The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County

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Most parents of young children say they’re experiencing more stress now than before the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new statewide survey. But the worst impacts are being disproportionately borne by low-income families and families of color.

Buffalo's economic resurgence appears to be passing by a large swath of the region's population. According to the United Way's recent Community Report Card, 41 percent of Erie County households are experiencing "financial hardship." Michael Weiner, President and CEO of the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, says better-paying jobs are available in the area, but skills and connections are lacking among the region's workforce.

The working poor: where do we go from here?

Sep 6, 2019

The issue of asset-limited, income-constrained, employed families doesn’t exist in a bubble. It affects the entire community. According to research done by the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, communities with a large population of working poor may experience higher taxes, housing instability and a decline in economic growth.

Courtesy of Raising NY

A new statewide coalition called Raising New York officially launched in August with the aim of increasing the number of children who are prepared to succeed when they start Kindergarten.

United Way of Buffalo and Erie County

For a decade the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County has teamed with Oishei Children’s Hospital to bring essential baby supplies to families in need.

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A new initiative is underway to help reduce poverty in the city of Buffalo. The state is providing $1.4 million to launch THRIVE Buffalo.

Students get a lesson in character development

May 19, 2016
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A Character Education program was launched by the Buffalo Bills and United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. It's called 'Character Playbook'.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says it focuses on character development for middle school students.  

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A program that encourages young, inner city girls to engage in sports received a financial boost on Saturday.

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A program that promotes healthy living for children will be set up at eight Buffalo Public Schools. WBFO's Eileen Buckley said it is the Coordinated Approach to Child Health known as CATCH.

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Child and Adolescent Treatment Services & Lake Shore Behavioral Health, Inc. have teamed-up to offer mental health programs for people of all ages. The partnership will allow the agencies to increase the number of mental health programs locally.