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From the earliest days of the coronavirus pandemic, Anna and Jordan Rathkopf have photographed and recorded audio interviews with more than 150 care workers in their Brooklyn community. Their portraits capture the diversity and commitment of these local heroes, many of whom volunteer their time outside of their normal work lives.

Shahana and Sabia - Sisters who raised over $40,000 to provide food and cash relief to support their Bangladeshi community in Kensington and Windsor Terrace.

Fabiola - Raised over $35,000 for direct relief to aid immigrant communities in Sunset Park with immediate basic needs.

Jason - Volunteers by packaging food in Sunset Park.

Whitney - Helped raise over $300,000 to provide 20,000 free grocery boxes to neighbors throughout Borough Park and all parts of southern Brooklyn.

Josh - Teaches special education and delivers meals door to door in Bensonhurst.

Mathylde - Distributed meals to seniors in Mill Basin and Coney Island.

Tina and Theresa - Provided care packages with food and necessities to families in Bay Ridge and other parts of Brooklyn.

Amber - Distributed free masks and taught the elderly how to wear them on King's Highway in Sheepshead Bay.

Muneca - Delivered food to essential workers at Coney Island medical clinics.

Nowshin - Turned her restaurant into a food distribution center serving low-income residents in Kensington's Little Pakistan.

From May 1-15, LinkNYC displayed 10 portraits from Rathkopf's South Brooklyn Heroes series for a photo exhibition. It was shown on more than 500 digital billboards throughout Brooklyn, as an inspiration for New Yorkers emerging from a harrowing year. The campaign was the inaugural launch of Care:work, a new national initiative to spotlight the importance of caregiving in our homes, institutions, schools and communities.

Meet the Brooklyn heroes who donated time, treasure during COVID-19's darkest days

From May 1 to 15, LinkNYC displayed 10 portraits from Jordan and Anna Rathkopf's "South Brooklyn Heroes" series for a photo exhibition. It was shown on more than 500 digital billboards throughout Brooklyn as an inspiration for New Yorkers emerging from a harrowing year.

The campaign was the inaugural launch of Care:work, a new national initiative to spotlight the importance of caregiving in our homes, institutions, schools and communities.

Learn more about this project and the photography of Jordan and Anna Rathkopf.

Created by Brian Pincus, Chris Simpson, Henry Keyser and Tim Chaffee. Photos provided by Anna and Jordan Rathkopf.

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