Community Service

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you remember waving your hand enthusiastically showing your willingness to help? That hand raising gesture so early on in your life demonstrated a willingness to volunteer. Here are some of the reasons why volunteering is so important to you and others:

  • To help someone
  • To improve the community
  • To move from your comfort zone
  • To build new relationships
  • To enhance your resume and establish community connections

Mission Trips

Our annual, week-long mission trips result in positive, life-changing experiences for students who participate. If interested, you will need to fill out an application and submit it to Campus Ministry.

Lending a Hand - December

A week-long community service experience at the conclusion of the fall semester each year. The travel group typically consists of 25 to 35 students plus faculty/staff. The trip is coordinated by Rev. Jan Mahle. The team is selected during the spring semester. Applications are available in Campus Ministry.

Annual Valentine's Day Candy Sale

Monies raised from this special sale proceeds the works of Catholic Charities.

Local Service Projects

The D'Youville community helps meet the needs of many different agencies and populations in Buffalo. Here are a few:

  • Adopt a Grandparent – socialize with adult residents at Mary Agnes Manor, a residence within our campus boundaries.
  • Friends of the Night People – serve at a local soup kitchen for the poor and homeless
  • Habitat for Humanity – help build a house in the Buffalo area twice a semester
  • Meals on Wheels – deliver meals to the house-bound and elderly
  • Neighborhood Halloween Party – help organize a party for neighborhood children and trick-or-treat fun on campus
  • York Street Clean-up and Neighborhood Beautification – help neighbors tidy up their yards and gardens

Look into additional volunteer opportunities (PDF) that arise each semester and how you can help!

Fundraising Events

The SOIL Project

Sponsored by D'Youville College Hunger Initiative

This year D'Youville will be raising funds for Haiti's SOIL project. "Since 2006, SOIL has been transforming wastes into resources in Haiti. Through the use of ecological sanitation, SOIL is working to create a revolutionary social business model for providing access to safe, dignified sanitation that produces rich, organic compost as a natural resource for Haiti's badly-depleted soils, while also creating economic opportunities in some of the world’s most under-resourced communities." More SOIL Information

During the month of February, students/faculty/staff will have the opportunity to increase understanding about sustainable living in Haiti and translate that understanding into the creative activity of drawing/writing/decorating a flower pot. The flower pot will be then sold to raise funds for the SOIL agency in Haiti. The pot(s) and markers will be supplied. The pot (s) must then be turned over to be sold for $5. The sale dates are February 24, 25 and 26, 2015.

Rice and Beans Food Drive

From March 2nd through March 19th, there will be a campus wide effort to collect these two food staples – Rice and Beans. A friendly competition among departments will add to the yield. We expect the collection barrels to be overflowing. The rice and beans will be given to Vive La Casa and the Holy Angels Food Pantry.

Charity Luncheon

Join the college community at this fun campus luncheon held annually in March. Proceeds from the meal and raffle benefit local service agencies such as St. Mary's School for the Deaf, Connors Children's Center, and Westside Ministries.

Keep Track of your Volunteer Hours

Your volunteer hours can be logged by Campus Ministry. Once you have volunteered, a record of your service is entered into the databank and you can request your volunteer record from Campus Ministry at any time. Volunteer records are useful for scholarship applications and resumes.

Enroll in the volunteer data bank
Report volunteer hours

For additional information about volunteer opportunities, contact Rev. Jan Mahle at (716) 829-7693 or email


Contact Us

Campus Ministry
Father Patrick O'Keefe, Director
Reverend Jan Mahle, Assoc. Campus Minister
Lori Marasco, Secretary

Campus location

KAB 121
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Phone: (716) 829-7672   

Lending A Hand 2014

Thirty one D'YCers travelled to New Orleans in December 2014 to lend a hand to the Bayou Sauvage Wildlife Preserve and Refuge, to Villalobos Pitbull Rescue, to Second Harvest Food Bank and Green Light New Orleans. Each community service experience was exceptional. We certainly made a difference in New Orleans and in our own lives.

Lending a Hand in New Orleans

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