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Volunteers Needed for Tonawanda Coke Soil Sampling Study

Posted by Tim on July 25, 2017 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Networking, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

In federal court, the Tonawanda Coke Corporation was convicted of breaking serious environmental laws, including the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Clean Air Act (CAA). As a part of the sentencing, Tonawanda Coke was ordered to fund community environmental health studies, including the soil study, which is a collaboration between the University at Buffalo Chemistry Department, Citizen Science Community Resources, and the Fredonia State College Chemistry Department. This comprehensive soil study tests for a wide range of chemical contaminants in an area which includes Eastern Grand Island, Town and City of Tonawanda, Black Rock/Riverside, and North Buffalo.

Citizen Science Community Resources is currently searching for dependable volunteers to help with our full-scale soil sampling, planned for the month of August. In particular, residents of this area and people interested in environmental issues are encouraged to get involved. If you would like to get involved, please indicate your availability for one of the required Volunteer Training Sessions and your availability for Soil Study Volunteering. If you have any questions, please contact me at, or our Community Organizer Katie Little at


UB Pride and Service Day Volunteer Opportunity Opening Weekend August 26

Posted by Tim on July 24, 2017 in Community Announcements, Event, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

UB is organizing a UB Pride & Service morning on Saturday, August 26th from 9:00am-1:30pm as part of Opening Weekend. There are some wonderful service sites lined up for student volunteers around Buffalo. Transportation and a lunch are included, and lunch will be available following the service from 12:30-1:30pm.

For more information, please contact the Honors College at:

To sign up, please visit:


Orientation Volunteers for International Student Orientation

Posted by Tim on April 4, 2017 in Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Do you like making an impact? Do you find it rewarding to help out?  Do you like being part of a team?  If you said yes, then ISSS is looking for you. 

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is now recruiting students to serve as Orientation Volunteers (OVs) for our Fall 2017 International Student Orientation. While working with ISSS staff and fellow students is a lot of fun, our dedicated volunteers are crucial to the success of our week-long orientation. OVs are expected to be engaging, enthusiastic, committed, and respectful. Throughout the week, OV tasks vary from handling important documents and distributing materials to directing student traffic and fielding general questions about UB.

If you are interested in being an Orientation and are available (August 18-26), please complete the application at the following link: (even if you served as an International Student Orientation Volunteer in the past).

If you know any other students (international or domestic students of any citizenship, academic level, major, etc.) who might be interested in serving as an OV, please encourage them to complete the application in the link above. Group interviews for new OVs will be conducted in April.

Please note: Orientation Volunteers MUST be available from Friday, August 18 to Saturday, August 26. Additionally, Orientation Volunteers MUST be currently enrolled UB students.


ReTree the District is Back in Action April 22!

Posted by Tim on March 22, 2017 in Buffalo Bits, Community Announcements, Event, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

ReTree The District
Planting Trees and Building the Community
Saturday, April 22
Meet at 9:00 a.m. at UDCDA Housing Office, 995 Kensington Avenue
To sign up and learn more, visit:

We’ve hit our 1,000 tree goal, but we’re not stopping yet! Help us continue to plant trees and build community across University District.

Join your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues on Earth Day for ReTree the District’s Spring 2017 planting day! Help us plant 80 trees across Buffalo’s University District.

The Spring 2017 planting will be held on Saturday, April 22nd. Volunteers are asked to arrive at the UDCDA’s Housing Office located at 995 Kensington Avenue at 9AM to register for the day.

Please pre-register for the day by visiting the ReTree website or filling out this form. If you are bringing a group, please have each group member fill out the form.

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”

Without the support of volunteers like you, ReTree the District would not be possible! 

ReTree the District is a community development initiative in Buffalo’s University District that has planted 1,000 trees across the community. The project is reinvesting in our urban tree canopy, strengthening ties among neighbors, restoring our parks and greenspaces, and encouraging hands-on volunteerism.


Community Day

Posted by Tim on March 7, 2017 in Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

I wanted to contact you about our office’s upcoming Community Day on Saturday April 8th. As you may know this is a wonderful opportunity for students to volunteer and participate in community projects. However, more specifically, this year we would also like to put together a group of 3-4 exceptional students who would be able to help our staff directly that day at Allen Hall as we coordinate the registration and shuttling of students off to their projects.

This would not be a huge time commitment for any interested student. It would only involve helping us on the event day from around 8:30am – 1:00pm, and we may also schedule some sort of short pre-event day briefing as well to orient our administrative volunteers and VISTA cohort (who will be helping out as site captains).

Breakfast will be provided and also lunch for anyone participating in Community Day, and any volunteering students will also be eligible for the prizes that we will be raffling off.

To sign up contact Daniel Kelly at


Beyond the Block Volunteering

Posted by Tim on March 2, 2017 in Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Beyond the Block: Interested in being a social entrepreneur and leading the global education movement? Join Beyond the Block! We are currently looking for students interested in mentoring, curriculum development, graphic design, web development, and social media outreach. Students from all disciplines are welcome!


Call for Volunteers–AAUW Tech Savvy Program

Posted by Tim on February 13, 2017 in Academics, Volunteering

Call for Volunteers – AAUW Tech Savvy Program –Saturday, March 18

Register to volunteer by Feb 24.

AAUW, the American Association of University Women, is a national organization advocating for equity and education for women and girls.  Locally, the Buffalo branch – sixth oldest branch in the country—provides scholarship and interest-free loans for women and men.

The branch will host its tenth anniversary Tech Savvy conference on Saturday, March 18, at the University at Buffalo North (Amherst) campus.  Tech Savvy inspires middle school girls to pursue careers in STEM (science, engineering, technology, and math) areas through fun workshops.  The on a roll program provides follow-through sessions for high school girls.  And, adult sessions feature topics for parents, teachers, and other adults.   This year’s theme involves the uniqueness each individual lends to solving future problems: Tech Savvy Girls: Absolutely, Amazingly, Authentically YOU!

Tech Savvy Buffalo is the flagship program for the national Tech Savvy program, with new sites nationwide since 2014.

Along with support from AAUW, the conference is made possible due to support from Praxair, Baxter, and UB’s School of Engineering & Applied Sciences.

The program is run by approximately 100+ volunteers.   Volunteers are needed to help with set up, registration, room monitoring, ushering, and snack services.  Volunteers are needed for the full conference (7AM – 5pm)  or for morning (7 AM – 1pm) or afternoon (noon – 5pm) shifts.

We are looking for at least one student in a STEM field – can be a man or woman—who would like to speak on a panel discussion for parents and teachers, to talk about how men and women can cooperatively work together to eradicate differences in experiences between the genders in engineering or other STEM fields.  If this is of interest to you, please indicate on your response form and tell why you would like to participate (a couple of sentences).

Volunteers will receive continental breakfast, lunch, and t-shirt.  Volunteers are also invited to the pre-Tech Savvy reception on Friday, March 17.

Recent college graduates (within last two years) who volunteer can receive a complimentary first year national AAUW membership.

Volunteers are asked to sign up and provide the information below at

Information Requested from all  Volunteers

  • Name
  • School
  • Grade Level & Major
  • Phone Number
  • Email address
  • Mailing Address
  • T shirt size (generic adult sizes)
  • Any preference for type of assignment – or any restrictions
  • Preference for shift (morning, afternoon, or all day)
  • Please also let us know how you heard about this conference / volunteering.
  • If you will graduate within the next year or graduated in the last two years, are you interested in AAUW national membership? (yes/no)

o   If yes, please indicate Degree & Graduation Date

 Additional Questions? Email us at   


Honors College Research/Creativity Project Posters at Open House April 8 and 23

Posted by Tim on February 6, 2017 in Community Announcements, Event, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed, Workshops

This spring the Honors College has opportunities for students to present their research/creativity project poster at the following recruitment events:

UB 360° Accepted Students Day:     Saturday, April 8th (10:30am-2:30 pm in 106 Capen Hall)


UB 360° Accepted Students Day:     Sunday, April 23rd (10:30am-2:30 pm in 106 Capen Hall)

We also strongly encourage you to participate in the university-wide Celebration of Excellence symposium on Thursday, April 20th in the CFA atrium. More details can be found at  You will present the same project/poster for this event and the Honors symposium.

Important Notes:

•The Honors College will arrange for you to have your poster printed free of charge.

•Paintings, video recordings, or live performances can be presented instead of a traditional poster. 

•For Advanced Honors Scholars, participation in a poster event will fulfill your thesis/project presentation requirement.

If interested, please complete the attached submission form and email it to Jessica Seabury at by Wednesday, March 1st. Students who also participate in the Celebration of Excellence will be given priority to participate in an Honors event.

VERY IMPORTANT****Please indicate the following when you e-mail the submission form****:

1.         If you are interested in the Honors College April 8 or April 23 event (or both)

2.         If you are also interested in participating in the Celebration of Excellence on April 20th in addition to an Honors College event.

Please contact Jessica Seabury at or at 716-645-3020 with any questions.


3rd Annual Genome Day Volunteers Needed

Posted by Tim on January 19, 2017 in Community Announcements, Event, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

The third annual “Genome Day” will be held on March 9, 2017!  I am currently recruiting UB students, faculty and staff interested in volunteering for this event.

Logistical Details for volunteers:

  • 400 8th grade students from Buffalo Public Schools visit UB’s Center of Excellence and Roswell Park to learn about DNA, genetics, careers, and extract their own DNA from cheek cells.
  • Volunteers lead groups of 10 students and a chaperone through the DNA extraction and conversation
  • Thursday, March 9, 2017 – “Genome Day”
    • Volunteer time commitment is 8:45am – 1pm, and involves the following:
      • Setting up work stations before students arrive
      • Walk students to the work stations from the Auditorium
      • Leading students through extracting DNA from their own cheek cells
      • Discussing genetics, DNA sequencing, working in science, careers, etc with the students to inspire them and break stereotypes they might have about what it means to be a scientist.  This is all covered in the training.
    • New volunteers, or those seeking a refresher must attend a one hour training session at the Center of Excellence (701 Ellicott Street, Buffalo NY)
      • Option 1 – Tuesday, February 21 at 3pm
      • Option 2 – Wednesday, February 22, 9am
      • Option 3 – Wednesday, March 1, 3pm
      • If these options do not work for you, but you are still interested in volunteering, contact me and we will work something out!
    • Breakfast (and coffee!) and a pizza lunch will be available for volunteers.

Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!

Please respond by Wednesday, January 11th, if you are interested in volunteering!  Spread the word to anyone else that you think may be interested!

Thank you,


Sandra Small, Ph.D.

Science Education Manager

Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence


Service Opportunity: Bulb Planting October 30

Posted by Tim on October 25, 2016 in Community Announcements, Event, Uncategorized, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

University Blooms: Help us plant over 1,000 tulips and daffodil bulbs across University on Sunday, October 30th.

Meet at 10AM at the Tool Library for planting on the west side of Main Street.

Meet at 1PM at the Varsity Theatre for planting on the east side of Main Street.