Neighbors Helping Neighbors Create A Resilient NYC

For My People Empowerment Inc

2346 Lorillard Pl, Bronx, NY 10458
EIN: 260334361
Contact: Brenda M Francis

History of Organization

For My People Empowerment was established out of a fear of what was happening in our nation. September 11, 2001 was a wake-up call for a number of New York residents and the country as a hold. New Yorkers live in a complacent city were we never thought that we would have plains plowing into buildings wanting to hurt and kill Americans.

Brenda M. Francis, President and Founder of the organization began her quest to give back to the city that has offered so much. She began her quest as a consultant for a community base organization that was providing financial and relief assistance to over 1000 victims of the September 11th World Trade Center terrorist attack. Not only did Ms. Francis have that need to give back to her community/City her son Bryant Duke at age nine wanted to have a part in this recovery.

It was not until the lights went out across the Northeast section of the United States that we realized that our city, communities were not prepared. Commuter in New York City and elsewhere had to sleep on steps, hitchhike or walk home as trains were rendered powerless and gas pumps stopped working; food spoiled as refrigerators and freezers thawed; jugs of water sold out as supply plants lost their ability to supply consumers; minds were set to wandering about terrorism fears less than two years after 9/11.

Starting with their own home working their way from neighbor to building to block they began to spread the word about being prepared for emergencies. They took a number of courses in order to gain the necessary knowledge to perform the task that they would face. Although Bryant was too young to officially obtain certification he was still committed and travelled everywhere with his mother to every class and training course. It was then that The Empowerment Institute who provided the training for the “All Together Now” Neighbors Helping Neighbors Create A Resilient New York City recognized how serious and committed Bryant was, that he was presented certification by Joseph Bruno, Commissioner of the Office of Emergency Management for his contribution and participation with the “All Together Now” program at age 11.

Continuing their knowledge gathering they took a course entitled “Creating vigilant, prepared and resilient communities for homeland security given by the Western Community Policing Institute which was sponsored by the Office of Emergency Management. Still wanting to learn more Brenda took the training course in order to become a member of “CERT” Community Emergency Response Team after this 10 week course Ms. Francis became the Team Chief of the Bronx 12 CERT Team where she served for 3 years.

February 7, 2008 For My People Empowerment, Inc. was incorporated as a not for profit corporation, and received federal exemption not long after. For My People Empowerment is a volunteer base emergency preparedness program that provides a leadership training program for the New York community to understand how easy and important it is to be ready and prepared for any type of emergency that one might encounter these emergency include blackouts, terrorist incident and natural disasters and thanks to the volunteers who assist us, communities are able to plan and be prepared with the knowledge needed to know what to do, how to be prepared for the possibility of blackouts, terrorist incidents and natural disasters.

We have established information meetings in order to prepared individuals and empower their communities to be prepared. On Bryant’s eighteenth birthday he was appointed as the Executive Director of For My People Empowerment, Inc. We give much thanks to David Gershon of The Empowerment Institute for all the information and knowledge we have gained over the years in order to move forward and start our organization.

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For My People Empowerment, Inc. is a not-for-profit community based volunteer organization committed to assisting New York residents on how to be prepared for any type of emergency. September 11th was a wake-up call for a number of New Yorkers, and when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans it was then that we decided to focus on educating our community on the importance of being prepared and making sure that everyone at the building and block levels were prepared for any emergency.

According to a 2013 national survey conducted by the Ad Council, sixty percent of Americans self-reported that they currently do not have a family emergency plan in case of a natural disaster, or other emergencies.

It is our hope that we will be able to lend a hand in making members of our community safer and better prepared to assist themselves and to provide themselves with the skills that it takes to withstand and survive emergency situations, and to hopefully assist other with their community.

Emergency Preparedness Leader Recruitment program design principles:

Risk Assessment: We witnessed with Hurricane Katrina and Sandy that individuals who were not prepared for emergencies and natural disasters risk injury, dislocation and loss of life. Communities that are not prepared risk social disorder. Our program is designed around these major threats.

Behavior Change: Awareness about disaster preparedness is significantly different from actually taking preparedness action, which is much harder to accomplish and requires behavioral change. The program is designed to achieve individual and building/block level behavior change.

Peer Support: Taking preparedness actions is far more likely to occur within a group setting where neighbors support and encourage each other. This group becomes a critical resource to support one another during a crisis.

These actions will restore the kind of personal and community resiliency to our lives that we never intended to give up. What could be more important in today's world than to live in a building or on a block where the residents are working together to create a strong and resilient social fabric. Living in a disaster resilient building or block represents the new quality of life indicator for New Yorkers. This is not only the ultimate defense against disaster, but a great way to build relationship rich buildings and blocks that can improve our quality of life right now.

This is a vital and much needed program that we offer to the Bronx community and we believe that you care just as much about this community, and about the security of all Americans.

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May 1, 2010
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Contributions are deductible.
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Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
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Unconditional Exemption
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990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year
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No 990-PF return
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$1 to $9,999
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$10,000 to $24,999
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