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. 

 AGENCY NAME

 PROGRAM NAME

 FUNDING

 BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc. 

 Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

 $45,000

 Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network, Inc. 

 Buffalo Fatherhood Initiative

 $26,000

 Buffalo Promise Neighborhood

 Two-Generation Family Centered Support Program

 $27,000

 Child Care Resource Network

 Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential Program

 $27,000

 EPIC - Every Person Influences Children, Inc. 

 Early Care Family Engagement

 $24,000

 EPIC - Every Person Influences Children, Inc. 

 Ready, Set, Read!

 $27,000

 Girl Scouts of Western New York

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

 $24,000

 Jericho Road Community Health Center

 ParentChild+ (*Previously Parent Child Home Program)

 $14,000

 JFS of WNY

 Family Support through Incredible Years

 $29,000

 King Urban Life Center

 ParentChild+

 $80,000

 Reach Out and Read, Inc. 

 Erie County Rx for Success

 $27,000

 Read to Succeed Buffalo

 CARE Child Care

 $48,000

 Seneca-Babcock Community Association, Inc.

 Seneca-Babcock Early Childhood Academy (SBECA)

 $24,000

 Tapestry Charter School

 Reading Recovery

 $26,000

 The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc. 

 Employment Services ABLE Early Childhood

 $24,000

 Universal School

 Muslim Kindergarten-3rd Grade Early Learning and Development

 $24,000

 WNY United

 Too Good for Violence

 $24,000

 Young Audiences of Western New York (Young Audiences)

 Arts Partners for Learning (APL)

 $26,000

 YWCA Western New York

 Early Childhood Success Center

 $37,000

SCHOOL-AGE LEARNING

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

 AGENCY NAME

 PROGRAM NAME

 FUNDING

 African American Cultural Center

 Educational Cultural Enrichment Program

 $21,000

 BestSelf Behavioral Health

 Building Brighter Futures- Early Childhood/School Age

 $47,000

 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie, Niagara & Southern Tier

 Mentoring Program

 $43,000

 Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo

 Bridging the Gap

 $73,000

 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns (BGCNT)

 Youth Academic Development Program (YADP)

 $26,000

 Buffalo City Swim Racers

 The City Swim Project

 $24,000

 Buffalo String Works, Inc.

 Buffalo String Works

 $24,000

 Compeer Buffalo

 School Based Mentoring

 $24,000

 Depew-Lancaster Boys & Girls Club

 Academic Power Hour

 $24,000

 EPIC - Every Person Influences Children, Inc. 

 Just For Me (JFM)

 $24,000

 Family Help Center

 Closing the Gap for MAX Success

 $29,000

 Northwest Buffalo Community Center, Inc. (NWBCC)

 Academic Improvement Program (AIP)

 $7,000

 Peace Of The City 

 WHOLE CHILD COVID COMEBACK

 $32,000

 Polish Community Center of Buffalo Inc. 

 Matt Urban Summer Program

 $12,000

 Read to Succeed Buffalo

 Seneca Street CDC Youth Programs

 $24,000

 Seneca Street Community Development Corporation

 Seneca Street CDC Youth Programs 

 $24,000

 Somali Bantu Community Organization of WNY

 Education & Tutoring

 $24,000

 Universal School

 Muslim Grates 4-12 School Age Learning

 $24,000

 University District Community Development Association

 Gloria J. Parks After School Program

 $26,000

 Valley Community Association Inc. 

 Striving for Excellence

 $28,000

 West Side Community Services  WSCS Youth Program  $24,000

 

EMPLOYMENT AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

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

 AGENCY NAME

 PROGRAM NAME

 FUNDING

 Belmont Housing Resources of WNY, Inc.

 Family Self-Sufficiency Program

 $28,000

 BestSelf Behavioral Health

 Building Brighter Futures- Early Childhood/School Age

 $12,000

 Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology

 Adult Workforce Development Program (AWP)

 $22,000

 Buffalo Urban League  Employment Transition Services  $48,000

 Center for Employment Opportunities, Inc. 

 CEO Buffalo: Comprehensive Employment Support 

 $30,000

 GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF WESTERN NY

 Goodskills Career Builder Long Term Employment Support

 $55,000

 Literacy Buffalo Niagara 

 Work Readiness Program

 $22,000

 Mission: Ignite Powered by Computers for Children, Inc. 

 Tech 360

 $25,000

 The Foundry, Net Positive Inc. 

 The Workforce Development Program at The Foundry Buffalo

 $28,000

 The Service Collaborative of WNY, Inc.

 TSC Youth/Workforce Development

 $26,000

 Trocaire College

 Workforce Development Plus Program

 $19,000

 International Institute of Buffalo

 New American Workforce Integration

 $21,000

 The Salvation Army

 Employment Services

 $22,000

Financial Capability and asset building

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

 AGENCY NAME

 PROGRAM NAME

 FUNDING  

 Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Inc.

 Housing Counseling and Building Financial Capabilities

 $57,000

 Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Inc.

 Matched Savings Program/Individual Dev. Program (IDA)

 $29,000

 Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Inc.

 Siemer Family Stability Program

 $28,000

 Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers

 Hope Center & Financial Management

 $120,000

 Compass House

 Emergency Shelter and Resource Center

 $73,000

 Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Buffalo (CCCS)

 CCCS Creditor Repayment Plan (CRP) Program

 $22,000

 Jericho Road Community Health Center

 Financial Education Program (Financially Fit)

 $14,000

 Jericho Road Community Health Center

 Hope Refugee Drop-In Center (HRDC)

 $14,000

 Rural Outreach Center

 U ROC

 $19,000

 The Salvation Army

 Emergency Services

 $67,000

 Valley Community Association Inc. 

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

 $28,000

 Veterans One-stop Center

 Case Management Program

 $22,000

 Western New York Law Center, Inc.

 CLARO (Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office)

 $22,000

 Westminster Economic Development Initiative, Inc.

Economic Development Programs

 $22,000

 Buffalo Urban League

 Housing and Community Development

 $36,000

 

Healthy Birth Outcomes

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

 AGENCY NAME

 PROGRAM NAME

 FUNDING

 Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, Inc.

 Go Buffalo Mom: Belmont Support Services

 $33,000

 Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network, Inc. 

 Community Health Worker Program

 $48,000

 Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network, Inc.

 Go Buffalo Mom

 $48,000

 Jericho Road Community Health Center

 Priscilla Project of Buffalo (PPB)

 $22,000

 

Childhood Obesity

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

 AGENCY NAME

 PROGRAM NAME

 FUNDING

 Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns (BGCNT)

 Youth Fitness/Nutrition Program (YFNP)

 $29,000

 Buffalo Go Green Inc.

 Healthy Eating & Physical Fitness Program

 $29,000

 Child Care Resource Network

 CACFP

 $28,000

 Cradle Beach, Inc.  Healthy You, Healthy Weight  $28,000

 Family Help Center

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

 $28,000

 Girls on the Run of Buffalo Inc.

 GOTR Scholarship Fund

 $28,000

 Grassroots Gardens of Western New York

 Community & School Garden Program

 $29,000

 Independent Health Foundation

 Soccer for Success

 $27,000

 Massachusetts Avenue Project, Inc. 

 Growing Green

 $20,000

 Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Inc.

 PAL Healthy Youth Initiative Program

 $24,000

 Seneca-Babcock Community Association, Inc.

 Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA)

 $28,000

Trauma-Informed Care

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

 AGENCY NAME

 PROGRAM NAME

 FUNDING

 EPIC - Every Person Influences Children, Inc.

 Families in Transition (FIT)

 $26,000

 Family Help Center

 Core Connections Program

 $69,000

 BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc. 

 Child Advocacy Center at BestSelf

 $51,000

 BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc. 

 Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents (DBT-A)

 $45,000

 Child & Family Services

 Family Mental Health

 $59,000

 Child & Family Services of Erie County

 Preventive Services

 $27,000

Child & Family Services of Erie County

 Haven House

 $43,000

 Family Justice Center of Erie County, Inc.

 Family Justice Center

 $120,000

 International Institute of Buffalo 

 Domestic Violence Program

 $41,000

 Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.

 NLS Domestic Violence Advocacy at the FJC

 $50,000

 Rahama, Inc.

 Muslim and Immigrant Domestic Violence Services

 $28,000

 

SPECIAL PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES

 AGENCY NAME  PROGRAM NAME  FUNDING
 211 WNY  211 WNY  $90,000
 WNY Holiday Partnership                                                              WNY Holiday Partnership                                                           $10,000