Feeling Your Way Gardening Event at Kirkhaven Nursing Home

Groundhog got you down? Not us!

We had great time helping residents of Kirkhaven plant the seeds for a Three Sisters Garden! Come this spring, we’ll be planting these at our partner Community Garden, 490 Farmers!

Using adaptive color and texture techniques for challenges of vision loss, Kirkhaven graciously hosted the first workshop in our 2023 Feeling Your Way gardening series.

We shared stories, memories, folklore, smiles and more smiles as we started squash, corn, tomato and other plants for germination on their sunny, warm, and joyful window sills!

Keep your eyes, ears, noses and fingers peeled for more information about our Three Sisters Planting Day on April 23!


SEAC is dedicated to creating an open, safe environment for all our employees, volunteers, community members and residents.  SEAC’s mission is to promote quality of life within the southeast area of Rochester by connecting individuals and community partners to essential resources.  Our Tool Shed’s mission is to provide our members the tools they need to create the changes they want.  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are at the core  of every facet of SEAC’s mission and work, not just in our service area, but throughout Greater Rochester.

Check out our Pillars of Focus Impact Summary for our 2022-2023 Fiscal Year to see the work SEAC’s done in our neighborhoods and communities and beyond.

Free Financial Literacy Course

SEAC and KeyBank are collaborating to a course on Financial Literacy!

This class will be both virtual and a limited amount of spots for in person. The first class will be held in February 27th.

If you are interested in attending, please fill out this quick survey from KeyBank. Their educators will tailor build the class based on what interests the group most.

Secondly, please fill out SEAC’s Financial Class Registration, so we can contact you with the exact date and time, zoom information, and/or any other information and updates.

This class is free and open to the public! Sign up today!

SEAC’s January Newsletter is Here!

January has been a busy (and fun and fantastic) month for SEAC!

We’ve celebrated one year of moving into our new location and setting up the Tool Shed as well as hiring Nick Wilbur, our amazing Tool Shed Coordinator.

We were awarded $10,000 by the Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation (THANK YOU)!

We got two new businesses signed on for SEACing It OutCrumpets and Metro Salon!

AND we have five DIY classes coming throughout Feb and March!

Check out all the cool news here! If you’re not subscribed, you can do that on our website:).

Moving to Our New Home- 1 Year Later!

Today, January 3rd, 2023, marks our one year anniversary of moving into our new home at 1255 University Ave, C010 (Lower Level)!

What a crazy year it’s been. Thank you to all SEAC’s staff, board members, volunteers, and all our community partners that helped get us to our new location and getting the Tool Shed up and running!

While it took a bit of time to gather the donations and get them entered into our database, we were super eager to open our doors to the public!

With roughly 250 tools in our inventory, on April 4th, 2022, we did just that!

Since opening we have:

  • Enrolled over 270 members from over 34 zip codes.
  • Gathered an inventory of over 700 tools
  • Rented out over 1,400 tools.
  • Saved Greater Rochesterians roughly $76,000 in tool purchases.
  • Kept an estimated over 3 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:
  • Tool Safety in collaboration with Mayer Hardware.
    • How to change the guts of a toilet.
    • How to safely change an electrical outlet.
    • How to change a doorknob and deadbolt.
    • Financial Literacy in collaboration with KeyBank.
    • Post-closing home ownership education.
  • And more as we continue to grow!

We look forward to seeing you all at the Tool Shed!

“We have the tools you need to create the changes you want to make!”

SEAC Trivia Night at Dickey’s Corner Pub!

Join us on Feb. 21 from 6-9 PM for an evening of  fun, facts, and Fat Tuesday celebrations  this  Mardi Gras at Dickey’s Corner Pub.  

With four fabulous bar trivia categories to conquer, you and your friends  won’t  want  to miss this  free  event, open to the community. We’ll have  a “trash or treasure” screwdriver pull where everyone  wins something from gift cards to local businesses to gag gifts. Looking for a unique art or conversation piece for your mantel or office?

Check out these  restored antique tools by local artist and Tool Shed member/volunteer, Michael Clinton. Compete against your friends  and enemies  during our old-fashioned paper bid silent auction for a chance to walk out with a singular showpiece and collector’s  item.

The oldest business in the  southeast area of the city, Dicky’s is casual and comfortable. It’s the perfect place  to weave together art, competition, history, and  entertainment.  Whether you’re  handy around the house or not, it’s a great way  for you to help us build- our community!

KivaRoc Community Small Business Loans

KivaRoc helps you get 0% interest, $0 fee, community backed small business loans from $1,000 to $15,000 through Kiva.org, an online crowdfunding platform. Kiva has the website and a huge community of lenders that support small businesses around the world $25 at a time

A comprehensive Guidebook to getting Kiva loans.

Loans in Rochester so far.

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Non-Kiva Resources

Free Financial Coaching.

SBDC Business Mentor.

SCORE Business Plan Template.

City of Rochester Business Development