2018 Annual Appeal

It’s that time of year again.  Time to show your support for Empower by making  a donation.  If you don’t already know the great work Empower does, please contact Elizabeth (716-297-0798, x173 or  It would be my honor to tell you about all of the exciting things that are happening at Empower.  Better still, let me show you Empower in action by giving you a tour of our facilities.  You will have a chance to meet both people who receive services and the staff who are supporting them in achieving their dreams.  In other words, you will see not just the outcomes of Empower’s important work, but how we get there and how your dollars will be used to change lives.

To contribute online, please click here.

Donations can also be dropped off at or mailed in to Empower, 9812 Lockport Rd., Niagara Falls, NY  14304.  Please make checks payable to Empower or click here to access a contribution form on which you can enter your credit card information.

Thank you for helping us achieve our mission to empower people to live their best lives!

2018 Living the Values Awards Luncheon

On Friday, October 26, Empower presented the following awards to individuals and organizations that live the agency’s core values:

Empower Values Excellence: 2018 Person Power Award: Santino Bax

Empower Values Accountability: 2018 Faithful Funder Awards were bestowed on the following four fraternal organizations who each have long histories of generously supporting both the agency and the people who receive services: Elks Lockport Lodge #41, Elks Niagara Falls Lodge #346, Niagara County Central Rotary Club and Sertoma Club of Niagara Falls.

Empower Values Dignity: 2018 Exceptional Employer Award: The Conference & Event Center of Niagara Falls

Empower Values Collaboration: 2018 Priceless Partner Award: Riester Physical Therapy

Empower Values Leadership: 2018 Dr. Salvatore M. Passanese Award: Kirk M. Mauer, regional Director & Kevin Penberthy, Deputy Regional Director, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Region 1

To see videos about each awardee, please click here.  Congratulations to all the winners.


Empower Shines at Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State (CP of NYS) Conference

Each year, the the CP of NYS conference, Empower honors staff from its service and administrative divisions for their hard work and dedication to people that the agency supports.  This year’s honorees were Laura Wedge (Children’s Academy), Karen Bailey (Community Housing), Jenn Burns (Job Training & Day Programs) and Laura Wedge (Children’s Academy).

In addition, Diane Baehre was selected to receive the Natalie Rogers Employee of the Year Award for upholding the highest standards of health and safety for the people who Empower supports.  This is the second year that an Empower staff member has received the statewide honor.

Finally, the students in Ms. Michele’s class submitted a lovely watercolor and poem piece that celebrates collaboration and making a difference to the CP of NYS annual art contest.