Celebrate the First day of Spring with #SpringItOnWNY

Spring has officially sprung! To celebrate the First Day of Spring, we are participating in the United Way’s annual #SpringitOnWNY fundraiser.

From 6 p.m. on March 20 to 6 p.m. on March 21, the Matt Urban Center will be accepting donations through our Spring It On fundraising webpage.

This is an opportunity to show your support for the Matt Urban Center and the work we do to support residents of the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood – from youth, to families, to senior citizens. No donation is too small and every bit helps! Your donation will allow us to continue providing essential human services programs to our neighborhood and beyond.

To learn more about our agency and to make a donation, click here to visit our #SpringItOnWNY fundraising page.

CHDO Open House Events This Weekend

There will be Open House events held at two of our CHDO properties this weekend for interested first-time homebuyers. Visitors can stop by 21 South Ryan Street, Buffalo on Saturday, March 17 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Those interested in 933 Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo can visit this property on Sunday, March 18 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Our agents will be on site to answer any questions about the properties.

Click here to learn more about our CHDO program and the homebuyer application process. 

21 South Ryan

  • 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom
  • List price $98,000
  • Open House: Saturday, March 17 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

933 Fillmore Avenue

  • 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom
  • List price $80,000
  • Open House: Sunday, March 18 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Save the Date: #SpringItOnWNY

Mark your calendars for March 20 and 21 for the annual United Way #SpringItOnWNY fundraising campaign! Celebrate the beginning of Spring with a donation to help support the Matt Urban Center’s human services programs!

Your donation can provide:

  • Toiletries and essential items for our homeless clients
  • Art supplies for our Youth After School program
  • Home care for our senior citizen clients
  • A night’s stay at our Hope House shelter for homeless women

To learn more about Spring It On and how you can support the Matt Urban Center, visit our campaign page here: https://www.springiton.org/organizations/lt-col-matt-urban-human-services-center-of-wny

City of Buffalo Community Roundtable

It was a busy evening at 1081 Broadway with the City of Buffalo’s Public Hearing/Community Roundtable event. Members of the community and area non-profit organizations were invited to weigh in on how the City will allocate its 2018-2019 funding, including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) funds.

Breakout discussion groups dove into topics including funding needs for housing, community planning, crime prevention, public infrastructure, demolition, and public facilities.

Thank you to all who attended this event!

Save the Date: Grant Writing Workshop

We’re excited to be partnering with Nonprofit Works to bring a grant writing workshop to Buffalo!

On Tuesday, April 10, the Matt Urban Center will host “Grant Writing Basics” from 9:00AM to 4:00PM at our headquarters at 1081 Broadway, Buffalo. The workshop registration fee is $150 and includes lunch, training materials, and documents that organizations can customize to fit their specific needs. The workshop will cover:

  • Researching and identifying grant opportunities
  • Approaching and developing relationships with grantmakers prior to applying
  • Planning programs and budgets before writing grants.
  • Preparing information and materials typically required in grant applications.
  • Tracking and following-up grant applications after they are submitted

Participants referred by the Matt Urban Center will receive a 20% discount on the price of registration. Use discount code NPW112 when you register online to receive the discount: http://www.nonprofitworks.com/grant-writing-basics-buffalo/

Save the Date: Dyngus Day 2018!

 

Mark your calendars for Monday, August 2, 2018 for our annual Dyngus Day celebration and fundraiser at the Matt Urban Hope Center! Stop by 385 Paderewski Drive between 3:00 and 10:00 p.m. for Polish food, Pilsner and Polka music! All proceeds will go to the Matt Urban Center.

Also – If you’re attending the Dyngus Day Parade, keep an eye out for our Matt Urban Center team!

 

Hope Services Launches IfThen Campaign

 

We’re excited to announce that Matt Urban’s Hope Services team has launched a unique fundraising campaign using a brand new, locally developed website called IfThen.

With IfThen, a nonprofit launches a 12-month campaign outlining a monthly action promise—an action that they promise to deliver every month, for 12 months. Our Hope Services team has committed to securing long-term housing for 10 or more individuals experiencing homelessness each month.

This commitment is incredibly important in our agency’s target neighborhood, Broadway-Fillmore, where 44 percent of residents live below the poverty level, putting them at risk for homelessness. Our Hope Services staff not only work to provide housing for those experiencing homelessness – they connect them with wraparound services to help them attain long-term financial stability.

By becoming a donor to Hope Services’ IfThen campaign, you’re investing in action. Help us reach our fundraising goal and continue our fight against homelessness. You can donate just $10 per month and make a huge difference! Click here to visit our campaign page and learn more about how IfThen works.