Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

2018 Project Summaries

Below are the four local organizations that have been chosen by a member vote as finalists for the 2018 21st Century Fund grant award of $100,000. The final vote and check presentation will take place on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in Hohn Auditorium at the Research Studies Center at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Aquarium of Niagara

Project Name: Jellyfish Exhibit
Project Summary: The Aquarium of Niagara’s master plan for development began with the new Humboldt Penguin Habitat, a dynamic and fascinating exhibit that brings visitors up close and personal with an endangered and engaging species. The Aquarium’s progress continues with the Jellyfish Exhibit, a new project that will install five interactive tanks on the Aquarium’s second floor, filled with jellyfish illuminated with multicolored lights, inviting visitors to learn more about this fascinating species.

These new exhibits provide critical impact by establishing the Aquarium as a site of interest for both recurring and new visitors. The Aquarium anticipates a 10% increase over this year’s 270,000 visitor count, representing local, regional, and international visitors coming to see exciting new attractions at WNY’s only site featuring live marine exhibits. Long-term impact includes visitors who expand their stays to visit other Niagara Falls venues, hotels and attractions.

Buffalo City Mission

Project Name: Medical Discharge Quad in the New Buffalo City Mission
Project Summary: The Buffalo City Mission (BCM) is building a new 75,000 square foot facility to help the homeless and impoverished of Buffalo. One part of this new building will be a staffed thirteen-bed Medical Discharge Quad for homeless people leaving the hospital. Hospital administrators cannot discharge a homeless person to the streets; therefore patients stay longer than necessary, costing hospitals $1,000-$3,000/day. The 21st Century funding would build ten of the thirteen medical beds in the quad.

The Medical Discharge Quad project will have a significant long-term positive impact on the health care network in Western New York. Because the new building will have minimum lifespan of 25 years, the savings to Buffalo’s healthcare network will exceed $50 million during this period. Long-term, this will help thousands of people and save at least $2.3 million dollars per year. Aside from cost savings, it will offer peace of mind to homeless people and hospital staff.

Jericho Road Community Health Center

Project Name: Expanding Access to Health Care, Community Services, and Economic Opportunity on Buffalo’s East Side
Project Summary: In 2018, Jericho Road Community Health Center (JRCHC) will expand health care access, social supports, and economic opportunity through a new, collaborative community services and programming hub in the historic Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood. The project will include:
•Medical care and pharmacy
•Community programming
•Interpretation services
•Fitness center
•Café/community kitchen
•Commercial business development
Critical impact: The immediate impact is health care and services to 3,600 new low-income patients. At least 26 new jobs will be created.
Scope: The project targets 27,000 residents in 4 surrounding zip codes with high rates of poverty and poor health statistics.
Long-term impact: After 10 years, we project serving more than 15,000 patients. Key health indicators will have improved; unnecessary hospital visits will have decreased. A minimum 70 healthcare jobs and new commercial opportunities will have been created. Affordable housing options will have expanded.

Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club

Project Name: 17th Street Clubhouse Revitalization Project
Project Summary: The Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club 17th Street Clubhouse Revitalization Project is an investment in our youth and a means to strengthen the City of Niagara Falls. This 60 year old Clubhouse will be transformed into a multi-use center that will serve over 750 children & families, will be fully utilized all day & year round and will offer a vast array of activities to help create a healthy, sustainable community. Recently, many other agencies have been reducing their services or closing completely, leaving the youth of Niagara Falls, especially teens, with nowhere to go for positive, safe enriching activities. By investing in the upgrades and revitalization of the 17th Street Clubhouse, NFBGC will be able to expand our reach and service hundreds more youth and teens in a wide variety of activities giving these kids a chance to be somewhere and do something positive.

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