Niagara University was presented with the Director’s Award from Community Missions of Niagara Frontier Inc. during the organization’s 25th Annual Awards Brunch on May 24 at the LaSalle Yacht Club.

Numerous partnerships exist between Niagara University and CMI. Among them are many programs that encourage students to gain practical experience at the agency, which include IMPACT (formerly Learn and Serve Niagara), the Vincentian Scholars program, the Shepherd Consortium on Poverty, and TAAP (Taking Action Against Poverty), a program bringing freshmen interested in social work degrees out to shadow CMI employees to determine if their interests align with the work done in the field.

Further resources for Community Missions have come about through alliances with the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Institute of Civic EngagementReNU Niagara has as its mission to build capacity for community stakeholders, and has been an impactful resource for numerous programs and initiatives that the Mission participates in. Meanwhile, the St. Vincent Seat Program has allowed CMI guests from a number of different programs to attend sporting events free of charge.

Niagara University’s athletic department has also provided numerous opportunities for exposure. Athletic teams have often visited Community Missions, while the student-athlete advisory committee participated in a holiday food drive at the Mission this past year. Collections have also been taken at athletic contests, increasing the exposure of Community Missions throughout the community.

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