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Organizations in Rochester, New York

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This is a list of organizations that maintain Web sites.  A list of organizations that maintain online communities, mailing lists, chat rooms, and more is available at:  Inforochester Online Groups.

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Nature Organizations


  • Rochester Art Club.  "The Rochester Art Club, founded in 1877, is one of the oldest continuously active art groups in the United States. The organization's purpose is to advance the artistic growth of its professional membership and to contribute wherever possible to the cultural enrichment of the community. Membership in the Rochester Art Club, currently numbering about 170, is achieved through a juried selection process."
  • Lake Effect Artists.  "Lake Effect Artists is a collection of fine artists in the Rochester area which have made their works accessible over the internet."

Audio Visual

  • Rochester AudioVisual Association.  "For 50 years, RAVA has become a truly unique organization. It is one of the first associations of its kind anywhere in the United States. With a mix of members who use or supply all types of visual and audio communications tools, RAVA maintains a rare and evolving sense of perspective. Accomplishments, which at times exceed those of larger, national groups, testify to the quality of people involved. RAVA has sponsored topical symposiums which have drawn national speakers and attention, has served as regional host for national conventions, and regularly draws renowned guests for major banquets and meetings. Because RAVA is unaffiliated with any national groups, dues remain nominal and yet allow for regular regional interchange. Members serve as individuals and do not officially represent their respective companies or institutions. All meetings are open to non-members. Come meet us at our next gathering, like our monthly First Tuesday luncheons. And bring a friend."


  • Children Awaiting Parents, Inc. (CAP).  "Children Awaiting Parents, Inc. (CAP) is a national, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. For 30 years, we have been dedicated to finding adoptive homes for America’s waiting children. More than 4,000 children have found families through CAP."
  • Girl Scouts of Genesee Valley.  "The Girl Scouts of Genesee Valley’s mission is to inspire girls to become resourceful, responsible citizens who value themselves and others. Through a girl adult partnership 4,000 volunteers serve 13,500 girls in five western counties, Monroe, Genesee, Orleans, Livingston and Wyoming."
  • KidSportNet "KidsSportsNet promotes sportsmanship, a healthy lifestyle and a drug free environment for kids of all ages. It also allows individuals, teams, and even leagues to build their own FREE web site. Sites include a forum, links page, statistics page, calendar, news page, photo album, web counter, etc. with no HTML knowledge needed. You may upload your favorite pictures for everyone to see with the simple click of a mouse. All this is done with our easy to use "Control Panel".


  • Apple CIDER.  "Apple CIDER is a computer user group whose main purpose is educational. We demonstrate, inform, and instruct in the use of Apple computing technology."
  • The Association for Women in Computing (AWC).  "The Association for Women in Computing is a national non-profit professional organization for women and men who have an interest in information technology. The Association is dedicated to the advancement of women in the technology fields. The Upstate New York chapter was chartered in 1996 and is open to anyone interested in information technology."
  • Genesee Valley Systems Administrator Guild (GVSAGE).  "The goal of GVSAGE is to allow system administrators in the Rochester, New York area a chance to meet on a somewhat regular basis to exchange tips, talk to peers, share experiences and socialize. We hope to provide an informal support network for professional systems administrators, supply some faces to go with names seen on the net, bring in expert speakers on topics of common interest (information security, privacy requirements, IPv6, etc.) and perhaps just have a bit of fun (where else can you tell a joke with the punch line 'They spent the rest of the day trying to get gifs from')." 
  • Information Technology Student Organization (ITSO). "ITSO was created to provide an open forum for members of the RIT community to meet, discuss, and explore topics relating to the field of Information Technology, as well as raise awareness."
  • The Internet User Group.
  • Kaypro User Group of Rochester (KUGOR).
  • LINUX User Group of Rochester (LUGOR).
  • MacRIT.  "MacRIT started with a few scattered ideas from about 3 people and has grown into the combined scattered ideas of a few more people. But now we have a web page, and advisor, and as of Novermber 1998, we have official RIT recognition."
  • Micrecycle.  "Micrecycle, sponsored by Nortel Network's division in Rochester, New York, is a unique collaborative drawing on the best talents and resources offered by the business and not-for-profit communities. The collaborative mission is to gather, repair, and refurbish computers and peripherals that have outlived their usefulness in the workplace, and place them where they can do the most good: in needy schools and community-based organizations in New York State.
  • Microsoft New York/New Jersey.  "...local information about Microsoft programs, events and opportunities in New York, New Jersey, and Fairfield County, Connecticut. This site is divided according to primary job functions and areas of interest..."
  • Rochester Area AutoCAD User Group (RAAUG).  "The Rochester Area AutoCAD User Group (RAAUG) provides members with the opportunity to learn more about technology, solve problems with Autodesk software products and discover tips that can improve on-the-job productivity. Members share knowledge, network with other members and have the opportunity to learn about new products through presentations provided by software vendors and other users.

    RAAUG meets from 6:00 to 8:00 on the second Wednesday of the month in the CIMS building at RIT. Membership is $20.00 per year."

  • Rochester Engineering Society.  "The goals of the society are - to advance the art and science of all engineering disciplines, for the general public welfare of the City of Rochester, Monroe County and adjoining counties, and the State of New York. To foster practicing and prospective engineers in excellence as professionals, citizens, and individuals; and to promote education, communication and cooperation among all fields of engineering, science and technology."
  • Rochester Computer Society (RCSi).  "The Rochester Computer Society is a non-profit group open for membership to anyone interested in computers.  We have monthly "club" meetings as well as Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings.  We will soon have Computer Basic Training classes open to the general public for a nominal fee which will include club membership for a year.  The majority of our members are computer novices, but we have a number of people with intermediate knowledge and even a few experts. 

    RCSi or The Rochester Computer Society, Inc. is a non profit organization, 501(c)(3), which exists to promote a forum for communicating ideas, resolving problems, and increasing the effectiveness of computers and their related software and peripherals.

    The current emphasis of RCSi is on increasing skills in using the telecommunications potential of computers-- interpersonal, using the BBS and accessing the Internet.  We are also in the process of increasing the number of SIGs (Special Interest Groups) we have so that we can better meet the specific needs of our members.  

     RCSi also promotes within the limits of licensing agreements the creation, modification, maintenance, duplication and distribution of Public Domain and SHAREWARE software to members of the organization, and provides a forum for informational interchange among the members. For example, to users of older machines, the Society is making available a collection of shareware links to make productive even the oldest of the existing Win 3.x machines.  RCSi provides a forum for informational interchange among the members.

  • Rochester JAVA Users Group (RJUG).  "The RJUG exists to bring together novice and experienced developers and facilitate the sharing of knowledge about Java programming and technologies."

  • Upstate New York Oracle Users Group (UNYOUG).  


  • Filipino American Association of Rochester.  "Established in 1969, the Filipino American Association of Rochester (FAAR) serves to advance our cultural heritage and to provide Filipinos, Filipino-Americans, and other individuals forum for sharing thoughts and ideas in a social environment."

  • India Community of Rochester.  "The greater Rochester is home to over a thousand families from various parts of India.  The Indian community in Rochester cherishes their rich cultural heritage and makes every effort to pass it on to the next generation as it assimilates itself into the Great Melting Pot."


  • Bonsai Society of Upstate New York
  • Countryside Garden Club of Livonia.  "Countryside Garden Club of Livonia was founded in 1971. Over the years many people have contributed to the goals and objectives of this group, which are to promote appreciation and increase the knowledge of flowers and gardening. The club has worked with community leaders and other civic groups planting and maintaining public gardens, working with school officials and the Livonia Area Preservation and Historical Society."     
  • Finger Lakes Daylily Society.  "The Finger Lakes Daylily Society is a gathering of like-minded people who love daylilies and want to learn more about them and share their knowledge with others. Society members generally garden in west-central New York covering an area from Batavia to Syracuse and southern tier. Meetings are usually held in the vicinities of Rochester or Canandaigua."   
  • Flower City Kids.  "Flower City Kids are students in the City of Rochester public, private and parochial schools, grades pre-K through six. Flower City Kids is a project co-sponsored by the Frontier Pioneers, the City of Rochester Department of Parks, Recreation and Human Services, and the Cornell Cooperative Extension." 
  • Garden Path of Penfield.  "We share information, invite speakers to educate us on various gardening topics, hold creative workshops and have fun! We hold an annual plant sale in May, offering a variety of member-grown annuals, perennials, and herbs for sale to the community. Funds from the sale are designated for local community projects, and for horticultural books and magazines for the local library."  
  • Genesee Region Orchid Society
  • Genesee Valley Hosta Society.  "The Genesee Valley Hosta Society (GVHS) provides a forum for gardeners in the Rochester/Genesee Valley Region, interested in exploring and promoting the genus Hosta.
    GVHS meets every 2 months, beginning in January; meetings are held on the second Thursday at 7:00PM. The location is Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County, 249 Highland Avenue, Rochester, NY. During the gardening season June – August we meet monthly, the location changes as the program features visits to member gardens." 
  • Genesee Valley Pond and Koi Club.  "Our Rochester-based Club is made up of people who are interested in successfully keeping Koi and water gardens. We would like to invite you to become a member of our group. At our monthly meetings, guest speakers frequently share information pertinent to our hobby through lectures, slide shows, and demonstrations, followed by question and answer periods. Members have access to an extensive library of periodicals, books, videos, and, most importantly, people who possess incredibly helpful information."
  • Greater Rochester Iris Society.  "For gardeners interested in these beautiful and versatile perennials.
    An affiliate of the American Iris Society." 
  • Greater Rochester Perennial Society.  "For those interested in the wide range of perennials, their use and care...We are a large and active organization, with garden tours in the summer and monthly meetings in the 'off season'. April 2004 marked the 7th anniversary of a group of members with diverse interests and vast experience."
  • Greater Rochester Rose Society. "The rose society meets the first Tuesday of each month to discuss aspects of rose growing. We usually have guest lecturers three times a year and have a large rose show in June. There is a plant auction in April and two picnics in the summer at members gardens.
  • Men's Garden Club of Rochester



  • Rochester Area Flyers. "The Rochester Area Flyers (RAF) is a club of hang gliding and paragliding enthusiasts who meet monthly to discuss flying techniques, experiences, instruction, site regulations and equipment. Meetings frequently include film footage of hang gliding in the Rochester area."


  • Lake Ontario Parrot Head Club.  "The Lake Ontario Parrot Head Club is the local branch of the parent club Parrot Heads In Paradise. We are an organization dedicated to community service and bettering the environment in the Rochester, NY area. Members share a common interested in the music and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett."

Nature Organizations


  • Single Parents Association of Rochester. "The Single Parents Association of Rochester (S.P.A.R.) is a not-for-profit organization which is dedicated to serving the needs of Single Parents and their children in the Rochester, New York area.

    At Present, we offer supportive activities which include:

    - Monthly Meetings
    - Monthly Group and Family Activities
    - Low Cost childcare during adult outings
    - Monthly E-zine with Tips, advice and other information that would be of use to those of us within the single parent community."
  • Parents Without Partners.  "Parents Without Partners (PWP), Fairport Chapter 683, serving the Greater Rochester Area. Please visit our website for information about our organization and how to join."



  • Around Again of Rochester.  "Tired of looking through your neighbors’ trash for that perfect “Treasure”? This is the place for you! Do you have old computer equipment, clothing, video games or 8-track tapes? Here’s an easy way to get rid of them! Give your unused and unwanted items a “second chance” by sharing them (100% Free) with someone else. Why throw away today, when it can be used again tomorrow? Give Free! Get Free! Live Free!" 
  • Rochester Freecycle Network.  "Based on the old adage that "one person's trash is another person's treasure", the Rochester Freecycle Network's goal is to connect people who wish to get rid of their old junk with those who just want free stuff. The only rule: all items must be free! The Freecycle groups consist of listservs hosted by Yahoo. Whether you're seeking an item or need to get rid of something, it's easy: just post an ad, kick back, and wait for a response." 


  • Catholic Family Center.  Catholic Family Center is Rochester's largest family service provider, helping nearly 50,000 people each year achieve independence with dignity.
    Unlike most local human service agencies that perform a few services for one or two populations, CFC is a comprehensive agency that houses nine major service areas for people of all ages, races, religions and socioeconomic circumstances.

    In all, CFC has 55 programs within its nine service departments, available to the community at 17 locations throughout Monroe and Wayne Counties.



  • No Kidding! of Rochester.  "We are a social club for singles and married couples who don't have children. We enjoy exploring Rochester and making new friends.

    Our members range in age from the 30's to the 60's. It can be tough to make friends without kids as a common denominator. Let us help. Membership is free."

  • Sam's Lambs.  A Single Adult Ministry at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.  "The group seeks to provide opportunities for worship, spiritual growth, and Christian fellowship in a loving, inclusive environment, for all like minded single adults." 

  • Singles Golf of Rochester.  "Singles Golf of Rochester (SGR) is a club composed of single people (i.e. divorced, widowed, separated or never married), age 21 or over, that enjoy playing golf.  No need to be an expert at the game; many are just beginners.  Because it is a fun, social golf group, membership is composed of many different skill levels.  The only request is that you are familiar with golf etiquette and have played the game before."

  • Single Volunteers of Rochester.  "The objective of Single Volunteers of Rochester (SVR) is to fulfill the volunteer needs of non-profit organizations in the Rochester area, all while having fun and meeting other single people.  SVR provides a unique, non-threatening environment where single people can meet other single, available people.  Formed in 2000, the group is one of 23 chapters of an organization that is based in Washington, D.C.  Members can sample from an assortment of different types of events and activities, without having to make a regular long-term commitment to any one in particular.  All events are performed as a team, which are usually composed of 6 – 20 people.  Each volunteer event is typically followed by a brief social activity, where participants will go out together for dinner or drinks.  Those interested must be at least at least 21 years of age.  A member must also be single (i.e. not in a committed relationship)."

  • Parents Without Partners.  "Parents Without Partners provides single parents and their children with an opportunity for enhancing personal growth, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others by offering an environment for support, friendship and the exchange of parenting techniques." 

  • The Rochester Singles Meetup Group.  "We are a social singles group that helps bring people in Rochester together for friendship, networking, and dating. We put together regular events to encourage members to get to know each other as well as interact with other singles in Rochester." 
  • Single Parents Association of Rochester.  "Single Parents Association of Rochester (SPAR) serves single parent families in the Rochester community.  Its mission is to provide a supportive network where parents and children can come together with a common family dynamic while providing emotional support and age appropriate activities for children and the parents who love them.  To achieve this goal, the group seeks to increase awareness of single parent family issues within the community by reaching out to other groups, community retailers, and to elected officials."

  • Neutral Ground.  "Neutral Ground is a non-profit, non-sectarian, peer support organization for people in pain over the loss of a marriage or significant relationship.  Since 1974 Neutral Ground has been a safe place for men and women of all ages to share their feelings and talk with other people who are going through the same difficult experience.  Whether your grief comes as the result of separation, death or divorce, you don't have to be alone.  There are untold others who share your feelings."

  • St. Rita's Singles and Singles Again.  "The St. Rita's Singles and Single Again group, active since 1991, consists of individuals of all ages who are single or have become single again.  The intention of the group is to provide social and spiritual events that enrich each person and help to foster new relationships."


  • Finger Lakes Skydivers.  "Finger Lakes Skydivers offers the tandem program to introduce you to the world of skydiving. Following a short instructional session, we will fly you to an altitude of 10,000 feet where your skydiving adventure begins. Harnessed to your own personal instructor you will exit the aircraft and experience the thrill of 30 seconds of free fall. After the parachute is open, the instructor will fly you on a 5-minute ride back to the landing area while you enjoy the spectacular view of the Finger Lakes.


  • Finger Lakes Soaring Club. "The FLSC is a not-for-profit organization, formed to promote the sport of soaring. The club has a long history, from it founding in 1949 by 10 pilots living in Rochester, NY. The club move to Batavia, NY in May of 1954 to provide better accessibility to Buffalo based members. In 1963 the club again move to it's present location in Dansville, NY and shortly thereafter changed it name to Finger Lakes Soaring. We have approximately 50 members, ranging in experience from beginning students to nationally ranked competition pilots. Membership is open to anyone interested in soaring and willing to participate in the volunteer operation of the club."


  • Genesee Valley Bicycling Club
  • Huggers' Ski Club. PO. Box 23921, Rochester, NY 14692-3921. "The Huggers' Ski Club is a group of adult downhill and cross-country skiers interested in sharing the fun and excitement of their sport. This a volunteer club, comprised of both singles and couples from the greater Rochester area…" Their events include: Cross-country skiing, white water rafting, downhill skiing, snowboarding, pedal power, clambakes, ski lessons, ski racing, camping softball, boating, parties, hiking, and tennis. Meetings: 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month except August at the Mapledale Party House.
  • Monroe Y Ski Club.  "Rochester, NY's premier outdoor activities andsocial club." Our activities include: Hiking, Biking, Camping, Rollerblading, White Water Rafting, Picnics, TGIF's, Skiing, and Social Activities. Monthly newsletter, meetings and year round activities." 
  • The Rochester Renegades 
    • "The Rochester Renegades Women's Rugby Club was established in1987. We are a group of 20 - 25 women, many of whom hold full-time professional jobs. Our seasons run from late August to early November and from late March to early June; we continue to play/practice over the winter and summer months.We are involved in matches not only in the Greater Rochester Area, but regularly attend tournaments held annually in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Cape Cod, Canada and Lake Placid to name a few".
  • Western New York Lacrosse Officials Association


  • The Association for Women in Communications (AWC).  "The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) is a professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era."
  • Rochester Women's Network.  "The Rochester Women's Network was founded in 1978 and is the largest network of its kind in the country. Its mission is to foster the growth and advancement of women in the workplace. Membership offers more than 800 members as well as the community-at-large challenging, stimulating programs, a wealth of valuable benefits, and continuing support, both personally and professionally."
  • The Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley.  "We improve lives by funding change.  We manage an endowment fund in order to make annual grants to programs that explicitly benefit women and girls.  Our grants fund projects in Monroe County and the five surrounding counties in western New York."
  • Women's Council.  "Women’s Council (WC), an affiliate organization of the Rochester Business Alliance is a premier organization that continually attracts a membership of diverse professionals. Members are committed to working in partnership and acting as catalysts in the pursuit of professional excellence by sharing our talents, skills, experiences, and resources to provide an environment of challenge and opportunity."

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