Food Security in the Wake of Covid-19 in 14207
Join Talia Rodriguez, J.D., Associate Director of West Side Promise Neighborhood (WSPN) to learn how WSPN and a coalition of community groups and neighborhood food pantries have organized around food security issues during the pandemic to impact residents in 14207 zip code, adjacent to campus.
Engage in Food Security With:
Take Action for Food Security By:
Share the Food Resources in Buffalo map with community members. The map highlights food pantries, little free food pantries, urban farms, and community schools.
Donate to an organization listed above, with money or by purchasing needed grocery items. Visit their websites to learn what grocery items are requested or donate money.
Offer or request help through Buffalo Mutal Aid Network for food and other basic resources. Deliver groceries, donate funds, or fill a volunteer role.
Sign the petition to continue funding for the Double Up Food Bucks program. The Double Up Food Bucks program is a federally funded instinctive program administered by the Field and Fork Network of Buffalo. DUFB doubles a customer's SNAP benefits up to $20 to be spent on local fruits and vegetables. This program supports local farmers by creating another form of revenue and it provides extra funds for SNAP customers to use on healthy foods.
What AmeriCorps and National Service Can Do for You
Join Juweria Dahir, Assistant for External Affairs for the City of Buffalo’s Division of Citizen Services, as she talks about the benefits to serving the community through AmeriCorps VISTA programs and specifically details the opportunities of the City of Buffalo's AmeriCorps VISTA program, Project M.O.V.E
Engage in National Service:
Learn what to expect and the benefits of a year of service with AmeriCorps.
Learn more about the City of Buffalo's Project M.O.V.E AmeriCorps program and opportunities.
Learn about international service through Peace Corps.
Get Involved in National Service:
Apply for a full-time AmeriCorps position with Buffalo State's Civic and Community Engagement Office.
Apply for a part-time AmeriCorps role with the Community Academic Center.
Search and apply for AmeriCorps job opportunities.
Education Access for Multi-Lingual Learners
Join Jennifer Serniuk, Program Coordinator of the Community Academic Center (CAC), to learn how the center provides equity and access for youth and families on Buffalo's West Side pursuing educational goals. Jennifer will discuss in more detail CAC programs that impact refugee, immigrant, and multilingual children and adults.
Engage in Education Equity:
Take Action for Education Equity:
Join the “Breaking Barriers” Youth Leadership Council: This is a group of young men of color, 12-24 years in age, creating a unified voice that advocates for racial equity, social justice, and policy change. The Council will address the practices and systems that hold back males of color. Through civic leadership training and direct lobbying opportunities, Breaking Barriers participants will learn the importance of advocacy and will develop their personal and collective leadership skills to be able to influence positive change, strengthening and improving life outcomes for boys and young men of color.
Talking Transit: Doug Funke on The Public Good, 30-minute recorded interview
On Partnership for the Public Good's radio show, "The Public Good" hosts talk with Doug Funke of Citizens for Regional Transit. They discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted inequities--how difficult it can be for those without vehicles to access jobs and basic needs such as food and healthcare. In our city and region, where over 50,000 households don't have access to a vehicle, improving public transit is an equity issue. Doug discusses how to make public transit safe and healthy throughout COVID-19 recovery. They also discuss CRT's priorities for light rail expansion through the East Side of Buffalo, and electrifying Buffalo's bus fleet to make public transit more energy efficient.
Engage in Transportation Access:
Take Action for Transportation Access:
Buy a bus pass and use it to get around.
Donate to the International Institute of Buffalo for the monthly bus fare for a new arrival family
Attend Citizens for Regional Transit's next community meeting in April 2021.
Sign the petition to urge lawmakers to pass NY A6168 to allow for transit riders to sit on the Transit Authority Boards (like the NFTA). By passing this piece of legislation governing boards would include two transit-dependent individuals, each with a vote.
*NEW PRESENTATION: Mutual Aid
Join Dia Mayberry, Program Coordinator of Buffalo State's New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), to learn how mutual aid networks have organized during the Covid-19 pandemic, what mutual aid means, and how you can get involved in mutual aid networks in your community.
Redefining Safety and Exploring Alternatives to Policing, 1 hour 20 minute recording
As the national conversation grows around decreasing funding for police departments, residents and groups are advocating for community-led safety and exploring alternatives to policing. In this July 29 workshop, Partnership for the Public Good, heard from Black Love Resists in the Rust (BLRR) about their work to create awareness of what “safety” means and to whom, and their tactical methods and community-based solutions outside a typical policing framework. Right here in Buffalo, BLRR has been creating a “community safety zone” through asset-based community building at the neighborhood level. Together, we explore alternatives to policing already in use in Buffalo and other cities, and ask how these can be expanded as efforts to reduce policing advance across the country. Speakers include Charis Humphrey, Community Organizer at Black Love Resists in the Rust; Emma Fabian, Senior Director of Harm Reduction at Evergreen Health; and Jalonda Hill, Lead Organizer of the Fair Fines + Fees Coalition; moderated by Andrea Ó Súilleabháin, Executive Director at Partnership for the Public Good.
Engage in Restorative Justice:
Take Action for Restorative Justice:
Listen to the August 5, 2020 recording of a Partnership for the Public Good workshop that examines the 2020-2021 Buffalo police budget, community priorities, and community-led safety efforts.
Sign the pledge to support opening Buffalo's streets to create safe public spaces in every community.
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