Taking Better Care of New Yorkers | New York Community Trust
April 8, 2018   |   By The New York Community Trust
Taking Better Care of New Yorkers
Brooklyn student gets his eyes checked.

LONG-TERM VISION: A student in Brooklyn gets his eyes checked through a grant to Helen Keller International, thanks to a bequest from a Trust donor who became blind.

Decades of Gifts to The Trust Improve Health

A fifth-grader suffers chronic headaches because her family can’t afford glasses. A retiree with diabetes is hobbled by depression. A teen misses school because mold in his apartment triggers asthma.

How can a community foundation like The Trust help? We combine funds that donors like you have created over decades to care for the sick or elderly, feed the hungry, and more.

The Trust uses the money to improve New Yorkers’ health in the broadest sense. We want to make health care more accessible, cost-effective, and focused on patients.We do this by providing everything from coordinated care for the chronically ill to ensuring people struggling with mental illness or drug use get the help they need.

The Trust also makes grants to support the elderly, the visually impaired, and children with disabilities. We help them live, work, and be fully involved in their communities.

We take on health from many angles. Here are a few:

    Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy works with government, service providers, and educators to create policies that ease the impact of poverty on children’s health.
    Neighborhood Housing Services of Staten Island helps homeowners eliminate heavy metals such as lead, as well as mold and mildew.
    Planned Parenthood serves thousands of women a year at clinics that we helped open in Queens and Staten Island.
    Green Science Policy Institute helped persuade furniture manufacturers to stop using toxic flameretardant chemicals in mattresses, couch cushions, and other household products.
Volunteers work with a healthy food box program.

HEALTHY FOOD: The Corbin Hill Food Project (pictured), United Community Centers, and Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center are using $355,000 from The Trust to bring fresh, nutritious food to low-income communities, including Washington Heights, East New York in Brooklyn, and Crotona Park in the Bronx.

Learn more about our impact in health.

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