Save the Date: Hearts for Hope

Join the Matt Urban Center for this celebration of Hope Givers in our community! The event will recognize three compassionate individuals who have contributed to our mission to serve those in need over the past year. The evening will include drinks, food, and live music, with proceeds from ticket sales benefiting the Matt Urban Hope Center and the clients they serve.
2018 Hope Giver Honorees
Officer Dave Zarbo, NFTA
Derek Malke, Alanerek, LLC
Kerri Howell, Wear n’ Share
Joyelle Tedeschi & Karen Carman, Founders of Hope Services
Monday, February 11, 2019
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Buffalo Iron Works, 49 Illinois Street
Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here or at the door.
Interested in becoming an event sponsor? Contact Sarah Maurer, Development Coordinator, at smaurer@urbanctr.org or (716) 893-7222 x232.

NFTA Presents Sounds of the Season for Noteworthy Cause

On Friday, December 14, the NFTA will kick off its holiday Sounds of the Season program at 8:30 a.m. in the MTC terminal with a unique entertainment extravaganza presented by Akron High School’s marching band.

There will be a brief presentation at 10:00AM  in support of this year’s “noteworthy cause” that will include representatives from the NFTA, Buffalo Public Schools, the Food Bank of WNY, and the Matt Urban Hope Center. The event will culminate with a special musical performance by the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts and a complementary hot chocolate reception.

The Sounds of the Season lunchtime musical performances at 181 Ellicott Street will continue throughout the week of December 17-21 at 11:30 a.m. each day. Guests are invited to bring a can of soup or a new pair of socks to donate to the Matt Urban Hope Center or the Food Bank of WNY.

2018 Santas of Swig Homebrewing Fundraiser

Attention, lovers of good beer! Next month, the Sultans of Swig will host their 4th annual Santas of Swig homebrewing competition and fundraiser to benefit the Matt Urban Hope Center. Over 20 Homebrewers have donated their beers to help raise money and awareness for our organization.
Where: Buffalo Iron Works
When: Saturday, December 1
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Cost of admission allows you to sample 20 different beers and cast your vote for the best one! There will also be basket raffles with products from local breweries. Presale tickets are available through the Santas of Swig website or at the door.

First Time Homebuyer Orientation @ MUC

 

The Buffalo Urban League, in partnership with the City of Buffalo, Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, and Evans Bank, will host a first time homebuyer orientation at the Matt Urban Center on Thursday, December 13 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

The class will include an overview of the home buying process, how to apply for a mortgage, tax benefits, credit repair and counseling, budgeting and more.

The class is free and open to the public, but you must register by calling (716) 250-2418. Please notify organizers in advance if you require special accommodations.

Trunk or Treat With Us!

Join the Matt Urban Center for our annual Halloween celebration! We’ll have “trunk-or-treating” in the Central Terminal lot and lots of fun activities at the Hope Center, including face painting, mask making, cider and doughnuts.
Date: Thursday, October 25
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Place: 385 Paderewski Drive
To register your car, contact Danyel Sease at (716) 893-7222 x403.
To volunteer or make a donation, contact Sarah Maurer at (716) 893-7222 x232.

Climbing PoeTree Free Concert at Matt Urban Center

We’re hosting a free community concert in partnership with our friends at Open Buffalo!

Climbing PoeTree will perform on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 7-00-9:00 p.m. here at 1081 Broadway in the third floor hall. The show features Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman’s award-winning dual-voice spoken word, backed with infectious beats and multimedia theater.

This event is FREE and open to the public—all are welcome! Light refreshments will be provided.

See the Facebook event page for more info here.

Join us for our Quarterly Community Breakfast!

Want to learn more about our programs at the Matt Urban Center and hear the latest update on our School 57 renovation project?

Join us on Saturday, September 22 at 10:30AM for our quarterly community breakfast! The event will take place in the third floor hall of our main headquarters at 1081 Broadway.

We will have a presentation on the renovations currently underway at the former School 57 building, followed by a roundtable with our Housing & Community Development, Youth, and Hope Services programs. A brief survey will be conducted to inform the discussion at our next meeting.

Light breakfast will be provided. Please contact us with questions at (716) 893-7222 x310 or eblacksheare@urbanctr.org.

Get Ready for Buffalonia 2018!

Join us for our third annual Buffalonia celebration at Buffalo Iron Works and party in support of a great cause!
The Matt Urban Center has been serving the East Side of Buffalo for over 40 years with the mission of providing programs that revitalize neighborhoods, serve families and change lives.
Buffalonia helps support our programs and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for all residents in our diverse community—from children through seniors, and homeowners to the homeless.
The event will feature a live band, DJ, beer and wine, food, raffles, games and a photo booth! Ru’s Pierogi Food Truck will also be on site dishing up their delicious pierogi and we’ll have desserts from Sassi Cakes!
Pre-sale tickets are $25 and can be purchased online or in person at the Matt Urban Center (1081 Broadway) or Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois Street). Tickets will be available at the door for $30.
Questions? Contact Sarah Maurer at smaurer@urbanctr.org or (716) 893-7222 x232.

Thank you to our generous event sponsors!

Save the Date! Buffalonia 2018

Mark your calendars for Friday, September 14, 2018 for the Matt Urban Center’s annual Buffalonia fundraiser. This year’s event will take place at Buffalo Ironworks, 49 Illinois Street, Buffalo, NY 14203. The party will take place from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. and will feature live music and DJ, beer, wine, food from local food trucks, raffles, and games.

Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for event updates!