The UB School of Social Work believes in the power and value of
community service, both for the individuals we help and the
students who give up their time to make a difference.
Our students have been doing just that as part of Developing
Relationships through Empowerment, Advocacy and Motivation, or
DREAM, a volunteer program the school created in 2004.
DREAM began with a mission of providing families support for
short-term success in their living environment and long-term
success in our greater community.
The program has since expanded in scope to provide support,
friendship and advocacy to individuals of all ages.
The UB DREAM Team is currently working with two Buffalo-based
Volunteers join residents of this assisted living center for a
range of activities such as bingo, crafts and music, and spend time
with residents individually to provide much-needed support and
Vive is the largest refugee shelter in the United States. DREAM
volunteers are able to interact with refugees and
asylum-seekers of all ages through participation in various group
activities such as crafts and yoga.
The DREAM program began with “DREAM Night,” a weekly
event held at a transitional housing facility that offers support
and services for homeless, single parents and their children.
Participants enjoyed movies, games, food and warm conversation
with residents, all with the idea of providing residents with a
communication outlet in a comfortable setting, while fostering
In 2006, DREAM Night transitioned to a successful bi-weekly
enrichment program that offered residents GED and other educational