Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.
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Malaak Compton-Rock and her husband Chris Rock partner together to effect change for at-risk children living in the borough of Brooklyn, NY. Having been raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, Chris attended The Salvation Army Bushwick Community Center after-school program and summer camp as a child. Malaak moved to Brooklyn directly after college and lived in many of the borough's neighborhoods before relocating to New Jersey. Malaak and Chris are dedicated to providing funding, services, securing partners, and soliciting corporate support for the following organizations.
The Salvation Army Bushwick Community Center
One of 39 Salvation Army Community Centers in the greater New York region, The Salvation Army Bushwick Community Center serves as a beacon for individuals of all ages, backgrounds and interests. The center offers a full range of programming in a neighborhood that painfully lacks resources and faces many challenges-including drug trafficking and a rising crime rate. At the center, residents find much needed support, whether that means a hot meal at a soup kitchen, affordable day care and after school supervision for children, companionship for seniors, or toys during the holidays. Last year alone the center served 54,643 meals and snacks to the hungry, provided 10,682 days of care to children, and distributed 5,291 holiday gifts.
After receiving a grant from Target in December, 2007, Malaak Compton-Rock and her husband Chris Rock opened a new library and computer lab on November 12, 2008. The library was also made possible because of the generosity of Dell, which donated 18 desktops to the new space, PRODUCT (RED), and architects Rodney Leon of AARRIS Architects and Darius Somers. Based on the success of this space, Target generously donated an additional $1,000,000 to renovate Salvation Army libraries nationwide. Malaak Compton-Rock will personally oversee the renovation of the library at the Bedford-Stuyvesant Corp. Additionally, she will continue to work on a partnership with Pratt Institute to include students teaching in the library/computer lab, completing a new art center, and is pursuing additional community partners to provide services and staffing to the Bushwick Center.
Click here to read the media alert on the grand opening of the library and computer lab.
Click here to read the press release on Target's donation of $1,000,000 to renovate Salvation Army libraries nationwide.
To learn more about The Salvation Army's work visit www.salvationarmynewyork.org
Safe Horizon's Expert and Compassionate Services in Brooklyn
Since its founding in 1978 as an innovative program for victims of crime in the Brooklyn court system, Safe Horizon has grown into the nation's leading victims' assistance organization, serving over 350,000 people each year who have been touched by violence, helping them to rebuild their lives and move from crisis to confidence. Safe Horizon serves the Brooklyn community and partners with its leaders to respond to violence and abuse through programs such as: Brooklyn Families of Homicide Victims Program, the Counseling Center, Brooklyn Family and Criminal Court Children's Centers, School Programs, Shelters, the Community Office, and the Jane Barker Brooklyn Child Advocacy Center, which along with centers in Staten Island and Queens, support more than 5000 abused children and their families each year.
Malaak Compton-Rock is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for Safe Horizon's services in Brooklyn, in particular the Child Advocacy Center.
To learn more about Safe Horizon's work and to donate to this important cause, please visit www.safehorizon.org.
Please click here to view photos from a Target Corporation/CW Network event benefitting these two organizations.
Target Gives $1 Million
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