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Niagara University outreach office sets town hall meetings to gather community input

by jmaloni

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Wed, Jan 15th 2014 01:35 pm

ReNU Niagara, a community outreach arm of Niagara University, seeks resident input to identify priorities that will help shape the future of the program.

To be better prepared and informed for their next endeavor, the ReNU Niagara staff will be hosting a series of five "town hall" style meetings geared toward receiving feedback and suggestions from community stakeholders and residents.

It's an opportune time for ReNU Niagara, which is nearing the conclusion of a pair of grant-funded projects: "Creating a Healthier Niagara Falls," funded by the John R. Oishei Foundation, and the "Vacant Lot Initiative," funded through the City of Niagara Falls' community development block grant process.

"ReNU is currently at a turning point and we're eager to sit down to have a conversation with the community," said Tom Lowe, ReNU Niagara director. "This will not be your typical community meeting or planning session. We are asking residents and other stakeholders to offer ideas or suggestions about how our office can use Niagara University resources for the betterment of the City of Niagara Falls."

The meetings will be held over a four-week span, at different locations spread throughout the city. Those dates and locations are as follows:

•Wednesday, Jan. 22 - 6 p.m., The NACC (1201 Pine Ave.)

•Thursday, Jan. 30 - 6 p.m., Beloved Community Administration Building (1710 Calumet Ave.)

•Wednesday, Feb. 5 - 6 p.m., Niagara Falls Public Library - LaSalle Branch (8728 Buffalo Ave.)

•Wednesday, Feb. 12 - 6 p.m., Niagara University Campus (Dunleavy Hall, Room 127)

•The series will be capped off by a community town hall meeting on Feb. 13 with the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University.

ReNU Niagara is one of the flagship programs of Niagara University's Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., Institute for Civic Engagement.

For more information, contact Lowe at 716-205-0289 or [email protected].

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