At SEM we believe the goal of community service is to inspire and facilitate a giving spirit in each of our students, so that reaching out to others and giving of one’s time and energy become a way of life. Community Service is an attribute of the SEM curriculum – in 2014-15, 100% of our students actively engaged with several organizations to far exceed our 10-hour per year requirement - clocking 8,407.5 hours - twice as many as the year before!
The Community Service Coordinator and the student-run Community Service Board work hard to maintain committed and consistent relationships with these specific community partners: Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, for whom SEM is a site captain for two regional clean-up events each year; Unyts, our Donate Life Club holds an annual blood drive to support this important and unique WNY organ and blood procurement organization; St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, for whom students not only collect and donate items to the Mission Mall, but also volunteer at the Mission Mall and the soup kitchen each month; and ENERGY Afterschool Program, where each trimester a new group of girls spends two hours each week tutoring kids from Buffalo’s West Side.
These organizations count on us, and we are a kinder, more enriched community because of our relationship with them.
Students submit their hours online, whether they participated in a SEM or non SEM-sponsored event.
Other organizations we serve include:
21st Century Fund
Elmwood Village Association
Family Help Center
Food Bank of Western NY
Girls Education Collaborative (GEC)
International School P.S. #45
Lafayette High School
Medical Outreach & Community Assistance of Western New York (MOCA)
Reach Out and Read
The Salvation Army
Vive La Casa