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.

Click here to sign up for weekly service opportunities!

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: Everyone Wednesday and Friday from 3:30 to 5:30pm. Meet at 3:15pm in front of the library to go over in a Canisius van.

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 10:15am to 1:30pm. Meet at 10:00am 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.

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 on 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. Students should sign up through Filippo Gentile, the president of Habitat for Humanity, by email at gentilef@canisius.edu

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.

Contact Filippo Gentile, the President of Canisius's Habitat for Humanity chapter at gentilef@canisius.edu with questions. 

Please contact Darby Ratliff at ratliffd@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 Darby Ratliff at ratliffd@canisius.edu or at (716) 888-2875. 


Compeer recruits, screens, and matches trained volunteers and mentors in one-to-one supportive friendship relationships with children, adults, military veterans and seniors who are striving for good mental health. Students will be paired with a member of the community in a yearlong commitment. Compeer asks that students give one hour each week, with activities including getting coffee, seeing a movie, etc. Additionally, in groups of three, students can host a group activity at Compeer. If you are interested in applying to be a mentor or in hosting a group activity, please contact Darby Ratliff at ratliffd@canisius.edu or at (716) 888-2875.

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.