Seneca Falls Legion Holds Feed the Future Drive

Food Pantry DonationsThe Seneca Falls American Legion, Post 366 is holding their Annual Feed the Future drive, specifically to help provide non-perishable breakfast foods for the House of Concern Food Pantry. The Legion Hall, at 48 State Street is directly across the street from the House of Concern, and will receive donations through June 14th.

With the school year ending soon, many families will be without the supplemental meals provided for free or reduced prices through programs offered by the schools. This puts an additional burden on families with school age children.

American Legion LogoAs an incentive to participate in the program, for every item donated, the donor will receive an entry into a drawing to win gift certificates provided by local businesses.

Examples of the types of foods the Legion is looking for include cereals, juice boxes, oatmeal, pop tarts, cereal bars, instant breakfast, and peanut butter. For more information about this campaign, contact Julie Scott at 315-604-1396, or the legion at 315-568-8091.


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…

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.”


Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Wednesday, July 17th

New Beginnings BoutiqueSeneca Chamber to Co-Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Grand Opening for House of Concern’s New Beginnings Boutique

from Seneca Daily

The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce will co-host an upcoming ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening event to celebrate the growth and expansion for one of its local members, the Seneca County House of Concern. New Beginnings Boutique is a newly opened consignment shop that is owned and operated by the House of Concern, and is managed by Lynn Wimmer.

The event will include photo opportunities with a short presentation, and will take place on Wednesday July 17 at 11:00am at New Beginnings Boutique, located at 91A Fall Street in Seneca Falls. The boutique will offer a 10% discount on any items purchased from Wednesday, July 17th through Saturday, July 20th. Light refreshments will be served to those in attendance.

HOClogoHouse of Concern Executive Director Diane Draheim stated her excitement for the expansion. “We are so pleased with this new venture, and really look forward to this open house event as an opportunity to open our doors to the
community, where local residents, businesses and community partners can stop in to see and hear firsthand what we are all about.”

The Seneca County Chamber of Commerce hopes for this exact same outcome.

“Ribbon Cutting and Open House Events are just one of the many services that we can offer to help enhance exposure for our members while marketing their businesses; and truly reap the benefits of Chamber Membership,” said Cassandra Harrington, the Chamber’s Membership Services Coordinator.

Left to Right, Bob Adkins, store manager of the New Beginnings Thrift Shop at the House of Concern on State Street, Lynne Wimmer, store manager for the New Beginnings Boutique on Fall Street, and Rev. Eleanor Collinsworth, House of Concern Board Treasurer and Chair of the Boutique Committee.

Draheim noted that the organization strives in continuing efforts towards greater awareness while participating in new projects that may result in
additional donations or other ways that benefit or assist with their causes. “Our goal is to never have to turn folks away that are in need,” she added.

The Seneca County House of Concern is a local non-profit organization established in 1969, and specializes in securing and providing food support, clothing, furniture and household items to those in need, while assisting
with other direct services such as providing advocacy for individuals.

The House of Concern joined the Chamber of Commerce in 2012 and already has taken advantage of several business and networking benefits that the Chamber provides. They were one of the local recipients to benefit from Finger Lakes Cork & Fork’s efforts towards combating hunger. Cork & Fork- a regional food, wine and agri-tourism event, is held each September at Rodman Lott & Son Farms in Seneca Falls and is managed by the Chamber. In 2012 the House of Concern was presented with a monetary donation as well as non perishable items that were collected from food drives arranged during event promotions. The 2013 Finger Lakes Cork & Fork festival will be held on Friday-Saturday, September 20-21.

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House of Concern Board members Rev. Eleanor Collinsworth and Phil Dressing distribute food at a recent Foodlink delivery.

For more information about Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies, and Open House events, or for more details about marketing opportunities within Chamber membership,
please contact the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce at (315) 568-2906 or visit

The Basics:

Grand Open House Event- Expansion Reception. New Beginnings Boutique consignment store, newly opened under the Seneca County House of Concern.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with photo opportunities: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 11am

New Beginnings Boutique, 91A Fall Street, Seneca Falls, NY 13148.

To offer the community an opportunity to view, shop and support the fight against hunger in Seneca County.

The boutique will offer a 10% discount on any items purchased from Wednesday, July 17th through Saturday, July 20th. Light refreshments will be served to those in attendance.

Shop details: The store will concentrate on selling high-end and designer clothes, handbags, shoes and jewelry for women.

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday 10am – 5pm
Thursday 11am – 6pm
Friday 11am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm

Please call 315.568.4401 for more information or visit

Fashion Show Will Support House of Concern

LBDjpgThe Seneca County House of Concern and Hotel Clarence Announce May Fashion Show and Luncheon Fund-Raiser

The Seneca County House of Concern has partnered with the Hotel Clarence to bring our community a unique opportunity to blend fashion with the elegant setting of the Clarence. The Traveling Little Black Dress luncheon and fashion show will run two consecutive days, Friday May 17 and Saturday May 18 in the dining room of the Clarence. The event is being held to help meet the growing challenge of serving the hungry right here in Seneca County. All net proceeds from the event will go to funding the food pantry at the House of Concern.

“This is our way of giving our supporters an opportunity for some great entertainment and outstanding food and help us meet the needs of our hungry neighbors right here in our own backyard. When Sharon Hoatland offered her expertise at creating high quality fashion shows, we jumped at the chance,” says HOC Executive Director Diane Draheim.

In addition to the luncheon and fashion show, there will be special auction items and clothing and accessories displays. Guests will be greeted by tuxedo-clad ushers, and models will show a variety of clothing styles highlighted by the featured “Traveling Little Black Dress.”

The show will feature local models and clothing from area retailers. “The response from potential sponsors has been terrific,” says Committee Chair Terri Ferguson. “We expect to make this an annual event. We intend for this to be the ‘Must Attend’ event of the Season.”

The House of Concern has been facing unprecedented demand for services at the same time funding from government sources is being cut. In January of 2013, the United Way partner agency was responsible for providing more than 17,000 meals locally. “The HOC Board has been proactively expanding our profile in the community, partnering with businesses and social services agencies and increasing our fund-raising activities. It’s really the only way we are going to meet the growing challenge of providing food security for folks right here in Seneca County,” says Board President Stephen Beals. “The event committee has put together an impressive group of volunteers to make this a great event, and we’d be happy to hear from anyone who would like to get involved.”

The luncheon will be held from 11:00-1:00pm and tickets will be available beginning April 1 at the House of Concern, Woman Made Products, the Copy Shop, Sinicropi Florists, the Cornell Ag and Tech Center in Geneva, and on-line from the House of Concern web site Cost is $35 for the luncheon and show.

Donate Now Button Added

There is now a Donate Now button on our web site. The button provides a convenient and secure way to donate to the Seneca County House of Concern. We have carefully considered the best way to make use of the Internet and social media to help us with our mission of meeting the food needs of our community and have partnered with Donate Now to provide this service. The company is specifically set up to handle any size donation for not-for-profit organizations and charge a very minimal fee for setting up a secure, safe way to make an on-line donation. It is a much more cost-effective way of making donations because it saves us the postage and printing costs associated with our usual fund-raising methods. It also allows donors to enter any information about dedicating their gifts in memory of a loved one and can create a snail mail or email acknowledgement for your gift. It also allows you to make your gift anonymously.

We hope our donors will be happy with this solution, and we look forward to continuing to meet the needs of our community in the most efficient and responsible manner possible. Thanks to all who contribute som much in time and  financial resources to help in this important effort.

HOC Awarded Food Security Grant

by Diane Draheim, Executive Director, Seneca County House of Concern

The House of Concern is pleased to announce an exciting grant program with Seneca County Department of Human Services (DHS) called “The Food Security Program”.

The program will focus on stretching the food dollar and promoting food security. Food Security is defined by the World Health Organization as “when people have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and Continue reading “HOC Awarded Food Security Grant”