Welcome Nick Wilbur

SEAC is excited to announce our newest member, Nick Wilbur, who has taken on the role of Tool Shed Coordinator.

Nick has lived in Western New York his entire life, working for years in landscaping and masonry. As a political activist and campaign consultant he advocates for bettering his community, and he currently serves in the New York Democratic Party and as a member of the Greater Rochester LGTBQ+ Political Caucus executive committee. Nick loves the South Wedge for its beauty, history, and every little side street he jogs.

PREORDER NOW LIVE- Hammertime West Coast IPA Beer By Sager Beer Works Benefitting SEAC

As we begin setting up our new home and working towards launching our exciting Tool Shed program, we thought what better way to celebrate than by partnering with Sager Beer Works and create a delicious beer!


Hammertime is a delicious West Coast IPA that has a hoppy, floral front with a dose of sweet malt and pine.

Your purchase not only gets you super tasty beer, but you’re also supporting a local grassroot nonprofit that has been operating in Rochester since 1968!  Sager’s is generously donating $8 per 4-pack sold to the South East Area Coalition!

Hammertime will be released in April 2022.


SEAC Has Moved!

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Happier, healthy, hopeful New Year!

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We’ve moved into SEAC’s new The Tool Shed space this week and are so  ready to launch such an impactful resource into the Greater Rochester Area  community!  Even our new mayor is  excited about  us!

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If you know anyone  who’s interested in meaningful employment or volunteer opportunities, feel free to spread the word!

Are you interested in Volunteering?

Sponsorship Opportunities!

Make a Donation Today!

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Here’s to The Rochester Way in 2022!

And thanks to our volunteers who have already come in and given us a head building some shelves!

Restaurant Grants Information

The City will seek up to 30 restaurants to participate in the third phase of the Senior Meal Program designed to provide free meal delivery to city seniors with transportation challenges. Applications will be posted Jan. 3.

NBD will award Restaurant Grants of up to $50,000 to support selected restaurants in each quadrant of the city that agree to prepare and deliver free meals to area seniors for up to one year.  Selected restaurants will coordinate with Goodwill to provide and deliver the free meals to seniors enrolled in the program at designated dates and times.  Eligible seniors, 55 and over, can call 211 to register to receive the meals.

The grants can be used by the selected restaurants as working capital to offset operational expenses associated with the program. Funding for the program is provided through the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

To receive a Restaurant Grant, restaurants must operate within the city and be in good standing with all regulatory requirements, including zoning codes, taxes and fees, insurance and fair hiring practices.  

Please visit the City of Rochester’s website for more information

Winter Appeal

Scan the QR Code or click here to donate today!

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Dear SEAC friends,

We are hoping we can count on your generosity to make 2022 SEAC’s best year EVER!

As we prepare to shut the door in 2021, SEAC is excited to share that we will literally be opening a new door in 2022 with the relocation of our headquarters and the opening of a comprehensive tool lending library for the Greater Rochester Area!  Conveniently located at the intersection of Sager Beer Works and Tim Hortons, you will find us nestled beneath Living Roots Wine Bar at 1255 University Ave after January 1!

In addition to preparing for this exciting new initiative, we have been hard at work affecting health, hope, and happiness throughout the southeast city with projects like:

  • Collected several hundred dollars worth of classroom supplies for PK-12 teachers in collaboration with the Pencils and Paper organization.
  • Distributed 150 hygiene Blessing Bags to members of the Pearl-Meigs-Monroe Neighborhood Association.
  • Conducted a gardening workshop for people struggling with vision loss with 490 Farmers.
  • Assisted community partner Mount Hope World Singers with Covid-relief grant submission.
  • Secured four season permit for Wide Water Community Gardens.
  • Delivered hand-written holiday cards to local veterans and residents of Kirkhaven NursingHome.
  • Distributed 100 quadrant residents’ vouchers for their purchases of fresh produce at Foodlink’s Curbside Markets.
  • Subsidized a two-week photography summer camp for RCSD middle school students at the Flower City Arts Center on Monroe Ave.
  • Created Four vocational scholarships for young people at the Center For Youth to apply toward their pursuit of job training or education like nursing, electrical, or CDL operator.
  • Launched the ROCing the Takeout initiative designed to support local restaurants during the pandemic shutdown.
  • Held anti-poverty drives, which gathered needed supplies for local organizations.

Your response to this appeal will help us with the successful launch of The ToolShed, an expansive lending and learning program that will afford equitable access to home maintenance, repair, neighborhood beautification projects, educational, vocational, and volunteer opportunities and much more!  Environmentally responsible and solution-centered, The Tool Shed will be available to over 750,000 area residents, contractors, businesses, and neighborhood associations throughout the Greater Rochester Area.

Thanks much and be well!

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

PS- A simple act of kindness can have a profound impact on an individual. Yours will make those impacts right here in the southeast area and far beyond. With your donation and support, we know 2022 will be fantastic!

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.

New York State Homeowner Assistance Fund Info


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The New York State Homeowner Assistance Fund is dedicated to helping NY homeowners affected by the pandemic stay in their homes.

Who is eligible?
Homeowners in New York State who were financially affected by COVID-19 and who are behind on their housing payments.

What help is available?
Homeowners may receive referrals to free housing counseling and legal services, negotiation help with their banks or mortgage servicers, and financial assistance with their past or future housing payments.

How do you apply?
Applications open on January 3. Visit http://www.nyhomeownerfund.org or reach out to our call center at: 844-77-NYHAF (844- 776-9423) (Mon.-Fri., 9 AM-5 PM) for information on how to apply.

This program is funded by the New York State affordable housing agency, NYS Homes and Community Renewal, in partnership with a nonprofit organization, Sustainable Neighborhoods.

Learn more at http://www.nyhomeownerfund.org, or call 1-844-77-NYHAF (844-776-9423)

Supporting Pearl-Meigs-Monroe Blessing Boxes

SEAC is proud to continue supporting the PMM Neighborhood Association Blessing Boxes for the fourth year in a row! This year we created 150 Hygiene bags with needed supplies such as toothpaste and a toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo, lotion, lip balm and more. Additionally SEAC gives monetary support for the Neighborhood Association to purchase a variety of high protein food for the Blessing Boxes. We plan to do 100 more when we get moved into our new home in January!

Janet Collinge (SEAC Board member) and Lori Wood (SEAC Bookkeeper)

A HUGE thank you to St. Joe’s House of Hospitality for donating 250 pairs of socks they received from the generosity of the Wedge Waddle to our Hygiene Bags!

We hope this goes a long way to help those who need it.

Be well and have a great weekend!

Mike Evans

We Have a New Home! The Tool Shed is Coming!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to get to FINALLY post this news!

In the first week of January, the South East Area Coalition will be moving its office to 1255 University Ave!  This location will also house our exciting new program, The SEAC Tool Shed

Introducing our new Tool Shed logo!

A huge thanks to Park Grove Realty for just being amazing through this whole process and offering us such an exciting space to grow our programs!


  • We plan to begin accepting tool donations the second week of January. 
  • People interested in volunteering at the Tool Shed can fill out our online application and will be contacted in the new year by someone at SEAC.
  • Our goal/hope is to have the Tool Shed open to the public in early March, including an exciting new website!
  • Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation to support the Tool Shed can do so here.

We look forward to getting this new program up and running so we can give our communities and neighborhoods the tools they need to succeed.

Thanks so much to everyone for the support and excitement as we’ve worked towards making this project a reality. 

Be well,

Mike Evans

Executive Director

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