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Heroes For Kids Bike-a-thon

21 Dec

On Friday, July 29, 2011, three lifelong friends will complete the bike ride they started 25 years ago, but never got to finish together. The ride, titled “Heroes for Kids Bike-a-thon 2011,” is a 2,352-mile journey from Seguin, TX to Buffalo, N.Y., that will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs (BGC), including the Geneva, NY chapter, as well as the Seneca Babcock Community Center in Buffalo, NY.

The purpose of this ride is to teach youth about finishing what they start and to increase awareness and funds for organizations such as the BGC and the Seneca Babcock Community Center, that provide critical services and programs to underprivileged youth.

In 1986, four guys started on an 8,141 mile journey to raise money for a Boys Club that shaped their lives.  Along their journey, one of the riders had to leave the trip for family reasons and two were hit by a truck while they were riding along the side of the road in Seguin, TX.  Only one of the original four riders was able to finish the trip. Doctors Dave Cywinski and Dan Alexander, who work together at the Finger Lakes Bone and Joint Center and Tony Glosek who works with them, will bicycle 2,500 miles in 25 days next summer.

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Alexander, Cywinski and Glosek all grew up on the impoverished streets on the south side of Buffalo, N.Y. and attended Babcock Street Boys & Girls Club as children and through their teenage years. From an early age they understood the importance of sacrifice, community and the need to provide a fun, safe environment for children to “go and grow.” Because of the poverty and crime that existed in their neighborhood, they always credit the BGC as the key to staying out of trouble and helping to point them in the right direction.

“Without the Boys & Girls Clubs growing up, we wouldn’t be where we are today and we owe so much to the wonderful people who helped guide us,” said Dr. Cywinski. “Now, it’s our turn to give back and to provide a safe place for children to go and to help lead them in the right direction.”

On the south side of Buffalo today is the Seneca Babcock Community Center, which provides enriching, educational, recreational and social programs to community members of all ages. For more than 33 years, the community center has been in the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances. Additionally, the center is dedicated to ensuring that the community’s disadvantaged youth have greater access to quality programs and services that will enhance their lives.

Get involved:

Follow the Heroes on Twitter as they plan their trip

For more information or for corporate sponsorships, contact Bill Wiesmore at 716.553.5158 or william@heroesforkidsbikeathon.com.

The community can also support Heroes for Kids Bike-a-thon 2011 by visiting http://www.heroesforkidsbikeathon.com.

Buffalo ReUse Needs You!

23 Sep

Folks, there is a rare opportunity for you to help us out this Friday–Sept24th! with processing materials on our current green demolition project.

It’s a very large cinder block warehouse and we need help: denailing, loading the truck and palletizing block, brick and other materials – some repetitive heavy lifting.

Amanda is the project manager and she will be directing folks on-site.  Please wear work clothes, layers–kudos for bright safety orange or yellow, and heavy soled boots/shoes for your own safety (steel toe–if you have them).

It’s important that you be at the ReSource, 298 Northampton, at 9:15am to sign-in, grab a hardhat and other safety gear.

We will carpool to the job site at 10am.  There is a port-o-jon on-site.  It’s a good idea to pack a lunch.

Be ready to sweat!

Volunteers Needed for Project Homeless Connect

9 Jul

Project Homeless Connect of Buffalo

In fall of 2008, the United States Census Bureau released a special report naming Buffalo as the third poorest large city in the United States, with approximately one-third of its adult population living below the poverty line, and 42% of its children living in poverty. Approximately 2,000 people (including people in families) are homeless on any given night, a number that has not changed dramatically in recent years.

On July 17th, the WNY Coalition for the Homeless in partnership with the Homeless Alliance of WNY, Neighborhood Legal Services and the City of Buffalo will be bringing Project Homeless Connect to Buffalo for the first time.

Project Homeless Connect is a national best practice model that was pioneered in San Francisco in 2004 and has since spread to over 200 communities around the world. The event brings all sorts of service providers and resources to one place, on one day, to connect with the community’s homeless and near-homeless population. Homeless individuals will receive onsite services as well as information and referrals.

Buffalo’s Project Homeless Connect will take place at the:

Buffalo Convention Center
July 17th 10am-6pm

For more information visit our website at:

http://projecthomelessconnectbuffalo.org/

We are still in need of about a 100 volunteers to help with the activities of the day. We are asking volunteers to sign up for either a morning shift (that will begin with set up at 8am and will end at 2pm) or an afternoon shift (that will begin at 2pm and end with tear down at 8pm). If you can only commit to parts of either of the shifts, that is also fine.

If you’re interested in volunteering please email Joyelle Tedeschi at wnyhomeless@gmail.com and visit the Volunteer Opportunities section of our website.

The goal of the event is to bring the entire community together to reach out to some of the most marginalized and neglected folks in the area and directly provide them with important services they are not able to afford. While not a solution in itself to the root economic and social causes of poverty and homeless, Project Homeless Connect is a vital step towards building a broad based public-private movement to end homelessness and poverty in Buffalo.

We need your help to make this event a success.

Buffalo ReUse Hosts The Snow Bowl

10 Dec

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This coming Sunday, Buffalo ReUse will host the first annual SNOW BOWL in the field across from their warehouse at 298 Northampton Street.  Since we host the Official BuffaloReUse blog, we’ll be volunteering our beefy blocking and tackling services for Team ReUse.

ReUse has thrown out the challenge to other volunteer groups including PUSH Buffalo, Urban Roots and Habitat For Humanity. We’ll see who shows up to take the challenge. It’s a cool idea to raise awareness for local organizations and have a great time, something ReUse is well known for…

You can either join in on the game or cheer from the sidelines or just come and eat chili.  Whatever you like.

There’s an open invitation for potluck chili! Do you make a veggie, beef, turkey, gator, roadkill or 3-alarm chili? BRING IT!! Or you can bring cheese, fritos, cornbread, spoons, bowls, cocoa…or a first aid kit.