Participants in the Fruitbelt Clean-a-thon

Community Outreach

Rev. Melody Rutherford, M.Div., speaks to the importance of the Michigan Street Baptist Church, a central part of the history and culture of Buffalo for more than 150 years.

Community relations are central to Roswell Parks vision, values and mission. The Institute directs partnerships, educational programs and employee volunteer efforts to benefit the local community we serve, such as 2018's Fruitbelt Clean-a-thon (pictured above).

Summer Internship Opportunities

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center teams up with City of Buffalo Mayor, Byron W. Brown, to hire 100 local high school and college students for a summer internship in departments ranging from cardiology to radiology. Through this program students will gain experience in a professional work environment, earn competitive wages, and develop important workplace skills. The connections made and experiences provided in these internships will give students an edge as they move on to develop their college and career plans.

Buffalo/Niagara Witness Project

A church and community-based program to increase awareness of breast and cervical cancer in black women.

Adam Sumlin, PhD, MBA, talks about the Nash House, former home of Rev. Edward Nash that has been operating as a museum since 2007.

MANUP Buffalo — Men Allied for the Need to Understand Prostate Cancer

A community-based prostate cancer educational outreach organization started by men of color for men and their families.

Esperanza y Vida

A program to increase breast and cervical cancer screening in Latinas

Diversity & Inclusion Luncheons

Employees are invited to attend free celebrations and lunches for various holidays, including Chinese New Year, Festival of Light, Martin Luther King, Jr./Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month.

Hope Lives Here: Roswell Park in Our Community 2021

Caring for cancer patients and their families is just the beginning of Roswell Park’s mission. It’s important to us to give back to our neighbors in the Western New York community and beyond through events, educational opportunities, health screenings and partnerships.

See how far Roswell Park’s community engagement extends in “Hope Lives Here: Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Our Community,” our 2021 community annual report.  

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Roswell Park/Howard University Program

This program enables Honors Biology sophomores from Howard University to deeply explore an interest in cancer research under the mentorship of researchers at Roswell Park.

Tapestry Charter School Learning Expedition

Roswell Park works with Tapestry Charter School, a school with a high minority population, to help the students meet their goal of spreading cancer awareness in their communities

Health Sciences Charter School

Roswell Park provides work-based learning internships to minority students, as well as frequent faculty and staff on-site visits for career development.

David Scott, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, leads a resume-building workshop at the Buffalo Employment and Training Center

The Eva M. Noles Scholarship

Scholarship in tribute to the first African American nurse to train in Buffalo.

Interfaith Recognitions

Roswell Park has recognized the Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and Christian traditions through luncheons, prayer services and worship, as well as education for employees.

Monthly Resume Workshops

Partnerships: BETC, NAF, Health and Science Charter School, Buffalo Urban League, Pride Center, UBEOC, Buffalo Black Chamber, Fruit Belt Coalition, Access-VR, Buffalo Public Schools, University at Buffalo, Buffalo State College, Medaille, Niagara Falls High School, Native American Community Service.

Approximately 35% of minority new hires in 2018 came to us through outreach programs, including job fairs and job-training events in underserved communities

I utilized Roswell Park’s resume-writing services and then applied for the IT Help Desk position. I am proud to say I obtained an interview and got the job!Bertina Ferguson