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Community Engagement

D’Youville University demonstrates community engagement through reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnerships that enable community-based education, including practicums and internships.

The university strategically collaborates with its partners to address the needs of the public and to provide engaged learning opportunities to its students. Systematic assessments assure that both partners’ expectations and goals are met.

At D’Youville, we are actively involved in various types of community engagement, including:

  • Community Service – Benefit a community or its institutions through volunteer work.
  • Civic Engagement – Participate in political or non-political activities that address public concerns, protect public values, and promote quality of life.
  • Service Learning – Address community needs and learn about civic responsibility through integrated academic and community service experiences.
  • Community-based Participatory Research – Help to advance community-benefitting knowledge by working through teams that equitably include researchers, community members, and others in all aspects of the research process.
  • Volunteer Services - Volunteer to support the community and those in need.

Volunteer Interest Form

Local Service Projects

The D'Youville community helps meet the needs of many different agencies and populations in Buffalo. If you have an interest in volunteering at any of these locations, please fill out the form below and indicate your preference.


Mary Agnes Manor
307 Porter Ave
Foster a Grandparent Program
Flexible Schedule: one hour a week or a few visits over a week.

To sign up please fill out the form below, and contact Candace Jones at Mary Agnes Manor- or 716-881-0565.
She will assign you a grandparent, tell you some background and coordinate a schedule with you!

Friends of the Night People
394 Hudson Street
Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays: 4 to 7 pm

Community Garden
100 E Tupper Street
Fridays and Saturdays in the morning

St Luke’s Mission of Mercy
325 Walden Ave
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 9 am to 2 pm

Supper in the Street
782 Ellicott Street
Duties include event set up, registration, dish washers and clean up
Friday, 9/29 – 3 to 4 hour shifts between 9 am and 6 pm
Saturday, 9/30 – 4 to 6 hour shifts between 9 am and 11 pm

West Side Community Services: Provisions 139 Pantry
44 Breckenridge Street
Customer service volunteers
Requires one shift per month 
Thursdays - 4:45-7:15 p.m.

Volunteer Interest Form

food bank

Civic Engagement

Election Inspectors needed for Erie County!

The Erie County Board of Elections is looking for inspectors for the general election in November. Election day is November 7, 2023.

Officials are looking for more than 1,200 people to sign up for training on electronic poll books for in-person voting.

Election Inspectors are paid positions:

  • $25 for training class
  • $250 to work election day
  • $156.20 to work an early voting weekday
  • $140.58 to work an early voting weekend.

Training is scheduled for the first week of October

Mail-in voting ballot used in US election

Volunteer Events

Campus Ministry offers many volunteer opportunities on campus and in communities near and far. Friends of Night People, Adopt a Grandparent, service trips to Puerto Rico are just some of the ways you can help others. 

Get Engaged With Our Community