The SPCA serving Erie County is barking about a new fundraising campaign. A report in today's Business First shows how the agency has a capital campaign goal of $9 million.
So far, the nonprofit agency has raised $5.5 million during the quiet phase of the
campaign. They will take it public in the fall in hopes of reaching $7 million by then. That
will enable the SPCA to finalize contracts this winter and then start construction in the spring. Plans calls for a 42,000-square-foot facility on 10 acres on Harlem Road near Seneca Street in West Seneca. The SPCA would leave Tonawanda, where it has been since 1962.
A new wave of refugees is moving into Buffalo.
A report in today's Business First says in 2012 alone, 1,036 refugees came to Buffalo, placed here by the U.S. government. They came from places like Burma, Iraq and Somalia, according to government data. The report says most flee their home countries for political and religious reasons. Four local agencies support new refugees when they land in Buffalo: Journey's End Refugee Services, Catholic Charities, Jewish Family Service and the International Institute. They help place them in jobs like hospitality and manufacturing. You can read more about the business impact in today's Business First.