Building Community Amid COVID19

Some Positive Examples of Working Together Within Our Communities to Support Ourselves and Our Neighbors During the Covid-19 Crisis 

THE JOURNEY! pictured above The Journey Church has been  doing an awesome job of making sure our seniors are fed during COVID 19! Pastor Art Hall and his  church  have partnered with Manna @ Northland Restaurant, and with a team  of volunteers  delivers delicious  food throughout the community every Friday. According to Pastor Hall, more volunteers are needed. Persons interested in volunteering or receiving food, can call (716)202-0595. Pictured (left to right)  Hezekiah Hall, Pastor Art Hall, First Lady Rashika Hall, volunteers Tasha Pitts and daughter Tekia Pitts. Challenger Photo


GROUP Ministries Continues Mask Giveaway

Group Ministries and Second Chance Ministries Mask Giveaway  takes place every Monday and Friday at 1333 Jefferson (near  the corner of E. Utica) from noon to 2 p.m.  while supplies last. Rev. Arthur Boyd is Pastor of Second Chance Ministries and President/CEO of GROUP Ministries.

Open Buffalo Exceeds 5,000 Reusable Masks Distributed

What began as a small grassroots effort to protect  vulnerable communities has evolved into a large-scale social health initiative to promote the use of protective reusable masks in the wake of COVID-19 and the  phased re-opening of the region. 

Open Buffalo set up its first table at the intersection of Bailey and Kensington Avenues. The demand was evident with 1,000 masks handed out at that one event. Since then, pop-up tabling has occurred at Main and East Utica Streets, Broadway Street and Fillmore Avenue, Jefferson Avenue and East Ferry, Martin Luther King Jr. Park and in Niagara Falls at Mount Zion Baptist Church.  

   “The need is real and the need is dire. People are out there wearing dirty one-time use masks or no mask at all and that is unacceptable” said Executive Director Franchelle Parker.

   To date, more than 5,000 masks have been distributed through all channels. For anyone interested in continuing to support this effort, donations can be made online at or via text to FacemasksOB at 44-321.