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Virtual conference to focus on racism and COVID-19 (access required)

Action for a Better Community will partner with a number of local organizations next week on the first day of a series that will address Rochester’s two pandemics: COVID-19 and racism. “Racism is a Public Health Crisis — Attacking the ...

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COVID-19 dominates priorities of local state legislators (access required)

The New York state legislature will have a new look when the session begins in January, including several first-time political leaders representing the Rochester region. Based on election results in November, Democrats in the state Senate will have a super ...

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Urban League takes REJI under its wing (access required)

The Urban League of Rochester has been named the new steward and agency administrator for the Racial Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI). The program will be combined with the Urban League’s antiracist educational initiatives under the Interrupt Racism name as ...

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Rochester poverty rate decreases, still among top three nationwide (access required)

Poverty in the city of Rochester has fallen in the most recent five-year period, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. From 2015 to 2019, the overall poverty rate fell to 31.3 percent from 32.6 percent in ...

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Why you want affordable housing in your community (access required)

Quick, what do you think of when you hear the term “affordable housing”? Probably not award-winning design. Neighborhood renewal. Critically short supply. Or, increased property values. Saving your taxpayer dollars. Transforming landmark buildings — and lives that are at risk. ...

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ROC the Future releases State of Our Children Report Card (access required)

Students in the Rochester City School District continue to trail their counterparts statewide in third-grade English language arts proficiency, high school graduation rates and kindergarten readiness, an annual report from ROC the Future shows. ROC the Future, a nonprofit alliance ...

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Legislation introduced to reduce childhood poverty (access required)

Legislation has been introduced by Assemblyman Harry Bronson, D-Rochester, and Rep. Jessica Ramos, D-Queens, to reduce child poverty statewide by 50 percent over the next decade. The “Childhood Poverty Reduction Act,” if passed, would be the most significant commitment of ...

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Foodlink collaboration brings fresh veggies to underserved communities (access required)

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) has expanded its COVID-19 Fresh Food Fund to Rochester through a partnership with Foodlink Inc. The partnership represents an expansion of PHA’s COVID-19 Fresh Food Fund, which first launched in Denver and has ...

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Leaders tell Fed: COVID has been hard on people of color and nonprofits

More than half of Rochester’s children live in poverty. Some 20,000 to 40,000 residents could face eviction in Monroe County when a temporary moratorium is lifted. Income disparities between African American and Latinx residents and white residents in Monroe County ...

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Hundreds of local families receive food donations from Price Rite, Feed the Children (access required)

Price Rite Marketplace has teamed with anti-hunger organization Feed the Children, as well as PepsiCo and Catholic Family Center to distribute food and essentials to 400 local families. The Wednesday event is part of the supermarket’s 2020 Feeding Minds & ...

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Greyston launches Center for Open Hiring (access required)

A new enterprise focused on breaking down employment barriers for job-seekers has opened in Rochester. Greyston, a social justice undertaking based in Yonkers, launched the Rochester Center for Open Hiring. The purpose is to help create pathways to job opportunities ...

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City seeks developer for Bull’s Head revitalization project (access required)

After a decade in mothballs, the Bull’s Head neighborhood revitalization project is moving forward and the city of Rochester is seeking a master developer. The city has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), hoping interested parties apply for the development ...

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Excellus BCBS donates to Foodlink (access required)

Excellus BlueCross Blue Shield will provide $600,000 in funding to food banks and food pantries across Upstate New York as part of its planned $162 million response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The ability to earn a paycheck and feed a ...

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Summer Meals program to be expanded (access required)

Foodlink Inc., the city of Rochester and the Rochester City School District are taking a new and innovative approach to ensure that children in the community have access to nutritious meals this summer. As the COVID-19 public health crisis continues ...

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