What We Do
The Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative’s Resident Engagement Council empowers residents to help build a healthier Niagara Falls. We provide leadership training, connectivity, and support for residents with project ideas for making the community a healthier place.
The goal of this project is to convert an abandoned building into accessible, welcoming community space for all in the Highland neighborhood. This is one of our biggest projects yet and we’re so excited to see what happens. Contact us if you’d like to help or donate, and visit the website below for more information!
Project Green Space
Project Green Space created a community garden on Weston Ave, employing local youth throughout the summer. Youth revitalized the lot by planting produce, flowers, doing landscaping, learning about blight issues, painting, constructing benches and a fence, etc. The youth are currently working on a play based on their experience, and the program has expanded from summer to yearlong with a partnership with Planned Parenthood. Youth began the Fresh Food Fellows program with the Field & Fork Network in March, and are participating in crowdfunding through the IOBY Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge.
This mentoring program focuses the nurturing and development of middle-school aged girls. They are currently working on a video series for their YouTube channel and host weekly kids yoga classes every Tuesday in various parks. Check out their IOBY page for more on their fundraising and community efforts!
91st Street Park Improvements
Installation of playground and betterment of the park in general with support of local residents, collaboration with the city and advocacy for allocation in 2018 budget.
Black Business Expo
On Sunday, February 25, 2018, the Community Health Center of Niagara in collaboration with The Barber and Beauty Stop Initiative hosted the first ever Niagara Falls Black Business Expo. This event was held during Black History Month to showcase the economic power of the African American dollar in Niagara Falls, as well as celebrating Black history and culture. An impressive cadre of Black owned businesses and entrepreneurs was present as well as a host of information and health providers. The event also included refreshments and a spoken word poetry performance.
International Food Festival
In August 2017, an International Food Festival was held at Legends Park. Neighbors came together to sample foods from all over the world, donated by residents, restaurants, and caterers. The effort was organized and led by resident leaders Vicky Celenza, Monique Irving, and Kiona Smith.
Hatitude Tea Party
The 5th annual Hattitude tea party for female empowerment was held on April 7th 2018 at the Four Points Sheraton in Niagara Falls. Attendance was better than anticipated and a great time was had by all!
2U ABC Support Group
ABC cancer support group, For women who are survivors, going through cancer, or caregivers. The group hosts an annual Sister We Win Gala. Their most recent gala was a huge success!
Ray of Hope Support Group
Ray of Hope is a grief support group for women who have experienced loss. For almost two years, the Collaborative has been supporting the work of Ray of Hope Grief Support Group through leadership coaching. On October 13, 2018, the Group hosted their annual Soup-a-Thon and it was a great success! Over 80 people were in attendance and they raised enough funds to support all of the group’s activities for 2019! They also gave back to Women’s Military Support Network by encouraging their guests to bring goods to donate. Everyone enjoyed an afternoon of delicious soups, laughter and comradery!
A mentoring program for 12 to 15 year olds based on the 40 developmental framework, offering one-on-one mentoring opportunity as well as group sessions. The group aims to encourage positive and healthy behaviors and decrease risky behaviors such as substance use and also gives a chance for individuals in recovery to give back.