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People Remember Ben Sauer on Social Media


Erie County, NY - Many people are remembering Ben Sauer, 5, on social media. Using the popular, and many times trending, hashtag Blue4Ben, people are sharing their thoughts about Ben with the world.

Ben is the five-year-old who had been battling brain cancer. Sadly, Wednesday afternoon, his family shared the news that he died peacefully Tuesday night at home.

Blue4Ben.com is the website where you can find the blog his mom, Mindy, started to share Ben's story. Mindy's heartfelt blog posts describe their journey, daily struggles, and triumphs as Ben went through treatment.

One of the Blue4Ben tweets posted Wednesday was posted by Patrick Miller, the local soldier who was wounded in the shooting at Fort Hood in April. Patrick tweeted using his handle @RuffBuff81 and he said, "We lost an amazing little boy today. Ben's motivated me through my recovery with his bravery and perseverance."

Diversity Visa Lottery Winners May Not be Winners After All

Diversity Visa Lottery Winners May Not be Winners After All

 

The U.S. Department of State announced the 2015 winners of the Diversity Visa Lottery Program on May 1, 2014. More than 100,000 hopeful U.S. immigrants were selected to have the chance to obtain a green card. However, the title “winner” may not be so fitting here. Those selected for the Diversity Visa Program may be unaware that they are not guaranteed a green card.

There are certain requirements the “winners” must be able to meet in order to receive their green card. For example, the principal applicant must have the equivalent of a U.S. high school education, or two years of qualifying work experience in the last five years.

Catholic Charities Celebrates Senior Corps Week

Catholic Charities Celebrates Senior Corps Week

In celebration of Senior Corps Week, May 19-23, Catholic Charities thanks and recognizes its 87 volunteers in its Foster Grandparent Program. Senior Corps Week, developed by the Corporation for National and Community Service, spotlights the impact of Senior Corps volunteers on their communities.

Catholic Charities Foster Grandparent Program is a program of Service Corps, which is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

In 2013, Catholic Charities’ Foster Grandparents dedicated nearly 96,850 hours in 31 educational settings in Erie County, including 15 Buffalo Public Schools and multiple Head Start sites.

Carol Smith, a Foster Grandparent serving at Buffalo Public School #30, Frank Sedita Elementary School, said that the program has taught her to “continue to do good for others and to keep hope alive.”

Catholic Charities 2014 Appeal Reaches $9.8 Million Mark

BUFFALO, N.Y., May 12, 2014 – Catholic Charities of Buffalo today reported the 2014 Appeal has reached $9.8 million in cash and pledges, representing 91 percent of this year’s goal. As a result, volunteers and campaign leadership must raise an additional $1 million between now and June 30 in order to reach $10.8 million.

The Appeal is now at $9,806,141.

Sister Mary McCarrick, OSF, Catholic Charities diocesan director, said the Appeal team remains cautiously optimistic the 90th annual Appeal will be able to close the gap and ensure a successful conclusion over the next several weeks. “On the plus side, we have raised nearly $1 million since the close of Appeal Week 2014 (April 6-13) which is incredibly encouraging,” said Sister Mary.

Democratic Leader to Address National Issues at Daemen Lecture

Democratic Leader to Address National Issues at Daemen Lecture

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, a leader on women’s and children’s issues, will address national political and policy issues and her own personal and professional story at 1 p.m. May 13 in Daemen College’s Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge.

The lecture, “A Conversation on National Politics and Policies,” is part of the recently established Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public.

Fidelis Care Awards Grant for In-School Social Work Program

Fidelis Care Awards Grant for In-School Social Work Program

Catholic Charities of Buffalo has received a $211,000 grant from Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic health plan, to support its In-School Social Work (ISSW) program serving students, families and faculty at several Catholic grade schools. This year marks a decade that Fidelis Care has supported the program.

The grant reflects part of the funds made available through the 2013 Fidelis Care Community Grant Fund, which are distributed in the eight Roman Catholic Dioceses across New York State, including The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, to nonprofit organizations with similar missions and values of service to low-income, vulnerable individuals.

No Frills Buffalo Announces Release of Two New Books by Local Authors

No Frills Buffalo Announces Release of Two New Books by Local Authors

 

No Frills Buffalo publishing company announces the release of two new books by Western New York authors, “Restless Nights: 13 Tales of the Macabre” by Dr. Michael S. Albert and “The Boundless Open Sea: Essays at the Intersection of Zen and Critical Theory” by Dr. Bradley Kaye.