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The Erie County Department of Social Services (ECDSS) uses social media to inform the residents of Erie County about the services provided by ECDSS and other community partners. Please note that this is a moderated online discussion site and subject to New York State Public Records Laws, e-discovery laws, and related policies. Under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, persons und

er the age of 13 years old are not allowed to submit questions or comments. ECDSS reserves the right to delete posts and comments counter to our social media purpose and guidelines. The following are examples of unacceptable social network content and comments, but is not intended to be all-inclusive:
• Vulgar, profane, or abusive language or content;
• Personal or obscene attacks of any kind;
• Offensive terms targeting individuals or groups;
• Content that promotes or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed,
color, age, religion, gender, marital status, national origin, source of income,
disability, or sexual orientation;
• Solicitations of business or links to any site;
• Partisan campaign-affiliated commentary;
• Infringement on copyrights or trademarks, and;
• Confidential or non-public information. The opinions, comments, posts, and links shared on this social media site do not reflect the opinions and positions of the Erie County Department of Social Services, Erie County government, its leadership or staff. If you have any questions regarding this moderated discussion site, please contact the ECDSS Community Coordinator at (716) 858-7511.

Erie County Department of Social Services is currently seeking proposals from qualified applicants interested in providi...
12/02/2024

Erie County Department of Social Services is currently seeking proposals from qualified applicants interested in providing Nurse Assessor/Reassessor services.

A total of $208,954 is potentially available for 2025. The target implementation date is January 2025. The award period will be for a one-year term, with the option to renew for additional terms, subject to annual contract renewal.

Sealed bids shall be submitted by 3/12/2024.
For more information: https://www3.erie.gov/purchasing/requests-proposals-construction-bids

12/02/2024

🚚 **FeedMore WNY Farm Truck Schedule Update!** 🥦🍅

Fresh produce on wheels is coming your way! Check out the updated Farm Truck schedule as of Dec 26th, 2023, and catch it weekly in your neighborhood.

Please share!!  Happening tomorrow, 2/2/2024. One Goal Coalition Warming Event 10am-3pm this Friday, February 2, 2024 at...
01/02/2024

Please share!! Happening tomorrow, 2/2/2024. One Goal Coalition Warming Event 10am-3pm this Friday, February 2, 2024 at the Johnnie B Wiley Center 1100 Jefferson Ave. This event will provide FREE winter weather clothing including: coats, gloves, hats and much more. There will be free food and beverages.

Presented by One Goal Coalition in partnership with WNY Coalition for the Homeless and other organizations.

PLEASE SHARE!

One Goal Coalition Warming Event 10am-3pm this Friday, February 2, 2024 at the Johnnie B Wiley Center 1100 Jefferson Ave. This event will provide FREE winter weather clothing including: coats, gloves, hats and much more. There will be free food and beverages.

Presented by One Goal Coalition in partnership with WNY Coalition for the Homeless and other organizations.

HEAP outreach today January 30th at East Community High School, 12-5pm.  Other dates this week: 1/31/24 at the Buffalo C...
30/01/2024

HEAP outreach today January 30th at East Community High School, 12-5pm. Other dates this week: 1/31/24 at the Buffalo Central Library 10-4:30pm & 2/1/24 at Ellicott Homes 10-4pm. Visit our calendar for more dates: https://www3.erie.gov/heap/heap-calendar

HEAP outreach at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library - Central Library on Wednesday 1/31/24.
29/01/2024

HEAP outreach at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library - Central Library on Wednesday 1/31/24.

Need assistance applying for HEAP? Stop by the Downtown Central Library, 1 Lafayette Sq., Buffalo on Wed., Jan. 31 between 10 am and 4:30 p.m. Free! Walk-ins welcome. https://buffalolib.libcal.com/event/11891336

29/01/2024

Metro is changing the look and feel of route schedules and maps. Preview the changes here: metro.nfta.com/schedules/new-route-schedules

We are looking for rider input on these changes and how you use the system. Take a look at the changes and fill out this survey to let us know what you think: loom.ly/Ys28gaQ

29/01/2024

The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning partners with Hazman to allow residents to bring up to 50 pounds of household hazardous waste to Hazman in Tonawanda—at NO COST!

Learn more & make your reservation at: hazmanusa.com/calendar/2021/06/15/erie-county-household-hazardous-waste-program

29/01/2024

The Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) program is a free resource and referral program to improve care coordination for infants, children and youth from birth to 21 years old who have a serious or chronic medical, physical, behavioral, emotional or developmental condition.

A diagnosis is not required in order to participate in the CYSHCN program. Parents and caregivers may notice changes at any stage of a child’s physical and social development that could raise questions and concerns.

CYSHCN will connect families with community resources, including:

Medical referrals, providers and specialists; medical supplies and equipment; medical appointment scheduling and transportation
Mental and behavioral health resources
Health insurance
Education resources – GED, tutoring, college planning
Employment resources – vocational counseling, working papers, career planning and interview skills
Translation and interpretation services
Transition to adult services (medical, education, housing, medical providers)
Play/support groups
People eligible to participate include parents, caregivers, friends and family members of infants, children and youth; school personnel; and, medical professionals. Youth ages 18-21 years are also able to participate on their own. Once enrolled, CYSHCN will follow up regularly with parents, caregivers or older youth, continuing to offer resources and encouragement.

To apply or learn more, visit erie.gov/cyshcn, call (716) 858-1920 or email [email protected]. Anyone with questions about their child’s eligibility is encouraged to call.

If you know someone who would benefit from this program, please share this information with them.

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Erie County Department of Social Services is currently seeking proposals from qualified applicants interested in providi...
29/01/2024

Erie County Department of Social Services is currently seeking proposals from qualified applicants interested in providing Food Service at the Erie Secure and Specialized Secure Youth Center.

The target implementation date is January 1, 2025. The award period will be for a one-year term, with the option to renew for additional terms, subject to annual contract renewal.

Sealed bids shall be submitted by 3/11/2024.
For more information: https://www3.erie.gov/purchasing/requests-proposals-construction-bids

Recall notice: Risk of lead poisoning from cinnamon applesauce pouches marketed for children.  See below post from the E...
25/01/2024

Recall notice: Risk of lead poisoning from cinnamon applesauce pouches marketed for children. See below post from the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)

RELEASE: Risk of lead poisoning from cinnamon applesauce pouches marketed for children

The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is reminding residents to check their kitchens and cupboards to make sure that any recalled cinnamon applesauce pouches are removed and discarded.

Extensive reports in the media since last fall called attention to lead poisoning cases linked to eating WanaBana, Schnucks and Weis brand apple puree and applesauce products containing cinnamon. Individuals who consumed these products may have been exposed to lead, which is a poison and can cause neurological damage, especially in young children.

“These products have a long shelf life, and we want to make sure that parents and caregivers throw these foods away,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein. “Check your diaper bags, all the shelves in your kitchen, any supplies you might have given to a childcare provider, babysitter or family member, and make sure that these products are not consumed.”

“Though these products have been removed from store shelves nationwide, we know that they were available for purchase locally at stores like Dollar Tree and Family Dollar and on Amazon.com,” Dr. Burstein continued. “Our Lead Poisoning Prevention Program public health nurses identified four cases in Erie County where applesauce likely contributed to their poisoning.”

• To properly discard the product, consumers and retailers should carefully open the pouch and empty the content into a trash can before discarding the packaging to prevent others from salvaging recalled product from the trash. Clean up any spills after discarding the product then wash your hands.
• Most children have no obvious immediate symptoms of lead exposure. If there’s suspicion that a child may have been exposed to lead, parents should talk to their child’s healthcare provider about getting a blood test.
• Contact your healthcare provider if you think you or your child has eaten recalled fruit pouches, or has had any other type of exposure to lead.

https://www3.erie.gov/health/press/risk-lead-poisoning-cinnamon-applesauce-pouches-marketed-children

23/01/2024

Citizen Preparedness Corps Trainings happening this week (1/22-1/28):

🗓️1/24 @ 11:30am - Brooklyn, NY
🗓️1/25 @ 4pm - Brooklyn, NY
🗓️1/27 @ 12pm - Buffalo, NY
🗓️1/27 @ 3:30pm - Mamaroneck, NY

Learn more and register: on.ny.gov/3rUyzi5

23/01/2024

TAX INFO FOR YOU

- Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
- Child Tax Credit (CTC)

EITC and the CTC greatly reduce poverty for working families.

***Learn More January 27th at the BFNC FREE Tax Prep Day!****

Attention: Free food bags distributed all week starting today! Community Action Organization of Western New York
23/01/2024

Attention: Free food bags distributed all week starting today! Community Action Organization of Western New York

Free food bags distributed all week starting tomorrow 1/23/24
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19/01/2024

While you're out clearing the driveway and you have one or all of these on the side of your house, please take a few minutes to also clear them from any snow that may be blocking them.

19/01/2024

We want to hear from you! Join us for a drop-in Listening Session about the Metro Transit Expansion Project. NFTA-Metro is proposing to expand high-quality transit from University Station, through the towns of Amherst and Tonawanda, to the UB North Campus and I-990. Learn more: nftametrotransitexpansion.com

📆Thursday, January 25, 1-3pm & 4-7pm
📍US itek (1016 Niagara Falls Blvd Tonawanda, NY 14150)

📆Monday, January 29, 4-6pm
📍Amherst Main Library (350 John James Audubon Pkwy Amherst, NY 14228)

📆Tuesday, January 30, 1-3pm
📍Kenilworth Branch Library (318 Montrose Ave Buffalo, NY 14223)

If you can't attend but still want to help shape the future of transit in your community, share your thoughts in this brief survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NFTATransitExpansion

Update:  Erie County, NY, including our ECDSSS offices will reopen today, Friday, January 19, 2024. Thank you for your p...
19/01/2024

Update: Erie County, NY, including our ECDSSS offices will reopen today, Friday, January 19, 2024. Thank you for your patience.

Update:  Erie County, NY, including our ECDSSS offices will reopen tomorrow, Friday, January 19, 2024. Thank you for you...
19/01/2024

Update: Erie County, NY, including our ECDSSS offices will reopen tomorrow, Friday, January 19, 2024. Thank you for your patience.

As we all continue to dig out, keep these helpful tips in mind. Erie County Senior Services
18/01/2024

As we all continue to dig out, keep these helpful tips in mind. Erie County Senior Services

Avoid the hazards of shoveling. Keep these tips in mind to remove snow safely.

🌡️WARM UP. Shoveling is an aerobic exercise. As with any workout, a quick 5-10 warm up that includes moves like stretching or marching in place will get your blood flowing to slowly and safely increase your heart rate, and increase flexibility in the joints and muscles that you’ll be using.

🥾DRESS APPROPRIATELY. Dress warmly and in layers. Cover your head, face, and hands. Take a break if you become overheated. Keep feet dry and warm by wearing waterproof, insulated boots with skid protection to help protect you against slips on hidden ice.

❄️USE A SMALL SHOVEL. Remove snow in small sections to avoid strain and prevent injuries that heavier loads could cause.

💧STAY HYDRATED. Remember, you’re working out. Keep a water bottle handy just inside the garage or doorway to your home and take sips about every 15minutes.

⏱️SHOVEL IN INTERVALS. Shoveling frequently, say every 2 inches of snowfall or so, will help avoid having heavier loads to remove as a storm progresses. If its not safe to go out, wait until conditions improve and then work in sections and take breaks frequently. Set time limits and only shovel for a maximum of 15-20 minutes at a time.

🦵USE SMART BODY MECHANICS. Lift with your knees, not with your back. Use the shovel to push the snow in stead of lifting and throwing it.

📞PHONE A FRIEND. Don't shovel alone. Work with a friend or neighbor to keep areas clear. If you must go out alone, phone a friend or family member before you go out to shovel, and again once you're safely back inside.

❌DON’T. If local officials should happen to advise against leaving the house or going outdoors due to extreme conditions, be sure to heed their advice and hold off on snow removal all together until it is safe to go out.

Erie County Department of Social Services is currently seeking proposals from qualified applicants interested in providi...
18/01/2024

Erie County Department of Social Services is currently seeking proposals from qualified applicants interested in providing Summer Primetime Programming. RFP # 2024-005VF

A maximum of $15,000 is potentially available per funding re-quest for local not-for-profit agencies and local youth bureaus to provide community summer programming in 2024. Multiple providers will be selected.

Sealed bids shall be submitted by 2/7/2024.

For more information: https://www3.erie.gov/purchasing/requests-proposals-construction-bids

Snow continues in some areas, continue to use caution.
18/01/2024

Snow continues in some areas, continue to use caution.

As of 8:55AM, lake effect bands are going strong off of both lakes. Off of Erie - the band is producing 2-3" per hour and is starting to PUSH NORTH. Off of Ontario - the band is producing 3+ inches per hour and will remain stationary through the next few hours.

18/01/2024

Central Library and Buffalo Branches will be closed again on Thurs., Jan. 18. Please be safe and warm. Visit the library online at www.BuffaloLib.org .

Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library
Dudley Branch Library
North Park Branch Library
East Clinton Branch Library
Elaine M. Panty Branch Library
Crane Branch Library
Leroy R. Coles, Jr. Branch Library
Isaías González-Soto Branch Library

Travel Ban updates. Continue to take caution & Don't Crowd the Plows as they work to clear the roads.
18/01/2024

Travel Ban updates. Continue to take caution & Don't Crowd the Plows as they work to clear the roads.

Update: All Erie County offices including our ECDSS offices will be closed today Thursday 1/18/24.  Follow 211 Western N...
18/01/2024

Update: All Erie County offices including our ECDSS offices will be closed today Thursday 1/18/24. Follow 211 Western New York & Code Blue Buffalo for information on warming centers & shelters. Please share this important message with those that may not have social media.

Update: All Erie County offices including our ECDSS offices will be closed tomorrow, Thursday 1/18/24.  Follow 211 Weste...
17/01/2024

Update: All Erie County offices including our ECDSS offices will be closed tomorrow, Thursday 1/18/24. Follow 211 Western New York & Code Blue Buffalo for information on warming centers & shelters. Please share this important message with those that may not have social media.

ATTN: Due to the ongoing winter weather event, Erie County, NY & ECDSS  offices will be closed tomorrow (Thursday, Janua...
17/01/2024

ATTN: Due to the ongoing winter weather event, Erie County, NY & ECDSS offices will be closed tomorrow (Thursday, January 18). Pursuant to protocols, emergency personnel are to report as directed and all others to work from home.

Due to the ongoing winter weather event, Erie County, NY offices will be closed tomorrow (Thursday, January 18). Pursuant to our protocols, emergency personnel are to report as directed and all others to work from home.

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