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.

Support MUC Through AmazonSmile

Starting your holiday shopping early? Did you know that when you purchase items through AmazonSmile they will donate a portion of the purchase price to an organization of your choosing?

We hope you’ll consider selecting the Polish Community Center of Buffalo, Inc. (aka the Matt Urban Center) as you shop this year. It’s a practically effortless way to support us and all proceeds go toward the crucial programming we provide to the community!

p.s. AmazonSmile isn’t just for holidays – you can use it year round!

Visit Amazon Smile here.

Toys for Tots is Underway!

The Matt Urban Center is one of the 25 agencies participating in the annual Western New York Holiday Partnership, where we help distribute toys to low-income families to give their children.

Families must be food stamp eligible and have children age 12 and younger. Families can apply for the program at the Matt Urban Hope Center (385 Paderewski Drive) or the T.J. Dulski Center (129 Lewis Street) between now and December 7.

For more information, please contact Latasha Colbert (Hope Center) at ext. 313 or lcolbert@urbanctr.org or Danyel Sease (T.J. Dulski Center) at ext. 403 or dsease@urbanctr.org.

Thank you, Buffalo Bills!

We want to give a shoutout to our friends at the Buffalo Bills for their generosity!

Last month, children in our afterschool program got a surprise visit from several Bills players at the Hope Center. Patrick Demarco, Keith Towbridge, Eddie Yarbrough and Jerry Hughes came by to hang out with the youth, participating in different stations including slime making, face painting, Bills canvas painting, 3-point shooting and board games. The players also took photos with the youth and signed backpacks for them.

We were honored to be recognized by the Buffalo Bills as the One Buffalo Organization of the Game at their October matchup against the New England Patriots! Bills veteran defensive end Jerry Hughes presented members from our Youth Department with a game ball.

Thank you to our friends at the Buffalo Bills for going above and beyond for our organization and our community!

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.

Employment Opportunity: Clinical Outreach Specialist

Now Hiring: Clinical Outreach Specialist

Job Description: The Clinical Outreach Specialist will function as a clinician and consultant primarily for the Homeless Outreach program. Main responsibilities include completing psych/social assessments and diagnoses with homeless individuals to determine eligibility for appropriate housing programs, creating individualized plans of care, and assisting with linkages to other health care resources in the community.

Click the link above for full listing.

Please submit cover letter and resume to Joe Creek at jcreek@urbanctr.org.

Employment Opportunity: Hope Center Director

Now Hiring: Hope Center Director

Job Description: The Hope Center director will directly oversee all Hope Center and Homeless Outreach programming at Polonia Hall, as well as direct supervision and program development of Hope Works and AMP Ink. This position will act as an immediate supervisor to staff from the aforementioned programs.

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Please submit cover letter and resume to Karen Baer at kbaer@urbanctr.org.

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.

Good Neighbors, We Need Clothing Donations!

With the weather starting to get cold, staff at our Hope Center are beginning to gear up for the winter season! We are calling on the City of Good Neighbors to help us fill our clothing closet!

We are looking for clothing of all types (men’s, women’s, children’s, etc.) Clothing donated to the Hope Center will be used in our clothing boutique, which serves the Broadway Fillmore community, as well as to help those who are homeless this winter stay warm and dry!

All donations are graciously accepted, but tops on the wish list currently are men’s clothing (t shirts, long sleeved shirts, and jeans), sweatpants, and NEW underwear for both men and women.
Donations can be dropped off at 385 Paderewski Drive during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM).
For additional info or to set up a drop-off appointment outside business hours, contact Skylar Diamond at (716) 893-7222 ext 305 or sdiamond@urbanctr.org.