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Why you should be a Volunteer

Volunteers are the heartbeat of the Buffalo City Mission! With the help of volunteers like you, all of our programs and services are made possible to change lives at the Mission every day.

Partner in service and purpose with the Buffalo City Mission to provide lasting change with positive impact to the hurting and homeless in our community.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Onsite Opportunities

There are individual and group opportunities listed for each facility listed below. Note: Individual minimum age is 18 years old. Group minimum age is 16. 16 and 17 year olds will need a signed Parental Permission form. If you have any questions please contact the Volunteer Manager at 854-8181 x408. Click on the boxes below for volunteer opportunities for each facility.

100 E Tupper, Buffalo, NY 14203

Individual Opportunities

Chapel Speaker

Do you have a heart to share the Word of God? Please read further. – A Chapel Speaker at the Alfiero Family Center of Hope and Promise is a volunteer service position designed to reach the unreached and encourage and equip the faithful. We are seeking individuals with an endorsement from their pastor or local church to bring a biblical message on a monthly basis. To begin this process please complete the application. Once the application is completed you will be contacted by the Volunteer Community Engagement Coordinator for next steps.

Community Donation Receiver:

Are you a people person? Do you enjoy organizing and doing light record keeping? This volunteer service position is for you! Bring your gifts and talents to the Buffalo City Mission Receiving Department. You will meet, greet, receive, thank donors and assist in recording donations. Sorting and organizing donations is a part of this position too. Of course, as part of the team you will also assist in keeping the Receiving Department clean and organized. We can’t wait to hear from you! Volunteers make a difference as part of the team at the Buffalo City Mission! *Masks must be worn during your time of service.

Donation Truck Pick-up Volunteer

As a volunteer in this service position you will partner with the Mission’s truck driver to pick up donations from community donors, partners and vendors. This volunteer will partner with staff to load and unload the Mission truck, interact with community donors and complete necessary paperwork to record deliveries. You must be able to lift 75 pounds. This position is a Monday through Friday position from 8am to 4pm.

Stylist/Barber

Stylist/Barber Shop/ Beautician – Available for individuals – men and women – Are you a licensed hairstylist/barber? You can make a difference in the lives of men, women and children at the Buffalo City Mission. You can help folks feel proud about how they present themselves to the world and uplift their hearts when they feel good about how they look.
Stylist/Barber/Beautician available Monday through Friday

Welcome Center Receptionist

If you enjoy hospitality and have a friendly smile, please apply for this volunteer service position. The responsibility of this volunteer position is to welcome residents, guests and community members into the facility and connect them to the services needed. Partner with the Welcome Center staff to schedule appointments for residents, guests and community members through electronic system and answer phones.
Welcome Center Receptionist available Monday through Friday.

Group Service Opportunities

Fun With Games Event

The residents of the Buffalo City Mission men’s Alfiero Center of Hope and Promise love time to relax, laugh and have fun! What a great time of stress relief. The Volunteer Department has games that groups can borrow and utilize for fun times for the residents and volunteers as everyone interacts. These Fun with Game Events can be scheduled Monday through Friday Evenings from 5:45pm to 7pm. If your group would like to bring this event to the residents, complete the application and the Volunteer Department will contact you for next steps. We are looking forward to good times as we unite in service!

Chapel Worship Team

Do you have a heart to share the Word of God and praise the Lord in music? Please read further. – A Chapel Worship Team at the Alfiero Center of Hope and Promise is a volunteer service position designed to bring a time of joy through praise and worship to the men. We are seeking groups with an endorsement from their pastor or local church to bring a short Biblical message and a praise band full of joyful worship to the Lord on a monthly basis. To begin this process please complete the application. Chapel times are 7:15pm to 8:00pm.

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Individual Service Opportunities

Admin Support Volunteer – CSM

As an Admin Support Volunteer Team Member, you will provide office support to the administrative staff of Cornerstone Manor. In this volunteer position you will be maintaining files on the computer, prepare copies, and do some shredding. You will need to have experience with basic computer and office skills. This position is available Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm.

Chapel Speaker

Do you have a heart to share the Word of God? Please read further. – A Chapel Speaker at Cornerstone Manor Women and Children’s Shelter is a volunteer service position designed to reach the unreached and encourage and equip the faithful. We are seeking individuals with an endorsement from their pastor or local church to bring a biblical message on a monthly basis. To begin this process please complete the application. Chapel times are 7:15pm to 8:00pm each day except Saturdays.

Child Care Team Member – Volunteer

Are you seeking a rewarding volunteer experience? Do you like working with children? Volunteering in the day care and or student homework area will bring great support to the Mission staff and/or provide fun and support to our children of Cornerstone Manor of all ages. Volunteers serving in the Daycare are under the supervision of the Mission staff will assist with the implementation of lessons, stories, and arts & crafts.

Volunteers must submit all necessary required paperwork, pass a background check, and complete fingerprinting. There is no cost to the volunteer for these needs.

This service position is available Monday through Friday. Shifts are flexible.

Garden Beautifier

Open to men and women – Do you enjoy the beauty gardens and flowers bring? This is position for you. The gardens of Cornerstone Manor provide great beauty and joy to the residents and the community. The tasks of the Garden Beautifier will be to maintain the Cornerstone gardens by clearing the weeds so that the flowers can grow and develop to blooming. The Mission will provide all needed materials. A green thumb is not necessary for this service position, just a heart to bring beauty and joy to Cornerstone Manor residents and the community that pass by our facility. Garden Beautifier is available Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm

Residential Coordinator Shadow

Available for women only – A Residential Coordinator Shadow will assist the Residential Coordinator with daily responsibilities such as cleaning of the facility for Covid-19 safety measures, assisting with laundry, organizing and restocking personal care items and other daily tasks to meet resident needs. All training will be provided on the first day of service and all Covid-19 health safety items to be provided.

RC Shadow is available Monday through Friday

Group Service Opportunities

Fun with Games Event

The residents of the Buffalo City Mission Men’s Cornerstone Manor, Women’s and Children Shelter love time to relax, laugh and have fun! The Volunteer Department has games that groups can borrow and utilize for fun times for the residents and volunteers as everyone interacts. These Fun with Game Events can be scheduled Monday through Friday Evenings from 5:45pm to 7pm. If your group would like to bring this event to the residents please select this service option and the Volunteer Department will be in contact with you for next steps. We are looking forward to good times as we unite in service!

Let’s Create Craft Time

The residents of the Buffalo City Mission men’s Alfiero Center of Hope and Promise and the women’s and children Cornerstone Manor, Women’s and Children Shelter love time to relax, laugh and have fun! What a great time of stress relief. Contact the Volunteer Department with your idea for a craft that you would like to bring to either the men or the women and children in residence at the Mission. These Let’s Create Craft Time Events can be scheduled Monday through Friday Evenings from 5:45pm to 7pm. If your group would like to bring this event to the residents, please select this service option and the Volunteer Department will be in contact with you for next steps. We are looking forward to good times as we unite in service!

Chapel Worship Team

Do you have a heart to share the Word of God and praise the Lord in music? Please read further. – A Chapel Worship Team at Cornerstone Manor Women and Children’s Shelter is a volunteer service position designed to bring a time of joy through praise and worship to the ladies at Cornerstone Manor. We are seeking groups with an endorsement from their pastor or local church you may bring a short Biblical message and a praise band full of joyful praise to the Lord on a monthly basis. To begin this process please complete the application. Chapel times are 7:15pm to 8:00pm

Garden Beautifier

Open to groups of men and women – Do you enjoy the beauty gardens and flowers bring? This is position for you. The gardens of Cornerstone Manor provide great beauty and joy to the residents and the community. The tasks of the Garden Beautifier will be to maintain the Cornerstone gardens by clearing the weeds so that the flowers can grow and develop to blooming. The Mission will provide all needed materials. A green thumb is not necessary for this service position, just a heart to bring beauty and joy to Cornerstone Manor residents and the community that pass by our facility. Garden Beautifier is available Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm.

 

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Individual Service Opportunities

Clothing Inventory Team Member

Do you enjoy a retail setting, working with clothing and meeting new people? This position is for you!
The Thrift Store Volunteer Clothing Team Member’s role is to sort, hang and price clothing and linens for placement on the sales floor. Along with straightening clothing racks to keep the store looking pristine and inviting to our community shoppers. All the time partnering with all mission staff and other volunteers.

As a volunteer in this position you give the gift of your time and skills and are member of a larger team that bring many hands together making the Buffalo City Mission successful to positively impact the many homeless in our WNY community. Available Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Donation Coordinator Team Member

YOU can be a part of the Buffalo City Mission Thrift Store team. As a Thrift Store Volunteer Donation Coordinator, you partner with an amazing staff and other dedicated volunteers to provide a vital role to the operation of the Buffalo City Mission Thrift Store. As a volunteer in this position you will sort, categorize all donations with a focus on houseware donations for preparation for the sales floor.

As a volunteer in this position you give the gift of your time and skills and are member of a larger team that bring many hands together making the Buffalo City Mission successful to positively impact the many homeless in our WNY community. Available Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Donation Receiver Team Member

Are you seeking a rewarding volunteer opportunity and have a friendly disposition? Please join the volunteer team as a Donation Receiver. In this volunteer role you represent the Buffalo City Mission as you engage donors in friendly conversation while receiving and sharing appreciation their donation. Donations are vital to the continued work of the Buffalo City Mission for many reasons. This position may seem small, but a friendly smile and kind words goes a long way to build lasting relationships with our caring and supportive donor community.

As a volunteer in this position you give the gift of your time and skills and are member of a larger team that bring many hands together making the Buffalo City Mission successful to positively impact the many homeless in our WNY community. Available Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Group Service Opportunities

Bring the Team Event

The Buffalo City Mission Thrift Store has many donation of all kinds that need to be prepared for the sales floor. If your group is looking for a time to serve the mission in multiple ways at one time this is the service position for you. The Thrift Store is a great way for our community in need to purchase necessary household items and clothing for a reduced cost. The proceeds from the Buffalo City

Mission Thrift Store are then used to support the life changing programs for the men, women and children in residence at the Mission. Your team can work shoulder to shoulder with the Thrift Store staff to continue the ongoing functioning and purpose for the Thrift Store. United in Service we make a difference in the lives of others!

This service opportunity is available Monday through Saturday 10am to 4pm. Once you have selected this option and submit your compete application the staff from the Volunteer Department will be in contact with you for next steps!

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Warehouse Volunteer Team Member:

Calling all men and women able to lift 40-50 lbs? Join us at the Buffalo City’s NEW warehouse. Volunteers are needed to work alongside staff to sort and organize donations that will begin the new practical needs facility donation process for men, women and children who are homeless and finding shelter and programing to meet their needs at the Mission. We are waiting to hear from you!

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Internship: Associates Degree Level

This service position is open to students seeking a Social Work, Human Services degree or certificate.
As a volunteer intern in this role, you will serve alongside the Mission staff to experience our intake procedures, resident goal plan development and implementation coordination, linking of residents for out-patient treatment needs, housing resources and program compliance.

This service internship placement is within the Case Management department of the Mission. As an intern in this service position, you will have opportunity to engage within the Emergency and Transitional Housing departments. Flexible schedule: days, evenings and weekends are available.

Service Position Requirements:
Enrollment in human services field of study or a human services certificate program.
If you have any questions please reach out to Sue at [email protected]. The Volunteer Department staff will contact you once we have received your application for next steps. We look forward to hearing from you!

Internship: Bachelor’s Degree Level

This service position is open to students seeking a Social Work or Human Services degree.

As a volunteer intern in this role, you will serve alongside the Mission staff to experience coordination of treatment linkages, understanding funding sources, family, housing and resident medical needs based upon Intake and Case Management assessments. This service internship placement is within the Case Management department of the Mission. As an intern in this service position, you will have opportunity to engage within the Emergency and Transitional Housing departments. Flexible schedule: days, evenings and weekends are available.

Service Position Requirements:
Associates Degree in Human Services and enrollment in accredited Human Services Bachelor’s Degree Program or equal educational experience.
If you have any questions please reach out to Sue at [email protected]. The Volunteer Department staff will contact you once we have received your application for next steps. We look forward to hearing from you!

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If you have any questions please reach out to Sue at [email protected]. The Volunteer Department staff will contact you once we have received your application for next steps. We look forward to hearing from you!

Virtual Opportunities

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  • Valentine’s Day
  • Easter
  • Mother’s Day
  • Father’s Day
  • July 4th
    • Individuals and Groups can bring joy, care and celebration to the holidays listed above by providing (here are some ideas) simple gifts, decorations and or cards for the men, women and children for each of the above holidays. We are looking forward to hearing your ideas. Please call to talk about how we can partner to bring the party to the mission
  • Thanksgiving, Turkey Express
  • Christmas Hambone Express

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  • Prayer partners: be a Prayer Warrior for our community and Mission needs.
  • Church Ambassador MInistry
    • Partner with the mission and be the hands and feet of the Jesus. Contact Sue Cervi, Manager of Volunteers at (716) 854-8181 x408 or [email protected] for details.

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Circle Of Friends

Available for individuals and small groups – Do you desire to be a community changer, improve life drastically by giving hope and stability for individuals in our community who have nowhere to turn but the Buffalo City Mission? If you or your group would like to partner with other community members to meet needs on a regular basis, take the next step and be a part of the Circle of Friends. Click here for more information and to register.

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One-Time Collection Drive

Available for individuals, groups, organizations and churches. You can make a difference by bringing hope to the residents of the Buffalo City Mission by partnering to meet the practical needs for the many men, women and children in residence. Contact the Community Engagement Donations Coordinator at 854-8181 x438 for questions and to begin a collection drive.

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