Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

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Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative

From the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo's 2015 Annual Report

Buffalo students watch new cars being built at the GM Orion Assembly Plant while on a trip to General Motors Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan

Showing students they can have a meaningful impact on their community is an important part of the work of the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI). This group of community leaders of color aims to create positive change in the lives of youth of color in low-income communities through access to people, places and experiences, thanks to generous donors and dedicated volunteers.

Thousands of youth of color in our community were given opportunities in 2015 that allowed them to see a bright, successful path to their future. Local opportunities included attending the UB Distinguished Speakers Series to hear Magic Johnson, Liz Murray, John Legend and others offer motivational messages from personal experiences.

Local students along with new friends from around the country visit New York Senator Charles Schumer’s office in Washington, D.C.

For the second year in a row, General Motors (GM) Tonawanda Engine Plant brought local students to tour its headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, through CGLI’s Success Looks Like Me® program. This year, more than a dozen young women traveled to meet females of color blazing a trail in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields at GM.

Students also embarked on a transformative trip to Washington, D.C., in partnership with the Close Up Foundation where they experienced government in action by visiting our local elected officials’ offices and witnessing historic Supreme Court rulings.

The CGLI also continued its annual Pay It Forward Awards by recognizing the following organizations and individuals that exemplify its mission: Southwest Airlines, The Buffalo Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Honorable Hugh B. Scott and Cynthia Edwards.

Together, we are showing students of color living in low-income communities a future full of possibility.

“It is thanks to you that we were able to see how we can impact our community.” - Serge Muharareni, Senior at Hutch-Tech High School

“It helped me to understand in-depth the experiences that women of color face in the auto industry. It was great to hear about their accomplishments in STEM careers.” -Fatima Ramos, an engineer at General Motors, with Temara Cross, a Junior at Hutch-Tech High School

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To learn more about our Community Impact Work, please contact us by calling (716) 852-2857, ext. 223.

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