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Got Mad Ping Pong Skills?

The Broadway Market is hosting the “Broadway Battle” table tennis tournament on 10/16/2010.

All proceeds from the event go to Catholic Charities of Buffalo to help purchase and distribute turkeys to families this Thanksgiving.

Children are $5, adults are $10 or 2/$14.

The round-robin style event is designed for all skill levels.

Tournament will be overseen by an Official USATT Umpire.

Prizes and honors go to top contestants.

Open warm-up and sign-in begins at 8 am, kids round-robin begins at 10 am, adults round-robin starts at 12 pm.

Pre-register and find out more info by clicking here—>

Buffalo ReUse: Talent & Treasure Auction…

Buffalo ReUse invites you to their first-ever live auction!

On Saturday, September 25th from 8–10pm as folks bid on treasures from our inventory and talents of our staff and volunteers!

You could win a french toast breakfast in bed, a photographer for your Gramma’s 100th birthday party, a night with Olaf, a potpurri of pickles, a massage, a reprieve from laundry, a cat-sitter, a week of dog walking, a chance to entertain guests with cherries jubilee, wine making lessons, soap making lessons, coffee roasting fresh before your eyes, free car washes from BARB, installation of that rain barrel you bought two months ago and more!

[read full more about the event @ Buffalo ReUse's website--->]

Man Walks to Washington DC to Initiate Change

Randy Sargent, President of Stop Killing Clothing and community activist from Buffalo, will be walking from the Buffalo City Hall steps to Washington DC to grab lawmaker’s attention. His goal is be the voice of vicitims of homocide throughout our entire nation.

His journey began on August 28th at 2:00pm when he stepped foot off of the City Hall  steps in Buffalo. The total distance of the walk is 600 miles.

Home Repair Funding Just Awarded

The Matt Urban Center has been awarded $700,000 by the Affordable Housing Corporation and the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal to administer an owner-occupied repair program to assist low income homeowners in a targeted area of East Buffalo.

Some units will be targeted for persons who are elderly and persons with physical disabilities. Additional funding will be provided by the NYS DHCR Weatherization Assistance Program. Program to open in 2011.

Please call 893-7222 x 213 for program details.

Buffalo AmeriCorps On The Rebound: Community Service Without Abandonment!

Buffalo AmeriCorps and staff at The Belle Center can now rest a little easier after the decision to not fund Buffalo AmeriCorps for the upcoming 2010-11 fiscal year was overturned. After much advocacy, Buffalo AmeriCorps recently received a grant totaling $283,277 from the NYS Commission on National and Community Service.

The Buffalo AmeriCorps program has a major impact on the Western New York community as it provides vital resources towards socio-economic advancement for members in the community through service. Buffalo AmeriCorps has provided $206,000 in education awards over the past 3 years to members who have successfully completed their term of service.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market Lists Weekend Attractions

Coming Saturday, September 18, to the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market: A beer brewing demonstration with Community Beer Works, and wine-tasting courtesy of Schultze Vineyards & Winery and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery! Feed Your Soul will also be touring the Market with Chef Steven Gedra of Bistro Europa. Sounds like the makings of a memorable day!

Come and See What MATTers In Our Community: You Are Invited!

The Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of Western New York invites you to come see how we are changing lives, revitalizing neighborhoods and serving families. Come join us for a FREE 1 hour informative tour of Buffalo’s premier human services center, located in the historic 1081 Broadway Dom Polski Building.


What MATTers In OUR Community Guided Tours-

All tours are held at our 1081 Broadway location.


Afternoon Tours 12 noon - 1pm on the following dates-

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tuesday, October 25, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tuesday March 22, 2011


Morning Tours 8am - 9am on the following dates-

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tuesday, October 4, 2010

Tuesday November 23, 2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thursday February 3, 2011