BURA funds will spur Computers for Children renovation

BURA funds will spur Computers for Children renovation

Computers for Children will use a $100,000 block grant to renovate the interior of its new facility.

The Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency is expected to approve the grant at its June 16 meeting.

The nonprofit group is building a youth training facility in leased space at 2550 Delaware Ave. in North Buffalo. The site will provide a location for computer hardware and software training for up to 75 children.

Christine Carr, executive director at Computers for Children, said the site will allow the next step for students who participate in CFC programs. Additionally, a retail outlet the organization opened in January down the road at 2304 Delaware will move to the site when it's ready in July.

"The whole idea is that our facility can now support the job training part of it," she said. "The outlet store would be an avenue where students, once they're trained, can utilize those skills in a work environment. It really brings the training cycle full circle."

The organization has spent the past six months operating from temporary space at 1799 Clinton St. at the Peter Machnica Community Center while getting the new 11,000-square-foot space ready in a former video store next door to the YMCA of Greater Buffalo.

Carr said the organization is continuing its capital campaign to raise the full $750,000 cost of the renovation. It is also hoping for some in-kind donations to help outfit the new training facility with desk, chairs and other equipment.

Founded in 1997, Computers for Children has revenues of just under $1 million and employs five. In addition to computer training for youth, the organization refurbishes donated computers and gives them to schools and nonprofit groups throughout the region.