The Old First Ward Community Center


As a City owned building, the Old First Ward Center is required to close to the public. Effective immediately, we are reducing our on-site staff to one person.

The Buffalo River Food Pantry will distribute pre-boxed food items to eligible clients on THURSDAYS ONLY from 9:00am-12:00pm.

**For any questions or concerns please give us a call at (716) 856-8613**



If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or are interested in getting tested, please visit the City of Buffalo's new testing site locator/map below:

The interactive map contains a list of all COVID-19 testing sites citywide as well as addresses, contact information for setting up an appointment, hours of operation, and whether the site requires a prescription by a doctor for testing.


Despite the COVID-19 pandemic we are currently facing the 2020 US Census is still ongoing. Help support your community by taking the time to respond. The more responses sent out the better! An undercount of the city's population could mean a loss of millions of dollars in federal funding for important projects such as road reconstruction, the formation of new businesses -which could lead to new job opportunities- preserving public resources such as your favorite public library or community center and much more!


The Fair Housing & Tenants' Rights Workshop initially scheduled for Tuesday April 14th at 6pm has been temporarily postponed. Please check back in the near future for further updates.


If you are looking for a job during the coronavirus pandemic then check out these companies that are actively hiring.

62 Republic Street

Buffalo, NY 14204

September - June the Community Center is open Monday through Friday 8:00am - 9:00pm

July & August the Community Center is open Monday through Friday 8:00am - 7:00pm

Please check our calendar for holiday hours

Phone: (716) 856-8613

Fax: (716) 856-8273

The Old First Ward Community Association was recently recognized for our transparency with a Silver Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile!

GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits. In order to get the Silver Seal, The Old First Ward Community Association shared important information with the public using our profile on Now our community members and potential donors can find in-depth financial information about our organization.

Check out our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile and tell us what you think:

The Old First Ward Community Association, Inc. partners with AmeriCorps Economic Development Corps and The Service Collaborative of WNY.

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