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    2012 was an exciting year for Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency! We celebrate our past successes through this news and events archive. Scroll through to learn more about our programs and services, events, fundraisers, awards, and grants from last year.  


Jennie Huling - Verizon Wireless Hopeline Award Recipient

Dad's Day

Head Start Parent Orientation

Doug's Fish Fry To Go Fundraiser

Taste for Community Action

Agency Wins Walmart Grant!

Positively Auburn Features Head Start Garden

Article on the Importance of Fathers

Staff Training Day

Bike Run Fun

Agency Grateful for Leadership Cayuga Group's Project Idea

Agency's "Coolest Event" Cited in The Nation Blog

Agency Wins Cayuga Community Fund Award

DVIP Receives Zonta Award

Take Back the Night

Head Start Garden Event

Financial Literacy Workshop

Earth Day Art on Wegmans Grocery Bags

Elements Salon and Day Spa Clothing Drive

Women's Fund Award

Food Security Article

Family Fun Night

Bob Lyna and Richard Curry Performance

Moravia School District Staff Donation

Milking Betsy the Cardboard Cow

Feinstein Challenge

Tinkers Guild Donates to CSCAA's Brendan McGrath Memorial Fund

GFWC to Award $8,000 in Scholarships to Domestic Violence Survivors

Schweinfurth Exhibit

Board of Directors Monthly Meeting

Early Childhood Programs Recruitment



Jennie Huling - 12th Annual Verizon Wireless Hopeline Award Recipient




Jennie Huling (Domestic Violence Advocate/Educator) received the Verizon Wireless Hopeline Award for developing and leading Domestic Violence Awareness Month since it's inception 3 years ago.



Dads Day

The CSCAA Head Start program participated in Dads Take Your Child to School Day on September 20, 2012.  Over 120 men from our community were in attendance and actively engaged throughout the day in learning activities with the children.  Whether time was shared on the playground, in the garden, or in the classrooms, the benefits for all were evident in the face of each participant.

The CSCAA Head Start program joined other schools and Head Start programs throughout New York State in this event designed to encourage fathers and significant male caregivers to bring their child to school.

Actively involved fathers are a positive force in the lives of their children and their community. Dad’s Take your Child to School is an event that  promotes father involvement by encouraging fathers, stepfathers, foster fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, godfathers, and other significant male caregivers to take their children to their school or Head Start program.



Head Start Parent Orientation

Parent orientation was held at the C/SCAA Head Start program on Thursday, August 30th from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

Children and their families had the opportunity to visit their classrooms and meet with their teachers and other staff members. Families also had the opportunity to sample and vote for their favorite food choices to be included in the 2012-2013 Head Start menu. The choices were all delicious!

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Additionally, information regarding school bus and pedestrian safety was shared with all families. Representatives from the Board of Elections were on hand to demonstrate voting procedures, provide information, and to register parents to vote.


Fundraiser in Waterloo

Doug’s Fish Fry hosted a fundraiser for Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency on Thursday, August 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Five Star Bank on Rts. 5 and 20 in Waterloo in Seneca County. Doug’s Fish Fry ToGo! brought their refrigerated truck and concession trailer directly to this special event so that you could enjoy your seafood hot and fresh. Read more in the Citizen article that was published on July 29, 2012.


Agency Celebrates 17th Annual



Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency celebrated its 17th Annual Taste for Community Action at the Holiday Inn in Auburn on July 19th. Guests were treated to fine food, wine and beer from the region's finest restaurants, wineries, and breweries, as well as a silent auction filled with a wide variety of wonderful products and services. Thank you to all our sponsors, volunteers and guests who made this event possible.


Agency Wins Walmart Foundation State Giving Grant!



On June 28, 2012, Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, Inc. was presented with a $50,000 check for its project "A Sustainable and Collaborative Approach to Hunger Relief." For more information about the project, read the article that was published in The Citizen.

For more information including a list of the project participants and descriptions of their programs click here.


Agency's Head Start Garden Project

Featured in Positively Auburn

Read an article published in the online magazine, Positively Auburn, on the Agency's sustainable gardening efforts with the Head Start Garden project.


Article on the Importance of Fathers in the

Lives of Their Children

Read Kim Peterson's article in The Citizen on the importance of fathers in the healthy development of children. Kim is the Director of the Agency's Healthy Families Cayuga/Seneca Program.


Staff Training Day


The Agency conducted its annual Staff Training Day on Friday, June 1, 2012 at the Auburn Holiday Inn. Gwen Webber-McLeod and Ron Glasgow were the featured speakers of the day. Executive Director, Laurie Didio, recognized staff for their contributions and years of service.


Bike Run Fun


Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, in partnership with ABATE of New York, Cayuga County Chapter, rolled out the first ever Motorcycle Run to raise food donations for the Agency's food pantry, while promoting Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The entire event was coordinated by Carl Harvey, Furnace Technician with the Agency's Energy Services Department. Check out photos published in the Citizen on May 21, and more photos on our Facebook page!

Thank you to Carl Harvey and all who participated in this event to make it a success!


Thank You to Leadership Cayuga Group for Their Project Idea!

Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency would like to thank the following individuals for their gracious support and commitment to promoting the Agency's Early Childhood Program, for a project idea they created through Leadership Cayuga:

Shereen Androsko Betsy DeGroff
Scott DeJoy Morgan Festa
Janet Pendergraph  Nick Smith

The Agency is currently working to implement some of the group's proposed ideas to increase in-kind and monetary donations to the Early Childhood Program. For more information about the project, read the article that was published in the Post Standard on May 10, 2012.


Agency's "Coolest Event" is Cited in The Nation Blog

The Agency's upcoming Motorcycle Run on May 20, 2012 to benefit its food pantries, was cited in Greg Kaufmann's blog from The Nation. The Motorcycle Run is the brainchild of Agency employee Carl Harvey, a furnace technician in the Agency's Energy Services Program. Carl started the Cayuga County Chapter of ABATE in 2006, and was the Chapter President until the beginning of 2012. "May is Motorcyle Safety Awareness Month, which coincides perfectly with May being Community Action Month as well. At ABATE, we just thought it would be a good idea to give back to the community by having a Bike Run for food." The entire Motorcycle Run is expected to be approximately 80 miles, with three stops. For more information about the Motorcycle Run, please click here.


Agency Wins Grant Award from Cayuga Community Fund

Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency received a $1,500 grant award from the Cayuga Community Fund to assist with the purchase of essential supplies for homeless young adults in the Agency's Supportive Housing Program. Thank you to the Cayuga Community Fund for providing the Agency with continued grant support to carry on our programs and services in the community. Last year, the Agency received an award from the Cayuga Community Fund  to purchase high chairs and Pack-N-Plays for the Healthy Families Program.


DVIP Receives Zonta Grant Award

Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency's Domestic Violence Intervention Program was awarded $1,200 from the Zonta Club of Auburn at an awards dinner on May 10. Funds from this award will be used to provide emergency assistance for victims of domestic violence, and for promotional materials that will be used in conjunction with educational presentations. Grant funds are critical in helping to provide victims with emergency clothing, toiletries, gas, bus fare, special dietary needs that are not readily accessible via the food pantry, and even recording devices to use in cases of stalking or harassment. The Agency is very appreciative of the Zonta Club of Auburn for their generosity, which will help us to further our goal of assisting victims of domestic violence attain a life free of violence. See the article from the Citizen for more information.


DVIP Staff Show Their Support for Take Back the Night


Sarah Barnard, Jennie Huling and Patty Weaver from the Agency's Domestic Violence Intervention Program were all present at Cayuga County’s Take Back the Night event which took place in front of City Hall on May 2. Take Back the Night started in 1975 as an anti-violence rally and has shifted its focus over the years to ending sexual assault and domestic violence. Over 300 people attended the event this year to show their support and commitment to ending violence in Cayuga County.

Read more about Take Back the Night in the following Citizen article:


Agency Kicks Off Community Action Month by Planting Seeds in the Head Start Garden


Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency began its celebration of National Community Action Month on May 1 with staff, students and volunteers working together to plant seeds and seedlings in the gardens of the Head Start Program at1 Brookfield Place in Auburn. Food grown in these gardens will be cultivated and harvested by the staff, children and volunteers, to be consumed by children in the Agency's Early Childhood Program. Fresh produce from the garden will also be made available to customers who visit the Agency's Food Pantry and residents in the Agency's Transitional Housing Program.


Mrs. Audrey Mochel demonstrates the set up of a Wall-O-Water, a mini greenhouse that is filled with water, to protect seedlings from fluctuations in temperature. The students planted tomato seedlings, radishes, lettuce and peas.

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Lt. April Amodei of the Auburn Fire Department, shows students how to prepare a raised bed for planting peas.


Agency Hosts Financial Literacy Workshop


Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency‘s Family Development Program recently hosted a Financial Literacy Workshop for Agency customers on Saturday, April 28. The four-hour workshop was presented by Rickey Brown from Home Headquarters, and was a collaborative effort with funding from the United Way.

Participating Agency customers were presented with information on topics such as first-time home buying, keeping current with a mortgage payment, income tax withholding tips, how to order and navigate a credit report and how best to budget monthly expenses. Workshop participants were treated to lunch and received a complimentary $25 gift card to Wegmans.


Head Start Students Celebrate Earth Day Creating Wegmans Grocery Bags


Students in our Early Childhood Program were inspired all last week to learn about various aspects of good stewardship, in preparation for Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, 2012.  The children learned about various practices that can help to nurture and sustain the Earth.

Thanks to the local Wegmans store in Auburn, some of our teachers were able to coordinate an Earth Day project with the children to prepare artful brown paper grocery bags. Wegmans in turn, offered to use these grocery bags in their store to commemorate Earth Day.



Elements Salon and Day Spa to Hold Clothing Drive for C/SCAA

Elements Salon and Day Spa held a fundraising event on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at the Holiday Inn in Auburn. The Salon also held a “recycled” clothing drive to benefit Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency's Free Clothing Program. The price for tickets were $15 and included light refreshments and a cash bar. Those who brought gently used career wear clothing to donate at the event can enjoy a discounted ticket price of $12.  


Agency Wins Award from the Women's Fund of Central New York

Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency was formally presented with a $1,500 grant award by the Women's Fund of Central New York on April 17, 2012. The award directly benefits our Supportive Services Program, by providing formal work attire and other essential supplies to women who are fleeing abusive partners, so that they may obtain or maintain employment.


Food Security Article

Check out our news article on food security, that was featured in The Citizen on April 8, 2012.


Family Fun Night at Head Start

>Students and staff in our Early Childhood Program had the opportunity to showcase their talents in helping to create their very own Head Start Community, equipped with a pizzeria, grocery store, library, dental office, emergency medical services, post office and other essential services one would find in a local community. The children were accompanied by their parents and spent the evening strolling through each specific "service area." Parents participated in various activities with their children, such as brushing teeth on dragons, and planting seeds. For more photos, please visit our Facebook page.


Dental Office IceCream
Dance Garden


Bob Lyna and Richard Curry Perform for Head Start Students

Bob Lyna and Richard Curry gave an amazing musical performance for children in our Early Childhood Program at our various Head Start sites in Cayuga County. The children were thrilled to be a part of the performance and enjoyed the music thoroughly!


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Moravia School District Staff Donation

Thank you to the Moravia School District staff for donating $300 to our Head Start Program. The staff raised money by paying a dollar to wear jeans to school.


Milking Betsy the Cardboard Cow

Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency's Head Start students in Southern Cayuga County practice milking Betsy the Cardboard Cow! The students were learning about country living as part of the "My Country, My City" module.



Tinkers Guild Presents a Donation to the Brendan McGrath Memorial Fund

Click here to see the press release.



Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center Exhibition

The Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center is hosting its annual Both Ends of the Rainbowexhibition. This exhibit, which runs from January 29 through March 18, 2012, features artwork by Cayuga County students and senior citizens, including artwork by Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency's Early Head Start and Head Start Programs.


One of the art pieces produced by a 3-year-old student  in our Early Head Start Program


One of our very own students admiring the art work of the Early Head Start Program 



When: First Tuesday of Every Month

Where: Site 1, 65 State Street, Auburn, NY 13021

Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency hosts its monthly Board Meeting on the first Tuesday of every month. Board meetings are open to the public.

This year, our Annual Meeting will be held on August 7, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.



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Site I – Administrative Offices, Domestic Violence Services, Energy Services,Family Developmet, Healthy Families
phone: 315-255-1703
    Site 2 -Early Childhood Development
phone: 315-252-0038
phone: 315-539-5647
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