New York State In-depth

Eight Days of Hope hosts third annual outreach in Buffalo

Sat, Jul 16th 2022 10:50 am

Eight Days of Hope will host 1,500 volunteers between July 16-23 in Buffalo. During this time, EDOH will offer free home repairs to homeowners in the Fillmore District. Hundreds of projects will be completed during this eight-day outreach.

In 2019, EDOH launched its first annual outreach in Buffalo, with the goal to bring hope and help to those in need. Working in the University District, EDOH-Buffalo partnered with over 70 local churches and businesses to host 1,200 volunteers for eight days. This outreach brought hope to 350 families with free home renovations. EDOH returned in 2021 with 1,190 volunteers who served 240 families in the Masten District accomplishing more than $1 million of work.

“Volunteers from over 30 states and Canada will join over 1,000 local volunteers as we serve the City of Good Neighbors over the next eight days. We love having our northeast satellite in Buffalo as we work with local churches, businesses and local community leaders who have made it easy to do what we do: Love and serve families in need,” founder and President Steve Tybor said.

This year, EDOH-Buffalo aims to bring hope to the Fillmore District. Repairs to homes will include painting, roofing, electrical, plumbing, carpentry and landscaping. In addition to home repair, EDOH-Buffalo will work to enhance a Buffalo landmark, Lincoln Park.

Organizers said, “Our desire is for the homeowners and those who use the park to experience a new and refreshed hope!”

“The Eight Days of Hope program is bringing just that to the Fillmore District – hope!” Councilman Mitch Nowakowski said, “The most frequent calls I get in my capacity as council member are for home repairs like weatherproofing, roof issues and front porch damage, which are expenses many working-class homeowners on the east side of Buffalo simply cannot afford. I am so excited to partner with Eight Days of Hope to make quality-of-life improvements at residential homes, community recreation facilities, and to clean up our neighborhood block by block.These investments will have an immediate, direct positive impact on Fillmore District residents, and I am confident it will be a positive experience for all.”

Except for a small staff, Eight Days of Hope is an all-volunteer organization. A press release noted the organization serves all people, regardless of race, gender, religion or ethnicity. Visit www.eightdaysofhope.com for more information, to provide financial support, or to volunteer.

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