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Get Involved

There are many ways to support WEDI’s mission to make Western New York a more equitable place to live.


When you Donate to the Capital Campaign  you are building a flagship destination at 1432 Niagara Street where community and opportunity will come together in Buffalo. The new West Side Bazaar will provide more entrepreneurs with the opportunity to launch and grow.  Quintupled in size, it will provide more restaurants, more retailers, more seating, more space and ways to engage. The Grant Street location constrains the Bazaar's potential to be the community hub it is bursting at its current seams to be.

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We fundraise every dollar of our operating budget. As a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donors are imperative to sustaining WEDI’s mission.  When you Donate for Impact you support our programs in education for English Language Learners in grades 1-12 and economic development where we work with beginning or growing business people who are traditionally underserved -- women, minorities, veterans, refugees and immigrants.  We are deeply grateful for our donors.  Want to know more? Please contact Development Specialist  Elizabeth Lovria by email or by phone at (716)507-8276.


Volunteers are essential to running our programs. Volunteering is a fun and meaningful way to support our students and entrepreneurs and give back to the community. We are currently seeking volunteers for our Education and Economic Development programs.


WEDI is highly collaborative and enjoys partnering with organizations that can help achieve our mission. We are always looking for ways to better serve our students and entrepreneurs and to eliminate redundancies in services offered by other organizations. If you are interested in sponsoring, collaborating on a project, or getting to know more about WEDI, please email

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