The North Brooklyn Coalition of Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a newly formed a 501© tax-exempt nonprofit organization (DBA - North Brooklyn Angels) Our organization is based on the idea that we are a neighborhood filled with people who want to work together to fight hunger, food insecurity, and poverty. We believe direct action by neighbors is an important resource in building an equitable, diverse, neighborhood.
North Brooklyn, like the rest of New York City, is a tale of 2 cities. As North Brooklyn continues to see a blossoming of wealth -- the skyrocketing of real estate values, the influx of nightlife establishments, new bars, trendy restaurants, & hip cafes, the proliferation of movie productions, and the continual use of Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick as a lifestyle prop -- we must recognize that there are still low income residents barely surviving in our community. These are our neighbors, the seniors, students, families, and working class residents who all struggle to call this place home, hanging on despite the continual changes to the area. In response to the gentrification, hunger, homelessness, and poverty that is seen on the streets of our neighborhood, a group of residents have come together to form this direct-action group to directly respond to the needs of our neighbors. What started as a few people cooking meals for a homeless shelter has flourished into a much bigger mission.
As these neighbors brainstormed the many needs out there, an idea to fund a mobile soup kitchen kept popping to the top of the list. That idea became our first project. This 40 ft food service truck equipped with office space has become affectionately known as the Angelmobile. With this project, we hope to create a busload of hope, love, & nutrition, serving people hot, healthy meals at strategic locations around the neighborhood and providing a mobile office space for the many wonderful charitable & human service programs already operating in the neighborhood. Outside of providing a community meal, our main goal is to provide ample opportunity for neighbors to volunteer, meet their neighbors, and actively address the disparities that exist in our region. We will start by serving meals, but we have a long list of creative ideas for ways for us to join and build a sustainable, equitable community. We are pleased to announce that our Angelmobile has finally arrived from the manufacturer in Los Angeles. (See our Facebook page for pictures of the cross country adventure) We are currently in the licensing stage and hope to be serving meals soon. The start-up funding for the Angelmobile project came from a generous donation from the Episcopal Ministries of Long Island. In addition, Norm & Elaine Brodsky are founding partners in the truck with a sustained donation.
Our second project is the formation of the Coalition of Neighbors Helping Neighbors, sometimes dubbed the Angel Coalition. Because this is such an incredibly active community with so many non-profit groups, churches, and amazing projects, we are using our organizing skills to unify this unofficial list of good works into an organized coalition of community groups, houses of worship, and local businesses that are working collectively to address food insecurity. Our coalition started with the hunger programs that exist in church halls and basements across the neighborhood and is expanding to include all the businesses that support community activism. Under the moniker of North Brooklyn Coalition of Neighbors Helping Neighbors, we have formed a communication network, and will be using it to communicate service opportunities easily, respond quickly and efficiently to any emergency issues, like a hurricane, and support all the charitable work occurring in North Brooklyn.
North Brooklyn Angels
42 West St. #218
Brooklyn NY 11222
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