Cultural Diversity Sites

 

Catholic Charities: Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program
20 Herkimer St., Buffalo NY 14213
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Contact: Becky Mischler, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone
: 716-842-0270x211 
Email: 
b.mischler@ccwny.org 
Notes: Monday through Friday
Times:
 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 
-tutoring 
-helping people prepare for employment searches 
-teaching simple computer programs to staff 
-basic adult computer classes 
-help get apartments ready for clients

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 
Email: mdomingo@jfsbuffalo.org
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.

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.