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Rebuilding isn’t a matter of going back to where we were. 

It’s reimagining how we can be better, and building towards that – together.


While United Way of Buffalo & Erie County has always been focused on helping the most vulnerable in Western New York, working to close the divide in health, financial stability, and education, we recognize that the intersection of the COVID-19 pandemic and racial inequality has widened that gap. Our community needs us more than ever to help reimagine and rebuild stronger, more equitable places where everyone can thrive. 

Every day people in our community face personal and social crises. Homelessness. Hunger. Inadequate education. Quality health care that is out of reach.


We – the team at United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, our partners and supporters like you – surround tough problems like these and we fight. We fight to make the lives of every person in our community better by improving their health, education, and financial well-being.

We fight for Veronica. 
For two years, Veronica was unable to find stable housing and her children had to move in with her sister. Through United Way's emergency food and shelter program – a service supported by Join the Fight funds – Veronica was able to move into an apartment and take care of her children.


Why We Fight

The $11.5 million raised by United Way in 2020 is now in our communities. It helped thousands of people stay in their homes, feed their families, keep the lights on, and more.  

But we know that real recovery will take a while, and that our work is not over. Jobs have been lost, educators and parents worry about learning loss, especially for low-income children of color, and United Way and our partner organizations are still fielding record requests for help. 


How We Fight

When we’re UNITED we can solve these social crises. We can bring together organizations with the best resources. We can find new solutions to old problems.  And we can find and mobilize people in our community who are ready to take on our community’s most daunting crises.

Together, we will overcome this social, health, and economic crisis.

We don’t do our work alone. We are in this together, and it’s the strength of our community partners that drives real change. Our strength is in our scale. With the help of nearly 3,500 volunteers and 30,000 donors, we support our most vulnerable communities.

We’ve been responding to local needs and society’s most pressing problems for more than 100 years. COVID-19 is a new challenge for us, but we’re up to it. United Way was built for this.


What We Fight For

We’re rebuilding for better, more equitable, and more resilient communities. We don’t want to get “back to normal.” Normal wasn’t working for millions of people, and old and broken systems won’t fix those challenges.

What does it mean to join the fight? It means you:

Fight for the health of babies and children in our community.

We make it easier for individuals to receive quality health care and access nutritious foods, we’re fighting to help everyone get—and stay—healthy.

Fight for more kids to have a chance to succeed.

From cradle to career, we ensure every child gets a strong start in life, teenagers have the tools to learn and grow, and young adults can thrive in the job market.

Fight for a path to financial well-being for families and individuals.

We support access to services, job training, credit counseling and money management programs that help make financial stability easier.

But change doesn’t happen alone. Help improve the lives of people in our community by supporting United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.



If you would like to make a donation by check, please mail to United Way of Buffalo & Erie County 742 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209
Make check payable: United Way of Buffalo & Erie County c/o Join the Fight Fund

A copy of our latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from United Way of Buffalo & Erie County or from the NYS Attorney General's Charities Bureau (28 Liberty Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10005).