Making a Difference
We've Changed Our Name
We are excited to let you know of the change in our organization’s name to “St. Nicks Alliance.” While the name is new, our mission remains the same and the change underscores our drive to be more effective. The new name and logo are the products of an effort that included board and staff who worked collaboratively with an outstanding group of volunteer professionals provided though the Taproot Foundation.
In choosing a new name, we retain connection to our roots and that resonates with the vision provided by our founders; a group of volunteers from the St. Nicholas RC Church. It was our founding chairperson, Monsignor Walter Vetro and a persevering group of community residents and business people who took on the foreboding challenge to arrest the spiraling decline of the mid 1970s.
St. Nicks Alliance, formerly known as the St. Nicholas Neighborhood Preservation Corp., emerged in 1975 at the forefront of a nationwide grassroots movement to preserve and improve threatened urban areas. In Brooklyn NY's Williamsburg, a group of determined residents and local business people united and committed themselves to end general decline in their neighborhood.
Today, St. Nicks is dedicated to keeping North Brooklyn sustainable for low- to moderate-income people. Each year St. Nicks provides essential services and programs to more than 9,000 people. We strategically focus on providing services in five main areas: affordable housing, youth and education.
Due to state and city budget cuts to afterschool program grants, your contribution is more important this year than ever before. In December 2010, our city-funded Beacon and Out-of-School Time (OST) programs lost a combined total of $130,000 – and another $60,000 cut is expected this coming July 2011.
Your support will help us sustain quality programming for 650 young people of modest means in North Brooklyn (reduced from 800 youth just two summers ago). Almost all campers also attend our afterschool programs during the year, thus sustaining their academic and social development during the summer. Please don’t let our young people bear the brunt of the economic crisis!
This year’s Walk for Camp will take place on Thursday, May 26 (rain date: Friday, May 27). In addition to raising much needed resources for the St. Nicks and School Settlement summer camps, the walk also puts an important focus on physical fitness.
For more information about 2011 Walk for Camp and donating via check, click here
A big Thank You to our sponsors, residents, staff and local leaders that helped make the Nov 9th St. Nicks Alliance 35th Anniversary Benefit a tremendous success. With your support, not only did we meet our goal of raising $118,000 but it exceeded it! Every penny raised helps support programs and activities benefiting low and moderate income individuals and families in North Brooklyn. In this difficult economic period with looming City and State budget cuts, your support goes a long way to help provide these services to an often neglected population. If you missed the Benefit, view our “Making a Difference” video found on the left side of our home page for a glimpse of your support at work in North Brooklyn and click here to view images from the Benefit. It’s not too late to help support St. Nicks if you are able and particularly as you plan for the upcoming tax return season.
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