Canisius College and Buffalo: Hope for the Future through Service
In conjuction with the Center for Community-Based Learning staff and professor, you will be choosing a site that is relevant to your Service-Learning course, or your community-based learning option. Use public transportation, your car, or carpooling to get to your site. When calling the site you would like to say something similar to this:
"Hello, my name is ___________, and I am a student at Canisius College. I am currently in a service-learning course that requires _____ hours of service, and I would like to serve at your organization. Could I please meet with you to discuss this?"
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 email@example.com.
The following categories contain our service partners
Or click on a letter below to browse service sites alphabetically.
Assumption Parish Religious Education
435 Amherst St., Buffalo, NY 14207 Click here for directions (school building is behind church building)
Contact: Mary Lou Wyrobek
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred method of contact)
Times: 9:30-10:45 am
About: Originally opened in 1888, Assumption Parish has been a mainstay of the local Polish population. The current church was originally constructed in 1903, with the old church being converted into a school. The church itself has undergone some major renovations in the past 20 years and is an iconic church in Buffalo. The religious education of the students is central to the mission of the Parish and significantly enhances the religious experiences of the students.
-k-8 religious education
-Help with class preparations
-interact with students
Bethel Head Start, INC
1485 Jefferson Ave., Buffalo, NY 14208
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1424 Jefferson Ave., Buffalo, NY 14208
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Contact: Linda Wright
Phone: 716-878-0220, ext 117
Days and Times: vary
About: Bethel Head Start, INC runs ten early childhood programs throughout Erie County. They also have an established collaborative relationship with Buffalo Board of Education Universal Pre-K. Each classroom is staffed with a degree-holding, certified teacher that works with students to prepare students for kindergarten and to promote necessary language, cognitive, and early reading skills to ensure academic success.
Service Opportunities: Assist classroom teachers working in early education with Pre-K and Kindergarten students. Working with students on fine motor skills, behavior management, and arts & crafts.
Memo: In order to do service here students are required to fill out an application and have had a physical exam and TB test within the past year.
Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo
54 Riverdale Avenue Buffalo, NY 14207
About: Since 1926, Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo has been in the forefront of youth development, working with young people from disadvantaged economic, social, and family circumstances. They have actively sought to enrich the lives of girls and boys whom other youth agencies failed to reach and are dedicated to ensuring that our community's disadvantaged youngsters have greater access to quality programs and services that will enhance their lives and shape their futures. Today, Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo serves 4,000 youth between the ages of 5-21. It is not only a place where youth can come and hang out after school, but a safe haven that allows them to develop into young adults with the necessary skills and sense of self to succeed in the real world.
Service Opportunities: Work with the youth ages 5-17 in educational, social, and athletic activities. Provide group supervision and interaction to youth as they interact with one another during various activities.
The Bristol Home for Elderly Women
1500 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14209 Click Here for Directions
(within walking distance of campus!) Contact:
Beth Mack Email: email@example.com
716-884-4372 Days and Times:
M-F, 8:00am to 4:00pm, evenings and weekends limited
About: Since 1868, The Bristol Home has cared exclusively for older women in Western New York. Their main goals have always been to maintain good health and improve the quality of life for the residents.
Service Opportunities: Provide assistance to elderly residents in and around the Bristol Home. Here you can take place in the 200+ organized daily activities and provide comfort and assistance in any other areas needed. Training will be provided, contact Beth Mack for details.
Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School
190 Franklin Street Buffalo, NY 14202
Contact: Joy Blake
About: The Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School (BASCS) is a tuition-free, college preparatory charter school for grades 7th through 12th dedicated to providing quality education to a diverse body of students in the Buffalo region of New York State. Located in the heart of Buffalo’s downtown business/government sector, BASCS continually provides a rigorous, innovative and enhanced curriculum – highlighting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – in order to prepare students for successful futures in the global environment. BASCS maintains high expectations for students and provides varied opportunities for students to gain skills necessary to be competitive in the 21st century marketplace.
Service Opportunities: Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School is a school that services grades 7-12. School is looking for tutors to help out students in the following subjects. Alegbra, Geometry, Chemistry, Global History, 7th grade math, 8th grade math. Also have a high ESL population. Would like to have tutors that could help support these students in any subject as well.
Buffalo City Mission/Cornerstone Manor
100 E. Tupper St, Buffalo, NY 14203 (City Mission)
150 E. North St, Buffalo, NY 14203 (Cornerstone Manor)
Contact: Sue Cervi
Phone: 716-854-8181 ext. 408
Days & Times: City Mission & Cornerstone Manor: M-F 8:00am-4:00pm
Kitchen Shifts: Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner shifts (3 hours)
Service Opportunities: The Buffalo City Mission is dedicated to serving the homeless community in Buffalo through providing them with shelter, food, counseling, religious and spiritual guidance, educational opportunities, and addiction rehabilitation. They also give out food, clothes, and other essential items to the working-poor in order to help prevent them from becoming homeless. In 2006 they opened Cornerstone Manor, a shelter for homeless women and children who are often victims of domestic violence. They provide housing, education, daycare, and life skills courses.
City Mission On-Site Opportunities:
-Kitchen/Food preparation & holiday table decorating (Individuals & Groups)
-Food Pantry organization & sorting (Groups)
-Agape Clothing Shop (Individuals & Groups)
-Observe/Help with Men's Discipleship classes (Individuals & Groups)
-Landscaping & Outdoor Maintenance (As Needed)
-Tutor for Financial Literacy Courses (Must Demonstrate Math Proficiency)
Cornerstone Manor On-Site Opportunities (Women Only):
-Craft & Snack Time
-Food & Colthing Drives (With Approval)
-City Mission's Thrift Store clothing sorting & hanging
-Turkey Express & Hambone Express delivering Thanksgiving & Christmas meals
Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Pkway, Buffalo, NY 14211
Contact: Jodie Protas
About: The Buffalo Museum of Science is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to the study and interpretation of the natural and physical sciences. Its extensive collections of over 700,000 specimens and artifacts represent all facets of the natural world with an emphasis on Western New York as well as man-made objects spanning the globe
-Working within the galleries
-Being a greeter
-Working in the learning and integration rooms
Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center
950 Amherst St., Buffalo NY 14216 Click Here for Directions
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 Carlise
Days and Times: 2:00-7:30 PM on Mondays
Volunteer Application: click here
About: The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center is the only indoor riding facility uniquely located in the heart of the city of Buffalo, and has been the site of a therapeutic riding program for 10 years. The BTRC currently offers programs for mentally and emotionally impaired, learning disabled and developmentally challenged children ages 6 to 16. The classes are limited to four students to enforce a safe and fun experience. Each class is designed to achieve special goals that meet the requirements of the group and the individual. Programs are designed and taught by a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH).
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.
Catholic Charities: Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program
20 Herkimer St., Buffalo NY 14213
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Becky Mischler, Volunteer Coordinator
: Monday through Friday
Open 8:45 am-4:45 pm
About: Catholic Charities of Buffalo has provided services to the immigrant and refugee populations in Western New York since Catholic Charities was established in 1923. The scope and size of the program grows and adapts to changes in United States immigration policy and the needs of the foreign-born who come to this area.Since 1980, Catholic Charities has provided employment and support services through federal and state contracts with the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Department of State (DOS), and the Bureau of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (BRIA). These services are available to all refugees in this area, regardless of the voluntary agency through which they were resettled. Clients receive employability assessments, job counseling and referral, placement and follow-up services at no cost to them. We also provide nine levels of ESL instruction daily with a curriculum designed to meet the needs of the refugee/immigrant population, emphasizing life skills and employment.
Refugee and Immigration Assistance Services
-ESL classes for adults
-helping people prepare for employment searches
-teaching simple computer programs to staff
-basic adult computer classes
-help get apartments ready for clients
Community Action Organization (CAO) / The Green Entrepreneurial Center
70 Harvard Place, Buffalo, NY 14209
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(within walking distance of Canisius campus!
Mike Lee, Director and Horticulturist
Phone: 716-881-5150 x4505
Time Commitment: Days and times will vary
About: CAO helps families improve the quality of their lives and achieve self-sufficiency. They provide comprehensive services to families, children, and individuals throughout Erie County. Their mission is to provide programs and services that support the emotional and financial well-being of our community.
-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)
ENERGY Program @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
724 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209-2294Click Here for Directions
Days and Times:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4:20pm - 6:30pm. Transportation provided for a limited number of students, please contact Leah Biddle.
About: ENERGY is an after-school program, which provides educational support and mentoring to children of Buffalo's West Side. The ENERGY program is designed to strengthen children's learning skills and to encourage their personal responsibility. Their objectives are to promote educational achievement, foster confidence, support social and emotional growth, and cultivate good citizens within the community.
-ENERGY serves students in grades 2-6.
-Assist students, in tutoring, homework, study skills
-Assist in organizing and running school store(pricing materials, organizing items, buying items)
-Service-Learning students are asked to bring their enthusiasm to work with students as a:
- Activity Leader
Gerard Place: Transitional Housing Program For Homeless Single Parent Families http://www.gerardplace.org/
2515 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215 Click Here for Directions
Contact: Karen Kasperek, MS, MPA
Phone: (716) 897-9948 x112
Tuesday through Thursday Times:
About: Gerard Place provides support and transitional housing for single-parent families that have experienced the pain of poverty, homelessness, and/or domestic/substance abuse. The agency provides individuals with a number of services designed to empower individuals through education, employment, vocational training, life skill classes and counseling. Residents are not given a "hand out," they are earning a "hand up."
Service Opportunities: Students will assist with direct supervision of infants and small children during the after-school youth program. Students will also assist in the maintenace of storage room as well office help, and general facility house keeping. Students have the opportunity to assist Gerard Place staff with any client related needs, and particpating in life skills presentations. Students will work with Gerard Place staff to create programming for the children and assist with events such as parties or trips into the community. Each student will have to attend a 3-4 hour required training “Protecting God’s Children” so as to meet babies’ needs effectively and safely.
Habitat for Humanity
Contact: Joe Van Volkenburg, Campus Ministry
Days and Times: Saturdays
About: Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The Canisius Chapter of Habitat for Humanity partners with Habitat for Humanity Buffalo most Saturdays of the school year.
Service Opportunities: Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical, Christian housing organization. Habitat works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The Canisius Chapter of Habitat for Humanity partners with Habitat for Humanity Buffalo most Saturdays of the school year.
Jewish Family Services: Refugee Resettlement Program
70 Barker Street, Buffalo, NY 14209
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Maria “Apple” Domingo Phone:
716-883-1914 ext. 339 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Day & Times:
Monday through Tuesday 8:30am - 8pm; Wednesday through Friday8:00am - 5:00pm
About: Today, the Refugee Resettlement department case-manages approximately 45 people each month. Jewish Family Services helps them adjust to their new lives here in the U.S. They help them learn English and find jobs. They teach them how to navigate the medical system, banks, and public transportation. They provide: a fully furnished apartment, airport pick up, acculturation services, translation/ESL services, employment services, advocacy, and more.
Service Opportunities: Students can assist by setting up apartments for arrival (as needed), providing financial literacy workshops,organizing presentations as an orientation to America and coordinating the donation room.
Literacy Center at Canisius
2001 Main Street Canisius College
Health Science Building, room 113A Buffalo, NY 14208
Contact: Sunnie Bifarella, Graduate Assistant
Days and Times: Saturdays, 10am-11am, 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.
Meals on Wheels
Contact: Joe Van Volkenburg, Campus Ministry
Days and Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 11:30am - 12:20pm
Service Opportunities: 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 Nativity Miguel Middle Schools of Buffalo
(One School on Two Campuses)St. Augustine Campus for Young Men
21 Davidson Ave Buffalo, NY 14215 Contact:
Nancy Langer, President Phone:
716-984-5146(cell) or716-836-5188(office) Email:
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St. Monica Campus for Young Women
26 Wright Ave Buffalo, NY 14215
Click Here for DirectionsContact:
Nancy Langer, President Phone:
716-984-5146(cell) or 716-852-6854(office) Email: NMLanger@aol.com
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.Service Opportunities:
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 Science Firsthand
- 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
Niagara Lutheran Home & Rehabilitation Center
64 Hager Street, Buffalo, NY 14208 Click Here for Directions
716-886-4377 ex. 312Email:
Nkayser@niagaralutheran.orgDays and Times:
About: When founded in 1956, the Niagara Lutheran Home was the first freestanding nursing facility in Western New York. It was then and is now a not-for-profit, Christian-based organization. Through the years, the Niagara Lutheran Health System has evolved from a 60-bed nursing facility to its current status as a health system serving people on two campuses. Niagara Lutheran Health System affiliates provide high quality retirement living options and various levels of health care to nearly 500 individuals of all faiths and walks of life on a daily basis and employs more than 800 dedicated, compassionate people.
Service Opportunities: Students can serve Niagara Lutheran by socializing with residents via conversations, reading and game playing. Students can also help transport residents throughout the facility and perform moderate paper work.
Our Lady of Hope Home School
(St. Luke's Mission of Mercy)
325 Walden ave., Buffalo, NY 14211
Contact: Pamela Krzanowicz
Phone: (716) 560-3695
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 communtity. The school provides numerous opportunities for its K-8 students through its after school programs, field trips, and other initiatives, and is open to anyone in the community.
-Work with students ages 5-12
-Provide classroom assistance and tutoring all subjects
-Help to teach art based classes to various grade levels
-School and After School Program 11am-4pm
The Pride Center of WNY, Inc.
206 South Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY14201 Click Here For Directions
Damian Martinez, Program Coordinator E-mail
: email@example.com Time Commitment:
days and times will vary.
About: The mission of PCWNY is to work with the community to make Western New York a safe, healthy, and satisfying place for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people to live, work, and establish their families. PCWNY welcomes all groups and individuals seeking to add to the continuing improvement of the LGBT community. By working with organizations, businesses, and individuals, PCWNY strives to refer individuals and groups to LGBT organizations and allied organizations for health care, legal issues and other needed assistance; enhance communication between organizations and businesses to make their mission and services known to each other and to the larger community; develop leadership within the community; and provide a safe, secure, and private environment for groups and organizations to meet, allowing them to increase their impact on the community, among other things.
Service-learners who are interested in this site must complete this volunteer application
form and be prepared to submit a resume. Past experience working with the LGBT population is preferred. One project that the service-learner will focus on heavily is helping out with the next issue of the Resource and Pride Guide: Empowering People, Empowering Communities.
This publication is a critical resource for LGBT individuals in WNY area because it provides contact information for various LGBT-friendly organizations, services, spaces, and events and also serves as a networking tool.
In addition, service-learners may also contribute in the following areas:
-Advertising / Graphic Artist
-Mentor / Group Facilitator
-Photographers, Writers, Illustrators, & Artists
-Health Fair Volunteers
-Project Committee Members
Memo: A copy of the Resource and Pride Guide can be found in the office of the Ecomonic Development Coordinator for the CBL Office housed in the Career Center (OM13 on the ground floor). A copy of the Volunteer Resource Guide can be found there as well.
156 Delevan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14211
Contact: Dalicia Simmons
Categories: Education, ESL and Financial Literacy
Assisting in classrooms:
- Math (small groups for reinforcement)
- Physical Education
- Help is also needed in the cafeteria from 11:10 am to 1:10 pm to role model positive behavior and to build relationships.
Note: A service-learner will not ever be alone with school students because she or he will not have been fingerprinted by the center.
P.S. 74: Hamlin Park
126 Donaldson Rd., Buffalo, NY 14208 Click here for directions Contact:
Kristopher Stiles, Mary Beth ZanghiEmail:
About: PS 74 serves a population of largely poor, underrepresented students in Buffalo, and is at risk for becoming a low-achieving school. The school strives to best serve its students to make them prepared, productive, and positive in order to become college and career ready.
Service Opportunities: Tutor grades 1-8 in all subjects including: math, science, history, and ELA. Students would be assisting in the classroom and some opportunity for afterschool tutoring as well.
P.S. 301: Burgard High School
400 Kensington Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214 Click Here for Directions
Contact: Mary E. Ross, School Counselor
About: Burgard High School was designated a low-achieving school in 2010, and has remained so ever since. The school is undergoing a transformation process mandated by the City of Buffalo that is injecting funding into the school in order to better serve the students there through the creation of a career and technical institute for the students and through the partnering with area businesses and colleges.
Service Opportunities: Tutor grades 9-12 in a variety of possible subjects
Saint Luke's Mission of Mercy
325 Walden Ave Buffalo, NY 14211
Contact: Will Siegner
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Joe Van Volkenburg(email@example.com)
About: Opened in 1994, St. Luke's Mission of Mercy is an Mission with a Roman Catholic Tradition in the inner city of Buffalo, New York. Through its full-time lay missionaries and volunteers, it works to provide corporal and spiritual works of mercy for the impoverished and homeless population in the community. It operates a soup kitchen, a homeless shelter, provides clothing, visits the sick and imprisoned, and provides nurmerous spiritual services.
-Work with the missionaries in their soup kitchen to help prepare and serve meals.
-Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 3:20pm-5:30pm, Saturdays 10am-1pm.(other times available upon request.) This is a Campus Ministry Program. Meet Will Siegner at the 2nd floor lounge of Old Main at 3:20pm and transportation will be provided.(contact Will in advance to secure your spot)
The Salvation Army
960 Main Street, Buffalo, NY and other locations when noted
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Contact: Andrea Glinski
About: The Salvation Army, a religious mission organization, was founded in 1865, when William Booth left the Methodist ministry to preach in the slums of London's East End. Today, The Salvation Army is active in more than 119 nations, meeting the needs of the impoverished and unfortunate. Locally, The Salvation Army of Buffalo exists to offer hope for a better life by meeting basic human needs. Without regard to age, religion, ethnicity or educational level, its mission is to help others through more than a dozen programs, including Emergency Family Assistance, Supervised Visitation, Emergency Shelter, Employment Services, Conflict Resolution/Anger Management,Golden Age (Senior) Center, Corps Community Centers, Emergency Disaster and Canteen Services.
-K-12 Tutors: at Buffalo Kensington Corps, 21 Westminster, Buffalo, NY 14215, September - June, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 3 PM - 6 PM. Homework help with youth.
-GED Tutors: at Buffalo Area Services, Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Tutors are needed to assist in five academic areas: Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies and Science.
-Department Assistant: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, occasional nights & weekends, can work around class/work schedule. Work one-on-one with the Development Department at Buffalo Area Services to build relationships in the community. Duties include marketing, general office work and event planning.
Homeless Street Feeding
-Steet Feeding: Ellicott Street, under the Buffalo and Erie County Library Bridge, October - April, Mondays, 5 PM - 6:30 PM. Feed the homeless weekly.
Red Kettle Campaign
-Team Leaders: Various locations, November - December, Monday - Saturday, 10 AM - 9 PM. Organize and lead a group of bell ringers.
-Bell Ringers: Various Locations, November - December, Monday - Saturday, 10 AM - 9 PM. Please visit www.registertoring.com to schedule a time and location that works for you.
Framing Hope Warehouse
-Sorters: The Framing Hope Warehouse, 635 South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14210. The Service Collaborative of WNY Framing Hope Warehouse offers low-cost, high-quality materials to non-profit organizations by leveraging donations from local and national retailers through a partnership with Good 360. Monthly, The Salvation Army sends a team of 10 volunteers to The Framing Hope Warehouse, from 9 AM – 2 PM to unpack boxes and label items in preparation for sale.
-Employment Readiness Classroom Assistants: Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 2:30 PM. Assist with job readiness instruction in the Employment Services Program. Topics include: parenting, life skills, interview techniques and resume assistance. Present materials based on personal life experiences, employment backgrounds and/or school concentrations.
-Job Developer: Monday - Friday, 8 AM – 2:30 PM. Assist with job search and placement in the Employment Services Program. Individuals will work to create relationships with management, human resources and those involved in hiring entry-level positions.
Golden Age Center
-GAC Recruiter: Monday - Friday, 8 AM – 2:30 PM, recruit individuals, ages 50 years and older for Golden Age Center (GAC) membership. Volunteers will create and present a plan to increase membership.
-Activities Coordinator: Monday - Friday, 8 AM – 2:30 PM, creative volunteers needed to assist with activities in the Golden Age Center. Activities include but are not limited to bingo, field trips, arts & crafts and cards.
Emergency Family Assistance
-Case Manager: Monday - Friday, 8 AM – 4 PM, follow-up information on former clients. This position is highly confidential and is ideal for a retired human service worker or a student working toward a degree in that field.
-Sponsored Family Program: September – December, Monday - Friday, 8 AM – 2:30 PM, general office assistance and loading/unloading Christmas gifts
-Christmas Applications: October – December, Monday - Friday, 9 AM – 4 PM, process Christmas toy applications
Emergency Family Shelter
-Resident Assistants: Monday - Friday, 9 AM – 9 PM, assist in the day-to-day activities of the homeless family shelter. Opportunities are available to assist with childcare, laundry, office work, meal preparation, cleaning and decorating. Individuals are also needed for youth activities including tutoring, homework assistance and mentoring.
-Day Care Aide: Tuesdays, 630 PM – 730 PM. Volunteers needed to be child friendly and must handle a high volume energy crowd well. Manage a nursery filled with toys and games to organize play time with children. Age ranges from birth to adolescence. Eyes on children at all times and maintain accurate notes in the event of any emergency. Must pass a background check.
SPCA of Erie County
205 Ensminger Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150
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Kim Zolnowski Phone:
716-875-7360 x3503 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Days and Times:
About: As the second-oldest humane society in the United States, the SPCA Serving Erie County continues to set the standard in animal adoption and rescue, exceeding the expectations and guidelines for shelter operations. The SPCA cares for approximately 14,000 animals each year through programs that include adoptions; admissions; animal rescues; animal emergency transports; stray lost and found services; animal cruelty investigations and seizures; care for wildlife, reptiles, exotics, and farm animals; and much more. The SPCA is a local humane society, not financially supported by, or a part of, any other local or national animal welfare group. They are not a branch of the ASPCA.
Service Opportunities: Short-term (minimum of 10 hours a semester) - cleaning cages, restocking food, walk dogs, shave animals for surgical procedures.
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
Tapestry Charter School
65 Great Arrow Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216
Contact: Jessica Beddell
About: Since 2001, Tapestry Charter School has provided an innovative educational experience in Buffalo, New York. Tapestry provides a challenging and rigorous public education for students K-12, an environment that emphasizes diversity, compassion, collaboration, community, creativity and leadership. Students are academically and socially prepared to meet the demands of further education, while maturing into productive and caring adults with a lifelong passion for learning.
Service Opportunities: Work with students in the afterschool program from 3:00pm-4:30pm Monday-Friday. Help students with homework completion, study skills, and other academic related assignments.
-There are also opportunities to work with students during the school day in the math and reading classrooms.
-Math tutoring- Mondays from 1pm-2pm, Thursdays from 10:30am-11:30am and 1pm-2pm, Fridays 8:30am-9:30am.
-ELA tutoring- Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12pm-1pm
Universal School of Buffalo (Islamic)
1957 Genesee St, Buffalo, NY 14211 Click Here for Directions
Contact: Assiyia Ali
About: With the emergence of Islamic Schools in metropolitan areas similar in size to the Greater Buffalo area, a definite pattern of success and academic excellence has been observed. Following the example of other communities, a committed group of Muslims began to dedicate their time and efforts in making this school a reality. Though serious talks have been ongoing for many years, the 1998 year marked the beginning for researching, developing and implementing stages for Universal. The hard work and time was well spent and on September 4, 2001, Universal School opened its doors for the first time. In 2008, Universal School became a fully accredited K-8 school through the Middle States Association on Elementary Schools.
-Support learning in the after school program
-Special program support
**All of these opportunities will give Canisius students a chance to learn more about Arabic culture and the people of Middle-Eastern origin.
YMCA Buffalo-Niagara (Ellicot-Masten Family YMCA)
585 William St., Buffalo, NY 14206 Click Here for Directions
Contact: Greg Gamble
About: As the second-oldest YMCA in the country, established in 1852, YMCA Buffalo Niagara has a long history of serving all people in Western New York, people of all races, religions, incomes, and abilities. YMCA Buffalo Niagara is a charitable, community based organization committed to providing programs designed to build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. YMCA Buffalo Niagara does not turn anyone away due to an inability to pay. Each year thousands of people in Western New York benefit from financial assistance from the YMCA. Annually, more than 15,000 children and families will benefit from the Strong Kids Campaign, providing financial aid for people who wish to participate in YMCA programs such as school age child care and summer camp, or to purchase a membership. The YMCA Buffalo-Niagara serves more than 100,000 youths, families, and seniors annually
Service Opportunities: tutoring youth in a variety of subjects (math, science, reading, languages, etc.)