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Aug 5, 2021

Upstate VOA celebrates 125 years of serving children, the impoverished

In its first 125 years, Volunteers of America Upstate New York has helped more than 1 million people through poverty and homelessness, reentry and children’s services and annually serves 6,000 people in Upstate New York. Founded in New York City in 1896, the nonprofit agency grew out of a need to help formerly incarcerated individuals […]

Aug 2, 2021

Salvation Army, Walmart collaborate on annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ campaign

The Salvation Army of Greater Rochester will work with local Walmart stores to collect school supplies for disadvantaged families this weekend for its annual “Stuff the Bus” event. Stuff the Bus will take place Aug. 6 through Aug. 8 at area Walmart stores. Shoppers can buy and drop off items at collection bins at the […]

Jul 30, 2021

Mentoring initiative receives grant for children’s cooking program

The Champion Academy Extreme Mentoring & Empowerment Initiative has received a $15,000 donation from the MolinaCares Accord, in collaboration with Molina Healthcare of New York. The funds will support a 6-week children’s cooking program that will teach kids in the community about seasonal cooking, nutrition, farming and the environment so that they and their families […]

Jul 28, 2021

Fashion Week Rochester to return starting Oct. 12

Fashion Week Rochester returns this fall in a new location at the Dome Arena in Henrietta.

Jul 14, 2021

Two Arc chapters merge to serve four counties under one umbrella

This fall, four Rochester-area counties will be served by a newly merged Arc chapter, Arc GLOW. The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming and Arc of Genesee Orleans on Oct. 1 will finalize a merger that has been many months in the making. Arc of Livingston-Wyoming Executive Director Martin Miskell at that time will become executive director of […]

Jun 23, 2021

Food pantries open at several city schools

A $20,000 grant from the William & Sheila Konar Foundation has enabled seven Rochester City School District schools to open food pantries. “I am very proud to join with the RCSD and our faith and business communities to address the food disparities that far too many of our children are living with,” said Mayor Lovely […]

Jun 14, 2021

More than $200 million available for SNAP benefits statewide

The state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) will continue to offer maximum food benefits to all Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, the agency said last week. The benefits distribution will push more than $200 million in federal aid into the state’s economy. Already, more than $2.3 billion in SNAP benefits have been […]

Jun 1, 2021

Cash relief pilot would offer aid to low-income Monroe County families

The people we rely on for essential work, including during a public health crisis, are underpaid. We rely on these hourly workers to meet our basic needs and keep us safe by stocking grocery stores with food, disinfecting shared spaces, and taking care of our seniors and persons with disabilities. These essential workers are often […]

May 28, 2021

Call to action for stronger alignment to address community issues

In my March column, I thanked the RBJ for its inaugural list of the “Power 100” in the Rochester region. I also issued a challenge for all of us listed to come together and focus our efforts on so many of the pressing issues facing Rochester today. I would like to clarify my intention with […]

May 26, 2021

United Way raises over $35M for 75 agencies during pandemic

When New York state paused last year during the height of the pandemic, the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. stepped up its game, joining numerous other nonprofits in the community to help those in need. In addition to the emergency work the organization did, the local chapter of United Way collectively raised and leveraged […]

May 13, 2021

Child care centers say funding boost coming none too soon

New York state’s enacted 2022 budget includes a historic $5 billion investment in child care through both state and federally funded initiatives designed to help restart the economy, support essential workers and child care providers and improve access to quality, affordable child care for eligible working families who need it. And not a moment too […]

May 11, 2021

Report card: Rochester trails state in 5 key areas

The Rochester Metropolitan Statistical Area trails New York state in five of eight key areas used to assess the nine-county region’s wellbeing, a new report from ACT Rochester shows. The 2021 Nine-County Regional Report Card, presented Tuesday by ACT Rochester, an initiative of Rochester Area Community Foundation, shows that the Rochester metro area’s economic security […]