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The Tool Library Fall Service Days 2022

Posted by Tim on September 23, 2022 in Community Announcements, Event, Honors Experiences, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Throw on that flannel, tie up those boots (w/ the fur), and join us this fall to improve the places we love. We believe that a strong community is a civically engaged community. We put our tools to work on large-scale community projects such as neighborhood clean-ups, tree-plantings, community gardens, and public art installations.

We’re excited to announce our Fall 2022 line-up of events! Most events take place on Saturday mornings and last no longer than three hours. All necessary tools, equipment and gear will be provided by The Tool Library. We do recommend you wear comfortable shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting dirty 🙂

Please bring your cellphone as volunteers will need to sign a digital waiver before each event.

Please join us at one of our upcoming service events:

  • Saturday, October 1st @ 10AM – Perkins Park Cleanup
  • Saturday, October 8th @ 10AM – Tyler Street Gardens Work Day
  • Saturday, October 15th @ 10AM – William Gaiter Parkway Planting
  • Saturday, October 22nd @ 10AM – Bailey-Dartmouth Garden Work Day
  • Saturday, October 29th @ 10AM – Dewey Park Tree Care & Cleanup

Saturday, November 5th @ 9AM – ReTree Fall Planting



Volunteer Opportunity with City Swim Project…ELA and Math Tutors Needed

Posted by Tim on September 21, 2022 in Honors Experiences, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

The City Swim Project of Buffalo, NY is in need of tutors to assist students in reading and math. They have purchased the IXL assessment software and tablets for students and tutors to use.  IXL assesses student needs in ELA and math and generates lessons for a tutor to review with students.  If you are looking for a service learning experience or volunteer hours, etc. please consider this opportunity.

They’d like to start the program next week, September 20th and 22nd and continue through the semester into December on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  There will be three 45 minute sessions each day for different age groups: 5-5:45, 6-6:45 and 7-7:45. The tutoring will take place at the William-Emsley Family YMCA located at 585 William St, Buffalo, NY 14206.  Once a student completes their tutoring session they are eligible to participate in a free learn to swim class right after the tutoring session each day.

If you interested, (even if you can’t start next week), please  contact Dr. Sue Baldwin at 716-523-9669 or via email at


Blackstone LaunchPad Seeks BLASERs (Blackstone LaunchPad Ambassadors for Student Engagement and Recruitment)

Posted by Tim on August 5, 2022 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Looking for a great experience that can earn you college credit in the upcoming school year?


We are looking for BLASERs (Blackstone LaunchPad Ambassadors for Student Engagement and Recruitment) for the upcoming semester.

Role Description: Our ambassadors are an elite group of students who forge new paths for entrepreneurship as they promote Blackstone LaunchPad throughout our campuses and beyond. When you participate in the BLASER Leadership Development Program, you gain important career-building skills and find plenty of opportunities for campus and community involvement. Students selected as BLASERs assist with our outreach, increasing awareness about the opportunities provided through Blackstone LaunchPad. In exchange, BLASERs receive special training, participate in professional development workshops and leadership assessments, and attend exclusive networking opportunities. Interested students may qualify to earn internship credit for this experience. We’re always seeking undergraduate students to serve as BLASERs! To learn more contact us by emailing us at or calling 716-645-8111. *We are still looking to fill Student Assistant and Work Study positions as well! Click the link below to learn more and apply.

Become an Honors College Peer Mentor!

Posted by Tim on May 31, 2022 in Community Announcements, Networking, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed


We need your help! We have almost 250 incoming Honors Scholars who have requested an Honors College peer mentor.

If you are interested in serving as a Peer Mentor in the Honors Connections Program during the 2022-2023 academic year, please fill out our brief onlineapplication: by Friday, June 10th.

The Honors College Peer Mentor Program is designed to help first-year Honors students adjust to life at UB and to the Honors College experience. Our intent is that through this program, our incoming students feel welcome at UB and excited to be a part of the Honors College community.

As an Honors Connections Program Mentor you will be expected to:

  • Attend a brief virtual mentor orientation this summer (details to follow)
  • Reach out to your mentee(s) prior to the start of the fall semester to welcome them to UB/Honors
  • Meet with your mentee(s) once during the first two weeks of classes via zoom or in-person (each mentor may have 1-3 mentees)
  • Encourage participation in Honors College and campus-wide activities
  • Help answer general questions or concerns your mentee(s) may have

In general, we hope that each mentor will help make the transition to college a little easier for our new Honors College Scholars.

If selected, Honors Peer Mentors will be required to submit a short profile of themselves to be shared with their peer mentee, including a photo.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email and we will reply as soon as we are able.


Department of Learning and Instruction Seeks Science Ambassadors

Posted by Tim on April 19, 2022 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

The Department of Learning and Instruction, in The Graduate School of Education, is looking for “Science Ambassadors,” UB students interested in science education and outreach, to support local biology teachers in the Buffalo Public Schools.  This is a full academic year (2022-2023) commitment, in which the ambassadors are paired with a teacher and spend 4 hour per week working collaboratively in that teacher’s classroom.  During the fall semester, the ambassadors are enrolled in a 3 credit course, during which they share experiences, discuss classroom challenges, and develop educational strategies to be used in the classes.  The ambassadors stay paired with the same teacher and are paid for their time in the classroom during the Spring 2023 Semester.  It is highly recommended that interested students have transportation to get to and from their assigned schools.

Interested students should reach out to Dr. Sandra Small ( to discuss their interest and commitment, as instructor approval is required to enroll in the course.


UB Chem Club Seeks Volunteers for “Y on the Fly” March 19

Posted by Tim on March 14, 2022 in Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

It is with UB Chem Club and we will be volunteering with Y on the Fly, an organization that focuses on bringing YMCA activities to places other than the YMCA building itself! We will be doing STEM experiments with kids to inspire them to get into science. It’ll be March 19th, and the event is 10-11:30 am at the Niagara Falls Public Library. We will be meeting at 9 am at NSC 255 to carpool.


Office of Academic Integrity Seeks Student Integrity Ambassadors

Posted by Tim on February 21, 2022 in Honors Experiences, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

The Office of Academic Integrity is accepting applications for Student Integrity Ambassadors! This volunteer ambassador program is perfect for students who want to:

  • Demonstrate a clear commitment to ethics
  • Practice skills in leadership, communication, programming, and more!
  • Find a welcoming community at UB
  • Promote a positive university culture through peer-to-peer interaction

The ambassadorship is a 5-hour/week volunteer opportunity from Fall 2022 – Spring 2023. Applications can be found at and close March 31st.

  • – – – –

The Office of Academic Integrity is hosting the first annual Academic Integrity Awards reception this coming May and is seeking nominations in the categories of:

  • student
  • faculty/staff
  • department/program
  • While all members of the UB community are expected to uphold academic integrity standards, these awards are for those who go above and beyond in their commitment to this value. Often described as “doing the right thing, even when no one is watching,” we encourage advisors to nominate students or colleagues who fit that description. Find out more about the easy nomination process here:

Polar Plunge: Team UB

Posted by Tim on November 18, 2021 in Volunteers Needed

This year sparks the 15th Annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics in Buffalo!! Help us raise $250,000 for our LOCAL Special Olympics Athletes. Make Buffalo the LARGEST Polar Plunge in New York State!

Event registration will take place on Sat., Dec. 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the polar plunge begins at 2:00 p.m.

Transportation will NOT be provided for this event. Sign up for Team UB HERE!

If you’re interested in volunteering at the event, sign up HERE

Location: Woodlawn Beach State Park  3580 Lake Shore Road, Buffalo, NY 14219

Date and Time:
Sat., Dec. 4 at 2:00 p.m


Apply for a 2022 Alternative Break Trip!

Posted by Tim on November 1, 2021 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Apply for a 2022 Alternative Break Trip!

What is an Alternative Break Trip? Alternative Break programs let you volunteer, perform community service and have unique learning opportunities during your winter break or spring break. By spending time immersed in a community, you’ll learn about your role as a global citizen, make new friends and connections, and discover how you can become an agent of change. After your trip, you’ll be able to share the lessons you learned with your local community, and continue to lead a life of active citizenship. Hear from a past participant HERE!

Who Can Go? Any UB student can apply for the Alternative Break program. Each Alternative Break trip typically has 8-15 student participants, two student Team Leaders and two Staff Advisers.

What is the program schedule? Throughout the week, each team will participate in multiple half days of service (typically mornings) and then a half day of tourism, exploration and team building. In the evening there will be group meals and nightly reflections. You must commit to participating in the entire trip.

2022 Trips

  • Poverty Alleviation, March 21 –  March 25, 2022
  • Civic Engagement, March 21 –  March 25, 2022
  • Environmental Justice, March 21 –  March 25, 2022

Application and Selection Process: There is one application for all of our Alternative Break trips. You can find the application on UBLinked under Student Engagement’s forms section. Your application is complete when you submitted the form and provided the name and contact information of one (1) reference. Applications can also be submitted using the following link:

Application Questions include general background information as well as:

  • Why do you want to participate in an Alternative Break trip? What do you hope to gain from the experience?
  • What can you contribute to this experience?  Please describe the role you play in a group/on a team.
  • UB is a global university that values experiential learning and diverse perspectives. If selected, how would you bring what you learn back to the UB and/or the Buffalo community? 

Selection Process:

  • Team Leaders will review applications
  • Applicants will be offered a short 20-30 minute interview with our Alternative Break Team Leaders ( 2 students who have participate in a trip before)
  • Team Leaders will select their teams!

All applications are due by November 5, 2021 at 12pm!

Questions? Email!


Plant Trees with The Tool Library November 13

Posted by Tim on November 1, 2021 in Buffalo Bits, Community Announcements, Event, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Plant Trees. Build Community.

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is Saturday, November 13th! 💚 Calling all ents, loraxes, and lovers of trees – We’ve got 100 trees to plant and we need your help!

Join your friends, family & neighbors as we plant in Dewey Park in Buffalo’s Masten District on Saturday, November 13th starting at 9AM. 

Tools, training & light refreshments will be provided. Wear boots and your finest tree planting attire! 

WHAT: Dewey Park Tree Planting
WHEN: Saturday, November 13th at 9am
WHERE: Dewey Park – 494 Kensington Avenue (street parking is available although we highly recommend carpooling!)
WHY: Trees have innumerable benefits, including improved air quality, water conservation, energy savings, reduced stress and improved mental health just to name a few