Food Pantry Coronavirus update

The Seneca County House of Concern Thrift Shop is open.

Thanks to the community’s generous response our food pantry has been replenished. The food pantry is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and Friday by appointment. Please call 325 568 2433 to set up an appointment; leave a message if no one is available. I will be checking messages daily.

Thank you.

Live Facebook Concert this tuesday

Faced with a food shortage we can use all the help we can get, so when acoustical guitarist Mario Agnello proposed hosting a live Facebook Concert we said YES!

Join Mario Tuesday night,  April 7th at 7…LIVE from his living room for some relaxing acoustic memories, and to help raise needed funds to replenish the food supply.

on Facebook. ‘Mario Agnello acoustic memories’

Thanks Mario 


When:  This Tuesday night starting at 7 PM



Please joing so I thought I would like to do something with my music to help support the community.  Bottom line is that I would like to host a live Facebook concert to benefit the House of Concern Food Pantry. I would play live on social media for an hour or two, and during the show I would be discussing the food shortage for the less fortunate in our community

Celtic Trio ARISE & GO returns to Trinity on March 11 as benefit for House of Concern

Celtic Trio ARISE & GO returns to Trinity on March 11 as benefit for House of Concern

Arise & Go, a celtic music trio based in Ithaca NY will present a concert at the church on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00pm.  The proceeds will benefit the House of Concern, a resource center for the needy now in its 51st year. The House of Concern has a food pantry, clothes closet, store, and other resources. No tickets necessary. The suggested donation is $10 per person.  The parish will be selling refreshments at intermission and the trio will be selling their CDs!  It will be very difficult NOT to enjoy this concert. Bring the whole family.

HOC Welcomes new Executive Director.

The Seneca County House of Concern has a new Executive Director. Delores Morgan stepped into the role on October 24 taking over management from outgoing director Olan Mack. For the past three years she has been working as thrift store manager.

“We are delighted to be able to promote from within” according to Board President Larry Driscoll. “Delores knows our operation and has been actively involved in fundraising. During her tenure as store manager, she has improved the customer experience offering better shopping hours and improved merchandise. She has a ‘can do’ attitude that will transfer to the rest of the organization.”

The Seneca County House of Concern has been active in the community for the past 50 years providing food, clothing, advocacy, and job referrals to those in need.



Help stamp out hunger and get a tax break.

Taxpayers age 70 &1/2 or older can transfer up to $100,000  year from their individual retirement account to charities. These donations can count towards the minimum required distribution but the donor does not have to report the withdrawal as taxable income. This can help a taxpayer keep his or her reported adjusted gross income below thresholds at which higher Medicare premiums and higher taxes on investments and Social Security benefits kick in.

For your gift to qualify.

  • You must be 70 1/2 or older at the time of your gift.
  • The transfer must go directly from your IRA to the Seneca County House of Concern.
  • Your IRA gift cannot exceed $100,000
  • Your gift must be outright.

Canal Crawl Paddling 2018 – Important Info for Paddlers

Canal Crawl Paddling Poverty 2018 – Q&A

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 the attached waiver with you. Otherwise, when you arrive there will be waivers available to sign at check-in. All participants must check-in at Oak Island before launching. If you registered other paddlers as part of your team, but did not submit their email addresses, please forward this information. Thank you for participating.

Waiver Form

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 Route 5 & 20 (West Main Street).  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. Everyone should be 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. When you arrive, park near the launch area, unload your watercraft and 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. We ask that participants park in the optional lot to allow those who have rented the pavilions to park in the Oak Island lot.

What if I don’t want to go through the lock?
There is the optional launching site at the Waterloo DPW 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 until you see other kayakers.

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 sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a cell phone or camera to take pictures. Dress appropriately for the weather conditions. You may want to bring a credit card or cash to participate in the raffles and silent auction at the end.

Where will there be restrooms?
There are restrooms at Oak Island and also at the Seneca Falls Recreation Center. Plan accordingly. This will be approximately 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 10 scavenger hunt items to look for. There will be signs with numbers posted on or near the items. Write the numbers (1-10) beside the corresponding clues. There are also a few games along the way. Answer the trivia questions on the back and turn your entry in when you arrive at the Seneca Falls Recreation Center for a chance to win 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 a surprise snack along the way. Boats will be on the water, leading the way and following in the back to hand out bottled water and be of assistance. 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 and games, enjoy the camaraderie, 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. Partake in the complimentary lunch, enjoy the music and bid on our silent auction items and raffle. We will have credit card acceptance available. Awards and prizes will be announced during lunch at 12:00 noon.

How do I get back to the launch site/parking area to get my vehicle?
There will be shuttles available. You will be dropped off at your launch site 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! Have a boatload of fun! Happy Paddling!

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