When it seems like everything is going wrong, sometimes it only takes one sign of hope to bring us out of the dark or to help motivate us to do better and be better. At a time when the world and individual communities are being tested in ways they never have been before, Western New York has shown why it is called the City of Good Neighbors. Hopefully these heartwarming community stories arising from the pandemic will help inspire you.

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Featured Stories/How to Help:

 
Evelyn Kessler, CEO and Founder of International Child Advancement, Inc.
International Child Advancement, Inc. is a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower orphans and underprivileged children worldwide through education, vocational training, livelihood provision and mentoring. Learn more about how you can help at https://www.childadvancement.org/
 
Catherine Shick, Communications Director for FeedMore WNY
FeedMore WNY’s mission is to offer dignity, hope and a brighter future by providing nutritious food, friendship and skills training to its Western New York neighbors in need. Whether you want to help or need help, get the information at https://www.feedmorewny.org/ or call 716-822-2002 or 716-852-1305.

 
Ashley Hirtzel, Communications Director for the Cantalician Center for Learning
Cantalician Center for Learning, Inc. is an educational, rehabilitative and occupational facility for persons from infancy throughout adulthood who are challenged by a variety of developmental and physical disabilities. To learn more about their mission and how to help, visit http://www.cantaliciancenter.org/
 
Dawne Hoeg, Founder and Executive Director of Stitch Buffalo
Stitch Buffalo aims to advance social justice for refugee women in Buffalo by creating opportunities for cross-cultural exchange and economic empowerment through textile arts. To see their Etsy store, products and donation wishlist, visit https://www.stitchbuffalo.org/