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Join United Way as we celebrate our local Black community

Black History Month is a time to celebrate influential leaders and impactful moments of the past. But celebrating Black history is not enough. The work of rebuilding an equitable and more resilient Buffalo & Erie County is not done.

That's why this Black History Month, United Way is spotlighting Black-led and Black-owned organizations whose partnerships continue to advance the education, health, and financial well-being of our community. And we’re inviting you to get involved.  

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Black history month book drive

A quality education begins with reading. When children are able to read to learn, they imagine more richly, develop a stronger vocabulary and engage in critical thinking. For United Way, increasing access to books is one way we help set kids up for future success. 

United Way of Buffalo & Erie County has partnered with Juneteenth and Zawadi Books to host a Black History Month book drive. All donated books will be distributed at the 2022 Juneteenth Festival, June 19-20, at MLK Park.

Here’s how you can help:


Use our specially curated list to purchase books from your favorite retailer. Looking to shop local? All titles are available from Zawadi Books, 1382 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo, NY 14208. Shop in-store Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 12 – 4 p.m. or by phone at 716-903-6740. DOWNLOAD THE LIST.


Books can be dropped off or shipped directly to United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, 742 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209. (Lobby hours 9 a.m. - 3 p.m, M-F) Orders through Zawadi Books can also be delivered directly to UWBEC. 


Or you can make a monetary donation toward the book drive. Funds raised will be used to purchase books directly from Zawadi Books. Thanks to our Corporate Volunteer Program Sponsors, GEICO and Curbell, all monetary donations to the book drive will be matched $1 for $1 up to $2000. 

*our 2022 Black History Month Book Drive has now ended — stay tuned for the results!*


Sponsor: Geico Sponsor: Curbell


Juneteenth OF BUFFALO

"Enhancing the quality of life of our community"

Since 1976, Juneteenth of Buffalo has worked to actively preserve and promote the broad spectrum of African American Heritage through educational and cultural activities that will benefit the community as a whole. Juneteenth of Buffalo is one of the largest and longest running Juneteenth celebrations anywhere in the world. Read about our partnership ...

black-owned business spotlight

Zawadi Books | zawadibooksbflo.com

“What you read matters.”

As one of the longest operated independent black-owned bookstores in the U.S., Zawadi Books offers readers a personalized shopping experience. Learn why United Way has partnered with Zawadi Books for this year's Black History Month Book Drive ...

African Heritage Food Co-Op | myahfc.com

“Anything less than ownership is unacceptable.”

The African Heritage Food Cooperative (AHFC) began in July 2016 when founder Alexander Wright first rallied a group of like-minded community members looking to provide fresh produce to Buffalo's food deserts. But their story goes beyond just healthy food. See how AHFC is building lasting community change ...

What's Pop-In Gourmet Popcorn | whatspoppingourmetpopcorn.com

"We wanted to make something that anyone could afford and would bring people together, and what’s better at that than popcorn."

As one of United Way's first Prosperi-Key partners, What's Pop-In combines flavor, family, and fun with a passion for local community. Find out more about their recipe for success ...