Phil Haberstro -Founder
We are deeply saddened to announce that Our Founder and Board Chair,  Phil Haberstro,  passed away.
Phil dedicated his life to helping others. He wanted people to be happy and healthy. For 30+ years he worked to make our community a better place to live.
He took time to teach us about social capital and Phil had so much of that. Lifelong friends from all over know the legacy that he left.
We extend our condolences to his wife Bonnie and all of his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Phil.

You helped so much more than you will ever know. Thank you Phil!


We are encouraging all anyone who knew Phil to come together and help us make sure his legacy lives on by donating $30 for the 30 years he led the Wellness Institute. 


Our Founder Phil Haberstro recognized by Mayor Brown 

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The Healthy Communities Movement began in America in 1989, and is a global movement to address community health and quality of life. The Healthy Communities Movement is a strategic and comprehensive method to improve community health because it focuses on the social, environmental, economic, and human health dimensions that contribute to a community’s health!

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  • 01

    Clean Sweep 2.0

    11:00 am-4:00 pm
    October 1, 2020

    Clean Sweep 2.0 is an Initiative from Mayor Byron Brown’s Office, in conjunction with Citizen’s Services, to promote community engagement and well-being!

    Location: Intersection of East Street and Farmer Street
    Date and Time: Thursday October 1, at 1:00 pm
    Pre-Sweep Virtual Meeting Date & Time: 10.1.2020 at 11:30 am
    Pre-Sweep Virtual Meeting Link: https://atteetrial1.webex.com/meet/citizenservices

  • 01

    Walkability Assessment Workshop

    5:00 pm-6:00 pm
    October 1, 2020

    As a part of Project REACH, we are hosting virtual walkability assessment workshops to teach our community members on how to measure their community’s walkability! Tune in for the hour-long workshop, ask questions, meet neighbors, and connect with Project REACH!

    Link: http://bit.ly/HealthyWalkingWorkshops

  • 02

    BNMC Lung Force Walk Ends!

    All day
    October 2, 2020

    For the month of September BNMC is participating in the virtual LUNGForce walk being hosted by The American Lung Association. This normally is an in-person event, with various stops along the walk route to learn about lung health and participate in challenges. The ALA is trying a virtual walk this year and we decided this would be a nice opportunity to create a team specific to members of this group. You can sign up anytime throughout the month, but the sooner the better!

    How it works: Once you register, you have the entire month to complete the different tasks in the Action Passport (attached). The tasks include signing a petition to support lung health, completing a lung health trivia quiz, going for a walk with a friend, and more. To get credit, you can either post your completed tasks in their LUNG FORCE Facebook Group<https://www.facebook.com/groups/LFWalkBuffalo/> or email Alexis (Alexis.Gigliello@lung.org) directly. For each completed task you are entered to receive a prize.

  • 02

    COVID Safe Senior Bingo & Health Fair Event

    1:00 pm-3:00 pm
    October 2, 2020

    Join us in our Senior Bingo and Health Fair event on October 2nd for food, fun, and community engagement. Seniors will park at local churches, tune into WUFO radio, and enjoy Bingo and enter to win prizes for free! Call the Richmond Summer Senior Center for more information: (716) 885-3290

    Church locations include:

    70 Chalmers Street
    907 E. Ferry Street
    1327 Filmore Ave
  • 02

    Virtual Block Chat Meeting

    12:00 pm-1:00 pm
    October 2, 2020

    The Division of Citizen Services, in conjunction with the Board of Block Clubs, hosts a virtual community engagement meeting every Friday at 12:00 pm. This includes reports from The Division of Citizen Services, The Board of Block Clubs, and often a Special Guest!

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