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Food for Thought - Summer 2018

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

Getting to Know our Platinum Sponsor

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:


Senator Helming Tours House of Concern

Senator Helming Tours House of Concern

Pictured above: Senator Pam Helming, Olan Mack (Executive Director), Supervisor Greg Lazarro, Larry Driscoll (Board Vice President) and Leah Ntuala (Board President).

Upon request of the Board of Directors, State Senator Pam Helming and Seneca Falls Supervisor Greg Lazzaro visited the Seneca County House of Concern on Thursday, March 1, 2018.  They were invited  to tour the facilities to get a sense of the organization’s mission in assisting those with food insecurity and to demonstrate the need for assistance in maintaining the infrastructure in order to continue to support those in need in Seneca County.

Thank you Seneca County Community!

Thank you Seneca County Community!

We, the Board of Directors of the Seneca County House of Concern (SCHOC) wanted to take this moment to say THANK YOU to the Seneca County Community.

We have been providing services and assistance to residents of Seneca County for nearly 50 years!  It is only because of our benevolent neighbors, friends, businesses, volunteers, and dedicated staff that we have been able to be a blessing to so many for so long.

Along our journey we have faced many obstacles including decreases in fiscal resources coupled with increased demands in the needs of the Seneca County Community’s most vulnerable populations.

We are currently in the process along our journey of facing some challenging fiscal times.  We stand faithful and confident that our neighbors, friends, business, volunteers and dedicated staff will continue to support us as we work through this trying time in our journey of service.

In an attempt to be more prudent and responsible stewards of the resources, donations, time, and efforts of our benefactors, we (Board of Directors of SCHOC) have instituted an agency wide reorganization.  This reorganization should allow us to service our client base in a much more efficient manner.  The reorganization will result in a small adjustment to our starting time, now 9:30am, and some staff duties have been realigned and consolidated.  The reorganization should not result in any loss of services to the clients we serve.  The efficiencies realized by the move should position the SCHOC to build a rock solid financial foundation and position the agency to look forward to the future of providing services to Seneca County’s most vulnerable for another 50 years and beyond!

As always donations and volunteers are always appreciated.

Once again THANK YOU Seneca County Community!

Board of Directors
Seneca County House of Concern

Change in Hours

Change in Hours

The Seneca County House of Concern Administrative, Food Pantry, and HOC Thrift Store hours are changing following a reorganization plan set in place by the Executive Director and Board of Directors. The reorganization resulted in a small adjustment to operational hours, with the starting time now being 9:30am.

This change became effective January 3, 2018.

The new hours are:


Food Pantry and Administrative Office – 9:30 – 12:00 and 1:00-3:30

HOC Thrift Store – 9:30 – 4:00

See the Food Pantry Page and the HOC Thrift Store  pages for more info.


The Benefits of Donating (part 2)

The Benefits of Donating (part 2)


You don’t have to be a Bill Gates or Warren Buffet to maximize tax deductions for charitable contributions. To maximize their deduction and donations, these tax savvy contributors donate stocks instead of cash. So can you if you have stocks that have increased in value. How does it work?

If you’re your stocks have increased in value from the time of purchase (must be held for more than one year), you can avoid paying the capital gains tax by donating the security to the Seneca County House of Concern. What you get is the ability to make a larger contribution, (good for us) since taxation is avoided on the stock donation. The full value of the security being donated is eligible for a tax deduction (good for you). Details can be found in the attached WSJ Article

The mechanics are rather straight forward.  A security’s gift value is determined by its fair market value on the day you make the gift. In the case of certificates mailed to us, the date of gift is the date of mailing; if the shares are transferred to the Seneca County House of Concern on the books of a broker or agent, then the gift date is the date of transfer.

To make a gift of securities or stock, please contact Executive Director Olan Mack by emailing or calling (315) 568-2433.

For more on this topic read

Thank You!


New Beginnings Boutique – Closing


We are saddened to announce that New Beginnings Boutique will be closing permanently by years’ end. We also apologize that the store has been closed for several weeks. However, we will reopen this Friday, December 9th from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM and again Saturday December 10th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. All merchandise will be 50% off, which includes ALL SEASONS of clothes, shoes, handbags, costume jewelry, and accessories. Future hours and sales – to be announced.

Thank you to the community and our loyal customers for your support over the last three years.

Appointment of New Executive Director

Appointment of New Executive Director

As of October 31, 2016 Olan E. Mack is the new Executive Director of the Seneca County House of Concern. Mack will fill the vacancy created by Rhonda (Pollino) Jasper’s departure in September to join the United Way of Seneca County. The selection was made after a month long search with several applicants and numerous interviews.

“Olan comes to us with great recommendations,” says Larry Driscoll, chair of the search committee.  “He will bring leadership and creativity to the Seneca County House of Concern’s mission with a deep sense of commitment to community and those who are less fortunate.  He has served for many years, as Executive Director at various nonprofits, which gives him a wide range of experience and perspective.”

Mack’s resume includes over 20 years of executive administration in the nonprofit and for profit sector.  Olan attended Syracuse University and Columbia College and was a HIV educator in the late 1990’s. He has served as executive director of Offender Aid and Restoration in Ithaca, the Southside Community Center in Ithaca and the Westcott Community Center in Syracuse. He has also served as Vice President and President of Greater Syracuse Works, a work force related agency. Olan’s experience includes providing administration assistance; grant writing, supervision of staff, advocacy, community outreach, public relations, marketing and fundraising.

“The service of basic needs with dignity and respect doesn’t get any more human and essential than that! I look forward to working with the Seneca County House of Concern in the service of families in Seneca County, providing them with some basic needs, services and support.”, said Olan.

As Executive Director, Mack will oversee the organization, which serves, on average, 450 households per month in Seneca County with food assistance through the food pantry as well as various advocacy programs and charitable projects.