United Way Funded Programs

Early in 2020, we embarked on a strategic planning process with broad community input that included obstacles facing our community at the time. While we never could have predicted how the rest of the year would play out, it was evident even then that the plan would require us to transform - that we must use our subject-matter expertise in community needs to engage the entire community and collaboratively develop solutions that led to systemic change. COVID-19 brought unprecedented challenges to our community but it has also brought an incredible opportunity to reimagine and rebuild Buffalo & Erie County as a stronger, more equitable place where everyone can thrive. 

The highly competitive Request for Proposal process saw an extraordinary number of applicants, thanks to an extensive outreach campaign designed to attract innovative programs within targeted zip codes that serve high-need populations. Programs were measured against their alignment with United Way’s focus areas, target populations served, program design, and financial viability with particular emphasis on program performance and measurement. 


With all of this in mind, the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County clearly defined seven priority areas with specific goals for the programs included in the 2022-2024 funding cycle. We are proud to invest $3.3 million in 94 local programs effective July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023


To jump to a specific focus area, click below. 

Early Learning & Development

School-Age Learning

Employment & Workforce Development

Financial Capability & Asset Building

Healthy Birth Outcomes

Childhood Obesity

Trauma-Informed Care

Early Learning And Development

Our Goal: To help students in Erie County perform at grade level by the time they reach third grade. 



 BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc. 

 Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

 Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network, Inc. 

 Buffalo Fatherhood Initiative

 Buffalo Promise Neighborhood

 Two-Generation Family Centered Support Program

 Child Care Resource Network

 Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential Program

 EPIC - Every Person Influences Children, Inc. 

 Early Care Family Engagement

 EPIC - Every Person Influences Children, Inc. 

 Ready, Set, Read!

 Girl Scouts of Western New York

 K-3 Girl Scouts Out-of-School Time program

 Jericho Road Community Health Center

 ParentChild+ (*Previously Parent Child Home Program)


 Family Support through Incredible Years

 King Urban Life Center


 Reach Out and Read, Inc. 

 Erie County Rx for Success

 Read to Succeed Buffalo

 CARE Child Care

 Seneca-Babcock Community Association, Inc.

 Seneca-Babcock Early Childhood Academy (SBECA)

 Tapestry Charter School

 Reading Recovery

 The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc. 

 Employment Services ABLE Early Childhood

 Universal School

 Muslim Kindergarten-3rd Grade Early Learning and Development

 WNY United

 Too Good for Violence

 Young Audiences of Western New York (Young Audiences)

 Arts Partners for Learning (APL)

 YWCA Western New York

 Early Childhood Success Center


Our Goal: To help ensure that students in Erie County graduate from high school with career and college readiness. 



 African American Cultural Center

 Educational Cultural Enrichment Program

 BestSelf Behavioral Health

 Building Brighter Futures- Early Childhood/School Age

 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie, Niagara & Southern Tier

 Mentoring Program

 Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo

 Bridging the Gap

 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns (BGCNT)

 Youth Academic Development Program (YADP)

 Buffalo City Swim Racers

 The City Swim Project

 Buffalo String Works, Inc.

 Buffalo String Works

 Compeer Buffalo

 School Based Mentoring

 Depew-Lancaster Boys & Girls Club

 Academic Power Hour

 EPIC - Every Person Influences Children, Inc. 

 Just For Me (JFM)

 Family Help Center

 Closing the Gap for MAX Success

 Northwest Buffalo Community Center, Inc. (NWBCC)

 Academic Improvement Program (AIP)

 Peace Of The City 


 Polish Community Center of Buffalo Inc. 

 Matt Urban Summer Program

 Read to Succeed Buffalo

 Seneca Street CDC Youth Programs

 Seneca Street Community Development Corporation

 Seneca Street CDC Youth Programs 

 Somali Bantu Community Organization of WNY

 Education & Tutoring

 Universal School

 Muslim Grates 4-12 School Age Learning

 University District Community Development Association

 Gloria J. Parks After School Program

 Valley Community Association Inc. 

 Striving for Excellence

 West Side Community Services  WSCS Youth Program



Our Goal: To reduce barriers and connect people who are unemployed and underemployed in Erie County with good paying, stable jobs. 



 Belmont Housing Resources of WNY, Inc.

 Family Self-Sufficiency Program

 BestSelf Behavioral Health

 Building Brighter Futures- Highschool

 Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology

 Adult Workforce Development Program (AWP)

 Buffalo Urban League  Employment Transition Services

 Center for Employment Opportunities, Inc. 

 CEO Buffalo: Comprehensive Employment Support 


 Goodskills Career Builder Long Term Employment Support

 Literacy Buffalo Niagara 

 Work Readiness Program

 Mission: Ignite Powered by Computers for Children, Inc. 

 Tech 360

 The Foundry, Net Positive Inc. 

 The Workforce Development Program at The Foundry Buffalo

 The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc.

 TSC Youth/Workforce Development

 Trocaire College

 Workforce Development Plus Program

 International Institute of Buffalo

 New American Workforce Integration

 The Salvation Army

 Employment Services

Financial Capability and asset building

Our Goal: To give families in Erie County the tools needed to build financial assets.



 Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Inc.

 Housing Counseling and Building Financial Capabilities

 Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Inc.

 Matched Savings Program/Individual Dev. Program (IDA)

 Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Inc.

 Siemer Family Stability Program

 Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers

 Hope Center & Financial Management

 Compass House

 Emergency Shelter and Resource Center

 Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Buffalo (CCCS)

 CCCS Creditor Repayment Plan (CRP) Program

 Jericho Road Community Health Center

 Financial Education Program (Financially Fit)

 Jericho Road Community Health Center

 Hope Refugee Drop-In Center (HRDC)

 Rural Outreach Center


 The Salvation Army

 Emergency Services

 Valley Community Association Inc. 

 Valley Community Association's Family Services (Formerly: Family Support Services)

 Veterans One-stop Center

 Case Management Program

 Western New York Law Center, Inc.

 CLARO (Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office)

 Westminster Economic Development Initiative, Inc.

Economic Development Programs

 Buffalo Urban League

 Housing and Community Development


Healthy Birth Outcomes

Our Goal: To reduce the premature birth rate in Erie County and strengthen maternal and infant health.



 Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Inc.

 Go Buffalo Mom: Belmont Support Services

 Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network, Inc. 

 Community Health Worker Program

 Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network, Inc.

 Go Buffalo Mom

 Jericho Road Community Health Center

 Priscilla Project of Buffalo (PPB)


Childhood Obesity

Our Goal: To reduce the childhood obesity rate in Erie County.



 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns (BGCNT)

 Youth Fitness/Nutrition Program (YFNP)

 Buffalo Go Green Inc.

 Healthy Eating & Physical Fitness Program

 Child Care Resource Network


 Cradle Beach, Inc.  Healthy You, Healthy Weight

 Family Help Center

 Eat Well, Exercise Daily and Energize Your Body (E3)

 Girls on the Run of Buffalo Inc.

 GOTR Scholarship Fund

 Grassroots Gardens of Western New York

 Community & School Garden Program

 Independent Health Foundation

 Soccer for Success

 Massachusetts Avenue Project, Inc. 

 Growing Green

 Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Inc.

 PAL Healthy Youth Initiative Program

 Seneca-Babcock Community Association, Inc.

 Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA)

Trauma-Informed Care

Our Goal: To reduce the number of children and families who are experiencing trauma in Erie County. 



 EPIC - Every Person Influences Children, Inc.

 Families in Transition (FIT)

 Family Help Center

 Core Connections Program

 BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc. 

 Child Advocacy Center at BestSelf

 BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc. 

 Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents (DBT-A)

 Child & Family Services

 Family Mental Health

 Child & Family Services of Erie County

 Preventive Services

Child & Family Services of Erie County

 Haven House

 Family Justice Center of Erie County, Inc.

 Family Justice Center

 International Institute of Buffalo 

 Domestic Violence Program

 Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.

 NLS Domestic Violence Advocacy at the FJC

 Rahama, Inc.

 Muslim and Immigrant Domestic Violence Services



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