What they do: BronxWorks is a multi-service organization and settlement house that was founded in 1972. Each year BronxWorks assists over 40,000 Bronx residents across 35 locations.
How they do it: Our decades of experience providing social services in the Bronx has given the organization an informed, nuanced understanding of the communities in which we work, and has allowed us to develop sustained partnerships with key city and community organizations. This extensive experience has also deeply impressed upon us the importance of approaching issues of social and economic hardship holistically, taking into account the interconnected, systemic challenges our clients face and working towards developing effective community-level solutions.
Mission: BronxWorks helps individuals and families improve their economic and social well-being. From toddlers to seniors, we feed, shelter, teach, and support our neighbors to build a stronger community.
Latest (Food-related) projects/campaigns:
Major Funding: Combination of federal, state, city, and private grants. Notable funders include the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, New York State Department of Health, United Way of New York City, the Food Bank for New York City, Aging in New York Fund, New York Community Trust, Levitt Foundation, and the Robin Hood Foundation.
Annual budget: $60 million
Interesting fact about how they are working to positively affect the food system:
In addition to providing close to 500,000 meals per year to some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers, including children, seniors, and people with chronic health conditions, BronxWorks is working with our communities to lead the borough in the fight towards a more equitable food system through our community-level work. Our programs empower community members to educate their neighbors and shift their food environment towards healthier options. One example is our intergenerational project in which youth collected recipes and stories from their elders to be compiled into a recipe book which can be downloaded here: http://bronxworks.org/sites/default/files/wysiwyg/docs/lam_cookbook.pdf
Location: Bronx, New York
Core Programs: BronxWorks has core programs that are aligned with our mission. So that we may help individuals and families improve their economic and social wellbeing BronxWorks has an array of programs that feed, shelter, teach, and support our neighbors so that they may enjoy better lives and better realize their potential. BronxWorks programs include: youth services, housing assistance, workforce development, healthcare education and provision, homeless services, immigration services, and assistance in accessing public benefits, among others.
Number of staff: 850
Number of volunteers: 150- 200
Areas served: Bronx
Date started: 1972
Executive Director: Eileen Torres
Kim Wong, Program Director Community Health Programs: [email protected]
BronxWorks Overall: [email protected] or (646) 393-4000
Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter): @bronxworks