Every day, we are privileged to serve a range of organizations whose work collectively will:
- improve the quality of life for at-risk youth;
- reduce crime;
- shelter homeless families;
- help immigrant & refugee populations;
- educate under-served populations;
- promote art education;
- promote the community eco-system and local farmers;
- provide advocacy & financial security for those in the teaching professions as well as other community service professions.
Our clients are national and local. Some prefer confidentiality; some have strict use guidelines for trademarks in advertising and we must respect their wishes. For these reasons, we shall refrain from listing client names and logos here (although references are always available upon request).
It's not an exaggeration to say that the work of our clients literally shapes our world. Each month we highlight one or more of our awesome clients.
SPOTLIGHT ON PARTNERS
During its spring 2018 awards banquet, VOICE-Buffalo honored the following community leaders in Buffalo's struggle for social justice:
- Nehemiah Award: Deacon Jerome R. Wright, NYS Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement
- Faith in Action Award: Rev. Gerard Williams, Unity Fellowship Church
- Alagbara Ayaba (Powerful Queen) Award: Gertrude K. Jones, Buffalo Immigrant Leadership Team
- Community Commitment Awards: Andrew Marcum, PhD, Center for Self Advocacy; and Michael Tritto Jr., University District Community Development Association
- Robert Spicer Restorative Justice Award: Mrs. Dina L. Thompson, Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition
The Western New York Law Center (WNYLC) provides legal representation to low-income people of the region. The Center also helps legal service offices statewide to better use technology in a cost effective manner.
Tenant Rights & Security Deposits were the focal point of WNY Law Center series during the month of April 2018. Lessons in the series prepared tenants with knowledge of their rights and how small claims court works.
“Small claims court is meant to be kind of the people's court, where you can go in and file,” said Staff Attorney, Pam Lanich. “It's not meant to be a difficult process.” Still, Lanich says there are many who don’t know where to begin the process of taking their landlord to court.
The WNYLC sees many cases in which tenant’s security deposits are unreturned with no explanation. Tenants are encouraged to be vigilant in reclaiming their security deposit. "It can be intimidating because some of the landlords might be represented by an attorney or professional attorney and a regular person might feel they can't handle it on their own," said Lanich
In addition to landlords being out of the city – WNYLC has seen increased barriers for non-english speakers; therefore Spanish and Burmese translators were on hand to assist guests at their class.
NuLevel is thrilled to serve the Women's Business Center (WBC) by providing group coaching to experienced/established business owners. The only SBA funded women's center in Western New York, advisory group sessions are held in the WBC's beautiful program space, Canisius College Science Hall.
In March 2018, the WBC launched an all new program called the E-Network Niagara, with the goal of bringing together women entrepreneurs from each of the following locations: Lewiston, Lockport, Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda. E-Network Niagara will be held in two sessions, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month and running through July 25, 2018. For more information about Advisory Groups and/or E-Network go the Women’s Business Center’s website at www.thewomensbusinesscenter.com.