Community Based Learning
Canisius College and Buffalo: Hope for the Future through Service
The Center for Community-Based Learning and your professor will help you choose a site that is relevant to your Service-Learning course, or your community-based learning option. How you will contact your service site will be explained to you in class. Use public transportation, your car, or carpooling to get to your site. When calling the site speak clearly and slowly. If you need to leave a message make sure you leave your name and phone number. For further assistance contact Sr. Pat at 716-888-2177 or email@example.com.
Click on a letter below to browse service sites alphabetically.
ACCESS of WNY, Inc. (Arab American Community Center for Economic & Social Services)
609 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, NY 14218
Contact: Madeline Torke
Phone: (716) 984-6616
About: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;
and 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 a range of services in all subject areas. Students should be open minded and be willing to try new activities to enrich the learning processes of the youth. ACCESS needs assistance in the following areas as well:
-Social Services Assistance-Translator/ Interpreter Services
-Cultural Arts Programs
American Cancer Society: Hope Lodge
197 Summer Street Buffalo, NY 14222
Contact: Ann Radderman
Days and Times: Mainly weekends and special events
About: Each Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows guests to focus on getting well. Hope Lodge provides a nurturing, home-like environment where guests can retreat to private rooms or connect with others. Every Hope Lodge also offers a variety of resources and information about cancer and how best to fight the disease.
-Cooking a meal for the guests
-Socializing with guests
-Help with advertising
Assumption Parish Religious Education
435 Amherst St., Buffalo, NY 14207
Contact: Mary Lou Wyrobek
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org(preferred method of contact)
Times: 9:30-10:45 am
About: Originally opened in 1888, Assumption Parish has been a mainstay of the local Polish population. The current church was originally constructed in 1903, with the old church being converted into a school. The church itself has undergone some major renovations in the past 20 years and is an iconic church in Buffalo. The religious education of the students is central to the mission of the Parish and significantly enhances the religious experiences of the students.
-k-8 religious education
-Help with class preparations
-interact with students
85 River Rock Drive Suite 107, Buffalo, NY 14207
Contact: Kerry Alshiemer
Phone: 716-873-5833 x240
About:For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
Future "Littles" Activity Program
This program pairs members of your company or organization with children ages 6-12 to participate in planned activites in a group setting. Each event lasts 1-2 hours which includes various games and activites.
Days and times: Weekday evenings 5pm-7pm and Saturday mornings 10am-12pm
Contact: Kris Hochulski
Contact: Beth Mack Email: email@example.com(preferred)
Days and Times: M-F, 8:00am to 4:00pm, evenings and weekends limited
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.
Getting to Know You: to come in on a regular basis to work on interviewing residents one on one on their life stories and producing a biographical poster for display outside their rooms. (Bristol Home only) This service is open to EXPERIENCED volunteers only.
Friendly Elder Visitor: to visit residents on a one-to-one basis. This service is open to EXPERIENCED volunteers only who have worked with elders before and are familiar with Bristol Home policy. This service encourages socialization and relationship building through simple tasks such as manicures, puzzles or instructing residents on Bristol Home's iN2L (it's never too late) computer system.
Friendly Dog Visitor: to visit with our resident 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
About: 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.
Service Opportunities: Work alongside the Youth Arts staff to support various aspects of the program.
-Assist the teaching artists in cutting edge music, media and design instruction
-Assist in light snack preparation/service
-Assist in coordinating field trips
-Provid administrative support including making copies, creating Word, Excel, and Powerpoint documents
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper
(Opportunities exist only in early spring and fall)
1250 Niagara Street
Buffalo, NY 14213
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Contact: Robin Drake
Phone: 716-852-7483 ext. 12
Days and Times: vary
About: Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is a community-based organization dedicated to protecting the quality and quantity of water, while connecting people to water. We do this by cleaning up pollution from our waterways, restoring fish and wildlife habitat, and enhancing public access through greenways that expand parks and open space.Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is a non-profit leading a regional transformation from a rust belt region to a blue economy, showcasing an international restoration model for the Great Lakes. For over 25 years, Riverkeeper has brought together multiple partners, community leaders and other non-profits to advance solutions for complex environmental problems. We currently have twenty-one professionals working in over 40 program areas based out of our offices at 721 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
Environmental Service Opportunities
-tree plantings with ReStore Corps
-shore-line clean-up projects. Become a site captain and find volunteers to help clean trash along shoreline and in parks
-become a Riverwatch Captain and help with water quality monitoring
-attend events during the spring and summer to educate the public about Riverkeeper
950 Amherst St., Buffalo NY 14216
Contact: Carlise Lipke, Volunteer Coordinator
E-mail: BECandBTRC@aol.com(Try e-mail first, then leave phone message if no response. The Director, Susie, may respond to you if Carlise is not working)
Phone: 716-877-9295, ask for Carlise
Days and Times: 2:00-7:30 PM on Mondays
Volunteer Application: Click Here
Work with students with disablities helping to provide thereputic care through interactions with horses. Vounteers will be trained and will work on grooming and tracking horses, leading horses, and walk along-side participants, helping to support and stabilize them. Volunteers also participate in caring for and schooling horses; maintaining our facility; helping with numerous administrative tasks; and assisting with special events and fundraisers.
Contact: Hetal Petal
About: The Burrito Project provides fresh home-made burritos to the hungry poor and homeless population in downtown Buffalo. The project is a ministry to some of the most vulnerable and forgotten of our society.
Service Opportunity: On the fourth Tuesday of each month students prepare burritos in the kitchen of the Undercroft of Christ the King chapel from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Transportation is provided and the students walk the 4 mile route in Downtown Buffalo from 7:15 – 8:30 p.m.
Notes: Monday through Friday
Times: Open 8:45 am-4:45 pm
-helping people prepare for employment searches
-teaching simple computer programs to staff
-basic adult computer classes
-help get apartments ready for clients
Coalition for Economic Justice
237 Main Street, Suite 1200 Buffalo, NY 14203
Contact: Andy Reynolds
Days and Times: vary
CEJ is a permanent coalition of labor, faith, community, academic and student organizations and individual activists. We engage in collective action to create good jobs, strong, sustainable communities, and equitable economic development. CEJ was formed in 1986 when religious and labor leaders organized a campaign together to stop good manufacturing jobs from being outsourced to Mexico by the Trico corporation. Since our founding, CEJ has collaborated with a wide array of partners to win local campaigns for corporate and government accountability, sustainable economic development, and worker justice. CEJ has also taken its fight to Albany, recognizing that too often decisions impacting our local communities are made at the state level. CEJ is the co-anchor of a statewide alliance of worker and community groups and has been at the forefront of the fight for reform of wasteful economic development programs. As an extension of our issue work we engage in voter education and engagement – registering new voters, encouraging occasional voters to become more active participants in our democracy, and providing all voters with information about where candidates stand on our issues.
-Assist with outreach to low wage workers on workplace conditions
-communicate with current and potential members about opportunites for engagement
-help with blog writing
-Other projects as assigned
70 Harvard Place, Buffalo, NY 14209
Contact: Mike Lee, Director and Horticulturist
Phone: 716-881-5150 x4505
-Advertising and promotional materials for CAO
-Assistance with maintenance of greenhouses and open gardening beds
-Nutritional education curriculum working with children in grades K-8
-Plant pruning and harvesting to sell to local restaurants
-Urban farming/landscaping following all organic, chemical-free guidelines (training provided)
Environmental Justice Action Group of WNY
JFK Community Center
114 Hickory St.
Buffalo, NY 14204
Contact: Judith Anderson, Executive Director
Email: Judith.firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred)
Phone: 716-698-1551 or 716-332-4554
Days and times: vary
-Working on a campaign to encourage supermarkets to come back to the East Side of Buffalo to make healthy food more accessible to lower-income families.
-Writing articles for the EJAG website on environmental justice issues (invasive species, pollution hot-spots, urban community gardening, natural resource conservation, etc.)
-Assisting with database entry for accounting systems
-Volunteer and member recruitment
-Community event planning/brainstorming ideas for creative fundraisers
-Helping to create an EJAG newsletter and contribute articles and ideas
-Community garden maintenance
-Assisting with designing potential parks or gardens
16 Glendhu Place, Buffalo, NY 14210
Contact: Charles Lefevre
About: Family Promise of WNY is a cost-efficient, effective, and replicable community response to homelessness. We bring together existing community resources, especially faith congregations to assist us with our mission. Family Promise of WNY is committed to keeping families together during their time of homelessness. Most emergency shelters separate men and women, which increases the stress of their situation. Family Promise is one of only three emergency shelter providers in Erie County that solely focuses on keeping families together during the crisis of homelessness. We do this through the following core services:
Service Opportunities: at the day center, host sites, and support sites
-Help prepare for new families
-Home set up for incoming families
2515 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215
Contact: Karen Kasperek, MS, MPA
Phone: (716) 897-9948 x112
Times: Tuesday through Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm
3242 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14214
Contact: Aislinn Sexton
About: The community center 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. Youth participants gain new skills and positive attitudes, which motivates them to aspire to visions and horizons not yet perceived. In addition to the full day camp, we also provide a science and sports based magnet camp. The science portion 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. The athletic portion of the camp teaches youth about the importance of staying active. Youth learn about the different muscle groups of the body and teaches them team building skills during organized group sports.
Homework help- assist students in completing their homework
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.
Contact: Joe Van Volkenburg, Campus Ministry
Days and Times: Saturdays
1782 Seneca St Buffalo, NY 14210
Contact: Linda Tatu
About: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.
-Volunteer at the Baby and Children's Ministry- sorting clothing, helping clients,
serving as the face of Harvest House.
-Volunteer at New Hope Education Center- reception, tutoring, etc.
-Volunteer at Good Neighbors Health Care- reception, providing medical care,
spiritual care, etc.
-Volunteer at the Retreat Center- helping with promotions, newsletters, etc.
-Volunteer!- Have a specific skill or talent? Let us know how you would like to use your time.
70 Barker Street, Buffalo, NY 14209
Contact: Maria “Apple” Domingo
Phone: 716-883-1914 ext. 339
Day & Times: Monday through Tuesday 8:30am - 8pm; Wednesday through Friday8:00am - 5:00pm
Journey's End Refugee Services
Tri Main Center
2495 Main Street, Suite 317
Buffalo, NY 14214
Contact: Bryana DiFonzo, Vocational Trainer
Days and Times: vary
Journey's End Refugee Services, Inc. is a Christian community-based organization with the mission of welcoming refugees without regard to ethnic origin or creed and to assist them to become healthy, independent, contributing members of the community.
-conduct events/drives to help with supplies such as: school supplies, winter clothes, toiletries.
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
-Assisting children and teens with reading and writing
-Tutors will work one-on-one with a child under the direct supervision of a teacher with expertise in reading.
Los Tainos Senior Citizen Center
333 Trenton Ave., Buffalo, NY 14201
Contact: Sergio Rodriguez
Phone: (716) 316-1545
About: Los Tainos is a unique organization of low income Hispanic volunteer senior citizens who offer their assistance to other senior citizens and their families. Because many of the members are bilingual and, in some cases, multilingual, Los Tainos members, numbering about 400, are able to extend their assistance to both the Hispanic community as well as communities of other cultures.
-Help with fundraising activities
-Interact with Senior citizens during daily activities
-Participate in bingo from 1-4:30
-Assist in serving lunch at 11:30 while interacting with seniors
Matt Urban Hope Center
385 Paderewski Drive, Buffalo, NY 14212
Contact: Tara Murray
Phone: 716-893-7222 x306
About: The Matt Urban Hope Center assists individuals who are homeless, families suffereing from domestic violence, loss of income, no utilities, and eviction. Additionally the center seves dinner five times per week which is open and free to the community.
-Food Pantry- 1st, 2nd, 3rd Tuesday(1pm-5pm), last Saturday(10am-2pm)
-Serve dinner- Monday-Friday(5pm-7pm)
Meals on Wheels:
Contact: Trey Loomis
Phone: (716) 913-7838
About: Meals on Wheels for Western New York, Inc. is an independent nonprofit agency supporting the dignity, well-being and independence of the homebound elderly and disabled through home delivered nutrition programs.
Meals on Wheels of WNY and Canisius College Campus Ministry partner together at the Delores Nelson Site on Brunswick Boulevard in the Hamlin Park section of Buffalo.
(One School on Two Campuses)
St. Augustine Campus for Young Men
21 Davidson Ave Buffalo, NY 14215
Contact: Nancy Langer, President
Phone: 716-984-5146(cell) or716-836-5188(office)
St. Monica Campus for Young Women
26 Wright Ave Buffalo, NY 14215
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Contact: Nancy Langer, President
Phone: 716-984-5146(cell) or 716-852-6854(office)
About: Nativity Miguel Middle School of Buffalo is dedicated to providing middle school students at risk of academic failure with the character, strength and skills they need to graduate from high school, attend college and become successful members of our community. Their mission is to provide motivated, low-income students with the opportunity to graduate from high school in a setting that will prepare them for college. This is accomplished through a strong middle-school program that includes skilled and dedicated teachers, extended school days and school year, small, single-gender classes and ongoing support through high school graduation.
After school program
- tutoring includes reading, writing, basic math, phonics, decoding and comprehension
- take turns reading a book located in the school's library; Combine reading a book with a lesson on vocabulary
- recreational activities such as sports, music, art
- partner with 2-3 students to engage in hands on science exploration
- A Science Firsthand manager supervises the program and meetings, and helps mentors develop the investigations
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
-October 18 10am-1pm Halloween event. Help set up by making flyers and buying candy
-November 17&18- Thanksgiving dinner: Help prepare dinner, make the food, prepare flyers, and serve guests.
December 18th Christmas Dinner- Help prepare dinner, make food, prepare flyers, and serve guests.
Our Lady of Hope Home School
(St. Luke's Mission of Mercy)
325 Walden ave., Buffalo, NY 14211
Contact: Pamela Krzanowicz or Mike Taheri
Phone: (716) 560-3695(Pam) (716)-807-8733(Mike)
About: St. Luke's Mission of Mercy served its first meal on Buffalo's East Side in August 1994, and in 2004 they opened a new school in order to provide a quality, Christ-centered education for the children that live in the community. The school provides numerous opportunities for its K-5 students through its after school programs, field trips, and other initiatives, and is open to anyone in the community.
Service Opportunities: Beginning October 6th
-Work with students grades K-5
-Provide classroom assistance and tutoring in all subjects
-Help to teach art based classes to various grade levels
-Assist with math and reading clubs
-Planning activities, crafts, and games
-Fall soccer program
291 Oliver Street North Tonawanda
-Socializing with kittens
-work with kittens
-general kitten care
206 South Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY14201
Contact: Damian Martinez, Program Coordinator
Phone: 716-852-7743 (follow prompt for Damian Martinez press *1)
Time Commitment: days and times will vary.
-Advertising / Graphic Artist
-Mentor / Group Facilitator
-Photographers, Writers, Illustrators, & Artists
-Health Fair Volunteers
-Project Committee Members
If you are looking to work specifically with the hispanic speaking population please contact these organizations:
Evergreen Health Services: Kate Sullivan: 716-847-0315
126 Donaldson Rd., Buffalo, NY 14208
Contact: Mary Beth Zanghi, Kristopher Stiles
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
400 Kensington Ave, Buffalo, NY 14214
Contact: Mary E. Ross, School Counselor
SABAH (skating athletes bold at heart)
2607 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14207
Contact: Keara Vacanti
About: SABAH is dedicated to enriching the quality of life for individuals challenged by physical, cognitive, and/or emotional disability by providing education and therapeutic recreation, promoting fitness, and developing social and communication skills. Each week, SABAH athletes engage in physical education and therapeutic recreation to achieve their full potentials. SABAH programs enable our athletes to improve skills for independent living and foster a healthy lifestyle. True athletes, SABAH participants strive to be the best they can be in all aspects of life!
Service Opportunites: work with children on the ice in the evening and weekend programs, as well as in the school day program.
325 Walden Ave Buffalo, NY 14211
Contact: Joe Van Volkenburg
E-mail: Joe Van Volkenburg(email@example.com)
-Thursday from 3:45 – 5:30pm To sign up contact Hetal Patel, 531-3012 starts on Thursday, September 18th. Meet in 2nd floor Old Main Lounge at 3:45pm
-Friday from 3:30-5:30pm To sign up contact Caressa Trueman 238-4550 begins September 12. Meet in Old Main lounge 2nd floor Old Main Lounge
-Saturday mornings to sign-up contact Trey Loomis 10am-1pm Contact Trey 913-7838
205 Ensminger Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150
Contact: Kim Zolnowski
Phone: 716-875-7360 x3503
Days and Times: Tuesday-Sunday, 9:00am-8:00pm
Long-term (minimum of 40 hours a semester) - Socializing with animals, interviewing prospective adopters, training animals.
-Paws for Love-(SPCA program) bring pets to nursing homes and hospitals, contact Debbie Braun at 716-681-0744
The Somali Bantu Association
83 Grant St. Buffalo NY 14213
-Assist in teaching english to adult learners in a classroom style learning environment.
Contact: Caressa Trueman
About: This is Street Ministry to the marginalized and homeless population in Downtown Buffalo and it begins Sunday, September 14th.
Service Opportunity: Each week Canisius students prepare and serve sandwiches, hot chocolate, and cookies. Our students develop a friendship and kinship with those we meet. There is usually a group of 10-15 students each week. Participants work in teams and serve as a group.
50 Wyoming Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215
Contact: Sister Mary
About: 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 and children refugees in classes and one one 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.