Year-in-Review: Distribution Pop-Ups

For almost 8,000 individuals in the South Bronx this year, Step Up for Better Living was closer than ever. That’s because of a series of pop-up food and resource distribution events we co-sponsored this year at different locations around our community! We’re always looking for new ways to best serve folks in need in the...
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Staff Spotlight: Erinn Mallory Kolp

Erinn Mallory Kolp joined the Step Up Board in March of this year… the same month Covid-19 shut down the South Bronx. The pandemic was devastating. The nursing home right behind Erinn’s apartment saw the most deaths of any in the country. The already-vulnerable South Bronx community plunged into an unprecedented crisis. It was a...
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Year-in-Review: The Step Up Emergency Food Fund

In March of this year, Covid-19 shut down the South Bronx. Almost everyone was feeling the effects of the pandemic that month. But we knew that many in our community, who were already facing harsh food insecurity, were particularly vulnerable.  The increased demand for food was exponential. Forty percent of New York City’s soup kitchens...
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A Year-End Message from Executive Director Louis Rodriguez

2020 is drawing to a close… at last! It’s been a difficult year across the country and around the world. But here in the South Bronx, the challenges for many of our friends and neighbors have been especially harsh. As the epicenter of New York City’s Covid-19 outbreak, our community suffered the highest infection rates...
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Staff Spotlight: Omid Tashayod

Back in March of this year, Omid Tashayod joined the Step Up family as a new member of our Board.  At that time, it may not have seemed like there was much to celebrate. New York City was on the brink of shutting down, and our team knew how vulnerable our South Bronx community was....
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Every Voice Matters. Vote.

Voting. It’s fundamental to our democracy. And it’s vital that Americans from all walks of life have the opportunity to make their voices heard. But if you live here in the South Bronx, it isn’t always as easy as taking a long lunch. With unemployment nearing 25%, the average Bronx resident has a one in...
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Announcing: The Step Up Holiday Food Fund

Every family deserves to be able to come together over a turkey and trimmings on Thanksgiving.  But here in the South Bronx, too many of our friends and neighbors are facing harsh food insecurity.  Almost one third of Bronx residents don’t know where their next meal is coming from. That’s approximately 400,000 individuals — not...
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Step Up for the Bronx

The Bronx is in crisis. According to July labor statistics, unemployment in the Bronx is nearing 25%. This is not only the highest rate in New York City, by far — with 1 in 4 people in the Bronx out of work, unemployment in the Bronx is at its highest since the Great Depression. And...
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Step Up Awards $20K to Support Covid-19 Relief in Bronx CB9!

We’re pleased to announce we’ve awarded $20,000 to support Covid-19 relief efforts in The Bronx! The funds will go towards the distribution of hygiene packets and groceries for those in need. This includes shelter families, veterans, and seniors in our community. Additionally, the grant will support the New York City Housing Authority, and St. Paul’s...
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Staff Spotlight: Andrew Thomas, Jr.

“Believing People Matter.” It’s more than just a slogan. For our Program Director, Andrew Thomas, Jr., it’s the source of his passion for social services. Andrew’s been active in the field for 17 years. He’s certified as a Qualified Mental Health Associate, and his background includes case management, housing, homelessness, mental health, art education, crisis...
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