NFJC WNY

NFJC WNY ..a human relations organization dedicated to bridging differences by building a just and inclusive community through education, advocacy, and engagement.

The NFJC of WNY, Inc. has nearly a sixty year tradition of working with schools, businesses, organizations and faith centers to confront racism, bias, and discrimination of all forms. Through our outreach programs, events, workshops, and retreats we seek to provide participants with the tools they need to build an inclusive community. This allows us to touch the hearts and minds of thousands annually within our community!

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01/09/2022

๐™€๐™ญ๐™˜๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ- we've extended the deadline for the 2022 Community Heroes Nominations! Now excepting nominations until ๐‰๐š๐ง๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ฌ๐ญ. Visit: https://form.jotform.com/213265289579066 Nominate your NFJC Community Hero today!

๐™€๐™ญ๐™˜๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™‰๐™š๐™ฌ๐™จ- we've extended the deadline for the 2022 Community Heroes Nominations! Now excepting nominations until ๐‰๐š๐ง๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ฌ๐ญ. Visit: https://form.jotform.com/213265289579066 Nominate your NFJC Community Hero today!

The NFJC is pleased to present the 2022 NFJC Board of Directors! Thank you all for your commitment to the WNY region and...
01/07/2022

The NFJC is pleased to present the 2022 NFJC Board of Directors! Thank you all for your commitment to the WNY region and our organization. West Seneca Central School District Phillips Lytle Rich Products Buffalo Bills KeyBank Congregation Shir Shalom-Buffalo, NY University at Buffalo Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties Inc. BestSelf Behavioral Health Niagara Falls City Schools People Inc. Daemen College Ingram Micro Games West Seneca Central School District Bridges from Borders Calamar Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties Inc. M&T Bank

The NFJC is pleased to present the 2022 NFJC Board of Directors! Thank you all for your commitment to the WNY region and our organization. West Seneca Central School District Phillips Lytle Rich Products Buffalo Bills KeyBank Congregation Shir Shalom-Buffalo, NY University at Buffalo Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties Inc. BestSelf Behavioral Health Niagara Falls City Schools People Inc. Daemen College Ingram Micro Games West Seneca Central School District Bridges from Borders Calamar Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties Inc. M&T Bank

01/01/2022

The NFJC wishes you a safe and Happy New Year. Though we are facing many challenges, know that we will continue our work towards strengthening and unifying our communities. We look forward to 2022 and making progress together towards a more just and inclusive region! "๐‘…๐‘’๐‘Ž๐‘™ ๐‘โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘”๐‘’, ๐‘’๐‘›๐‘‘๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘”๐‘’, โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘๐‘’๐‘›๐‘  ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘ ๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘Ž ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘š๐‘’." ๐‘…๐‘ข๐‘กโ„Ž ๐ต๐‘Ž๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐บ๐‘–๐‘›๐‘ ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘”

Looking for something fun (and educational!) to watch this holiday weekend?  Check out the student videos on this year's...
12/31/2021

Looking for something fun (and educational!) to watch this holiday weekend? Check out the student videos on this year's BAND Against Bullying . Great messages and a surprise video/interview! Thanks Andy Grammer for your encouraging video/words to be happy with who you are! Kiss 98.5 Nicholas Picholas WNED PBS M&T Bank Williamsville East High School Clarence Central School District Amherst Central High School Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts - BAVPA and School #84

https://youtu.be/nBiWUDRWxFY

Looking for something fun (and educational!) to watch this holiday weekend? Check out the student videos on this year's BAND Against Bullying . Great messages and a surprise video/interview! Thanks Andy Grammer for your encouraging video/words to be happy with who you are! Kiss 98.5 Nicholas Picholas WNED PBS M&T Bank Williamsville East High School Clarence Central School District Amherst Central High School Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts - BAVPA and School #84

https://youtu.be/nBiWUDRWxFY

"But building community is a process, not an event."  "4 STEPS TO BUILD COMMUNITY THROUGH TRUST1. Knowledge/communicatio...
12/27/2021
Building Meaningful Community

"But building community is a process, not an event."
"4 STEPS TO BUILD COMMUNITY THROUGH TRUST
1. Knowledge/communication
2. Cooperation
3. Collaboration
4. Maturation and maintenance"
Ways we can ALL learn to build community- read on to learn more...

Developing a strong collaborative learning community requires daily work and commitment.

Having a little holiday fun (safely over Zoom) at the NFJC ;) !
12/17/2021

Having a little holiday fun (safely over Zoom) at the NFJC ;) !

Having a little holiday fun (safely over Zoom) at the NFJC ;) !

"...Ellison stands out as one of only three Black Fortune 500 CEOs..."Hard to imagine.
12/12/2021
Lowe's CEO addresses race, inflation and vaccine mandates | AP News

"...Ellison stands out as one of only three Black Fortune 500 CEOs..."
Hard to imagine.

NEW YORK (AP) โ€” Lowe's CEO Marvin Ellison personally knows about racism. He grew up in segregated rural Tennessee. His father was a sharecropper-turned-insurance salesman and his mother was one of the first in their family to graduate from high school.

โ€œI hear a lot of white mothers say they think their child is too young to learn about racism. You know what, my childโ€™s ...
12/06/2021
Black parents say movement to ban critical race theory is ruining their children's education

โ€œI hear a lot of white mothers say they think their child is too young to learn about racism. You know what, my childโ€™s not too young to experience it.โ€
well said...

When Danielle Atkinson's daughter brought home a second-grade assignment that highlighted Christopher Columbus's explorations, Atkinson said she began to notice inequities in the curriculum being taught in the school district.

12/04/2021

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As the holiday season approaches for many, here are ways to consider being as inclusive as possible...
12/01/2021
Favorite Holiday Poster Projects Arenโ€™t Inclusive

As the holiday season approaches for many, here are ways to consider being as inclusive as possible...

An educator and mother recommends strategies for supporting all studentsโ€™ religions and cultures, during the winter holidays and year-round.

11/29/2021

To all our friends and community partners! Buffalo Jewish Federation Jewish Family Services of Western New York Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo

What a great way to start the day!  Thanks WGRZ - Channel 2, Buffalo for highlighting this great partnership with Daemen...
11/18/2021
Daemen College mascot, Willie, launches video series to help kids understand diversity

What a great way to start the day! Thanks WGRZ - Channel 2, Buffalo for highlighting this great partnership with Daemen College. We're super excited to launch our "Diggin' Into Diversity" program! Be sure to finish the day with NFJC WNY for our 39th Annual Multi-Faith virtual Thanksgiving Service with the Network of Religious Communities at 7:00PM. Follow bit.ly/ThanksBuffalo21 to join!

"Diggin' Into Diversity" is a partnership between the college and National Federation for Just Communities of WNY.

"To advance DEI, companies need to make it a business function and not just an aspect of HR programming... Often, DEI is...
11/15/2021
Study: Talent leaders miss 'the simple things' to increase DEI

"To advance DEI, companies need to make it a business function and not just an aspect of HR programming... Often, DEI is seen more as a compliance issue rather than a talent lever... companies are just going through the motions and not holding themselves accountable "...

While employers say they consider DEI goals important, company policy often falls short.

In light of the recent passing of a student with autism involving bullying [which can have life altering consequences] (...
11/14/2021
Talking about Autism

In light of the recent passing of a student with autism involving bullying [which can have life altering consequences] (https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/12/us/isabella-izzy-tichenor-utah-bullying-claims-suicide/index.html) check out this local podcast video to learn more... People Inc. Autism Services, Inc. Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition

My conversation with Chuki Naylor about Autism. Chuki is the mother of Donte AKA the King of Ausome. Chuki shares her journey as the parent of a child with a...

"Black, Latinx, and Asian American students were less likely to face such exclusionary discipline when their teachers ma...
11/13/2021
Study: Suspensions of Students of Color Go Down When Teachers of Color Are In Charge

"Black, Latinx, and Asian American students were less likely to face such exclusionary discipline when their teachers matched their racial or ethnic background.

โ€œThis speaks to the national conversation about diversifying the teacher workforce not just as a good policy because we like diversity,โ€

Students of color were less likely to face exclusionary discipline when their teachers matched their ethnic or racial backgrounds.

Happening soon- thanks Say Yes Buffalo for bringing this to the community!
11/11/2021

Happening soon- thanks Say Yes Buffalo for bringing this to the community!

Happening soon- thanks Say Yes Buffalo for bringing this to the community!

A great conference series you may be interested in...
11/09/2021
The Opportunity Youth Forum 2021 Digital Learning Series - The Power of Place: Reframing Environmental Justice with a Racial Justice Lens

A great conference series you may be interested in...

The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions is pleased to invite you to the Opportunity Youth Forum (OYF) Digital Learning Series 2021: The Power of Place. In 2021, our learning sessions will look at key systems that touch opportunity youth, including: (i) re-engagement, (ii) postsecondary, and (iii) th...

"The report shows that only 30 percent of companies rate their DEI programs as highly effective."
11/08/2021
The Future of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion -

"The report shows that only 30 percent of companies rate their DEI programs as highly effective."

EE While there is a strong trend for diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, studies show that progress is slow, and many companies are

We have been honored with a Top-Rated Award for 2021 from GreatNonprofits! We appreciate all of your contributions! Read...
11/08/2021
THE NATIONAL FEDERATION FOR JUST COMMUNITIES OF WESTERN NEW YORK Reviews and Ratings | Buffalo, NY | Donate, Volunteer, Review | GreatNonprofits

We have been honored with a Top-Rated Award for 2021 from GreatNonprofits! We appreciate all of your contributions! Read inspiring stories about us and add your own! https://greatnonprofits.org/org/the-national-federation-for-just-communities-of-western-new-york

Volunteer, donate, read reviews for THE NATIONAL FEDERATION FOR JUST COMMUNITIES OF WESTERN NEW YORK in Buffalo, NY plus similar nonprofits and charities related to Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

11/05/2021
Thank you for the shout out Unite by Night !
11/03/2021
Nominate Your Charity and More

Thank you for the shout out Unite by Night !

Speak with a RedShirt this Annual Enrollment Period and get your chance at winning exciting prizes, get your free gift and nominate your favorite charity to receive a donation from Independent Health

11/02/2021
Please join us virtually Thurs. Nov. 18th at 7:00PM for the 39th Annual Multi-Faith Thanksgiving Service. Click on bit.l...
11/01/2021

Please join us virtually Thurs. Nov. 18th at 7:00PM for the 39th Annual Multi-Faith Thanksgiving Service. Click on bit.ly/ThanksBuffalo21 to view this one hour inspirational Interfaith program. Network of Religious Communities

Please join us virtually Thurs. Nov. 18th at 7:00PM for the 39th Annual Multi-Faith Thanksgiving Service. Click on bit.ly/ThanksBuffalo21 to view this one hour inspirational Interfaith program. Network of Religious Communities

Community Event happening this weekend!
10/27/2021

Community Event happening this weekend!

Community Event happening this weekend!

Thank you to Just Buffalo Literary Center and Zawadi Books for helping to expand the NFJC resource library.  Looking for...
10/23/2021

Thank you to Just Buffalo Literary Center and Zawadi Books for helping to expand the NFJC resource library. Looking forward to our future work together!

Thank you to Just Buffalo Literary Center and Zawadi Books for helping to expand the NFJC resource library. Looking forward to our future work together!

A family friendly community event happening this Sunday from our friends @ Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York...
10/22/2021

A family friendly community event happening this Sunday from our friends @ Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York Inc. , Buffalo Jewish Federation

A family friendly community event happening this Sunday from our friends @ Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York Inc. , Buffalo Jewish Federation

What a wonderful evening it was last night at the 68th Annual Citation Event!  Congratulations to our honorees, Herb Bel...
10/17/2021

What a wonderful evening it was last night at the 68th Annual Citation Event! Congratulations to our honorees, Herb Bellamy, Dr Michael Cain Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Deborah Goldman and Dr. Grant Golden Buffalo Jewish Community Relations Council, Jamil Crews and M&T Bank!

10/15/2021

Tune in tonight 6:00PM at bit.ly/Citation2021

Address

360 Delaware Ave Ste 106
Buffalo, NY
14202

Telephone

(716) 853-9596

Website

www.nfjcwny.org

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NFJC President: Lana Benatovich- [email protected]

First Time Last Time Program: Award winning youth service program that serves as an alternative to incarceration for 16โ€”21 year old first time offenders. First Time/Last Time provides counseling, guidance, and appropriate referrals to its participants to help prevent future involvement in the Criminal Justice System.

Contact: Susan Croglio (Director) [email protected]


Youth Programs: USSA, The โ€œcommunity build: Institute for Inclusionโ€, Sheriff / Youth Live-in Camp and more:

Contact: Marc Rummenie (Director) [email protected]

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Congratulations NFJC WNY President Rene Petties-Jones and to all the Buffalo Business First Women in Power 2021 !
Congratulations to our clients and colleagues from Resource Council of WNY, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, The BISON Children's Scholarship Fund, National Fuel, NFJC WNY, CBRE Buffalo, Canisius College, Eberl Iron Works, Inc., Foit-Albert Associates, Artpark, Catholic Health, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and National Comedy Center named in Day 1 of Buffalo Business Firstโ€™s 2021 Power 200 Women List announcement! #PLProud
Last week, Willie spent some time with our friends at NFJC WNY working on some content for their youth programming! Stay tuned to see the final video ๐Ÿ˜ ๐ŸŽฅ
NFJC WNY President Rene Petties-Jones thanks our community's nurses for continuing to keep us safe and for all the work that they've done through this pandemic and beyond. View more messages: nursing.buffalo.edu/thank-nurses-2021 #ThankANurse #ANANursesMonth #NursesMonth #YouMakeADifference #UBuffalo #UBuffaloStrong
At 4 & 6 on WGRZ - Channel 2, Buffalo - we're talking with the NFJC WNY President about how to navigate social media during the #ChauvinTrial. Join us for the conversation! Here's a preview:
Thank you to participants and over 100 guests of our Virtual Interfaith COVID-19 Seder, last night. Thank you to Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein for creating and leading the Seder Haggadah. Thank you to JCRC Chair Deborah Goldman. Here's a photo: some of the 32 interfaith clergy, leaders and legislative presenters. Thank you to Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul for meaningful greeting and to Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) Commissioner, Dr. Gale Burstein. NAACP Buffalo Branch GroupNFJC WNY, Congregation Shir Shalom-Buffalo, NY, Temple Beth Tzedek, Hillel of Buffalo,Kehillat Ohr Tzion - KOT, Jewish Family Services of Western New York, Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo. Lt. Gov Hochul's fitting words: "We can call upon history to learn how to free ourselves & others from oppression as we emerge from these dark times." Next year may the Seder be in person!"
The National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York has named Steven Hall โ€™21 as one of ten 2021 Community Heroes Award honorees. Watch the NFJC WNY Community Heroes Awards special televised live on WGRZ in Buffalo on Friday, March 19 at 11:30 a.m. or via livestream through the NFJC WNY page & YouTube channel on Saturday, March 20 at 5 p.m. Congratulations to Steven on the recognition for all he does for our community! #EmbraceChallengeDiscoverYourself https://www.nicholsschool.org/news-detail?pk=1273140
We hope you'll join us on 7ABC at 7pm for this important conversation, followed by a panel discussion on 7Plus with members of the NFJC WNY
PLEASE VOTE! Our 5th, 6th, and 7th grades are currently participating in the NFJC WNY Community Heroes Drawing Contest... feel free to share this with friends and family, and vote away! :D Anyone can vote! Miss Kotas' 5th, 6th, and 7th grade Art classes participated in this drawing contest for the NFJC (National Federation for Just Communities of WNY). As a class, they brainstormed "Who are our Community Heroes in WNY?" and what they have done for us. Then, students visualized their thoughts into a drawing. View their AWESOME creations in the video below and then head to the link below to vote for their artwork for the contest online. Students exceeded Miss Kotas' expectations for the entirety of the assignment! Check them out below!
7pm-8:15pm Fighting for Our Vote - Virtual Webinar with SANYS, NAACP, and the League of Women Voters Explore the progress that our country and our state have made towards full citizenship for all. Panelists include BJ Stasio, SANYS President, Jennifer Wilson, Deputy Director of the League of Women Voters NYS, and L. Nathan Hare, Director Community Action Organization of WNY. To register for the Webinar, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Z0muKXHwRTe3gbDktek
Last month, DeWan Stroud, director of Diversity and Inclusion at People Inc., joined the Board of Directors of the NFJC WNY. He was recommended by Brad Watts, People Inc. community coordinator, who serves on the NFJC board as vice chair. NFJC supports its member organizations in the human relations work of building community by advancing inclusion and justice throughout the United States. DeWanโ€™s role in our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee makes him a great fit for this position. Way to go, DeWan!
Attend The 2021 Buffalo Virtual MLK Jr. Celebration, Monday January 18th @ 3:30-5:30 PM on Channel 7 (WKBW). Please share! #InjusticeAnywhereIsAThreatToJusticeEverywhere NFJC WNY