The Massachusetts Avenue Project is proud to have long-standing partnerships with groups that seek to further positive social and economic development on Buffalo’s West Side and beyond. Some of our key partners include:
Professor Samina Raja, UB School of Architecture and Planning– Dr. Raja collaborates with the Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP), to study ways to build and strengthen sustainable food systems in Buffalo. The author of the award winning “Food for Growth Study,” a community needs assessment about food access in Buffalo, Professor Raja has helped bring Food Security, as a social and economic issue, to the forefront of academic and community spheres of influence. The study has provided thorough research that helps MAP focus its programs and resources in effective ways to address food security and advocate for systemic solutions.
Grass Roots Gardens of Buffalo-Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo is a community gardening program in Western New York working with public and private sectors to revitalize neighborhoods and build quality of life through the reuse and beautification of vacant land. GRG helps local groups access vacant lots through temporary leases and works with MAP to promote Community Gardens, urban agriculture and other greenspace projects in Buffalo. Information about Grassroots Gardens can be found at there website- www.grassrootsgardens.org
Oles Family Farm-Is a local family owned farm in Alden, NY, that is committed to producing healthy, affordable, chemical free food. The Oles Family run an annual Community Supported Agriculture program, Promisedlandcsa.com, and have MAP as one of their distribution sites. Dedicated to finding ways to bring healthy food to people in Buffalo, the Oles work with MAP each year to support MAPs Mobile Market, youth farm education field trips and fundraisers.
People United for Sustainable Housing (P.U.S.H.)– PUSH is a grassroots, non-profit community organization working to rebuild the West Side of Buffalo. PUSH p organizes residents to confront institutions that perpetuate poverty on the West Side and to create and implement an action plan for improving the neighborhood. MAP and PUSH work collaboratively on a Green Development Zone, focusing resources and sharing a vision of environmentally sustainable housing, healthy food access, greenspace and local green job creation. For more information about PUSH see their website www.pushbuffalo.org.
Trinity Episcopal Church-with a long history of commitment to community service in Buffalo, Trinity began a partnership with MAP in 2011. The MAP & Trinity partnership is dedicated to providing meaningful volunteer opportunities and resources towards the work of MAP’s core program, Growing Green, and its goal to build community through food, urban farms, social enterprise and youth development. Check out Trinity Church at www.trinitybuffalo.org
Healthy Kids Healthy Communities, Buffalo– Part of a national initiative to promote healthy and active living, Healthy Kids Healthy Communities & the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) have joined nearly half a dozen key partners—the City of Buffalo, the University at Buffalo, the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and WNY, the Massachusetts Avenue Project and Green Options Buffalo—to help make it easier for residents to eat healthy foods and be active. The aim of the Buffalo initiative is to build on and strengthen the current efforts of the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board and to form a local Food Policy Council. These two groups will be central to prompting policy changes and specific programs designed to make Buffalo a healthier city.West Side Community Collaborative- A partnership of over 35 organizations, institutions, block clubs, businesses, and individuals committed to working together for effective solutions to crime and safety, economic development, housing, youth and communication issues on Buffalo’s West Side. For more info on this collaboration, visit- hkhcbuffalo.blogspot.com