The Paul A. Saffrin Center for Sustainability and Civic Engagement was formally established in the fall of 2001 through a grant of $600,000 from the John R. Oishei Foundation. The Paul A. Saffrin Center for Sustainability and Civic Engagement works directly with residents and neighborhood organizations in three Buffalo communities, and partners the faculty, staff and students of Daemen College with these neighborhoods to support community driven projects that improve their quality of life. These communities include Seneca Babcock,the Fruit Belt, and the West Side.
In addition, the Paul A. Saffrin Center for Sustainability and Civic Engagement provides educational events for the Daemen community and community at-large on issues of economic, environmental and social sustainability.Annual and on-going events include the Environmental Summit, WNY EarthDay at the Buffalo Zoo for area youth, free tax preparation through the IncomeTAXi program, and after-school programs and summer Reading Camps for neighborhood youth.
As a tribute to Daemen College’s commitment to civic engagement and community outreach, the Center was institutionalized in 2005 upon completion of the Oishei grant.Other funders through the years include the Providence Fund, Key Bank, M &T Charitable Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Bettina Weary Trust, Josephine Goodyear Foundation, Fannie Mae,Children’s Foundation of Buffalo & Erie County, the Community Foundation,First Niagara Foundation and Buffalo Renaissance Foundation.
During the spring 2013 semester, the Paul A. Saffrin Center for Sustainability and Civic Engagement created a fourth community relationship with the Broadway/Fillmore neighborhood on Buffalo's East Side. We look forward to a long and exciting partnership with this community!