Buffalo, NY

Buffalo, NY

Buffalo, NY has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since Mayor Byron Brown signed the Declaration of Service in 2011 and committed to leveraging resident volunteers to solve the city's pressing issues. With the support of the city's Director of Citizen Services, Buffalo has successfully engaged volunteers to help strengthen local communities by creating partnerships with community-based organizations. Currently, Buffalo is focusing on neighborhood revitalization and is implementing Love Your Block. 

To learn more about the great work taking place in Buffalo, visit the City of Buffalo's website.

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Chief Service Officer

Oswaldo Mestre

Oswaldo works to address the needs of Buffalo’s residents ranging from neighborhood revitalization projects to quality of life programs. He helps the City of Buffalo engage thousands of residents and instills a sense of responsibility in local youth.

Neighborhood Revitalization

Clean Sweeps

With the Cities of Service Love Your Block blueprint as a resource, Buffalo has revitalized communities through regular Clean Sweeps. With the help of AmeriCorps NCCC members, volunteers, area residents, and community-based organizations, the city has worked to eliminate blight, reduce crime, and provide social services. Revitalization efforts include: boarding up abandoned structures, removing graffiti and debris, trimming trees and grass, repairing signs, filling potholes, and much more. 

To learn more about Clean Sweeps, check out this July 2016 article published in Route Fifty about the initiative.


“Our work with Cities of Service helped Buffalo to establish an infrastructure and network of volunteers who could be instantly tapped in times of need, and who could help us target areas of need in crises like extreme, unexpected snowfall. The partnership pays dividends.”
– Oswaldo Mestre, Director of Citizen Services, City of Buffalo

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