On May 14, our community suffered a horrific tragedy when a white supremacist gunned down 13 individuals, killing 10 and injuring three, at the Tops Markets on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo. Collectively we are hurting and reeling from this heinous racially motivated hate crime against Black people in our community. It is more than deplorable that an act of white supremacy that was meticulously carried out took the lives of so many pillars to the Buffalo community. Words cannot express the degree of sorrow we feel toward our WNY and Medaille family members who are hurting so much. Your anger, frustration and sorrow are real. Know that your colleagues care and are concerned for you and your families’ well-being. We will get through this together.
We extend our thoughts and prayers to everyone impacted by this inconceivably tragic and senseless act of hate. As Buffalo’s College, Medaille is here to support our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding community, in the healing process during this difficult time.
The College has been in contact with Mayor Byron Brown’s office and Council President Darius Pridgen to determine, what ways we can assist our city. We remain in communication with Councilmember Ulysees O. Wingo of the Masten District, whose district includes the Tops location, to learn more about the efforts underway to address this situation.
We know that all have been affected by this terrible deed and some within our College community on a personal level. Let us remember to hold space to show empathy, concern and comfort as we walk through the aftermath of this event together. And please, take time to grieve.
For our students needing to speak with someone to process their feelings, the Medaille College Wellness Center offers free and confidential services to all students at 716-880-2339. For Medaille faculty and staff needing to process their emotions with a professional, please utilize our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 716-681-4300. And the 24-hour comprehensive services of our community partner, Crisis Services, are available to anyone at 716-834-3131.
Lastly, if you would like to help our Buffalo community during this difficult time, below is a list of local organizations that are directly supporting the neighborhood and families in need.
Dr. Kenneth M. Macur
Emergency Community Response
The Community Resource Document in Response to Tragedy at Tops on Jefferson Ave is a resource to find food, mental health, transportation and other support services, as well as donation opportunities, in response to the tragic incident.
African Heritage Food Co-op is partnering with other organizations to help deliver fresh produce and food to families that are hurting and left without access to a grocery store after the incident. They are also working to build Grocery Co-Ops in Buffalo and Niagara Falls in predominantly black communities, especially after the tragedy has further solidified the need for such resources.
Buffalo 5/14 Survivors Fund was set up by Tops in collaboration with the National Compassion Fund, a nonprofit that provides ways for the public to give direct financial assistance to victims of mass casualty crimes with input from a local steering committee. Tops has contributed $500,000 to seed the fund.
Buffalo Community Fridge is accepting perishable and non-perishable food donations at 257 East Ferry Street.
The Buffalo Together Community Response Fund, a collaboration between area funders and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, will address needs in the community beyond the immediate needs of victims, including community rebuilding and systemic issues that have marginalized communities of color.
Every Bottom Covered, a Black-led diaper bank, is collecting diapers. Drop off diapers at 877 E. Delavan Avenue.
FeedMore WNY is accepting food donations at 91 Holt Street and cash donations online.
Fruit Belt Community Land Trust is offering food gift card or Instacart services to assist the victims and families.
Hearts & Hands is offering free transportation to grocery stores to community members living in the East Side of Buffalo.
Rooted In Love Inc. is accepting donations for its community fridge.
VOICE Buffalo is organizing an advocacy campaign for community resources including mental health support and violence prevention strategies.