Our network

Community Spirit

Daemen Receives Largest Private Gift in College’s History

Daemen Receives Largest Private Gift in College’s History

Daemen College has received an unprecedented $1 million gift from the Paul A. Saffrin Foundation to support the institution’s Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement, making it the largest private gift in the college’s nearly 70-year history.

In honor of this historic gift to the college, the center has officially been renamed the Paul A. Saffrin Center for Sustainability and Civic Engagement.

“Robust civic engagement contributes to many positive social outcomes, so it is my honor and privilege to support Daemen College as it prepares students to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make a difference in society,” said Saffrin.

Explore Buffalo Offering Docent Training for the 2017 Season

Explore Buffalo Offering Docent Training for the 2017 Season

What do Explore Buffalo docents do? Volunteer docents lead all Explore Buffalo’s walking tours, including regularly scheduled and private group tours for the general public, and school tours for thousands of students from elementary to high school. With hundreds of tours given each year, there are many opportunities to participate!

Why become a docent for Explore Buffalo? Being a docent for Explore Buffalo is fun! What could be more thrilling than showing people from around the world Buffalo’s incredible architecture and history?

Being a docent is also a great way to meet new people within Explore Buffalo and among the organization’s many community partners. Explore Buffalo organizes regular social events for docents and volunteers.

ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

ROC Receives Grant to Enhance ‘Especially for Kids’ Program

The Rural Outreach Center (ROC) is pleased to announced that it has been awarded a $3,500 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of WNY, Inc. to enhance the organization’s “Especially for Kids” program. The grant will be used to purchase therapy supplies, backpacks, school supplies and winter coat gift certificates.

Located at 730 Olean Road in East Aurora, the mission of the Rural Outreach Center is to assist, empower and elevate the impoverished rural population in southern Erie County and surrounding areas. In January, the ROC will launch its ROC Resolutions campaign to shine a spotlight on rural poverty in Western New York. Several well-known members of the local business and sports communities — including co-chairs Steve and Sarah Tasker — will assist in promoting areas of concern for those living in poverty, such as nutrition, utilities, transportation and clothing. 

Michael Wooten of WGRZ to Compete in the Suneel’s Light's Dancing With The Stars Themed Charity Gala

Michael Wooten of WGRZ to Compete in the Suneel’s Light's Dancing With The Stars Themed Charity Gala

 

The Suneel’s Light Foundation, a local non-profit dedicated to raising funds for research that will lead to the treatment and a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), while increasing public awareness of the genetic disease, is proud to announce that the fourth annual Suneel’s Celebrity Gala will be held on October 29th, from 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. in the elegant grand ballroom of Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew. The “Dancing with the Stars” inspired event will feature six, well-known, local celebrities from across Western New York showcasing their dancing prowess in a head-to-head competition. Tickets for Suneel’s Celebrity Gala are $175 per person or $325 a couple.

The Queen City High School Game Jam Powered by AT&T to Provide Students a Hands on Experience

The Queen City High School Game Jam Powered by AT&T to Provide Students a Hands on Experience

The Buffalo Game Space, InfoTech WNY, WNY STEM Hub and AT&T have partnered to create The Queen City High School Game Jam Powered by AT&T, the region’s first high school game jam, offering a unique opportunity for local public high school students interested in learning what it takes to make a video game and gain a new technological skill for free.  This applied educational experience is designed to introduce and encourage more students to follow along a technology or STEM career path. The event will challenge teams of high school students from Hutchinson Central Technical High School, City Honors School, Computing Academy of Technology Sciences at Bennett, Leonardo da Vinci High School, Wellsville High School and an all-female team consisting of members of the year-long It’s Your World! Develop It! Powered by AT&T coding program, to develop functional video games that have an overarching theme of social good.

VoIP Supply Provides Computer Upgrades at Dog Ears Bookstore

VoIP Supply Provides Computer Upgrades at Dog Ears Bookstore

Thanks to the generosity of VoIP Supply, LLC, the entire upstairs computer lab at the nonprofit Dog Ears Bookstore & Café, located at 688 Abbott Road in South Buffalo, has been upgraded! 

VoIP Supply began supporting the community bookstore in 2008, during VoIP Supply’s worst fiscal year. Over time, VoIP Supply has provided volunteers to work at the bookstore as well as their computer lab. Earlier this year, when the bookstore was devastated by a break-in, VoIP Supply knew they needed to help. They donated a complete audio/video surveillance package to help monitor the store and café to prevent future break-ins. And recently, VoIP Supply took it one step further by upgrading the computer lab with all new computers and a laptop to help manage the store’s operations.

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café Shows Off New Colors

Dog Ears Bookstore & Café Shows Off New Colors

If you’ve driven down Abbott Road recently, you may have noticed that something looks different. And in this case, that’s a very good thing!

Thanks to the generosity of CEO Bill Paladino, Cathy Paladino and Ellicott Development Company, and Kevin Burke of Sherwin-Williams, Dog Ears was the recent recipient of a much-needed paint job and building repairs.

The Paladinos sent a crew to paint and complete necessary building repairs, while Sherwin-Williams donated half of the paint for the job and provided the remainder of the paint at half price.