Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, a private Catholic high school for young women, wanted to begin a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program. The school was awarded funds through Education Collaborative of Western New York (formerly BISSNET) and the John R. Oishei Foundation for development of this program. To that end, they created a STEM advisory committee, and two UB professional staff members serve on this committee as consultants (volunteers). I represent the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Jennifer Hess represents the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Students volunteer to serve in various capacities at Good Neighbors Health Care. This is a faith-based free clinic in Buffalo’s lower east side. It provides free health care to those without health insurance. Specific services include primary care, dental care, optometry exams (with free eyeglasses), chiropractic care, health education, mental health counseling and assistance with applying for health insurance.
The School Supply Drive is a two-month universitywide charitable drive for school supplies to benefit pre-K through eighth grade students at schools situated around our three campuses: Futures Academy, Bilingual Center, Martin Luther King Multicultural Institute, Highgate Heights Elementary and Westminster Community Charter School. UB employees drop off items in the designated collection boxes throughout the North, South and Downtown campuses that include paper, pencils, rulers, planners, markers, folders, and more. The 2013 program doubled in size from the previous year–with an unprecedented amount of supplies donated and distributed.
Coordinated by the Office of Community Relations, UB’s Universitywide Adopt-a-Family helps make the holidays a little warmer and brighter for a number of local families in need. The Office of Community Relations collaborates with local nonprofits to identify needy families; those families are matched with participating UB departments to provide items from their wish lists. Since 2008, the program continues to grow, averaging over 20 participating departments and matched families each year. Additional location: Downtown Campus