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.

Alternative Break - Fall 2014

Spend Columbus weekend in New Jersey helping rebuild homes after Hurricane Sandy. You will join other students, 2 staff and the Friends of Rockaway to "make it right". Applications are available in Campus Ministry after March 15, 2014. For more information, contact Campus Ministry.

Annual Valentine's Day Candy Sale

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

Annual Giving Tree

Ornaments with gift ideas are placed on the Giving Tree where people are encouraged to take an ornament and return the gift to Campus Ministry. Gifts are then distributed to children in need at various service organizations.

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

"Fill My Cup" raised funds for clean water systems for Haiti

A D'Youville Hunger Initiative sub-committee collaborated with Water with Blessings out of Louisville, Kentucky, to help provide twenty water filtration systems for distribution in Haiti. Those involved in the project were: the D'Youville Student association, Department of Dietetics and Occupational Therapy, Campus Ministry and the Hunger Initiative.

Handcrafted cups made by D'Youville students, staff and faculty were sold at the end of February. The sale raised over $1500. These monies will help sponsor a group of volunteers from Water with Blessings to deliver special water filtration systems to 20 Haitian women and train them to use the system.

"The system, Sawyer PointONE water filtration, is simple, direct, inexpensive and effective ways to provide safe, clean water to people in poor countries, "according to Dr. Martin Kelly, active member of the Hunger Initiative committee". "The filtration system removes particles and pathogens larger than .10 microns in diameter, according to the manufacturer Sawyer Products. It attached to a 5-gallon bucket and can produce up to 475 gallons of safe, clean water every day. This will allow mothers the opportunity to provide safe, clean water for their families," Dr. Kelly said.

Water with Blessings' is "a community of persons who share a passion for bringing safe water to God’s thirsty children," according to their web site.

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 2013

Thirty three D'YCers travelled to New Orleans in December 2013 to lend a hand to the Big Branch Wildlife Preserve and Refuge, to St. Jude's Community Center, to Covenant House, 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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