Canisius for Buffalo Program – Local Community Service

Campus Ministry’s Canisius for Buffalo Program is local community service outreach to people in need in 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. The Service experiences also helps students develop valuable relationship, career, leadership and social skills.

Campus Ministry’s Community Service Interns serve as student liaisons between a particular community partner agency in the Canisius for Buffalo Program and the Canisius College community. Community service placements may be made for individuals, student clubs or groups.

The following is a list of our community partners including a list of where our community service interns are serving for the 2013-2014 academic year. The time and availability of options are not only limited to the time when the intern is serving.

Campus Ministry has four outreach meal programs which are direct service to the poor and homeless in Buffalo. They are:

Sandwich and Spirituality Ministry Sunday 4pm - 5:30pm
St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy Dining Room Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3:15 - 5:00pm and on select Saturdays 10 - 1:00pm, and the first Sunday of the month from 9:30-Noon.
South Buffalo Community Table Soup Kitchen Wednesdays 2:45pm back on campus by 5:50 pm 
Buffalo Burrito Project 4th Tuesday of the month 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Sandwich & Spirituality Ministry:

Each week Canisius students prepare sandwiches, hot chocolate, and cookies and serve them to the homeless. There is usually a group of 10-15 students each week. Participants work in teams and serve as a group.

When: Sunday 4pm - 6pm
Contact: Joe Van Volkenburg - 888-2875
Learn more here (.pdf).

Burrito Project

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. and we walk the 4 mile route in Downtown Buffalo from 7:15 – 8:30 p.m.-Transportation is provided. 

SPACE IS LIMITED: Please sign up!

When: 4th Tuesday of each month
 To sign up contact Erin Gaddi, Community Service Intern Joe Van Volkenburg - 888-2875

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.

When: Wednesday: 2:30pm - 5:50pm*
 Erin Gaddi, Community Service Intern, gaddie@canisius.eduJoe Van Volkenburg - 888-2875

*Transportation is provided--we will make sure to have you back for those of you who have a 6pm class.

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. If it is not a scheduled date we can almost always make an appointment for individuals to go to a site on their own.

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Contact: Mike Grano Habitat for Humanity Chapter President, Joe Van Volkenburg - 888-2875

For more information about Habitat for Humanity, click here.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels for Western New York, Inc. supports 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. 

It is a limited time commitment but is good, direct and meaningful servie. 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:11:30am - 12:20pm
Contact: Joe Van Volkenburg in Campus Ministry, x2875,

ENERGY After School Program

ENERGY is an after school program for children in grades 2-6.  The program, based out of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, focuses on developing strong study, skills, building community between mentors and students while providing an atmosphere that makes learning fun.

When: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 4:30pm - 6:45pm
Joe Van Volkenburg - 888-2875

St. Luke's Mission of Mercy

St. Luke's Mission of Mercy is a Catholic Mission on Buffalo's east side. Currently students work with the missionaries in their Dining Room.  St. Luke’s serves between 400-600 meals a day.   

When: Wednesdays & Fridays: 3:15pm - 5:30pm and Saturdays 9:45-1:15pm.  Contact Will Siegner to make arrangements. The first Sunday of the month we are at St. Luke’s from 9:30-noon. (Contact Joe Van Volkenburg for the Sunday arrangement or for other times available upon request).

Contact: Will Siegner, Community Service Intern,  or Joe Van Volkenburg - 888-2875