Community Based Learning
Canisius College and Buffalo: Hope for the Future through Service
The Center for Service-Learning and your professor will help you choose a site that is relevant to your Service-Learning course. How you will contact your service site will be explained to you in class. Use public transportation, your car, or carpooling to get to your site. When calling the site speak clearly and slowly. If you need to leave a message make sure you leave your name and phone number. For further assistance contact Sr. Pat at 716-888-2177 or email@example.com.
Click on a letter below to browse service sites alphabetically.
ACCESS of WNY, Inc. (Arab American Community Center for Economic & Social Services)
609 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, NY 14218
Contact: Madeline Torke
Phone: (716) 984-6616
About:To promote understanding and strengthen the bonds of faith and friendship between members of the Arab American community and people of other nationalities and cultures living within America;to help newly arrived immigrants adapt to life in America;
to inform the American public about the traditions and customs of the Arab community;
to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of Arab culture within the American public;
to promote the common good and general welfare of the Arab American community;
and to foster tolerance of Arab American people in the United States.
Days and Times: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Open weekends for Arabic classes from 10am to 3pm.
Service Opportunities: Students can assist in the after-school program by providing a range of services in all subject areas. Students should be open minded and be willing to try new activities to enrich the learning processes of the youth. ACCESS needs assistance in the following areas as well:
-General tutoring for grades kindergarden through 12 in all subjects
-Assistance with the community garden upkeep
-Advertising and Marketing for the center and its programs
85 River Rock Drive Suite 107, Buffalo, NY 14207
Contact: Kerry Alshiemer
Phone: 716-873-5833 x240
About:For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
Future "Littles" Activity Program
This program pairs members of your company or organization with children ages 6-12 to participate in planned activites in a group setting. Each event lasts 1-2 hours which includes various games and activites.
Days and times: Weekday evenings 5pm-7pm and Saturday mornings 10am-12pm
Contact: Kris Hochulski
Contact: Shaquille Alexander
Contact: Beth Mack Email: firstname.lastname@example.org(preferred)
Days and Times: M-F, 8:00am to 4:00pm, evenings and weekends limited
Musicians: to come in as available to entertain our residents. There is a piano available in the facility for use, or bring your own instrument. May lead sing along as well. Evenings or weekends preferred but morning and afternoon times are acceptable as well.
Gardening: to assist in keeping facility grounds looking their best. May include raking, weeding, watering flowers, picking up litter, etc. Also may assist in planting in spring and fall. Supplies provided by residence.
Cleaning : to assist in keeping the residence look its best. This may include washing windows, sweeping, mopping or cleaning and polishing furniture.
Activities Assistant : to assist activities staff during group programs. Activities include assisting the residents on projects such as crafts, gross motor games, or bingo.
Special Community Projects: to assist and partner with Bristol Home residents in community-based projects. Past projects include working with the SPCA, Buffalo Animal Shelter, United Way and Canisius College.
Getting to Know You: to come in on a regular basis to work on interviewing residents one on one on their life stories and producing a biographical poster for display outside their rooms. (Bristol Home only) This service is open to EXPERIENCED volunteers only.
Friendly Elder Visitor: to visit residents on a one-to-one basis. This service is open to EXPERIENCED volunteers only who have worked with elders before and are familiar with Bristol Home policy. This service encourages socialization and relationship building through simple tasks such as manicures, puzzles or instructing residents on Bristol Home's iN2L (it's never too late) computer system.
Friendly Dog Visitor: to visit with our resident on a regular basis. Dog must be under supervision of owner at all times, have experience in socializing with people and be kind, quiet, calm and friendly. Animal must have up to date vaccination information on file with us.
Knitting/Crochet or Ceramic Instructor: for small group instruction on simple projects. Meet weekly or twice a month with residents to instruct and guide projects. Materials will be provided by the residence.
Dining Room Server: assist the kitchen staff with beverage and meal service during meal times.
*Training will be provided, contact Beth Mack for details.
1221 Main St Buffalo, NY 14209
Contact: Eric Crittenden
About: Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) Youth Arts Programming is an expeditionary learning program designed to provide a safe environment for teens to express themselves freely; and engage youth in the production of multimedia arts and design. Our arts programming helps prepare Buffalo teens for real-life after high school. Together with strategic partnerships, dedicated staff and talented arts faculty at the top of their profession, our program embraces art as a means to stimulate community engagement and individual achievement. Multiple pathways await our students after high school and their graduation is our #1 priority.
Service Opportunities: Work alongside the Youth Arts staff to support various aspects of the program.
-Assist the teaching artists in cutting edge music, media and design instruction
-Assist in light snack preparation/service
-Assist in coordinating field trips
-Provid administrative support including making copies, creating Word, Excel, and Powerpoint documents
950 Amherst St., Buffalo NY 14216
Contact: Carlise Lipke, Volunteer Coordinator
E-mail: BECandBTRC@aol.com(Try e-mail first, then leave phone message if no response. The Director, Susie, may respond to you if Carlise is not working)
Phone: 716-877-9295, ask for Carlile
Days and Times: 2:00-7:30 PM on Mondays
Volunteer Application: Click Here
Work with students with disablities helping to provide thereputic care through interactions with horses. Vounteers will be trained and will work on grooming and tracking horses, leading horses, and walk along-side participants, helping to support and stabilize them. Volunteers also participate in caring for and schooling horses; maintaining our facility; helping with numerous administrative tasks; and assisting with special events and fundraisers.
Contact: Hetal Petal
About: The Burrito Project provides fresh home-made burritos to the hungry poor and homeless population in downtown Buffalo. The project is a ministry to some of the most vulnerable and forgotten of our society.
Service Opportunity: On the fourth Tuesday of each month students prepare burritos in the kitchen of the Undercroft of Christ the King chapel from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Transportation is provided and the students walk the 4 mile route in Downtown Buffalo from 7:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Notes: Monday through Friday
Times: Open 8:45 am-4:45 pm
-helping people prepare for employment searches
-teaching simple computer programs to staff
-basic adult computer classes
-help get apartments ready for clients
70 Harvard Place, Buffalo, NY 14209
Contact: Mike Lee, Director and Horticulturist
Phone: 716-881-5150 x4505
-Advertising and promotional materials for CAO
-Assistance with maintenance of greenhouses and open gardening beds
-Nutritional education curriculum working with children in grades K-8
-Plant pruning and harvesting to sell to local restaurants
-Urban farming/landscaping following all organic, chemical-free guidelines (training provided)
2515 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215
Contact: Karen Kasperek, MS, MPA
Phone: (716) 897-9948 x112
Times: Tuesday through Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm
3242 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14214
Contact: Aislinn Sexton
About: The community center youth programs include the 4-H after school program and full day summer camp that provides youth participants with academic assistance, life skills enhancement, artistic endeavors, field trips, recreation and socialization. Youth participants gain new skills and positive attitudes, which motivates them to aspire to visions and horizons not yet perceived. In addition to the full day camp, we also provide a science and sports based magnet camp. The science portion follows the model of the Science Firsthand Learning inquiry based learning. Students learn to explore the natural world around them and are encouraged to be inquisitive. Students are an essential part of developing the program based on their interests and questions about their environment. The athletic portion of the camp teaches youth about the importance of staying active. Youth learn about the different muscle groups of the body and teaches them team building skills during organized group sports.
Homework help/tutroing- assist students in completing their homework afterschool
Academic Instruction- assist instructors in 1-2 hours of academic instruction to students
Enrichment- Participate and lead enrichment activities including recreation, arts and crafts, dance, and science/technology.
Contact: Joe Van Volkenburg, Campus Ministry
Days and Times: Saturdays
1782 Seneca St Buffalo, NY 14210
Contact: Linda Tatu
About:Harvest House provides retreat space to over 120 teenage, adult and family groups per year. Harvest House is home to the Buffalo Diocese program, Young Christians at Work, and the national service experience, Young Neighbors in Action. Sleeping arrangements are made in carpeted rooms, on one of the many couches, or on the floor. Groups prepare their own meals in the fully-equipped kitchen. The second floor chapel provides an intimate setting for small group services or private meditation and houses a spiritual library. The Harvest House facilities are available to any Christian denomination for prayer services, bible study, pro-life activities and other spiritual programs.
-Assist at the Baby and Children's Ministry- sorting clothing, helping clients,
serving as the face of Harvest House.
-Assist at New Hope Education Center- provide general tutoring in all subjects to the teenage students present
-Assist at the Retreat Center- help with promotions and advertising of Harvest House, work with staff to create new advertising ideas and work on the newsletters
Tuesday and Saturday- 9am-12pm, Monday and Thursday 1pm-4pm
70 Barker Street, Buffalo, NY 14209
Contact: Lauren Calofino
Phone: 716-883-1915 ext. 337
Day & Times: Monday through Tuesday 8:30am - 8pm; Wednesday through Friday8:00am - 5:00pm
Literacy Center at Canisius
2001 Main Street Canisius College
Health Science Building, room 113A Buffalo, NY 14208
Contact: Sunnie Tobias, Graduate Assistant
Days and Times: Wednesday 3-4:30
-Assisting children and teens with reading and writing
-Tutors will work one-on-one with a child under the direct supervision of a teacher with expertise in reading.
Matt Urban Hope Center
385 Paderewski Drive, Buffalo, NY 14212
Contact: Tara Murray
Phone: 716-893-7222 x306
About: The Matt Urban Hope Center assists individuals who are homeless, families suffereing from domestic violence, loss of income, no utilities, and eviction. Additionally the center seves dinner five times per week which is open and free to the community.
-Food Pantry- 1st, 2nd, 3rd Tuesday(1pm-5pm), last Saturday(10am-2pm)
-Serve dinner- Monday-Friday(5pm-7pm)
Meals on Wheels:
Contact: Trey Loomis
Phone: (716) 913-7838
About: Meals on Wheels for Western New York, Inc. is an independent nonprofit agency supporting the dignity, well-being and independence of the homebound elderly and disabled through home delivered nutrition programs.
Meals on Wheels of WNY and Canisius College Campus Ministry partner together at the Delores Nelson Site on Brunswick Boulevard in the Hamlin Park section of Buffalo.
The MOCHA Center
1092 Main street Buffalo, NY 14209
Contact: Yaritza Pineiro
-Assist with the facilitating of recreational activities such as movie nights and game nights
-Assist in the food pantry, stocking and sorting
-Assist in community outreach and prevention
-Assist in special event advertising, marketing, flyer distribution, set up, greeting of attendees, break down, etc..
St. Monica Campus for Young Women
26 Wright Ave Buffalo, NY 14215
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Contact: Nancy Langer, President
Phone: 716-984-5146(cell) or 716-852-6854(office)
About: Nativity Miguel Middle School of Buffalo is dedicated to providing middle school students at risk of academic failure with the character, strength and skills they need to graduate from high school, attend college and become successful members of our community. Their mission is to provide motivated, low-income students with the opportunity to graduate from high school in a setting that will prepare them for college. This is accomplished through a strong middle-school program that includes skilled and dedicated teachers, extended school days and school year, small, single-gender classes and ongoing support through high school graduation.
After school program
- tutoring includes reading, writing, basic math, phonics, decoding and comprehension
- take turns reading a book located in the school's library; Combine reading a book with a lesson on vocabulary
- recreational activities such as sports, music, art
- partner with 2-3 students to engage in hands on science exploration
- A Science Firsthand manager supervises the program and meetings, and helps mentors develop the investigations
None Like You and the We Care Community Outreach Non-Profit Organization
595 Sycamore St., Buffalo, NY 14212
Contact: Mrs. Elizabeth Triggs
Days and Times: days and times will vary, extremely flexible hours
-Helping with social media and Facebook page
-Working to help start the Thanksgiving and Christmas drives
-Tutors for the afterschool program working with school age children to adults helping with literacy(Saturdays and Thursdays)
Our Lady of Hope Home School
(St. Luke's Mission of Mercy)
325 Walden ave., Buffalo, NY 14211
Contact: Pamela Krzanowicz or Mike Taheri
Phone: (716) 560-3695(Pam) (716)-807-8733(Mike)
About: St. Luke's Mission of Mercy served its first meal on Buffalo's East Side in August 1994, and in 2004 they opened a new school in order to provide a quality, Christ-centered education for the children that live in the community. The school provides numerous opportunities for its K-5 students through its after school programs, field trips, and other initiatives, and is open to anyone in the community.
Service Opportunities: Beginning October 6th
-Work with students grades K-5
-Provide classroom assistance and tutoring in all subjects
-Help to teach art based classes to various grade levels
-Homework help and academic assistance one on one with students
-Assist with math and reading clubs
-Planning activities including: arts and crafts,and recreational activities
291 Oliver Street North Tonawanda
-Socializing with kittens
-work with kittens
-general kitten care
414 South Division St Buffalo, NY 14204
Contact: Lynetter Bruce
About: School #6 was one of the first schools built by the Buffalo Board of Education in 1839. In 1977, School #6 became one of the first magnet schools and was named Academic Challenge Center. Twenty years later, the school coordinator began an initiative in order to revitalize the school. In an effort to prepare students for the future, School 6 became the first elementary technology magnet and was renamed Buffalo Elementary School of Technology. Technology specialists and classroom teachers designed a program to integrate technology into all subjects. Recently the building was remodeled with state of the art features. Today the staff at B.E.S.T. is ready to prepare your child to become one of the "makers of the 21st. century."
-Tutor grades 3-8 in all subjects including: math, science, history, and ELA.
-Afterschool program runs Monday-Thursday 2:45pm-4:45pm
126 Donaldson Rd., Buffalo, NY 14208
Contact: Mary Beth Zanghi
Phone: (716) 816-3490 x 1608
-Tutor grades 1-8 in all subjects including: math, science, history, and ELA.
-Students would be assisting in the classroom helping teachers instruct or working one on one with students.
-Extended Day program funs from 3:30 to 5:30 Monday-Friday
106 Appenheimer Ave Buffalo, NY 14214
Contact: Dr. Tonya Chavers
About: The Mission of the Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence is to develop self-motivated, reflective learners capable of reading on grade level. The students will be exposed to a back-to-basics, data driven curriculum based on the New York State standards. All students will graduate from the eighth grade fully prepared to successfully master a rigorous high school curriculum.
-Classroom academic assistance working with the teachers to help students in ELA and Math
-After school assistance working with students one on one in ELA and Math
-After school program runs Monday-Friday 2:30-4:30
400 Kensington Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214
Contact: Mary E. Ross, School Counselor
325 Walden Ave Buffalo, NY 14211
Contact: Joe Van Volkenburg
E-mail: Joe Van Volkenburg(email@example.com)
-Thursday from 3:45 – 5:30pm To sign up contact Hetal Patel, 531-3012 starts on Thursday, September 18th. Meet in 2nd floor Old Main Lounge at 3:45pm
-Friday from 3:30-5:30pm To sign up contact Caressa Trueman 238-4550 begins September 12. Meet in Old Main lounge 2nd floor Old Main Lounge
-Saturday mornings to sign-up contact Trey Loomis 10am-1pm Contact Trey 913-7838
205 Ensminger Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150
Contact: Kim Zolnowski
Phone: 716-875-7360 x3503
Days and Times: Tuesday-Sunday, 9:00am-8:00pm
Long-term (minimum of 40 hours a semester) - Socializing with animals, interviewing prospective adopters, training animals.
-Paws for Love-(SPCA program) bring pets to nursing homes and hospitals, contact Debbie Braun at 716-681-0744
The Somali Bantu Association
83 Grant St. Buffalo NY 14213
-Assist in teaching english to children and adult learners in a classroom style learning environment after school.
Contact: Caressa Trueman
About: This is Street Ministry to the marginalized and homeless population in Downtown Buffalo and it begins Sunday, September 14th.
Service Opportunity: Each week Canisius students prepare and serve sandwiches, hot chocolate, and cookies. Our students develop a friendship and kinship with those we meet. There is usually a group of 10-15 students each week. Participants work in teams and serve as a group.
50 Wyoming Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215
Contact: Sister Mary
About: Vive (Vive La Casa) is the largest refuge shelter in the US; an organization whose primary mission is to assist those seeking asylum in the US and Canada.
-Help teach english to adult and children refugees in classes and one one one setting.
-Work with young children teaching english through songs, games, and general instruction
-Work with the youth in recreational activities including organizing youth soccer program.