BBB awards Charity Accreditation to Veterans One-stop Center of Western New York Inc.

August 07, 2014

Accomplishment marks the first veteran nonprofit to meet BBBs
20 Standards for Charity Accountability

Buffalo, NY — Better Business Bureau serving Upstate New York is proud to award charity accreditation to Veterans One-stop Center of WNY, Inc. (VOCWNY) after the organization met BBBs 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Charity accreditation is awarded through BBBs 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 their 2013 opening, implementing our Military Line program to assist veterans and their families with education, employment and a variety of community outreach activities.

BBBs 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. BBBs 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 BBBs 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.”  

BBBs Standards for Charity Accountability address charity finances, fund raising 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, BBBs 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 BBBs FINRA partnership program to help better protect and manage money for veterans and their families
  • Assistance to veteran-owned businesses.

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About VOC: Veterans One-stop Center of WNY, Inc. is Western New York’s premier veterans service and advocacy collaborative putting the one voice of WNY veterans first in 2013 and in the many years to come.

The Veterans One-stop Center of WNY, Inc. (VOC of WNY) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that is a collaboration offering U.S. Veterans and their families the convenience of a “one-stop”, barrier-free location in which to access a holistic range of social and health services…in the comfort of a “home base” environment that is always welcoming, affirming and responsive to their needs. The VOC of WNY operates on the principle that services are provided by existing, independent Service Providers working together in a coordinated way to provide a seamless program that assists Veterans and their families in dealing with the various challenges they encounter.

About BBB Charity Review: Charity Review® is part of BBB Foundation of Upstate New York Inc., a 501(c)(3) dedicated to consumer, marketplace, and charitable giving education. As their philanthropic arm, BBB Foundation of Upstate New York Inc. provides educational outreach to ensure the development of a strong and ethical marketplace.

About BBB Military Line: Military Line®, also a part of BBB Foundation of Upstate New York, offers expedited services and consumer education to military personnel and their families assisting them with disputes and scams during times of need while they may be on the move or out of the country. BBB works to identify scam activity and alerts all divisions to prevent falling victim. BBB complaint data is shared with the Pentagon to further investigations. Since 2004, BBB Military Line has provided free resources to our military communities in the areas of financial literacy and consumer protection through the efforts of local BBBs, like ours.