SBBC achieves its goal of becoming involved in the community in the areas of support to youth, service to individuals and families in need and support and collaboration with other organizations to effect change. We are committed to supporting the education of our youth and providing ongoing service to the community as a whole.
Yearly, SBBC sets agenda to facilitate the goal and objectives as indicated in its constitution. In the last 52 years we have remain faithful to our founders' ideals. We have supported and have received awards in the following areas:
In the last 52 years, annually SBBC, Inc. has sponsored a Scholarship Fashion Show/Luncheon and Virtual fundraising event. Last year, we supported 6 students with $6,000 in scholarships. To-date we have given over 402,000 in scholarship awards to deserving high school seniors in the Rochester Area.
In the early 70’s, about 15,000 southern African Americans moved to northern cities for jobs. Some settled in Rochester New York where many found jobs at Eastman Kodak. During this time period in Rochester, there was racial unrest especially within the schools. Since these new arrivals to Rochester knew very few people, a group of Kodak workers bonded together and formed a weekly social fellowship of men and women. One of the young ladies in the group, Arelia Smith, felt that there was a need for serious community support. So she and 6 others young ladies decided to organize a group to address their concerns. This group, Sisters For A Better Black Community (SBBC) was founded in Rochester, New York by these 7 women in the fall of 1971. SBBC’s mission was to promote a better relationship among the Black community of Rochester and its surrounding areas. Arelia became its 1st president. During her tenure, SBBC grew in service, membership and adopted a constitution and by-laws. This group was later incorporated as Sisters for a Better Black Community, Inc., (SBBC, Inc.).