Get Into Our App Giveback – Buffalo ReUse & The Mikey’s Way Foundation

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The voting stage of our App Giveback is underway and we thought we’d take a few minutes to profile two of the incredible organizations you’ve nominated; Buffalo ReUse and The Mikey’s Way Foundation.

Buffalo ReUse is a unique organization that encourages deconstruction and salvages quality building materials so that those materials can be reclaimed and offered at a low-cost, which enhances existing homes in our City.

There’s a store located at 296 E. Ferry Street in Buffalo. Aptly named The ReSource, it’s the primary source of income driving this non-profit. The materials sold in the store are acquired through green demolitions performed by Buffalo ReUse and outside contractors, as well as donations from within the community.

Everything this group does is focused on reclaiming the valuable resources we already have. The community is offered affordable quality building materials and it’s great for the environment as well. What’s not to love?

Mikey’s Way Foundation is an inspiring charity that connects hospitalized children with their friends, family and school in order to help them cope with the separation that comes with long-term treatments for cancer and other life threatening illnesses. Using electronics and tools like Skype, the Foundation is able to provide healthy distractions for young patients.

The organization is named after Mikey Friedman, a young man who struggled through endless rounds of chemo, radiation, surgeries, and a stem cell transplant as a teenager. Knowing how important mental stimulation was during his own treatment, Mikey truly believed in the positive effects of being able to “escape” the fear, boredom, and seclusion of a hospital bed.

When the Make-A-Wish Foundation approached Mikey to grant him the opportunity of a lifetime, he selflessly wished for a shopping spree that would allow him to purchase and personally deliver electronics to sick children. In December of 2005 his wish was granted and Mikey made his first distribute right here in Buffalo at Women and Children’s Hospital.

Tragically, Mikey lost his battle with cancer in 2008 but his legacy certainly lives on.

Make sure to check our blog again soon, as we’ll be talking about each of the 17 nominees over the next few weeks.  The contest wraps up on December 2nd. Remember, you’re able to vote once a day until then.

What are you waiting for? Help one of these nonprofits win a free custom app!

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