BAY RIDGE CARES is a local not-for-profit organization that looks for ways to help neighbors in need.
The seeds of the organization were planted in late 2012 when members of this Brooklyn community held a fundraiser to help five local families recover from a devastating fire. Following Hurricane Sandy, the Bay Ridge Cares Kitchen drew hundreds of volunteers who prepared and delivered more than 26,000 hot and healthy meals to hard hit areas like Coney Island, Rockaway, Breezy Point, Gerritsen Beach and Staten Island.
These efforts helped strengthen ties within the community, encouraged new friendships and highlighted the best of our “small town in the big city."
With a desire to keep this sense of “small town” alive, a group of us came together in early 2013 to launch Bay Ridge Cares as an official not-for-profit, establishing a Board of Directors and filing for 501c(3) status with the IRS.
Since then, BRC has participated in a number of efforts - big and small, public and private.
In October 2013, our fundraiser for Sweet Sally Sunshine raised $10,000 for the family of a little girl battling leukemia. BRC has provided financial support to several community members struggling with illness and personal crises. Our toy and coat drives made Christmas a bit brighter and winter a bit warmer for many. BRC has also helped with several projects to improve playgrounds and parks in Bay Ridge and nearby communities.
In September 2014 our month long Go Gold Bay Ridge campaign helped raise awareness of pediatic cancer and provided community support for local families involved in the struggle. The effort was embraced enthusiastically by the neighborhood as homes and businesses hung lights, tied ribbons and posted window signs.
All of our efforts are made possible by volunteers and the financial support of numerous individuals and local businesses.