Poverty Assistance Sites

 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
Email: scervi@buffalocitymission.org
Phone: 716-854-8181 ext. 408
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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
***Please note that the City Mission requires their volunteers to attend an on-site orientation and to show up on time to provide the best service to the community possible***

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 
Email: kkgerardplace@aol.com
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 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 
Email: vanvolkj@canisius.edu 
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.

Meals on Wheels

(on campus)
Contact: Joe Van Volkenburg, Campus Ministry
Phone: 716-888-2875
Email: vanvolkj@canisius.edu
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 Salvation Army

960 Main Street, Buffalo, NY and other locations when noted
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Contact: Andrea Glinski
Email: andrea.glinski@use.salvationarmy.org
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 www.registertoring.com 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.