My Personal Fundraising Page
Why I'm walking and asking for your help...
Thanks for taking the time to check out my fundraising page. Every year BCS hosts this event with the hope of raising much needed funds to augment the work we do. Thank you if you've donated in the past -- and thanks to all of you for thinking about our future.
BCS is one of Brooklyn’s oldest and largest providers of social services. We trace our history back to 1866, when our founders came together to help injured veterans and homeless children whose fathers had been killed in the Civil War. In the late 19th century and early 20th century, BCS focused on infant mortality and fought influenza, tuberculosis, and polio epidemics, and organized to improve conditions in tenement housing and to improve the lives of people living with disabilities. We were an early pioneer in the prevention of foster care and in community-based mental health services.
Today, our mission is to empower at-risk children, youth and families, and adults with mental illness or developmental disabilities, to overcome the obstacles they face, as we work together to ensure opportunity for all to learn, grow and contribute to ONE Brooklyn Community. With an annual budget of $30 million, we operate 25 locations and bring to bear the energy of over 500 employees and 900 volunteers. We serve over 13,000 people each year, from every zip code in Brooklyn. Nearly all are living at or near the federal poverty threshold.
Your donation will enable us to better serve Brooklyn Communities. Programs at the federal level are changing rapidly, with an outlook toward reduced spending in human services. We're needing to stretch every dollar to ensure our staff is well prepared to address multiple concerns, and so that the individuals we serve have every chance to achieve their goals. I am talking about high school students who have faced severe trama through homelessness, violence and other factors, whom we help to find careers and/or enter college; homeless women living with mental illness whom we help to stabalize, find housing and live fullfilling lives; and the amazing children whom we help to excel in school so that they can change their trejectory, driven by poverty, and achieve goals they might not otherwise have imagined.
Please donate today to make a difference in the lives of many who need your support. Your donation will have a positive impact in a time when positivity is needed most.