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Eight agencies have been admitted to the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, bringing the total number under the organization's umbrella to 90.

Of the newcomers, only Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services, which is based in Buffalo, was given United Way affiliate status. This designation will allow the agency to receive United Way funding beginning Nov. 1.

The seven other agencies have been admitted under associate status.

They will not be eligible for United Way funding, but will benefit from United Way's expertise and assistance in coordinating programs.

These agencies are the Child Care Coalition of the Niagara Frontier; the Episcopalian Church Mission of Help, which works with distressed adolescents; Excalibur Leisure Skills Center, which provides water recreation for the disabled and disadvantaged, and Forty-Plus Educational Center, which assists professionals 40 and older with job searches.

Also, Gateway Youth and Family Services; Habitat for Humanity, which builds or rehabilitates housing for low-income families, and the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

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