Gear-Up-A-Child

Gear Up A Child is a program that provides human services year round to youth, their families, and community organizations.  The objective of this program is to provide new and previously owned athletic equipment, computers, along with financial support to disadvantaged children or organizations.

The program runs year round and accepts your second hand sports equipment and supplies, we then distribute them to local organizations that are at a disadvantage and in need of these supplies.

GUAC Notable Accomplishments

  • buffalologo1Partnerships Ingram Micro Inc. and AAA of Western and Central New York which held employee drives to collect athletic equipment to give to little league football teams, families, day cares, and community youth centers!
  • Spanish/English Dictionary given to past graduates of summer program Spanish classes.
  • Expenses covered for select group of students to travel and compete in the 3 on 3 Gus Macker Tournament in Rome New York
  • New cheerleader uniforms were donated to Burgard High School
  • Desktop computers donated to several elementary and high school aged students. These gifts will help children and their families bridge the digital informational gap.
  • Sponsorship of the Buffalo International Chili Peppers Soccer Program. These team are made up of new refugees from various countries such as; Burma, Senegal, Bukina, Fazo, Rwanda, Thailand, Turkey, and Russia.
  • Supporting the efforts of Archangel Chess Academy as official trophy & awards sponsor for several tournaments. They are currently ranked as one of the nation’s top five chess teams. The WHJESP supports its championship team for local, regional and national competitions. This program offers kids expert chess instruction which builds strategic thinking and problem solving ability.

Our organization continues to evaluate other educational and sports programs that may be worthy of our support within the Western New York area that correspond with our philosophy for youth.

If you are an individual or company that has a heart for community service, please contact our program coordinator so that we can continue to bring joy to an underserved population. Also if you are an individual or agency in need, contact us to find out how the WHJESP may benefit your organization.

We have sponsored this new upcoming soccer program called Buffalo International Chili Peppers, which now has three different age groups competing in league competitions.  We have split payment for their league fees and provided over $1600 in kind services by providing van transportation to out of town games.  These team are made up of new refugees from various countries such as; Burma, Senegal, Bukina, Fazo, Rwanda, Thailand, Turkey, and Russia.

Our nonprofit organization has supported the efforts of chess ambassador Mike McDuffie by being the official trophy & awards sponsors for several of his tournaments that have taken place in the Western New York area over the past year. One of his teams have won regional competitions and travelled to Nashville Tenn. for a national chess competition in which they have placed in the top five in the nation. Our organization continues to evaluate other educational and sports programs that may be worthy of our support within the Western New York area that correspond with our philosophy for youth.

Get in touch

If you are an individual or company that has this kind of community services at heart, please contact our program coordinator so that we can continue to bring joy to those who don’t have.  Also if you are an individual or agency in need, contact us so that you can be a recipient of our love.

Ms. Jael Henderson: Program Coordinator
411 Olympic Street
Suite 115
Buffalo, NY 14215

716-715-4980
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