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.”


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

Color Run – Register Now!

Color Run ‘Kids Helping Kids’ for the Seneca County House of Concern

Download Registration Form: Color Run Registration Form

The Seneca Falls Parks and Recreation will partner again this year with the Seneca County House of Concern to host a Community Charity Color Run. The food insecurity rate in Seneca County is around 11.9%. This means 1,000’s of people, including many children, are going to bed hungry every night.

The Mission: We are hosting this event to raise awareness, help our neighbors with food insecurity and strengthen our community. The 1 mile color run will be held on June 16th, 2018 at 9am.

Race Day Registration: Begins at 8:15 am and will close at 9am.

Race Location: The event will be held at the Mynderse Academy Track and Field, 105 Troy Street, Seneca Falls and is 1 mile long.

Registration Fee: $15 – Download form at link above or pick one up at the Seneca Falls Recreation Center at 35 Water Street, Seneca Falls.

Enter your kids, invite their friends and have fun for a great cause!

If you cannot participate but would like to sponsor an anonymous child to participate in the run drop off or send a check payable to Seneca County House of Concern at 35 State Street, Seneca Falls with the notation of Color Run Sponsor. OR please click the Donate button below and donate $15.00 (or increments of $15.00 for the number of children you would like to sponsor):

Models and Sponsors Announced

Anticipation is building as several models and sponsors have confirmed participation in the spring fashion show & luncheon to raise funds for the Seneca County House of Concern. The sixth annual event, titled The Traveling Little Black Dress… “goes Disco”, is traveling again and will be held on Friday, April 20th and Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at the Seneca Falls Country Club, 2790 State Route 89.

The fun will begin at 11:00 a.m. with raffles for items donated from several local businesses and restaurants. At 11:30 the doors will open, and attendees will be served lunch and treated to another delightful show. Models will be local friends of the organization including Mary Cook of Mix 98.5, Desiree Darby and Jerry Moran of Generations Bank, Emily Hilimire of Lyons National Bank, Tom Hilimire of Ace Automatics/Manhill Food Services, and Lisa Fitzgerald of ITT Gould Pumps. Several sponsors are supporting the fundraiser including but not limited to Bonadent Dental Laboratories, Summit Federal Credit Union, Waterloo Container, Generations Bank, ITT Gould Pumps, Dr. Rodney Littlejohn, Barrett Marine and DA Liquor.

Tickets for the event are open seating at $40.00 each. Save by purchasing two or more for $35.00 each.  Reserved seating will be only for tables of 8 attendees at $260.00 per table. Bring your family, friends or co-workers together and reserve a table. Tickets can be purchased by calling Susan at (315)730-4975, at The Copy Shop and Bee’s Cookies & Cakes, both located on Fall Street in Seneca Falls, or on the website at:


Denim & Diamonds Trinity Gala

The 4th annual Denim & Diamonds Gala sponsored by Trinity Church will be held on Friday,
October 13, 2017 at the Seneca Falls Country Club at 2790 Route 89, Seneca Falls. The gala will be from 6:00 to 10:00 PM and will have something for everyone.

Dinner choices are Chicken Parmesan, Stuffed Sole or Penne Alfredo. The Destination Duo Band will provide live music for dancing and listening. The highlight of the evening is an opportunity to win a REAL diamond and a $250 cash prize. There will also be a silent auction and raffles.

Tickets are $40 per person and will go on sale August 1. Tickets can be purchased at Trinity
Church office 27 Fall Street, Seneca Falls, at Robinette Jewelers and The Copy Shop .

The proceeds will benefit the Seneca County House of Concern and the churches outreach programs.

For more information call 315-568-5145 or visit

No Gifts Please Party

Dr. Herbert Holden and Rebecca Holden held a No Gifts Please Party on Saturday, July 15th. In lieu of gifts they asked that their guests donate non-perishable food items to the Seneca County House of Concern food pantry.

The Holdens were celebrating a few meaningful milestones in their life. First and foremost, their 50th wedding anniversary as well as recent 75th birthday celebrations. They have always been supporters of the House of Concern and continue to set an example of philanthropy. Their simple twist on gift giving will help many people in need in Seneca County and hopefully inspire others to do the same at their next celebration.

Several bags of food were donated (not all are pictured) including cases of canned vegetables and tuna as well as items, such as boxed cereal, peanut butter and beans.  The continued support of Herb and Rebecca is greatly appreciated as well as the generosity of their guests who donated. Thank you!

2017 Need to Feed Challenge Met

We would like to thank all of our contributors for meeting The Need to Feed Challenge for 2017. First and foremost a huge thank you to our generous sponsors listed below for their initial donations to set the challenge fund and to everyone who accepted the challenge to send in their donations. We appreciate the kindness of our community helping us meet the need to feed the hungry in Seneca County. Without our supporters none of our good work would be possible.


Feed the Future Project Donation

The Seneca Falls Kirk Casey American Legion Post 366 recently donated food items collected during the 5th Annual Feed the Future Project. The food drive collected breakfast foods to help feed children over the summer because for many, once the school year is over, there is no breakfast to start their day.

In addition to the items in the picture, more donations of cereal came in and the timing could not have been better because the pantry was in great need of cereal.

A big thank you to the Kirk Casey American Legion Post 366 and friends for their donations!