For some New Yorkers, parks and green spaces are more precious than gold, and The New York Community Trust and its donors have always been stewards of these public treasures. The Trust is home to four permanent funds that were created to help these beautiful, oxygenating, heat-reducing spaces thrive.
Using these funds, we made a recent $75,000 grant to the Bronx is Blooming, an organization that mobilizes thousands of local student and resident volunteers to beautify their borough.
“We are tapping into the love and care that people want to give to their neighborhoods,” says Jennifer Beaugrand, the president and founder of the group. “We are using their work to inspire other people who have lost that hope. Our goal is to change someone’s ‘why are you bothering?’ to a ‘how can I help?’”
The group trains residents on how to care for the borough’s street trees, parks, and green spaces—work that is badly needed in the Bronx, where it can improve the poor air quality that has led to some of the highest asthma rates in the country.