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Welcome to the University Heights Collaborative!

Who are we, and what do we do?

The University Heights Collaborative (UHC) is a community-based group of residents and other interested people working together to maintain and enhance the quality of life for all in our neighborhood. Our committees include: Beautification, Business Involvement, Communication, Neighborhood Watch, and Landlord Outreach.

Mission: To maintain and enhance the quality of life within the University Heights by working with residents, property owners, block clubs, UB staff and students, law enforcement, business owners and elected officials in order to coordinate and develop resources and responsibilities within the community.

Vision: A University Heights neighborhood that is safe and has a vibrant business district utilizing and revitalizing walkability, diversity, affordable housing stock, and green space where people desire to live.

We also serve as an umbrella organization for Block Clubs and Neighborhood Watch groups in University Heights.

Neighborhood Watch -- helping to keep our community safe for all, block by block

Stay up to date on news, events, and projects happening in the University Heights.

University Heights Collaborative Meetings and Events:

The next general meeting of the UHC will be held on Tuesday, January 13th at 7:00 pm at Gloria J. Parks Community Center located at 3242 Main Street. There will be NO DECEMBER MEETING

Minutes from past meetings:
- Tuesday, November 11, 2014
- Tuesday, October 14, 2014
- Tuesday, September 16, 2014
- Tuesday, July 8, 2014
- Tuesday, June 10, 2014
- Tuesday, May 13, 2014
- Tuesday, April 8, 2014
- Tuesday, March 11, 2014
- Tuesday, February 11, 2014
- Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Block Clubs:
Are you a member of a Block Club? Wondering if your street has one? Would you like to start one? We are updating our Block Club rosters and want to make sure you are on it. We can also help you create a Block Club, registered with the City of Buffalo and Board of Block Clubs.

New -- Survey and Membership Form -- Please take a few moments to download, print, complete both pages and bring to the meeting. Can't make the meeting? Please contact us so we can make an arrangement to receive your completed survey. Thank you!

Related Meetings, Events, Activities, and Resources:

North Buffalo Rails to Trails Project

The North Buffalo Rails to Trails Project marks a $1.3 million investment in the North Buffalo/University Heights neighborhood to create a multi-modal (bike & pedestrian) commuter trail connecting Kenmore Avenue with Main Street and the LaSalle Metro Station.

View the info sheet from the public meeting

Corps to the Core Art Show

Join us for an art opening on Saturday, November 8th from 6-8PM in our Community Space located at 9 W. Northrup Place.

Drawing and paintings by Ralph Sirianni, a former Marine, member of Vietnam Veterans Art Group, and artist behind the Iraq-Afghanistan Memorial recently unveiled at the Buffalo Naval Park.

The show will run through November 26th.


Join us for City of Light and help us celebrate the holidays in the University Heights!

City of Light is a collaborative project between the UHC and B-Team Buffalo. As B-Team’s signature annual event, City of Light focuses on building community by lighting and decorating homes for the holidays, putting on a winter carnival for kids, and holding a community dinner and tree lighting ceremony.

How you can help:
  • Volunteer to help decorate: We will have shifts from 9a-1p and 2p-6p for decorating. A carnival shift is available from 1:30p-5:30p. Shifts can also be customized to fit into your schedule, every hour of volunteering is appreciated! You can sign-up to volunteer on B Team's website.
  • Donate to the Indiegogo Campaign: Help support this project by donating to B Team Buffalo's Indiegogo Campaign and help them hit their goal.
  • Donate decorations and lights: You can drop off new or used holiday decorations and lights at the University Heights Tool Library (located at 5 W. Northrup Place) to be used on the 6th.
If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Taughrin, B Team Buffalo Chairperson, at 716-536-0266, or by email at ryan@bteambuffalo.com

Nickel City Indie Market - Right in the Heights

Nickel City Indie Market is a group of local artisans and crafters with skills and talents ranging from jewelry making, book making, and textiles to metalworking, painting, and handmade soaps and lotions. Join the Nickel City Indie Market EVERY FOURTH FRIDAY from 6-10PM at our Community Space at 9 W. Northrup Place (right next to the Tool Library).

Buy local and check out the Community Space, available for use by anyone in the community!

Crime & Safety
This website provides a map of incidents of crime around the neighborhood and across the city.

Please see our Community Events & News page for information on other events in the Heights.

Social Media

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The University Heights Collaborative, Inc. is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to our organization are deductible under section 170 of the Code. Individual donors to the UHC can claim federal income tax deductions if the individual itemizes on his/her tax returns.

Your donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. Donations help to offset our organization's general operating expenses and allow us to initiate projects in the community. We are grateful for whatever you are able to contribute -- every dollar counts and helps! You may donate online (see below) or bring your tax-deductible donations to our monthly meetings. The University Heights Collaborative is able to receive online contributions through Network for Good, a nonprofit collaboration dedicated to using the Web to help people get more involved in their communities. Please click on the Network for Good graphic below to donate.

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Or, you may now donate to the UHC via PayPal:

Ongoing Fundraisers

Herd about The Heights? A neighbor in the University Heights has graciously donated his woodworking talents to create wooden Buffaloes that the UHC will be selling for $20. The profits will be directly reinvested into the community through beautification projects, clean ups, and public art. You can see a growing herd of these Buffaloes throughout The Heights in yards and gardens.

The University Heights Collaborative is also participating in a fundraiser in collaboration with Integrity Container Recycling. All you need to do is drop your bottles and cans off at the Tool Library (5 W. Northrup Pl.) or Integrity's location at 2790 Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda and you can choose to donate the proceeds to the UHC. Our neighborhood and the environment both win!

The Heights in the News:

PULLing for The Heights
Heavy lifting by UB students aims to help revive the Heights neighborhood

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