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19th Ward Community Association
Welcome to the 19th Ward Community Association!

The 19th Ward Community Association is a group of neighbors striving to preserve the residential character of Rochester, New York's historic 19th Ward neighborhood. The Association fosters and encourages mutual cooperation in a multi-cultural community.  We are a member-supported, volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization.

Our mission is "To create a conscious multi-racial community where individual and cultural differences are celebrated and where people share a sense of community."

Find out more about the Association

Save the Date!

23rd Candlelight Dinner 

On Saturday, February 26th join us for this enjoyable winter event by either hosting a dinner or by attending as guest. This is a pot luck event, so pull out your favorite recipes. The host will coordinate the dinner and notify guests of time and what to bring. The guest will attend, meet new neighbors and enjoy a social evening in the 19th Ward. If you have a new neighbor be sure to pass on the invitation. Call the Association office at 328-6571. Leave a message if you are hosting or guesting and how many adult guests you can fit around your table or how many adult guests will attend from your household. Cut off date is February 11.


If you would like to coordinate a special dinner--families with children, special dietary needs, etc., please notify the office. We have been unable to do this in the past but would certainly do so if we have a volunteer. And, if you would like to volunteer as chairperson of the annual dinners, please call Adrienne Kllc, 328-6531; you will get on-the-job training!



President's Message


In May of 2010, the 19th Ward Community Association sent out a survey asking for input on the neighborhood's strengths and challenges, and to gauge interest in volunteering.  A summary of the results of that survey are in this edition of Update 19. The new 19th WCA Executive Committee has placed a high priority on releasing the results of this survey, and to work toward addressing many of the concerns raised by the survey.


HISTORICAL HERITAGE 19: Vintage American History


It is hard to believe that this column has been appearing in Update 19  for over a year. Special thanks to John Burch for suggesting and supporting it. In reviewing past installments I am struck by how much can change in a given year both on a local and national scale  as well as the most dramatic and critical changes in our personal lives. We all have had those moments of painful, searing, wrenching change. These are the markers of a before and an after, a sudden shocking and breath taking loss that defies comprehension and remakes our very existence. It can be sudden illness, a senseless accident, and even the criminally insane acts of a shooter with an assault weapon which kills and maims innocent human beings. One of the tragedies closest to home was the violent conflict at the University which ended in murder, arrest and devastating family and community pain. Ironically, the victim was part of a fraternity group which were partners in an expanded MLK Luminary project along the river.



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