Genesee Orleans Ministry of Concern

Press release:

The Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund coordinated by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, the John R. Oishei Foundation and United Way of Buffalo & Erie County announced that it has granted 4.5 million to 74 organizations in less than two weeks after the Fund was announced.

Grants have been awarded to organizations serving all eight Western New York counties that are meeting the immediate needs of our community in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis in the areas of food, housing, care health, child care, mental health, transportation and other emergencies. services.

Grants were awarded to nonprofit organizations throughout WNY, including urban and rural areas, organizations of all sizes, and those serving a range of populations with consideration for areas already in economic difficulty.

The WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund is a collaborative effort among philanthropic organizations across the region to help essential organizations on the front lines of this community crisis with grants designed to complement public sector funds.

Everyone is invited to join the effort and donate to the Fund through the website –

The following nonprofits have received a grant from the WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund:

• Allegany County Community Opportunities and Rural Development

• Arc of Genesee Orleans (Meals on Wheels)

• BestSelf Behavioral Health

• Collaboration Boys and Girls Clubs

• Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network

• Buffalo Urban League

• Western New York CAD

• Start of the project in Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties

• Cattaraugus Community Action

• Cattaraugus County Dept. of Aging (Meals on Wheels Fund)

• Cazenovia recovery systems


• Erie County Child and Family Services

• Niagara Frontier Child Care Coalition

• Christ Church Community Kitchen

• City Mission Society, Inc.

• Orléans & Genesee Community Action

• Buffalo Community Health Center

• Niagara Frontier Community Missions

• CoNECT (Buffalo Community Health Worker Network)

• Crisis Services

• Cuban Cultural Center

• Directions in independent living

• Empower (United Cerebral Palsy Assoc. of Niagara County)

• Erie Regional Housing Development. (Belle Center)

• Evergreen Health

• Each fund covered

• Family Support Center

• Feed the buffaloes

• FeedMore WNY

• Friends of the Night People

• Genesee Orleans Ministry of Concern Inc.

• South Buffalo Harvest House

• Niagara County Health Association (HANCI)

• Healthy Community Alliance

• Heart, Love and Soul

• Of Hearts and Hands: Faith in Action Inc.

• Horizon Health Services

• Jericho Road Community Health Center

• Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County

• Journey’s End Refugee Services

• Kendall Community Food Cupboard Corp.

• WNY Learning Disabilities Association

• Life Impact (Resurrection Life Pantry)

• Lieutenant Colonel Matt Urban HSC of WNY

• Development of the metropolitan community. Corp.

• Mid-Erie Mental Health Services (Endeavor Health Services)

• Native American Community Services

• Neighborhood health center

Community Action Program of Niagara Inc.

• Northpointe Council

• NYS Youth Success Network

• Olmsted Center for Sight

• Open Buffalo (Seeding Resilience Initiative)

• Parkside Evangelical Lutheran Church

• PUSH Buffalo

• Catering company

• Associ. of the safety net. affiliated primary care providers

• Save the Michaels of the world

• Say yes Buffalo

• Spectrum of health and social services

• Independent Living in Western New York

To date, the WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund has received approximately $5.5 million from local foundations, private sector companies and individuals. Additional funds raised will be distributed based on evolving pandemic-related needs. To see the complete list of contributors to the Fund, please visit

On Monday, April 6, Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane announced he was donating $20,000 to relief efforts and also giving fans the opportunity to interact with him as he prepares for the 2020 NFL Draft to raise awareness of the Fund.

The initiative, which runs until Friday, April 17, will reward seven randomly selected participants with one of seven unique Bills-themed experiences or prizes.

For anyone needing assistance with information related to services available in our community, please call 2-1-1. It is a referral hotline that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and serves all eight counties in Western New York.

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