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Volunteering, after-school programs, inclusion. With eight full-size seats, the Defender offers passengers unrivalled comfort and has plenty of room for transporting volunteers and donations wherever they’re needed.


Big City Mountaineers (BCM) removes barriers to outdoor access for youth from marginalized communities. BCM provides structured nature-based experiences that support young people in developing social-emotional capacities, increase their health and well-being, and tap into their full personal potential. BCM’s programs provide youth with the important benefits of time spent outdoors, including uncovering their own sources of strength, resilience, confidence, serenity and joy. Since their founding in 1989, BCM has engaged over 11,000 youth, conducted nearly 1,000 wilderness expeditions, organized over 5,000 volunteers, led over 150 overnight camps, and provided over 45,000 nights under the stars for young people that would not have otherwise had the opportunity.


Community Support Connections is a nonprofit organization that promotes the health of the whole person — mind and body — through support services. Their client-centered approach ensures they offer personalized care that helps people live a healthy life in the comfort of their homes. Love for the community is at the root of their work. Community Support Connections helps people live independently and with dignity, and they create personal connections with them along the way. Every touchpoint with Community Support Connections conveys genuine care for clients and it shows in the high-quality services offered. More than just a service provider, Community Support Connections is a friendly neighbor.


CoolxDad was founded in 2020 to uplift, inspire and empower fathers of color, providing them with limitless tools for self-growth and healthy engagement. Through innovative and collaborative programming in the areas of education, financial literacy, art and literature, health and wellness, history and community service, CoolxDad's overall objective is to enhance the fatherhood experience and create generational impact by inspiring the next generation of black and brown fathers. Organizations devoted exclusively to black fathers have been non-existent or largely ignored in the United States. The success of CoolxDad is due in large part to the reality that an organization like CoolxDad provides a crucial societal need — the need, now more than ever, to fully expose the humanity and dignity of fathers of color.


For 50 years, FeedMore WNY and its over 370 partner agencies have provided more than 5 million people, from infants to older adults living in Western New York, with nearly 509 million meals. FeedMore's longstanding mission is to offer dignity, hope and a brighter future by providing nutritious food, friendship and skills training to neighbors in need. Their home-delivered meal program and other feeding programs serve 1.4 million meals every year to more than 6,700 vulnerable seniors. The RISE workforce development program offers free job-training for adults, providing skills, experience, and opportunities to help neighbors achieve financial self-sufficiency. FeedMore works to ensure no one goes hungry, fulfilling the goal to feed those who need to be in line today and shorten the line tomorrow.


Mercy Chefs' mission is to "Just Go Feed People." Mercy Chefs is a faith-based, nonprofit disaster relief organization. Mercy Chefs exists to provide professionally prepared, restaurant-quality meals and clean water to victims, volunteers and first responders in natural disasters and national emergencies, and partners with existing like-minded organizations to further their mission by providing food service in underserved communities across the country. Since its founding in 2006 by Chef Gary LeBlanc in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Mercy Chefs has served over 20 million meals in 150 disasters, 29 states and 12 countries. All of this has been done with the help of over 10,000 volunteers.