Coronavirus Community Response Grants

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We’re proud to announce the Puffin Advisory Board’s, Coronavirus Community Response Grant Program. Our Advisory Board members have identified programs across the country doing meaningful work to meet the many urgent needs that have emerged during the pandemic. The initiatives we’ve been able to support are engaged in direct, local assistance, including: feeding frontline workers; enabling community members to support their more vulnerable neighbors; providing legal and other support services to incarcerated individuals and their families; providing meals and creating employment opportunities for furloughed service workers; and providing creative outlets for children.

Due to the immediacy of this crisis, we have expedited our grant making process. Puffin wishes to thank our Advisory Board members for their quick identification of these organizations, many of which are grassroots groups putting their Puffin grants directly into needed hands. We look forward to their continued work and to making additional awards in the coming months.

May Recipients


Arizona Jews for Justice: The Mask Project

In Arizona, to enable out-of-work immigrant mothers to make filtered cloth masks for vulnerable populations in the community, focusing primarily on the Navajo Nation, seniors, refugees, and asylees who don’t…

Fool’s Mission

In Belmont, California for their efforts to provide food and rental assistance focused on members of the local Latinx Community, included the undocumented, who are facing economic insecurity. foolsmission.org (image…

The Rotary Club of Teaneck

In Puffin’s hometown, The Rotary Club of Teaneck, for the purchase of gift cards from local restaurants to distribute to front-line staff at Holy Name Medical Center, Care One of…

Vibe Theater Experience

In Brooklyn, to support mental health services for the girls and young women of Vibe and to offer them activities beyond art-making to enhance their emotional and physical well-being. https://vibetheater.org/ (image via…

April Recipients


Alliance of Families

In New York, to provide increased legal and emotional support services for incarcerated individuals and their families during the pandemic. afj-ny.org April, 2020 Grantee

Bed Stuy Strong

In Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, for its grassroots mobilization of volunteers to shop for and provide food security to thousands of neighbors, 85% of whom are elderly, disabled, or immuno-compromised. bedstuystrong.com…

Fool’s Mission

In Belmont, California for their efforts to provide food and rental assistance focused on members of the local Latinx Community, included the undocumented, who are facing economic insecurity. foolsmission.org Puffin…

Holy Name Medical Center

In Puffin’s home-town of Teaneck, New Jersey to support their front-line workers battling the pandemic in the epicenter of cases in NJ. holyname.org/help April, 2020 Grantee

Homeless Solutions

In Morris County, NJ, for its work providing shelter and meals for the homeless and working poor, at a time when need is increasing due to the pandemic. homelesssolutions.org April,…

JACK Arts

In Brooklyn which has turned their art space into a program to provide needed food assistance to residents of local public housing. April, 2020 Grantee

KoKo

In NYC, organizing remote podcast production for kids and providing a safe and creative space while schools are physically closed and social isolation is increasing. kokonyc.org April, 2020 Grantee

The LEE Initiative

In Brooklyn, NY (as well as other cities across the US), program to enable workers at two restaurants to collaboratively provide food for any restaurant worker who has been laid…

Meals for Brooklyn Health Care Heroes

In Brooklyn, NY, for providing hundreds of meals each day to hospital workers across the borough, ordered from a vast array of local restaurants, thus supporting local communities, workers, and…

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