Please review the options below to discover how you can help us to continue serving our community! Cash donations are accepted online or via mail to our Site I location at 89 York Street, Suite 1, Auburn, NY 13021 ATTN: Financial Officer.
2016 Annual Appeal
View our 2016 Appeal Letter from CSCAA Board Member Gwendoline Rosekrans!
Each year, CSCAA serves thousands of families and individuals in need in Cayuga and Seneca Counties. We rely on the generous support of corporate and individual donors to sustain these programs. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Agency. Learn more about how your gift can help people and change lives right here in your community! All major credit cards, bank cards and PayPal accepted.
Brendan McGrath Memorial Fund
Brendan McGrath was deeply committed to giving back to his community. This is clearly evidenced by his 21 years as a volunteer board member for the Agency, 19 of which he served as the board chairperson. Under Brendan’s leadership, the agency experienced the expansion of numerous programs and services. At the time of his accidental death in March of 2010, Brendan’s family requested that donations be made to the agency in his memory. The agency utilized the memorial donations to address key needs faced by the Agency and our customers. In spring of 2011, his wife, Mary, told the agency that she and her children would like to establish a formal mechanism for keeping Brendan’s work alive at the agency. The Brendan McGrath Memorial Fund was formed and continues the work that began in 2010, making a difference in the lives of struggling families in Cayuga County. Brendan lived his life by example; he did it modestly and without recognition and fanfare. He was blessed and he paid it forward for people less fortunate through this Agency. To donate to the Brendan McGrath Memorial Fund, use the online payment button above or mail a check to 89 York Street, Suite 1, Auburn NY, ATTN: Brendan McGrath Memorial Fund. To learn more about Brendan's legacy, click here.
Head Start Backpack Program
The Head Start Backpack Program launched in the fall of 2015 and provides children enrolled in our Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Auburn with supplemental food on the weekends. Staff and volunteers including parents pack the bags and distribute them to participating families at the end of the third week of each month, when household resources are often depleted. Visit our webpage to learn more or to make a donation!
Healthy Families Bottoms Up Campaign
A baby goes through thousands of diapers within the first 30 months of life, an estimated expense of $100 per month or $3,000 total per child. Considering that 22% of children under the age of 5 in the United States live in poverty, a percentage that is mirrored locally, this proves to be a trying expense for many low-income families. There are no subsidies or government programs that aid with the purchase of diapers. Diapers cannot be purchased with food stamps or WIC checks. Efforts to stretch a meager supply of diapers result in health risks for our children. According to the National Diaper Bank Network, 34% of mothers admit to cutting back on food or utilities in order to buy diapers. Celebrate the children in your life by contributing to the success of families throughout Cayuga and Seneca Counties. Make a donation today!
The Christmas Elf provides toys to over 1600 children in need in Cayuga County. Each Elf applicant gets one large toy, one small toy, a stuffed animal, book, coloring book and crayons. All referred children are served. Visit us online to learn more, make a donation, and to view our in-demand toy list.
The Seneca Christmas Project provides Christmas gifts and meals to over 1300 people each year! Many community organizations donate time, gifts and money to make sure no child in Seneca County goes without some presents under the tree. Donations are always needed, and financial donations are accepted all year long. Please contact Anne Wilkes in our Seneca office at 23 Center Street, Waterloo, NY (315) 539-5647 for more information.
Warm the Children
Warm the Children is a partnership between The Citizen, Rotary Clubs of Cayuga County and Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency. Warm the Children provides new winter coats to children in need in Cayuga County. To learn more or to make a donation, click here.
In-kind donations are accepted year round. Needs are always changing. If you would like to organize a collection drive for food, clothing, personal care items, toys or other items, please contact Trish Ottley, Marketing & Development Director for guidance and support, 315-255-1703 x155 or via email email@example.com.
- Food donations may be dropped off at our Site I location at 89 York Street, Suite 1 in Auburn or at our Seneca Office located at 23 Center Street in Waterloo during business hours, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.
- Clothing and small household donations may be dropped off at our Site III location on 4 Garfield Street, Monday/Wednesday from 10 am to 3 pm and Tuesday/Thursday 3 pm to
7 pm. In Seneca County, donations may be dropped off at 23 Center Street in Waterloo, Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
- Program specific donations may be dropped off at our Site I location, 89 York Street, Suite 1, Auburn, NY. Needs are outlined below.