Community Based Learning

Community Based Learning

Service Sites

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

The following categories contain our service partners

Communication & Digital Arts
Hunger & Homelessness
Cultural Diversity
Music and the Arts
Education, Mentoring & Tutoring
Refugee Assistance
ESL & Languages
Religious Education
Financial Literacy
Youth Outreach

Or 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 
Click here for directions
Contact: Muna Munassar 
Phone: (716)332-5901 
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: 
-Immigration Assistance 
-Citizenship Preparation  
-English Literacy  
-Arabic Literacy 
-Social Services Assistance-Translator/ Interpreter Services 
-Cultural Arts Programs 
-Community Engagement

American Cancer Society: Hope Lodge
101 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst, NY 14228 
Click here for directions 
Contact: Ann Radderman 
Phone: 716-882-9244 
Days and Times: Mainly weekends and special events 
Service Opportunities:
-Cooking a meal for the guests (food is provided)  
-Spring Clean up:

  • Relay for Life
  • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 

Required Skills: Project oriented, dynamic, energetic, with demonstrated time management and multi-tasking ability, proven interpersonal, verbal & communication skills.

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: (preferred method of contact)
Phone: 716-873-7187
Days: Saturday
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.
Service Opportunities:
In-class assistance
-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
Kris Hochulski
Phone: 716-873-9842 
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: (preferred)
Phone: 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 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
Volunteer Application: Click Here
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):
-Afterschool Programs
-Craft & Snack Time
Off-Site Opportunities: 
-Food & Colthing Drives (With Approval)
-City Mission's Thrift Store clothing sorting & hanging
-Turkey Express & Hambone Express delivering Thanksgiving & Christmas meals

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper 
(Opportunities exist only in early spring and fall)
1250 Niagara Street 
Buffalo, NY 14213
Click Here for Directions
Contact: Kerri Bentkowski LI, Citizen Action Coordinator 
716-852-7483 ext. 11 
Days and Times:
Service opportunities:
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   

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society Inc.
499 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
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Contact: Wendy Diina
Days and Times: Days and times will vary. BPO is ideally looking for one to two students to be with them for the entire 2012 spring semester, there will be extensive training involved. They need someone ASAP!
Service opportunities:
-Development and marketing
-Complete overhaul of BPO website content; lots of web-based research involved
-Write musician bios to be put on website 
-Will take photographs and videos of performances
-Some clerical/administrative duties (about 10% of service)
-Event planning

Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center
950 Amherst St., Buffalo NY 14216
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Contact: Carlise Lipke, Volunteer Coordinator
E-mail: (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).
Service Opportunites 
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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Contact: Becky Mischler, Volunteer Coordinator
: 716-842-0270x211 
Notes: 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.
Service Opportunities:
 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

Cantalician Center 
2049 George Urban Boulevard, Depew, NY 
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Contact: Sister Paul Marie Baczkowski 
Phone: 716-901-8728
General Ed. Opportunities for working with those with disabilities: 
1. Assist individual students and small groups of students as directed by the teacher. 
2. Provide appropriate supervision to students during recreational periods, arrival and departure, field trips and other out-of-class activities by ensuring that students are in immediate care and presence by providing proximity and redirection. 
Adaptive Phys. Ed Service Opportunities: 
1.Provide support, guidance, and direction to students during activities. 
2.Engage in lessons by supervising and assisting with implementation of drills, routines, or practice. 

Coalition for Economic Justice 
237 Main Street, Suite 1200 Buffalo, NY 14203  
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Contact: Jennifer Diagostino 
Phone: 716-892-5877 
Fax: 716-852-3802 
Days and Times: vary
Service Opportunities:
-Assist with outreach to low wage workers on workplace conditions 
-communicate with current and potential members about opportunites for engagement
-help with blog writing 
-website upkeep
-Other projects as assigned

Community Action Organization (CAO) / The Green Entrepreneurial Center
70 Harvard Place, Buffalo, NY 14209
Click Here for Directions   (within walking distance of Canisius campus!)
Contact: 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.
Service Opportunities:
-Advertising and promotional materials for CAO 
-Assistance with maintenance of greenhouses and open gardening beds
-Composting upkeep
-Fundraising events
-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)
-Website assistance


Environmental Justice Action Group of WNY
JFK Community Center
114 Hickory St.
Buffalo, NY 14204
Click Here for Directions
Contact: Judith Anderson, Executive Director
Email: (preferred)
716-698-1551 or 716-332-4554
Days and times: 
Service opportunities: 

-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
-Grant research
-Community garden maintenance 
-Assisting with designing potential parks or gardens

The Epilepsy Association of WNY 
339 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222
Click Here for Directions 
Shana Donovan 
716-883-5396 ext 402
Days and Times: 
Service Opportunities:

-Help design, produce, and distribute brochures, cards, and advertising items 
-Contact media regarding advertising 
-Contact potential donors



Family Promise

16 Glendhu Place, Buffalo, NY 14210
Contact:Jim Tamal
Phone: 716-821-9100
Service Opportunities: at the day center, host sites, and support sites
-Sorting donations
-Date Entry
-Help prepare for new families
-Dinner preparation
-Home set up for incoming families


Gerard Place: Transitional Housing Program For Homeless Single Parent Families
2515 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215
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Contact: Karen Kasperek, MS, MPA
Phone: (716) 897-9948 x112
Notes: Tuesday through Thursday
Times: 8:30am-4:30pm
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 maintainence 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 participating 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.

Groundwork Buffalo Inc. 
237 Main St, Suite 1200, Buffalo, 14203 
Click Here for Directions 
Contact: Andre McKnight, executive director
Phone: 716-359-7190 
Service Opportunities:
Urban Waters Program   
•Plan, organize and host community outreach events and workshops 
•Develop and conduct watershed education events and workshops. 
•With community input, identify and map sites for demonstration projects 
(rain gardens, constructed wetlands, habitat restoration)  
•Establish a Community Advisory Coalition (within the GWB focus area) with 
target goal of 5 organizations represented and 10 community members 
•Identify, contact and set up outreach meetings with potential partners. 
Brownfields Program 
• Research and interview organizations with successful community-based 
brownfield remediation programs and projects. Schedule site visits for GWB 
staff and board. 
•Produce a Groundwork Buffalo brownfield remediation field guide based on 
best practices and knowledge gained through site visits and training. 
•Establish a Community Brownfield and Vacant Property Advisory Coalition 
that will work proactively with the City of Buffalo to encourage local policy 
shifts that encourage community-lead greening projects on vacant 
properties and brownfields. 
•Identify and map brownfields with potential to become green space sites or 
other community assets within the Groundwork Buffalo Mid-City focus area.


Habitat for Humanity
(on campus)
Contact: Joe Van Volkenburg, Campus Ministry
Phone: 716-888-2857
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.

Hawk Creek 
Grover Rd. and Luther Rd., East Aurora, NY
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Contact: Tanya Lowe 
Email (preferred):
Phone: 716-652-8646
Service Opportunities:
-Animal husbandry (long-term commitment) 
-Grounds maintenance 
-Newsletter assistance


Jewish Family Services: Refugee Resettlement Program
70 Barker Street, Buffalo, NY 14209
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Contact: Maria “Apple” Domingo
Phone:  716-883-1914 ext. 339
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.

Journey's End Refugee Services
Tri Main Center
2495 Main Street, Suite 317
Buffalo, NY 14214
Click Here for Directions
Contact: Bryana DiFonzo, Vocational Trainer
Phone: 716-563-7149
Days and Times: vary 
Service opportunities: 
- interacting with resettled refugees, accompany to apartments, teach metro system (utilize a bus pass)
- 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
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Contact: Alycia Ivancie 
Phone: 716-853-1381 ext. 15
Service opportunities
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.
Digital Media Arts:
Create promotional videos
Categories: Education, ESL and Financial Literacy; Youth Outreach


Literacy Center at Canisius
2001 Main Street Canisius College
Health Science Building, room 113A Buffalo, NY 14208
Contact: Sunnie Bifarella, Graduate Assistant
Phone: 716-888-3728
Days and Times: Saturdays, 10am-11am, Wednesday 3-4:30
Service Opportunities: 
-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 
Click Here for Directions 
Contact: Sergio Rodriguez
Phone: (716) 316-1545 
Service Opportunities: 
-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

Lutheran Church Home
217 East Delevan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14208
Contact: Joan Griffin, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 716-882-1231 (ask to speak with Joan)
Days and Times: vary
Service opportunities:
Recreational Activities
-arts and crafts
-exercise programs
-resident companion for field trips in the community
-scrabble or card games with some of the expert players
-weekly bingo and sewing
Create a program or class
ex. exercise
ex. Art



Meals on Wheels
(on campus)
Contact: Joe Van Volkenburg, Campus Ministry
Phone: 716-888-2875
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)                                      
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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.
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
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Contact: Noreen Kayser
Phone: 716-886-4377 ex. 312
Days and Times: Flexible hours
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. 
Service Opportunities:
-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
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Contact: Damian Martinez, Program Coordinator
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 Opportunities: 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
-Community Education
-Community Outreach 
-Photographers, Writers, Illustrators, & Artists 
-Flyer Distribution
-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.

P.S. 17
156 Delevan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14211
Contact: Dr. Karen Dutt-Doner
Service opportunities: 
Assisting in classrooms:
- Math (small groups for reinforcement)
- English
- Reading
- Art
- 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
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Contact: Kristopher Stiles, Mary Beth Zanghi
Phone: 716-955-0845
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
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Contact: Mary E. Ross, School Counselor
Phone: 716-816-4450
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 


SABAH (skating athletes bold at heart)

2607 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14207
Contact: Keara Rupp
Phone: 716-362-9600
Service Opportunites: work with children on the ice in the evening and weekend program as well as school day program.

Saint Luke's Mission of Mercy
325 Walden Ave Buffalo, NY 14211
Contact: Will Siegner 
E-mail: or Joe Van Volkenburg( 
Phone: 716-888-2875 
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. 
Service Opportunities: 
-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
Phone: 716-888-6220
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.
Service Opportunities:
-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 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 Services
-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.

Science Firsthand: First Hand Learning
2495 Main Street, Suite 556
Buffalo, NY 14214
Contact: Melissa Gomez
Phone: 716-831-8722
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.

SPCA of Erie County
205 Ensminger Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150
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Contact: Kim Zolnowski
Phone: 716-875-7360 x3503
Days and Times: Tuesday-Sunday, 9:00am-8:00pm
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
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Contact: Assiyia Ali 
Phone: 716-597-0102x134
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. 
Service Opportunities: 
-Event planning
-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.