Local Community Service

Campus Ministry’s local community service outreach is to people in need throughout the City of Buffalo. The purpose of our local immersion program is to increase the awareness of the world around us. Direct community service enhances and enriches the Canisius educational experience; it allows participants to see the world and to see oneself with new insight. These service experiences also help students develop valuable relationship, career, leadership and social skills. Community service placements may be made for individuals, student clubs or groups.

Sandwich & Spirituality Ministry--Outreach to Buffalo’s Poor and Homeless Population:

Each week Canisius students prepare sandwiches, hot chocolate and cookies and serve them to the marginalized and homeless population. There is usually a group of about 15 students each week.  We work in teams and serve as a group.  
When: Sundays from 4-5:30 p.m. 
Where: Undercroft (basement) of the Chapel (Enter through side door closest to Student Center) 
Contact: Hetal Patel, Community Service Intern, 716-531-3012 or patelh@canisius.edu

Burrito Project--Outreach to Buffalo's Poor and Homeless Population

The Burrito Project provides fresh home-made burritos to the poor and homeless population in downtown Buffalo. The project is a ministry to some of the most vulnerable and forgotten of our society.  On the fourth Tuesday of each month we prepare burritos in the kitchen in the Undercroft of our chapel from 6:00-7:00 p.m. then we walk the 4 mile route in Downtown Buffalo from 7:15 – 8:30 p.m.  A support vehicle follows us as we walk.  Transportation is provided.

Space is limited please sign up: Contact Hetal Patel at patelh@canisius.edu or 716-531-3012 

When: 4th Tuesday of each month: 6:00-8:30 p.m.  
Where:  Undercroft (basement) of the Chapel (Enter through side door closest to Student Center) 
Contact: Hetal Patel, Community Service Intern, 716-531-3012 or patelh@canisius.edu

South Buffalo Community Table Soup Kitchen (SBCT)

Our students help prepare and serve home cooked meals for the guests. View power point below for a typical day in the dining room and for more information. This service site has a very limited amount of openings. If you're interested, please contact Joe to sign up.

When: Wednesday: 2:30 - 5:50 p.m.* 
 Joe Van Volkenburg at vanvolkj@canisius.edu or 716-888-2875

*Transportation is provided. We will make sure to have you back by 5:50 p.m.

View the South Buffalo Community Table Power Point here (PDF)

Habitat for Humanity

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. In addition to the scheduled dates, we can almost always make an appointment for individuals to go to a site on their own or with a small group.

When: Saturdays: Departure at 8:45 a.m. from Old Main/Horan O'Donnell lot. Return to campus by noon.

Contact: Nicole Fusco, President, Habitat Canisius Chapter, fuscon@canisius.edu or 845-489-5725

To sign up: Join Habitat on Grifflink or contact Nicole Fusco directly.

For 2015-2016 Canisius build dates, click here (PDF).

For more information about Habitat for Humanity, click here (PDF).

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Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels for Western New York, Inc. supports the dignity, well-being and independence of the home bound 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. 

This is a simple and easy limited time commitment. It is good, direct and meaningful service. Everyone we bring a meal to is appreciative. For many of the clients, talking with Canisius students for a few minutes is the highlight of their day.

When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.  Currently the volunteer slots for Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays are full. Thursdays are the only open day for new volunteers.

Contact: Joe Van Volkenburg at vanvolkj@canisius.edu or 716-888-2875

St. Luke's Mission of Mercy

St. Luke's Mission of Mercy is a Catholic Mission on Buffalo's east side. Our students mostly work in their dining room.  (St. Luke’s serves between 400-600 meals a day.)  We may also work in their Mission Mall or in their School. We serve at St. Luke’s on Community Days and during their Special Customer Appreciation Days on several Saturdays during the year.  St. Luke’s also depends on us around Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.  Last year St. Luke’s provided Christmas to 2600 children in the City of Buffalo.   

Available service times and contacts for our Community Service Interns: 
  • Wednesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Jen Wachula, Community Service Intern  at 716-598-0637, wachalaj@my.canisius.edu
  • Friday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Francisco Perez, Community Service Intern 347-656-4864, perez15@my.canisius.edu
  • Saturday mornings 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mo Otremba, Community Service Intern, 716-687-2593, otrembam@my.canisius.edu
  • We often have groups going on Sunday mornings from 9:45 a.m.-Noon -Contact Joe if interested

We can make arrangements for you to go on your own or to possibly join the Sunday morning group. In this case or any general questions contact Joe Van Volkenburg in Campus Ministry OM 207 vanvolkj@canisius.edu or 465-9327

Transportation is provided.

Contact: Joe Van Volkenburg at vanvolkj@canisius.edu or 716-888-2875