Become a PUSH Member!

"PUSH's members are the community organizers who make affordable housing a reality in Buffalo. Our members work with partners and funders to create a healthy, just and strong city that includes community control of resources, living wage jobs and access to quality education, healthcare and transportation". 

PUSH members are community residents who are ready to take a stand on a number of pressing issues facing our neighborhoods. By developing and leading winning campaigns to gain democratic control over our energy and community control over our resources PUSH members prove that REAL PEOPLE HAVE REAL POWER

Click here to learn more about our campaigns.

Ready to become a member? 1 yr memberships range from $5 - $15 and can include a PUSH T-Shirt or PUSH Hoodie. Contact our Community Organizing Department at 716-884-0356 to get started today!

Work with us!

We continue to accept resumes for construction laborers. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend a BETC-sponsored drop-in every other Thursday. Check out our our events calendar for more info!

Opportunities are also posted on our PUSH Green website: PUSH Green Events



People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo) is a membership-based community organization fighting to make affordable housing a reality on Buffalo’s West Side. Founded in 2005, PUSH Buffalo was established to: create strong neighborhoods with quality affordable housing; decrease the rate of housing abandonment by reclaiming empty houses from neglectful public and private owners and redeveloping them for occupancy by low-income residents; and develop neighborhood leaders capable of gaining community control over the development process and planning for the future of the neighborhood.

The mission of PUSH Buffalo is to mobilize residents to create strong neighborhoods with quality, affordable housing; to expand local hiring opportunities; and to advance economic justice in Buffalo. PUSH seeks an organizing director. The successful candidate must have a strong commitment to social and economic equity; collaborating with diverse community and worker organizations; and conducting effective organizing, outreach and the promotion of a comprehensive organizing agenda.

Reports to: Director of Programs

Location: Buffalo, NY

The Organizing Director will:

• Lead efforts for community outreach, recruitment, education and grassroots mobilization.

• Identify and develop community leaders: Organize and conduct one-on-one meetings to build relationships with potential leaders identified during recruiting measures. Training and inspiring leaders to do the same.

• Provide leadership development training to build the capacity of grassroots leaders.

• Lead campaign efforts, including developing collective goals, leading strategic planning,

connecting organizing work with research and public policy.

• Build strong coalition relationships among diverse groups of organizational stakeholders and neighborhood leaders. Conduct base building with community leaders, through training and inspiring leaders to do recruitment. (canvassing, meetings, tabling, phone banking, etc.)

• Monitor and evaluate community organizing program, practices, and initiatives to ensure quality and effectiveness

• Supervise and provide leadership development opportunities for organizing staff.

• Communications: Prepare messaging and talking points, write press releases, media advisories, public statements, recruit media to events, organizer press conferences, prepare press packets, write editorials and letters to the editors, write web posts and e-mail updates. Train and inspire leaders in media and communications work.

• Running Campaigns: Facilitate PUSH Buffalo leaders in a campaign planning process through trainings. (Issue cuts, power analysis, develop campaign demands, research, escalations strategies, execution of plan/tactics/strategies,etc..) Through trainings we inspire leaders to facilitate the campaign development process.

• Leadership Development: Prepare and facilitate meetings, speak on behalf of PUSH Buffalo, set-up and coordinate lobby visits, organize public events like meetings, actions, marches, rallies, etc. Train and inspire leaders as they develop new skills. Through trainings we inspire leaders to facilitate the campaign development process.

Applicants should have the following qualifications:

• Minimum 5+years of experience in labor,community, political, or faith-basedorganizing

• Ability to think strategically and creatively about organizational development, program design and implementation.

• Experience working with communities of color, immigrant communities, and/orpeople whose first or only language is other than English is highly desirable

• Experience leading multiple components of a campaign from beginning to end

• Bilingual in English and Spanish with good written and oral communication skills highly desirable

• Able to manage multiple campaigns on different timelines and with different objectives

• Experience supervising other staff or leaders in projects or campaigns

• Experience working on economic justice, energy democracy and social justice issues.

• Knowledge of national, state-wide, local and coalition based context of issues, campaigns, and work of grassroots movements.


• Internal: Maintain productive working relationship with organizing and other key staff, PUSH membership and leaders.

• External: Build and maintain powerful relationships with community members, groups, partners, collaborators, and targets as required.


This is a full-time, salaried position. Salary is competitive, based on experience, with generous benefits. Benefits include healthcare and 401(k).

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit their resume, cover letter and two references to Rahwa Ghirmatzion at rahwa@pushbuffalo.org with [Organizing Director] in subject line. Position available immediately.

PUSH Buffalo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply.


PUSH is currently working with YouthBuild USA to recruit young men and women from our communities that are interested in building trades. #YouthBuild is an excellent opportunity for youth to learn skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. In addition they will receive help obtaining their HSE Diploma, certifications in different building trades and earn money while doing it.

Completed applications can be dropped off at
173 Elm St., Buffalo, NY 14203 (enter at 490 Michigan)

For more information call Robin Barker (716) 418-8500 x114
Email: rbarker@tscwny.org 


PUSH seeks candidates for Skilled Construction Laborer positions for a green affordable housing development project on the West Side. These are full-time (40 hours per week) project-based positions (8 to 12 months) with the potential for growth.

Ideal candidates will possess the following:

     ● At least 4 years professional experience in general construction and 2 years experience in residential rough and finish carpentry
     ● Ability to lift up to 60 pounds
     ● OSHA 10-hour for construction certification
     ● EPA Lead RRP certification
     ● Demonstrated ability to complete quality work safely, on time, and at cost
     ● Ability to work with others of varying skill levels as well as independently
     ● Basic hand tools
     ● Valid NYS driver’s license and reliable transportation
     ● Scheduling flexibility
     ● Commitment to grassroots community empowerment


     ● $12.66 per hour (City of Buffalo living wage rate)
     ● Optional health benefits
     ● Paid time off

Skilled Construction Laborers will report to the Construction Manager and Owner’s Representative.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and professional references to Clarke Gocker, Director of Workforce Initiatives, by email (jclarkegocker@gmail.com) or in person (271 Grant Street, 2nd Floor, Buffalo NY, 14213).        

Opportunities are also posted on our PUSH Green website: PUSH Green Events       


Volunteer with us!

As a membership-based organization located on Buffalo’s growing West Side, many of our members are extremely active (and very busy) volunteering in our Green Development Zone.

Interested in interning, or volunteering for us? Please download the job description for further information: Internship opportunities

We strongly encourage anyone that is interested in volunteering with us to first attend either our monthly Green Development Zone tour or our monthly member meeting to learn more about what we do!