Canal Crawl Paddling 2018 – Important Info for Paddlers

Canal Crawl Paddling Poverty 2018 – Q&A

This is a rain or shine event and will only be cancelled if there is lightning. You will need to have your waiver signed before you launch. If you do not have your waiver on file, to save time, please print, complete and bring the attached waiver with you. Otherwise, when you arrive there will be waivers available to sign at check-in. All participants must check-in at Oak Island before launching. If you registered other paddlers as part of your team, but did not submit their email addresses, please forward this information. Thank you for participating.

Waiver Form

What time is check-in and where?
Check in starts at 9:00 AM at Oak Island in Waterloo. Oak Island is at the end of Oak Street off Route 5 & 20 (West Main Street).  Watch for signs. If you rented a kayak from Fuzzy Guppies check in at Oak Island first and proceed to Fuzzy Guppies to launch. We ask that you check in no later than 9:45. Everyone should be on the water by 10:00 AM. At check in you will receive two matching numbered security wrist bands connecting owner and boat. One is attached to the wrist, the other to your boat. There will be a supervised area to store boats while you park.

Where should I park?
There is limited parking on Oak Island. When you arrive, park near the launch area, unload your watercraft and follow directions to the main parking area located in the back of the Waterloo Recreation Center also on Oak Street.  If that lot becomes full there is additional parking in the Waterloo village parking lots. We ask that participants park in the optional lot to allow those who have rented the pavilions to park in the Oak Island lot.

What if I don’t want to go through the lock?
There is the optional launching site at the Waterloo DPW at 45 East Water Street, Waterloo. East Water Street is off Route 5&20 (East Main Street). Check in at Oak Island first and proceed to the alternate launch site. If you want to paddle with the other participants, wait to enter the water until you see other kayakers.

What supplies do I need to bring with me?
Your approved watercraft, a life jacket (required), whistle or noisemaker and any other supplies you think you will need, such as sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a cell phone or camera to take pictures. Dress appropriately for the weather conditions. You may want to bring a credit card or cash to participate in the raffles and silent auction at the end.

Where will there be restrooms?
There are restrooms at Oak Island and also at the Seneca Falls Recreation Center. Plan accordingly. This will be approximately a two hour paddle.

What happens entering and exiting the lock?
Please comply with all instructions. Maintain a 20′ distance from lock gates, minimize horseplay, and do not attempt to enter or exit the locks until the gate doors are fully open and you’ve been given the green light to advance. Also, please be a polite paddler and make way for larger boats not only in the lock but also as you make your way in the canal.

What is the scavenger hunt?
When you check in you will be given a lanyard with the scavenger hunt entry form and marker inside the plastic pouch. Write your name and telephone number on the form. After you go through the locks watch the shoreline. There are 10 scavenger hunt items to look for. There will be signs with numbers posted on or near the items. Write the numbers (1-10) beside the corresponding clues. There are also a few games along the way. Answer the trivia questions on the back and turn your entry in when you arrive at the Seneca Falls Recreation Center for a chance to win a prize.

What else can I expect?
This is a low-intensity relaxing paddle. It is not a race so take your time. There will a surprise snack along the way. Boats will be on the water, leading the way and following in the back to hand out bottled water and be of assistance. We encourage decorations, with fun colors, hats, to have a fun time on the water. Please do not alter your watercraft in a way that could jeopardize your safety. Water guns are OK but not everyone wants to be sprayed so please be respectful of other participants. Participate in the Scavenger Hunt and games, enjoy the camaraderie, take pictures and if you post them on Facebook or Twitter please use the hashtag #CanalCrawlSCHOC.

What happens when I arrive at the Seneca Falls Recreation Center?
When you disembark at the recreation center we will have security keeping an eye on the area where your watercraft will be stored. There will be trash receptacles and recycling cans for you to discard any unwanted items. Please do not dispose of your trash in the canal. Partake in the complimentary lunch, enjoy the music and bid on our silent auction items and raffle. We will have credit card acceptance available. Awards and prizes will be announced during lunch at 12:00 noon.

How do I get back to the launch site/parking area to get my vehicle?
There will be shuttles available. You will be dropped off at your launch site and will need to drive your automobile back to the Seneca Falls Recreation Center to pick up your watercraft.

Thank you for being a part of Canal Crawl Paddling Poverty to help the Seneca County House of Concern fight hunger! Have a boatload of fun! Happy Paddling!

Foodlink Mobile Food Pantry Dates for 2020


Once a month Foodlink brings fresh produce, dairy, and bread products to distribute to anyone who could use a little extra food. All are welcome. There is no income, age or residency requirement and there is no cost to you. Please bring your own sturdy bags. The pantry hours are from 2:30 to 4:30

Also please be courteous to our neighbors. Be mindful of parking signs, remember other businesses are still open and do not park on private property.

The last mobile food pantry for 2019 is on December 11

Below are the dates for all of 2020:
  • January 8
  • February 12
  • March 11
  • April 8
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • July 8
  • August 12
  • September 9
  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 9

Canal Crawl – We Need Your Help – New Announcements


What you Need to Know!
  • T-Shirt deadline is coming up quickly – Register by 8/1/18 to receive a t-shirt.
  • This is a fun family activity or a great team building event for employees/co-workers as well as social clubs and youth groups.
  • Pay your registration fee now and the remaining amount later
  • You can raise your registration contributions through pledges.
  • The person who raises the most money wins a Kindle Fire HD 10 tablet.
  • Children 12 and under participate for free if paddling with parent or guardian.
  • There are discounted rates for teams of 4 and students.
  • Generous donors have offered donation pledges for the first 10 students who register.
  • There is a scavenger hunt along the way and picnic lunch at the finish.

Please help this be the best Canal Crawl yet! Participants are strongly encouraged to raise their entry fees by asking family, friends, and co-workers to donate pledge money leading up to event day! The more pledge dollars you raise the more people the Seneca County House of Concern can help! AND you could win the prize. Get a group of co-workers, friends or family together and join the Seneca County House of Concern to be a part of the solution to fight hunger in Seneca County.

Can’t participate this year?
There are other ways you can help!


  • Help us spread the word about the event on social media.
  • Encourage others to participate.
  • Sponsor a friend, family member, student or a co-worker.
  • Lend your kayak to someone who doesn’t have one.
  • Buy raffle tickets to win our event raffle item – A Go-Pro 11′ Inflatable Paddle Board package.

Because of the generosity of our 2018 annual sponsors, BonaDent Dental Laboratories and Waterloo Container, as well as event sponsors, Finger Lakes Radio Group and Trac Team, 100% of the proceeds will go toward serving the Seneca County House of Concern’s Mission: “To help those in need with basic necessities such as food, clothes, and household items and to treat everyone with dignity and respect.”


Canal Crawl Coloring Contest Announced

Name & Color the Creatures for a Chance to Win a Toy!

Download the coloring sheet and print by clicking the link:
Canal Crawl Coloring Sheet 2018

Even if you or your child are not participating in Canal Crawl Paddling Poverty we are inviting children to enter our Coloring Contest for a chance to win a toy.

To participate:
Download the coloring sheet above. Coloring sheets are also available at the Seneca Falls Library at 47 Cayuga Street, Seneca Falls and the Waterloo Library, 31 E. William Street, Waterloo. Please complete and return to the library no later than August 13th and or mail to Seneca County House of Concern, 35 State Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148. Good luck!




Food for Thought – Summer 2018

Hello Friends!

As Executive Director I’d like to share with you the most recent happenings at Seneca County House of Concern (SCHOC). First and foremost, thank you for your unwavering support of our agency and the vulnerable populations we serve. The organization certainly would not be on the footing it stands on today without your support, commitment and energy.

Since our last newsletter we have continued to serve hundreds of in need residents who live in Seneca County. Calendar year to date we have served over 55,000 meals and moved over 89 tons of food through our doors and directly to families in need.

A special thank you to the community and businesses for your support of our fundraiser, The Traveling Little Black Dress. This annual event has now raised over $70,000 in the span of six years. All of our fundraisers help us raise much needed resources to assist us in assisting our clients and there are three exciting events at Seneca County House of Concern this summer. We have our Color Run – Kids Helping Kids coming up on Saturday, June 16th, 2018. We are in the midst of our annual Need to Feed Campaign, and we are ramping up for our Canal Crawl on Saturday, August 18th, 2018.

Our Thrift Store has tried various special sales and will be expanding its hours to include extended hours one night (TBD) a week and monthly Saturday sales through year-end. The Thrift store has also been able to help on average 11 families per month with nonfood items such as clothing, furniture and housewares. Keep us in mind when looking for a new home for some of your things – especially furniture! Come shop in our store and support the food pantry at the same time!

Please continue to follow us on our website and on Facebook to keep up with our latest news, events, and fundraisers.

Wishing you peace and warmth!
Olan Mack

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!