Community Assistance Small Grants

In January, 2018, The Junior League of Buffalo awarded one Community Assistance Small Grant in the amount of $7,000 to the Family Justice Center of Erie County. 

The purpose and mission of the Family Justice Center is to deliver comprehensive client services by its staff and partners to address offender accountability, safety, healing, and prevention to enable clients and their children to break the cycle and live free from domestic violence with more promise and hope for a successful future.

The $7,000 grant will be used to repair, remodel, and restock the children's play area in the Family Justice Center's downtown location.  The hope is to create a safe, stimulating environment for all children who visit the Family Justice Center.  This will perhaps temporarily distract them from the unfortunate circumstance of an abusive household.  Last year, the Family Justice Center of Erie County saw over 2000 clients annually and continues.  Approximately 80% of those clients had children with them - all will benefit from the playroom model.

  In 2017, the Junior League of Buffalo was pleased to announce that we have awarded seven $1000 community assistance small grants, two of which have been granted to community organizations and programs that support our focus area, Families-At-Risk, with a special concentration on Female heads of households. The community organizations are as follows:

1. Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network (

The mission of the Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network is to collaborate and coordinate with key stakeholders in Erie County to improve maternal and infant health outcomes for high-needs women and families who reside in targeted high risk areas of Erie County.

The JLB community grant will be utilized to buy diapers for clients as an incentive to attend prenatal visits thereby decreasing the rate of premature births causing increased costs to the healthcare system.

2. Family Help Center (

Family Help Center’s mission is to prevent and interrupt the cycle of child abuse and neglect in all its forms and to serve as a safety net for families who are struggling with the demands and complexities of parenting.

The JLB community grant will support the “Sunlight Project” which is an environmental enhancement to the Children’s Center for Success. Skylights will be installed in interior rooms.

3. Food Bank of WNY (

The mission of the Food Bank of WNY is to obtain nutritious food and support from public and private sources and efficiently distribute these resources to the hungry in Western New York through its member agencies.

The JLB community grant will support the Food Bank’s Baby Needs program. The Baby Needs program meets the emergency needs of infants and toddlers by providing low-income caretakers with a supply of diapers, infant formula and baby care products. These products are distributed through 50 centrally-located Baby Needs sites in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties.

4. Gateway Longview (

The mission of Gateway Longview is working together to protect, to give hope and to enrich the lives of every child and family we serve. Gateway Longview cares for over 3,600 children and families annually across WNY through behavioral health, community-based, residential treatment and special education services. Built on the core values of integrity, safety, empowerment, diversity and collaboration, their approach to care is solution-focused and trauma-informed.

The JLB community grant will assist kinship families caring for relatives within the community-based KinCARES program. Transportation is often a barrier to accessing services, especially for those with fixed incomes.

5. Jericho Road Community Health Center (

Jericho Road Community Health Center provides a culturally sensitive medical home, especially for refugee and low income community members, facilitating wellness and self-sufficiency by addressing health, education, economic and spiritual barriers in order to demonstrate Jesus’s unconditional love for the whole person.

The JLB community grant will allow at-risk families who are enrolled in the Parent-Child Home Program to enjoy fun and educational “field trips” together. These trips will serves as creative ways to show parents how to teach and communicate more effectively with their young children.

6. Plymouth Crossroads (

The mission of Plymouth Crossroads is to provide safe and stable housing for at-risk males between the ages of 16-20.

The JLB community grant will support All4You! Program materials. This evidence-based program’s primary goal is to reduce the number of males who have unprotected sexual intercourse, which is associated with increased risk of HIV, STIs and unplanned pregnancies. The program also aims to change key determinants related to sexual risk taking.

7. Rural Outreach Center (

The mission of the Rural Outreach Center is to assist, empower and elevate the impoverished rural populations in Southern Erie County and the surrounding areas. They serve with compassion, empathy and respect for all.

The JLB community grant will provide a series of programs on nutrition as well as basic kitchen equipment for single moms. Children will be taught basic skills as well.