The 19th Ward Community Association is a group of neighbors striving to preserve the residential character of the historic 19th Ward neighborhood in Rochester, New York. Our mission is to create, foster and maintain a “multi-racial community where individual and cultural differences are celebrated and where people share a sense of community.” We are a member-supported, volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization.


 Annual Convention

Save the date:  Friday, November 18
for Auction and Convention – vote on budget and officers for 2017

Our Speaker is Kit Miller, Director, M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

See Events page for more information



The 19th Ward Community Association, through our History & Archives Committee, has partnered with the City Historian, The City Dept of Parks and Recreation, City Zoning, and the Veterans to restore Rapids Cemetery on Congress Avenue.

Several local veterans’ groups have a special interest in this pioneer cemetery on Congress Avenue because, in addition to civilian burials, there are documented graves here of veterans who served in the following wars: Revolutionary, War of 1812, Civil War and the Spanish-American War.

John Curran of the 19WCA History & Archives Committee has committed to being at the cemetery every Sunday this Fall until snow covers the ground (1 p.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine). His work party will continue to reclaim cemetery land with burial plots overgrown with wild vegetation. He is looking for volunteers to give up one hour OR MORE of any Sunday afternoon to join him (after all, it wouldn’t be a work party without a group!). You’ll need garden/work gloves and sturdy footwear. You do not have to call ahead to say you are coming. Just show up.

The following two October weekends will be devoted to specific tasks.

Sunday, Oct 9: Shade-loving plants such as ferns and hostas will be planted on the gentle slope under the trees where undergrowth has been removed. Do you have ferns or hostas or other woodland plants to donate on that weekend? Call the office to let us know. 328-6571

Weekend of Oct 29-30: A restoration workshop guided by a professional will take place on-site at the cemetery. Costs are being borne by the city, and they are graciously inviting neighborhood participation. If you participate, it is guaranteed to be a highlight of your year. Call the office 328-6571, for more information; or reserve your spot by calling or emailing Christine Ridarsky at 428-8095 or christine.ridarsky@libraryweb.org (limited spots

Follow the articles in recent issues of Update 19 to stay informed and see photos. (dropdown list under ‘ the Community Association’ header)






Here are the 19WCA 19WCA Bylaws 2014 Final