The Bronx Community Relief Effort is Making Strides


(BRONX – April 18, 2020) – 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 coordinating this remarkable coalition of Bronx leaders and supporters 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 so the funds can be 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 – Distributing Microgrants – In partnership with CUNY, the 3rd Avenue BID and Spring Bank, distribute $250 – $750 micro-grants to over 2,000 individuals in crisis

$1,000,000 – Personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline responders – In partnership with Montefiore, St Barnabas Hospitals and NYC Health in Hospitals, distribute 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, distribute between 50 to 75 grants to not for profits (grants are between $5,000 – $50,000)

$1,000,000 – Connectivity and Technology Gaps – In partnership with Here to Here, DreamYard, Per Scholas, Knowledge House and others, provide 1,000 chrome books and hot spots, and establish a community help desk and a tech support hub

$1,000,000 – Equity & Justice – In partnership with legal aid groups (such as Bronx Defenders, Legal Aid Society and others), ensure that 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 to 2,500 Bronxites during the New York stay at home order

“We must provide relief for today so that our fellow Bronxites have hope for tomorrow.”

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