BBB awards charity accreditation to WNY vets organization

BUFFALO – Better Business Bureau serving Upstate New York is proud to award charity accreditation to Veterans One-stop Center of WNY Inc. after the organization met BBB’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

Charity accreditation is awarded through BBB’s Charity Review Program. The Veterans One-stop Center is the first veteran 501(c)(3) to become an accredited charity in Upstate New York. BBB has served VOC of WNY as a community partner since its 2013 opening, implementing the Military Line program to assist veterans and their families with education, employment and a variety of community outreach activities.

BBB’s Charity Review Program evaluates local charities against BBB Standards for Charity Accountability, which were developed to assist donors in making sound giving decisions and to foster public confidence in charitable organizations. BBB’s Charity Review offers unbiased and reliable information for both donors and charities operating in Upstate New York.

“We are delighted the Veterans One-stop Center has earned charity accreditation,” said Warren Clark, President of BBB serving Upstate New York. “People want to support our veterans and knowing they’re an Accredited Charity will provide assurance for donors and funders when they make a giving decision.”

“We view going through BBB’s charity review process as an investment in credibility. Meeting these standards strengthens the public confidence in our mission to improve the well-being of all Western New York veterans,” said Roger L. Woodworth, president and CEO of Veterans One-stop Center of WNY Inc. “The Veterans One-stop Center is especially thrilled to be the first veteran nonprofit in Upstate New York to become an accredited charity by BBB. Meeting BBB’s Charity Review Program’s rigorous evaluation criteria is an opportunity to objectively demonstrate the value we place in honest and ethical practices throughout our agency. The Veterans One-stop Center is proud to set the standard for Upstate New York’s Veterans not-for-profit community, and encourages other Veteran not-for-profit agencies and other not-for-profit stakeholders and partners to also invest in accreditation for their organizations.”

BBB’s Standards for Charity Accountability address charity finances, fundraising and informational materials, governance, effectiveness, donor privacy, and other aspects of charity operations.

BBB reports on charities that meet its standards, charities that do not meet its standards and charities that will not disclose their organization information to BBB.

The Veterans One-stop Center of WNY Inc. is an independent 501 (c)(3) nonprofit collaboration offering U.S. veterans, service members, and their families the convenience of a barrier-free “one-stop” location to access coordinated, individualized and integrated social, health, educational, economic, and supportive services through innovative public and private partnerships using a collaborative and integrative approach to treating the whole veteran by linking participants to community resources and providing a continuum of care, starting with comprehensive outreach and intake activity, through care management and support services, resulting in a community-based plan individually tailored to meet the specific needs of the veteran and their immediate family.

The VOC of WNY provides a targeted suite of services to veterans and their families through partnerships with independent service providers as well as individually funded, focused, and collaborative programs.

As one of their partners, BBB’s Military Line provides services offering:

Employment with local employers for veterans and their spouses

BBB complaint resolution, scam and fraud alerts, and other resources

Financial information through BBB’s FINRA partnership program to help better protect and manage money for veterans and their families

Assistance to veteran-owned businesses

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