Please Support Our 2018 Holiday Wish List

Are you looking for a creative way to give back during the holiday season? The Seneca County House of Concern has put together a “Wish List” of our biggest needs. Your contribution will go specifically toward the item you selected and you can even choose the denomination you’d like to donate!

You are invited to purchase the total cost of the product or cover a portion with your donation. Whether you donate $10, $20, $50, $100, or more, your generosity helps propel our mission…throughout the holidays and all year long!

If you wish to donate, please choose a cause below and you can donate securely right online!


Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) upgrades are needed to provide comfort and optimal indoor air quality.

Total Cost: $4,000


We are hoping to provide updated laptops for our staff in order to better serve our clients, customers, and operations.

Total Cost: $600 each


Our roof was in need of significant repair, which we financed with a loan. We are looking to pay the loan off in full.

Total Cost: $10,000


Through the services of Foodlink, we are able to provide a week’s worth of food for a family of 4 at only $80 per week.

Total Cost: $80 per family (3 meals a day / 5 days a week)

Need to Feed Challenge 2018 Launched

Pictured from L to R – Larry Driscoll, Irene Ferrante, Kristen Bryan, and Olan Mack.

Thank you Trinity Episcopal Church of Seneca Falls for launching our Need to Feed Challenge with your generous donation!

Press Release – June 1, 2018 –

For the past four years, the Seneca County House of Concern’s Need to Feed Challenge has been an important element in keeping the organization’s food pantry stocked and the non-profit agency equipped to help those with food insecurity in our local communities as well as bring awareness to the needs of our neighbors.

The need in Seneca County remains steady with approximately 10.7 % of residents struggling with food insecurity. These are children who go to bed hungry, senior citizens who decide between buying groceries and purchasing medication, and parents who do without, so their children can have enough to eat. In 2017 the House of Concern served an average of 400 households monthly which amounted to nearly 175,000 meals for the year.  There have also been recent challenges with necessary building and equipment repairs as well as ever increasing operational expenses.

Every year a generous group of sponsors agree to set up a fund to be matched by individual donations. Trinity Episcopal Church in Seneca Falls helped kick off the challenge again this year with a check for $3,450.00. To build the sponsor fund, Trinity has joined with other churches, including The First Presbyterian Church of Seneca Falls, Calvary Lutheran Church and The United Methodist Churches in both Seneca Falls and Waterloo, as well as many individuals.

Committee chair, Larry Driscoll reports “We are currently at $10,000. We are now reaching out to the community through a mailing to match the sponsor donations. Every donation of food (at $1 per can) or money received will also be counted towards our total.”

More information and the status of the challenge fund can be found at the website and on Facebook. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to: Seneca County House of Concern 33-35 State Street, Seneca Falls NY 13148. When writing a check or dropping off food items, indicate that you wish it to be part of the Need for Feed Challenge.  Donations can also be made via PayPal online at Please specify Need to Feed.

Thank you to all of our sponsors!

SF American Legion Donation

Thank you Kirk Casey American Legion Post 366 for your Feed the Future food drive donations.  Providing breakfast food for children is an important element in battling food insecurity in our neighborhoods. “Feed the Future” is one of two annual food drives by Post 366, with this drive focusing on breakfast foods and is held purposely just before school gets out for those kids that won’t be getting breakfast at school. Post 366’s continued support and the generosity of all who donated to the food drive is very much appreciated. Thank you!

Models and Sponsors Announced

Anticipation is building as several models and sponsors have confirmed participation in the spring fashion show & luncheon to raise funds for the Seneca County House of Concern. The sixth annual event, titled The Traveling Little Black Dress… “goes Disco”, is traveling again and will be held on Friday, April 20th and Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at the Seneca Falls Country Club, 2790 State Route 89.

The fun will begin at 11:00 a.m. with raffles for items donated from several local businesses and restaurants. At 11:30 the doors will open, and attendees will be served lunch and treated to another delightful show. Models will be local friends of the organization including Mary Cook of Mix 98.5, Desiree Darby and Jerry Moran of Generations Bank, Emily Hilimire of Lyons National Bank, Tom Hilimire of Ace Automatics/Manhill Food Services, and Lisa Fitzgerald of ITT Gould Pumps. Several sponsors are supporting the fundraiser including but not limited to Bonadent Dental Laboratories, Summit Federal Credit Union, Waterloo Container, Generations Bank, ITT Gould Pumps, Dr. Rodney Littlejohn, Barrett Marine and DA Liquor.

Tickets for the event are open seating at $40.00 each. Save by purchasing two or more for $35.00 each.  Reserved seating will be only for tables of 8 attendees at $260.00 per table. Bring your family, friends or co-workers together and reserve a table. Tickets can be purchased by calling Susan at (315)730-4975, at The Copy Shop and Bee’s Cookies & Cakes, both located on Fall Street in Seneca Falls, or on the website at:


Getting to Know our Platinum Sponsor

The Seneca County House of Concern is very proud to be supported by BonaDent Dental Laboratories, a very successful local business. The corporation became a 2018 Platinum annual sponsor with a significant donation of $10,000.00. We truly appreciate their compassion and understanding of the needs in our community and their willingness to help us continue our mission in Seneca County.

Pictured above L to R – Kristen Bryan, Danielle Bonafiglia-Wirth, Larry Driscoll, Erin Bonafiglia, and Ellie Brown

From the BonaDent Dental Laboratories Website:

65 years ago, a talented young dental lab technician named Angelo Bonafiglia opened his own small laboratory in Auburn, NY—unknowingly setting the course for successful dental technicians for decades to come. Consisting of Angelo and just two employees, BonaDent® was principally a denture lab, serving only a handful of local dentists. From the outset, the company’s goals were simple—but they ring as true today as they did in 1950: understand your doctors, know their needs, provide them with products that reflect the highest in craftsmanship and care, and deliver them with consistent, friendly customer service. This not-so-secret formula led to tremendous growth and many years of success at BonaDent.

Fast forward to the present: BonaDent Dental Laboratories is an independently owned and operated, full-service dental lab, now in its fourth generation under the ownership of the Bonafiglia family. President Bruce H. Bonafiglia—an industry fixture since the age of five, when he earned ten cents an hour to clean denture flasks and run errands for his dad—bought the company in 1986. Since then, Bruce has presided over nearly three decades of success and steady growth at BonaDent, never losing sight of Angelo’s fundamental principles. Bruce’s daughters Daniele (Vice President) and Erin (Technical Team Leader) are helping to propel the company toward continued growth and future success.

In 2011, BonaDent opened its current flagship location in Seneca Falls. The bright and spacious, 72,500-square-foot laboratory facility is one of the country’s most technologically equipped and well-resourced labs. Bruce believes wholeheartedly that it was his employees who truly built the new laboratory, due to their years of dedication and hard work. The state-of-the-art facility includes a fully wired, high-tech continuing education auditorium, a fitness center, an in-house restaurant and coffee shop, a laundry service, an on-site wellness center, even a hair salon! BonaDent is as much a workplace as it is a lifestyle — and our people tend to stick around for a long time here.

For more information about BonaDent visit their website at:


40 Day Challenge of Giving

Take the 40 day challenge of giving. If you observe the yearly tradition of Lent, perhaps you are considering what you can give up. Or even if you don’t, maybe you plan to start spring cleaning and decluttering soon. Or it can also be as simple as giving 40 items in 40 days.

Each day take one item and set it aside to donate. Or if you are feeling more ambitious, pick an area of your home each day and declutter a few shelves in a cupboard, look through a drawer or your closet and pull out items you don’t really need or won’t use.

A few other options are to pick up a few items each time you go to the store. Make a donation jar and collect your change for 40 days. You could also hold a 40 day food drive at your place of work.

What can you put in your donation boxes? Articles of gently used clothing, unused kitchen utensils or dishes, an unopened bottle of shampoo or tube of toothpaste, a jar of tomato sauce or even an extra cake or muffin mix pulled from your pantry.

These are all things that can be donated to the Seneca County House of Concern and are always needed, especially personal hygiene products. Also, a special treat such as a cake mix or brownie mix is appreciated because it’s a nice and unexpected treat for our clients to receive near a holiday or if we know they have an upcoming birthday.

Grab a box or a bag and start the 40 day challenge today to benefit the Seneca County House of Concern! Giving is a great gift to yourself and for others.

del Lago Savor NY Event Benefits House of Concern

In honor of del Lago Resort and Casino’s one year anniversary,  a Savor del Lago event was held on Friday, February 2nd featuring a variety of Savor NY and Tasting Tuesdays vendors. All of the proceeds from this event were donated to the Seneca County House of Concern, which was the first charity recipient of del Lago’s monthly Tasting Tuesdays events in June of 2017.

Thank you del Lago Resort & Casino for your continued support of our organization!

It’s a Wonderful Run 5K Donation

Check presentation by the children of the race directors with Olan Mack, Executive Director.

Thank you to the race directors (Rook and Korzeniewski families) of the It’s A Wonderful Run 5k event. Also, thank you to the volunteers, sponsors and attendees for your participation which resulted in a very generous donation of $10,000 again this year! We cannot put into words how much we appreciate your continued support of our organization and the community with this annual inspiring event!

Make a Tax Deductible Donation Before 12/31

With impending legislation for future years there is still time to make a year-end deductible contribution for your 2017 tax return.

With rising food costs and rising needs we have struggled to assist an ever-growing number of people in Seneca County.

Although our primary mission is providing food, we also provide education, referral services and other necessities to help clients meet their needs.

Our ultimate goal would be for people to become more self-reliant or no longer need our services. Unfortunately, we are a very long way from that goal. Your help is more important than ever before. Seneca County is depending on us and we are depending on you.

Please consider donating by 12/31/17. We make it easy. Click on the Donate Now button here on our website or if you prefer, mail a check to:

Seneca County House of Concern, 35 State Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148