United Way Podcast

We are proud to present the United Way Podcast, a series of conversations with community leaders about important issues in Erie County. If you have suggestions for guests we can feature on future editions, feel free to e-mail us at katie.buseck (@)

Sound Magazine - a partnership with Cumulus Media!

Starting in 2014, we are proud to partner with Cumulus Media (97 Rock, WHTT Classic Hits 104.1, 103.3 The Edge, and Swing 1270AM) to present occasional episodes of Sound Magazine, a weekly public affairs program that airs at 6 am every Sunday. We will post each episode here as well, so you can catch up any time. 

Episode 22:
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In Part 1 Karen Christie speaks with Suzette O'Brien, Director of Volunteer Engagement at UWBEC, and Adam Bartoszek, Volunteer Center Program Manager for the The Service Collaborative of WNY, on their new joint website  In Part 2 Karen is joined by Andrea Glinski, The Salvation Army, and  Courtney Clark, Compass House, to speak about their volunteer needs and how can help them bring more volunteers to their organizations. 

Episode 21: Childhood Obesity
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Bob Morgan talks with Aaron Krolikowski, UWBEC Director of Research and Public Poilcy, and Elaina Mule, UWBEC Research Analyst, about childhood obesity and some strategies to address it.

Episode 20: Baby Cafes
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Diann Holt, Director of Durham's Central City Baby Cafe, along with two Cafe moms, Augusta Rochebrun and Kalombo Kamoriko, join Patty Olender to talk about the services available to mothers and children at the Baby Cafe.

Episode 19: Veterans Services
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Mary Teresa Galante, UWBEC Veterans and Military Families Specialist, and Katherine Sponaugle, UWBEC Special Projects Coordinator, talk with Bob Morgan about services available to local veterans and military families, as well as Operation United - UWBEC's special t-shirt sale with proceeds supporting services for local military families.

Episode 18: Volunteering in Erie County
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Karen Christie joins Patty Olender to talk about volunteering in Erie County and the role United Way plays in helping connect people who want to help with people and agencies that need help.

Episode 17: Community Baby Shower
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Patty Olender is joined by Karen Christie, UWBEC Chief Human Resource and Community Engagement Officer; Judette Dahleiden, Catholic Charities WIC Program Director; and Rita Hubbard-Robinson, ECMC's Director of Institutional Advancement, to talk about our Community Baby Shower and how 2015 Community Baby Shower, which engages the community in collecting new baby items such as diapers, onesies, sleep sacks and digital thermometers. These items are distributed through three community agencies to new mothers experiencing financial difficulties.

Episode 16: Spring It On
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Patty Olender interviews Katherine Sponaugle, UWBEC's special projects coordinator, and Anita Williams, Executive Director of Taking It To The Streets about Spring It On, UWBEC's annual one-day online fundraising event that engages agencies across Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Chautauqua and Allegany Counties in raising awareness and funds in a 24-hour period.

Episode 15: United Way's Community Investment Process
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Bob Morgan interviews Scott Weber, senior vice provost for Academic Affairs at UB, United Way Board member, and United Way investment volunteer; and Joe Roccisano, United Way's director of agency relations, about United Way's community investment process - how it works and what it is like from the perspective of a volunteer proposal reviewer.

Episode 14: Free Tax Preparation and Asset Building

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Katie Lyons, UWBEC's director of income initiatives, and Karen Hausknecht, housing programs manager at Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, talk with Bob Morgan about our community's free tax preparation program, and resources to help families make their tax return work for them by helping foster long-term financial stability.

Episode 13: Western New York Holiday Partnership
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Kelly Dodd of Olmsted Center for Sight/2-1-1 Western New York and Carol Horton of The Buffalo News join Bob Morgan to talk about resources available to help families give their children a bright holiday through the Western New York Holiday Partnership.

Episode 12: Immigrants and Refugees in Erie County
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Patty Olender talks with Amy Fleischauer of International Institute of Buffalo and Deirdre Wright of Jericho Road Community Health Center about our community's growing population of refugees and immigrants, the challenges they face in this new environment, and services available to help them fully integrate into our community.

Episode 11: AT&T WNY Civic App Challenge
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Dan Magnuszewski of Z80 Labs and Elaina Mule of UWBEC talk with Bob Morgan about the AT&T WNY Civic App Challenge, a competition to develop innovative ways to make important information about services and resources available to and usable by people in the community.

Episode 10: Advocacy in the Nonprofit Sector
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Stephanie Simeon of Heart of the City Neighborhoods and Aaron Krolikowski of UWBEC join Patty Olender to talk about advocacy and nonprofit organizations - what it is, how it's done, and some examples of advocacy creating positive change.

Episode 9: Veterans in WNY
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Bob Morgan talks with Roger Woodworth of the Veterans One Stop Center and Kenny Williams and Barbara Tompkins from Compeer's Vet2Vet program about the issues facing military veterans and their families.

Episode 8: After-school programs for youth
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Diane Rowe of Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo and Sean McCrossan of Northwest Buffalo Community Center talk with Bob Morgan about the importance of quality after-school programming in helping youth succeed in school.

Episode 7: Soccer for Success
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This episode features Anna Lesa "Tex" Calvert of Algonquin Sports for Kids and Jen Mitri of Independent Health talking with Bob Morgan about Soccer for Success, an innovative collaboration among United Way, Algonquin Sports, Independent Health and the U.S. Soccer Foundation that uses soccer as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children that is providing thousands of children with free after-school programming three days a week.

Episode 6: Baby Cafes
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Host Bob Morgan welcomes guests Gamileh Jamil, BSN, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant), Sisters Hospital and  Mary K. Comtois, Program Director, Health Initiatives, UWBEC. The topic is Baby Cafes, programs that provide assistance to nursing moms to help them give their babies the best start.

Episode 5: Volunteering in Erie County
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Karen Christie, UWBEC's Chief Human Resource & Community Engagement Officer, talks about volunteering in the community with Lisa Freeman, Executive Director, Compass House and Kevin Murphy, Buffalo Market President, Bank of America in Part 1 and Andrea Glinski, Red Kettle/Volunteer Coordinator, The Salvation Army and Bob Pokrzyk, Manager, Customer Service, Rich Products  in Part 2.

Episode 4: Children's Center for Success
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Patty Olender, UWBEC's Director of Brand Management, hosts this conversation with Lynn Pullano, UWBEC's Director of Education Initiatives and Deb Merrifield, Executive Director of the Family Help Center, about the Children's Center for Success at the Family Help Center Daycare. The Children's Center for Success is an innovative, specialized program that  improves the lives of kids with special services, support and training for teachers, caregivers and parents.

Episode 3: Free Tax Preparation
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Host Bob Morgan, UWBEC's Chief Operating Officer, talks about free tax preparation and other financial stability services with Katie Lyons, UWBEC's Director of Income Initiatives and Kathleen Heim of The Service Collaborative of Western New York.

2013 Episodes

Episode 2, November 2013: Report to the Community

This edition is an audio recording of our annual Report to the Community, held on November 20, 2013 at the UB Clinical and Translational Research Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

In the first segment, United Way Board chair Steve Finch, plant manager at GM Powertrain, talks about our accomplishments over the past year.

Then, starting at approximately 8:25, president and CEO Michael Weiner speaks about the focus and accomplishments of our collaborative efforts in Education, Income, and Health & Wellness. 

Next, (at about 28:49) keynote speaker Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, president of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, offers her thoughts about our region's progress and how we can work together to make sure our community is ready for success. 

Finally, (at about 46:09) Dennis Black, vice president of University Life and Services at UB and our 2013 Campaign chair, leads a panel conversation with questions from the audience, and closes the event with a few remarks of his own.

Episode 1, September 2013: David Rust, Say Yes Buffalo

For our inaugural podcast we are delighted to feature David Rust, executive director of Say Yes Buffalo. United Way is a proud partner with Say Yes through our Closing the Gap initiative in the Buffalo Public Schools. More information about Say Yes is available at

In this podcast, David first offers an overview of the history of Say Yes nationally, and how and why this groundbreaking program came to Buffalo.

In the second segment (timestamp approx. 7:20), David talks about his own history - his family, professional and community service background - and how he came to lead Say Yes locally.

The final segment (timestamp approx. 26:15) features David's thoughts on lessons learned in Say Yes's first year in Buffalo, and what's in store for the future.

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