About the Organization
BloomAgainBklyn is a community-based, non-profit organization which repurposes unsold and once-used flowers into new arrangements which are distributed by volunteers to home bound seniors, local nursing home residents, trauma and homeless survivors, and others in need. The organization’s goal is to create an uplifting experience for those who may not regularly have visitors or receive flowers, and also facilitate positive interactions between volunteers and recipients.
BloomAgainBklyn also fulfills an ecological purpose by extending the lifespan of flowers by using them in a more environmentally productive way before the flowers are discarded and composted.
BloomAgainBklyn is a non-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of New York and classified as a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and eligible to receive tax deductible requests.
BloomAgainBklyn is all about creating a community of shared and joyful experiences through the giving of repurposed flowers. We work with community groups, volunteers and caregivers to break the isolation of those in need including homebound seniors, residents of community health care centers and survivors of trauma and homelessness.
BloomAgainBklyn is the brainchild of Carroll Garden’s resident, Caroline Gates Anderson, whose training and experience have been in all things visual from photography (head of photo research for children’s book publishers) to the visual arts (Gates & Tripp Gallery in Boston & Newport) and to flowers.
The idea for BloomAgainBklyn arose as a result of Caroline’s love for arranging flowers and the joy those flowers brought when given to others. After buying flowers almost every day from Trader Joe’s in Brooklyn, and seeing how long they lasted when properly taken care of, she then asked Trader Joe’s if they would donate the flowers that were not sold with the idea of giving them to people who do not ordinarily get flowers. Trader Joe’s agreed and BloomAgainBklyn was born.
She then approached Opalia Flowers, floral designers in Boreum Hill Brooklyn, known for their beautiful flower arrangements for events and weddings. Opalia offers to their bridal and event clients the opportunity to donate their arrangements to
BloomAgainBklyn following their wedding day or event.