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2003
May 3

From 2003 to present,

the League’s annual budget has grown from $600,000 to more than $4 million, with a full complement of services for our community’s most disadvantaged individuals.
1997
May 3

In 1997

the Buffalo Urban League’s Adoption Program was certified, a first in the history of the minority community in Western New York.
1990
June 3

In June 1990

more than 300 people celebrated with the Urban League as they marked the formal grand opening of the new headquarters in the heart of downtown Buffalo.
January 3

Beginning in 1990

a Minority and Women Community Revolving Loan Trust Fund was established to provide low interest working capital loans to minority and women owned businesses.
1984
May 3

In 1984

the Urban League and the New York State Department of Social Services began an innovative program designed to facilitate the matching of potential adoptive parents with children available for adoption in Erie County.
1976
May 3

In 1976

the Buffalo Urban League headed a team of organizations seeking quality education in the City of Buffalo in light of the Federal Court decision by Judge John T. Curtin regarding desegregation of the Buffalo Public Schools.
1962
May 3

In 1962

the Buffalo Urban League was invited by Urban Properties, Ltd., to serve as sponsor for 400 housing units to be built with funding by the Federal Housing Authority.
1945
May 3

In 1945

the agency officially became the Buffalo Urban League, Inc. (although many continued to call it “The Chapel”).
1930
May 3

By 1930

some sixty groups met regularly at what became known as “The Chapel”. One of the groups which were started at the Chapel as a Work Progress Administration (WPA) orchestra was the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
1927
May 3

Established in 1927

Established in 1927 by an interracial group of prominent citizens, with initial funding from Mrs. Alfred H. Schoelkopf, the Buffalo Urban League was formed to address the employment, housing and social needs of African-Americans and immigrants migrating from the South to the North.