Dr. David Taylor, associate professor of criminal justice, will be honored as the Niagara Rises Volunteer of the Year at the 2010 Niagara Homecoming Kick-off Cocktail Reception and Benefit, Friday, June 25, at the Rapids Theatre in Niagara Falls.
Taylor is being recognized for his dedication to improving the community through his work with a variety of organizations, including ReNU Niagara, a grant-sponsored Community Outreach Partnership Center that is concentrating on inner-city problems, and Niagara’s Border Community SERVICE program, which provides emergency preparedness training to citizens. He has been involved with several community assistance programs, including Niagara Falls Weed and Seed anti-crime program and the university’s Committee to Assist in the Revitalization of Niagara Falls. He has also served as a member of the boards of the Highland Community Revitalization Committee, Inc., the local Law Enforcement Block Grant for the city of Niagara Falls, and Niagara County’s Family Violence Intervention project.
Niagara Rises is a grass-roots organization that was established in 2006 to improve life in Niagara Falls. With more than 400 members, the group promotes the city as a great place to live and work. Its signature event is Niagara Homecoming, a four-day event that showcases the job and housing market in Niagara Falls.