Buffalo, NY--- Mayor Byron W. Brown today hosted the first Senior Connect Line of 2021, a tele-forum keyed specifically to the interests and needs of our older residents. During the first in a series of biweekly calls in 2021, Mayor Brown highlighted his Administration’s many accomplishments of 2020, including the launch of several innovative initiatives like the Good Neighbors Network, Buy Black Buffalo Week, the Buffalo Business Blitz and much more. Mayor Brown continues to call on residents to check up on their elderly family members or neighbors during the COVID-19 emergency.
Mayor Brown stated, “Our senior residents built the foundation of our great community that we enjoy today. I ask residents to please touch base with any elderly loved ones today, even a simple phone conversation can have a significant impact on the lives of our seniors. Also, with winter weather many seniors need help clearing snow from their walkways. Please lend a hand whenever possible, it is why we are known across the world as the City of Good Neighbors.”
The Senior Connection Line telephone forum helps keep seniors informed on the City of Buffalo’s response to the COVID-19 emergency, information relating to health topics, exercise, and recipes, and advice on how to stay socially connected while being physically apart. The next Senior Connection Line will take place on Wednesday, January 27th, at 11 am. To participate, please call 851-4001 or 851-4141.
Mayor Brown is encouraging small business owners impacted by the COVID-19 emergency to apply for assistance through the Buffalo Business Blitz. The Starz24 Foundation selected Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI) to administer grants of up to $2,500 to each qualifying businesses. Applications will be accepted now through January 18, 2021, apply online at www.wedibuffalo.org/buffalobusinessblitz. Applicants may include small businesses located in Erie County, NY that filed taxes in 2019. The funding will target businesses that have been most affected by the pandemic, such as brick-and-mortar locations that do not have an e-commerce presence. WEDI will handle all logistics associated with the application process, including application evaluation and administration of the funds. To learn more about the Buffalo Business Blitz program participation criteria, visit starz24.org/bbbterms/.
The Buffalo Business Blitz began last month when Bills Cornerback Josh Norman provided $25,000 of his own money to create the fund, which continues to grow and so far has collected more than $425,000 in donations to assist small businesses. For more information about the Buffalo Business Blitz, visit https://starz24.org/buffalobusinessblitz/.
Resources are available to assist small businesses in the City of Buffalo during the COVID-19 emergency. Businesses interested in expanding outdoor services can do so through the Small Business Social Distancing Initiative (SBSDI). Program participants must adhere to specific guidelines and must obtain a permit to use heaters by contacting the Office of Fire Prevention at 716-851-5333 ext.750. The City also offers additional resources through www.buffalony.gov/ReopenBuffalo.
Mayor Brown continues to call on residents to participate in his “Selfie Challenge” by taking selfies at the new Selfie Station under the new banners at Buffalo City Hall. He is asking Bills fans to safely meet a goal of 2,021 photos between now and the next Bills playoff game this Saturday, January 16th, as a special way to honor the AFC East Champion’s winning season. Challenge participants must have their profiles set to public and tag Mayor Brown in their post for a chance to be featured on his social media. Please also tag the Buffalo Bills and use #GoBills and #BillsMafia to show the team your support. Be sure to follow @MayorByronBrown716 on Instagram, @MayorByronBrown on Twitter and @ MayorByronBrown on Facebook.
Show your pride in Buffalo while also helping to provide quality programming to young City residents. WKBW 7’s #BuffaloStrong campaign is helping the Police Athletic League of Buffalo, by launching a new, grey edition of the popular #BuffaloStrong shirts and hoodies. Through a continued partnership with Retro Buffalo, $7 from each t-shirt and hoodie purchase will go to the Buffalo PAL, which provides educational, athletic and cultural programs to over 20,000 City of Buffalo youth every year. To order, visit www.retrobuffalo.com/products/buffalo-strong. For more about how you can help Buffalo PAL, visit buffalopal.com.
To find the closest COVID-19 test site near you, visit covid19.buffalony.gov. The map contains a complete listing of all COVID-19 testing sites throughout the City with contact information for setting up an appointment, hours of operation and whether the site requires a prescription for testing.
January is National Blood Donor Month. Mayor Brown encourages healthy, COVID-19 symptom-free residents to give blood to help maintain an adequate supply. Donating is safe and social distancing precautions are in place to protect donors. To make an appointment or if you are interested in holding a blood drive, visit connectlifegiveblood.org.
Tonight, the dome atop Buffalo City Hall is lit red in honor of National Blood Donor Month.
Local job experts continue to help residents impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. If you are looking for a new job, call the Buffalo Employment and Training Center at 856-JOBS. Employment counselors are available for remote one-on-one counseling sessions.
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