Puffin Advisory Board Community Response Grants

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On these pages, we’re proud to feature grants that were initiated by the Puffin Advisory Board. The Puffin Foundation works closely with its Advisory Board to help us identify programs across the country doing meaningful work, especially at the community level. With their diverse professional backgrounds, members of the Advisory Board can bring to our attention small but vital organizations that might otherwise be unknown to us.

2020 Recipients

2020 has been, tragically, the year of the Coronavirus pandemic; most of the Advisory Board grants were directed toward community organizations working to meet the many urgent needs that have emerged as a result. The Coronavirus Community Response Grants supported initiatives engaged in direct, local, assistance that included: 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.

Of course, 2020 was also an election year. The Advisory Board facilitated several grants to organizations working to secure voting rights and ensure a fair and free election process in the midst of the pandemic.

In light of the urgent and overwhelming needs experienced by affected populations this year, the Puffin Foundation expedited its grantmaking process. We wish to thank the Advisory Board for their swift identification of these organizations, many of which are grassroots groups putting their Puffin funds directly into the hands (and mouths) of those who need them. As the crisis continues to unfold, we look forward to making additional grants based on input from our Advisory Board.

Alliance of Families

In New York, to provide increased legal and emotional support services for incarcerated individuals and their families during the pandemic….

Bed Stuy Strong

In Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, for its grassroots mobilization of volunteers to shop for and provide food security to thousands of…

Fool’s Mission

In Belmont, California for their efforts to provide food and rental assistance focused on members of the local Latinx Community,…

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…

Homeless Solutions

In Morris County, NJ, for its work providing shelter and meals for the homeless and working poor, at a time…

JACK Arts

In Brooklyn which has turned their art space into a program to provide needed food assistance to residents of local…

KoKo

In NYC, organizing remote podcast production for kids and providing a safe and creative space while schools are physically closed…

The LEE Initiative

In Brooklyn, NY (as well as other cities across the US), program to enable workers at two restaurants to collaboratively…

Student Support Network

In Baltimore County, Maryland for helping provide food and grocery gift cards every Friday to families who are dependent upon…

Fool’s Mission

In Belmont, California for their efforts to provide food and rental assistance focused on members of the local Latinx Community,…

Kelly Street Garden

In the Bronx (NYC), Kelly Street Garden received a grant to shore up their community farm stand, whose normal supply…

Mixteca

In Brooklyn (NYC), Mixteca used their Puffin grant to supplement standard food boxes with culturally appropriate items for Latinx families…

Never Alone Again

This local Teaneck organization supports victims of intimate partner violence as well as parents to be facing additional challenges due…

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