Hunger and Poverty Day

February 6, 2018

Wes Froebel


I was accepted into the 2018 class of Leadership Buffalo. A couple weeks ago we had our introductory retreat at Beaver Hollow, where I met 110 new people who are part of the Core Class and the Rising Leaders this year. 

Here is a brief summary of Leadership Buffalo:  

Leadership Buffalo is Making Buffalo Better. Through collaborations, community awareness, and civic engagement, we are uniting leaders to take action. Our five programs are educating individuals and providing resources to make a difference. Participants explore the challenges, concepts, complexity, and practice of leadership around important issues through a series of day sessions.

We unite leaders from diverse backgrounds and increase their knowledge of community issues, broaden their vision and enhance their ability to lead. Through these programs, Leadership Buffalo has expanded Western New York's social capital by graduating more than 3,000 individuals.

The weekend retreat was filled with discovery and team building.  We had presentations and workshops from Michael Pitek, from The Pitek Group, on P.L.A.Y., followed by a presentation on Servant Leadership with Dr. James Lemoine, PhD.  We then learned about our individual DiSC assessments, and had a workshop to discover how we can better work and communicate with people who are assessed in different DiSC groups.

Tomorrow is our first Day Session, which is focused on Hunger and Poverty.  The day will start at 8 am -  the core class will meet at Meals on Wheels, where we will get a tour and overview of the facility.  We will then break off into smaller groups and depart to our volunteer sites.   I will be at the Hope House Shelter on Genesee Street in Buffalo, where I will be with a group of 8 that will be cleaning and sorting storage and donation areas, and deep cleaning the living area(s). Afterward, we will go to the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Services Center of WNY to get an overview of the services they provide, followed by a poverty simulation with the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County.

I am pleased to have been accepted into this group that is trying to make Buffalo a better place for everyone.  I look forward to this experience and learning more about every corner of our great city, and how we can all help make it the best it can be.  I will try to post pictures throughout the day of my experience.

Future day sessions will include a focus on the following topics:

Education, Criminal & Social Justice, Art - Culture - Tourism - History, Diversity, Transportation & Neighborhood Discovery, Economic Development, Healthcare, and Environment - followed by a closing retreat and graduation.