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Why Not Make Your Next Trip a Volunteer Vacation?

Why Not Make Your Next Trip a Volunteer Vacation?

Is your idea of a perfect vacation spending time alone on a beach with a good book? Or would you prefer a more active vacation where you are part of a group, constantly challenging yourself, and using your talents and skills to help others? If the latter sounds more appealing, then a volunteer vacation might be right for you.

Why take a volunteer vacation?

Having the chance to give back, meet new people, form friendships, and immerse yourself in a different culture are some of the top reasons to take a volunteer vacation. And no matter why and where you choose to travel, you'll have experiences that are not available to the average tourist.

Hot Events Happening This Weekend!!

Hot Events Happening This Weekend!!

SCAJAQUADA CREEK TALKS II: ART IN THE SERVICE OF EDUCATION & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

SCAJAQUADA CREEK TALKS II: ART IN THE SERVICE OF EDUCATION & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Burchfield-Penny Art Center  1300 Elmwood Avenue  Buffalo, NY 14222 716-878-6011

Panel Discussion

Case study of the Improvements in the Scajaquada Creek Corridor

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 6:30–9 pm

For many years, Scajaquada Creek has been burdened with flooding, channelization, cut and cover tunnelization, combined sewer and sanitary overflows, highway building and drainage, and industrial pollution. It has been pooped on, dumped in, buried and left for dead. It has been a forgotten orphan of Buffalo's waterfront yet it is also now being rediscovered due to the work of artists, scientists, athletes and activists.

Catholic Charities 2014 Appeal Reaches $10.3 Million; Less than $500,000 Remaining to Reach Goal

With only six weeks remaining before the close of the 2014 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, the annual campaign has raised $10,313,211 in cash and pledges, representing 95 percent of its $10.8 million goal. Appeal leaders are asking the community for their help in raising the remaining $486,789 still needed in order to reach the final goal by June 30.

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, said the Appeal team is grateful for all the support Western New Yorkers have shown so far. He also encouraged those who have not yet donated – or are in a position to give a little more – to please do so.

‘Summer in the City’ Music Event to Benefit Matt Urban Human Services Center

‘Summer in the City’ Music Event to Benefit Matt Urban Human Services Center

 

“Summer in the City,” a fundraising event to benefit the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY, will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois St., Buffalo.

Headlining the event will be local band Hotel Bravo. The event will also feature “Buffalo’s first lip sync contest,” according to event organizers.

Catholic Charities Celebrates Senior Corps Week

Catholic Charities Celebrates Senior Corps Week

In celebration of Senior Corps Week, May 19-23, Catholic Charities thanks and recognizes its 87 volunteers in its Foster Grandparent Program. Senior Corps Week, developed by the Corporation for National and Community Service, spotlights the impact of Senior Corps volunteers on their communities.

Catholic Charities Foster Grandparent Program is a program of Service Corps, which is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

In 2013, Catholic Charities’ Foster Grandparents dedicated nearly 96,850 hours in 31 educational settings in Erie County, including 15 Buffalo Public Schools and multiple Head Start sites.

Carol Smith, a Foster Grandparent serving at Buffalo Public School #30, Frank Sedita Elementary School, said that the program has taught her to “continue to do good for others and to keep hope alive.”

Benefit to Aid WNY Resident Awaiting Multiple Organ Transplants

Benefit to Aid WNY Resident Awaiting Multiple Organ Transplants

 

A benefit for West Seneca native and Elma resident Karl Hallmark will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at the Iron Workers’ Hall, 196 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca.

Hallmark was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 9 and has dealt with lifelong complication such as compromised vision, neuropathy and kidney dialysis. He is currently on the Cleveland Clinic’s organ transplant list awaiting a new pancreas and kidneys.

An automotive and motorcycle enthusiast, Hallmark worked for M&T Bank from 1994 to 2011 and KeyBank from 1988 to 1994. He is a 1980 graduate of Bishop Timon High School in South Buffalo.