The New Buffalo Institute created a list of ways to support our larger community while recognizing the need for social distancing.
Calls for Volunteers: Please consider how you might be able to assist in this time of challenge. We respect your individual decision-making and assessment of personal risk in engaging with in-person volunteer opportunities to support organizations that remain open and serving local residents and families.
Donations: Consider donating to one of the emergency funds below to support our neighbors. If you have additional ideas for how to offer support, please send suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org for distribution.
Additional suggestions on how you can assist in the community during this challenging time:
|Check on your neighbors, especially those who are older.||If you do not have a phone number, consider leaving a note with your contact information in the mailbox or on the door, or talking through the door to see if they need support in accessing services or food
|http://www.volunteerwny.org/ Organized by the United Way and the Service Collaborative of WNY
|Feeding Health Care Workers||WNY Feeds the Frontline provides meals to healthcare workers through local restaurants. To make a donation https://wnyfeedsthefrontline.org/|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters||Recruiting volunteer mentors now to begin screening and vetting process for service beginning in the summer.|
|Buffalo Mutual Aid Network||Follow the needs and responses thread on Buffalo Mutual Aid Network, sign up to provide whatever you can. https://www.facebook.com/groups/740052889874229/
|Buffalo Solidarity Relief Fund||Provides direct peer-to-peer cash http;//bit.ly/Buffalo Solidarity Support|
|BMAN’s GoFundMe||Funding for the Mutual Support Network program
|WNY Covid-19 Community Response Fund||https://app.mobilecause.com/form/L0uCXA?vid=6j743 Join 22 local foundations in assisting those who are working tirelessly to meet the needs of people affected by COVID-19.|
|FeedMore WNY||Visit FeedMore WNY for a list of active food pantries
|NY Immigration Freedom||https://nyimmigrantfreedom.org/let-my-people-go/ this fundraiser goes toward bailing people out of immigration detention.|
|Family Promise WNY||List of donations requested|
Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute