Social Enterprise

What is a Social Enterprise?

“Social enterprises are businesses whose primary purpose is the common good. They use the methods and disciplines of business and the power of the marketplace to advance their social, environmental and human justice agendas.”                                                                                          

-Social Enterprise Alliance, USA

Social Enterprise is a self-sustaining social program that promotes entrepreneurial, earned income strategies through employment and training. At the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier, we utilize the social enterprise model with our Catering Crew initiative at Carolyn’s House and at our new restaurant-quality commercial kitchen at the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier at 32 Cottage St. in Lockport, NY. The Catering Crew provides both valuable services to a population in need and a potential method of sustainability for our organization, using market-based strategies to provide training, create jobs, and increase opportunities for people facing employment barriers.

The Catering Crew

The Catering Crew is a full service catering social enterprise providing exceptional services to businesses and private individuals throughout Western New York. We are available for any occasion at any location. Whether you have 10 or 500 guests, an indoor or outside event, day or night, our chef and culinary staff will create an unforgettable event for you and your guests.

Niagara Falls International Airport Café 

Since 2010, The Catering Crew has enthusiastically operated a Café serving those flying into and out of the Niagara Falls International Airport. Learn more…

Cornerstone Ice Arena Concession 

In 2014, The Catering Crew opened the concession at Cornerstone CFCU Arena in Lockport, NY providing food and snacks to the Ice Arena’s customers. Successful graduates of the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier’s Culinary Arts Program go on to jobs in the community and may also be employed at Cornerstone CFCU Arena Concession.