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Inspirational. Visionary. Community Driven. - All words that describe Michael Barnes, founder and CEO of Yard Sale Produce in Lackawanna, NY. Founded in 2009, Yard Sale Produce is a non-profit organization that aims to make affordable, fresh produce available to low-income communities with their farmers market.  “My vision is to increase community involvement and promote nutrition...

CAO of WNY Launches Collaborative Effort Connecting Lackawanna Residents to Jobs (Buffalo, NY) - The Community Action Organization of WNY’s (CAO) employment and training department has been working with the Mobile Safety-Net Team (serving Erie and Niagara counties) and ACCESS WNY in a collaborative effort to connect Lackawanna, NY residents to living-wage jobs. The three entities...

Feb. 1 – Students return to class room -  https://news.wbfo.org/post/buffalo-public-schools-students-are-back-classroom?fbclid=IwAR1dpPfqKhMt5izYkakNEa7RfL0ptyrTXg5cuQdn8npKlcS0x0PpsvwWEtk  Feb. 3 – NYSED Proposal to waive standardized testing https://wnyt.com/commit-to-kids/proposal-to-waive-standardized-testing/6000526/?fbclid=IwAR1j5EOSwc0eDxq2B2VAhb3RgEI7eFVbRJGsEX3HfujFa5revbBE4ePrTNc#.YCGWMsWryuM.facebook  Feb. 3 – https://wnyt.com/commit-to-kids/proposal-to-waive-standardized-testing/6000526/?fbclid=IwAR0HasDNFb30l6seJRkOAFPEWlvDW6KshPeYv2rF9cA6826vz23wJzBnPik  Feb. 3 - https://wnyt.com/commit-to-kids/proposal-to-waive-standardized-testing/6000526/?fbclid=IwAR0KjnbsN4v4h19DJ35IOOQEVkIP5Fy1FSN5KdKyKSu3morIAJBqJht_pAU  Feb. 10 – Advocacy in Support of Standardized testing https://www.wcny.org/education-group-argues-standardized-tests-needed-to-judge-effect-of-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR0Y96r7iLdP3OzB-eUUS158nct73zlkAWsduKhnTB-2pz2ckYvURccM3uc  Feb. 15 – NYSED seeks permission to cancel standardized testing https://buffalonews.com/news/local/education/state-seeks-permission-to-cancel-assessments-for-grades-3-8-some-regents-exams/article_b2956926-6ecc-11eb-9228-b33f8c791bcf.html?fbclid=IwAR3KB9m7CtMYvtVZFzKgpIzCFZdfZETg7GhTTPeyE7uxz3chNIS3vVJKKr8  Feb. 23 In support of State Assessments  https://buffalonews.com/news/local/education/feds-school-assessments-must-go-on-despite-pandemic/article_7abac436-75ef-11eb-93b4-2b6a134f7e2d.html  Feb. 23 – President Biden and...

CAO of WNY Makes Key Promotions Within Leadership Team (Buffalo, NY) - The Community Action Organization of Western New York (CAO) has announced key leadership changes. Chelsea White is promoted to Executive Vice President & Chief of Education from recently serving as Early Childhood Administrator. Ms. White will serve directly under CAO’s new President and CEO,...

Starting  March 15, CAO welcomes families and individuals who qualify to receive utility relief. Call (716) 881-5150 ext.4371, Monday-Friday between 9am-1pm. To avoid utility shutoffs, you may be eligible for up to $200 towards a past-due gas, electric, or water bill. To be eligible you need to provide proof of income, photo ID,  address, and Covid-19 related hardship. Income...

Families may apply by phone by calling 881-5150 ext. 4349 Monday-Friday from 9 pm-5 pm. Must provide proof of income, photo ID, proof of address, and proof of Covid-19 related hardship. Income eligibility is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. [dflip id="21160" ][/dflip]...

MEDIA ADVISORY FEBRUARY 20, 2021 Contact: Shannon Polvino (716) 597-5188 shannon@thinkinsight.co   SATURDAY: Rachel & Daughters African Variety Store Grand Opening Event (Buffalo, NY) - Rachel & Daughters African Variety Store is set to open this weekend with a grand opening event on Saturday. The new Black woman-owned business will provide a variety of ethnic African food, clothing, and other cultural items...

CAO is celebrating Black leaders with Buffalo roots in honor of Black History Month. Florence Baugh was the President of the Buffalo Board of Education from 1975-80 and 1983-89, where she led the City of Buffalo through the desegregation of Buffalo Public Schools. Which led to the development of the Magnet Schools which became a...