Al Dirschberger, PhD, Commissioner of Social Services

Al Dirschberger, PhD, Commissioner of Social Services

We envision a community where children, adults and families are healthy and safe and enjoy a quality life. As a responsive and efficient organization, we seek to continually engage the community in defining the role of Social Services. Our mission is to engage people in need and provide a broad range of efficient and effective assistance and services with community partners to facilitate a better future for the people of Erie County.

What's Happening in Erie County Department of Social Services

The Erie County Poverty Committee, along with the Erie County Department of Social Services and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, is sponsoring the first-ever Poverty Summit in Erie County, taking place Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Breakfast and lunch will be provided as part of the event.

 

 

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The Erie County Department of Social Services has announced the formation of Fatherhood Connection: Men's Parenting and Personal Development Group, a 13-week series of classes aimed at empowering men of any age, including both fathers and father figures, to be better parents to the children in their lives. The Fatherhood Connection is tri-sponsored by Say Yes to Education Buffalo,...

Annual Summer Primetime programming in Erie County is once again heating up for the warmer months, with six-to-eight week programs taking place at 65 local nonprofit organizations across the County.

 

The Erie County Youth Services division believes strongly in providing opportunities for all young people in our community to thrive and succeed. One way in which Youth...

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Erie County offers Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) services through a partnership with a local community agency. The SYEP community agency connects the youth with worksite providers.

 

SYEP is an eight-week program operating from July 10 through September 1, 2017 serving youth between the ages of 14 and 20 years of age. Youth work in the community at worksites known...

Help Me Grow WNY is a free resource serving families of children ages newborn to 5 years old in the eight counties in Western New York. It serves as a tool that connects families to comunity resources and child development information. 

The following services are offered through Help Me Grow:

 

  • Information on general child development and parenting topics...