The Daemen College-Seneca Babcock Partnership
Since 1998, Daemen faculty and students have been working with residents of the Seneca Babcock community through the Daemen College-Seneca Babcock Partnership. Daemen students provide services to youth K-12 at three sites: The Seneca Babcock Community Center, the Seneca Street Church, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo, Babcock Clubhouse. During the academic year, Daemen students work in each of the three agencies in Seneca Babcock, serving about 150 children per day. A reading Camp for 65-70 children is held each summer with a new backpack filled with school supplies presented to each child at "graduation." Daemen College students are also involved in community development, health clinics and medical presentations to senior citizens and the community-at-large.
Daemen College/Seneca Babcock Partnership
Community gardening and urban greening is another effort to deepen the College’s commitment to this community in which 40 percent of its 600 households live below the poverty level. The Babcock Neighborhood Garden provides access to fresh, home-grown fruits and vegetables for a neighborhood that has none available. Daemen College wants this garden to not only continue to bear fruit, but advance Daemen’s overall goal of growing and cultivating a better way of living for low-income families in Seneca Babcock in areas such as improved nutrition, healthcare, education, economic prosperity and environmental awareness. The project engaged residents of all ages to encourage sense of community and empowerment.
“Home Energy Conservation Kit” Weatherization Project
The Department of Service Learning, in collaboration with the Center for SustainableCommunities & Civic Engagement and the Western New York Apollo Alliance participates annually in the Home Energy Conservation Kit (HECK) project. Daemen service-learning student volunteers , under the supervision of union carpentersand painters, provided 50 low-income home owners with basic energy conservation services as part of the HECK program. A recent project took place in the Seneca Babcock neighborhood, where most homes are over 100 years old, and are occupied by single parent families living below the poverty level. Savings generated by this initiative were significant as winter approached. Multiple teams of volunteers visited pre-selected homes to weather strip and caulk doors and windows, replace old pipes, insulate hot water heaters, install compact florescent light bulbs, and check furnaces for carbon monoxide emissions. Approximately 15 homes with dangerous emissions and/or furnaces in need of repair were immediately reported to local utility company representatives; this effort saved lives.