Legion Food Drive helps Stock Shelves

Kasey CansThe Kirk Casey American Legion Post 366, recently held a very successful and much needed food drive for the Seneca County House of Concern. Dubbed the the “Cans for the Commander” soup drive, the drive collected primarily cans of soup to help keep the shelves stocked. Soup is especially needed as cooler weather sets in and folks need some internal warmth.

Individuals interested in conducting food drives are encouraged to contact HOC Executive Director Rose Rathbone at 315-568-2433.

5K Race Benefits House of Concern

Race For Hunger 5k August 2nd at Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve.

The Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve is hosting their fourth, annual 5K Race for Hunger on August 2, 2014 at 9:00 am at their Black Brook Road site in Seneca Falls. Although this race’s USTAF certified course is situated in a wetland preserve, it is not your typical “trail race.”

The terrain is relatively flat, with a stone dust path and beautiful native wildflowers, wildlife and ponds surrounding the course. In addition, the trail is built up for race day, so even if the weather has been rainy, the course will be relatively dry.

Proceeds from the 5K Race for Hunger benefit the House of Concern, a very active, local food pantry that services hundreds of families in need.

Registration Fee

Pre-Registration – $15 per person, and a non-perishable food item.

Race Day Registration – $20 per person

(First 100 pre-registrants will receive an event t-shirt. Pre-registration forms must be postmarked by July 14, 2014.)

Registration forms are available by:

1. Visiting our web page http://www.senecameadows.com/5k_race_for_hunger.php

2. E-mailing mneumire@iesi.com

3. Calling 315-539-5624

Event Date & Start Time

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 9:00 am

Age Groups & Awards

1st Place Overall Male & Female: $100 value gift certificates or cash cards (TBD), and trophy

2nd Place Overall Male & Female: $50 value gift certificates or cash cards (TBD), and trophy

3rd Place Overall Male & Female: $25 value gift certificates or cash cards (TBD), and trophy

Trophies given to first, second and third place male and female winners in each age category. (13 and under, 14-16, 17-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over. No duplicate awards.)

Every year, this race brings runners from around the state and across the country. The event is sponsored by the Seneca Meadows Landfill. Volunteers from the Seneca Falls Volunteer Fire Department, the Seneca County House of Concern, United Way of Seneca County and North Seneca Ambulance are sure to make the day a success.

“We have some great prizes for this year’s event,” said Seneca Meadows Public Relations Coordinator, Marcy Neumire. “First, second and third place overall male and female winners will all receive cash prizes, which is pretty much unheard of for a $15 entry fee. I think our runners are going to be very happy.”

The House of Concern, a non-profit agency that has been in operation since 1969, services low income families and individuals in Seneca County by providing food, personal items, clothing, furniture, household goods and financial aid. Community fundraisers, such as the 5K Race for Hunger are essential for the successful operation of this charitable organization.

Other food banks providing services for Seneca County, include: The Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency and the Harmony Food Pantry in Waterloo, the Ovid Federated Church, the Interlaken Reformed Church, and the Tyre Reformed Church.

The Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve is located on the corner of Black Brook Road and King Road in Seneca Falls, one mile south of State Route 318. For more information, call 315-539-5624.

House of Concern Names Interim Director

Rose Rathbone
Rose Rathbone

The Seneca County House of Concern has named Rose Rathbone as Interim Executive Director. Diane Draheim, who has served as Director of the organization since 2007, has been out on disability and is currently awaiting a heart transplant at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Draheim has been named Director Emeritus and will continue to offer her expertise to the organization.

Rathbone retired last December as Executive Director of the Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Program. She has considerable experience with administration of that agency and has worked directly with both Foodlink, the major food source for the House of Concern, in addition to working collaboratively with the House of Concern on many mutual projects. She will be working part-time to help the agency through this transitional period. She has also been an active partner with United Way of Seneca County and has served on the local FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Board. She has also been active on the VITA (Volunteers Income Tax Assistance) committee and has partnered with many other civic organizations.

“Rose has the ability to see gaps and design programs and initiatives to fill those gaps due to her passionate desire to work with others,” says United Way Executive Director Karen Beals.

A search committee is being formed to recruit a new Executive Director.

At their June Annual meeting, the House of Concern Board also named two new Board members and said farewell to Board member Rev. Eleanor Collinsworth. Collinsworth, pastor of the Seneca Falls United Methodist Church served as the organization’s Treasurer. She will be leaving for a new church post in Bath, NY.

Larry Driscoll, a retired BOCES administrator has joined the Board and will serve on the Buildings and Grounds Committee. Seneca County Chamber of Commerce Membership Development manager Cassandra Harrington will serve on the Board’s Development Committee. Board Member Emily Quill has been named Board Treasurer to replace Collinsworth. Board President Stephen Beals, Vice President Gregg Sarra and Secretary Rev. Leah Ntuala were elected to serve another term in their respective posts.

The House of Concern is a partner agency of United Way of Seneca County. The office is located at 33 State Street in Seneca Falls and operates a food pantry and New Beginnings Thrift Store at 35 State St.. HOC also owns and operated the New Beginnings Boutique at 103 Fall St., Seneca Falls. Proceeds from all House of Concern retail stores go to fund the food pantry. In May, the HOC provided more than 29,000 meals to hungry people in Seneca County.


Doug’s Fish Fry Supports House of Concern

Dougs Fish FryDoug’s Fish Fry will be at the Five StarBank at the intersection of Rt 5&20 and Rt 414 on Monday June 23rd from 11am-6pm. They will have a large selection of seafood dinners available and a percentage of all sales will go to support the Seneca County House of Concern.

Dougs Fish Fry So far this year, Doug’s ToGo! has contributed $84,625.00 to the local community. On Tues at June 24th They will be at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds, 2150 Trumansburg Rd. to support Trumansburg Football

American Legion Sponsors Feed the Future Drive

Feed the Future
The school year is almost over and for some children that means their days will start without breakfast. This creates a critical time for children in need and for local food pantries. The Seneca Falls American Legion will be collecting Non-perishable Breakfast items to be donated to the House of Concerns’ food pantry.HOC logo

As an incentive, the Legion is offering an entry for every item that is donated into a drawing to win gift certificates to local businesses.

Items will be collected
from May 23th thru June 21st, 2014 @
Post 366
48 State Street
Seneca Falls.
Food Pantry 1Please join the Legion in supporting this effort to fill the many cereal bowls of the future!

Any questions or comments, contact Julie Scott (315-604-1396) or the American Legion (315-568-8091)

Some examples: Cereal, juice boxes, oatmeal, pop tarts, cereal bars, instant breakfast, peanut butter, etc…

Electronic Donations Accepted

Did you know that you can now make donations to the House of Concern online?
Go to www.houseofconcern.org and click on DONATE. You can use your credit/debit card, or use PayPal. It’s very easy, and the transactions are secure.

Did you know that a donation of:
$25 will purchase 15 jars of peanut butter
$50 will purchase 40 boxes of cereal
$100 will purchase 50 dozen eggs
$500 will allow us to purchase meat
Please donate today!

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Postal Workers Lend Hand to HOC

POdrive1 POdrive2Local United States Postal Service employees lent a hand to the Seneca County House of Concern with cartloads of food supplied by their customers. The Post Office sent out a card requesting donations of non-perishable food items to all their customers in the area, and over the past few days have collected the bags customers left by their mailboxes.

The result was several cartloads of urgently needed food for the people of Seneca County. Like all food pantries, the House of Concern has been faced with cuts in funding at the same time as the need for food has been unprecedented.

POdrive3“We have experienced the greatest need this year than we have seen in out entire 45 year history of serving Seneca County,” said House of Concern Executive Director Diane Draheim. “We have had to purchase an unusual amount of food from local stores to keep our shelves stocked, so this generous donation will be a huge help.”


Notes from the Director

Diane Draheim
Diane Draheim, Executive Director

Our first big event of Spring was the Second Annual traveling little Black Dress Fashion show, March 28 and 29 at The Gould Hotel. The House of Concern garnered more than $12,000 during the two days and dozens of sponsors and volunteers helped make it a truly outstanding event. The committee is already working on next year’s extravaganza. All profits go towards running the food pantry. You can make a difference and have lots of fun all at the same time. 

Later in this year we will be having a Mystery Dinner theater. Doug’s Fish Fry will be bringing their truck out and some of the proceeds will go to HOC. There is a Dinner Dance being planned, and many other fun events are being bounced around. So make sure you check our website and read the newsletter so you don’t miss a thing.

The New Beginnings Boutique has lots of great new fashions and Lynne has been busy getting ready for Spring so make sure you visit us at 103Fall Street. Store Hours are Wednesday 10-5,
Thursday and Friday 11-6 and Saturday 11-4.

Our State Street Store is also thinking Spring and getting out our Easter and St. Patrick’s Day items so you will want to see what we have there. Great buys and very cool stuff, and of course you are supporting the food pantry with everything that you purchase. So that is a win for everyone!

All of these events and everything that we do at the stores are all in order to meet our mission of helping our neighbors who are in need. Still it would not be enough if we did not have the amazing community support that we have been blessed to receive over the years. During the recent Holiday Season I was once again so touched with the immense giving spirit that surrounds us. I thank you all for all you do~

Have a great Spring, I hope to see you all at The Traveling Little Black Dress fashion Show!


Little Black Dress Fashion Show A HUGE Success


Part of the crew that helped put together the House of Concern’s Little Black Dress fund-raiser. Front row: Eleanor Collinsworth and Tammy Mills
Back: Deb Jacobs, Stephen Beals, Gail Mentis, Diane Draheim, Terri Ferguson, Denise Sarra, Lynne Wimmer, Sue Noble, Sharon Snover, Alison McGee, Lisa Palladino

The Second Annual Little Black Dress Fashion Show at the Gould Hotel March 28-29 was a huge success, netting over $12,000 for the House of Concern Food Pantry.

The committee is currently reviewing the event and planning for next year’s extravaganza. Our thanks to our wonderful sponsors and volunteers for making this fashion show truly the “Must-See” event of the season.

Chamber Food Drive Helps House of Concern


HOC Chamber
Pictured (left to right) Jeff Shipley, Chamber of Commerce; Siearah O’Brien, Front Office Manager of the Hampton Inn; Kristen Bryan, Pantry Manager, SCHOC; Ann Knowland, winner of the overnight stay donated by the Hampton Inn; Dave Saunders, SCHOC Board member.

The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce hosted a canned food drive to benefit the Seneca County House of Concern. The effort was conducted as a joint partnership with the Hampton Inn of Seneca Falls.

HOC loading
Loading the trailer to take the food to the House of Concern.

The food drive kicked-off at the Chamber’s February Business-After-Hours Mixer, hosted by the House of Concern to help raise awareness for the local organization.

For each canned food or non-perishable item that was donated, attendees received a ticket voucher to be entered into a grand prize drawing, including an overnight stay donated by the Hampton Inn. The food drive concluded at the March 19 Business-After-Hours at Blossoms by Cosentino, where Ann Knowland, was announced as winner of the overnight stay.

Detailed Food Pantry needs for the House of Concern can be found on their website, www.houseofconcern.org.