Community Based Learning

Community Based Learning

Service Sites

Canisius College and Buffalo: Hope for the Future through Service

Below are the sites at which you may serve. Select a site that is relevant to your Service-Learning course. Consider your transportation and availability when searching. You are responsible to contact the site to get started. Call or email the contact person for the site you would like to serve at and say something like 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

You can search for sites from the following categories:

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.




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
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
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 
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
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 Academy of Science Charter School
190 Franklin Street Buffalo, NY 14202
Contact: Joy Blake
Phone: 716-854-2490
Service Opportunities: Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School is a school that services grades 7-12. School is looking for tutors to help out students in the following subjects. Alegbra, Geometry, Chemistry, Global History, 7th grade math, 8th grade math.  Also have a high ESL population. Would like to have tutors that could help support these students in any subject as well.

Buffalo Museum of Science
1020 Humboldt Pkway, Buffalo, NY 14211
Contact: Jodie Protas
Phone: 716-896-5200
Service Opportunities- serve this non-profit educational institution that is dedicated to the study and interpretation of natural and physical sciences.  
-Working within the galleries
-Being a greeter
-Engaging visitors
-Working in the learning and integration rooms

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 
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
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

Community Action Organization (CAO) / The Green Entrepreneurial Center
70 Harvard Place, Buffalo, NY 14209
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Contact: Mike Lee, Director and Horticulturist 
Phone: 716-881-5150 x4505 
Time Commitment: Days and times will vary
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


Dorothy J. Collier Community Center
118 East Utica Street, Buffalo, NY 14208
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Contact: Adrian Mitchell 
Phone: 716-882-0602  
Service Opportunities: 
-Senior Program
-Create activities for the seniors M-F 10-3 
-Engage with seniors during various activities throughout the day
-Socialize with residents via conversations, reading and game playing.


ENERGY Program @ Westminster Presbyterian Church
724 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209-2294
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Contact: Leah Biddle
Days and Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4:20pm - 6:30pm. Transportation provided for a limited number of students, please contact Leah Biddle 
Service Opportunities:
-ENERGY serves students in grades 2-6.
-Assist students, in tutoring, homework, study skills
-Service-Learning students are asked to bring their enthusiasm to work with students as a:

  • Cook                   
  • Activity Leader             
  • Mentor            
  • Drama
  • Tutor
  • Music
  • Storytelling     


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
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 maintenace 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 particpating 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.



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


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 
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.



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.



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)    

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
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
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. 
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. 74: Hamlin Park
126 Donaldson Rd., Buffalo, NY 14208
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Contact: Kristopher Stiles
Phone: 716-955-0845
Service Opportunities: Tutor grades 1-8 in a variety of possible subjects

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
Service Opportunities: Tutor grades 9-12 in a variety of possible subjects 



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 
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
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.

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
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
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 opportuniites 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
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.  



YMCA Buffalo-Niagara (Ellicot-Masten Family YMCA)
585 William St., Buffalo, NY 14206
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Contact: Greg Gamble
Phone: 716-845-5440
Service Opportunities: tutoring youth in a variety of subjects (math, science, reading, languages, etc.)