Committees

The Committees of the Allentown Association are the backbone of the organization. It is through them that the Association does the majority of its work to serve the neighborhood. Neighbors, community members, and business owners/managers are all encouraged to reach out to the committees with questions, share feedback and join the work they do.

For more info or to sign up for a particular committee, please use the contact information listed with each one.

Beautification

This committee works to maintain garden and visual improvement projects undertaken by the Association including, but not limited to, community garden at Main and Allen, annual plantings in concrete planters and hanging baskets, holiday lights and decorations, and the annual holiday tree lighting. They organize seasonal clean ups, coordinate neighborhood tree plantings and encourage residents and businesses to maintain and beautify their properties.

Committee Chair: Will Becker
Meetings: Second Tuesday of every month, 6:30 PM. Interested? Email us!
Email: Beautification@allentown.org

Business Relations

This committee works to promote patronage of neighborhood businesses through events, partnerships and business highlights.  They organize gatherings for business owners and managers to share information and get feedback.

Subcommittees:

Crime & Safety- Volunteers work closely with the Buffalo Police Department on crime problems, especially in addressing quality of life issues, and raising awareness to combat criminal activity and promote safety.

Allen Street Improvement Project – The committee works to ensure community input on the reconstruction on Allen Street, and communicates the plans from engineers and city officials to neighbors and businesses.

Buffalo Main Street Initiative- The Allentown Association serves as an administrator of grant funds used to improve structures in Allentown. An article in Buffalo Rising detailed project awardees in 2018. 

Committee Chair: Nicole Lipp Duffin
Meetings: Committee holds regular meetings with Allentown businesses, the B-District police, community block clubs, and Allen Street Construction officials to discuss matters of crime and safety, business awareness and construction updates. Email your interest.
Email: BusinessRelations@allentown.org

Housing & Historic Preservation

Working with community groups, block clubs, property and business owners and other residents to identify, monitor, and inform the neighborhood of potential opportunities and deficiencies in the fabric of Allentown. The committee works with City officials, property owners, and potential property owners to encourage the preservation and the harmonious development of Allentown.

Committee Co-Chairs: Patty Macdonald & Christiana Limniatis
Meetings: Fourth Wednesday of every month, 6:30 PM. Interested? Email us!
Email: HHP@allentown.org

First Friday Gallery Walk

This committee organizes the monthly Allentown gallery walk, known as “First Friday,” which has grown into one of the most popular monthly events in the city of Buffalo. Coordination includes bringing together Allentown art galleries, artists, performers, musicians, restaurants, and retailers to create a rich cultural attraction to promote the neighborhood and provide enjoyment for all.

Committee Chair: Mickey Thoren-Harmon
Meetings: As needed per event. Always open to new ideas!
Email: FirstFriday@allentown.org

Special Events

Committee members plan and implement special events of the Association. Each event may form a standing committee, as directed by the Chair of the Events Committee. Special events may include the Tour of Historic Homes a.k.a. The Secrets of Allentown, Allen West Festival, Annual Meeting and Dinner, Garage and Porch Sale, Fall Festival and other events from time to time.

Committee Oversight: Christiana Limniatis. Individual events are chaired by members of the Board.
Meetings: The committee meets regularly to discuss upcoming events and plan as needed.
Interested? Email us!

Email:
Allen West Festival: AllenWest@allentown.org
Secrets of Allentown: Secrets@allentown.org
General inquiries: contact@allentown.org

Allentown Neighbor E-Newsletter

Research, write and solicit input from Board and community members to communicate the activities of the Association and items of interest from neighborhood activity to keep members informed of issues, progress and changes to the historic district. Duties include editing, layout, mailing and other distribution to reach all members and other residents/businesses in Allentown.

Email Newsletter@allentown.org with suggestions, tips, events and other neighborhood notices.