May 10, 2022

Alzheimer’s Association Rochester & Finger Lakes to celebrate 40th anniversary 

The Alzheimer’s Association Rochester & Finger Lakes Region Chapter will mark its 40th anniversary of supporting the community on May 20 with a gala titled “An Affair to Remember.” The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Rochester.  The event will feature dinner, drinks, entertainment, performances by “Voices of Community,” a live and silent auction […]

May 6, 2022

Starbridge names new president and CEO 

Starbridge has named Nikisha Ridgeway as its new president and CEO, succeeding long-time leader Colin Garwood who is retiring.   Ridgeway most recently served as Starbridge’s chief operating officer, where she oversaw all program operations and community partnerships for the agency.   She has served over 25 years in the human services field with a […]

May 5, 2022

Excellus announces funding for maternal health care programs  

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is asking the community to submit ideas for its Member and Community Health Improvement funding that specifically targets maternal health programs and access to comprehensive maternal care within its 31-county upstate New York coverage area.  Not-for-profit organizations may now submit project ideas at All applications must be r[...]

May 4, 2022

Local partnership supports Ukrainian aid efforts 

RocMaiden, the charitable arm of the Ukrainian Cultural Center of Rochester, and Rochester-based Optic Sky are working together to raise donations to support RocMaidan’s mission of delivering medical equipment and supplies, arranging humanitarian aid and providing medical help to injured Ukrainians.  Optic Sky – an advertising and digital experience production comp[...]

May 4, 2022

Arc of Monroe awarded funds to support its Aging with Grace, Aging in Place campaign 

The Arc Foundation of Monroe was recently awarded a $50,000 grant by the William & Sheila Konar Foundation to help fund the construction of two ranch-style, fully accessible 7-bedroom homes.   The building of the homes is part of The Arc Foundation of Monroe’s Aging with Grace, Aging in Place campaign. The campaign will fund […]

May 4, 2022

Storytelling event in honor of Mother’s Day will benefit SPCC  

ROC The Mic productions once again presents “Listen to Your Mother” in celebration of Mother’s Day weekend. The annual storytelling event is in its eighth season in Rochester and will be held this Saturday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Hochstein Performance Hall.  Since its first show in Rochester, the event has welcomed nearly 4,000 audience […]

May 3, 2022

Agencies partner to address food insecurity in the Finger Lakes

Finger Lakes Performing Provider System is partnering with local organizations to address food insecurity and maternal health needs in the Finger Lakes region.   In Monroe and Ontario County, Foodlink is collaborating with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield on a maternal health program that provides home delivery of nutritious food along with virtual cooking classes.    The program […]

May 2, 2022

St. Peter’s Kitchen names new executive director  

Kelly Finnigan has been named executive director of St. Peter’s Kitchen, effective today.   Finnigan replaces longtime director Patty Lorenzen who will retire from the organization at the end of this month after more than 21 years of service.  “I look forward to putting my leadership, social work, food service skills and compassion to work […]

May 2, 2022

Frameworks Creative aims to help small businesses, nonprofits

What began as a part-time startup venture is now a full-time vocation for Suzanne Rodriguez. Frameworks Creative, launched by Rodriguez in 2018, is a marketing company focusing on small businesses and nonprofits. The Rochester firm specializes in visual brand development and custom photography. Rodriguez has more than a decade of experience in digital advertising and […]

May 2, 2022

RIT faculty awarded grant to assist victims of gun violence 

A team of faculty from Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Public Safety Initiatives is spearheading a new initiative to address community trauma and health inequity caused by gun violence. Through a $225,000 grant from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, the team will support the launch of a new one-stop shop in Rochester to provide comprehensive services […]

Apr 25, 2022

Agencies partner to raise awareness of hearing health 

The Monroe Country Department of Public Health and Rochester Hearing & Speech Center announced a year-long partnership Monday to educate residents about hearing protection, loss and treatment.   The agencies said common risk factors that may lead to hearing damage include loud workplaces, concerts, motorsports and online gaming.   Recognizing these environments and unde[...]

Apr 25, 2022

FCHH celebrates completion of 250th Habitat home build in Rochester 

Flower City Habitat for Humanity, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and local leaders celebrated on Saturday the completion of the 250th home built or renovated by FCHH in the Greater Rochester area since the organization’s founding in 1984.   The completion of the home at 375 Campbell St., made possible by the support of Excellus BCBS, symbolizes a significant […]