Updated: Feb 24
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Bay Ridge Center building has been closed to all members; however, thanks to the staff, drivers, and interns, our organization continues to assist our members in any obstacle they face. We do our absolute best through these difficult times to ensure safety for all living in Brooklyn, NY.
As a way to promote health protocols, we developed our Bay Ridge Masks project for which we have created a customized face masks for our nonprofit, frontline professionals, volunteers, and drivers. Wearing a mask is important as it lowers the chances of spreading the virus. Since last March, the staff has been working hard every day, risking their health and safety to provide outreach for the community. Our workers get tested regularly!
I had the opportunity to work closely on this project. I reached out to local design companies around New York City to collaborate with our organization. The process was challenging with respect to remote contact and selecting which company best fit our preferences. I discussed the choices with our administration to make the final decision. By the holidays, we were able to receive and distribute these masks to our staff as a way to show our gratitude for their immense dedication and overall hard work.
The members, interns, and community thank you so much for everything you’ve done, and remember the large amount of support that you have around you. There aren’t enough words to express our appreciation.
Bay Ridge Center wants our community to be safe and follow protocols. We want to make the center to be a safe place for the staff. We will continue to keep you updated with any information on the coronavirus and vaccine.
Reena Palero is an intern at the Bay Ridge Center and a first-year graduate student at the Columbia School of Social Work. She wants to focus on Advanced Clinical Practice for Health, Mental Health, and Disabilities.
Note: The masks were made for staff and are not available for our wider community at this time.