Welcome Jasmin Reggler

The South East Area Coalition is thrilled to welcome Jasmin Reggler to our Board of Directors!

Jasmin has been a resident of the South Wedge since moving to Rochester in 2007. She’s proud to also work in the neighborhood she lives in, as House Coordinator of St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality and Political Organizer with Rochester City Wide Tenant Union. Jasmin founded Rochester Free Store in 2013 (think Goodwill, but everything is free!) Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, Rochester Free Store had to close its doors in 2020. Jasmin looks forward to engaging with the community as part of her role on SEAC board.

Climate of Chang Event by Climate Solutions Accelerator

Climate of Change acknowledges the hard fact that deep injustice is both a cause and effect of climate change. To achieve awareness and inspire action, the Greater Rochester community is joining together for 22 days of learning and action for intersectional climate justice. Beginning on April 1 and culminating on Earth Day (April 22), Climate of Change aims to convene a diverse cross-section of community members to develop a clear understanding of how environmental injustice harms our region and advance a shared vision for positive change.

Following the model of the 21-day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge, participants will receive a daily email with content to help them explore, learn, and engage, through a mix of live presentations, facilitated discussions, videos, articles, and action opportunities.

The premier elements of the series will be four virtual events held each Thursday evening (April 1, 8, 15, and 22, 5:30-7:00 p.m.) that feature nationally recognized keynote speakers and local guest panelists. These outstanding presenters include Daphany Rose Sanchez, a NYC-based energy equity advocate and founder of Kinetic Communities, and Vic Barrett, a prominent youth climate activist with Earth Guardians.

Climate of Change was co-created by the Urban League of Rochester, Connected Communities, Ibero-American Action League, M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, City Roots Community Land Trust, St. Mark’s and St. John’s Episcopal Church, Rochester Area Community Foundation, and the Climate Solutions Accelerator of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region.  

Full information and registration is at www.climategfl.org/climatejustice22days. 

The Pillars of SEAC

SEAC has created four pillars of focus, allowing us to have a greater impact in delivering our mission to the South East area community.

Poverty

We advocate anti-poverty initiatives, supporting programs, events, and community partners seeking to improve quality of life for those affected by poverty* in the South East area. 

*Nearly 33% of Rochester’s population exists below the poverty line, compared to the national average of 13%. 

Neighborhoods

As one of Western New York’s oldest neighborhood preservation organizations, SEAC has had decades of experience connecting homeowners with organizations and programs to acquire needed funding for emergency repairs and improvements to their houses.

Children

To say “children are our future” may be cliché, but it does not make it any less true.  We strive to grow awareness and support programs enhancing safety, education, nutrition and health, and play spaces for children.

Local Businesses

The South East area is full of amazing local businesses and we are thrilled to support them!  Through the years SEAC has collaborated with many with many of them to fulfill our mission and we look forward to many more years to come!