COVID-19 Response

It’s never been clearer that policies that protect the most vulnerable among us are good for everyone.

You can find here information on Buffalo Commons COVID-19 virtual convening support, upcoming community conversations/virtual workshops, and an opportunity to submit research requests and to help us document stories of community groups taking the lead in a time of crisis.

Additionally, you can find blog posts pertaining to the crisis from our team, including data and community organizing experts.




One of the essential functions of Buffalo Commons is as a gathering space, which allows for the convening of coalitions, working groups, trainings, workshops, commissions, public officials, boards, and more in the Cornell in Buffalo offices.  With the recent health crisis, we will continue to serve as a convener of collaborative work and progress through these difficult times by offering licensed Zoom meeting creation to our partners. Utilizing our licensed account can allow for scheduled meetings with 500 participants for any amount of time. Email if you would like to utilize this free resource for a meeting or event.


Virtual Workshop: Coronavirus and Communicable Diseases in the Workplace, Tuesday, April 14, 12-2pm

We’ll host two Buffalo Commons partner virtual community conversations:

  1. Policy Solutions for COVID-19 Response and Recovery, Thursday, April 30, 3:30-5pm. Register here.
  2. Community-Based Research Needs for the COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery.

Details will be updated on this page. Email to be notified directly.

Note: many of our previously scheduled Buffalo Commons capacity-building workshops will be held in the weeks ahead in a virtual format. 


As usual, we are here to connect you to researchers or graduate students who can help find local solutions to your questions. Please use our Buffalo Commons Research Exchange form to submit your research need related to this crisis and we will share it with our researcher network. Or email to get started.


We are collecting stories and examples to document how community groups—as they always do—are stepping up to fill the gaps in our systems which this emergency has so clearly magnified and exposed. From block clubs and established neighborhood organizations to rapidly forming coalitions, community groups are providing incredible leadership in this time of crisis. Long-term recovery should center their needs, insights, and leadership too.

If you have a story or example to share, email or tweet @PPGBuffalo and @Buffalo_Commons.