The past few weeks have brought a number of landmarks for 596 Acres – our Los Angeles platform is live, we have an incredible exhibit at the Queens Museum, and we recently opened our 29th community space.
Our work has never been more pressing, or more urgent. But as of today, 596 Acres only has enough funds to last through March 30th. After that, without further support, all of our work could quickly come to a halt.
We’ve always done a lot with our tiny budget, because our efforts are bolstered by the energy and enthusiasm of dedicated people like you. Today, we need your financial support. Please make a donation to 596 Acres today.
Your tax-deductible donation will go directly towards:
- Working with about 100 groups to connect the dots between vacant lots on their block and the processes that unlock its possibilities.
- Preventing the destruction of seventeen active community gardens – including six created through 596 Acres – currently threatened by a Housing Preservation and Development proposal to give real estate developers free land for new housing developments.
- Creating Living Lots NYC, an updated organizing map that will allow users to easily connect lots with pathways to getting access.
- Closing out an incredible 5 weeks Reviewing Renewal at the Queens Museum.
- Demanding that any housing built on vacant public land provided for free to developers be made perpetually affordable by putting the land in community trust.
- Representing the Maple Street Community Garden pro bono in housing court and working with Council Member Matthieu Eugene on a long-term strategy for preserving the garden as a much-needed open space in Prospect-Lefferts.
- Protecting long-time community gardens owned by Block Associations from tax lien foreclosure by helping transition their land into existing garden-focused community land trusts.
- Working with a non-profit community-based bottle and can redemption facility run by the same mostly homeless and mostly undocumented folks who use it to preserve access to their lot.
You can make all of this work possible by making a secure, tax-deductible donation of $10, $50, or $100 today. Our goal is to raise $25,000 by February 8, which will secure our staff through summer. You can donate online or send a check made out to "The Fund for the City of New York" with "596 Acres" in the memo line to:
596 Acres, Inc.
540 President Street #2E
Brooklyn NY 11215
Thank you for all that you do!
Paula Z. Segal