Community Based Learning
Canisius College and Buffalo: Hope for the Future through Service
The Center for Service-Learning and your professor will help you choose a site that is relevant to your Service-Learning course. How you will contact your service site will be explained to you in class. Use public transportation, your car, or carpooling to get to your site. When calling the site speak clearly and slowly. If you need to leave a message make sure you leave your name and phone number. For further assistance contact Sr. Pat at 716-888-2177 or email@example.com.
Click on a letter below to browse service sites alphabetically.
ACCESS of WNY, Inc. (Arab American Community Center for Economic & Social Services)
609 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, NY 14218
Contact: Gamilleh Jamil
Phone: (716) 332-5901
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: 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 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:
-Assistance with the community garden upkeep
-Advertising and Marketing for the center and its programs
85 River Rock Drive Suite 107, Buffalo, NY 14207
Contact: Alicia Bartsch
Phone: 716-873-5833 x243
Future "Littles" Activity and Big & Little Pathways Programs:
The future "Littles" Activity program pairs members of a group with children ages 6-12 to plan, provide, and participate in planned activites in a group setting. Each event lasts 1-2 hours which includes various games and activites. The Big and Little Pathways Program is an opportunity to plan and provide an activity for Big Brothers and Sisters and their Little Brothers and Sisters within one of BBBSEC's 7 Pathways: Arts & Culture, Community Engagement, Financial Literacy, Healthy Living, Literacy, STEM and Workforce Development.
Days and times: For Community Based Programs: Weekday evenings 5pm-7pm and Saturday mornings 10am-12pm. Site-Based Programs Monday-Thursday between 3:30-6:00pm. Based on center location.Commitment to this program is a one year requirement.
Contact: Kris Hochulski
Contact: Shakeel Alexander
Contact: Beth Mack
Days and Times: M-F, 8:00am to 4:00pm, evenings and weekends limited
Musicians: to come in as available to entertain our residents. There is a piano available in the facility for use, or bring your own instrument. May lead sing along as well. Evenings or weekends preferred but morning and afternoon times are acceptable as well.
Gardening: to assist in keeping facility grounds looking their best. May include raking, weeding, watering flowers, picking up litter, etc. Also may assist in planting in spring and fall. Supplies provided by residence.
Cleaning : to assist in keeping the residence look its best. This may include washing windows, sweeping, mopping or cleaning and polishing furniture.
Activities Assistant : to assist activities staff during group programs. Activities include assisting the residents on projects such as crafts, gross motor games, or bingo.
Special Community Projects: to assist and partner with Bristol Home residents in community-based projects. Past projects include working with the SPCA, Buffalo Animal Shelter, United Way and Canisius College.
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.
1221 Main St Buffalo, NY 14209
Contact: Eric Crittenden
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
950 Amherst St., Buffalo NY 14216
Contact: Nina Baldy
Phone: 716-877-9295, ask for Nina
Days and Times: 2:00-7:30 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 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
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
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
237 Main Street Suite 1200, Buffalo, NY 14203
Contact: Andy Reynolds
The Coalition for Economic Justice (CEJ) is a permanent coalition of labor, faith, community, academic and student organizations and individual activists. They engage in collective action to create good jobs, strong, sustainable communities, and equitable economic development.
-Outreach to members, contacting members about events, conducting surveys
-Blogs for website
70 Harvard Place, Buffalo, NY 14209
Contact: Lynette Hill
Phone: 716-881-5150 x4306 (call first)
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)
241 Lafayette Ave.
Contact: Sr. Kathleen Daugherty
Days and Times: Monday-Thursday 3-4:45pm
Tutoring children in various subjects with special needs in mathematics.
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.
2515 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215
Contact: Karen Kasperek, MS, MPA
Phone: (716) 897-9948 x112
Times: Tuesday through Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm
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."
3242 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14214
Contact: Michael Tritto
-Academic Instruction- assist instructors in 1-2 hours of academic instruction to students
-Enrichment- Participate and lead enrichment activities including recreation, arts and crafts, dance, and science/technology.
-The youth programs include the 4-H after school program and full day summer camp that provides youth participants with academic assistance, life skills enhancement, artistic endeavors, field trips, recreation and socialization. The community center has a science program that follows the model of the Science Firsthand Learning inquiry based learning. Students learn to explore the natural world around them and are encouraged to be inquisitive. Students are an essential part of developing the program based on their interests and questions about their environment.
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 (Good Neighbors Health Clinic & New Hope Education Center)
175 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo, NY 14206
Contact: Carol Murphy & Tom Koch
Phone: 716-855-0654 (Carol, New Hope) 716-856-2400 (Tom, Good Neighbors)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Carol), email@example.com (Tom)
Harvest House provides retreat space to over 120 teenage, adult and family groups per year. Harvest House is home to the Buffalo Diocese program, Young Christians at Work, and the national service experience, Young Neighbors in Action. Sleeping arrangements are made in carpeted rooms, on one of the many couches, or on the floor. Groups prepare their own meals in the fully-equipped kitchen. The second floor chapel provides an intimate setting for small group services or private meditation and houses a spiritual library. The Harvest House facilities are available to any Christian denomination for prayer services, bible study, pro-life activities and other spiritual programs.
-Assist at the Baby and Children's Ministry- sorting clothing, helping clients,
serving as the face of Harvest House.
-Assist at New Hope Education Center- provide general tutoring in all subjects to the teenage students present
-Assist at the Retreat Center- help with promotions and advertising of Harvest House, work with staff to create new advertising ideas and work on the newsletters
-Tuesday and Saturday- 9am-12pm, Monday and Thursday 1pm-4pm
70 Barker Street, Buffalo, NY 14209
Contact: Lauren Califano
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: Sunnie Tobias, 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
Matt Urban Hope Center
385 Paderewski Drive, Buffalo, NY 14212
Contact: Daniel Auflick
Phone: 716-893-7222 x306
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.
-Working community events
-Working with youth, playing games, etc.
-Food Pantry- 1st, 2nd, 3rd Tuesday(1pm-5pm), last Saturday(10am-2pm)
-Serve dinner- Monday-Friday(5pm-7pm)
Meals on Wheels:
Contact: Lauren Gousy or Joe Van Volkenberg (Campus Ministry)
Phone: (716) 913-7838 or 888-2875 (Joe)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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.
The MOCHA Center
1092 Main street Buffalo, NY 14209
Contact: Yaritza Pineiro
The MOCHA Center is a Western New York 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Buffalo and Rochester. Our mission is to improve the health and wellness of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Communities of Color.
-Assist with the facilitating of recreational activities such as movie nights and game nights
-Assist in the food pantry, stocking and sorting
-Assist in community outreach and prevention
-Assist in special event advertising, marketing, flyer distribution, set up, greeting of attendees, break down, etc..
St. Monica Campus for Young Women
26 Wright Ave Buffalo, NY 14215
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.
64 Hager St. Buffalo, Ny 14208
Contact: Kelly Franklin
Phone: 716-886-4377 x309
Days and Times: Monday- Friday between the hours of 8am & 4pm
About: Niagara Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center provide high-quality retirement living options and various levels of health care to many individuals in the Buffalo area. They provide rehabilitation, skilled nursing and subacute care, Alzheimer's and dementia care, and respite services.
-Transport to worship services, activities, therapy sessions, beauty shops and more
-Visit and/or read or/write correspondence
-Assist with clerical work
-Play cards or a game
-Share a skill, hobbies or interest
Volunteer Application: Click here for the Niagara Lutheran Volunteering page, the PDF for application will be under "How do I get started"
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
-Working to help start the Thanksgiving and Christmas drives
-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.
Service Opportunities: Beginning October 6th
-Work with students grades K-5
-Provide classroom assistance and tutoring in all subjects
-Help to teach art based classes to various grade levels
-Homework help and academic assistance one on one with students
-Assist with math and reading clubs
-Planning activities including: arts and crafts,and recreational activities
291 Oliver Street North Tonawanda
-Socializing with kittens
-work with kittens
-general kitten care
126 Donaldson Rd., Buffalo, NY 14208
Contact: Mary Beth Zanghi
Phone: (716) 816-3490 or (716) 573-6006
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.
-Students would be assisting in the classroom helping teachers by working one on one with students.
-Extended Day program funs from 3:30 to 5:30 Monday-Friday
106 Appenheimer Ave Buffalo, NY 14214
Contact: Dr. Tonya Chavers
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 Monday-Friday 2:30-4:30
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.
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.
-Thursday from 3:45 – 5:30pm
-Friday from 3:30-5:30pm
The Somali Bantu Association
83 Grant St. Buffalo NY 14213
St Mary's Canter (Tutoring)
241 Lafayette Ave
Contact: Saladi Shebule or Sr. Kathleen Daugherty (St. Mary's Tutoring)
Phone: 716-881-9100 (Saladi) or 716-885-6252 (Sr. Kathleen)
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
-Dispute and Conflict Resolution
-St. Mary's Center Tutoring children in an after school program (Monday-Thursday 3pm-5pm)
-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 Volkenberg, 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