Team RWB's mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Team Red, White, and Blue is a non-for-profit organization with a local chapter here in Buffalo, NY. Their chapters and communities deliver consistent local opportunities for veterans and the community. They host regular fitness activities, social gatherings, and participate in local races and events together. Veterans can also develop their leadership skills by serving as a volunteer leader in their local chapter. These programs are at the core of Team RWB’s mission. The Buffalo, NY Chapter is comprised of more than 500 veterans, service men and women, as well as civilians. This year the Buffalo Marathon has created a special category, the "Stars and Stripes Relay," specifically for Team RWB. These four member teams must complete the 26.2 mile course while carrying our Nation's Flag. Team RWB is more than an organization, it is a family. Everyone supports one another with a commitment to honoring those that have served.
Neurofibromatosis Northeast (NF Northeast) is a non-profit charity based in Boston, and covers the five New England states and NY. Their mission is to serve families with NF by giving them support and knowledge. They raise funds in all 6 states and use the money to sponsor research, spread awareness, cover operating expenses, provide scholarships, and send kids to an NF Camp in Virginia.
Many of you will recognize Leah Manth as the face of NF2 here in Western New York. Last year she participated in the Buffalo Half Marathon! Every year, Leah's family members and friends participate in the Buffalo Marathon or help with volunteering. The Buffalo Marathon is proud to give back NF2 again this year!
The Police Athletic League is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) created to provide children with leadership, direction, and opportunity by affording them structured, supervised, and organized activities, opportunities, and programs in a climate which they can accomplish individual and common goals; enabling them to become responsible, successful adults.
The PAL, through open gym programs at seven Community Centers in Buffalo, provides neighborhood kids with the opportunity of interacting with other area youths in a safe and supervised venue. In addition to open gym and game room activities, Community Center Supervisors organize flag football, basketball, and other programs, set up arts and craft projects, schedule bowling and pool parties and other fun and educational excursion to sporting events, cultural attractions, or field trips to interesting and unique places.
Baseball and Basketball Leagues and Camps and Clinics are open to youth throughout Western New York and interaction between teams from all over Erie County and beyond offers a unique opportunity for some kids to build relationships and learn to get along with people outside of their own environment. Athletic enrichment is only one aspect of PAL programming. The larger issue is to help each child develop life skills in setting goals and working hard to achieve them therefore, PAL has placed a greater emphasis on educational programming to complement the athletic and recreational endeavors.
Girls on the Run is an afterschool program for girl’s ages 8-13 years old. We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Our program is offered throughout WNY every fall and spring. Running is used as an activity to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness and build confidence through accomplishment. At the end of each season, with the support from family, friends, coaches, running buddies and volunteers, the girls complete a celebratory, non-competitive 5K event. Girls on the Run of Buffalo is proud to support the John Beishline Memorial 5k as the official volunteer group. We fondly remember John Beishline and Tom Donnelly who guided the Girls on the Run 5k since its inception. We will be enthusiastically cheering everyone on in true Girls on the Run spirit….and remember the finish line is just the beginning!
Hospice Buffalo provides medical care, emotional and spiritual support services to assist patients and their families facing serious, progressive illness. We help patients and their families to maintain independence and comfort during a serious illness. Hospice Buffalo has a team of compassionate professionals who make home visits to assist in the care of your loved one. We also have hospice care available in more than 40 area nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Erie County. Clinical studies show that hospice patients, on average, live longer than similar patients who don’t choose hospice care. All hospice care, and all medications and equipment related to the patient’s hospice care, are fully covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans. Donations raised through the Buffalo Marathon support patient care.
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, founded in 1898 by Dr. Roswell Park, is the nation’s first cancer research, treatment and education center, and is the only comprehensive cancer center in WNY. When you support Roswell Park Cancer Institute, your gift has tremendous impact on cancer research and patient care. Roswell Park is home to world-class research and renowned physicians, and serves more than 30,000 patients each year. Your gift allows us to accelerate the start of new research needed to help save lives. Your gifts also help provide programs to assist patients through their cancer journey. Supporting Roswell Park also has an impact that reaches farther than ever: initial lab research fueled by your generosity allows every dollar donated to generate an additional thirteen dollars in new grant funding.
Yogis in Service (YIS) is a nonprofit group dedicated to providing yoga, and the
associated skills for stress management and cultivating well-being, to those who
would not otherwise have access. Specifically, YIS’s primary aim is to provide yoga
instruction to Buffalo community members who do not have access to yoga. All of our classes are free of charge to participants. Our funding comes from donations, grants, and proceeds from sales of your YIS gear.
God Winks Inc. provides professional photography services in the hospital, home or care center. Their photographers are trained in bereavement. They work with families to capture everlasting memories and provide a tangible remembrance of their loved one. Depending on the situation, video services are available to record stories or video messages for family, rather than photography.
Their mission is to celebrate the gift of loved ones through photography.
Neighborhood Legal Services - NLS provides free legal services to persons with low-income and persons with disabilities. It also provides a wide range of technical assistance and support services. While the majority of its services are provided within the New York counties of Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming, NLS also provides disability-related services for all of Western New York and operates both a Statewide and National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project to assist persons with disabilities and the advocates and agencies that serve them.