By Anthony Howard and Lars Lewis
West Side Community Services recently was awarded a $15,000 grant from AT&T.
The organizations announced the contribution during a press conferences held March 12 at the center's Vermont Street location.
The money will be used to fund renovations to the West Side Community Services building and improvement to its educational programs, which are designed to assist the 150 children who attend the center daily to become leaders in their communities.
Both Mayor Byron Brown and Robert Holliday, vice president and general manager of AT&T Upstate New York, were in attendance top resent the donation to Lucy Candelario, executive director of West Side Community Services.
"We appreciate AT&T for its demonstrated commitment to Buffalo and look forward to working on other shared initative that strengthen our city and region, making Buffalo a great place to live, work and invest," Brown said in a press release.
West Side Community Services has served the community for over 38 years. In addition to its programs for children, the center also provides human service program like senior services, referral services and counseling.
“AT&T commends the work of the West Seide Community Services and welcomes the opportunity to help more students graduate high school and the tools needed to compete in today's global marketplace," Holliday said in the release.
West Side Community Services is supported through public funding from the City of Buffalo Youth Bureau, Erie County Department of Mental Health and from corporate and private associates.