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Four Pillars of Empowerment: Not for Profits

Local Not-for-Profits

Partnerships with the Non-for-Profits sector is an integral part of our Four Pillars of Empowerment initiative. By building strong relationships with non-for-profit organizations that promote veterans wellness in our community, we can help those who are especially in need of assistance. There is a large community of veterans whose needs are often neglected, these include homelessness, suicide prevention, and PTSD, amongst other issues.

Following are the local not-for-profits organizations that have affiliated with the Erie County Veterans Service Agency to better serve our veterans. is a non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference for our Western New York Veterans and Troops. They work with local and national organizations to offer employment assistance, homes for severely wounded, financial assistance for disabled, welcome home, free mental health services, and more. has been a great asset to the Erie County Veterans Service Agency and the local veterans community.
Mailing Address:
1623 Military Road PMB#874
Niagara Falls, NY 14304-1745

Bunkers in Baghdad

Bunkers for Baghdad is a Buffalo-based not-for-profit corporation that collects and sends new and used golf balls, clubs and equipment to our troops currently serving in combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bunkers also supplies golf equipment to Wounded Warriors Programs around the country to aid in the rehabilitation of our injured veterans. You can donate equipment by mail:
Bunkers in Baghdad, Inc.
Attn: Joe Hanna
665 Main Street, Suite 400
Buffalo, New York 14203

Horizons Health Services

Horizon Village is a 50-bed intensive residential drug treatment program serving the eight counties of Western New York State (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming). It is designed for chemically dependent adults 18 and older who have been unable to establish and maintain abstinence through outpatient or traditional inpatient treatment.
Horizon Health Services
3020 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14215

Jewish Family Services of Buffalo & Erie County

Offers adoption programs, gambling recovery, elder care, mental health, and career services to all residents of Erie County, New York. The Mental Health Clinic of Jewish Family Service of Buffalo & Erie County (JFS) is now licensed to offer psychiatric help to children who have mental and emotional problems.
70 Barker Street
Buffalo, New York 14209

Headway of Western New York

Headway of Western New York is a support and advocacy agency for persons with brain injuries and other disabilities and the Regional Resource Center/Single Point of Entry for the Department of Health's Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Waiver and the Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver. There are no words to express the fears, anguish and despair of traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors and their families. Every twenty-one seconds, someone in the United States sustains a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
976 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209

Olmsted Center for the Visually Impaired

The Olmsted Center for the Visually Impaired helps hundreds of people each year to find solutions to the challenges that a visual impairment can present. But they don't do it alone. They do it in partnership with our generous donors. Your gift is tax deductible and can be mailed to:
Olmsted Center
Attn: Annual Appeal
1170 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209

Statler Center

The National Statler Center for Careers in Hospitality Service (a program of Olmsted Center for the Visually Impaired) is a unique and exciting concept in hospitality employment training that provides physically disabled individuals and those who are blind or visually impaired with the right tools for successful careers in a rapidly growing industry. Hotel operations. Travel and tourism. Sales and marketing.

1160 Main Street
Buffalo, New York

Brain Injury Association of New York

Together with individuals and agencies across New York State, the Brain Injury Association of NYS is working to build awareness about combat-related traumatic brain injury and its impact on our returning military. The Association's documentary film, Beyond the Invisible, is designed to do just that.

The Red Nose Institute

The Red Nose Institute is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation designed to put a smile on the faces of our troops overseas. Designed by a clown and with the help of clowns and friends around the world, this program was launched in July 2007. The idea is for folks who care about our military to donate red foam noses. Monetary donations are also accepted to help purchase even more noses and also to help with mailing costs. The noses are then mailed to U.S. troops deployed anywhere overseas. A letter is enclosed with each package telling that the folks sending them are extremely proud of our military and thankful for what they are doing on our behalf. Servicemen and women are encouraged to share the noses with someone who might need a smile and possibly to share them with the nearby children. There is NO COST to our military or to anyone requesting noses.
We all know that relieving stress is of the utmost importance! If sending red noses to troops can help do this, our job has been accomplished!
Requests are already coming in from military units who want to be included in this project! If you have the address of a military unit, or someone special whom you would like to participate, please send it to the above e-mail address below or to the P. O. Box. Or, if you are deployed and would like to receive noses, contact us! The names & addresses are NEVER passed along!
Contact the local certified laughter leader in our area, Lorie Sabo of West Seneca, NY at:

Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition, Inc.

WNYVHC (also known as Veterans Life Ops) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Since 1987, they have been providing housing, job development, and services to more than 20,000 Buffalo and Erie County veterans who have had difficulty re-adjusting to civilian life. They are located at 25 West Utica Street in Buffalo, NY 14209. You may contact them at 716-882-5935 or e-mail them at

Honor Flight Buffalo

The mission of Honor Flight Buffalo and the Honor Flight Network is to fly America's veterans at no charge to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices. Top priority is given to America's most senior Veterans - survivors of WWII and any veteran with a terminal illness who wish to visit their memorial.

It has now been two years since an Honor Flight departed Buffalo to Washington, DC with our Greatest Generation to visit their memorial. In January 2010, Honor Flight Buffalo is now one of over 90 established Hubs of the Honor Flight Network.

Honor Flight Buffalo, Inc.
P.O. Box 338
Buffalo, NY 14223-1941 and

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National Not-for-Profits

USA Together

With USA Together veterans provide a personal profile and description of their requests, which include everything from a crib to mortgage assistance, so you know exactly who you are helping, instead of an organization deciding where your money should go. USA Together's mission is to use the power of the Internet to help the men and women of the US military who have suffered life-altering injuries in service to their country. By publishing specific needs for goods, financial assistance and services, they hope to connect injured service members and their families with those who are willing and able to assist them.

Adopt a Platoon

AdoptaPlatoon Soldier Support Effort is a volunteer based nonprofit organization dedicated to serving deployed United States Service men and women, ensuring that they are not forgotten by a grateful Nation. AdoptaPlatoon strives to provide a better deployment quality of life, lifting morale for deployed Troops and assisting military families. AdoptaPlatoon provides ongoing mail support, creates projects that meet the need of military requests, establishes special projects for holidays, and assigns morale-lifting mail support to deployed Troops representing all branches of the U.S. military serving our Nation around the world.

Adopt a Soldier Platoon

By sending care cartons, and engaging in special projects, Adopt a Soldier Platoon inc. improves morale and sends a message that America loves its Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen. They are grateful for their brave and heroic service to our nation.

American Legion's Heroes for Hometown

The American Legion exists for veterans and their families. "Heroes to Hometowns" is a transition program for severely injured service members returning home from OEF/OIF. "Heroes to Hometowns" establishes a support network and coordinates resources for severely injured service members returning home. If you are a service member, veteran or family member of a service member or veteran who has been severely injured, please fill out the Heroes to Hometowns request form.

Angels 'N Camouflage

A cooperative initiative with various organizations across the country, Angels 'n Camouflage, Inc. reinforces the importance and advantages of supporting our Veterans and Deployed Service Members. Since its inception in 2002, Angels 'n Camouflage, Inc. has helped thousands of veterans and troops through 'Mail Call', and emergency assistance for those veterans homeless or injured from combat

Operation Forever Free

Operation Forever Free will review the needs of injured service men and women, as they are brought to the attention of the organization. Operation Forever Free will then evaluate and assess the organization's ability to meet such needs. More often, these men and women have endured life-changing injuries; which require modifications and adaptations in their living environments. The goal is to improve the quality of life through various means. These include assistance with transportation needs, modifying/re-modeling homes, and in some cases, providing a new home at no cost to these families. The organization's efforts include these items, but are not limited to these items. Each situation will be reviewed individually, on a case by case basis.

Rebuild Hope

Rebuild Hope helps the families of severely injured veterans and active service members. Their mission is to help individuals and families who are struggling with short-term financial problems due to either a temporary interruption or reduction of income or unexpected one-time expenditures like a major car repair or an apartment deposit. Beneficiary members must commit to a realistic plan to balance their sources and uses of family funds within 6 to 12 months from the time they join Rebuild Hope and must continually demonstrate that they are making progress. This includes finding employment, restructuring debt, seeking job-related training, dealing effectively with health problems and wisely using all available resources including their income.

Soldier's Angels

Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and their families. Founded by the mother of two American soldiers, they are an international, volunteer-led organization supporting America's men and women in uniform. With over 30 different teams and projects, their nearly 200,000 volunteers assist veterans, wounded and deployed personnel and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways.

Little Patriots Embraced

Little Patriots Embraced, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce the emotional and psychological stress faced by the families of the deployed U.S. military serving throughout the world. Their goal is to deliver emotional and psychological support for the children and spouses of our deployed military through transitional and support objects. To empower military spouses through educational scholarships. To assist with employment of military spouses. To show appreciation to the military families for the sacrifices they make for our country.

Their mission is to provide veterans who for any reasons cannot obtain DVDs on their own. Donors help by giving new and used movies to Veterans, especially to those with limited access, in order to view the latest Hollywood releases.

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