ComLead in the Community

This past Monday, students in the Managing Not-for-Profits Seminar class presented on the work they’ve done with their service-learning partners this semester. Everyone in the class made such an impact on their nonprofit organization, I couldn’t help but want to blog about the amazing work our ComLead students do in the community.

Here are the list of organizations students worked with along with the projects they completed:

Buffalo Peace House – This organization is located in Hamburg, NY and aims to provide safe shelter to refugees and asylum seekers. 

Nina and Kait helped BPH:

  • Develop a social media initiative and improve  upon public relations
  • Encouraged collaboration with other refugee and asylum seeking organizations
  • Create marketing and promotional materials for events

Buffalo Religious Arts Center – Their mission is to “Keep Heritage Alive” by collecting and preserving fine art from the many houses of worship that have closed their doors in recent years. 

Matt worked with Board members to:

  • Re-think their original request for help. The organization wanted to establish a membership program, but Matt suggested that first they needed to market themselves more. Here’s what he came up with:
    • Sangria & Saints event– If you’re familiar with Theology on Tap, this initiative would be similar, in that speakers would come in to discuss the history and importance of the religious artifacts while enjoying a glass of wine
    • Partnering with local Colleges and Universities for tours

Friends of Reinstein Woods – A nature preserve located in Depew, NY, that provides educational programming and tours of the Woods’ natural wonders. 

Cece worked with The Woods to:

  • Encourage collaboration with the Marketing & Communications committees so that they work together when planning events and programs
  • Be strategic when planning events. She helped map out event logistics to include deadlines
  • Use effective written communication in their Annual Appeal

Presbyterian Village at North Church – One of Presbyterian Senior Care’s three locations, this home provides access to long-term care to residents

  • Filiberto worked with the organization to develop a tour guide and manual that will be inserted into the Informational Packet that prospective residents receive when visiting the facility. This packet includes a variety of questionnaires to determine whether or not an independent living community is right for you or your loved one

I worked with The Salvation Army of Buffalo to develop their SOEL mentoring program. To read more about what I did, read my blog from a few weeks back here.

The M.S. Communication & Leadership program is dedicated to service-learning as a way to enhance the learning experience and Jesuit mission of the College. Stay tuned to read more about how ComLead students use their skills and expertise to improve our community!

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