Tom Lowe, director of IMPACT/ReNU Niagara at Niagara University, will receive the Champion of Service Award from the Service Collaborative of Western New York during the organization’s Sweet for Service event on Nov. 4.
A Youngstown native, Lowe earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Fredonia in 2009, before returning to Niagara County to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA with ReNU Niagara. He focused much of his year of service learning grant-writing and assisting in the development of a community garden for the city of Niagara Falls. He later became a program coordinator with ReNU and was named director of the program in June 2013.
Lowe has served in his current role as director of IMPACT/ReNU Niagara, Niagara University’s community outreach office, since June 2017.
In addition to his full-time role with Niagara University, Lowe is active in numerous community-building programs, largely on a volunteer basis. He currently chairs the Niagara Beautification Commission and is a member of the board of directors for the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area and the city of Niagara Falls’ LiveNF program.
One of Lowe’s proudest accomplishments has been his participation with the development of LiveNF, an initiative that seeks to change the mindset of Niagara Falls residents to a positive and forward-thinking one.
Lowe is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Niagara and the Lois Gibbs Fellowship, a program of the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York. He was named to Buffalo Business First’s 30 Under 30 in 2014 and the Niagara Gazette’s 12 Under 40 in 2015, and was chosen as an Environmental Champion by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency.
To learn more about the IMPACT/ReNU Niagara programs at Niagara University, please visit www.niagara.edu/impact.