Our network

Community Spirit

Farmland Protection Roundtable Draws Large Crowd to East Aurora

Farmland Protection Roundtable Draws Large Crowd to East Aurora

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, and the Erie County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board cosponsored a Farmland Protection Roundtable on April 8 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office in East Aurora. Nearly 100 people from five counties in Western New York came to investigate the different tools that can be used to protect farmland. 

Fundraiser for WNY VegFest 2015

Fundraiser for WNY VegFest 2015

The WNY VegFest is growing rapidly each year and quickly becoming THE preeminent healthy lifestyle festival throughout the entire region. The community came out to enthusiastically support the inaugural WNY VegFest in 2014 with over 5,000 people attending and enjoying all the varied the plant powered fun!

Buffalo and Western New York have seen an explosion of interest in health, compassion and plant-based eating over the last few years, and together with the help of local veg advocacy groups and sanctuaries the WNY VegFest is helping to spread the life affirming message of a plant based diet.

 

Mount St. Mary's Hospital recognizes 14 long-time physicians

Mount St. Mary's Hospital recognizes 14 long-time physicians
Ten long-time active physicians in the Niagara community will be recognized on Thursday, April 16 at the 3rd Founder’s Reception of Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center for providing more than 35 years of service to the community. In addition, four physicians who are still active and have reached 50 years of service will be cited.

Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Judith Maness said the event is being held to recognize the dedicated efforts of long-time physicians who have served Mount St. Mary's Hospital and are still active in medicine.  Together, the physicians being recognized have more than 350 years of experience.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Mount St. Mary’s Foundation’s “Helipad Campaign” which is raising funds to bring a new helipad on the hospital campus.

Appeal Week 2015 Culminates with $8.54 Million Raised for 91st Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

Appeal Week 2015 Culminates with $8.54 Million Raised for  91st Annual Catholic Charities Appeal

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, provided his second report on the progress of the annual Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appeal Tuesday, March 31, revealing $8,546,086.80  has been raised to date, as Catholic Charities officials marked the close of Appeal Week 2015.
    
Today’s total represents 78.4 percent of the final goal, which is trending slightly behind last year at this time when 82.3 percent of goal was reached. Funds raised for Appeal 2015 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61sites throughout the eight-county region, and the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith, which supports related ministries of the Diocese of Buffalo. The annual campaign runs through June 30 and carries a goal of $10.9 million.
    

Challenge Gift to Help Create the Stella Niagara Preserve Will Match New Donations Dollar for Dollar

Challenge Gift to Help Create the Stella Niagara Preserve Will Match New Donations Dollar for Dollar

 

The Western New York Land Conservancy and the Friends of the Stella Niagara Preserve announced that they received a $200,000 challenge gift from a local couple, Pamela and Joe Priest, to help create the Stella Niagara Preserve, a new nature preserve on the Niagara River in Lewiston. When this $200,000 challenge gift is matched by the Buffalo-Niagara community, the project’s fundraising goal will have been met. The Land Conservancy is now asking residents, businesses and foundations to donate and match this challenge gift by June 1, 2015, in order to complete the project on time and open the preserve to the public later this year. 

Catholic Charities Appeal Week 2015 Opens with $7.43 Million Raised Toward $10.9 Million Goal

Catholic Charities Appeal Week 2015 Opens with $7.43 Million Raised  Toward $10.9 Million Goal

The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, announced Tuesday, March 24, Catholic Charities’ 91st annual Appeal has raised $7,432,587.16 to date, representing 68 percent of the $10.9 million goal. The total includes monies collected and reported by parish volunteers during the opening weekend (March 21-22) of Appeal Week 2015, the period which marks the strongest push for parish donations.

The total reported is more than $500,000 short of where Catholic Charities’ officials and the Appeal leadership team hoped to be after the first Sunday.

Funds raised for Appeal 2015 support Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services offered across 61 sites throughout the eight counties of Western New York, and the Bishop’s Fund for the Faith, which supports related ministries of the Diocese of Buffalo.
    

Buffalo Artvoice Award Winning Poet To Volunteer in Nepal

Buffalo Artvoice Award Winning Poet To Volunteer in Nepal

 

Joel Lesses [2014 Buffalo’s Artvoice, Best Poet] has an opportunity to volunteer in Nepal on a program dedicated to human rights, education, healthcare and agriculture in impoverished rural and urban settings. He most deeply desires to serve these communities and learn from beautiful Nepali people in a once in a life time exchange of mutual benefit and cross cultural understanding.

PLEASE DONATE ANYTHING YOU ARE ABLE HERE--> http://www.gofundme.com/mgtsno

Joel will be volunteering with and for http://www.tevelbtzedek.org an organization that focuses on impoverished communities in Nepal, Haiti and Burundi, to enhance and advance the livelihood, capacity, and well-being of their members.