Run for Hope on April 27th!

run for hope
Dear Friends,
We are excited about the second annual Run for Hope 5K Run/Walk, a race/walk through Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, in memory of Hope Reichbach and her dedication to physical fitness.
Please sign up for the race here:
Where: Prospect Park, Brooklyn

When: 9:00am on April 27, 2014
Prizes: 1st Place Male and Female Winners will each receive two tickets to a Barclays show!
We would very much appreciate your participation and/or donation! Please visit our event page on Crowdrise, to help raise additional support for this amazing event.We also invite you to join us at a gathering at Hope’s tree in Columbus Park in Downtown Brooklyn the day before the run, on Saturday, April 26th at 3:00 pm.
Can’t wait to see you all there!
The Hope Fund

Thanks for applying!

Our application period is now closed.

Congratulations to all the applicants who submitted their applications for the 2014 Summer Fellowship. Our Selection Committee is hard at work reading all of your applications.

We are very excited to meet our next group of Fellows in the coming months. Good luck to all who applied!

If you missed it this time around, don’t worry, we will keep you posted about the next application period in January 2015.

In the meantime, start getting excited about our annual Run for Hope 5K Run/Walk in April.

See you all there!

A Concert to Honor the Memory of Hope

Please join us for our second annual concert on November 24th at 4 PM at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY. Thanks to the Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music, and the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra all proceeds will be donated to the Hope Reichbach Fund.

Purchase tickets for you and your many friends and family HERE.


Congrats to our Summer 2013 Interns!

On Sunday afternoon, August 4th, we celebrated the completion of the second summer of the Hope Reichbach Fund. The five stellar class of 2013 interns shared memorable moments from their internships around Brooklyn, while Board Members and friends of the Fund looked (and cheered) on. We even had two HRF alumni in the house. From surprises and challenges, to lessons learned, and at least one fear of public speaking overcome, these past 10 weeks seemed to be incredibly fruitful experiences for all. We are honored to welcome Natasha, Shirley, Clair, Janelle and Nana into the Circle of Hope and can’t wait to hear about their future accomplishments. Special thanks to Rucola for generously donating space and snacks.

Clair tells us about her internship at Gowanus Canal Conservancy

From left to right: Giselle (HRF member), Clair, Janelle


Janelle, Nana, Daniela (HRF member)


Interns Natasha, Shirley, Clair, Janelle

From left to right: Shirley, Clair, Janelle, Nana

Interns Shirley, Clair, Janelle, Nana

Orientation 2013: Another Summer of Hope Begins!

Meet our interns: From the left: Janelle Anderson, Clair Beltran, Natasha Pena, Shirley Urena, and Nana Amponsah!

Meet our interns: From the left: Janelle Anderson, Clair Beltran, Natasha Pena, Shirley Urena, and Nana Amponsah!

June 2nd was the orientation for this year’s class of Hope Reichbach Fund interns. Our interns (Nana, Janelle, Clair, Natasha, and Shirley) and several friends of Hope gathered for an afternoon of fun and learning at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, together with representatives from four of this year’s internship organizations: STREB, Legal Aid, Gowanus Canal Conservancy, and Brooklyn Community Services. We thank all four representatives for being so generous with their time and for helping us to prepare the interns for a very exciting summer.

Hope Fund Orientation 2013

The participants in the 2013 Hope Fund Orientation. Bottom row, from left: Friends of Hope Katie Roscher, Rebecca Karasik, and Ellen Meyers; Interns Clair Beltran, Natasha Peña and Shirley Ureña; STREB Director of Education and Community Relations Ashley Walters; Friends of Hope Lily Mandlin and Daniela Quiroz. Top row, from left: Brooklyn Community Services XXX; Friends of Hope Clare Richardson and Diane Martins; Intern Janelle Anderson; Friend of Hope Sanda Balaban; Intern Nana Amponsah; Gowanus Canal Conservancy board member Ben Jones; Legal Aid attorney Peter Mitchell; Friend of Hope Dylan Suher.

We started off with a lunch, at which the internship organization representatives got to meet with the interns in a casual setting, talk to them about their plans for the summer, and discuss the work that their organization does with all of the orientation participants.


Lunch with the internship organizations

After lunch, Ellen Meyers, Hope’s mother and a long-time activist and organizer, led a social justice workshop, in which we learned a little bit about history and practiced devising creative solutions to pressing social problems. Lily Mandlin, our program and outreach chair, led the group through a “Work on Purpose” workshop, which prompted us to think about what is most important to us, what skills and capacities we have, and how we can best work towards what we want through the strengths we have. To close out the afternoon, our special guest Didier Sylvain led a leadership workshop and discussion program.

What Matters

What matters.

As an icebreaker, everyone at orientation thought of one word that represents what matters the most to them. For Clair, inclusion is what matters.

Happy Birthday Becky!

Happy birthday, Becky! Pictured, from left to right: Friends of Hope Lily Mandlin, Sanda Balaban, and Giselle Marie Leon; Interns Janelle Anderson and Clair Beltran.

We also wished Hope Reichbach Fund chair Becky Karasik a happy birthday!

Above all, we were all impressed by the intelligence and motivation of this year’s five terrific interns. We hope the afternoon prepared them for what we are sure they will accomplish in the coming summer, accomplishments made possible in part through your generous donations.