Currently, these are the charities benefiting from Embrace the Difference® in Western New York.
We are adding new charities every month!
Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention
ALEH is a rehabilitative network of centers caring for the most severely disabled children in Israel. Established in 1982, ALEH believes that every child, regardless of the severity of the physical or cognitive disability, has the right to benefit from the best available care and develop to his or her full potential. Its four facilities located in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Gedera and the Negev, provide 650 children and young adults with all the specialized services they need to live a quality life: residential living, medical care, rehabilitative and therapeutic treatment, special education, vocational training opportunities, plus social and cultural activities.
As Israel’s largest organization for the severely disabled, ALEH’s groundbreaking rehabilitative concepts are changing social perceptions regarding the care for the most vulnerable amongst us. To learn more about ALEH please visit our website – www.ALEH.org
Alzheimer's Association -In honor of Arnold B. Gardner
American Cancer Society - Buffalo Hope Lodge
At the Hope Lodge Buffalo, we understand that treatment for cancer can be both financially and emotionally overwhelming. For many, treatment at Buffalo area medical centers provides the greatest hope, but requires an out of town stay, adding the extra burden of travel, lodging and food expenses. That is why the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge Buffalo offers lodging at no cost for cancer patients being treated in the Buffalo area.
American Cancer Society - Relay For Life
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. The American Cancer Society raises funds through a variety of different avenues, but the largest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is Relay For Life. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event. It is held overnight to raise money for cancer research and local programs, to celebrate the life of survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer, and fight back against cancer. The Relay For Life of New Hanover County will be held on April 25th and April 26th, 2014 at Ashley High School in Wilmington, NC. Last year, Relay For Life of New Hanover County raised over $265,000 and had over 1000 registered participants. CONTACT: Erin Bright • 910-254-4870 • 2262 Wrightsville Ave, Suite 111, Wilmington NC LINK: American Cancer Society
American Cancer Society WNY
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for information and support at 1.800.227.2345 or www.cancer.org.
American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association conducts programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reaching more than 800 communities.
The mission of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To fulfill this mission, the American Diabetes Association funds research, publishes scientific findings, provides information and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health care professionals and the public, and advocates for scientific research and for the rights of people with diabetes.
The Anthony F. Martino Fund
Aspire of Western New York
Autism Society of Central New York
Autism Society of North Carolina
Autism Society Northwestern Pennsylvania
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $500 million dollars to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speakshas established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org
The Buffalo Wellness Center
The Buffalo Wellness Center is dedicated to educate and offer holistic health practices to the communities of Western New York. We believe that holistic health benefits everyone. We inspire, support and guide people to explore healthier lifestyles through our wellness events, workshops, corporate trainings, school seminars and retreats. We provide holistic services through our network of professional holistic practitioners and specialists. The Buffalo Wellness Center believes that holistic services should be available to all and offers Scholarship Programs to those in need of financial assistance. The Buffalo Wellness Center supports integrative medicine and aims to integrate holistic health with traditional medical practices to help bridge the gap between patients and their doctors. Our goals are achieved through our network of dedicated sponsors, staff members, volunteers, board members, and the community.The Buffalo Wellness Center is a dedicated to the education and awareness of our communities about living healthier lives. We are a non-profitpassionate organization, each of us with stories to share about the benefits and healing we have experienced from holistic health practices. And each of us is committed to making those holistic practices available to everyone who is in need.
LINK: Buffalo Wellness Center
Camp Good Days & Special Times
Camp Good Days is a local nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer. Camp Good Days offers year-round support, activities and services in addition to summer camping sessions free of charge to participants, which include: children with cancer, children who have a parent or sibling with cancer, children who have lost a parent or sibling to cancer and adults with cancer. For more information, please visit CampGoodDays.org
The Cantalician Center for Learning
Cantalician Center for Learning, Inc. is an educational, rehabilitative and occupational facility for persons from infancy throughout adulthood who are challenged by a variety of developmental and physical disabilities.
Please contact Jeffrey Bell at, 716-901-8793.
LINK: The Cantalician Center for Learning
C.A.P.S. - Challenged Athletes Participating in Sport
The purpose of Challenged Athletes Participating in Sport or C.A.P.S. is to provide safe, nurturing and supportive athletic activities and opportunities for children and young adults with physical and mental special needs. An easier way to put this is that we give people with disabilities a chance to play sports and to participate in various recreational activities that may be difficult to find elsewhere. C.A.P.S., Inc. has become well known and respected not only for our baseball program but for other sports and activities as well. By using the facilities of the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, we have been able to add soccer, basketball and broom hockey, along with recreational programssuch as our social club and dances. We are now operating year-round rather than only during the summer season. The future holds unlimited possibilities,and C.A.P.S. plans on being a positive and supportive part of the special needs community. We’ve Leveled the Playing Field.
Please visit us at: www.capswny.com
Catholic Charities of Buffalo
Catholic Charities of Buffalo is please to become an “Embrace the Difference” beneficiary. Robyn Zimmer’s mission to spread a message of acceptance and kindness reflects our own mission to provide ‘hope for all seasons’, serving anyone in need of every faith, race or walk of life. Any financial support we receive from the sales of such beautiful jewelry will help us to spread our messages of hope and acceptance.
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The Central New York Chapter of the Autism Society of America
Thank you for your role in enabling the Central New York Autism Society to positively impact our local community. Autism remains a puzzle, as it affects each individual differently. Our organization remains committed to developing and implementing programs to meet these needs and draw out their abilities, as each special person has so much to offer. Everyone who reaches out to help provides one more piece to solving that puzzle. Again, we thank you. www.facebook.com/CNYASA
CHC Learning Center
CHC LEARNING CENTER, a program of The Center For Handicapped Children, Inc., is a non-profit school serving students with multiple disabilities ranging in age from birth to 21 years.
CHC supports the philosophy that every child had the right to be educated in the least restrictive, most normalized environment possible. Individual and small group instruction as well as therapeutic intervention and nursing services are provided. CHC is located in Amherst, NY.
Child & Family Services
One of the nation’s oldest and largest human services agencies, Child & Family Services has been located in Buffalo, NY since 1873. On an annual basis, the agency helps nearly 12,000 individuals in Western New York, regardless of age, race, gender or income. More than 30 programs and services help individuals, children and families overcome social, emotional and physical barriers to reach their full potential as healthy and productive members of the community.
Programs include: Haven House, Erie County’s only licensed domestic violence shelter; Family Mental Health Counseling; Foster Care and Adoption; the Stanley G. Falk School, a NYS-approved Special Day School; and much more.
Please visit www.cfsbny.org to learn more.
The Children’s Growth Foundation
The Children’s Growth Foundation provides psychological counseling for children, adolescents and adults who have a wide range of endocrine conditions and sexual developmental concerns.
The Children’s League
Cody's Wheels of Hope
Cody’s Wheels Of Hope was started as a memorial to Cody Scott Filson who died of cancer 8 days before his 5th birthday. His beloved bicycle was given to another child at the hospital. A need was found for more bicycles for more children. CWOH was started by his grandparents and father. We give bicycles and other wheeled toys to children with life threatening illnesses.
Our ONLY requirements are that the child be 15 years old or younger and have a life threatening illness. During treatments, families are often financially burdened and under stress. We try to provide some happiness at a time when all these children may know is pain.
We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit and rely solely on private donations. Our mission is to brighten the lives of hopeful children. Please visit our website at www.cwoh.org and see the pictures of some of “Cody’s Friends”.
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Comforting Hugs Foundation
COMFORTING HUGS FOUNDATION was created to provide comfort and spiritual support to children (and their famlies) living with cancer, longterm illness or disability. We bring them care bags, hand sewn pillowcase, snacks and supply mom/dad with a Tim Horton coffee card. We are in the process of also trying to help parents pay for parking.
Our impact is immediate – many organizations are focused on saving tomorrow’s children through research. Our focus is on helping children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses today.
Find us on FACEBOOK.
Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc.
Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc. offers individuals with developmental disabilities a wide range of services including service coordination, residential options and a variety of supports in their homes and communities. We
are consistently adding innovative programs that seek to make a positive impact on all areas of a person’s life and address areas where we have identified unmet needs.
180 Oak Street, Buffalo, New York 14203 716-883-8888 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cradle Beach serves the needs of children with disabilities and those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. We provide a healthy environment and organized activities to promote socialization, self-worth, and decision making, in an atmosphere of love and acceptance.
Residential Summer Enrichment Camping Program
The Residential Summer Enrichment Camping Program has long been staple of the programming offered at Cradle Beach. This program is offered every summer to nearly 800 children with disabilities and those who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Children come to our site located in Angola, NY for 7-10 days of experiential learning in an inclusive setting. Our entire program is focused upon the 40 Developmental Assets as recognized by the Search Institute. The Developmental Assets are the building blocks of healthy development that all children need to grow up to be healthy, caring and responsible adults. Research demonstrates the more assets a child has in his or her life, the greater the likelihood that they will avoid high-risk negative behaviors, while at the same time choose more positive attitudes and behaviors. Specifically, asset development programming promotes an increase in academic achievement, a value for tolerance and diversity, good health and delayed gratification. Asset-based programming will also protect youth from harmful behaviors by reducing alcohol use, illicit drug use, sexual activity and violence. For more information on the 40 Developmental Assets, visit: http://www.search-institute.org
The Cradle Beach Respite Program provides a weekend getaway for individuals with a documented developmental disability. Participants stay at Cradle Beach and the program is a relaxed combination of indoor and outdoor activities. Staff members are experienced summer staff and are trained to work with people with special needs. For more information please click here.
Project SOAR (Success, Opportunity, Achievement, Responsibility) provides tutoring, mentoring and academic support throughout the school year by tutoring and mentoring 3rd – 6th grade students directly in the classroom. Cradle Beach staff are inside the classroom on a daily basis at three Buffalo Public Schools – Lovejoy Discovery School – BPS #43, Lorriane Academy and Southside Academy. Additional programming is provided to these students through weekend retreats, a summer camp component and summer enrichment activities.
LINK: Cradle Beach
Cranberry Hospice & Palliative Care
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are painful, medically incurable auto immune diseases that attack the digestive system. Many patients require hospitalization and surgery. Some 1.4 million American adults and children suffer from Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. There are 10,000 patients in Western NY alone—500 of whom are children.
Since its inception, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation has invested approximately $125 million in research. The organization has played a role in every major scientific breakthrough for Crohn’s and colitis, from generating data that has contributed to the development of new therapies to the discovery of the first gene for Crohn’s disease. Locally we offer patient education and support and a camp dedicated to kids and teens with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
CURE Childhood Cancer Association
CURE Childhood Cancer Association was started 35 years ago by a group of parents who lost their children to cancer. Our mission is to provide emotional, financial and educational support from the time of diagnosis, during treatment and after. We are a local organization and serve over 1500 families annually.
Danceability Inc. is a dance and creative movement program for children and adults with special needs. Our family focused approach seeks to improve quality of life for those challenged with special needs, as well as their families and staff. Classes focus on the individuals’ abilities, motivations, love of music and movement. The program promotes physical, social and emotional well being in a comfortable environment that embraces acceptance and tolerance for all, while providing an outlet for fitness and fun.
disAbility Resource Center
The mission of the disAbility Resource Center (dRC) is to empower persons with disabilities to become and maintain their independence in their communities. The disAbilityResource Center provides services to people with disabilities of all ages and all types of disabilities and those who support them. Phone: (910) 815-6618 Website: disAbility Resource Center
The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte
The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte (DSAGC) is a non-profit, family support organization.The goal of the DSAGC and its families is to enable individuals with Down syndrome (Ds) to reach their full potential and become respected members of their community. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all individuals with Ds by providing information and support to individuals, families, professionals and the community through educational and social activities.
Down Syndrome Parents Group of WNY
The Down Syndrome Parents Group of Western New York is a non-profit organization consisting of parents and families of children with Down syndrome.
DSPG seeks to raise awareness of Down syndrome while enhancing the lives of people with Down syndrome. The organization’s informational and social events provide a broad range of opportunities for families to support and encourage each other. We provide this Website as a continually expanding resource for those affected by Down syndrome in the Western New York area. Please check back often for event updates and more. And don’t forget to “Like” us on facebook, and follow us on twitter for all of the latest DSPG news and happenings!
Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Foundation
The Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Foundation provides fundraising support for the Barber National Institute in carrying out its mission of “Making dreams come true” for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. Each year, the Barber National Institute serves more than 3,600 children and adults with a wide range of educational, vocational, residential and behavioral health programs.
In addition to the main campus in Erie, PA, the Barber National Institute serves communities in Northwestern Pennsylvania as well as in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh regions.
Emma’s Footprints was founded to serve families who have experienced a pregnancy or infant loss. Our goal is to provide compassionate guidance, resources and personalized services, including referrals and financial assistance as families begin this difficult journey. As of August 2015, we have served over 60 families by paying for the cost of funeral services, headstones, or counseling.
LINK: Emma’s Footprints
Every situation is different. Every individual has different circumstances, needs, and goals. Our job is work with you to navigate the system, and identify the best services for you.
The staff at Empower will guide you or your loved ones in receiving individualized services so they can receive the best possible care. Our goal is to ensure better health, personal growth, more independence, and community involvement. Together we EMPOWER individuals to lead their best possible lives.
Mission: Empowering the people we serve to live their best lives
Vision: Empower will be recognized as a human service provider, employer, and collaborator of choice
Core Values: Dignity, Accountability, Excellence, Leadership and Collaboration
The Eric Brigandi Foundation
Without a word spoken, Eric inspired a movement that will live through the efforts of the foundation named after him! With a magical smile he melted all our hearts and reminds us each and every day that “There is no foot so small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world”
The foundation’s mission and purpose is to create awareness and outreach for the diverse needs of the rapidly growing population of chronically ill children in need of long term care in facilities that can provide various interventions and medical services that cannot be met within the home environment. The foundation is dedicated to family support efforts, outreach and the funding of projects relating to children in specialized long term care facilities. The Eric Brigandi Foundation is a proud supporter of the Embrace the Difference initiative as its design brings meaning and awareness to all in a very unique and beautiful way.
Rosalie LaRocco, Founder The Eric Brigandi Foundation, Inc. P.O Box 172, Whiting, NJ 08759 Telephone: 732-703-6576
LINK: Eric Brigandi Foundation
Equality Florida consists of two organizations – Equality Florida Institute, Inc., our 501(c)(3) educational charity and Equality Florida Action, Inc., our 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. Together, these organizations form the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Through education, grassroots organizing, coalition building, and lobbying, we are changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
LINK: Equality Florida
Evergreen Health Services
Throughout the last 30 years, EHS has developed a wide range of life-enhancing services to support the ability of its consumers to lead healthy, secure and satisfying lives. as members of the regional community. EHS works with poor, undeserved, and/or stigmatized individuals dealing with multiple chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes and heart disease.Evergreen also provides a variety of services to assist those with mental health challenges and substance use issues, and offers programs created specifically to assist sexual minorities – many of whom are inadequately treated by mainstream providers.
Benedict House provides men and women, living with AIDS, more than just a safe space to live. Residents may come to Benedict House in poor health, their spirits broken and their hopes dwindling. Upon arrival, our residents find that Benedict House offers a home. Benedict House is a place for refuge; a place of renewal; with the acceptance that we all need and deserve.
Our staff of over 210 professionals works to apply an intentionally thoughtful approach for delivering services to over 14,000 clients in Western New York. Our campus of care encompasses five properties in Buffalo and a satellite facility located in Jamestown, NY.
Programs and Services Offered:
•Primary Health Care
•HIV/AIDS Specialty Care
•LGBT Specialty Care
•Mental Health Services
•Nutrition Assistance / Food Pantry
•HIV, STI, & Hepatitis C Screening
-Evergreen Health Services
-Community Access Services
-Pride Center of Western New York
Evergreen Health Services
206 South Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
Familial Dysautonomia Foundation (FD NOW)
Familial Dysautonomia Foundation (FD NOW) supports research that will deliver safe treatments to the FD community. FD NOW is currently funding Dr. Rubin’s and Anderson’s fast-track research at the Laboratory for Familial Dysautonomia Research at Fordham University in New York, USA.
FD is an abbreviation for Familial Dysautonomia, a rare, life-threatening, genetic, neurologic disease present at birth. Familial means the condition is inherited. Dysautonomia (pronounced “dis-aw-tuh-noh-mee-uh”) means a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system controls automatic body functions, such as breathing, digestion and circulation. People with FD have an impaired autonomic nervous system, rendering each breath, swallow and heartbeat undependable and erratic. They are prone to wide swings in blood pressure and to life-threatening autonomic crisis. Those with FD live in unstable, unreliable bodies.
In addition to the detrimental effects of FD on the organs that involuntarily function (e.g., lungs, stomach and heart), FD also impairs a part of the sensory nervous system that controls pain and temperature. Thus, broken bones, burns and frostbite often go undetected.
Family Justice Center of Erie County
The Family Justice Center of Erie County will reduce barriers to justice and services faced by domestic violence victims by providing a safe location where professionals work together to support victims and their needs across a continuum of care. The FJC is a place where services are victim-driven, where children are protected, where violence stops, where families heal and thrive and where hope is realized.
FICE was established in 2014 by a group of parents who share the same desire; for their children with special education needs to be educated in their local Catholic school with family and friends. Inclusion is an approach to education which allows ALL children to learn together in the same school with the necessary services and supports. FICE works toward providing Catholic schools within the Diocese of Buffalo the necesssary funding for professional development and other supports that benefits those children with academic, behavioral and social challenges. An Inclusive Catholic Education benefits all children by teaching compassion, acceptance and the value of every child of God.
Gateway to Learning | Special Education and Training Center
Gateway to Learning Special Education and Training Center is a non-profit day training center for people with intellectual disabilities. GTL opened in 1974 to provide appropriate academic and pre-vocational education to children with special needs. Success led to an expansion in 1979 to include pre-vocational programs for adults, and we currently serve more than 75 individuals through our program. Our mission is as follows:
Gateway to Learning will provide services for individuals with special needs to reach their full potential.
This realization will be achieved by educating and training individuals with special needs for economic productivity, a place in the program and larger community, and for the highest degree of self-sufficiency and self-worth possible.
The philosophy of Gateway to Learning is for the positive characteristics of individuals with special needs to be recognized and met with appropriate individualized goals and programs.
Gateway to Learning’s specialized programs provide individuals with a place to develop and use their skills to enrich their lives and contribute to the surrounding community. More information is available through our website at gtlchicago.com, and we can be reached at 773-784-3200 or email@example.com.
At Gateway-Longview, we never give up on a child. Gateway-Longview is a charitable health and human service agency that has been providing care, counseling, and support to marginalized children and families from across Western and Central New York since 1890.
Our mission was founded by the faithful focused on serving orphaned and abandoned children. Over the years, Gateway-Longview’s programs and services have changed to meet the ever changing needs of children and families in our community. Yet the mission of enriching children’s lives through high-quality best practice based programs remains the same. Currently, we serve over 900 children and families everyday through our Special Education, Foster Care & Adoption, and Residential Care programs.
Thank you in advance for your support.
GiGi's Playhouse - El Paso
GiGi’s Playhouse is an established series of Down syndrome achievement centers. Serving children and adults of all ages, each Playhouse provides educational and therapeutic programs at no cost to families; and in a way that individuals with Down syndrome learn best. All programs aim to maximize self-confidence and empower individuals to achieve their greatest potential.
GiGi's Playhouse - Syracuse
Gilda’s Club Rochester
Gilda’s Club Rochester has been serving the Greater Rochester community since 1959, first as Cancer Action, Inc., and then in 2000 as a Gilda’s Club. Today we support over 17,800 people yearly with over 1,200 FREE programs offered to men, women, teens and children who are affected by cancer. Our programs offer much-needed social and emotional support to those living with cancer along with their families and friends. Named for legendary Saturday Night Live comedienne, Gilda Radner, whose spirit lives on as members both give and receive love and laughter through our unique programs and events.
Girl Friends Fund, INC.
The Girl Friends Fund, Inc. (“The Fund”) brings dreams to life by providing scholarships and mentoring to high-achieving, African-American students who face significant financial obstacles in their path toward a college education.
We recognize the limits of financial aid, hence the goal of our scholarship program is to offset expenses associated with tuition, books, and housing. Awards for $1500 are presented each Spring to a select group of graduating high school seniors, nominated by chapters of The Girl Friends®, Inc, who plan to attend an accredited four-year institution. The $1500 award is renewable for up to four years, provided the student continues to satisfy eligibility requirements.
Gliding Stars, Inc.
The Gliding Stars organization provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to increase their personal potential through development of ice skating skills in a regular program of instruction and practice. Individuals learn important skills that help them to improve their balance, coordination, endurance and strength, culminating in a publicly attended, choreographed on-ice performance in their own local community. The performance serves as a source of motivation, teamwork, increased self-esteem, social development, and the “magic” that results from transcending one’s barriers in order to accomplish one’s dreams.
Grace Guest House, Inc.
Grace Guest House, Inc. will be the place and the people that directly assist and serve families who are in the South Buffalo area due to a medical crisis or medical issue.Grace will be a haven for those families in need of overnight accommodations and respite while their loved ones are in the care of the medical professionals at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo or at other medical facilities in Buffalo’s Southtowns. Grace will operate out of a guest house to be located at 484 Abbott Road in South Buffalo, just one-tenth of a mile from Mercy Hospital.
LINK: Grace Guest House
Headway of Western New York
Since 1985, Headway of Western New York has been there to help. We are a volunteer support, advocacy and resource organization, founded by caring families and individuals who have survived brain injury and other disabilities.
We are a not-for-profit agency that provides support groups, educational materials, in-service seminars, recreational opportunities, resource and referral services as well as linkage for case management and more.
Heritage Centers Foundation
Heritage Centers is a leading not-for-profit agency in Western New York, annually serving over 3,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities
through a network of over a dozen programs; all designed to assist these individuals in becoming independent and productive members of our community. With nearly 60 years of providing excellent services and programming, Heritage Centers has become an integral part of the local human service network, providing a full range of individualized life services.
Heritage Christian Services
Heritage Christian Services is a thriving human services agency that supports more than 1,600 children and adults with developmental disabilities in Buffalo and Rochester. It now operates more than 60 neighborhood homes, offers service coordination, respite, community habilitation and day programs and has been recognized by the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities as a top service provider to people with special needs.
We are a COMPASS Agency. The agency is known for innovative programs like the Pieters Family Life Center and Expressive Beginnings Childcare in Henrietta, Springdale Farm in Ogden, Heritage Christian Stables in Webster, Heritage Hollow on Sixth Lake in Inlet and Little Valley Retreat Center near Allegany State Park.
Heritage Farm, Inc.
The mission of Heritage Farm, Inc. is to provide an individualized program for each participant that reflects the founding belief that farming and rural life foster self-worth, independence and a sense of responsibility toward family, friends and community.
We hold to the principle that the person comes first, not the disability.
The programs we offer are Day Habilitation, Community Habilitation, Weekend Respite, Hourly Respite, Supported Employment, Medicaid Service Coordination, After School Ag Program and School-age Summer Program.
For additional information, please visit our new website at www.heritagefarminc.org , call us at (315) 893-1889 or
stop in for a program and farm tour at 3599 State Route 46 Bouckville, NY
LINK: HITS Foundation
Horizon Health Services
We offer a wide range of services to help individuals and their families deal with the complex issues of treatment and recovery with many convienent locations around Western New York. Our mission is to help individuals and their families achieve health and recovery from mental health disorders and or addiction.
WNY needs additional resources to combat the growing epidemic of drug addiction that is resulting in early deaths of young adults. We are asking for your help. Please consider supporting the development of life saving treatment at Horizon Health Services. For more information, please visit our website at www.horizon-health.org.
Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. (HOME)
For fifty years Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. (HOME) has served as a staunch advocate for fair housing and civil rights. HOME’s mission is to promote the value of diversity and to ensure the people of Western New York an equal opportunity to live in the housing and in the community of their choice through education, advocacy, enforcement of fair housing laws, and the creation of housing opportunities. HOME’s services work to eradicate discrimination in housing and ultimately create stronger more diverse communities for which our future generations to work, thrive and excel.
JDRF is the worldwide leader for research to cure type 1 diabetes. It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide.
The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal. Until a cure is found, people with type 1 diabetes have to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections multiple times or use a pump – each day, every day of their lives. And even with that intensive care, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation.
Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.4 billion to diabetes research, including $101 million in FY2009. In FY2009, JDRF funded research projects in 22 countries throughout the world, including more than 40 human clinical trials.
JDRF Coastal Carolina Branch
The Coastal Carolina Branch of JDRF encompasses nine counties: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Robeson and Sampson. Our goal is to engage with our nine counties to find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications through increased awareness, outreach, and fundraising to support research.
We are focused on growing our overall diabetes network by connecting with the newly diagnosed through the “Bag of Hope” program for pediatric patients and the Adult Type 1 Toolkit and Pumper’s Support Groupfor the other 80% of individuals with T1D in our population.
We are in the process of implementing a Young Leaders Professional Board which will provide professional development opportunities as well as social networking for the 21-40 year old Type 1 population and their peers.
Our government relations advocates work to educate our local political representatives about diabetes’ impact and also helps to petition national representatives and the FDA in regards to research and health issues.
JDRF is a volunteer driven organization that is streamlined and efficient in its use of donations. It consistently receives the highest marks from various Philanthropic rating agencies. Through funds raised by Walks, Galas, Rides, 3rd Party Events, Major Gifts, and Planned Giving, JDRF has emerged as the only organization that has the resources and expertise to fund research to cure Type I diabetes and its devastating complications.
We are an energized, enthusiastic and committed group of staff and volunteers. We are proud members of the JDRF Family and we invite you to get to know us and our Coastal Carolina Branch!
CONTACT: Erin Mabry • 910-509-9899
Joyful Rescues operates as a no-kill rescue, taking in cats, dogs, puppies and kittens in need, within our means to provide safe housing, quality food, medical care and love to all pets in our care until suitable, responsible and loving, permanent homes can be found through a strict screening process. We also strive to educate the public on the importance of spaying and neutering which controls the pet overpopulation, responsible pet ownership, and the humane treatment of animals, and also to educate the public on the horrors of puppy mills and pet store/internet puppies for sale. We assist in spaying/neutering pets for low income families, as funds allow, which will aid in population control. In 2016, Joyful Rescues took in 856 homeless animals, and adopted out 902 animals into forever homes.
Joubert Syndrome & Related Disorders Foundation
Joubert Syndrome and its related disorders are rare genetic disorders characterized by decreased muscle tone, difficulties with coordination, abnormal eye movements, abnormal breathing pattern and cognitive impairment. The Joubert Syndrome & Related Disorders Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has been providing information about the disorder to families all over the world since 1992! Joubert Syndrome & Related Disorders Foundation is an international network of parents who share knowledge, experience, family support, networking, newsletters, and conferences. Joubert Syndrome & Related Disorders Foundation plays an important role in educating physicians and their support teams as well as increasing public awareness. Celebrating our 21st year of providing information about the disorder to families all over the world!
Kaelys kindness Foundation
Ken-Ton Special Education PTSA
The Ken-Ton Special Education PTSA provides support, education, advocating, and training for parents, students, professionals, and all others interested in the needs of children with disabilities. We have been a member of the NYS and National Congress of PTA for over 22 years. Each year we host an “Agency Fair” which brings together many of the Agencies that offer support services in Western New York. This affords families the opportunity to learn about the many resources available for disabled children and adults, as well as meet representatives all in one location.
SEPTSA awards scholarships to high school seniors, who have been identified by the school district as having special needs, to either further their education or to help them obtain employment. At each of our meetings, we present a speaker or program of interest to our members and the community. Membership is not required to take advantage of our services. The funds we raise allow us to bring more speakers and programs to the district.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Guest House
Kevin Guest House is America’s first healthcare hospitality house, founded by Claudia and Cyril Garvey of Sharon, PA in honor of their son Kevin. Opening in 1972, Kevin Guest House paved the way for more than 600 healthcare hospitality houses across the country today, including the inspiration for a family to start Ronald McDonald House Charities. Since opening, more than 54,000 guests visiting Buffalo for medical care have passed through our doors. We welcome guests of any age, for any medical condition, and visiting any medical facility. No guest is ever turned away for an inability to pay.
Kids Escaping Drugs
The mission of Kids Escaping Drugs is to raise, manage, and distribute funds for the development and support of facilities, community education, and advocacy programs for adolescents and their families in Western New York suffering from alcohol and drug dependency/addiction.
LINK: Kids Escaping Drugs
Learning Disabilities Association of WNY
The Learning Disabilities of Western New York (LDA of WNY) is a non-profit that specializes in the servicing of persons with learning disabilities, neurological impairments, developmental disabilities and disabilities with similar multiple service needs. The organization strives to create and provide an environment in which all individuals they serve experience independence, respect, dignity, and full participation in the community so that they can reach their potential. For more information on LDA of WNY, please visit ldaofwny.org or visit the agency’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/LDAOFWNY.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. Founded in 1949, we are relentless in pursuit of our mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Investing in blood cancer research: LLS has invested more than $875 million in research, approximately $68.4 million in fiscal year 2012 alone. Programs like the Specialized Center of Research (SCOR), which brings together teams of scientists from different disciplines and our Translational Research Program, which funds research with a high probability of producing innovative patient treatments in an accelerated time frame, have directly contributed to many breakthrough cancer treatments.
Research funded by LLS has led or contributed to advances such as chemotherapy, bone marrow and stem cell transplantation and new, targeted oral therapies such as Gleevec®, Rituxan®, Velcade®, Thalidomid®, Revlimid®, Istodax®, Zolinza®, Dacogen® and Vidaza®.
Providing critical information and support for patients and their families: We make contacts with patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals through our Information Resource Center (IRC), our award winning Web site and community based patient service programs. We put people together with experts through Webcasts and teleconferences, and provided professional education through seminars, to extend the latest findings to a broader professional audience.
Advocating for issues impacting blood cancer patients: With more than 66,000 advocacy volunteers throughout the country, our voice is being heard by those responsible for legislation to fund blood cancer research and educational programs. The need is critical: An estimated 1,012,533 people in the United States are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma or myeloma. Approximately every four minutes, someone new is diagnosed with blood cancer. Approximately every 10 minutes, someone dies. Leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children, adolescents and young adults under the age of 20. Lymphomas are the most common blood cancers and incidence increases with age. The survival rate for myeloma is only 41.1 percent. Incidence is more than twice as high among African Americans as for all other races.
Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina
Make-A-Wish® Eastern North Carolina grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. These wishes are granted to children who live in the 49 North Carolina counties we serve. During the last year, our chapter granted a record 190 wishes. Today, we have nearly 200 children waiting for their one true wish, so the need is more urgent than ever. Wish granting is made possible only by the generous donations from individuals, companies, foundations and organizations in our local community. Learn how you can share the power of a wish® by visiting our web site at www.eastnc.wish.org.
CONTACT: Ken Boroff • 919-821-7111
Make Lemon Aide Foundation for CP
The Make Lemon Aide® Foundation for Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a 501c3 nonprofit foundation that was established in 2013 in an effort to bring awareness to CP.
Inspired by Lauren Walier, a young woman living with CP, we follow her motto – Be Courageous – in everything we do and we won’t stop until we accomplish all of our goals.
Mary Cariola Children's Center
Mercy Center for Women
Mikey’s Way Foundation
Mikey’s Way Foundation (MWF) received its vision from our founder, Michael “Mikey” Friedman—a way to help connect and enrich the lives of children suffering with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The foundation helps children cope with the isolation, boredom and fear associated with life-threatening illnesses. It is the goal of the foundation to be able to connect every child with their friends, family and school, enabling them to cope with the long hours, days and weeks of separation that they must endure. In creating a connection, we are in turn presenting the child with a form of diversion. This diversion is a necessary element to the Mind-Body connection, or Psychoneuroimmunology. Continued studies have shown that when the mind is stimulated and engaged, the body can respond in positive ways—more tolerable nausea, lower fever, higher blood counts and a more relaxed patient. This holds great importance for our seriously ill children.Our “Mikey’s Way Connection Cart” circles the pediatric floors of the hospitals we serve, giving away all forms of electronics that permit the child to create their own diversion and thus allow for the Mind-Body connection. Every child is allowed to choose the item that they feel will work best for them.
Muscular Dystrophy Association
National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Greater North Carolina Chapter
The Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. In 2012 alone, through our home office and 50 state network of chapters, we devoted $122.1 million to programs and services that assisted more than a million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $43.3 million to support more than 350 research projects around the world.
CONTACT: Shannon Hinson • 919-792-1002
National Multiple Sclerosis Society WNY
MS stops people from moving. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. We mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. Our vision is a world free of MS.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society Upstate New York Chapter offers a wide array of nationally recognized and award winning programs for nearly 12,000 people affected by MS throughout 50 counties in Upstate New York.
In addition to local services, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a leader in clinical care standards and is the largest private funder of MS-related research in the world. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested nearly $36 million to support 375 research projects around the world. The Society is dedicated to achieving a world free of MS.
Olmsted Center for Sight
The mission of the Olmsted Center for Sight is to help people who are blind or visually impaired achieve their highest level of independence. Each year we provide service to over 2000 people a year. We offer rehabilitation, low vision, manufacturing, early education preschool services. We are also home to the Statler Center; a national training program that trains individuals who are blind, visually impaired or physically disabled for careers in hospitality, contact centers or customer service. Students from over 35 states and 3 countries have traveled to Statler Center to participate in our training programs.
Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara was started nearly 60 years ago by families who were in need of support and services for their loved ones. The largest not-for-profit in Niagara County, Opportunities Unlimited provides day programming, employment and training, community-based volunteer opportunities, on-campus programs at Niagara University, horticulture therapy, fine arts, service coordination for any age, clinical services, recreation (youth and adult), residential services, and supportive services. The Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara Foundation mission is to provide a long-term source of financial support that ensures people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities have opportunities toward independence and integration within the community.
Please visit our website for more information.
Parent Network of WNY is a not-for-profit agency that provides education and resources for families of individuals with special needs (birth through adulthood) and professionals in the eight counties of Western New York including: 1-on-1 Support and education through resources, workshops and support groups. Our mission is to support families and professionals to empower individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential.
Visit our Website: http://parentnetworkwny.org/
Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ParentNetwork
Pathfinders for Autism
Pathfinders for Autism was established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2000 by parents of children with autism. Since then, Pathfinders for Autism has grown into the state’s largest autism organization dedicated to helping individuals, parents, and professionals find resources, supports, and training while working to increase the awareness of autism spectrum disorders and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Our mission is simple – to improve the lives of individuals with autism and the people who care for them. We accomplish this through a variety of programs and services, all of which are offered FREE of charge.
People Inc. – Where your world opens up.
People Inc. is Western New York’s leading non-profit human services agency. Through a variety of services including residential, employment, community outreach, health care and recreation programs, we help seniors, families and people with disabilities live more healthy, independent and productive lives.
For more information: www.people-inc.org
Prader-Willi Alliance of NY
First, our name stands for the Rolling Athletic Club and Inclusion Network. We’re a dedicated group of like-minded volunteers that collectively recognized that there was little to no participation by developmentally disabled individuals in the Western New York racing community.
Together, we saw an opportunity to include these energetic and spirited folks in races of all distances. With that mission in mind, RACIN! was formed in 2013.
We bring the community together to advocate for greater opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to wholly participate in road races.
As we continue our journey, we’re always looking for additional help.
The mission of the Rollin’ Athletic Club and Inclusion Network (RACIN!) is to improve the physical, social and emotional lives of people with developmental disabilities through regular physical activity and involvement in the local racing scene. Together, we run, walk and roll!
Relay for Life of New Hanover County
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer. The American Cancer Society raises funds through a variety of different avenues, but the largest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is Relay For Life. Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event. It is held overnight to raise money for cancer research and local programs, to celebrate the life of survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer, and fight back against cancer. Last year, Relay For Life of New Hanover County raised over $265,000 and had over 1000 registered participants.
Roanchar Ranch Draft Horse Rescue
Ronald McDonald House of Buffalo®
Since 1983, Ronald McDonald House of Buffalo® has been a refuge, a “home away from home”, for families whose dreams and lives have been interrupted by their child’s serious illness or accident. Each year, more than 600 families rely on Ronald McDonald for a warm bed, a home cooked meal, laundry services and emotional support for as long as their child is hospitalized in a nearby hospital. And no family is ever turned away due to the inability to pay a modest overnight fee.
Please visit our website at www.rmhcwny.org or call 883.1177 to learn more about other ways you can support the Ronald McDonald House!
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York.
The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs.
As a 501(c)(3) organization, SABAH is dedicated to the mission of enriching the quality of life for individuals challenged by physical, cognitive, and/or emotional disability by providing education and therapeutic recreation, promoting fitness, and developing social and communication skills. Since its inception over 35 years ago, SABAH has developed into an organization which offers seven distinctive programs to over 600 individuals with special needs throughout Western New York.
SABAH programs include four physical education programs and three recreational programs. Physical education programs include: the School Day Adaptive Ice Skating program, the Autism Spectrum Disorders program, Summer Athletes Bold At Heart (turf), and Adults Fit and Fun (turf). Recreational programs include: the traditional evening and weekend skating programs, the developmental hockey program, and the summer skating program.
Save the Michaels of the World, INC.
LINK: Save the Michaels
Founded in 1910, Schofield is one of the most experienced and respected providers of home health, adult day health, rehabilitation and skilled nursing care in WNY. Each week, Schofield serves more than 700 frail elders and adults with disabling conditions such as stroke, fractures, diabetes, traumatic brain injury, congestive heart failure and other serious conditions in our community. Schofield Care provides the care you need when and where you need it. Visit us at www.SchofieldCare.org.
Seven Chances, INC.
Seven Chances Inc. recognizes the need to identify people in our local community who, based on circumstances, cannot find the necessary support needed to help them make it through their challenges. We all know people who have experienced devastating hardships, been pushed to the brink by illness, been squeezed by relentless financial pressures, or are overwhelmed by the psychological distress that accompany these types of life-altering events. When these people have exhausted all options for help, our organizational efforts are designed to provide assistance to enable revival and a means to recover.
5360 Genesee Street
Bowmansville NY 14026
LINK: Southeast Works
Special Spaces, Buffalo
Special Spaces is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and our mission is simple but zealous. It is to create dream bedrooms for children with life threatening illnesses; a place that only the child can dream of or imagine while addressing their medical needs. Special Spaces was founded on the precedent that children battling a life threatening illness need their own special space. It should be a special space of hope and inspiration and a place to find peace and comfort.
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St. Mary's School for the Deaf
St. Mary’s School for the Deaf is committed to providing equitable access to exemplary educational programs that prepare deaf students to be self-directed, lifelong learners, who are productive members of society.
To Accomplish This Mission: •We inspire all to achieve personal goals and strive for excellence. •We offer a rigorous and relevant curriculum that addresses the diverse learning styles of all our students. •We instruct our students in basic and critical thinking skills. •We promise to collaborate as a community and with the community at large. •We expect all members of the SMSD community to act with integrity.
For more information about St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, visit the website www.smsdk12.org or call 716-834-7200.
Stone’s Buddies / Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo
The Stone’s Buddies Program was designed to help chronically ill patients and their families cope with the emotional, financial, and social issues that accompany chronic illness. Whether the kids are battling cancer or learning to live with a life-long disability, their worlds are forever changed. Our goal is to connect them with those in similar circumstances, try to make their stay at the hospital as comfortable as possible and serve as a bridge between these families and those in the community who would like to help.
Free of charge, families are encouraged to attend monthly parties, trips to the Buffalo Zoo, Fantasy Island, the Erie County Fair, and Buffalo Bills, Sabres, Bisons and Bandits games. They are invited to plays, movies, concerts, Disney on Ice and many other events sponsored by various generous community groups, schools and individuals. We appreciate the support of the community which keeps this program in existence.
LINK: Stone’s Buddies
Suburban Adult Services Inc.
SASi is a leading non-profit, health & human services agency that provides high quality programs to more than 2000 seniors, adults and children with special needs and their families in WNY. Since 1975, SASi has assisted individuals with disabilities in achieving greater degrees of independence and productivity.
With a focus on the the unique skills, interests and goals of individuals with disabilities, SASi strives to provide experiences that enhance their opportunities, broaden their horizons and enrich their lives, allowing them to actively participate and succeed in an accepting society.
LINK: Suburban Adult Services
The Summit Center
Summit is a private, not-for-profit organization located outside of Buffalo, New York. We are approved by the New York State Education Department, New York State Department of Health and New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities to provide educational and therapeutic services to children with learning, communication and behavioral challenges.
LINK: The Summit Center
Susan G. Komen WNY
At Susan G. Komen® Western New York, our mission is to end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all, and energizing science to find the cures. Susan G. Komen is the largest non-profit provider of funding for breast cancer research and community breast health programs in the world. Komen WNY serves all 8 counties of Western New York. We are proud of the fact that 75% of all net proceeds raised here, stay in the community, funding local life-saving outreach programs providing education and treatment assistance for underserved individuals who experience unmet breast health and breast cancer needs. The remaining 25% of funds goes to cutting-edge breast cancer research through Komen National Research Grants, including millions coming back to the Buffalo area through grants awarded to researchers at area institutions.
- the development of a fund whose income can be utilized for services needed by men, women and children with disabilities and their families;
- the provision of responsive and adequate support for organizations and entities that serve people with disabilities;
- the support and promotion of community awareness and greater understanding of individuals with disabilities and their potential, their aspirations and their needs.
TRC Foundation works closely with The Resource Center, one of the largest providers of services and supports to individuals with disabilities in Western New York. For more information, phone (716) 661-1519 or visit www.resourcecenter.org.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Education Center
“Together we will ensure their sacriﬁces will always be treasured and their names will never be forgotten.”
Western New York Independent Living
It is the mission of WNY Independent Living, Inc., as a family of agencies, to provide opportunities to live with equal access and opportunities for independence via the programs and services being offered at each of our regional locations.
WNY Ovarian Cancer Project
Yad B’Yad provides outreach, advocacy and program support that assists people with disabilities to achieve full participation, membership and inclusion in Jewish life in Western New York.
The purpose of these efforts is to enrich the spiritual and communal lives of individuals with and without disabilities by expanding friendships, sharing mutual talents, and fostering an appreciation of individual differences.
LINK: Yad B’Yad
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