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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

Earn Community Service Prizes

Log your volunteer service hours to earn a reward for your service to the community.



Local Service Projects

The D'Youville community helps meet the needs of many different agencies and populations in Buffalo. We have active partnerships with the organizations below who are looking for volunteers.


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

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
Check website for ongoing volunteer opportunities and events. or contact Kristie at 716-316-2797

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

Westside Community Service

  • West Side Kids after-school program (K-6th grade) We do Homework Help, Recreational games , Arts and culture activities. West Side Kids After-school program runs from 2:30pm-5:30pm . We are a licensed School Aged Child Care program through the office of family and child services. This requires that all volunteers /staff complete a 6000 packet (this packet will have the participant be fingerprinted and they need to take a tb test and have a doctor/nurse sign off on their ability to work with children).  
  • West Side Teen (7th Grade- 19 years of age) program starts on October 10th  would be from 5:30pm-8:30pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Friday. Volunteers will be checked by the New York State Sex Offender Registry (Process to be completed on  our end.) 

Both Programs run on Buffalo Public School Calendar and both programs require that our volunteer form.  

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.

  • Register

Big Big Table
272 Hudson Street
There are lots of ways to help daily, such as sweeping floors, washing dishes, chopping vegetables, or picking up a food donation for us.
Tuesday to Friday 10-12 PM or 12-2 PM

Catholic Charities
If students are interested in volunteering for Catholic Charities please go to:  
Get Involved - Catholic Charities (

Hearts for the Homeless
For students interested in volunteering at Hearts for the Homeless go to:  
Volunteer with Hearts for the Homeless | Buffalo, NY

United Way of Buffalo
Learn More Here – many opportunities throughout Buffalo

Salvation Army
Call: 716-888-6213 – many opportunities throughout Buffalo

Kaleida Health
Learn More Here – opportunities throughout Buffalo

Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
Learn More Here 
volunteer to prevent pollution and protect our water ecosystems

Learn More Here – variety of opportunities

Catholic Charities
Learn More Here – variety of opportunities

Hearts for the Homeless
Learn More Here – variety of opportunities

WNY Heroes
Learn More Here -  variety of opportunities

Volunteer Interest Form

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