Community Voices: Betsy Murphy and the benefits of West Side Community Services

If it’s Tuesday or Thursday afternoon, you may see a group of youngsters, towels in hand, walking down West Avenue toward D’Youville College. 
They are kids from West Side Community Services (WSCS) participating in Buffalo CitySwim Racers, an urban swim program. In the pool, its use donated by D’Youville, the participants are making significant progress. Some are first generation swimmers who are now swimming in the deep end.

WSCS, located at 161 Vermont St, has been an anchor on the West Side since 1974, providing opportunities to improve education, health and wellness, prevention, and financial capability for residents of all ages.

After school enrichment is offered for youth ages 6 through 20. WSCS is also home to West Side Seniors, offering education, financial capability, and health and wellness programs. A computer lab is available to adult entrepreneurs and English language learners. Members can use fitness equipment in the Health and Wellness Center.

This year, WSCS will be a Garden Walk Headquarters. In August, a unique multilingual Learning Trail, funded through the United Way and General Motors, will be permanently installed on the grounds.

Many exciting things are happening at West Side Community Services as we continue to grow and serve the community. We’re always looking for volunteers to bring their expertise to board committees, community gardening, fundraisers, and specific events.

Betsy Murphy, Board President, West Side Community Services

Betsy Murphy has lived on Buffalo’s West Side for more than 40 years. She recently retired from as a pharmacist, where she worked at the Rite Aid on Connecticut Street for over 27 years. She has been involved at WSCS since 1994 and currently serving as board president.

West Side Community Services (WSCS)

West Side Community Services offers a variety of programs for people of all ages. For teenagers, WSCS offers co-work space computer, leadership lessons through games and banking workshops. 
“WSCS is developing an annual calendar of workshops designed to encourage their entrepreneurial thinking and foster understanding of budgeting, giving back, investing, saving, and spending wisely,” according to the organization’s website.  For adults, WSCS offers courses in workplace, fitness and life training.

WSCS is funded by the Community Development Block Grant, Erie County Department of Mental Health, Erie County Senior Services, Erie County Youth Bureau, Independent Health Foundation, and the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.

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