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Volunteers Needed at Seneca Babcock Community Center

Posted by Tim on October 16, 2023 in Event, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Seneca Babcock Community center hosts a costume drive for kids in the Seneca Babcock community. Volunteers are needed for the event on October 25, 2023 from 5:30-8:30pm. Additionally, if anyone is willing to donate costumes, a wishlist on amazon can be found here:

If interested in available to volunteer, please contact MaryAnne McMahon and her contact information is (716) 860-8038 and or Honors scholar Mia Mychajliw:


Alternative Break Opportunities to Toronto, Washington, D.C., Buffalo and Philadelphia

Posted by Tim on October 9, 2023 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

  • Winter Break – Healthcare Reform, Toronto, Canada (January 15 – 22, 2024)
    • Canada and the United States have taken distinct paths in healthcare reform. Canada has embraced a publicly funded, single-payer system, while the US employs a mixed system with a blend of private and public elements. Join this team to learn about healthcare systems in the US and Canada and volunteer with various non-profit organizations that provide support and resources to reduce health inequity in Canada.
  • Spring Break – Civic Engagement, Washington, D.C. (March 17- 23, 2024)
    • On this alternative break trip, students will explore how they can be and what it means to be more civically engaged. Participants will learn about critical challenges facing our nation, interact with community leaders, and perform short-term projects with community agencies that work to enact positive social change. Join this team to develop the skills and connections necessary to become lifelong active citizens.
  • Spring Break – LGBTQIA+ Rights, Buffalo, NY (March 18 – 22, 2024) *Free*
    • The LGBTQIA+ rights movement in the USA has encountered numerous challenges in its quest for fundamental human rights. Transgender and non-binary individuals, especially those from marginalized communities, still experience higher levels of violence and bias. During this trip, participants will gain insight into the inequalities faced by LGBTQIA+ community members, and explore how legal changes, extensive education, cultural transformation, and advocacy, contribute to a global environment where every individual is treated equitably.
  • Spring Break – Criminal Justice Reform, Philadelphia, PA (March 17- 23, 2024)
    • The United States has the highest prison and jail population and the highest incarceration rate in the world. Participants on this trip will learn about the U.S. criminal justice system and areas in need of reform within the system. Team members will volunteer with and learn from community organizations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and learn about disability rights, voting rights, and reentry, as well as racial, gender, and socio-economic disparities within the justice system. 

We would love to have this shared with any students that you feel might be interested in attending this immersive experience. We are currently accepting applications and student can apply on UBLinked here:


The Tool Library Seeks Shopfront Volunteers

Posted by Tim on October 2, 2023 in Honors Experiences, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

On an ongoing basis, we are looking for shopfront volunteers who meet the following criteria:

Available weekly to biweekly for a shift between 2-3 hours, Wednesday-Friday 2-7 and Saturdays 10-4

Personable and interested in the community 

Knowledge of tools is not necessary but appreciated/encouraged

If interested, please contact Lissa Rhodes at


Call for Honors Kickoff Volunteers on Thursday, August 24…early-move in opportunity if living on campus!

Posted by Tim on July 31, 2023 in Event, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

We are reaching out to recruit volunteers to assist with welcoming the incoming class of 2027 at Fall Kickoff on Thursday, August 24th!

Responsibilities for the day include:

  • Participation in a virtual training in August (to be scheduled the week of August 14th)
  • Arriving at Slee Hall at 10:15 AM the day of Fall Kickoff to help with check-in and to be available until the day concludes around 3:30 PM
  • Leading, alongside another volunteer, a group of new students from session to session
  • Facilitate a session with your group, doing icebreakers and other activities for students to get to know each other.

Volunteers will receive:

  • Lunch for the day
  • The opportunity to move in early in order to be on campus and assist with the day.

If you are interested, please complete the following form by Friday, August 4th.

If you have any questions, please contact Neil Savoy at


Honors College Photo Library

Posted by Tim on April 3, 2023 in Academic Presentations, Academics, Buffalo Bits, Career Oportunities, Career Opportunities, Community Announcements, Competitions, Event, Fellowships, Graduate Assistant, Graduate School Programs, Honors College Scholarships, Honors Experiences, Honors Program Announcements, Honors Seminars, Honors Student Council, Information Session, Job Opportunity, Networking, New Programs, Paid Student Experience, Podcast, Registration and Seminar Information, Research Information and Opportunities, Scholarship Opportunities, Stress Relief, Student Assistant, Student Clubs, Student experience, Student Housing, Student Job Opportunities, Study Abroad, Summer Courses, Summer Research, Teaching Opportunities, Tutoring, Uncategorized, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed, Winter Session, Work Study Opportunity, Workshops

Do you want to be more involved with the Honors College? Do you want to be featured on the Honors College Instagram? Upload photos to our NEW Honors College Photo Library! We want to see all the amazing things our Honors Scholars are up to!

Click the link to upload your photos and be featured on our social media platforms:


Science Olympiad Seeks Student Volunteers for December 10 and February 4

Posted by Tim on November 14, 2022 in Community Announcements, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

I am reaching out to see if you are able to help us secure student volunteers for Science Olympiad again this year. The scrimmage is December 10, 2022 and the regional is February 4, 2023. Both are held on the campus of SUNY Buffalo State. Volunteers would be needed from about 7am to 3pm. Breakfast and lunch are provided in the volunteer check-in area. It is an indoors only event. No parking pass is required. 

Science Olympiad is a competition event for local/regional high schools, with the Regional event in our area being held at SUNY Buffalo State. I am an event coordinator this year. There are dozens of events/competitions being held throughout the day and breakfast and lunch are provided for volunteers. The overall coordinator for this areas event, the Science Olympiad Lake Erie/Niagara Division C event, is Pat Ballow. I have included her in this email. Her email is I am helping her secure volunteers for both the scrimmage and regional competition. 

At a very high level, the competition is for regional high school students to compete in STEM activities. This could range from a paper test, to lab-type work (Chemistry, Earth Science), or an event that requires building something like a bridge or an airplane. For many of the “build” events, the 7am-8am hour is for “impound” where the students entries are weighed or measured and then surrendered to the coordinators so they cannot be modified throughout the day. Generally speaking the most volunteer help is needed for the build events or lab work. Some of the events require some amount of PPE such as goggles. 

You can also reach out to Tom Piwtorak with questions at who is coordinating the event.


Volunteers Needed with the International Institute of Buffalo in the Finance Department

Posted by Tim on November 8, 2022 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed


INTERNSHIP TITLE:         Bookkeeper Intern

HOURS PER WEEK: 10-15 (Flexible) preferably available Fridays for at least 4 hours 

DURATION: about 3 months-Flexible

DESCRIPTION: The Finance department is looking for a Finance intern who will be responsible for the daily functions in the accounting department, accurate recording of revenue & expense activities, and timely collection of accounts receivable and payments to vendors. Also special projects as requested.

SUPERVISOR(S): Kristy Jopp


  • Review daily, weekly, and monthly receipts and disbursements for accuracy.
  • Maintain accounts payable files and information
  • Process invoices for payment to vendors to include checking invoices for accuracy.
  • Key invoices in QuickBooks to proper general ledger.


  • Must be able to work in QuickBooks, excel, and word.
  • Must be able to effectively and independently perform daily accounting entries.


  • Send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for two references to
  • Meet with the Volunteer Coordinator
  • Undergo a background check
  • Provide proof of complete covid-19 vaccination, including booster shot

Honors Student Council Service Event: Bailey-Dartmouth Community Garden Work Day October 22

Posted by Tim on October 17, 2022 in Community Announcements, Event, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Honors Student Council Service Event: the HSC presents the Bailey-Dartmouth Community Garden Work Day, in Collaboration with the Tool Library. The event is on Saturday, October 22nd, 2022, at 10:00am. Spend your Saturday helping improve your community by participating in a variety of activities, like seeding, weeding, and composting, while gaining service experience and meeting new people.

Sign up at this link: and direct any questions to HSC Director of Community Service Freshta Masoud (”


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