Legislative Report & Community Update

by Erie County Majority Leader April Baskin 

As summer gets underway, it’s important to make sure we are meeting the needs of the most vulnerable members of our community: seniors and children.

Food and transportation are essential to keeping seniors healthy and engaged. Erie County Senior Services offers curb-to-curb transportation as a service to older adults (60+) in Erie County. Call 716-858-7433 to learn more about this service. If you have a senior or homebound family member who needs assistance with regular meals, consider signing them up for Meals on Wheels, which has been providing nutritious food to seniors and the homebound for almost fifty years. Contact 716-822-2002 for details.

On Monday, June 18, Erie County Senior Services will be hosting Elder Law Day. If you are a caregiver, relative, or friend, consider attending with the senior in your life. You can learn how to assist them in making informed choices about their health and financial well-being. There will be legal presentations by attorneys, one-on-one consultations with licensed professionals, and expert advice from community agencies. Register today by calling 716-858-8526.

If you are senior who wants to give back to our community, consider volunteering for Erie County Senior Services’ RSVP program. You can help others by sharing your knowledge, abilities, and skills. The program is open to all residents over the age of 55 who are interested in making a difference. Call 716-858- 7548 to learn more.

School will soon be out for the summer across Erie County. The Summer Food Service Program is administered by the New York State Education Department. Once the summer begins, any child 18 years of age or younger who comes to an approved open site may receive meals without the need for an eligibility determination. Call 2-1-1 to find out the location nearest to you.

Registration is open for the Boys and Girls Club of Western New York‘s 2018 Summer Program. The program serves children ages 5 to 15 and runs from July 9th through August 24th at 6 locations around Buffalo. For more information on how to register your child call 716-825-1016.

And last, but not least, Explore and More Children’s Museum will be offering “Family Fun Fridays” at Canalside all summer, starting on Friday, June 22. These free themed, hands-on, outdoor activities will be offered on the Great Lawn from 11: 00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.