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Ten years after 9/11, the victims' children and families, and the families of rescue and recovery workers — our American heroes — still require mental health services that remain unfunded.
100 percent of your donation will go directly toward helping families receive mental health support and counseling as they continue to rebuild their lives. Help us help them.
77 MINUTES THAT CHANGED OUR CITY AND OUR WORLD.
Robin Hood is an organization whose mission is to fight poverty in New York City. Our business is saving lives and lifting people up out of poverty. In our 23-year history, we've distributed over $1 billion to help our neighbors in need.
When September 12 dawned, we knew we had to find a way to help not only our neighbors, but all the victims of 9/11. We were aware that one of the core strengths of our organization was the ability to distribute aid money effectively and without bureaucratic delay.
We knew that funds would eventually be provided by governmental and aid agencies to the victims' families, but it would take time. We made a vow that we would see that every single family of every casualty of 9/11 would have a $5,000 check in their mailbox, with no questions asked, before the holidays. READ MORE
We were also keenly aware that the economic reverberations of the tragedy would disproportionally affect low-income and working class New Yorkers. We simultaneously began planning a program to help the poor of New York while organizing an historic fundraising concert that would be held just five weeks after 9/11.
As we planned how we would help, we also needed to determine who we would help. A complete list of the names of all the victims of 9/11 did not exist. We compiled the list, mailed the checks and would eventually distribute $65 million dollars to provide mental health services and economic support to those affected by 9/11.
Like every other American, we felt that 9/11 brought out the best in our country. We were able to take the money provided by the American people and make a deeply felt difference.
We thank you for helping us do that.
THE CONCERT FOR NEW YORK CITY
Robin Hood's The Concert For New York City was held just five weeks after 9/11. It was one of the most successful fundraising concerts in history, raising over $35 million and featuring music legends Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, The Who and more.
In a special six-hour telecast, The Concert For New York City will air in its entirety on VH1 on Sunday, September 11, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.. Or join Robin Hood on Facebook, and watch the concert live online.
Every single family who lost someone on 9/11 received a check for $5,000 just in time for the holidays, without having to fill out an application for assistance. In some cases, the Robin Hood checks were the first funds the families received. Within days, their poignant thank you letters started arriving at Robin Hood. These thank you notes were addressed to Robin Hood 10 years ago, but the gratitude they express is meant for you and all of Robin Hood’s supporters. It’s an honor to share them with you now. Listen to their words.
Read by Chris Rock - Actor, Comedian
Read by Mary-Louise Parker - Actor
Read by Victoria Bjorklund - Robin Hood Relief Fund Chair (Feb 2003-present) and Robin Hood Board Member
Read by Arianna Huffington - The Huffington Post Media Group, President & Editor-in-Chief
Read by Tom Welling - Actor, Producer
Read by Emily Bethel - Robin Hood, Executive Assistant, Development
Read by Dennis Crowley - Foursquare, Co-Founder / CEO
Read by Dirk Ziff - Robin Hood Relief Fund Chair (Sept 2001-Feb 2003) and former Robin Hood Board Member
Read by Steve Buscemi - Actor
Read by Harvey Weinstein - Robin Hood Board Member
Read by Patricia A. Priolet - Robin Hood, Senior Program Officer, Education
Read by David Puth - Robin Hood Relief Fund and Robin Hood Board Member
Read by Suzi Epstein - Robin Hood, Managing Director, Jobs & Economic Security
Read by Eric Weingartner - Robin Hood, Managing Director, Survival
Read by Frank Liu - Robin Hood, Senior Art Director
Read by Margaret Schilling - Robin Hood, Senior Manager, Development
Read by Kenny Wright - Robin Hood, Operations Assistant
Read by Jessica Vacanti - Robin Hood, Associate, Donor Data & Analytics
Read by Dan Sheehan - Robin Hood, Senior Copywriter
Read by Renuka Kher - Tipping Point Community, Chief Operating Officer
Read by Nancy Anthony - Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Executive Director
Read by Kristin Barlup Toombs - Robin Hood, Program Officer, Survival
Read by Kwaku Driskell - Robin Hood, Program Officer, Early Childhood & Youth
Read by Caroline Page - Robin Hood, Associate, Development
HOW ROBIN HOOD RESPONDED
The Robin Hood Relief Fund was established in the days following the attack and remains in operation today. The events of 9/11 affected countless New Yorkers from all walks of life. Meet Marino and Claudette.
Emary Aronson, Managing Director of the Robin Hood Relief Fund, talks about the difficulties encountered in trying to aid the victims’ families and, in particular, to minister to the mental health needs of low-income New Yorkers affected by the tragedy. The Louisiana Governor’s Office would later ask Emary and Chair of the Relief Fund, Victoria Bjorklund, to use their invaluable experience to help organize the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation after Hurricane Katrina.
RELIEF FUND RECIPIENTS
Robin Hood collected over $65 million, which we distributed to organizations providing emergency assistance and support, job training and mental health services for survivors and the families of 9/11 victims. The Attorney General of New York called the Robin Hood Relief Fund the most effective and transparent of all the 9/11 assistance funds.