Get Into Our App Giveback – Erie County SPCA & Computers for Children, Inc.


It’s the last weekend to place your votes for our App Giveback contest! Read about two more of our finalists, Erie County SPCA and Computers for Children, Inc., and vote for your favorite organization here once an hour every hour before December 2nd!

Erie County SPCA is a private humane society funded by donations, providing a caring and kind community that encourages fair and humane treatment of all creatures.

The Erie County SPCA helps to rescue and shelter animals in need, provides placement of animals into appropriate homes, and educates adults and children.

Opened in 1867, the Erie County SPCA is the second oldest humane society in the country, and cares for approximately 15,000 animals each year through programs such as adoptions, admissions, animal rescues, emergency transports, stray lost and found services, animal cruelty investigations, and more.

The Erie County SPCA has a large shelter in Tonawanda at 205 Ensminger Road, and also operates several off-site adoption agencies, as well as a mobile adoption unit, “Whisker Wag’n,” taking animal adoptions on the road to all parts of Erie County and beyond.

Computers for Children, Inc. repairs and refurbishes donated computers to give to schools, increasing students’ access to current technology.

Computers for Children, Inc. improves the student to computer radio, helping to prepare students for higher education and career opportunities by giving them access to computers where they may not have the opportunity to learn at home.

Any K-12 school in Western New York is eligible to apply for free computer equipment through the organization, and all donations to Computers for Children, Inc. are tax deductible.

Computers for Children, Inc. was founded in 1977 and is located at 701 Seneca Street, Suite 601 in Buffalo.

It’s not too late to get your favorite organization into the lead! Place your vote here and share the news on Facebook and Twitter!

Get Into Our App Giveback – HOME & Southeast Works


With only a few days left in our App Giveback contest, we’re kicking it into high gear and finishing up the week with more nonprofit profiles. Today, take a look at two of our finalists, HOME and Southeast Works.

HOME (Housing Opportunities Made Equal) is a nonprofit organization that promotes the value of diversity and ensures Western New Yorkers get an equal opportunity to live in the housing and communities of their choice through education, advocacy, enforcement of fair housing laws, and creation of housing opportunities.

Programs at HOME include fair housing presentations, mobility counseling, assistance to victims of discrimination, landlord training, and more. HOME‘s Community Housing Center also helps renters find new homes.

HOME has recently relocated to its current headquarters at 1542 Main Street in Buffalo. Participation in HOME programs is free and confidential.

Southeast Works provides services to help those with developmental disabilities lead productive, independent, and fulfilling lives. With their staff of over 200 people, Southeast Works provides programs such as supported employment, pre-vocational services and workshops, medicaid service coordination, recreation, transportation, and more.

Southeast Works currently provides transportation to over 250 people on a daily basis, and over 450 individuals from the Western New York community participate in one or more of Southeast’s programs.

The organization started in 1974 as a way to provide community-based and family-oriented care to institutionalized disabled adults, and has since grown to provide assistance to developmentally disabled adults in need. Southeast Works is located on 181 Lincoln Street in Depew.

To learn more about either of these nonprofits, visit their websites or connect with them through social media by clicking the links above. To place your vote for any of our wonderful finalists, click here!

Get Into Our App Giveback – Compass House and Investigative Post


With the voting deadline less than a week away, we’ll be taking time this week to highlight the last (but not least) of the nonprofit finalists in our App Giveback contest. First up, Compass House and Investigative Post.

Compass House provides safe shelter and services to runaway, homeless, and at-risk local youth. Located at 370 Linwood Avenue in Buffalo, Compass House has been helping youth with shelter, hot meals, warm beds, and counseling since 1972, making it one of the nation’s oldest shelter and service providers for young men and women.

The National Runaway Switchboard estimates that within three days of being on the streets, a young person will resort to drugs, crime, or prostitution just to survive. Compass House helps youth ages 12-17, both male and female, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help provide them “A new direction for a better life.”

Compass House also has a Resource Center, located at 1451 Main Street in Buffalo, for youth ages 14-24 years old that are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Those who seek help from The Resource Center can receive case management; instruction on independent living skills; personal care supplies; food, cooking, and laundry facilities; and individual, group, and family counseling. All services are confidential and voluntary.

Investigative Post is an investigative reporting center, providing Buffalo and Western New York with investigative work where main news stations may not have the ability to do so due to cutbacks.

Investigative Post has a dual mission: to provide investigative reporting and analysis and develop young journalists, particularly those of color.

The organization publishes on its website,, and partners with local news stations such as WGRZ, Artvoice, and WBFO, as well as with local journalism programs at St. Bonaventure University, UB, Medaille, Canisius College, and the WNY Service Learning Coalition.

Investigative Post is located at 392 Pearl Street in Buffalo.

To learn more about these organizations, visit their websites or connect with them through social media by clicking the links above. Don’t forget to place your vote here and share the news with your friends by tagging #AppGiveback on Twitter and posting to your Facebook wall! Voting for the contest ends December 2nd.

Get Into Our App Giveback – Vive, Inc. & The Miracle League of WNY


Happy Thanksgiving Eve! Before you check out for the long holiday weekend, take a minute to learn about two more of our App Giveback finalists – Vive, Inc. and The Miracle League of Grand Island & WNY.

Vive, Inc. on the East Side of Buffalo provides food, clothing, shelter, and legal assistance for refugees. The facility, located at 50 Wyoming Avenue, has 118 beds for men, women, and children refugees of diverse backgrounds.

Vive (Viva La Casa – or “House of Life”) is the largest refugee shelter in the US, and has helped thousands of refugees find peace and safety on their journeys to freedom. Refugees and Vive residents are all known by the U.S. government and are working through the proper channels to become legal residents of either the United States or Canada.

Vive, Inc. provides people with the resources, support, and services they need to rebuild their lives after they flee from their homes.

The Miracle League of Grand Island & WNY is located at 1715 Bedell Road in Grand Island. The organization provides handicapped children and young adults with the opportunity to play organized baseball.

The Miracle League of Grand Island & WNY is a member of the Miracle League, a national nonprofit. The organization in Grand Island has a specially designed playing surface, concession stand, and wheelchair accessible bathrooms.

By giving handicapped children and young adults a chance to participate in a team sport, The Miracle League of Grand Island & WNY gives new meaning to “Field of dreams.”

To learn more about either of these wonderful organizations, visit their websites or click to learn more on our App Giveback contest page. Vote for your favorite finalist, share the news, and stay tuned for more nonprofit profiles!

Get Into Our App Giveback – Camp Good Days & PUSH Buffalo


We’re another day closer to the December 2nd voting deadline! Read up on today’s featured App Giveback nominees, Camp Good Days and PUSH Buffalo, and head on over here to help your favorite finalist take the lead!

Camp Good Days was founded over 30 years ago to help improve the quality of life for people whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life challenges. Camp Good Days provides children, adults, and families with summer camping experiences and year-round events and activities to help bring a smile to their faces during difficult times.

Camp Good Days started in 1979 and has grown to become one of the largest organizations of its kind in the country. The organization provides many different programs, free of charge, to those in need. Some of the programs offered include: programs for children touched by cancer or sickle cell, adult oncology programs, family programs, Partners Against Violence Everywhere (PAVE) Initiatives, and brain tumor family retreats.

Many of Camp Good Days’ programs and services have been used as models for cancer treatment centers and organizations throughout the United States and Canada. What began as an attempt to brighten the days of 63 children over 30 years ago is now helping upwards of 1,500 children annually through residential camping experiences at the Camp Good Days and Special Times Recreational Facility on the shores of Keuka Lake.

PUSH Buffalo, located at 271 Grant Street, is a membership-based organization helping to create affordable housing and advance economic justice in the city of Buffalo.

The mission of PUSH (People United for Sustainable Housing) is to “mobilize residents to create strong neighborhoods…[and] expand local hiring opportunities.”  Members of the organization work with partners and funders to help create stronger communities with community control of resources, living wage jobs, and access to quality education, healthcare, and transportation.

PUSH Buffalo was founded in 2005, and partners with other local businesses such as Buffalo ReUse, Buffalo Tool Library, West Side Housing, and more. PUSH Buffalo currently employs and hires Buffalo residents to help with the organization’s community initiatives. PUSH Buffalo values member involvement and social justice, and welcomes people with many diverse opinions to better their organization.

To learn more about either of these nonprofit organizations, visit their websites or simply click the name of the organization on our App Giveback contest page. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite nominee, and share the news on Twitter using the hashtag #AppGiveback!