Community Based Learning
Canisius College and Buffalo: Hope for the Future through Service
The Center for Community-Based Learning and your professor will help you choose a site that is relevant to your Service-Learning course, or your community-based learning option. 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: Muna Munassar
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:
-Social Services Assistance-Translator/ Interpreter Services
-Cultural Arts Programs
American Cancer Society: Hope Lodge
101 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst, NY 14228
Contact: Ann Radderman
Days and Times: Mainly weekends and special events
-Cooking a meal for the guests
-Socializing with guests
-Help with advertising
Assumption Parish Religious Education
435 Amherst St., Buffalo, NY 14207
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
Phone: 716-878-0220, ext 117
Days and Times: vary
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.
Contact: Kris Hochulski
Contact: Beth Mack Email: email@example.com(preferred)
Days and Times: M-F, 8:00am to 4:00pm, evenings and weekends limited
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
(Opportunities exist only in early spring and fall)
1250 Niagara Street
Buffalo, NY 14213
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Contact: Robin Drake
Phone: 716-852-7483 ext. 12
Days and Times: vary
Environmental Service Opportunities
-tree plantings with ReStore Corps
-shore-line clean-up projects. Become a site captain and find volunteers to help clean trash along shoreline and in parks
-become a Riverwatch Captain and help with water quality monitoring
-attend events during the spring and summer to educate the public about Riverkeeper
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 Carlise
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
Coalition for Economic Justice
237 Main Street, Suite 1200 Buffalo, NY 14203
Contact: Andy Reynolds
Days and Times: vary
-Assist with outreach to low wage workers on workplace conditions
-communicate with current and potential members about opportunites for engagement
-help with blog writing
-Other projects as assigned
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)
Environmental Justice Action Group of WNY
JFK Community Center
114 Hickory St.
Buffalo, NY 14204
Contact: Judith Anderson, Executive Director
Email: Judith.firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred)
Phone: 716-698-1551 or 716-332-4554
Days and times: vary
-Working on a campaign to encourage supermarkets to come back to the East Side of Buffalo to make healthy food more accessible to lower-income families.
-Writing articles for the EJAG website on environmental justice issues (invasive species, pollution hot-spots, urban community gardening, natural resource conservation, etc.)
-Assisting with database entry for accounting systems
-Volunteer and member recruitment
-Community event planning/brainstorming ideas for creative fundraisers
-Helping to create an EJAG newsletter and contribute articles and ideas
-Community garden maintenance
-Assisting with designing potential parks or gardens
The Epilepsy Association of WNY
339 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222
Contact: Shana Donovan
Phone: 716-883-5396 ext 402
Days and Times: Vary
-Help design, produce, and distribute brochures, cards, and advertising items
-Contact media regarding advertising
-Contact potential donors
16 Glendhu Place, Buffalo, NY 14210
Contact: Charles Lefevre
Service Opportunities: at the day center, host sites, and support sites
-Help prepare for new families
-Home set up for incoming families
2515 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215
Contact: Karen Kasperek, MS, MPA
Phone: (716) 897-9948 x112
Times: Tuesday through Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm
Contact: Joe Van Volkenburg, Campus Ministry
Days and Times: Saturdays
1782 Seneca St Buffalo, NY 14210
Contact: Linda Tatu
-Volunteer at the Baby and Children's Ministry- sorting clothing, helping clients,
serving as the face of Harvest House.
-Volunteer at New Hope Education Center- reception, tutoring, etc.
-Volunteer at Good Neighbors Health Care- reception, providing medical care,
spiritual care, etc.
-Volunteer at the Retreat Center- helping with promotions, newsletters, etc.
-Volunteer!- Have a specific skill or talent? Let us know how you would like to use your time.
Grover Rd. and Luther Rd., East Aurora, NY
Contact: Tanya Lowe
Email (preferred): Tanya@hawkcreek.org
-Animal husbandry (long-term commitment)
70 Barker Street, Buffalo, NY 14209
Contact: Maria “Apple” Domingo
Phone: 716-883-1914 ext. 339
Day & Times: Monday through Tuesday 8:30am - 8pm; Wednesday through Friday8:00am - 5:00pm
Journey's End Refugee Services
Tri Main Center
2495 Main Street, Suite 317
Buffalo, NY 14214
Contact: Bryana DiFonzo, Vocational Trainer
Days and Times: vary
- interacting with resettled refugees, accompany to apartments, teach metro system
- assisting with apartment set-up
- helping increase financial literacy
- employment help
- tutoring for the citizen exam (history class)
- helping with ESL classes and tutoring 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday.
Memo: If you have particular skills or interests and would be comfortable teaching to a group (financial literacy, interviewing skills, dance, crafts, etc) times can be arranged for you to lead a workshop. This is a good fit for motivated students who only need to fulfill a few hours, but it also could work for anyone.
Junior Achievement of WNY
275 Oak St.
Buffalo, NY 14203
Contact: Justine Januszkiewicz
Phone: 716-853-1381 ext. 16
Volunteers will be given materials and lesson plans to go into classrooms and work with students of all grade levels on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness.
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.
Los Tainos Senior Citizen Center
333 Trenton Ave., Buffalo, NY 14201
Contact: Sergio Rodriguez
Phone: (716) 316-1545
-Help with fundraising activities
-Interact with Senior citizens during daily activities
-Participate in bingo from 1-4:30
-Assist in serving lunch at 11:30 while interacting with seniors
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.
Moving Miracles Dance Company
954 Union Road Suite 1 West Seneca, NY 14224
Contact: Laura Pietak
Work with individuals with disablities through dance. Encourage individuals to grow and achieve their personal potential through props, musical selections, visualization, imagery, and mirroring. Help to increase their holistic mind/body connection. Work with these individuals to improve sensory integration, body awareness, problem solving skills, and concept formation.
(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)
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
64 Hager Street, Buffalo, NY 14208
Contact: Noreen Kayser
Phone: 716-886-4377 ex. 312
Days and Times: Flexible hours
Note:(Minimum 20 hours a semester, extenisve application process)
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
Service Opportunities: Computer assistance as well as help out the East Side of Buffalo by transforming abandoned houses and vacant lots into gardens, green spaces, and community outreach organizations. Students will assist Mrs. Triggs and other grassroots activists in a variety of social justice projects aimed at increasing the quality of life for individuals living on the East Side.
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
-Assist with math and reading clubs
-Planning activities, crafts, and games
-Fall soccer program
291 Oliver Street North Tonawanda
-Socializing with kittens
-work with kittens
-general kitten care
206 South Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY14201
Contact: Damian Martinez, Program Coordinator
Phone: 716-852-7743 (follow prompt for Damian Martinez press *1)
Time Commitment: days and times will vary.
-Advertising / Graphic Artist
-Mentor / Group Facilitator
-Photographers, Writers, Illustrators, & Artists
-Health Fair Volunteers
-Project Committee Members
If you are looking to work specifically with the hispanic speaking population please contact these organizations:
Evergreen Health Services: Kate Sullivan: 716-847-0315
Contact: Dr. Karen Dutt-Doner
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.
126 Donaldson Rd., Buffalo, NY 14208
Contact: Mary Beth Zanghi, Kristopher Stiles
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
400 Kensington Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214
Contact: Mary E. Ross, School Counselor
SABAH (skating athletes bold at heart)
2607 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14207
Contact: Keara Vacanti
Service Opportunites: work with children on the ice in the evening and weekend programs, as well as in the school day program.
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
960 Main Street, Buffalo, NY and other locations when noted
Contact: Andrea Glinski
-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.
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 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.
Science Firsthand: First Hand Learning
2495 Main Street, Suite 556
Buffalo, NY 14214
Contact: Melissa Gomez
Days and Times: During after-school hours for a period of ten weeks or more.
Service opportunities: Science Firsthand: Partners in Discovery connects youth with compassionate college students to explore everyday phenomena scientifically. Mentoring is a key focus, while conducting safe, fun, interesting science experiments.
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
Sunday Sandwich and Spirituality Ministries(a campus ministry program)
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.
1957 Genesee St, Buffalo, NY 14211
Contact: Assiyia Ali
-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.