Elmwood Village community members and supporters, thank you for your outpouring of support during the riots throughout the City of Buffalo. We are as shocked and discouraged as most of you by the events that precipitated last night and the ensuing aftermath. Now is your chance to stand together and show your support for the businesses you watched get vandalized. A lot of businesses had their windows smashed but every-single-business felt the effects of last night. It is our goal to raise enough money to pay for the broken windows on Elmwood Avenue. Please, donate even just $5. That’s the cost of a cup of coffee that you’ve probably enjoyed before from a business on Elmwood, a business that is now closed up with plywood. Help us get back to open businesses free of boarded up windows and heavy hearts. This may not fix the current state of affairs but it’s at least a step in the right direction. It takes a village and this is a village we are proud to be a part of.
The final check has been cashed from the Glass Ain’t Cheap fundraiser so we can finally share with you the list of businesses YOU helped through your support and generosity! Thanks to your donations, whether it was $5 or $500, the following businesses were given the funds to cover the cost of their broken windows:
American Repertory Theater of WNY
Blue Mountain Coffee
Frontier Market (Grant Street)
Hu’s Discount Store
International Hair Design
Win Asian Market (Grant Street)
This fundraiser, which was created over the summer in response to the civil unrest that resulted in property damage to locally owned businesses, was more successful than we anticipated but given the outpouring of support this community has shown time and again, it came as little surprise. We would like to thank you for your continued support and we pledge that the EVA will continue to help the businesses in the Elmwood Village recover from this event and from the pandemic by using the rest of the money to beautify Elmwood, sponsor the events and programming that you enjoy, and create a welcoming environment where the diversity of business owners, residents, and visitors can flourish. If you would like your donation returned to you instead, please contact us no later than October 15.