WNY Heroes News & Announcements

Operation Automotive At it Again!

Our 11th car was given away recently to a Vietnam Veteran with a brother suffering from Alzheimer’s, who is also a Veteran! Thank you to Amton Automotive and Channels 4 and 7 for coming out and interviewing these men.

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Gala is Only Three Months Away

Our committee members continue working on all that goes on behind the scenes, like offering the use of charging stations to our guests and determining menu items including consideration for people with food allergies.

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Operation Backpack Gears Up!

It’s only about a month before parents won’t have to hear their kids say “I’m bored” for a while! Many school districts are starting classes after Labor Day this year, and when they do, many kids will go back with free supplies from WNYHeroes. Just fill out the application found on our website, bring in birth certificates, a DD-214, and a supply list from Aug. 15-Sept. 14 any Mon.,Wed. or Fri. From 3-6pm and a staff member will have your child select from a variety of backpacks while they fill it with supplies. All mom or dad needs to do is write a brief “Thank You” note to our donors that we also supply.

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Take Our Heroes Impact Survey!

Just click “read more” below and click the link. This survey takes about 1 minute and gives us another opportunity to hear what you have to say. Your honest feedback, based on your personal experience, is greatly appreciated!

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Local Veteran Profile: Michelle Erdt of Kenmore!

Michelle served as a Persian-Farsi Airborne linguist in the U.S. Air Force where she was stationed in the U.S. and Europe. Michelle also earned a B.A. in English, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and works as a teacher. She has participated in our Battle Buddies On Our Troops’ Side, as well as our women’s group! As a matter of fact, she fits in so well, we decided to hire her as our new office manager, performing booking and accounting functions.

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That’s Just How We Roll!

Thank you Amton Automotive and Valvoline Instant Oil Change for pulling this vehicle together for us to be able to donate this to our local Disabled American Veterans chapter in Batavia, NY. This vehicle will be used to transport our local heroes to and from doctor appointments. The vehicle is donated to them through our Operation Automotive program.

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WNYHeroes Announces New Partnership

Recently, a female veteran came into our office with her children and asked for help. Our team and board members went into action and were able to assist them thanks to our donors. We were also able to take advantage of other resources as well, as a result of our latest partnership with The Hope Project. Located in Eastern Hills Mall, they help civilian families as well as those who have, and are serving when times are hard. With their help, we were able to ease the strain on our resources, allowing us to focus more of our resources on additional veteran’s and their families.

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Casual Cruise for a Cause = Fun of “Titanic” Proportions!

June 24th saw volunteers, staff and other supporters enjoy another night out on the water during what has become an annual event, with Grand Lady Cruises in Buffalo. Those in attendance had a great time checking out the scenery, bonding, and even recreating our favorite movie scenes. Eat your hearts out “Jack” & “Rose”!

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WNY Heroes Welcomes Volunteer Coordinator, Diane Gilbert!

The newest member of our team is Blue Star Mom, Ms. Diane Gilbert. When Diane isn’t giving others opportunities to volunteer with us, she’s working as an administrative support assistant at the US Army Corps of Engineers. Prior to that, Diane was a family readiness support assistant with the 98th Div. and 301st regional support group of the Army Reserve. She has three sons. Son, Brett Johnson is a senior NCO in the Civil Engineering squadron of the 107th Attack Wing of the NY Air National Guard. Diane enjoys camping, fishing, stock car racing, music and of course, volunteering. Welcome aboard Diane!!

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Local Veteran Profile: Paul Schwartzmeyer

Paul served eight years in the Marine Corps and two more in the Army in the military police. As a result of his time in Iraq, Paul has worked through anxiety, high blood pressure, and other effects of post-traumatic stress.
“This program has brought me to a different level where I feel that…I don’t have to gamble with medications that would have a negative effect…” “Without [Pawsitive for Heroes] I would have been helpless getting a service dog because of the financial aspects…” “Within a week or two, I was off medication and my blood pressure was back to normal”. “I couldn’t do it without WNY Heroes.” Today, Paul constantly gives back by donating his time and effort to the Pawsitve for Heroes program. Paul’s service dog is a labrador / pitbull mix.

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Fri 17

Voz Cycle City Motorcycle Raffle

July 5 @ 8:00 am - November 9 @ 5:00 pm
Fri 17

Operation Backpack

August 17 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat 18

20th Buy American Day: Car Show and Vendor Fair

August 18 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon 20

Operation Backpack

August 20 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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