The Bronx Community Relief Effort
HERE to HERE has joined a broad coalition of Bronx community leaders, including government officials, nonprofits, residents, and small businesses, to launch The Bronx Community Relief Effort, which is supporting eight focus areas. HERE to HERE, in partnership with others, is taking a lead role in three of the eight areas: Food Security, Education, Technology, and Connectivity, and Microgrants:
- HERE to HERE’s The Bronx PIC has been leading our efforts to expand food distribution working with World Central Kitchen (WCK), local distributors, and Bronx restaurants to immediately increase preparation and distribution of daily fresh meals.
- The Bronx PIC, with the participation of several PIC members, has developed another key effort, 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, NY area.
Education, Technology, and Connectivity
- HERE to HERE purchased 600 Chromebooks and hotspots for our 30+ partner schools, with financial support from The Dimon Foundation and operational support from DreamYard, to help meet the technology gap as students turn to online learning.
- The technology will also allow more students to take part in high-quality virtual internships, which HERE to HERE is designing and coordinating with network schools.
- HERE to HERE has also made progress on the development of a COVID-19 Job Board in partnership with The Knowledge House. Virtual internships will also be included in this project area.
- In partnership with CUNY and The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation, HERE to HERE launched the Chancellor’s Emergency Relief Fund for Students, as seen on page 7 of the Daily News (next to the SYEP article). Here are CUNY’s LinkedIn video and the donation site. The fund is now open and initial notices have been sent to qualifying students.
- Based on HERE to HERE partnerships, The Dimon Foundation has approved $3 million in grants to support The Bronx Community Relief Effort and will get these out in waves over the next couple of weeks. Additionally, we are lending the HERE to HERE team’s collective expertise to support all eight of the verticals and help staff the overall effort.
Links and Resources
- Third Ave BID: Third Avenue BID is providing immediate assistance to Bronx Businesses in the form of grants to aid employee retention, fixed costs, and modifications to business associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
- BCC Business Resource Center: Small business owners and entrepreneurs affected by COVID-19 can consult this page for resources including financial assistance, employee supports, internet and utility information, and more.
- Database of Localized Resources During COVID-19 Outbreak: Community-based organizations, nonprofits, and individuals can use this database to find existing local relief efforts as well as effective models to begin or enhance their own efforts.