Board Spotlight: Brad Hamburger

How does a kid from Long Island grow up wanting to help revitalize the South Bronx? For our Board President Bradley Hamburger, it all goes back to The Yankees. To The Yankees, and to his father, who didn’t want to pay for parking.  As a long time Yankees fan, Brad’s dad would bring him to...
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Remembering Our Client, April E.

Our commitment to our clients goes beyond the services we provide. For us, it’s personal. No member of the Step Up team embodies that better than Twila Waters. As our Director of Social Services, Twila is somebody our clients trust. This past October, Twila and the rest of Step Up for Better Living joined in...
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Year-in-Review: Back to School Supply Drive

Backpacks. Notebooks. Pencils and pens. A calculator. When kids have the right school supplies, they are more likely to stay in school. But every September, children from low-income families show up for their first day without the basics. When these supplies are out of reach for children going back to school, it creates a burden...
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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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