Growing With SEAC Event at Wide Water Gardens!

SEAC will be holding a small event at Wide Water Gardens, one of our awesome Community Partners!

There will be refreshments, entertainment, a beautiful garden to walk through, and you can come hangout with residents of the neighborhood and employees of SEAC.

The event is on 7/16 from 5pm to 8pm at 345 Rosedale St, Rochester, NY 14620!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Pearl-Meigs-Monroe Neighborhood Porch & Front Yard Decorating Contest

The South East Area Coalition is happy to sponsor the PMMNA 2021 Porch & Front Yard Contest!

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Celebrating Summer & Outdoor Living
Be Creative ••• Be Innovative ••• Beautify!!!
ALL PEARL-MEIGS-MONROE RESIDENTS
ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE
••• NO ENTRY NECESSARY •••

The PMMNA will have some free plants available to those who register.

Contest Deadline: July 10, 2021
•••
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners will be awarded a Plaque
& Gift Card – sponsored by SEAC
••• Additional awards for “Best Porch”, “Best Newcomer”
(porch, front yard and/or curb), and “Most Original Transformation”

About the 2021 Contest

Big or Small ••• Create Your outdoor living space &
show you “Love where you Live”!

The Pearl-Meigs-Monroe Neighborhood Association will have some
free plants available for neighbors who register.

To register please email the PMMNA at

mlemperle@icloud.com by June 12, 2021 provide your name, address and best contact info & identify your plant request as FULL SUN, SEMI-SHADE, or SHADE

SEAC’s Annual Appeal Has Launched!

Scan the QR Code or click here to donate today!


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Dear SEAC Friends!

I am hoping I can count on your generosity to make 2021 SEAC’s best year EVER!

Your donation creates positive enhancements in SEAC’s neighborhoods and communities.

Your support has already allowed us to have a meaningful impact in the South East Area like:

  • Created a Vocational Scholarship Program for youths in need at the Center of Youth.
  • Obtained funding to install four sitting cubes at bus stops along N. Goodman.
  • Held anti-poverty drives, which gathered needed supplies for organizations.
  • Created the ROCing the Takeout initiative, supporting locally owned eateries.

With your donation and support, we know 2021 will be fantastic!

Thank you and be well,

Mike Evans

Executive Director

South East Area Coalition

P.S. A simple act of kindness can have a profound impact on an individual. Donate today because your support will make those impacts in the South East area.

630 East Ave

Rochester, NY 14607

585-210-9140

fundraising@seacrochester.org

SEAC promotes quality of life within Rochester’s South East area by connecting individuals and community partners to essential resources.

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.

PMMNA Association


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.
  • Banking.
  • 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.

Beth Jorgensen

Board President, Wide Water Gardens


Scan the QR Code or click here to donate today!

Welcome to Lori Wood!

SEAC is thrilled to announce and welcome Lori Wood to our community as our new bookkeeper!

I am a lifelong Rochester resident and have lived in the North Winton Village area for the last 22 years.

We moved to this area specifically because of the beauty of the neighborhoods and so much that it has to offer; parks, library, restaurants, and great schools for our daughter.

I have over 15 years of non-profit accounting experience working for RochesterWorks Inc., Community Place of Greater Rochester, and iCircle Services of the Finger Lakes.

My hobbies are yoga, kayaking, reading, bike riding, and hiking. My husband and I love to take our dog Brodie walking through the neighborhood. We meet several people and their dogs, always remembering the dogs name but not the owners for some reason. 

Playkit Drive for Kids!

SEAC is doing a playkit drive, supporting Healthi Kids! We are looking for sidewalk chalk, blowing bubbles, and crayons! You can drop off the donations at our main office or go directly to our wishlist!

Background on Playkits

Healthi Kids is a grassroots initiative of Common Ground Health. Together, our coalition advances policies, systems and environmental changes that prioritize kids and families at the center of all decision making. Our advocacy agenda centers around preventative actions that support children’s physical, social emotional, and physical health in Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region.

For the last decade, our coalition has been advancing safe and accessible play for children and their families across the city. Healthi Kids PlayROCs Advocacy Committee is comprised of residents, caregivers, neighborhood associations, the faith community and organizations. Together, the advocacy committee advances policy, systems and environmental changes that support a more playful city as part of our “PlayROCs campaign”.

In response to COVID-19, the PlayROCs Advocacy Committee members wanted to ensure every child still had access to unstructured play throughout the summer. Caregivers have shared with Healthi Kids staff that they are resource-overloaded but rarely have the material they need to execute the lessons or ideas they are seeing online.

In partnership with the City of Rochester’s Department of Recreation and Youth Services, the PlayROCs Advocacy Committee developed a pilot to put unstructured play items into the hands of kids and families. Between May 2020 and July 2020, we have distributed over 3,000 play kits across the City of Rochester. To date, the kits have been funded by both the Greater Rochester Health Foundation and the City of Rochester Department of Recreation and Youth Services.

Welcome Kirstyn (Kiki) Smith!

SEAC is excited to announce and welcome Kiki Smith to our community as our new Fundraising Coordinator!

Kiki has been a resident of the Park Avenue neighborhood since  she moved here in 1995. A former English teacher and professional volunteer,  she has years of experience fundraising for local schools and organizations.  Kiki  is proud to have raised her family  in  the “biggest small town you’ll ever find” and believes in the  importance and power of neighborhoods.  As a very active and transportation-challenged blind woman, she values the businesses, agencies, and resources in our community  and works to help them thrive.