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.

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Weekly Service

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 3-5:00 p.m. 
Where: Undercroft (basement) of the Chapel (Enter through side door closest to Student Center) 

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 the St. Luke's dining room, which serves between 400 and 600 meals a day. Students may also work in their Mission Mall or in their school. 

When: Saturdays 10a-1p. Meet in front of the library to go over in a Canisius van at 9:45AM.

Friends of Night People
Friends of Night People is an organization in Buffalo that provides food, clothing, medical care, and counseling to the poor, homeless, and destitute in Buffalo. Students will work in the Clothing Closet to give clothes to those in need. There is usually a group of 5 students.

When: Every Saturday from 11am to 1pm. Meet at 10:45am in front of the library to go over in a Canisius van.
Where:  Friends of Night People at 394 Hudson Street, Buffalo, New York 14201.

716 Ministries

When: Saturdays at 9:00am
Meet Canisius van at 9:00am at Old Main/Horan O'Donnell Parking lot. Return to campus by noon. Habitat Officers will be driving the van.

Please contact Alex Tubridy at tubridya@canisius.edu or at (716) 888-2875 with any questions about weekly local service. 

1-On-1 Service

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County

Students have the opportunity to be paired with a Little in a yearlong commitment. Typically, Bigs see their Littles for 2 hours every other week, attending events hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters, sports games, etc. If you are interested in applying, Please contact Alex Tubridy at tubridya@canisius.edu or at (716) 888-2875 with any questions


If you don't see a partner that you're interested in working with, please click here for a directory of community partners and their contact information.