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City, county complete analysis of RASE report (access required)

The city of Rochester and the County of Monroe have completed their initial analysis of the recommendations made by the Commission on Racial and Structural Equity (RASE) report, which was presented to the community six weeks ago. “The completion of ...

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Heritage Christian to boost base wage for frontline workers (access required)

Heritage Christian Services Inc. plans to raise its base wage for its roughly 2,000 frontline workers to $15 an hour. The more than 30 percent increase will take effect May 9. “For the last five years we have had a ...

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Deal with PepsiCo extends the Perfect Granola’s reach (access required)

The Perfect Granola LLC, a mission-driven startup in Victor, has partnered with PepsiCo Inc. on its Food for Good and WomanMade programs. The two initiatives raise awareness for key issues intensified by the pandemic: child hunger and the decline of ...

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A steady hand at the helm for Goodwill (access required)

Throughout the ups and downs of the last year, Goodwill of the Finger Lakes could count on one thing: Jennifer Lake would be there to steer the agency through the storm. “To have a central place for the community to ...

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Foodlink to invest $1 million in food pantries, shelters (access required)

Foodlink on Wednesday said it will phase out its drive-thru food distribution events in Monroe County next month while expanding its food-banking partnerships and capacity during the summer months. To better support food-insecure households during the transition period, Foodlink has ...

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SNAP benefits to increase for low-income families statewide (access required)

The state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance this week said that all New Yorkers enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive the maximum allowable level of food benefits for April. Households already at or near the ...

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New York tribal communities receive federal funding (access required)

More than $3.7 million in federal block grants have been made available for seven New York tribal communities through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Indian Housing Block Grants Program, including two communities in the Rochester and Finger ...

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City will explore reparations, Universal Basic Income programs (access required)

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has launched an initiative that could lead to implementation of reparations and a Universal Basic Income program in the city. With poverty and income disparity plaguing the city, the programs would use proceeds from the impending ...

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Program aims to help women find economic empowerment (access required)

A new program will launch in Rochester next month that is designed to help multicultural women lift their entrepreneurial game. Walker’s Legacy Foundation is the nonprofit arm of Walker’s Legacy, a digital media platform for multicultural women in business. The ...

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HUD renews local homeless assistance program grants (access required)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $2.5 billion to renew support to thousands of homeless assistance programs nationwide, including more than $13 million in the Rochester area. HUD’s Continuum of Care grants will provide critically ...

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Catholic Family Center receives PPE donation from Bank of America (access required)

Catholic Family Center has received a second, significant donation of personal protective equipment from community partner Bank of America. The most recent donation includes 60,000 masks, 50 cases of hand sanitizer and 24,000 pairs of protective gloves. The PPE will ...

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City’s new ‘ERA’ confronts historic racism, plots path to betterment (access required)

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren says she intends to not just confront, but also reverse, the effects historic racism and institutional inequality have had on the city as she plots a course for post-pandemic economic recovery. Her Equity & Recovery Agenda ...

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