University at Buffalo Community Engagement

University at Buffalo Community Engagement

A snapshot of Community Engagement and Applied Learning at University at Buffalo

UB Community Day

Begun in 2010 and occurring twice per school year (spring & fall), UB Community Day brings hundreds of UB student volunteers to various locations throughout Western NY where they work hand-in-hand with community residents on projects to improve the overall appearance of neighborhoods.  In the spring, students have gardened, cleaned up litter, de-weeded, and beautified plots around the Fruit Belt, South Campus, and throughout various neighborhood streets. In the fall, students have assisted with organization of elderly homes, tidying up of donation centers, renovation with Habitat for Humanity, and assisted with hanging holiday lights and tree plantings.

Campus Contact:
Sara R. Saldi, Senior Editor - Media Relations
saldi@buffalo.edu

UB Gateway Building as gateway to the community

UB is collaborating with neighborhood residents, organizations, and partners throughout the downtown area in a wide range of initiatives, projects, and services. Our Gateway Building on the Southeast corner of the Ellicott & Goodell Street intersection provides community resources, programs, and meeting space - serving as a portal for the community at large to participate, engage, and learn more about the medical campus and university.

Campus Contact:
Sara R. Saldi, Senior Editor - Media Relations
saldi@buffalo.edu

Good for the Neighborhood Community Empowerment Program

UB Government and Community Relations provide a free-of-cost certified leadership program that provided leadership training, mentorship, and $5,000 grants toward community projects for 3 community groups. Participating organizations included the University District Block Club Coalition, University Heights Collaborative, and West Side Neighborhood Services. Following graduation, the University Heights Collaborative utilized their training to create a series of positive promotional videos of the community and collaborated with the UB Office of Community Relations in hosting a Red Carpet Video Premiere featuring the videos. The premiere raised funds for the benefit of the UHC, local block clubs and several community organizations and projects, including the Gloria J. Parks Community Center, the University Heights Tool Library, the University Community Farmers Market and the Capen Garden Walk. 

Campus contact:
Matthew S. Kopalek
Kopalek@buffalo.edu

University-Wide Adopt-a-Family

This program, coordinated by the Office of Community Relations, helps make the holidays a little warmer and brighter for a number of local families in need.  Working with local not-for-profits, needy families are identified, and those families are matched with participating UB departments to provide items from their wish lists.  Since 2008, the program continues to grow averaging over 20 participating departments and matched families each year.

Campus Contact:
Sara R. Saldi, Senior Editor - Media Relations
saldi@buffalo.edu

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