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Tuesday
02/25/20

UB Campus Garden

Posted by Tim on February 25, 2020 in Community Announcements, Information Session, Student experience, Sustainability, Volunteering, Workshops

The UB Campus Garden is a shared bed garden on UB’s North Campus where UB students, faculty, and staff can grow.

We aim to empower our community to grow food and take an active role in the food systems we are a part of. By learning skills to grow food from start to finish, we encourage more sustainable and mindful consumption practices. The campus garden is an inclusive and diverse space where gardeners of all experience and backgrounds are welcome!

Timeline:

Information session: Week of February 24th, 2020

Workshop: Week of March 9th, 2020

Participants are expected to maintain their plots throughout the entire spring and summer semesters. This involves starting seeds, transplanting, watering, weeding, and harvesting. Have no experience gardening? We will provide you with all the information and tools you need!

Interested in joining? Click here.

Tuesday
02/25/20

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day: Life Below Water Volunteer Opportunity

Posted by Tim on February 25, 2020 in Buffalo Bits, Event, Sustainability, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

UB Sustainability and the UB Great Lakes Program is assembling a working group of students to help create a game that explains water pollution and the WNY Watershed to local school students. It is based off of a curriculum developed in Cleveland and adapted for Erie PA. This informal working group of students would help us by:

1.  Drafting 40 facts that pertain to Buffalo’s watershed (based on the past 50 years)

2.  Launching and leading the game at UB’s STEP program with 12-20 middle school students on April 3rd from 4-5pm on South Campus

 
Your time commitment would be about 5 hours of work. The facts for the board game can be created through a shared document online, and then we’d just need volunteers to administer the game in April.
 
We are planning on launching a kickoff meeting next Wednesday, February 26th from 11-12pm in 101 Statler to explain the scope of the project. We can create a web meeting as well for people that cannot attend in person.
 
If you’re interested in volunteering, please RSVP here.

Friday
02/14/20

University District Spring 2020 Service Calendar

Posted by Tim on February 14, 2020 in Buffalo Bits, Community Announcements, Volunteering

Click here to sign up!

Monday
02/10/20

Apply to be a Diversity Advocate

Posted by Tim on February 10, 2020 in Community Announcements, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Diversity Advocate Applications are already open!Being a Diversity Advocate is a life-impacting 10-hour a week paid internship where you develop multicultural, facilitation, and leadership experiences and skills. Come see us at SU 240 to learn more, and apply now! 

Tuesday
01/07/20

Volunteers Needed for Running Program at Maple West Elementary School in Williamsville

Posted by Tim on January 7, 2020 in Community Announcements, Event, Honors Experiences, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Volunteers needed for running programs at Maple West. The ask is to have volunteers 16 and older (male or female) that would be available two days a week from 7:15-8:45am. The potential program would run in the fall and spring for 9 weeks during each season concluding with a 5K. The volunteers could count this work as credits if needed. Please let me know if this is of any interest to anyone in your program.
For more information, please contact
Jennifer Weinstein 
716-445-4679

jweinstein0523@icloud.com

Friday
12/20/19

First Generation Peer Mentors Needed

Posted by Tim on December 20, 2019 in Community Announcements, Networking, Stress Relief, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

A peer mentor is an experienced first-gen upper-class student at UB who will mentor a small group (up to 10) new to UB first-gen freshmen. Mentors are committed to supporting the holistic development of our first-gen students and preparing them to make a successful transition to college. Mentors will contribute to the success of their mentees by building community and as sense of belonging. Mentors will also challenge the student to think more critically and have an increased level of self- awareness and reflection. Mentors will serve as a buddy, a coach, an advocate and a role model for their mentee.

Peer Mentor Primary Responsibilities

  • Participate in required mentor training sessions (approx. 2 hours in person, there may be more training opportunities online; times TBD)
  • Attend fall “Welcome (Back) Bulls  Social” in September to welcome all incoming first generation students
  • Reach out to your assigned mentees at the start of classes and each month; be available to your mentee via text, email, phone, or in person
  • Attend First Gen Connect monthly events with your mentee(s)
  • Participate in mentor workshops offered on a variety of leadership, wellness, and personal/professional development topics
  • Estimated time commitment of the program:
    • approximately 2 hours in mentor training (times TBD)
    • Additional online training modules will be required as ongoing training
    • approximately 4 hours a week working with mentee(s), which includes related activities–workshops, mentor journal, required survey/assessments)

Peer Mentor Required Qualifications

  • Enrolled in Spring 2020 and will have sophomore, junior, or senior status in Fall 2020
  • Must be in good academic, financial, and disciplinary standing
  • First-generation college student (neither parent received a four-year degree in the United States)
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Genuine desire to help their first-generation peers succeed
  • Self-motivated with a positive attitude
  • Willing to learn and share information about the University at Buffalo community, student life and campus resources
  • First gen students at UB come from across the globe and represent a wide variety of ethnic, cultural, linguistic, socio-economic, geographical, and political perspectives–prospective mentors should embrace and celebrate this diversity
  • Interest in developing leadership and mentoring experience

Benefits for Peer Mentors

  • Workshops and training on a wide variety of UB resources that support student success–including career, professional, wellness, and leadership topics
  • Enhance your skills in coaching and guiding others
  • Opportunities to connect with a wide network of faculty and staff dedicated to the success of our first gen Bulls community
  • Stay up to date on new events and resources on campus
  • Make a difference and positively impact a first-year student’s UB experience!
  • $ 13 an hour

How to apply?

Please submit to Vivian Jimenez @ vjimenez@buffalo.edu by February 3, 2020

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Contact information for 2 professional references
Friday
11/15/19

International Education Week (IEW) at UB: Nov. 18-22, 2019

Posted by Tim on November 15, 2019 in Academic Presentations, Community Announcements, Competitions, Event, Stress Relief, Student Clubs, Student experience, Volunteering, Workshops

It’s International Education Week! Check out the events happening all week long!

Highlighted Events:

Friday
11/15/19

Hillel of Buffalo – Miami Alternative Winter Break

Posted by Tim on November 15, 2019 in Honors Experiences, Student experience, Volunteering, Winter Session

WHEN: January 19-26, 2020

WHERE WILL BE STAYING: Air BnB in Wynwood, FL

POSSIBLE SERVICE SITES: Chapman Partnership for the Homeless,
Oleta River State Park, Lotus House, Kosher Food Bank

COST: $375 (Includes flights, lodging, ground transportation,and most meals)

POSSIBLE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES: Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach, Beach Jewish Yoga, Shabbat with Miami Hillel, Tour of Little Havana

POSSIBLE EXPLORATIONS: Nights out in Wynwood, Lincoln Road, and Brickell City Centre

If any undergraduate student is interested, email Alexa Zappia directly at alexa@hillelofbuffalo.org

Wednesday
11/06/19

UPC Food Pantry at University Presbyterian Church // Volunteering

Posted by Tim on November 6, 2019 in Community Announcements, Stress Relief, Volunteering

The UPC Food Pantry provides food items for students and residents of the community who are in need. We’ve stocked our shelves with a variety of non-perishable food items and basic necessities. For more information call 836-7660 or stop by to visit us during our hours of service. Entrance is off the parking lot on Niagara Falls Blvd. We are handicapped accessible, on the metro and bus lines.

Hours of Service:

  • Tuesdays from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Thursdays from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Areas we serve by Zip Codes:

  • 14214
  • 14261
  • 14260
  • 14216
  • 14221
  • 14226

To register as an on-going client, please bring the following:

  1. Recent proof of residency (utility bill, phone bill, rent receipt).
  2. Proof of income for ALL family members.
  3. Social security number for ALL family members.
  4. Birth certificates for ALL minor children.

For College/University Students, please bring:

  • Proof of residency (zip code is disregarded).
  • Current valid student ID.

The UPC Food Pantry is an agency of The Food Bank of Western
New York and proudly supported by UB Campus Dining & Shops
and Off-Campus Student Services.

Interested in being a VOLUNTEER?

When would I work?
One afternoon a month (or as many as you wish) on a Tuesday or Thursday from 11:30am to 4:00pm

What would I do?
You would work with 3 or 4 other volunteers.
You might guide a client through our “store’
to help them choose their groceries.
You might greet and “check in” our clients.
You might help to stock shelves.
If you and a friend would like to work together, we can schedule that for you.
You will feel good about the time you spend with us!

3330 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14214 • 716-836-7660

Monday
10/21/19

HomeSpace Drive! Oct. 27 – Nov. 17

Posted by Tim on October 21, 2019 in Community Announcements, Event, Volunteering

Help Phi Sigma Rho support HomeSpace! HomeSpace provides housing and job training to single mothers between the ages of 14 and 21, so that they can raise their children in a supportive environment.

Donation bins will be provided in the Don Schack Lounge from October 27 – November 17, 2019!

Wishlist Items:

  1. Hygiene Products (shampoo/conditioner/ bath and body lotion/ soap/ tampons/ pads etc.)
  2. Cleaning Supplies for girls to keep their apartments clean
  3. Diapers and Wipes (any and all sizes)
  4. Gently used or new dish sets/silverware
  5. Small appliances: DVD players, boom box, toasters, blenders etc.
  6. New Sheet sets, bedding, pillows
  7. Newborn welcome home baskets for mother and baby
  8. Gift Cards to grocery stores or Wal-Mart