund for Students. See the below section, “CUNY and its Students” for more information.