The Bronx Community Relief Effort

The Bronx Community Relief Effort was born in the South Bronx immediately after the Coronavirus hit New York City. The Effort aims to raise $10 million to support effective, on-the-ground operations that are focused on meeting the most essential needs of the Bronx community.This includes filling gaps in public financing and broader grant programs. Donations collected are distributed in real-time within the community to those in critical need.

“There was a Pandemic of Poverty in The Bronx before COVID-19 hit our borough. The Bronx Community Relief Effort will help our people recover today and rebuild into the future,” said Assembly Member Michael Blake (79th District, The Bronx). “I thank the selfless leadership of my dear friend Derrick Harry Lewis in Founding and Chairing this remarkable coalition of Bronx leaders like Judy Dimon who is a longstanding advocate of The Bronx community.”

Having community leaders, philanthropists, the private and public sector come together for both the immediate and long-term recovery for Bronxites is absolutely critical.  We must provide relief for today so that our fellow Bronxites have hope for tomorrow. We will overcome these difficult times, and while we address the immediate challenges of the moment, we will lay the foundation in our community for future success to show that we Believe in The Bronx and will continue Building A Better Bronx.”

 On-the-ground operations and partnerships are already in place and the funds are being effectively deployed as follows across the eight areas of need:

  • $2,000,000 – Food Insecurity – In partnership with World Central Kitchen, Here to Here and The Bronx Private Industry Council, deliver 50,000 meals a day
  • $1,500,000 – Small Business Relief – In partnership with the 3rd Avenue BID and Spring Bank, distribute between 100 to 175 grants to small businesses (grants are between $5,000 – $25,000)
  • $1,500,000 – Microgrants to Individuals – In partnership with CUNY, the 3rd Avenue BID and Spring Bank, distributing $250 – $750 micro-grants to over 2,000 individuals in crisis
  • $1,000,000 – Health & Personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline responders – In partnership with Montefiore, St Barnabas Hospitals and NYC Health in Hospitals, providing over 200,000 masks, visors, gloves and other protective gear to our health care workers
  • $1,000,000 – Nonprofit Economic Relief – In partnership with Hostos Center for Bronx Nonprofits, supporting vital community-based nonprofits with 50 to 75 grants (grants are between $5,000 – $50,000)
  • $1,000,000 – Education, Connectivity and Technology Gaps – In partnership with Here to Here, DreamYard, Per Scholas, Knowledge House, Thinkubator and others, providing 1,000 chrome books and hot spots, establishing a community help desk, a tech support hub, and hundreds of related virtual paid internships for high school students
  • $1,000,000 – Equity & Justice – In partnership with legal aid groups (such as Bronx Defenders, Legal Aid Society and others), ensuring that up-to 2,000 Bronxites are supported through their criminal, civil, child welfare, and immigration cases during the New York stay at home order
  • $1,000,000  – Housing Stability – In partnership with Bronx based Housing Organizations (such as Nos Quedamos, WHEDCo, New Settlement, Phipps Neighborhoods, and others), ensure that social work, financial, and health supports are available up-to 2,500 Bronxites during the New York stay at home order.

Ruben Diaz Jr., Borough President of The Bronx, said: “We know that The Bronx is disproportionately affected by the health and economic repercussions of COVID-19, and we’re so inspired by everything our community is doing to help — from frontline responders and medical workers, to grocery and restaurant workers, to neighbors helping neighbors. We thank the many community leaders and Bronx advocates who have stepped up so quickly to create The Bronx Community Relief Effort to help us raise critically needed resources. Together, we’ll work to support all Bronxites both immediately and for the long term when the economy begins its recovery.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has starkly amplified and exposed inequity in New York City. In contributing to The Bronx Community Relief Effort, we are proud to support the community leaders who have identified effective solutions to best address the acute, urgent needs of The Bronx.” said Judy Dimon, Chair of the James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation, HERE to HERE, and Founding Co-Chair of The Bronx Community Relief Effort. “We stand by those who are out there working day and night in The Bronx to help one another — today and tomorrow. I urge others who are able to contribute to join us in supporting this critical work.”

Join the Bronx community members, advocates and individuals who have come together when the Bronx needed it most to form The Bronx Community Relief Effort to provide immediate, mid-term, and long-term resources to vulnerable Bronx residents who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Having been born and raised in The South Bronx, and experienced firsthand the impact of philanthropy, I know how the support from outstanding nonprofits can positively change the trajectory of not just an individual’s life, but the trajectory of an entire community,” said Derrick H. Lewis, Senior Manager at EY and Founding Co-Chair of The Bronx Community Relief Effort. Derrick also serves as a Board member of Wildlife Conservation Society and serves as a designee for the Speaker of the New York City Council, DreamYard, Good Call, Birthright Africa, and Ivy Hill Preparatory School. “The Bronx Community Relief Effort will provide much needed support for The Bronx community.”

Our Founding Coalition 

Derrick H. Lewis, Co-Founder of The Bronx Community Foundation, Senior Manager, EY

Desmon W. LewisCo-Founder of The Bronx Community Foundation, Director, Citi

Alfredo Angueira, Owner of Beatstro

Alessandra Biaggi, State Senator, 34th District, The Bronx

Michael Blake, Assembly Member, 79th District, The Bronx

Phoebe C. Boyer, President and CEO, Children’s Aid Society

Michael Brady, CEO, HUB/Third Avenue Business Improvement District

John Calvelli, Executive Vice President of the Wildlife Conservation Society

Jessica Clemente, President & CEO, We Stay/Nos Quedamos, Inc

Eddie Cuesta, National Executive Director, Dominicanos USA

Ruben Diaz Jr., Borough President of The Bronx

Judy Dimon, Founding Co-Chair of The Bronx Community Relief Effort, Chair of the James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation and HERE to HERE

Nathalia Fernandez, Assembly Member, 80th District, The Bronx

Debbian Fletcher-Blake, Chief Executive Officer, VIP Community Services

Jasmine Garcia, General Manager of Bricks & Hops Beer Garden

Rosa Garcia, Owner of Mott Haven Bar and Grill

Demetris Giannoulias, CEO, Spring Bank

Jason Duchin & Tim Lord, Co-Founders & Co-Executive Director, DreamYard Project

Rosemary Ordonez Jenkins, Interim Executive Director/CEO, Phipps Neighborhoods

Junior Martinez, Owner of Bronx Drafthouse

Nate Mook, CEO, World Central Kitchen

Justine Olderman, Executive Director, Bronx Defenders

Carmen Rivera, Chief Vocational & Community Affairs Officer, VIP Community Services

Davon Russell, President, WHEDco

Bukola Shonuga, Founder Director Welcome to America (W2A)

Abby Jo Sigal, Founding CEO, HERE to HERE

Edward Summers, Executive Director, The Bronx Private Industry Council (PIC), Powered by HERE to HERE

Aarti Tandon, CEO, Citizen Eight

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