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Our Impact

As a nonprofit organization, Breaking Ground relies on the financial support of companies, foundations and individuals to realize our mission. With your generous donation, Breaking Ground can consistently meet the following annual benchmarks:

We ensure that 98%* of individuals remain housed 12 months later

*Clients entering our special needs supportive housing units

Ways to Give

Thank you for your contribution to Breaking Ground's mission. Together, we can help thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers restore their lives.

Donate Online

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Donate via PayPal

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Amazon.com Purchases

There is no cost to you, 0.5% of eligible purchases are donated (applies to nearly everything on Amazon), and no maximum payout to Breaking Ground. Win-win!

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By Mail

Please make checks payable to Breaking Ground, and mail to:

External Affairs Department
Breaking Ground

505 8th Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10018


Volunteering with Breaking Ground offers a great way to do team building with a purpose. We provide a variety of opportunities throughout the year for groups of corporate volunteers. When your group volunteers with us, you help to enrich the lives of our residents through events such as serving meals or repainting portions of our buildings. In addition, groups are vital to our largest volunteer event of the year, the HOPE (Homeless Outreach Population Estimate) Count.

Please contact Vanessa Miller to inquire about group opportunities, or with any other questions regarding volunteering: 212.389.9391 or [email protected].

Junior Board

Ypc Gala 2016

The Junior Board is a group of young and committed leaders who volunteer their time and effort on behalf of vulnerable new Yorkers, as well as making monetary contributions and raising significant funding, in support of Breaking Ground's programs. The committee’s mission is to:

  1. Raise awareness for Breaking Ground’s innovative and industry leading affordable housing solutions through educational programming.
  2. Fundraise to support street outreach, supportive housing programs, and any other Breaking Ground programs.
  3. Build a network of like-minded individuals who believe that “everyone deserves a home” and are passionate about creating a more livable city.

Member Benefits

Improve NYC: Volunteer at tenant buildings and organizational events.

Network: Meet, socialize, and work with motivated peers.

Educate: Learn and teach others about supportive housing and homelessness in NYC. Members have a firsthand opportunity to meet Breaking Ground tenants.

Give back: Raise funds to provide a variety of homelessness solutions to those in need and to prevent new instances of homelessness.


Erika Hinman


Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Inc.

A native of the New York region, Erika returned to New York City in May 2013 after graduating from Colby College (located in the woods of rural Maine) with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a strong passion for skiing. She joined Breaking Ground’s Junior Board in May 2014 as a means to give back to the NYC community and meet other like-minded young professionals. Erika graduated from NYU Stern in May 2017, with an MBA in Finance and Real Estate, and currently works as an Associate within Kroll Bond Rating Agency’s Commercial Mortgaged Backed Securities group. Besides working, volunteering, and organizing events for her friends, she also enjoys hiking, traveling, and brunching.

Erika leads the Junior Board, serving as its President. 

Maile Dyer

Director, Consumer Research

Everyday Health, Inc.

Maile Dyer is the Director of Consumer Research at Everyday Health. She joined Breaking Ground’s Junior Board in July 2016. Homelessness is a particularly sensitive topic for her as she grew up in Hawai‘i, a state with one of the highest homelessness rates in the country. Maile graduated cum laude from New York University with a B.A. in Economics and Psychology. In her spare time, she enjoys leading community volunteer projects, listening to podcasts, attending concerts, and visiting museums.

Maile serves as Communications Chair of the Junior Board.

Lucas Durst

Financial Associate

The Durst Organization

Lucas joined the Junior Board in 2018 and is currently a Member At-Large.

Beth Kaskel

Executive Assistant


Beth works as an Executive Assistant at Zocdoc, a healthcare tech company. She has been volunteering as part of Breaking Ground’s Junior Board since January 2016. Beth currently serves as the group’s Fundraising and Events Chair. Working in various branches of health divisions and companies throughout her career, Beth discovered her passion for supporting underserved individuals. Breaking Ground has been able to provide her with a place to volunteer time and help build a better future for those suffering from homelessness in New York City. 

Beth serves as Fundraising and Events Chair of the Junior Board.

Christian Mutone


Sidley Austin LLP

After graduating from Boston College Law School, Christian returned to New York City to pursue his legal career. As a real estate associate at Sidley Austin LLP, Christian’s practice includes representing lenders in connection with affordable housing transactions. In January 2018, Christian joined the Breaking Ground Junior Board, and coordinated a team of Sidley attorneys to participate in the annual HOPE Count event. A trilingual, first-generation American, Christian enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Christian is a Member At-Large of the Junior Board.

Leo Nemirovsky

Director of Financial Planning and Analysis

Penn Power Group

Leo joined the Junior Board in 2018 and is currently a Member At-Large.

Carlos Olivieri

Product Manager

Big Human

Carlos, a graduate of Auburn University, joined the Junior Board in 2015 to support his neighbors in need. Having lived most of his life in large metropolitan areas, homelessness has always been a major concern of his. When he’s not lending his time to Breaking Ground, you can find him building software, working on crosswords puzzles, or traveling abroad.

Carlos serves as Outreach Co-Chair for the Junior Board.

Danielle Yatco

Consultant, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services


Danielle Schwarz is a legal consultant in EY's Fraud and Investigations practice. She has been an active member of the Junior Board for three years, serving as a Gala co-chair and member at large. Danielle is proud to be a member of Breaking Ground's Junior Board because it is a great organization that makes a real impact on the community.

Danielle is currently a Member At-Large of the Junior Board.