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2022 Community Partner Testimonials
Flower City Arts Center’s Studio 678 Photography & Writing Program, was proud to work with SEAC as a community partner, a partnership we hope to continue for years to come.
In the summer of 2021 SEAC hosted fieldtrips for the students of our Studio 678 program, taking them to different neighborhoods in the south east area of Rochester. Mike Evens taught students about the history of the neighborhoods and businesses that reside in them. One goal of the Studio 678 program is to connect students with their community in a new way, and SEAC was able to help us achieve this goal. After the fieldtrips were concluded SEAC hosted a pizza party to celebrate the students’ work.
SEAS also supported our students by agreeing to become a location to display some of the photographs taken on their fieldtrips, and by paying students for the rights to use their photographs on their website.
SEAC provided our program with support in the planning of our final ceremony and reception at City Hall in 2022. SEAC supported us both financially and by providing us with connections to community restaurants who provided food for the event. SEAC is a great community organization, and we are so grateful to them for their support.
The Monroe Milers is an urban youth running program, offering fall and spring one mile and 5K training programs. Partnering with SEAC allows us to focus on our kids instead of red tape.
One of the intended goals of Monroe Milers is to bring a diverse community together to work toward fitness. Currently running out of Baden Street Settlement, Inc., the program aims to reduce barriers to participation for underserved youth. We collaborate with Nazareth College and Fleet Feet Rochester to bring our runners a high quality, fun and exciting program.
Falling under the SEAC’s nonprofit umbrella lets us devote our energy to running. What we do best! We hit the pavement with confidence knowing that SEAC is taking care of our bookkeeping and providing us insurance. Their fiduciary support testifies to SEAC’s commitment to promoting health and safety for our city youth.
Walking through Swillburg on a sunny day, one can see bright colored flowers that dot well-kept yards, three flower gardens sing of being cared for and children’s joyful voices can be heard at the School 35 playground. The Swillburg Neighborhood Association actively works to create community events such as annual picnic, pop-up events and ways for neighbors to connect through block parties and beautifying the neighborhood. The stronger the bonds of neighbors knowing one another, the more those connections build a viable neighborhood where people choose to live and work.
Building community takes intentional partnerships, and the Swillburg Neighborhood Association is grateful for the long partnership it has had with the South East Area Coalition and the City of Rochester. One such project, entitled Playful Sidewalks, can be seen on the corner of Henrietta and Field Streets where the Swillburg’s little pig logo beams from the sidewalk, where it was artistically drawn and painted last year. SEAC purchased the paint through a City of Rochester Grant and was the fiduciary to pay two local artists, while the Swillburg Neighborhood Association provided publicity and over-site of the families that came to paint the creative design. The partnership will continue this year on another Playful Sidewalk project near Pinnacle Hill.
As an incorporated 501 C3 SEAC has provided:
- Fiduciary support for the Neighbor Good Grant
- Support for Swillburg Neighborhood Association’s application for grants to honor Jazz singer, recording art Blanche Calloway with a sculpture and plaza in Otto Henderberg Park
- A spirit of partnership and a value for improving city neighborhoods
The Swillburg Neighborhood Association, SEAC and the South Clinton Merchants Association have partnered to have designed and installed creative benches along South Clinton Avenue as another effort to enhance our community.
Thank you SEAC for the multiple ways you support our Neighborhood Association and the City of Rochester.
2021 Community Partner Testimonials
Mount Hope World Singers
Mount Hope World Singers is proud and grateful to call SEAC our home. SEAC provides us with many essential components of successful not for profit function. Including:
- 501c3 status,
- a vehicle to safely and responsibly handle all financial transactions,
- connection to other Rochester organizations,
- much needed insurance,
- expert advice on how to thrive as a small not for profit organization,
- access to occasional financial support,
- and, the stability we need to focus on being the best choir we can be.
Mount Hope World Singers is a welcoming community of singers with a small budget and volunteer management team. As a choir, it is our goal to build community and foster intercultural understanding through engaging, high quality, respectful performance of music in original languages from around the globe. Without SEAC, we would not have the resources to carry out this mission. With SEAC’s support, the choir has continued to thrive even through the pandemic, and we look forward to many years of mutual cooperation.
Kathleen Fraser for the Management Team of Mount Hope World Singers
Pearl Meigs Monroe Neighborhood Association
In the spirit of “Love where you Live”, the Pearl- Meigs-Monroe Neighborhood strives to engage its residents and foster a sense of community. SEAC has been our invaluable partner in bringing these intentions to fruition since 2018.
SEAC sponsors our PMNA Blessing Box, providing personal care packets to residents in need and those passing through. The subsequent grants they have secured allow our own neighbors to experience the gift of giving when we distributed over 300 Snack Packs and shelf-stable foods during the pandemic. They also co-sponsored our very successful 2019 porch contest, inspiring landlords and residents to invest in beautifying our community and to develop strong and healthy relationships among renters, residents, and merchants.
The PMMNA has benefitted in other ways from our membership with SEAC. They have:
- Hosted the 1st PMMNA Landlord meeting.
- Organized and analyzed a Visioning Session for the neighborhood’s vacant land.
- Funded dog waste-bag dispensers.
- Acted as liaison to various City departments and representatives.
The Pearl-Meigs-Monroe Neighborhood Association is grateful for the enduring support of SEAC and looks forward to continuing our affiliation for years to come.
Wide Water Gardens
Wide Water Gardens, located at 345 Rosedale St. in the Upper Monroe Neighborhood, was delighted to become a project of SEAC in 2020, after a decade under the auspices of the Upper Monroe Neighborhood Association. SEAC provides us with a variety of essential support services, as well as drawing us into closer contact with other community gardens and our City partners. Some of the major benefits of our association with SEAC are:
- Liability insurance coverage.
- Assistance applying for grants.
- Tax exempt status for purchases for garden supplies
- Outreach to City offices.
And, most importantly, they serve as a reliable and enthusiastic partner in our efforts to maintain the garden as a thriving community asset.
Wide Water Gardens was founded in 2010 and is currently managed by a volunteer Board. We have 60 raised garden beds of varying sizes, and members cultivate their own beds and commit to helping maintain the common perennial gardens and shared grape arbors, squash bed, herb garden and berry patches. We are open to the public and we serve our neighborhood as a parklike area with benches, paths and the beauty of abundant flowers. This year we are adding a produce stand where gardeners can place surplus produce for non-members to enjoy.
Board President, Wide Water Gardens