Detailed Info for Canal Crawl Participants-2016

As we make our final preparations for the event we are sharing a list of possible questions and answers for our participants. Please keep in mind that 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 waiver with you (Click WAIVER link below). Otherwise, when you arrive there will be waivers available to sign at check-in. This information can also be found on our Facebook Page: Canal Crawl Paddling Poverty.

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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 of Route 5 & 20 (West Main Street). See map below. 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. Our goal is to have everyone 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. If that lot becomes full, we ask that you 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. If you are launching at Oak Island, to go through the lock, but there is no parking available when you arrive, unload your watercraft and park in one of the optional lots.

What if I don’t want to go through the lock?
There is the optional launching site at the Waterloo Department of Public Works 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 when you see the other participants approaching.

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 a bottle of water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a cell phone or camera to take pictures. Dress appropriately for the weather conditions. You may want to bring cash to participate in the raffles at the end. We have some great items including restaurant gift certificates, wine basket, Alex & Ani and Pandora bracelets, a MacKenzie-Childs bowl and much more.

Where will there be restrooms?
There are restrooms at Oak Island and also at the Seneca Falls Recreation Center. Plan accordingly. This should be about 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 15 scavenger hunt items to look for. There will be signs with numbers posted on or near the items. Write the numbers (1-15) beside the corresponding clues. These items may be natural landmarks or items placed along the shore. Answer the trivia questions on the back and turn your entry in when you arrive at the Seneca Falls Recreation Center. The person with the most correct answers wins 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 be music and snacks along the way. 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 to win a Bass Pro Gift Certificate. Enjoy the comradery, 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. Hand in your scavenger hunt entry form. Partake in the complimentary lunch, which we will be ready at approximately at 11:30 and enjoy the live music. Take a chance on raffle items. Awards and prizes will be announced at approximately 12:30. (All times are approximate, depending on the time it takes everyone to paddle down the canal.)

How do I get back to the launch site/parking area to get my vehicle?
There will be a shuttle starting at approximately 12:30, after awards, prizes and drawings. You will be dropped off at Oak Island 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!

Feeding minds with knowledge, stomachs with food and hearts with hope.

5K RACE for Hunger – 2016

Sign up soon for the 5K Race for Hunger at the Seneca Meadows Wetland Preserve, August 27th. The sunset run starts at 6:30 PM. There will be a complimentary beer for all runners (over 21) and live music by Sara and Joe Mull.  All proceeds to benefit the Seneca County House of Concern. For more details and to sign up go to Active.com

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The Benefits of Donating (Part 1)

Last week we had a visit from two of our generous donors. They usually drop by once a year to see how we are doing and to catch up on our news. They also had news for us on how to use qualified charitable distribution to get more tax leverage.

Were we interested? Of course! So we are passing it on just in case you are feeling generous and interested in leveraging your IRA distribution. The how to can be found in this article in the this WSJ article

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Last week we had a visit from two of our generous donors. They usually drop by once a year to see how we are doing and to catch up on our news. They also had news for us on how to use qualified charitable distributions to get more tax leverage.

Were we interested? Of course! So we are passing it on just in case you are feeling generous and interested in leveraging your IRA distribution. The how to can be found in this article in this WSJ article.

Generations Bank and Seneca County House of Concern announce a weekend of activities to benefit the hungry in Seneca County.

Second Annual Taste & Tunes Event Joined by the Inaugural Canal Crawl Paddling Poverty coming up in August

Multiple events the weekend of Aug. 19-20 to benefit the hungry in Seneca County

We don’t like to see anyone hungry, but we know that there are many of our neighbors who are. This is one way we can raise visibility and funding to help the hungry in our communities”, said Menzo Case, Generations Bank President & CEO.

Seneca Falls, N.Y. – Together, Generations Bank and Seneca County House of Concern announce a weekend of activities to benefit the hungry in Seneca County. Generations Bank will again be hosting its Taste & Tunes event and The Seneca County House of Concern will be hosting its inaugural Canal Crawl Paddling Poverty.

Taste & Tunes is set to take place at Generations Bank’s headquarters, located at 20 E Bayard St., Seneca Falls, from 6 – 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19. The event benefits three organizations that help the hungry: Seneca Country House of Concern, Trevor’s Gift and the Seneca Falls Back Pack program.
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Second Annual Taste & Tunes Event Joined by the Inaugural Canal Crawl Paddling Poverty coming up in August

Multiple events the weekend of Aug. 19-20 to benefit the hungry in Seneca County

We don’t like to see anyone hungry, but we know that there are many of our neighbors who are. This is one way we can raise visibility and funding to help the hungry in our communities”, said Menzo Case, Generations Bank President & CEO.

Seneca Falls, N.Y. – Together, Generations Bank and Seneca County House of Concern announce a weekend of activities to benefit the hungry in Seneca County. Generations Bank will again be hosting its Taste & Tunes event and The Seneca County House of Concern will be hosting its inaugural Canal Crawl Paddling Poverty.

Taste & Tunes is set to take place at Generations Bank’s headquarters, located at 20 E Bayard St., Seneca Falls, from 6 – 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19. The event benefits three organizations that help the hungry: Seneca Country House of Concern, Trevor’s Gift and the Seneca Falls Back Pack program.

Taste & Tunes will feature tastings from various wineries, breweries, and restaurants in Seneca County, along with live music from local musicians, such as, Tommy Ende & Frankie Wheeler of Major Crush, Brad Ellis & Anna Luisi, and Joe Dog Duo. At the conclusion of the event, attendees can enjoy fireworks at 9 p.m. over Van Cleef Lake. Tickets cost $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door and include a stemless wine glass and tastings throughout the event. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Café XIX on East Bayard St., Generations Bank at 19 Cayuga St. and CVD Boutique on Fall St. Current sponsors include: Dr. Littlejohn and Waterloo Container.

The Canal Crawl Paddling Poverty is an annual event to raise funds to support the House of Concern. The event, which is set to take place at 9 a.m. on Aug. 20, is a day of relaxing paddling down the Cayuga/Seneca Canal from the Waterloo Locks to the Seneca Falls Community Center. There are multiple stops along the way for snacks and a scavenger hunt. When paddlers disembark at the Seneca Falls Community Center there will be food, music, awards, and raffles. Registration costs $25 for individuals plus a $50 participation fee, or $150 for teams. Each registrant will receive a t-shirt. Forms can be downloaded from the website, houseofconcern.org and entry fees can also be paid online. Participants are encouraged to raise additional funds by taking pledges from friends and family.

“Generations Bank is committed to the people of the small towns in the Finger Lakes. Started in 1870, we take our commitment to the people of the towns surrounding this part of the Erie Canal very seriously. We don’t like to see anyone hungry, but we know that there are many of our neighbors who are. This is one way we can raise visibility and funding to help the hungry in our communities”, said Menzo Case, Generations Bank President & CEO.

About Generations Bank

Generations Bank has partnered with businesses and residents in the Northern Finger Lakes region since its founding in 1870, while maintaining a strong commitment to each and every community in which it operates. The bank is headquartered in Seneca Falls and serves customers from nine retail locations in Seneca Falls, Auburn, Waterloo, Geneva, Union Springs, Phelps and Farmington. Generations was named to CNY Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in 2015 and 2016. The bank is the organizing sponsor for the Women’s Right to Run 19K/5K running event which benefits the transformation of the Seneca Knitting Mill for the National Women’s Hall of Fame. For more information, visit righttorun19k.org

In addition to traditional business and consumer deposit services, Generations Bank focuses on residential mortgages, as well as manufactured home, automobile, home equity, commercial, non-residential real estate and construction loans. The organization also serves the broader needs of the Finger Lakes area through its insurance business, Generations Agency and financial planning and brokerage services offered by Generations Investment Services. For more information, visit MyGenBank.com

About Seneca County House of Concern

The House of Concern has been a source of assistance for people in difficult situations for over 47 years. The food pantry has been a source of nourishment for those in need while the store, staff and volunteers continue to nourish all that enter the store with kindness and a smile! Feeding minds with knowledge, stomachs with food and hearts with hope.

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WoodmenLife Chapter 1025 to Sponsor Hunger Drive

In June of 2015  WoodmenLife Chapter 1025  celebrated the Company’s 125th anniversary with a food drive to benefit the Seneca County House of Concern, at Tops (Kingdom Plaza, Waterloo). In an unprecedented show of community support, over 100 bags of food and personal items were collected in just over two hours. Due to the overwhelming success of the June 6, 2015 hunger drive, Chapter 1025 will once again collect food and personal items for the House of Concern on Saturday, May 28, 2016, from 10 AM to 2:30 PM.

“Support like this truly is vital to the mission of feeding our neighbors in need,” said Rhonda Pollino, Seneca County House of Concern Executive Director. The National Community Focus to Fight Hunger is WoodmenLife’s 2015 fraternal directive.

WoodmenLife is a non-profit life insurance society founded in 1890 by families for families. The same tradition of helping others is carried out still to this day through a number of charitable works and patriotic presentations. WoodmenLife is one of the nation’s leading fraternal benefit societies, and serves a dual mission – to help ensure financial security for members and their families, through insurance and investment products, and to carry out community service projects that enrich lives and benefit individuals, families and communities.

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Hockey to Benefit House of Concern

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Join the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce for a fun evening of hockey during “Seneca County Chamber Night at the Syracuse Crunch”.

For only $20 see the Crunch take on the Rochester Americans.

Portion of proceeds go to benefit the Seneca County House of Concern.

Simply return this form to the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce by Wednesday, March 23rd.

American Legion Sponsors Feed the Future Drive

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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 @
THE SENECA FALLS AMERICAN LEGION
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…