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Bank of America Chooses HANDY as a 2022 Neighborhood Builder

HANDY, an award-winning nonprofit organization that provides essential services to foster children in Broward County, has been named as one of the 2022 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders® awardees for its work in the community to remove economic barriers and foster economic opportunity. The $200,000 multi-year grant will help the organization expand its programs and services to address housing, education, employment, and basic needs for families and underserved youth. 

“Nonprofits are the backbone to our Broward County community as they are dedicated to understanding the obstacles many individuals, families and community members are experiencing,” Lori Chevy says, president of Bank of America Fort Lauderdale. “HANDY and TSIC were selected as Neighborhood Builders for their work to develop programs and services that will help alleviate or eliminate these barriers. It’s important that we direct not only capital, but also the necessary resources and training to help position these nonprofits and their leadership team for long-term success as they grow strategically and make a positive impact.” 

Bank of America’s funding will provide more resources for HANDY’s NeighborhoodCollective program, a collaboration between HANDY, HOMES and Community Based Connection Inc., which offers case management, job coaching and placement, educational support and housing retention services. HANDY Vice President of Operations Kathleen Docteur will lead the program and participate in leadership development to further HANDY’s community impact approach and foundational tools for effective impact. 

“HANDY believes in building a sustainable neighborhood by embracing one family at a time, giving them the best that is within us,” Kirk Brown says, CEO of HANDY. “As cultivators of social change for the past 38 years, HANDY is honored that Bank of America has partnered with us to help fulfill our mission.”

In Broward County, 29 nonprofits have been selected as Neighborhood Builders, with the bank investing more than $5 million into these local organizations since 2004. The invitation-only program is highly competitive, and organizations are selected by a committee comprised of community leaders and past Neighborhood Builders honorees.  

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.