Canisius Volunteer Opportunities

In this time of crisis, many students, faculty and staff are asking how they can help. Some are developing online resources for home schooling parents or providing advice to small business owners. Schools and non-profit organizations are also seeking our help. The New Buffalo Institute will post resources to help the Buffalo community through these difficult days and also provide a listing of volunteering opportunities for our community members as we become aware of them with contact information.  


Virtual Volunteer Opportunities


Buffalo Mutual Aid Network Click here to follow the needs and responses thread on Buffalo Mutual Aid Network, sign up to provide whatever you can.
Jewish Family Services of Buffalo Click here for information on how to help a community member in need with voter registration & 2020 census completion.
Catchafire Click here for a list of remote skill based volunteer opportunities.
Crisis Text Line Click here to become a volunteer to help the Crisis Text Line continue to offer freee 24/7 support for those in crisis. DoSomething empowers young people to enact social change both online or off. Volunteer online through one of our campaigns to help solve real-world problems. DoSomething members have used the internet to successfully urge Apple to diversify their emojis, change the dictionary definition of “Black/black”, and create the largest crowdsourced anti-bullying guide.
VolunteerWNY Click here to view virtual service opportunities organized by the United Way and the Service Collaborative of WNY.

How to Help our Community during Challenging Times

Jewish Family Services Click here to view a list of remote volunteer, community engagement, and donation opportunities.
FeedMore WNY FeedMore WNY needs volunteers to sort and pack food at its warehouse and volunteers to deliver meals to those who cannot leave their homes. Leave your contact information and they will contact you. Check out A healthy, food pantry needs volunteers.
Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology (BCAT) BCAT is looking for tutors for high school students, especially in math and science.  The commitment is 3-5 hours per week virtually.  Volunteers can make their own schedules.  Contact Matthew Bosque @email for more information and to register.
Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition Click here for a list of all virtual service opportunities at the ECRIC!
Catholic Charities of Buffalo Catholic Charities are looking for volunteers to call and check in on the well-being of isolated elderly seniors. Click here for more information.
Justice for Migrant Families Click here for access to a list of volunteer opportunities at JMF! Seeking college students to serve as virtual mentors for K-`1 students from under-resourced communities. Click here to sign up.

Art & Design Volunteer Opportunities

The Smithsonian Institution Click here to help make their collections more accessible by volunteering online to transcribe historical documents or edit Wikipedia articles related to their artifacts and research.
WNY Stem Click here to volunteer to make face masks and face shields.
United Nations Volunteers UNV connects you with organizations working for peace and development in need of skills like research, writing, art, and design.

Community Volunteer Opportunities

716 Ministries We have finally opened back up to receive volunteers! We do not have virtual volunteer options at this time, but we can host in-person volunteer groups. The majority of our volunteer opportunities include light physical work, such as painting, demo projects, cleanup jobs, etc. The location varies depending on the most current projects on our docket. We can accommodate volunteers Monday - Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm. Groups (between 5-15 individuals) can sign up for a one-time shift or recurring shifts. We ask that groups commit to at least 3 hours per shift. Interested? Contact Rebecca Hannon at @email
Check in on your neighbors, especially those who are older If you do not have a phone number, consider leaving a note with your contact information in the mailbox or on the door, or talking through the door to see if they need support in accessing services or food.
Seeding Resilience Click here to join a coalition of urban farmers, community gardening, and food.
Buffalo United Front Clean up in Broderick Park every Saturday 9-12 pm
Catholic Charities of Buffalo Click here for a list of volunteer opportunities.
People's Park People’s Park is open and would love for Canisius students to start volunteering again. Gardening is a perfect opportunity to do community service while maintaining social distancing.
Click here for more information on People’s Park, and contact Mara K. Montante at @email if you are interested. 
Volunteer Match  Click here to access a list of both in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities in Buffalo! 


WNY Covid-19 Community Response Fund Click here to join 22 local foundations in assisting those who are working tirelessly to meet the needs of people affected by COVID-19.
NY Immigration Freedom

Click here to contribute to this fundraiser, which goes toward bailing people out of immigration detention.

Queen City Couriers Click here to make a donation to Queen City Couriers- a pick up and delivery service.
WNY Coalition for the Homeless Click here to donate to the temporary shelter at 21 Oak Street or reach out to Nadia Pizarro at 716-563-3675.
WNY Feeds the Frontline Click here to help feed healthcare workers and support local restaurants.

Supply Donations

Our Lady of Hope Home School Donations needed: Breakfast non perishables, juice boxes, snacks, cleaning supplies, disinfectant wipes, and paper towels. 
Family Promise WNY Click here to view a list of donations needed.

Blood Donations

American Red Cross Click here for more information.
Connect Life Click here for more information.

Political Action

@email  Justice for Migrant Families is calling for full release of all in detention centers. 
Partnership for the Public Good Provides information on policy solutions for short-term emergency response and long-term recovery. 
NY Immigration Freedom Provides funds and legal assistance to detainees.