Dear friends of NAG,
Our amazing tenant organizer, Ryan Kuonen, is nominated for a Brooklyn Do-Gooder Award from the Brooklyn Community Foundation!
From now until October 15, you can vote in honor of all her great work for the North Brooklyn community. Winners in five categories will receive $5000 for their charities of choice! Vote for Ryan here!
As a tenant organizer for NAG, part of the North Brooklyn Anti-Displacement Collaborative, Ryan has worked tirelessly to help our neighborhood’s low-income tenants stay in their homes. She’s also a resident expert on Newtown Creek, and many of you have enjoyed her “Gunk Under Greenpoint” bike tour. On top of that, she is a key volunteer at the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen, where she founded “Craig’s Kitchen” to provide homemade desserts for the homeless and low-income attendees. She also spearheaded a campaign to build a kitchen garden in the backyard to provide the attendees with fresh, healthy, homegrown vegetables. As if that wasn’t enough, she also founded the Southside CSA, volunteers with the Street Memorials project to honor fallen cyclists and pedestrians, tutors low-income children for free on her days off, and is newly-elected Chair of the Brooklyn Community Board 1 Environmental Protection & Sanitation Committee!!
To see Ryan The Girl (as she is known about the neighborhood) in action, please join us for tonight’s NAG Action: Newtown Creek, 7pm at the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center.
Also, because Do Gooder voters get five votes per 24-hour period, and can only vote for the same person once in that same 24 hours, we encourage you to check out some other friends of NAG who are nominated (in different categories, and therefore not competing with Ryan):
Kate Zidar, of the North Brooklyn Compost Project, the Newtown Creek Alliance, and other projects in the neighborhood;
Dave “Paco” Abraham, of the Transportation Alternatives Brooklyn Committee, with whom we have worked on many transportation initiatives;
Kimberly Sevilla, a neighborhood gardener and small business owner;
Natalie Soleil, of the Greenpoint Interfaith Food Team, of which the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen is a member;
Brian McCormick, of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.
Vote early, vote often! Vote everyday until October 15!
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Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (formerly Neighbors Against Garbage) is a civic organization that has been performing grassroots organizing, advocacy and outreach/education to the North Brooklyn waterfront community of Williamsburg/Greenpoint since 1994.