Celebrate the South East Area 2022- RSVP NOW!

Grab your party hats!

It’s time to celebrate the people, places, and spirit that make our community so great!!

Savor today with honorary chairs and passionate community advocates Vicki and Abe Brouk as we celebrate SEAC’s past and secure our future!

Join us a Sager Beer Works on Friday, September 16 from 6-9 P.M.

Live music by Johnny Bower and Mount Hope World Singers!

Tantalizing live and silent auction!

Artisanally crafted beverages and buffet!

We had such a great time last year, we look forward to seeing you!

Tickets only $35

RSVP Today!

Wagner Carpet and Flooring is Hiring and Will Train

Wagner Carpets and Flooring

Wagner Carpets and Flooring, one of SEAC’s Tool Shed Sponsors, is now hiring Installers or Laborers as well as a Warehouse Slash Binder.

They will train individuals. Reliable car and valid driver’s license required.

Anyone interested in applying can contact Wagner Carpets at wagercarpets@gmail.com

Are you a local business and want to spread the word about employment at your business? Email us at careers@seacrochester.org and we’ll post it on our website and social media. *

*We will try to post these as we are able depending on demand.


SEAC is happy to support the awesome work of Foodlink’s Curbside Market. During the month of June SEAC handed out 100 $5 food vouchers (25 per location) at East Court Apartments, EL Towers, Pinnacle Place, and Manhattan Square. Some of our awesome SOOPers came to help too.

Thank you Foodlink for bring fresh affordable food to our vulnerable communities in Rochester.

SEAC’s Executive Director Nominated for Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce Inaugural Colors of Success DEI Award

Words can’t adequately express how shocked and humbled I am to have been nominated for the Colors of Success Award.

When I see this year’s nominees, I appreciate the good and love that exists in our Greater Rochester Area. It is heartening to see so many people striving to bring diversity, equality, and inclusion to every faucet of life in our awesome communities.

Thank you for the honor of being nominated. Cheesy as it sounds, I already feel like a winner:).

Be well all!

Mike Evans

This year’s nominees are:

  • Sady Alvarado-Fischer, CDP, Corporate Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
  • Haris Arshad, Director of HR, CleanCraft
  • Talethea Best, Sr. Vice President of People & Culture, YMCA of Greater Rochester
  • Ajaleah Bobowski, Residential Director, People Inc.
  • Dan Butler, Equity and Advocacy Division Director, Urban League of Rochester
  • Kesha Carter, Chief Diversity Officer, Coordinated Care Services, Inc. (CCSI)
  • Greg Constantino, Managing Director, Northwestern Mutual/Constantino Financial
  • Marlene Cortes, Senior Program Manager, Empire Justice Center
  • Sylvia David-West, Project Engineer, L3Harris Technologies
  • Mike Evans, Executive Director, South East Area Coalition, Inc.
  • Jeiri Flores, Advocacy Specialist Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities
  • Donna Harris, Senior Associate/Chief Diversity Officer, CGR
  • Ramona Isler, Executive Office Administrator, WXXI
  • Keith Jenkins, Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Julio Jordan, Director of Diversity, Equity, Justice, and Inclusion, Ibero-American Action League
  • Deanna Kimbrel, Chief Diversity Officer/Director, Office of DEI, Monroe County, New York
  • Shaun Nelms, Professor & Superintendent, University of Rochester/Rochester City School District
  • Stephanie Paredes, Assistant Director, Community & Belonging, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Annette Ramos, Monroe County Board of Elections Recruiter, Monroe County Board of Elections
  • Denise Reed Lamoreaux, Director Equity & Belonging, Zillow
  • Joseph Searles, Vice President & Chief Community Engagement Office, Trillium Health
  • Frank Starapoli, Member, Exploring Racism Groups and United Christian Leadership Ministry
  • Joe Starling, Faith Community Inclusion Specialist, Heritage Christian Services
  • Sara Taylor, Community Liaison and Training Specialist, Eleversity
  • Nicole VanGorder, COO, Upstate Special Needs Planning
  • Julio Vazquez, President and CEO, Ibero-American Action League
  • Dr. Marlowe V.N. Washington, Senior Diversity Officer, St. John Fisher University

1st Annual Urban Gardens Day

September 17th by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Monroe County in an effort to combat food insecurity and food deserts here in the City of Rochester.  Called the 1st Annual Urban Gardens Day, this is an educational and inspirational event targeting those who have not yet, but would like to benefit from having their own food garden. 

For more information, contact Marci Muller at mem545@cornell.edu or 585-753-2557.  Check out the Cooperative Extension’s website at  https://monroe.cce.cornell.edu  and see what they have to offer.

We Had a Fantastic Time at the Ladybug Festival: Growing With SEAC! Thank You All!

A HUGE thank you to all who attended our Ladybug Festival! We had over 200 people stop by to check out the vendors, get some food, and listen to music by local performers, Kit Carnahan, who entertained us with their amazing violin skills, and Doctor’s Orders who covered beloved folk and rock songs!

Thank you to Wide Water Gardens for letting us hold our event again in their beautiful space and sharing it with others. Thank you to all our sponsors for your support and just being awesome! Thank you to State Senator Samra Brouk for taking a moment to speak at the event about community, family, and the importance of supporting local.

Thank you to artist Frank Argento for creating a beautiful line of garden/vegetable art and canvas bags to support SEAC!

We look forward to doing this again next year!

Be well all!

Mike Evans

Executive Director

The Ladybug Festival: Growing With SEAC at Wide Water Gardens (2022)

Miracle Grower Sponsor

Healthy Harvest Sponsor

Fertile Soil Sponsor

SEAC’s Summer of Opportunity Intern Drive Benefiting Dimitri House

A project I’ve given our SOOPers (what I’m calling our awesome summer interns) was to find a charity for SEAC to host a drive for. After the SOOPers look at SEAC’s Four Pillars of Focus, they decided to focus on homelessness and selected Dimitri House to benefit from our Drive.

My goal and hope with this initiative is it will teach them outreach, project management, community development, budgeting, inventorying, and give them (I hope) a sense of community and pride at helping others. Each SOOPer is designing their own flyer on Canva, which I will be showing off on our Facebook and Instagram page throughout the drive

In addition, I will be giving my SOOPers a budget of $300 to purchase needed supplies for Dimitri House.

You can drop off goods Monday July 25th through August 5th, Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm!

The supplies Dimitri House has requested are:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Shaving products
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry soap

We are looking forward to this initiative and community support which will make it a roaring success!

Thanks much and be well!

Mike Evans

Executive Director