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Community Service

Friends of the Night People

The Buffalo State Newman Center has had a volunteer presence at Friends of Night People for over forty years. Our current volunteer activities are done in honor of long time parishioner Anne Bissonette who passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Current volunteer activities that we are involved in include:

Serving a meal the first Tuesday of each month between the hours of 3:00PM and 5:00PM at the Matt Urban Hope Center at 385 Paderewski Drive. The meal is provided by the staff of Friends of Night People.

Serving dinner the third Monday of each month from 5:00PM until 7:00PM at Friends of Night People located at 394 Hudson Street.

Each Friday of the year we pick up donated food from Pine Hill Fresh Foods Inc. located at 3538 California Road in Orchard Park and deliver it to Friends of Night People. The food becomes the basis for that evening's served meal.

The employees of the Northrop-Grumman Corporation on Wehrle Drive in Amherst collect and donate returnable bottles and cans. We pick them up on a consistent basis to be recycled and give the return deposit money to Friends of Night People.

Many of our volunteers also donate usable clothing which is distributed free of charge to clients at Friends.

Our community is always interested in more members helping with these activities. If you are interested in joining our volunteer list please contact Bob Drajem at or 854-8170.

Service Saturdays

Seeking to better our society and community, we will be offering community service hours at a variety of different service locations in Western New York. Among those sites, we will continue to go to the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen for Service Saturdays during this upcoming semester; dates forthcoming. All are welcome to join us. Contact Carmen Schaff at for more information.

Long Term Service

There are many ways to give of your time and talents. Volunteering is an opportunity to improve the life around us and to grow ourselves. Here are several websites which link volunteers to long-term service commitments. Many of these programs offer school loan deferment and a chance to explore your personal career goals.

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Salesian Volunteers

Young Christians join together to serve the less fortunate. Volunteers live within the religious communities of the Salesians which allows them to have opportunities beyond service including daily prayer, attending Masses, and participating in retreats. This volunteer program is unique as volunteers are able to serve others in need, while also growing spiritually.




Jesuit Volunteer Corps

The Jesuit Volunteer Corps or JVC offers many programs nationally and internationally, all based on social justice, community living, and Ignatian Spirituality.

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Claretian Volunteer Corps

Claretian Volunteer Corps is a lay volunteer ministry program for women and men grounded in Christian values as witnessed by the Claretians, who have as their model of service, their founder, Father Anthony Claret.

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Cap Corps

The Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Program offers men and women the opportunity to work in direct service to the poor while living a simple lifestyle in community with other volunteers. The spirit and spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi are central to this experience of community and service.

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Catholic Network Volunteer Service

This website is a link to many different types of service. There are programs sorted by location, by type of work and by length of commitment. Were sure one will fit you.

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Franciscan Volunteer Ministry

The Franciscan Volunteer Ministry is a group of lay men and women, living in community, who dedicate themselves to ministry in the Church in collaboration with the Franciscans of Holy Name Province.

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