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Brooklyn Unites for SUNY Downstate: Meals + Masks

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It is hard to sit on the sidelines when our friends and family are working tirelessly to serve in our healthcare systems.  Our doctors, nurses, and hospital staff need our support now.  We are near the apex of the COVID-19 pandemic and NYC remains the epicenter of the coronavirus.  SUNY Downstate heroes recently answered Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s directive and became a COVID-19 only facility.  We can help by uniting as a community to support our already overwhelmed and underprotected front line workers with meals, and masks to keep them healthy and safe.  Brooklyn Unites will work with small businesses and local restaurants to deliver meals to the hospital so we can show our immense appreciation for our heroes.

Click here to watch CNN's feature on SUNY Downstate, "Inside the ER: the incredible fight against coronavirus."

Our Story

After hearing from several friends, clients, and colleagues on the front lines that they have been working 12 hour shifts, often without water, and reusing the same masks for over a week, we decided we had to take action.  A few text message exchanges and an informative phone call later, Brooklyn Unites was born over one weekend between concerned Brooklynites as an initiative to bridge the gap between those of us who are tired of feeling helpless and those who have been tirelessly helping COVID-19 patients.

Our Goal

We aim to support the overwhelming needs of the hospitals in Brooklyn.  Immediately, our priority will be SUNY Downstate (University Hospital of Brooklyn), which is now exclusively a designated COVID-19 hospital, and Kings County Hospital both located in Flatbush, Brooklyn, along with SUNY Bay Ridge.  Each shift has over 500 essential employees who sacrificially go to work every day.  Meals cost around $6-$10 per person and we're looking to source meals from local restaurants as much as possible .  We also aim to provide crucial PPEs to protect the healthcare workers as they're working hard to save lives.  

Your Role

Any contribution amount, donations of PPEs, words of gratitude, or sharing the campaign with others can be a big help to our Brooklyn front line heroes as they're working hard to save lives.  Please join our Facebook group to stay updated and share encouraging messages or photos of handmade art for the front line heroes to keep their spirits up. Brooklyn Unites 

If you have questions, access to personal equipment for donation or purchase at a reasonable price, or are a business with food to donate or for purchase, please send a message to [email redacted]

Our Commitment

We will be posting updates on our Facebook (@BrooklynUnites) and Instagram (@BrooklynUnites) accounts including photos and videos of our donations, deliveries, and the front line workers we are supporting. 

Who We Are

Grace Rahmé
is a principal of the Rahmé Team at Compass, licensed attorney, volunteer board member of various nonprofits, volunteer yoga instructor at Body and Brain, and mother of two residing in Brooklyn.

Fouad Rahmé is a principal of the Rahmé Team at Compass with a former background in international finance and connections in Europe, Middle East, and Asia.  Since the coronavirus pandemic, Fouad has been helping to source personal protective equipment for the U.S. and other countries.

Jasmin Thomas is an assistant professor at SUNY Downstate.  She is passionate about supporting Brooklyn’s essential employees and the local community.  Jasmin is proud to be a life-long New Yorker.   

Alithia Alleyne is a Brooklynite, an administrator at Downstate, and a community stakeholder committed to advocating for its needs in service to our community.  She is pro health equity, especially for Brooklyn.

Brittany Nunez is a marketing and social media professional as well as a children's gymnastic instructor.  She is a proud New Yorker who was raised in Brooklyn. 


Dr. Alexander Schwartzman, M.D., MBA, F.A.C.S  - Interim Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Chief of General Surgery, Clinical Assistant Dean at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, and Medical Director at SUNY Bay Ridge. Click here to learn more about Dr. Schwartzman.

Corporate Benefactor

MOVE - MOVE's mission is to dance to good tunes while creating change in our community.  Click here to learn more about MOVE.

How the Funds Will Be Used

100% of the funds (less a small GoFundMe payment processing fee ) will go directly to facilitating the purchase and delivery of meals, snacks, and PPEs for front line healthcare workers.  The funds raised will be transferred into a totally segregated personal bank account belonging to Grace Rahme that has been entirely dedicated to our Meals and Mask's Campaign.  A dedicated and totally segregated credit card in Grace Rahme's name has also been assigned to pay the restaurants and suppliers. 

Follow Us

Facebook: @BrooklynUnites
Instagram: @BrooklynUnites
Twitter: @Brooklyn_Unites
Hashtag: #BrooklynUnites


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Fundraising team: Brooklyn Unites (5)

Grace Rahme
Brooklyn, NY
Alithia Alleyne
Team member
Brittany Nunez
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Fouad Rahme
Team member
Jasmin Thomas
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