Seneca Babcock is one of the poorest areas in Buffalo, with most families living below the poverty line. Lack of transportation, emphasis on education, and positive role models often lead to children dropping out of school and making negative life choices. In addition, Seneca Babcock is designated as a food desert, with only a small corner store that offers no fresh meats, vegetables or fruit. It is because of the need for a positive learning space for children and the desire for nutritious food that the CDC was created.
The Seneca Street Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit located in the Seneca Babcock community of South Buffalo. Since 2009, we have served the Seneca Babcock community, offering a free after school program for students K-8 where students receive tutoring and mentoring, participate in enrichment activities, and receive a hot, home made dinner. We also offer a teen program for the high school students where mentors and tutors assist the students, they are also provided with a dinner at no cost to them.
For six weeks during July and August, the CDC offers Summer @ Seneca Street, our summer program. Kids, grades K-8, participate in a variety of enriching activities like crafts, athletics, cooking, etc, in combination with the theme of the week. Teens from our Teen Program act as leaders as members of the Mayor Summer Youth. Reading Camp is offered during this time as well. Kids have fun at the reading and writing stations and receive a certificate of completion when camp is over.
Community outreach and engagement are essential to our nonprofit as well. The CDC has a community garden just down the street, offers free smoke detector applications, and a career fair is open to all Buffalo high school students. We also offer help with healthcare and support to the members of the community.
All of our programming offered at Seneca Street CDC is FREE of charge. All of these services are made possible by our hard working staff and fantastic volunteers. The CDC serves and is supported by members of the Seneca Babcock community.