United Way of Buffalo & Erie County is trying to mobilize the entire community right now – small & large businesses, local companies and venues – to support veterans’ services. There are currently 70,000 veterans in Erie County; 4,600 live below the federal poverty line, and many others contend with homelessness, health problems, disability, and employment difficulties after their service to our country. United Way sees a great need here, so they are currently raising money through a t-shirt fundraiser called “Operation United.” All proceeds, after the cost of each shirt, go to Erie County veterans’ services, and all of the money stays local. The shirts were produced locally as well!
The premise of the fundraiser is basic: Through $15 and $20 donations, people can order a short sleeve unisex, ladies’ short sleeve, or long sleeve Operation United: Supporting Military Families shirt. People can order online (www.uwbec.org/operation-united) and either pay for shipping or pick up free of charge from United Way at 742 Delaware Ave, Buffalo. Deliveries to offices for large workplace orders are also available.
So far, they have raised over $16,000, but the project needs more support and exposure. Buffalo has a strong, close-knit veterans community, so United Way is working closely with them to decide where to allocate the funds. We really want to get everyone on board – not just giving donations but with showing their support through the simple gesture of wearing this shirt on Armed Forces Day (May 16th), no matter where they are. Order yours today!