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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
*Van service will be provided to this site leaving from Canisius Hughes door on Fridays at 3pm, and returning at 5pm
Contact: Gamileh Jamil
Phone: (716) 332-5901
Email: email@example.com **email preferred
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;
to foster tolerance of Arab American people in the United States.
Days and Times: Main hours Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm. Tutoring Tuesday- Friday from 3:00 to 6 p.m.
Service Opportunities: Students can assist in the after-school program by providing tutoring assistance in all subject areas for all grade levels. 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:
-Tutoring students to help increase English Literacy
-Assistance with the community garden upkeep
-Advertising and Marketing for the center and its programs
-Assistance with fundraising efforts
Contact: Shakeel Alexander
Contact: Beth Mack
Days and Times: Monday-Friday 1:00-8:00pm, and Saturday & Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm
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.
Friendly Dog Visitor: to visit with our residents 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.
Broadway Market Senior Citizen Drop-in Center
999 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14212
Days and Times: Monday-Friday 9am-2pm
The Senior Citizen's Drop-In Center at the Broadway market is an effort to assist senior citizens from around the city in participating in a series of "community" activities while at the same time receive concierge services and/or referrals that they may want or need. The project will be helpful, time-saving, convenient, informational, and will also provide opportunities for recreation and leisure.
380 N. Oak Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
Contact: Bonnie Brown
Days and Times: Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-2pm.
The City of Buffalo Animal Shelter provides our community with many services. It gives injured, abused, lost, and abandoned animals food, care, shelter, and comfort before finding loving and responsible homes for them. The shelter helps reunite families with lost pets. It also keeps potentially dangerous animals off the streets.
-Assisting with cleaning of dog and cat kennels
-Meet and greets dogs with potential adopters
-Sweeping, dusting, and cleaning
Buffalo Center for Art and Technology
1221 Main St Buffalo, NY 14209
Contact: Da'Von McCune
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org **email preferred
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.
-Provide administrative support including making copies, creating Word, Excel, and Powerpoint documents
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
Contact: Joshua Konovitz
Phone: office: 852-7483 x31, cell: 716-817-4379***Cell phone or email contact preferred
-Restoring fish and wildlife habitat
-Enhancing public access through greenways that expand parks and open space
950 Amherst St., Buffalo NY 14216
Contact: Kelsey Mussen
E-mail: email@example.com *email preferred
Phone: 716-877-9295, ask for Kelsey
Days and Times: 4:00-8:00 PM on Mondays
Volunteer Application: Click Here
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 disabilities helping to provide therapeutic care through interactions with horses. Volunteers will be trained and will work on grooming and tacking 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
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 9:00 am-4:00 pm
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.
-Helping people prepare for employment searches
-Teaching simple computer programs to staff
-Basic adult computer classes
-Help get apartments ready for clients
-Work along with case managers to assist with paperwork that clients require to register children for school, apply for social security cards, food stamps, job applications, etc.
-Distribution of donations and necessary paperwork
70 Harvard Place, Buffalo, NY 14209
Contact: Mike Lee
CAO helps families improve the quality of their lives and achieve self-sufficiency. It provides comprehensive services to families, children, and individuals throughout Erie County. Its 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)
370 Linwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209
Contact: Courtney Clarke
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org **Email Preferred
Days and Times: Evenings and Weekends (& Dinner every other Monday night 5:30-7:30)
About: Compass House provides runaway, homeless, and street youth with safe shelter and services through a voluntary and mutually agreed upon process in an environment that supports dignity, respect, and self-reliance.
-Monday night prepare and serve dinner
135 Delaware Ave. Suite 210, Buffalo, NY 14202
Contact: Danielle Stevens
Phone: (716)883-3331 x307
Email: email@example.com *email preferred
Compeer recruits, screens and matches trained volunteers and mentors in one-to-one supportive friendship relationships with children, adults, military veterans, and seniors who are striving for good mental health.
-Assist with events including yoga classes, art activities, game nights, and more.
-Lead a class or activity as discussed with supervisor at site
Days and Times:
Days and times of events vary by month, but are typically held on nights and weekends.
Contact: Sr. Pat Brady and Dr. Camille Pontrello
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Sr. Pat) email@example.com (Dr. Pontrello)
Days and Times:
Will be established by Canisius student and the Congolese individual he or she is tutoring.
Tutoring adults to learn English as a second language.
George Urban Plaza 3859 Union Rd. Ste. 600, Cheektowaga, NY 14225
118 East Utica Street Buffalo, NY 14209
Contact: Ron Brown
Phone: 716-510-5505 or 716-882-0602
About: The Dorothy Collier Center is a local senior center in Buffalo, Ny.
Service Opportunities: To be discussed with a supervisor at this site.
Fillmore Corridor Neighborhood Coalition
Contact: Erwin Rakoczy
Coalition of community organizations united in promoting, invigorating, and transforming both the area and the community along the Fillmore Corridor. Key areas of focus include; housing, commercial, education, environment, and historical preservation.
-Creating a storyboard and contribute to a Fillmore area newsletter
-Work toward the improvement and development of the East Side Fillmore St. Corridor. Involves environmental and ethical concerns.
-Do research which will contribute toward the hoped for addition of Fillmore to the Olmstead Park System.
2515 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215
Contact: Karen Kasperek, MS, MPA
Phone: (716) 897-9948 x112
Times: Monday through Thursday, Times TBD
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" but are earning a "hand up."
-Students can work with Gerard Place staff to create programming for the adults and children such as crafts, budgeting, health-related needs, etc.
-Sorting donations, answering the door, office work
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. This 3-4 hour requirement will be a part of the students total service-learning hour requirement.
Contact: Nicole Fusco
Days and Times: The Campus Ministry van meets on Saturdays at 8:45am in the Horan O'Donnell Old Main parking lot. Build dates for the 2015-16 year are as follows; September 12th & 26th, October 3rd, 17th, and 31st, November 14th& 28th, December 5th, January 30th, February 6th & 27th, March 19th, April 23rd & 30th
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.
Harvest House- New Hope Education Center
175 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo NY 14206
Contact: Carol Murphy
Days and Times: Tuesday and Saturday- 9am-12pm, Monday and Thursday 1pm-4pm
The New Hope Education Center offers brand new classrooms, a new lunchroom, a new student lounge and student services like our Baby & Children's Ministry, providing primary care, dental and vision care for students without health insurance. They offer quality educational programs to people in the community who are either not working or working at low-income jobs. The students get the advanced training they need to make a living wage. New Hope is a school catering to adult students, it is unique in that it has various education providers offering different classes in the same space at the same time.
-Assist at New Hope Education Center- provide general tutoring in all subjects to the teenage students present
70 Barker Street, Buffalo, NY 14209
Contact: Anna Stark
Phone: 716-883-1914 ext. 337
Days and Times: Monday and Tuesday 8am - 8pm; Wednesday through Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Today, the Refugee Resettlement department at Jewish Family Service resettles approximately 45 people each month. Jewish Family Service case managers help new clients 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, parenting classes, health referrals, employment services, advocacy, and more.
Literacy Center at Canisius
2001 Main Street Canisius College
Health Science Building, room 113A Buffalo, NY 14208
Contact: Diane Atallah, Graduate Assistant
Days and Times: Wednesday 3-4:30
-Tutors will work one-on-one with a child under the direct supervision of a teacher with expertise in reading.
-Assisting students from Nativity Miguel school with reading and writing in an after school setting
-Assist students with English homework and assigments
-Assist students with English projects and writing papers
Lt. Matt Urban Hope Center
385 Paderewski Drive, Buffalo, NY 14212
Contact: Daniel Auflick
Phone: 716-893-7222 x306 or 716-207-8147
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org **Email Preferred
The Matt Urban Hope Center assists individuals who are homeless, families suffering 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.
-Serve food to community members in the urban diner, a restaurant style soup kitchen: Monday, Wednesday, Friday(1pm-7pm)
Meals on Wheels:
Contact: Lauren Gousy or Joe Van Volkenberg (Campus Ministry)
Phone: (716) 913-7838 or 888-2875 (Joe)
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Days and Times: Monday-Friday 11-12, or Tuesday-Friday 11:30-12:20 (Campus Ministry)
Operate as drivers or servers. Students will be provided with directions and a delivery route, and will have a choice on how many days a week they would like to participate.
St. Monica Campus for Young Women
26 Wright Ave Buffalo, NY 14215
Contact: Nancy Langer, President
Phone: 716-984-5146(cell) or 716-852-6854(office)
Nativity Miguel Middle School of Buffalo is a fifth through eighth middle school transforming the lives of under-served students in a secure and nurturing environment on single gender campuses: The Saint Monica Campus for Girls and the Saint Augustine Campus for Boys. In partnership with our families, we deliver a uniquely effective education that includes an extended school day and school year, dedicated and caring teachers, personal mentoring, and continuing support through high school graduation. Students who enter with little hope or promise for the future are challenged to reach their full potential even in the face of difficult background circumstances. Today students are working to embrace the programs they need to prepare for success in high school and beyond. Our graduates attend many of the areas top public and private high schools and are continuing on to college. The school is one of the three educational apostolates of the Canisius Jesuit Community in Buffalo.
After school program
-The extended day program runs from 2:45 to 4:30pm with the exception of the first Friday of the month. Students who are able to commit to a consistent schedule are needed and welcomed to provide homework help during after school or study hall at either campus. They cannot accommodate students who require a flexible schedule or last minute changes.
Assist the volunteer manager of the Firsthand Science program with hands-on science activities for girls at our St. Monica Campus. Tuesdays 3:45- 4:30pm
Provide in-class assistants to students needing one-on-one or small group help in Reading, English Language Arts or Math. Classes are approximately 45 minutes in length between 8am and 2:45pm on regular school days and until 12:15pm on the first Friday of most months. Students must be able to commit to a consistent, dependable schedule one or two days a week for approximately 5 weeks. They cannot accommodate students who need flexible schedules or last minute changes.
Nature Abounds is a national non-profit organization that encourages you to unplug from societal norms, wake up to the natural world around you, and take action for a healthier environment.
Students will choose a location in nature to observe. Record these observations and report back via mail or email to Nature Abounds.
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 and the creating and distribution of flyers
-Tutors for the afterschool program work with school age children and 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)
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.
-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
Days and Times: Monday-Thursday 2pm-4pm
126 Donaldson Rd., Buffalo, NY 14208
Contact: Mary Beth Zanghi
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Days and Times: Monday- Friday 9:30-3:00, and Extended Day Program Monday-Thursday 3:30-5:30
PS 74 serves a population of 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.
-Tutor grades 1-8 in all subjects including English Language Arts & working on sight vocabulary.
-Tutor students on basic math skills, including addition and subtraction.
-Help students build their technology skills with programs such as PowerPoint.
-Students would be assisting in the classroom helping teachers by working one on one with students.
106 Appenheimer Ave Buffalo, NY 14214
Contact: Dr. Tonya Chavers
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 English Language Arts and Math
-After school assistance working with students one on one in ELA and Math
-After school program runs Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 2:30-5:00
400 Kensington Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214
Contact: Mary E. Ross, School Counselor
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.
Pride Center of WNY
200 S Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY 14201
Contact: Robert Baird
Email: email@example.com **email preferred
Phone: (716) 847-0212
By working with organizations, businesses, and individuals, the Pride Center 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 the larger community. Expand the visibility of LGBT issues and accomplishments, and educate the general public about the value the LGBT community has in our society. Provide a safe, secure, and private environment for groups and organizations to meet, allowing them to increase their impact on the community.
Days and Times:
Days and times for service vary based on the time of year.
325 Walden Ave Buffalo, NY 14211
Contact: Joe Van Volkenburg
E-mail: Joe Van Volkenburg(firstname.lastname@example.org)
Opened in 1994, St. Luke's Mission of Mercy is a 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 as a dining room, a homeless shelter, provides clothing, visits the sick and imprisoned, and provides numerous spiritual services.
-Wednesday from 3:30 – 5:30pm
-Friday from 3:30-5:30pm
Click here for more information!
Take a look at this video some of our students created for St. Luke's 2015 Christmas event!
The Somali Bantu Association-St Mary's Center (Tutoring)
241 Lafayette Ave
*Van will be provided from Canisius to this site leaving promptly at 3pm from the Hughes door and returning at 5pm
Contact: Please sign up for days through the following link: Somali Bantu Placement Sign-Up Sheet
(Supervisors: Sr. Kathleen and Dr. Pontrello)
Phone: 716-885-6252 (Sr. Kathleen), or 716-398-0177 (Sr. Kathleen's cell phone)
Email: Dr. Pontrello- email@example.com
Days and Times: Monday-Thursday 3pm-5pm
About: In the summer of 2003, a significant number of Somali Bantu immigrants were resettled here in Buffalo At that time, resettlement and social service agencies worked extensively with Somali Bantu refugees and immigrants, but their work was limited to a few months, which left the people of the Somali Bantu Community without many basic supports such as housing and income, to sustain their quality of life. In 2005, a group comprised of prominent Somali Bantu refugees and community leaders met to discuss the needs of their struggling community and they devised solutions to fill gaps in supportive services for the Somali Bantu community. The group met in various group members' homes until Jewish Family Services lent their support to the group and secured an apartment on the West Side of Buffalo so that the group could hold their meetings in a more conducive environment. During this period, the group, with few resources, managed to receive 501 C3 non-profit status. As the community continued to grow, the Somali Bantu Community Organization of WNY, Inc. opened a 1,000 square foot space in 2010. The organization is presently located in the heart of Buffalo's West Side at 83 Grant Street. Currently,the organization offers the following services to its members and the community:
-Intensive translation services for adults and children
-case management for adults and children, including social services, health care access, public school registration, immigration resources and other services
-After School Program
-St. Mary's Center Tutoring children in an after school program
-Assist in teaching English to children in a classroom style learning environment after school.
-Students can also work with the children assisting in other recreational activities.
Contact: Joe Van Volkenburg, Campus Ministry
Phone: 716-888-2875 or 716-465-9327
Days and Times: Sundays 4:30-6pm
This is a Street Ministry to the marginalized and homeless population in Downtown Buffalo.
Service Opportunity: Each week Canisius students prepare and serve sandwiches, hot chocolate, and cookies. Students develop a friendship and kinship with those they 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
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 refugees in classes in a one on 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.
-Sort clothing, clean, help with food prep, and yard work
Days and Times: Monday- Friday 9:30-2:00
West Side Bazaar
25 Grant Street Buffalo, NY 14213
Contact: Michelle Holler
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org **email preferred
The West Side Bazaar was born to be a small business incubator where new business owners could find a safe, nurturing, and inexpensive environment to develop their business with guidance in the way of running an enterprise successfully. Refugees and immigrants have flocked to the West Side of Buffalo with hopes of continuing their old world customs in a new and unfamiliar environment. The West Side Bazaar has offered these New Americans the chance to get a firm footing in the business world in their new home by serving these needs and helping to guide and develop them as they begin to grow their businesses.
Put together marketing for the retail side of the bazaar which consists of clothes, jewelry,a dn art from all over the globe.