Canal Crawl Paddling Poverty


Join us for a day of fun paddling down the Cayuga-Seneca Canal from Waterloo to Seneca Falls to benefit the Seneca County House of Concern on August 12, 2023!

This annual event has been a success in bringing friends, supporters and the community together for a fun-filled day of outdoor activity while raising money to benefit the organization’s food pantry.

Like a walk-a-thon, kayakers and canoers are encouraged to raise their entry contributions by asking family, friends, and co-workers to donate pledge money.  Prizes are awarded to those who raise the most money.  It is similar in format to other physical activity based fundraising events, like a Walk-a-Thon but this low intensity, non-competitive event is ideal for a variety of ages.

There is a a visual scavenger hunt and a reception with live music, a picnic and a celebration when participants disembark at the Seneca Falls Community Center.

Participants can enter individually or form teams of four. Being it is a fun, light-hearted event, teams are encouraged to give themselves a name and wear costumes or decorate their vessels.


Each individual participant – $25.00
Team of 4 is $75.00


Click Registration button above to sign up. Register by July 15th to receive a t-shirt. You can wait until the day of the event to register and pay but we may not have a t-shirt available.

Pledging – Please remember – This is a fundraising event. We encourage you to raise money for your paddle. Help fight hunger in Seneca County by obtaining pledge money with this provided Pledge Form.

Note:  The Seneca County House of Concern is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible.

Because of generous sponsors 100% of the proceeds 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.”

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Approved Watercraft – Canoes, Single Kayaks & Tandem Kayaks. Life jackets required. Waivers also required. If not on file, waivers will be available at check-in.

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Photo gallery below of the 2017 event. Click on photos to enlarge and scroll using arrows.


The mission of the Seneca County House of Concern is to help those in need with the basics of life – food, clothes and household items. In 2020-2021 we served an average of 900 families each month, treating all with dignity and respect.

We have been a source of assistance for people in difficult situations for the past 52 years thanks to the generous support of the community and fund raisers such as Canal Crawl. So, get a group of friends, family or co-workers together and join the Seneca County House of Concern to be a part of the solution to end hunger in Seneca County at Canal Crawl Paddling Poverty 2022.