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$112,000 grant to aid YWCA housing programs

The YWCA of Western New York is planning to use a $112,000 grant to benefit its transitional housing programs.

The grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation will target programs that provide housing, education and life skills services to homeless women and children -- some, the victims of domestic violence.

Funding also will be used to create a shared-staff position between the YWCA and Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara counties. The staff member will be involved with planning events, fundraising opportunities, marketing and will help to create corporate and foundation partnerships.



Lackawanna benefit planned for mother with breast cancer

A benefit will be held next month for Carmen Alvelo, a single mother who was diagnosed recently with breast cancer.

Alvelo has three sons and is undergoing extensive chemotherapy. Because of the side effects of her treatment, she is unable to work full time at her job as a consultant in automotive sales.

The benefit will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. July 10 at the Lake Erie Italian Club, 3200 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. Tickets are $25.

Also a fund has been set up at M&T Bank for Alvelo.

To purchase tickets, contact Carmen Melendez at 835-9575. To make a donation, send checks to M&T Bank, c/o 7915 Hywood Dr., Hamburg 14075, or stop by any M&T Bank.

Organizers also are asking for donations of gift certificates, gift basket goods, items for a silent auction and food for the benefit. Contact Melendez for contributions.



Registration under way for camp in Pennsylvania

North Buffalo Community Church is sponsoring a free week of summer camp at Camp Penuel East, a Christian-based camp for children ages 7 to 11.

Located in Eldred, Pa., near Olean, the camp will run from Aug. 8 through 12. There is a transportation fee of $35 per child.

Registration forms can be obtained by going to the church's website at or calling 833-6598. Please bring the completed form to the church's office, located at 350 Kenmore Ave., before July 31.



African American men and AIDS are focus of forum

The Black Leadership Commission on AIDS of Buffalo will present a forum that focuses on African American men from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Buffalo Museum of Science auditorium, 1020 Humboldt Parkway.

The title of the program is "Stigma, Shame, Denial, Discrimination, Inaction, Misaction."

Co-sponsored by the MOCHA Center, the event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For more information or to register, call Donna Chapman at 832-2088 or email