Check presentation for the Broad Channel Athletic Club on. Mr. James Mangan, who applied for the grant, accepted the grant on behalf of the club. The ball field that the kids use at the club was devastated by Hurricane Sandy and Mr. Mangan will use the grant money to purchase equipment to better the field for the kids.
Milan Taylor, president Rockaway Youth Task Force and Jasmine Outlaw, member, accepting grant check on behalf of Rockaway Youth Task Force. The Rockaway Youth Task Force and Culinary Kids will be working together to turn 1.5 acres of vacant land into a beautiful urban oasis. Farm Rockaway will provide growing and outdoor meeting space for local schools, community groups and individuals. This urban farm will also serve as a work site for summer youth employees to learn management, sales and interpersonal skills.
Harold Hone, member of the Rockaway Point Yacht Club, (RPYC) accepting the check on behalf of the club. The RPYC is using the grant money to restore the RPYC so that we can continue to serve the surrounding and local communities.
Christine Mullally (left back row) accepts the check on behalf of the Rockaway Artist Alliance. The goal of this Rockaway Artist Alliance Grant is to repair the Studio 6 gallery so that it may reopen by November 2014. This space is used for free art exhibitions, solo shows, children’s programming, writers group events, small musical events, community meetings, nonprofit meeting space and art classes for adults.
Lexy Mayers, Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) accepting the grant on behalf of the Library. This project will target the Borough’s most vulnerable populations, especially those in the South and West of the Borough, an area in very close proximity to the entry point of the Rockaway Lateral Project in Brooklyn and Floyd Bennett Field. BPL’s Outreach Services is crucial to the Library’s delivery of education programs for youth and seniors as well as our economic development programs.
Jeanne DuPont, executive director of Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA), posed for a photo with her group in the Rockaways. The RWA will train 15 local youth, ages 14–19, from low-income families to work as paid interns for one year as they lead local residents in a dune-planting project along the eastern end of the Rockaway Peninsula. The planting will fortify the fragile primary dune and cultivate a secondary dune—combined, these will protect the community from future storm damage.
At Williams, we’re honored to provide sponsorship grants to all of these organizations in support of their great work to help the Rockaway community following the impact from Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
We’re excited to meet with many other organizations that are also doing amazing things to help rebuild this community and we’ll be posting some more updates of our meetings with them in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.