Camp Hard Hat is Coming!

Registration is now open for kids, ages 12-15, for Camp Hard Hat! Click here for the registration form. Sign up today as there are only 30 students per camp! Fore information, visit the Camp Hard Hat website.

SEAC is happy to sponsors the fee for five campers to attend this year!:). We are excited for the opportunity to get kiddos interested in the fundamentals of construction and project safety.

A Whole Lotta Tool Shed Classes Going On!

There are several exciting classes coming to the Tool Shed and the best parts is they are open to the public… and THEY’RE FREE!

The Class

Come hangout with Jim and the Tool Shed crew and learn how to safely operate a miter saw!  This class is open to the public and FREE!  Like what the Tool Shed does?  Register on our webstie.

The Class

SEAC is collaborating with the South Wedge Mission’s Repair Café!  Come learn how to sew with hands on experience. Register on our webiste.

The Class

Everything is getting expensive out there right now, including your personal home insurance.  What are the tips to getting a better insurance rate?  And what coverages are the important ones to keep or drop?

Join us for an interactive and educational seminar where Megan Mills, owner of the Flanagan Mills Agency, will be covering the Do’s and Don’ts for saving money on your home insurance. 

If you can’t make this session, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Megan and her team at the Flanagan Mills Agency to ask any questions and get requotes. Register on our website.

Like what we do? Consider becoming a member today!

Monroe Ave Clean Sweep Details

Good day everyone!

Can you believe Clean Sweep Day is FINALLY here?!

I am so excited to beautify and clean Monroe Ave with all of you tomorrow:)!  I’m really excited because we have so many cool projects going on tomorrow!

There are five zones we are focusing on (see images below).  These are:

Project 1- Monroe Branch Library to Flower City Arts Center (Leads- Kiki Smith- SEAC- and Elyssa Rossi-MAMA/Aaron’s Alley). 

Project 2- Flower City Arts Center to Goodman (Lead- Nick Wilbur- SEAC)

Project 3- Goodman to Averill (Lead- Mike Evans- SEAC)

Project 4- Field St to Rosedale (Lead- Rome Ceill- UMNA)

Project 5- Wadsworth Square Park area and Howell to Union (Connor Jane- WANA)

If there is a project that you are more passionate about/want to be part of, then by all means go there.  If you want to chip in wherever, we’ll begin sending people to the different projects as we assess how many volunteers arrive to each area from Innovation Field.  

If you have any questions, please let me know by emailing me at

  Look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Here’s deets taken from the Monroe Ave Clean Sweep event’s FB page.

🌸 Join the South East Area Coalition, Monroe Avenue Neighbors, Merchant’s and Volunteers in a Spring Time Clean Sweep!

👇🏽Here’s what you need to know!

👉🏽Date/Time : Saturday April 29th @ 10am

♻️ Registration is not required, but encouraged. Please Register Here :

🗣Invite your friends/family/neighbors and customers to join you!

⚾️ Volunteers may join the City of Rochester at Innovation field prior to the event for breakfast & join them in the afternoon to receive a Free Ticket to that nights game if they register here :

🧹 We start cleaning at 10am on Monroe!
👉🏽Event at Innovation field starts at 8am.

🖐🏽 There will be 5 total “projects” happening on the Ave for Volunteers to join || Wadsworth Square Park || Averill to Goodman || Goodman to Wilcox || Wilcox to Monroe Avenue Library || Field to Rosedale ||

❗️ You can clean as much, or as little as you’d like! No time commitment!


Tool Shed Success Stories

In October my wife and I became first time homeowners and were super excited that we had access to the Tool Shed to tackle many of the projects that come with homeownership.

One project we were super excited about was our little four seasons room- we wanted to put some nice tile instead of the old carpet that was currently in the room.  We chose tile from ArtWalk Design and hired a local tile contractor to do the installation.

The weekend before the install was to start we pulled out the carpet to get the room ready to discover… tile.  That was already installed.

After I cried under my bed for 20 minutes (so Angie wouldn’t see me:P), I called Nick, who promptly asked me why I was bothering his peace of my not being at work, to see if the tools we needed were in. A quick drive to the Shed a few minutes later, with tools in hand, Angie and I got to work.

It was hard work but we got it all done before the tile was put in. We couldn’t be happier with the work Anthony Ginevra did and our floor looks fantastic.

The Tool Shed has already saved us so much money and allowed us to renovate many parts of our house (or just do preventative maintenance). I’m so proud and thankful of this program.

Be well,

Mike Evans

Executive Director


JOIN SEAC AND 490 Farmers

All abilities are welcome to the second of this 4-part series: Feeling Your Way Details: Sunday, April 23 from 12PM-2PM at 490 Farmers (corner of Broadway and Meigs).

Join us to learn creative ways to garden with a variety of physical challenges, including vision loss and mobility issues.

It’s time to plant the seedlings we started back in February for our Three Sisters Garden! Experience the variety of spring sensations and learn how plants, like people, can communicate to support each others’ growth and health!

Happy Birthday Tool Shed! Celebrating Our First Year!

To think it’s been a year since the Tool Shed has been opened… still boggles my mind.  When I look back at what SEAC has accomplished in this past year- heh… well, I’m tired.  And proud.  And excited.

In one year, the Tool Shed has:

  • Enrolled over 300 members from over 34 zip codes.
  • We currently have members from Monroe, Livingston, and Ontario counties.
  • Gathered an inventory of over 750 tools.
  • Rented out over 1,700 tools.
  • Saved Greater Rochesterians roughly $89,000 in tool purchases.
  • Kept an estimated 3.5+ tons of tool waste out of landfills.
  • Partnered with a variety of local community organizations, Neighborhood and Merchant Associations, private businesses, and other non-profits.
  • Provided tools to community gardens and Neighborhood Associations.
  • Provide free DIY education classes to Tool Shed members.
  • We have held 8 classes with over 60 participants.
  • And more as we continue to grow!

Thanks to everyone who made this possible!  Thanks to all our community partners who donated their tools to us: Buffalo Tool Library, Fairport Tool Thriftshop, and Saint Michael’s Woodshop. 

Thanks to the residents, community organizations, and businesses that have donated, become members, and spread the word!  Your efforts and support have helped us have a banner year!

Thanks to all our amazing sponsors, who’s financial support took this program from dream to reality: Admar, Birdhouse Brewing Co., Climate Solutions Accelerator, Fox Pest Control, Hoselton Auto Mall, Dymoke Studios, Gallina Development, Harter, Secrest & Emery, LLP., Local 1071 Rochester Firefighters, Reliant Credit Union, Wagner Carpets and Flooring, Woods Oviatt Gilman, Xerox. 

Thank you to the Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation for generously awarding SEAC $10,000 to support the Tool Shed.

A HUGE thanks to ESL Federal Credit Union for awarding SEAC $10,000 to start up the Tool Shed and another $25,000 this year (2023) to keep the tool train going! 

Thank you to my board for their support, engagement, and encouragement!  You are the backbone of SEAC and the work we do.  A special thanks must be made to our board chair, who’s tireless support and dedication to our mission cannot be understated. 

Lastly, a huge thanks to my staff- each of whom I depend on and love to see every day (even Nick😉).  Kiki, Lori, and Nick you are all amazing and I appreciate you all.  Without your generosity, energy, and heart (oh, and lots of hard work!), we would not have made as big an impact as we have.  Thank you for being part of my team.

Now that we have a year under our belt, we’re excited to announce the next chapter in the Tool Shed’s story; a mobile unit of the Tool Shed!  We are starting the process of raising funds for this new program.  Once launched, once per week we will drive the TSMU (which sounds like a weird Law and Order show) to a Rochester Rec Center located in the other City quadrants (SE, NW, and NE) so we can get our tools into the hands of our residents and communities that face transportation obstacles.

Our goal is to secure funding for the TSMU to have it be solvent for 2 full years.  This includes gas, a maintenance contingency, insurance, registration, etc.  Please consider donating to SEAC today, helping us launch this new arm of the Tool Shed strong and successfully (so please consider supporting SEAC today!). 

Additionally, we are still looking for volunteers to help out at the Tool Shed or those who are interested in volunteering their time to drive the truck and/or help rent out tools at our various stops.  Together we can give the residents in our neighborhoods and businesses and organizations in our communities the tools they need to create the changes they want to make.

Seriously, it has been a humbling experience to see the excitement and support for SEAC this past year and my team and I are looking forward to this next year and beyond!

Enough rambling for now.  Happy Birthday Tool Shed.  We’re proud of you. 

Be well all,

Mike Evans

Executive Director

South East Area Coalition

Ps: Thanks to Kiki for getting a delicious cake from Get Caked for the occasion!