At SEM we believe the goal of community service is to inspire and facilitate a giving spirit in each of our students.In this way, 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 – 100% of our students actively engage with several organizations to far exceed our 10-hour per year requirement.
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 Waterkeeper, for whom SEM is a site captain for the annual spring regional clean-up; ConnectLIfe, our Donate Life Club holds three blood drives each year 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 and FLY Afterschool Programs, 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:
Canopy of Neighbors
Family Help Center
Feedmore of Western NY
St Francis of Assisi Church
Saturday Academy at Harvey Austin School
Say Yes Buffalo - (Lafayette High School)
WEDI (Westminster Economic Development Initiative)
Scajaquada Creek Clean-up