We are so excited that you want to be involved in WEDI’s mission! There are so many ways you can take action to support our community.

You can volunteer.

We are only able to achieve our programs' outcomes with volunteers' support. Volunteers are valuable assets that help us carry our programs to success! Lend a hand to any one of our programs in education, economic development, or community development. Through conversations, WEDI will help to match you to opportunities that we both think would be the best fit based on your interest and skills. Let’s get you started with our volunteer intake process by clicking volunteer below. For information on internships, click here!

You can partner.

WEDI is always looking to collaborate in new ways with growing or established organizations that identify with our mission. Our organization prides itself on our efforts to collaborate with other entities to better serve our programs and their beneficiaries. If you are interested in sponsoring, collaborating on a project, or getting to know more about our organization, please email info@wedibuffalo.org.

You can donate.

Donors are the most important supporters of WEDI’s mission and vision because all of our programs require funding to succeed. With your donation, we strive to transform Buffalo in innovative, practical, and effective ways. To establish a recurring donation or make a one-time donation, click donate below!

FALL PROJECTS AND POSITIONS

Event/ Fundraising Intern

Candidate must have the following characteristics skills:

  • Detailed, organized, and creative
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Creative approach to problem-solving
  • Time management skills
  • Self-sufficient and comfortable working independently

Event Fundraising Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with follow-up contact for soliciting event sponsors and donors
  • Travel to pick up auction items, supplies, and other event-related orders
  • Coordinate and manage sponsors, contractors, vendors, employees, and volunteers
  • Assist with event logistics, promotion, and marketing

Economic Development Intern

Candidate must have the following characteristics skills:

  • Detailed, organized, and creative
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Creative approach to problem solving
  • Time management skills
  • Self-sufficient and comfortable working independently

Responsibilities include:

  • Support program administrative work at a routine, or project level, as directed. This may include, but is not limited to, updating Nation Builder, scanning documents and filing them electronically
  • Learn and then support client intake work for new economic development clients
  • Shadowing Economic Development Specialists for as a ED support
  • Assist in improving economic development best practices and policies
  • Provide support during introductory seminars for clients considering entering the economic development process
  • Assisting in development of a formal business coach program and managing existing business coach needs

Marketing and Communications Intern

Candidate must have the following characteristics skills:

  • Detailed, organized, and creative
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Creative approach to problem solving
  • Time management skills
  • Self-sufficient and comfortable working independently

Marketing and Communications Responsibilities include:

  • Create and curate written and digital media content for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Assist in the creation, promotion, and execution of cultural events to promote the West Side Bazaar
  • Develop new approaches to reaching WEDI’s client base and supporter base online
  • Assist in WEDI any in-progress marketing campaign and other tasks as assigned by the marketing director

Qualifications that are not required but appreciated:

  • Basic understanding of HTML/CSS or Wordpress
  • Basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator 

Office Management

  • Update WEDI's customer relationship management system
  • Scan and file documents electronically
  • Assist in ordering and office inventory
  • Answer phones and serve incoming clients
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