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

COVID-19 has exposed cracks even for families who previously were on solid ground. Now, more than ever, united is the way to wrap our community in support. To stabilize families. To build stronger, more resilient, and more equitable systems so all people can live the life they envision for themselves.

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

We fight because there are still a lot of problems that need to be solved. These are often problems that aren’t talked about. They’re complex problems without easy answers. They’re problems that last weeks, years and even generations. 

We fight because too many families in Erie County face the challenges of inadequate education, underemployment, poor health care, inability to meet basic food and housing needs, and more.

And while we’re doing all we can to mitigate the immediate impact of COVID-19, no one knows the scope of what will be required to rebuild communities over the near and long term.


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 6,400 volunteers and 40,000 thousand 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).