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Rural Outreach Center Turns to Public for Help Meeting Financial Challenge

Rural Outreach Center Turns to Public for Help Meeting Financial Challenge

 

Would it shock you to know that nearly 20 percent of the rural population of Western New York lives in poverty? 

It not a surprise to Frank Cerny, executive director of the Rural Outreach Center (ROC) and pastor of Pathways Christian Fellowship in South Wales. That’s because Pastor Cerny and the staff and volunteers at the ROC work every day to offer free medical care for the uninsured, home appliances and furniture for those without the means to pay for such “luxury” items, a Weekend Snack Pack program for students who may not receive a nutritious meal at home, and much more. They also supply the basic necessities of life — such as toiletries — to those who often do without.

AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge

AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge

The challenge - Solve Local!

Technology giant AT&T along with University at Buffalo, State University of New York at Fredonia, Z80 Labs, InfoTech Niagara, Launch NY, United Way of Buffalo &Erie County and Hack Upstate today announced the AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge—a two-month “virtual hackathon” in which developers are encouraged to “Solve Local” by building smartphone apps that serve Western New Yorkers. Winners will receive cash prizes totaling $18,000.

The challenge, facilitated by Hack Upstate, was launched at d!g Buffalo (pronounced ‘dig’) on September 10, the newly opened co-work space on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and will run until November 10. Coders, designers and technologists can register for the challenge and get more information at attwny.hackupstate.com

AT&T, Z80 Labs, United Way, d!g Buffalo, and Buffalo Open Data to Host Civic App Symposium

AT&T, Z80 Labs, United Way, d!g Buffalo, and Buffalo Open Data to Host Civic App Symposium

Andrew Nicklin, director, Open NY, to present with other open data experts on Saturday, September 27th, 9am – 2pm at d!g Buffalo

Mobile and web apps are changing the world and local communities, and Western New York is no exception.  To further grow the technology and start up communities in Western New York as well as promote social entrepreneurship, AT&T, Z80 Labs, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, d!g Buffalo, and Buffalo Open Data have teamed up to host a civic app symposium entitled, Opportunities in Open Data. The event will be held on September 27th, 9am – 2pm at d!g Buffalo, 640 Ellicott Street. 

Amherst Proclamation Recognizes Daemen’s ‘Great College’ Designation

Amherst Proclamation Recognizes Daemen’s ‘Great College’ Designation

The Town of Amherst Board honored Daemen College today with a proclamation in recognition of the institution recently being named to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2014 Honor Roll as a “Great College to Work For,” a designation that places the Amherst college as one of the top 10 small four-year institutions to work for in the country.

Deputy Supervisor Guy Marlette officially presented the proclamation to Daemen President Gary A. Olson at the Aug. 4 town board meeting.

“Daemen prides itself on being a devoted member of the Amherst community, and we are extremely honored that the town has recognized Daemen for earning this national distinction,” said Olson. “The dedicated, collective efforts of our faculty and staff have created an exceptional workplace at Daemen, and I’m immensely proud to serve as president of such an exemplary institution.”

Land Conservancy to Host Volunteer Cleanup Day at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve

Land Conservancy to Host Volunteer Cleanup Day at Kenneglenn Nature Preserve

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy is looking for volunteers from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, to join them in a summer cleanup day at the beautiful Kenneglenn Nature Preserve near East Aurora. Andrea Locke, coordinator for the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (WNY PRISM), will help start the afternoon off with a talk about invasive species in our region and what you can do to help. 

NOCO Express stores raise more than $12,000 for United Way

NOCO Express stores raise more than $12,000 for United Way
Customers and employees from NOCO Express Stores recently donated a total of $12,213 to support the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County and several other United Ways in the region. Throughout the month of May, donations of $1, $3 or $5 were collected at all 35 NOCO Express Stores through a paper t-shirt pin up campaign.

 

“This was the first month-long United Way campaign conducted at our NOCO Express Stores and our customers and associates gave generously,” said Michael Newman, executive vice president. “As a family-owned and locally operated company, we are committed to supporting organizations like the United Way in assisting those in need throughout Western New York.”

 

Rural Outreach Center Volunteers Tackle Numerous Home Repair Projects

Rural Outreach Center Volunteers Tackle Numerous Home Repair Projects

 

Volunteers from the Rural Outreach Center (ROC) and Pathways Christian Fellowship in South Wales recently assisted six individuals with much-needed home repair projects as part of the group’s 2014 mission trip. The church group has faithfully visited local communities for the past seven years, performing projects such as household repairs, painting porches and constructing handicapped ramps for those in need.