BUFFALO— Each year, the Buffalo City Mission hosts its Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Express Event—to provide holiday meals to the elderly, shut-ins and low income families—and gathers staffers and over 250 compassionate volunteers to help package and deliver over 5,000 meals throughout Western New York. This year, they’ll be able to include slices of homemade pies, compliments of the students of Erie Community College.
In anticipation of the annual November feast, ECC’s City Campus-based Baking and Pastry Arts students and North Campus-based Culinary Arts students worked with the Buffalo City Mission to provide a variety of pies for the not-for-profit organization’s efforts. It was an opportunity for two entities versed in community service to collaborate—and provide holiday relief.
“Our goal, is to make sure that those who are in need during this holiday season receive a Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings”, said Stuart Harper, executive director, Buffalo City Mission. “We are thankful for Erie Community College helping provide over 110 pies to help make this holiday a special one, for without our community coming together to make this goal a reality, we would not be able to accomplish this task.”
ECC’s collaboration with the Buffalo City Mission was facilitated through the college’s Service Learning initiative, which provides experiential, credit-based learning opportunities for students while giving back to the WNY community. Over previous semesters, ECC students have worked with such local organization as the Salvation Army and Boys and Girls Club of Buffalo to promote events or assist in community improvement efforts.
To volunteer or donate to the City Mission, please visit their website at www.buffalocitymission.org, or call them at (716) 854-8181.
The Buffalo City Mission, founded in 1917, is a not-for-profit organization that provides preventative, emergency and long-term recovery services to thousands of people who are homeless or impoverished. The Mission includes: Women and Children’s Shelter (Cornerstone Manor); the Men’s Community Center; the Mission’s Vehicle Donation Program; and their Dick Road Thrift Store Location to better serve our community.
Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.