Welcoming Our New CFO: David Kraus

The Matt Urban Center is thrilled to welcome David Kraus to our administrative team as our  Chief Financial Officer.

Hailing from Syracuse, NY, David received his MBA from UB. He immediately went to work at UB as an administrator in progressively challenging roles, as Assistant to Chair of the Music Department, the Project Manager of the all-new UB Center for the Arts, and finally as Assistant Dean of UB’s College of Arts & Sciences.

David took a break from the Queen City’s notorious winters living nearly 14 years in Durham, NC, where he worked in the finance industry, continued his educational pursuits, and earned additional professional credentials. David boomeranged back to Buffalo, became a New York State CPA, and co-founded the consulting group, NuLevel Strategies to be a resource to mission-driven businesses and local nonprofits.  Of his new role, David says, “it’s a unique opportunity to join a great team and get closer to the front-lines of mission-driven nonprofit work.”

David is married with two grown step-kids. He and his wife have dogs (Doberman Pinscher & Dober-Shep mix) and often pursue animal rescue efforts like fostering otherwise homeless pups. When he’s not working, David enjoys making homemade bread and other yummy comfort foods. He enjoys long bike rides and attending local cultural attractions, concerts, and festivals.

Bid Opportunity: Landscaping May-November 2022

The Polish Community Center of Buffalo, Inc., d/b/a Lt. Col. Mat Urban Human Services Center of WNY (Matt Urban Center), is the owner of a number of properties in the City of Buffalo. The Matt Urban Center seeks the services of a qualified contractor to assist in landscaping of these properties.

The full Request for Proposals can be viewed HERE.


Proposals are being solicited from companies to perform landscaping services listed in these specifications on behalf of the Matt Urban Center. Work will be done on a scheduled basis, as detailed in this request and further agreed to between the parties.
Due to payment requirements of Matt Urban grants and other funding sources, bills for services must detail billed costs by individual property. Services are to be billed in three (3) installments.


For purposes of this invitation to bid, the numbers identified in the specifications and proposal form are approximate in order to provide guidelines to the Matt Urban Center for determining who is the lowest responsible bidder. The Matt Urban Center reserves the right to remove properties or services from the contract before or during the contract period based on changes to the organization’s operational needs.


The Contractor is responsible for making site visit to the properties prior to submitting its bid. Failure to view the property shall not relieve the Contractor from honoring its bid prices(s).


Sealed proposals will be received until Friday, August 27, 2021 at 3:30 P.M. via U.S. Mail or delivery to:

Ryan Undercoffer, Chief Community Development Officer
Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY
1081 Broadway
Buffalo, NY 14212


Questions on this request for qualifications may be directed to rundercoffer@urbanctr.org or to (716) 217-1959.

Bid Opportunity: Snow Removal 2021-2022

The Polish Community Center of Buffalo, Inc., d/b/a Lt. Col. Mat Urban Human Services Center of WNY (Matt Urban Center), owns and operates in a number of properties in the City of Buffalo. The Matt Urban Center seeks the services of a qualified contractor to provide snow removal and salting at these properties between October 2021 and May 2022.

The full Request for Proposals can be viewed here.

Proposals are being solicited from companies to perform snow removal services listed in these specifications on behalf of the Matt Urban Center. Work will be done on a scheduled basis, as detailed in this request and further agreed to between the parties.

Due to payment requirements of Matt Urban grants and other funding sources, bills for services must detail billed costs by individual property. Services are to be billed in three (3) installments.

The Contractor is responsible for making site visit to the properties prior to submitting its bid. Failure to view the property shall not relieve the Contractor from honoring its bid prices(s).

Sealed proposals will be received until Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 3:30 P.M. Via U.S. Mail or delivery to:

Ryan Undercoffer, Chief Community Development Officer

Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY

1081 Broadway

Buffalo, NY 14212

Questions on this request for qualifications may be directed to rundercoffer@urbanctr.org or to (716) 387-1209.

Volunteer Opportunity: Urban Diner

Our Matt Urban Hope Center’s Urban Diner serves a fresh, healthy meal to residents free of charge on weekdays. We are looking for volunteers to help with food preparation (10:00AM to 1:30PM) and diner service (1:30PM to 4:30PM). Due to social distancing requirements, we cannot accommodate large groups for volunteering at this time.
Those interested in volunteering can contact Sarah Maurer at smaurer@urbanctr.org or (716) 893-7222 x232.

MUC to Host PLAY/GROUND 2021 Installation

We’re excited to welcome PLAY/GROUND 2021 to the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood this summer! Sponsored by The Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art (BICA) and Resource:Art, PLAY/GROUND brings a series of public art installations to our community and downtown Buffalo from August 6-15, 2021. The Matt Urban Center will be participating as a host site for an installation. Youth and families in our summer program will collaborate with the selected artist to create the piece that will be installed at our main headquarters at 1081 Broadway. Public art proposals are being accepted on the PLAY/GROUND website now through June 4, 2021. Learn more about PLAY/GROUND 2021 by checking out this article by Buffalo Rising.

Community Clean-up Event This Month!

MUC will be joining our friends at the Greater East Side Field of Dreams Block Club Association for their annual neighborhood clean-up on Saturday, May 22 from 10:00AM to 1:00PM. Volunteers will gather at Detroit Street and Paderewski Drive and span out to clean neighboring streets. The block club is still seeking volunteers to join the clean-up effort, as well as donations of gloves, garbage bags, and bottled water. Volunteers will be provided with a thank you meal to-go. Those who are interested in volunteering or donating supplies can contact Marva Threat at mth1043938@aol.com.

Join Us This Summer on SuperStreet

Join the Matt Urban Center and our neighboring community organizations for the kickoff of Summer on SuperStreet at the green space on the corner of Clark and Kent streets. Sponsored by Jericho Road Community Health Center, this initiative will launch on May 15 from 11:00AM to 3:00PM and will continue to provide a variety of programming at the green space every week throughout the summer and early fall. Our Housing & Community Development staff and Youth Department staff will be at the Superman Corner on multiple dates in July and August, to talk with local residents about available programs while providing fun activities for kids! Visit the Summer on Superstreet website for the calendar of events and more information.

Help Us Meet Our Match Campaign Goal!

We’re thrilled to share that through the generosity of our supporters, we raised over $7,000 throughout the month of April, bringing us very close to our goal to raise $10,000 by May 31. Every donation made to the Matt Urban Center between now and May 31 will have double the impact, thanks to a matching donation from The Dolce Firm. We will also be hosting a few giveaways throughout the month on our social media pages, so keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram for posts on how your donation can get you entered to win prizes! Help us meet our goal to raise $10,000 for our essential programs by following this link: www.urbanctr.org/donate

 

Request for Proposals: Furniture Moving Services

The Matt Urban Center is seeking a qualified contractor to assist in moving donated furniture from the donor’s building (275 Brompton Road, Buffalo, NY 14221) into 15 units of supported housing at 19 Doat Street, Buffalo, NY 14211, and to the Matt Urban Center administrative building at 1081 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14212.

To view the full request for proposals, click here.

Proposals will be accepted until Friday, April 9th at 3:30 P.M.

Via U.S. Mail or delivery to:
Will Smith, Security
Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY
1081 Broadway
Buffalo, NY 14212

Questions on this request for proposals may be directed to rundercoffer@urbanctr.org or to (716) 893 – 7222 ext: 212.

Another way to get in touch!

The Matt Urban Center’s Housing and Community Development Department has created a new way for you to contact us! Since our service area has expanded, we want to reach as many people as possible. With our new Inquiry Form, any small group or block club can schedule a time to meet with us- virtually for now- and learn about available programs in a more intimate setting where we can tailor our presentation to focus on your specific questions and needs. We’re looking forward to meeting with more of our neighbors and getting more residents entered into our programs. We are here to help! Just follow the link below, answer a few questions, and one of our Housing Specialists will contact you to schedule a call. We hope to hear from you soon!

Click here to meet with us!