In 1968 a group of concerned residents from various southeast Rochester neighborhoods began meeting on how to work together to improve their community and formed the South East Area Coalition (SEAC). For the last 53 years SEAC has been proudly served these neighborhoods through community advocacy, affordable housing projects, supporting local businesses and grassroots community engagement. SEAC’s work has brought millions of dollars in investments and impacted countless lives.
SEAC's currently focuses our work on assisting neighborhood, business and other community groups on a range of projects.
SEAC’s Pillars of Focus 2021-2022 Impact Summary
• Purchase supplies and assemble hygiene bags for homeless individuals annually. SEAC created and distributed 350 hygiene bags this year.
• Provide monetary support to a variety food pantries in Rochester.
• Hold quarterly drives for needed supplies for a variety of agencies providing crucial services.
• Purchase and handed out $5 food vouchers for Foodlink's Curbside Market to Rochester Residents in need annually. SEAC handed out 200 in 2021-2022.
• Participate in the HeatShare Program allowing individuals to reduce their heating bill and avoid termination.
• Partner with City and local agencies to promote job fairs, trainings, and openings in the area.
• Handwrote and delivered holiday cards to 33 Veterans receiving services at Veterans Outreach Center and 33 cards to seniors in Kikrhaven Assisted Living.
• Participate in Neighborhood Association meetings.
• Provide fiduciary services to community organizations and Neighborhood Associations.
• Provide insurance and monetary support for neighborhood festivals.
• Participate in Clean Sweeps in a neighborhoods in SEAC's service area. SEAC performed three CS in 2021-2022.
• Participation in zoning meetings as part of the Rochester 2034 plan.
• Participation in a variety of neighborhood celebrations.
• Assist in grant writing for a variety of neighborhood beautifications projects.
• Sponsor Blocks in Bloom between the City and Neighborhood Associations.
• Partner with a variety of community/neighborhood gardens in area.
• Partnering with Swillburg Neighborhood Association and providing fiduciary services for the creation of a steel statue of Blanche Calloway.
• Advocacy of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion in our communities.
• Award four annual $250 scholarships for youths at Center From Youth entering into a vocational/trade program.
• Hold drives for school supplies for a variety of agencies, such as: Papers and Pencils and local RCSD programs.
• Provide work and nonprofit experience for youth interns as part of the Summer of Opportunity program.
• Facilitated and funded four Playful Sidewalks in our service area.
• Collaborated with Flower City Arts Center. Toured local youths around neighborhoods in service area to take photos and learn history.
• Monetary contributions to a drive for women and children receiving services from Willow.
• Sponsored and provided insurance for ribbon cutting of the playground at Merriman Park.
• Attend several Merchant Association meetings in our service area.
• Provide Fiduciary services to Merchant Associations.
• Promote and share job openings for local merchants on SEAC's website and social media.
• SEAC's program SEACing It Out, designed to entice residents to support locally owned merchants.
• Assisted Merchant Association writing two grants for street beautification.
• Provided funding to Park Ave to Park Ave Revitalization Committee for repairs of historic irrigation on Park Ave.
• Sit on local merchant networking group to build connections with other local businesses.
• Provided insurance for Merchant Association street event.
• Created the ROCing the Takeout initiative which gives a $5 check as a "thank you" to residents who eat at a locally owned eatery in our service area.
TOOL SHED (open to the Greater Rochester Area)
Since opening the Tool Shed on Apri 4th, 2022 we have:
• Enrolled over 200 members from 29 zip codes.
• Gathered an inventory of over 700 tools
• Rented out over 1,000 tools.
• Saved Greater Rochesterians roughly $56,000 in tool purchases.
• Kept an estimated 2 tons of tool waste out of landfills.
• Partnered with other local agencies: Fairport Tool Thriftshop, Mayer Hardware, St. Michael's Woodshop, and The Buffalo Tool Library.
• Provided tools to community gardens and Neighborhood Associations.
• Developing several DIY classes, including:
o Tool Safety in collaboration with Mayer Hardware.
o How to change the guts of a toilet.
o How to safely change an electrical outlet.
o How to change a doorknob and deadbolt.
o Financial Literacy in collaboration with KeyBank.
o Education on the homebuying process.
• And more as we continue to grow!
See our video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icXgTFwpdQo
We focus on: Community Benefit and Economic Development, Human Services
Where we are: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates
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